Cruisin' - A History Of Rock N' Roll Radio

(4.9 stars; 25 reviews)

The word cruisin' doesn't appear in the dictionary, but it's a familiar word to millions of people who did it. CRUISIN' THE FIFTIES AND SIXTIES, is a year-by-year recreation of pop music radio during the years 1955 through 1970. Each album is not just a collection of the top pop music of a particular year, but a total recreation by a top disk jockey (of that year) doing his original program over a major pop music station. That means actual commercials, promotional jingles, sound effects, newscast simulations and even record hop announcements in addition to the original records themselves. The disk jockeys who appear on the series were picked after a month of carefully researching a decade's issues of BILLBOARD, including tabulating all disk jockey mentions. The names were then cross checked with audience rating services and longtime radio expert Bill Gavin--all this just to determine with jocks on which stations represented each year most accurately. CRUISIN' producer Ron Jacobs monitored thousands of feet of tape, travelled over 10,000 miles and rooted through forgotten files and cluttered basements for old commercials, station promos and jingles. He also managed to get clearances for 84 different records, of which 42 are certified million-sellers, and all are from the Top 30 of their respective years. Once all the material had been collected, weeks were spent in the studio carefully integrating almost 1,000 seperate cues, and timing each year's "radio program" so it could be mastered for tape in four exactly equal parts. This was done to eliminate any dead space on CRUISIN' cassettes and cartridges, making each "rebroadcast" as realistic as possible and similar to the "tracking" effects of records. CRUISIN' was, in fact, originally conceived as a tape project: the first major one in the industry. After all, cruisin' meant cars, and listening to rock stations on the car radio; not until the enormous growth of in-car tape equipment was anyone able to recreate not only the sound of yesterday but the environment where the sound was first heard. Says Jacobs: "The full impact of such originally American social, technological, artistic and economic influences as rock and roll and Top 40 radio may not be fully realized in this century. But regardless of what time will ultimately be required to allow full historic perspective, there is the obligation to preserve the material so the media itself, not just written reviews and descriptions, will exist for future analysis. 1955 Opening Theme (Rock and Roll) -- Buddy Morrow I Got a Woman -- Ray Charles "Jumpin'" George Rock and Roll Jubilee Annie Had a Baby -- Hank Ballard and the Midnighters Teen Jive Talk Sincerely -- Moonglows Melrose Record Shop commercial Hearts of Stone -- Charms Acme Home Remodelers commercial My Babe -- Little Walter "Oh Yeh" Earth Angel -- Penguins KSAN station ID Maybelline -- Chuck Berry "Jumpin'" George Bar-B-Q Pit jingle (from 1953) Only You -- Platters Letter from Korea Ain't It a Shame -- Fats Domino 30th & San Pedro Furniture Warehouse commercial Story Untold -- Nutmegs Rogers Men's Store commercial Bo Diddley -- Bo Diddley Columbus Motors (1955 Dodge) commercial Pledging My Love -- Johnny Ace _____________________________________________ 1956 Robin Seymour Theme -- The Four Lads Roll Over Beethoven -- Chuck Berry Recommended Record Stores Eddie My Love -- The Teen Queens Faygo Root Beer commercial Why Do Fools Fall In Love -- Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers Robin Seymour's Original Rock 'n' Roll Review Tonite Tonite -- The Mello Kings Dog Pound (remote) announcement Fever -- Little Willie John 1956 Ford Commercial -- The Four Lads The Great Pretender -- The Platters (N/L) WKMH station ID WKMH sports headlines -- Van Patrick Tutti Frutti -- Little Richard Sunday Show Promo Stranded in the Jungle -- The