Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rockin' In The Cradle Of Liberty: Sounds of Summer & WFIL



During my growing up years in the late 1960's
and the 1970's summer was not summer without 
listening to the Top 40 pop music played over the air waves
from Philadelphia and WFIL-AM radio.

"The Boss" station, also known as the "Famous 56"
 broadcasting from the City of Brotherly Love,
  could be heard all across South Jersey and down the shore,
 south to the city of Wilmington, Delaware and
 as faraway to the north as Staten Island, New York.



My parents like to take us down the shore to Avalon



Although AM-radio was gradually replaced by
higher frequency FM-radio, and WFIL today has a
religious talk show format, the memories of listening
to "The Boss" on the car radio while riding with
my parents going down the shore,  playing on the beach
or at picnics, or on my portable transistor radio in
the backyard while swinging higher and higher on
the swing set with my bare feet pushing 
 against the thick humid air of a sultry June night
are never far from my mind these days now
that summer is here once again.

Some of my favorite song memories
from "The Boss" WFIL-AM:



Daydream Believer
The Monkees





Winchester Cathedral
Petula Clark





Gentle On My Mind
Glen Campbell






Green Green Grass Of Home
Tom Jones




Sugar Sugar
The Archies






Sweet Caroline
Neil Diamond




Up Around The Bend
Creedence Clearwater Revival




Age of Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In
The Fifth Dimension





Ride Captain Ride
Blue Image




Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes
Edison Lighthouse





Close to You
The Carpenters





Joy To The World
Three Dog Night





ABC
The Jackson 5






Motorcycle Mama
Sailcat




My Love
Paul McCartney and Wings




Brandy
Looking Glass




Vincent
(Starry Starry Night)
Don McLean





Precious And Few
Climax






Beach Baby
First Class



The Streak
Ray Stevens





Delta Dawn
Helen Reddy





Burning Love
Elvis Presley





Take It Easy
The Eagles





Sundown
Gordon Lightfoot






Betcha By Golly Wow
The Stylistics 





Black Water
The Doobie Brothers





Signs
Five Man Electrical Band



Moonlight Feels Right
Starbuck




City Of New Orleans
Arlo Guthrie






Always And Forever
Heatwave





Stayin Alive
The Bee Gees





Summer Nights
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John



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