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Throw Back Thursday: The Queen of R&B ... Ruth Brown!

Posted on August 6, 2020 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Mornin' Ginchers,

How about a little Throw Back Thursday with the Queen of R&B ... Ruth Brown!   Now that is a handle right there, Ruth Brown, American Singer-Songwriter and Actress given the title of "Queen of R&B", and rightfully so ... but, it didn't stop there ... for her contributions to Atlantic Records she became known as the "House that Ruth built" (a take off of Yankee Stadium and the house that Babe Ruth built!).  Some of those great records included "So...

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Wa'sup Wednesday: Teen Clubs ... Valley Cave, Weedville

Posted on August 6, 2020 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Good afternoon Ginchers,

Wa'sup Wednesday and I ask the question ... do remember the teen clubs?  Let me set the stage ... you are 13 or maybe 14 and you play an instrument, in my case the drums.  You meet some other guys at a party or dance or picnic and they mention that they play a guitar or piano or some instrument and you begin to strike up a conversation which leads to hey, let's form a band.  You begin to rehearse in the garage or basement and realize that you have...

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Tune In Tuesday: Transistors to Boombox to things in Ears!

Posted on August 4, 2020 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Good Afternoon Ginchers,

Time for Tune In Tuesday ... from transistors to boombox's to things in your ears!  One of the greatest inventions ever was the transistor radio, it was a machine we couldn't be without growing up in the 1950's.  It was the vehicle that connected us kids to the World, to the Universe, it painted us a picture of anything and everything we could not see or touch, it introduced us to our music, it gave us the weather, the news, sports ... well hell it was...

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Mo' Music Monday: "The Wanderer ... Dion DiMucci!"

Posted on August 3, 2020 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

G'Day Ginchers,

Time for Mo' Music Monday and a trip to the Bronx, Belmont avenue to be exact ... the Wanderer ... Mr. Dion DiMucci!  A teen idol, another great performer who is recongnized by just a first name like, Frank, Cher, Dino ... today we are talkin' ... Dion!  in 1957 Dion auditioned for Bob & Gene Schwartz of Mohawk Records and they asked Dion to record a record called "The Chosen Few" with a group called the Timberlanes and even though Dion was not pleased with...

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Soul Sunday: An Original Platter ... Herb Reed

Posted on August 2, 2020 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy Sunday Ginchers,

It's time for Soul Sunday ... An Original PLATTER ... HERB REED!  As I sit in my studio every Sunday Morning and think about my radio show that airs every Sunday night on, I begin to remenisce about the music I so love.  Today I was looking over the birthdays we will be celebrating this evening and one name just jumped out at me ... Herb Reed ... Bass singer and perfect gentleman of the Platters.  I Began to think about the precious ...

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No School Saturday: Trip to the Hobby Shop ... Harry's!

Posted on August 1, 2020 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Good Morning Ginchers,

Welcome to No School Saturday ... and, a trip to Harry's Hobby Shop!  When one says Hobby Shop today it has a different meaning than when I grew up.  Today it's a trip to the Mall or giant building on a major highway somewhere in suburbia U.S.A.  It is now a Craft/Hobby shop where you can get anything from fake plants to jewelry making kits to models and they have private rooms where one can get lessons on how to craft or assemble something.  L...

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Feature Friday: The Killer ... Jerry Lee Lewis!

Posted on July 31, 2020 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello Ginchers,

It's Feature Friday ... The Killer ... Jerry Lee Lewis!  One of the pioneers of early Rock n' Roll, one of the top six that shaped Rock n' Roll, there was Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.  He was also part of the Million Dollar Quartet from Sun Records with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.  He broke onto the Rock n' Roll scene in 1956 with "Crazy Arms" and in 1957 had a string of hits with...

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Throw Back Thursday: The Soul Patrol ... WZUM!

Posted on July 30, 2020 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

G'Day Ginchers,

Throw Back Thursday has arrived ... it's the origin of the Soul Patrol ... WZUM!  If you grew up in Pittsburgh there were two super soul shows on the radio ... WAMO with Porky Chedwick and WZUM with Mad Mike Metro.  Today I'm gonna concentrate on WZUM.  Every week the WZUM Sheet would come out and the top SOUL tunes in the Nation would be listed as heard on WZUM.  Over the years music changed and so did the radio staions ... however, Mad Mike took ove...

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Wa'sup Wednesday: Pop Bottles and Penny Candy

Posted on July 29, 2020 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Morning Ginchers,

Wa'sup Wednesday ... remember pop bottles and penny candy?  Let's start with Lou' and Mary's, our corner candy store on the Northside of Pittsburgh.  Yeah, they had some bread and things in the back but the real attraction was when you walked in the door, right in front of you was a kick and catch penny machine.  It had a football player that you could make go back and forth and a football kicker with a leg that kicked the penny to the top and it made it...

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Mo' Music Monday: From Harlette to starlet ... Melissa

Posted on July 27, 2020 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy Monday Ginchers,

Mo' Music Monday ... from Harlette to Starlet ... Melissa Manchester!  This lady is an amazing musical instrument, her voice that is ... born in the Bronx to a musical family.  Her father was a bassoonist for the New York Metropolitan Opera, she learned how to play piano and harpsichord at the Manhattan School of Music, began singing commercial jingles at the age of 15 and became a staff writer for Chappell Music while attending Manhattan's High School o...

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