Cadets Merchants Green Stamp commercial Speedo -- The Cadillacs WKMH jingle Gee -- The Crows Budweiser® commercial -- The Crew Cuts In the Still of the Night -- The Five Satins Detroit Times commercial Honky Tonk -- Bill Doggett _____________________________________________ 1957 Joe Niagra Theme Susie Q - Dale Hawkins Muntz TV Commercial Happy, Happy Birthday Baby - The Tuneweavers Gelatin-Plus & Rayco Commercial School Days - Chuck Berry WIBG Jingle A Thousand Miles Away - The Heartbeats The WIBG Weather Sound Party Doll - Buddy Knox and the Rhythm Orchids 1957 Ford Commercial Goodnight Sweetheart - The Spaniels WIBG Station I.D. Little Darlin' - The Diamonds Maternity B.V.M. Hop Announcement Over The Mountain, Across The Sea - Johnny & Joe WIBG Calling All Cars Bony Moronie - Larry Williams WIBG Community Club Awards Promo To The Aisle - The Five Satins WIBG Newstip Promo Honeycomb - Jimmie Rodgers 1957 Mercury Commercial Long Lonely Nights - Lee Andrews & The Hearts _____________________________________________ 1958 Jack Carney theme At The Hop -- Danny and The Juniors WIL Back to School contest Tequila -- The Champs 1958 Mercury commercial Book of Love -- Monotones WIL Summertime jingle Rock and Roll Music -- Chuck Berry Pookie Snackenberg Button Bit Kisses Sweeter Than Wine -- Jimmie Rodgers WIL College of Musical Knowledge Contest Short Shorts -- The Royal Teens WIL Station ID Chantilly Lace -- The Big Bopper Gillette commercial Do You Wanna Dance -- Bobby Freeman Old Spice commercial Rockin' Robin -- Bobby Day WIL jingle Get A Job -- The Silhouettes Gary Owens Show plug Ten Commandments of Love -- Harvey & The Moonglows 1958 Chevrolet commercial Reber Rouser -- Duane Eddy _____________________________________________ 1959 Hunter Hancock Theme (Baby) Hully Gully - The Olympics Jordan High School Record Hop There Is Something On Your Mind - Big Jay McNeely Since I Don't Have You - The Skyliners Chuck Berry Bit Almost Grown - Chuck Berry Saturday Evening Post Commercial What A Difference A Day Makes - Dinah Washington Champion Spark Plug Commercial Say Man - Bo Diddley KGFJ Station I.D. Sixteen Candles - The Crests Personality - Lloyd Price Dolphin's of Hollywood Commercial It's Just A Matter Of Time - Brook Benton Sea Of Love - Phil Phillips I Only Have Eyes For You - The Flamingos Robert Hall Commercial Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison Hunter Hancock Theme _____________________________________________ 1960 Dick Biondi Theme You Talk Too Much - Joe Jones St. Mary's Record Hop Plug Tears On My Pillow - Little Anthony & The Imperials WKBW Big Weather Baby, You Got What It Takes - Brook Benton & Dinah Washington Wardynski Sausage Commercial What In The World's Come Over You - Jack Scott Biondi's Pick of the Week: Finger Poppin' Time -- Hank Ballard & The Midnighters Budweiser® commercial See You In September - The Tempos WKBW station ID Alley Oop - The Hollywood Argyles Gillette Commercial and Jingle Stay - Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs Genessee Beer Commercial Running Bear - Johnny Preston Elvis Presley Bit The Big Hurt - Toni Fisher L & M Commercial Because They're Young - Duane Eddy) Norwich High Record Hop "Thank You" Fannie Mae - Buster Brown _____________________________________________ 1961 Arnie Ginsburg Theme -- The 3D's Blue Moon -- The Marcels WMEX Tower of Talent My True Story -- The Jive Five Adventure Car Hop commercial Nadine -- Chuck Berry WMEX jingle Wooden Heart -- Joe Dowell WMEX Mystery City Contest But I Do -- Clarence "Frogman" Henry) 1961 Ford Commercial Beep Beep -- The Playmates WMEX station ID Arnie Ginsburg Theme -- Freddie Cannon Tossin' & Turnin' -- Bobby Lewis WMEX Teacher of the Day contest Daddy's Home -- Shep and The Limelights Pal Mal Rock Commercial -- Mal, The 3D's, and Arnie Runaway -- Del Shannon WMEX jingle Barbara Ann -- The Regents Fenway DJ promo Ya Ya -- Lee Dorsey 1961 Pontiac