6 thoughts on “Classic Rockers Gone, But Not Forgotten

  1. A lot of great choices today. I remember buying “Something In The Air” as a single when it was first released. I still really like that song even after all these years. I would always play the “B” sides on all my singles to see if there was anything really good there. The one on that single was nothing like I would have expected……

  2. I worked at an alternative rock radio station the first time I tried college in the early 80’s. The programing was other tracts off albums of the top 40 songs and classic rock with a 50/50 mix per hour. The program director made more money selling weed than he did at the station. I got into Roy Orbison, the Doors, Cream, and all the southern rock bands: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, 38 Special, ZZ Top, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, Eli, and the Outlaws. I would usually play The End as my last son of the shift which ended at 6AM. I would alternate between the 12 minute version and the shorter version.

    • What I really miss are two FM stations in our area that played “underground” music back in the mid/late sixties. This is when FM was mostly talk radio and classical music. Everyone was listening to the popular music of the day on AM radio and every station was pretty much the same. There are people who collect things called airchecks. These are recordings of radio shows from back in the day. I found a guy who had a bunch from KQV-FM, which was my favorite underground station a few years ago and bought all that he had. Believe it or not I remember listening to a couple from 1968 when they were actually on the air. Made me feel like I was 14 again. Brother Love would play things like both parts I & II of “Sky Pilot”, which you never heard anywhere else. And “Fresh Garbage” by Spirit. Brother John on the other station would play “Beck’s Bolero” by the Jeff Beck Group every day right before the noon news. He would also play an all time favorite of mine, “Nature’s Way” by Spirit. That was also the only local station that played “Black Sabbath” by Black Sabbath in the early seventies. If it weren’t for those guys I probably never would have become a fan of the Stooges which was Iggy Pop’s early band……

      • When I was a teenager I lived on a very rural farm in the 70’s. My dad was a retired Ground Radio instructor for the Army and still in the Air Guard as a dirt radio maintenance supervisor. He also had a very respectable Ham radio setup. I used to record BBC radio shows that would transmit on two frequencies to simulate stereo. I also could pick up the King Biscuit Flower Hour and concert transmissions.

        When my dad was an Army Commo Instructor he was also in GA Air National Guard Electronics Instillation unit. With his Civil Service job he could spend 30 days a year on Guard activation. That was 6 weeks of active duty. He typically spent 3 weeks in Germany and a few months later 3 weeks in Korea. With each trip he built and upgraded a stereo system for me. I ended up with two Teac reel to reel recorders, Pioneer duel cassette, Alpine 8-track recorder, Marantz equalizer, Pioneer turntable, Sony DAT cassette deck, Pioneer 200 watt receiver, and Bose 601 speakers by the time I was a senior in HS. I still have all of it except for one Teac reel to reel, replaced the duel cassette with a Alpine cassette, and a Chinese no-name turntable.

        I made spending cash by selling cassettes of my reel to reel recordings. An Album would cost $6-8 and I would sell a cassette for $4 or 2 for $7. On most car systems you couldn’t tell the difference.

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