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

The Jackson 5

Motorcycle Mama

My Love
Paul McCartney and Wings

Looking Glass

(Starry Starry Night)
Don McLean

Precious And Few

Beach Baby
First Class

The Streak
Ray Stevens

Delta Dawn
Helen Reddy

Burning Love
Elvis Presley

Take It Easy
The Eagles

Gordon Lightfoot

Betcha By Golly Wow
The Stylistics 

Black Water
The Doobie Brothers

Five Man Electrical Band

Moonlight Feels Right

City Of New Orleans
Arlo Guthrie

Always And Forever

Stayin Alive
The Bee Gees

Summer Nights
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

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