commercial Hideaway -- Freddie King _____________________________________________ 1962 KLIF News Headlines Peppermint Twist -- Joey Dee & The Starlighters Soldier Boy -- The Shirelles KLIF Summer Spectacular I Need Your Lovin' -- Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford This Knight's Bullseye Hey Baby -- Bruce Channel KLIF Master Control Let Me In -- The Sensations Skyland Chrysler commercial Johnny Angel -- Shelley Fabares KLIF station ID Duke of Earl -- Gene Chandler You'll Lose a Good Thing -- Barbara Lynn Gillette commercial The Wanderer -- Dion KLIF E.S.P. promo Goodbye Cruel World -- James Darren Flying High in the Dallas Sky Sealed With A Kiss -- Brian Hyland) KLIF DJ Trading Stamp promo Locomotion -- Little Eva _____________________________________________ 1963 Opening Theme (HAND CLAPPIN' - Red Prysock) Easier Said Than Done - The Essex WMCA "Good Guy" Sweatshirt Winner Announcement & B.M.R. "Bell Ringer" intro Sally Go Round The Roses - The Jaynettes WMCA "Good Guys" Song He's So Fine - The Chiffons 1963 Dodge Commercial Twist & Shout - The Isley Brothers Green Acres Promo Baby It's You - Shirelles "Name It And Claim It" Winner It's My Party - Leslie Gore WMCA Station I.D. Walk Right In - The Rooftop Singers Litter Basket public Service Song Hey Girl - Freddie Scott B.M.R. Correspondent's Report Denise - Randy & The Rainbows WMCA "That's The Way To Spend Your Day" Song Mama Didn't Lie - Jan Bradley 1963 Rambler Commercial Hey Paula - Paul & Paula "Musical Love Letters" Contest Winners Louie, Louie - Kingsmen _____________________________________________ 1964 Johnny Holliday Theme Harlem Shuffle - Bob & Earl Salute to Warrensville Heights High Tigers Nitty Gritty - Shirley Ellis Budweiser® Commercial Dang Me - Roger Miller WHK Action Central News Promo Chapel Of Love - The Dixie Cups 1964 Rambler Commercial Since I Fell For You - Lenny Welch Kahn's Weiner Commercial The Girl From Ipanema - Getz/Gilberto "My Mommy Listens To WHK" Promo The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) - Betty Everett Coca-Cola Commercial - The Limelighters Talk Back Trembling Lips - Johnny Tillotson WHK Cash Quiz Jackpot Promo It's All Right - The Impressions Miss Teenage Cleveland Announcement Funny - Joe Hinton American Lamb Council Commercial - Jane Wyatt Remember (Walkin' In The Sand) - The Shangri-Las WHK Radio Wonders Basketball Team Announcement Suspicion - Terry Stafford WHK Color Channel 14 Jingle _____________________________________________ 1965 KHJ I.D. & Robert W. Morgan Jingle Hang on Sloopy - The McCoys 1965 Rambler Commercial Wooly Bully - Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs Thrifty Drug Stores Jingles & Commercial You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - The Righteous Brothers KHJ Magic Key (Boss Mustang) Promo-* The Birds & The Bees - Jewel Akens "Mr. Zip" Public Service Announcement King Of The Road - Roger Miller KHJ-TV Beatle Special Promo & "Golden" Jingle Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry "It's 8:30 in Boss Angeles!" The Name Game - Shirley Ellis Standard Shoe Stores Commercial The "In" Crowd - Ramsey Lewis Trio "It's Boss" Promo It Ain't Me Babe - The Turtles 1965 Studebaker Commercial Downtown - Petula Clark U.C.L.A. Bruin Football Announcement Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire) "The Outlaws Is Coming" Commercial Lover's Concerto - The Toys _____________________________________________ 1966 Pat O'Day Theme Devil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly- Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels Boeing 50th Anniversary Salute Sunny - Bobby Hebb 1966 Plymouth Commercial Wipeout - The Surfaris KJR All American Datebook Soul & Inspiration - The Righteous Brothers Washington Fryer Commercial Psychotic Reaction - The Count Five 1966 Continental Commercial Born A Woman - Sandy Posey KJR Channel 95 Jingle KJR Number One Announcement Hanky Panky - Tommy James & the Shondells 1966 Chrysler Commercial Walk Away, Renee - The Left Banke 1966 Pacific Northwest Band Championship Announcement Lil' Red Riding Hood - Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs Parker's All-City Dance Commercial See You In September - The Happenings Jay Jacobs Jingle & Commercial California Dreaming - The Mamas & The Papas Seattle Sea Fair Skipper Pin Announcement Sweet Pea - Tommy Roe _____________________________________________ 1967 Dr. Don Rose Theme Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) - John Fred & His Playboy Band (2:47) WQXI Hole-In-One Contest Plug Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie - Jay & The Techniques 1967 Ford Commercial Happy Together - The Turtles WQXI Secret Student Announcement Society's Child - Janis Ian Morgan Cleaners Commercial I Think We're Alone Now - Tommy James & the Shondells Dr. Don's Birthday Book Gimme Little Sign - Brenton Wood WQXI Station I.D. & News (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet - The Blues Magoos WQXI 'Tenna Topper Contest Promo Snoopy VS. The Red Baron - The Royal Guardsmen 1967 Rambler Commercial 98.6 - Keith The WQXI Atlantan Of The Day Little Bit O' Soul - Music Explosion John Smith Chevrolet Commercial The Rain, The Park & Other Things - The Cowsills Falcon Factbook Announcement Incense And Peppermints - Strawberry Alarm Clock WQXI "Good, Good Morning" Jingle _____________________________________________ 1968 JOHNNY DARK - WCAO INTRO MAGIC CARPET RIDE - STEPPENWOLF 60 CALLING PROMO DOUBLE MINT GUM COMMERCIAL WCAO PROMO I WISH IT WOULD RAIN - THE TEMPTATIONS JACK EDWARDS PROMO SPOOKY - CLASSIC IV MAKE IT OR BREAK IT PROMO WCAO PROMO CRY LIKE A BABY - BOX TOPS WEEPER OF THE WEEK HONEY - BOBBY GOLDSBORO JOHNNY DARK WCAO CARLING BLACK LABEL COMMERCIAL ANGEL OF THE MORNING - MERRILEE RUSH GIRL WATCHER - THE O'KAYSIONS GENE CREASY PROMO WINK SOFT DRINK COMMERCIAL MIDNIGHT CONFESSION - GRASS ROOTS LOVE CHILD - THE SUPREMES I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE - MARVIN GAYE JOHNNY DARK WCAO PROMO _____________________________________________ 1969 Harv Moore Intro Lover Please - Clyde McPhatter Colt Ford Spot He Will Break Your Heart - The Groovers Suburban Trust Spot WPGC Promo Spot Tequila - The Champs Working on a Groovy Thing - Fifth Dimension Hann's Shoes Commercial Talk to Me - Sunny & The Sunglows Carling Black Label Commercial Abraham, Martin & John - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles WPGC Promo Coke Commercial My Boyfriend's Back - The Angels Two In A Row Promo The Israelites - Desmond Dekker & The Aces Tanya Suntan Lotion Commercial McDonald's Commercial Pushin' Too Hard - The Seeds My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder Harv Moore WPGC Promo "Good morning, Washington!" _____________________________________________ 1970 Kris Erik Stevens -- WLS opening Spirit in the Sky -- Norman Greenbaum Sears Record Sale commercial March of Dimes commercial Weather/WLS sports Drowning in the Sea of Love -- Joe Simon Joe Woods for Cook County Board commercial WLS promo Green-Eyed Lady -- Sugar Loaf WLS promo Gypsy Woman -- Brian Hyland Coke commercial Vehicle -- Ides of March Pantry Food Mart commercial WLS More Music promo One Less Bell to Answer -- The Fifth Dimension WLS News Special 89 Hour Color TV WLS promo Rock of Chicago Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You -- Wilson Pickett Eastern Airlines commercial Big Brothers of Chicago public service commercial WLS Number One Oldie: Will You Love Me Tomorrow -- The Shirelles Windy City weather National Conference of Christians and Jews public service commercial Carling Black Label commercial Kris Erik Stevens promo Pepperidge Farm commercial Sunshine -- Jonathan Edwards George W. Dunne political commercial Celebrate -- Three Dog Night Chicago Today commercial New World Coming -- Mama Cass

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.



Please help me find other old good music!

(5 stars)

Can anyone tell me where I can find the 50 volumes of this? "Tribute to Porky Chedwick". There's a bunch of great music on there, I'd love to hear, too! If someone puts the words "Tribute to Porky Chedwick", in their search box, the first page of that search brings up "someone", who has all the volumes and all the song's listed with them. The volumes are broken up, in different websites, on that first page, and here is the first listing: Tribute To Porky Chedwick Volumes 1 to 26 I can't comment to this person. It doesn't work, when I try, so I'm assuming the site is dead. And you have to buy a premium subscription to download them, and I hate to put money on it, if it's only going to tell me, the links are dead. I've come here, to at least hear THESE volumes, so thanks for the upload of these! Can't really rate it yet, as I was really anxious to know, if someone can help find the 50 volumes of that tribute to Porky Chedwick.

Terrific collection of 50's and 60's hit radio

(5 stars)

I first bought the Cruisin' 1961 vinyl album about 40 years ago as a teen and later picked up the 1966 vinyl featuring Pat O'Day and KJR, the station I grew up listening to and an absolute juggernaut in the day (thanks to Pat O'Day). Supposedly, Joey Reynolds, a top East Coast DJ, was going to recreate 1971 or 1972 for follow-ups but it never came about. Anyway, in recent years, I've bought all 14 years' worth of Cruisin' albums on cassette or CD but they were remixed from the originals because rights to certain songs or something had run a result, the remixes sound far inferior. These tracks on ARE the originals. Even though the Cruisin' albums aren't real airchecks from the years depicted, they're still extremely well-done depictions of how things were. As a radio junkie since grade school and having been a DJ for two decades myself, I can't recommend this series highly enough.

Some details on this collection

(5 stars)

Ron Jacobs created all of these albums EXCEPT for 1968, 1969 and 1970. In fact Ron absolutely hated those volumes as they were always associated with him, despite their inferior construction. While most all of these are recreations, not all of them are. 1969 and 1970 are both actual air checks, with short intros or endings voiced by the jocks from those years (and another reason Ron Jacobs hated those volumes as he felt actual air checks lacked the proper fidelity or continuity he was targeting) Find out for yourself, listen to any Cruisin album from 1955 to 1967 and you will hear that the time checks and weather reports are consistent. Then check out 1970 and you will notice that the wx reports and reported temperatures change during the course of the recording. Despite those facts having the original unedited Ron Jacobs versions here is awesome!!

I need to listen, but...

(0 stars)

Why all the oldies (for that year) on the 1969 program? Couldn't get the rights to The Archies' "Sugar, Sugar" - the number 1 song of the year? I think being available to cut out from the back of some Post cereals probably helped it up the charts. It just seems a waste to use up such a large amount of the available time having songs that would have fit on earlier tapes. Besides the heavier rock sounds of the time, 1969 was also the time of a lot of Bubblegum pop groups like The Ohio Express and the 1910 Fruit Gum Company, plus some other great 1-hit wonders.

I appreciate your efforts to bring back 50's & 60's radio

(5 stars)

Thanks so much for bringing back memories of the music that some of the radio stations used to play. Many berate the music of the late 50's & the 60's, but those people don't appreciate how great this stuff really was and is! They actually think today's music is the greatest that there ever was. Believe me, I know they are wrong!

Original Recordings As well!

(5 stars)

I have several of the Cruisin' LP's issued/reissued some time ago and it was great to finally find these "albums" again but this time without having to endure many non-original song recordings which were substituted in many instances (I think due to contractual disagreements or something like that) for re-recordings or alternative recordings which kind of spoiled the whole feel of the release(s).

I'd give it 10 stars if I could

(5 stars)

What a wonderful treasure trove. I have '58 on cassette (yes, it still plays), and it's so awesome to be able to grab the rest of the series. I only wish one of the classic NY DJs (Cousin Brucie, Harry Harrison, Dan Ingram, et al) announced at least one of these.

Wow, wow, wow!

(5 stars)

I can't believe I've just found these! I've got a few on vinyl that I bought second-hand back in the early 70s. I've also bought the CD versions that are good but don't have the radio idents, etc that the vinyl one have. Thank you so much whoever uploaded these!