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50 Years Ago This Week

Hosted by: Jim Melloan
Live Tuesday at 8:00 pm
Category: Music

About the Show

Jim Melloan spins the hits of the Top 40 from 50 years ago, as well as different versions of many of the songs from across the years. He also supplies commentary and facts about the songs and their composers, the recording artists, and personal recollections. This year we’re looking at 1966, when the schlock is fading and the rock becomes ascendant. Motown is in full flower, psychedelia is catching on, and there’s a fair sampling of the just plain weird. We play it all.

About Jim Melloan

Jim Melloan is an actor, editor, musician, and writer. He has been involved with the downtown NYC performance scene since 1996. He has worked as the project manager for the Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest-growing private companies for Inc. magazine, and as a writer for Worth magazine. He was a founding member of the ImprovBoston improv troupe in the early 1980s. He is a singer-songwriter who plays keyboard.  Three years ago he started doing a weekly post on Facebook about chart-topping hits from 50 years ago. Last year he expanded on the concept by starting an occasional column on this music for the downtown newspaper Chelsea Now, and creating the 50 Years Ago This Week radio show on Radio Free Brooklyn.



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  • 50 Years Ago This Week - Ben Louis Guest Hosts
    by Jim Melloan on August 18, 2017 at 01:02

    Guest host Ben Louis hosts special guests Krime Family Records. He plays tracks from their latest album and some tracks as yet unreleased. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. […]

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 114
    by Jim Melloan on August 15, 2017 at 20:08

    In this episode from August 1, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "To Love Somebody," by the Bee Gees, "All You Need Is Love," by The Beatles, and "Pleasant Valley Sunday," by the Monkees. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. […]

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 112
    by Jim Melloan on July 25, 2017 at 03:37

    In this episode from July 18, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "I Like the Way" by Tommy James and the Shondells, "Silence Is Golden" by The Tremeloes, and "There Goes My Everything" by Engelbert Humperdinck. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. […]

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 111
    by Jim Melloan on July 17, 2017 at 04:40

    In this episode from July 11, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Carrie-Anne" by the Hollies, "Jackson," by Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra, and "More Love," by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. […]

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 110
    by Jim Melloan on July 11, 2017 at 08:27

    In this episode from July 4, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" by The Buckinghams, "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane, and "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn […]

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 109
    by Jim Melloan on July 4, 2017 at 04:25

    In this episode from June 27, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Oogum Boogum" by Brenton Wood, "I Was Made to Love Her" by Stevie Wonder, and The Doors, with "Light My Fire"! 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. […]

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 108
    by Jim Melloan on June 27, 2017 at 04:46

    In this episode from June 20, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Up, Up and Away" by The 5th Dimension, "Society's Child" by Janis Ian, and "Don't Sleep in the Subway" by Petula Clark. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. […]

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 107
    by Jim Melloan on June 19, 2017 at 06:42

    In this episode from June 13, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead!" by The Fifth Estate, "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)", by Scott McKenzie, and the first American hit by the Bee Gees, "New York Mining Disaster 1941." 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. […]

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 106
    by Jim Melloan on June 15, 2017 at 09:08

    In this episdode from June 6, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Tyrell, "Let's Live for Today," by The Grass Roots, "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," by Frankie Valli, and "Windy," by The Association. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. (Note: Due to technical difficulties, the music is only on the right channel for the first 24 minutes of this show. The left channel kicks in at around 24:30.) […]

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 105
    by Jim Melloan on June 15, 2017 at 04:27

    In this episode from May 30, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "She'd Rather Be With Me" by The Turtles, "Alfie" by Dionne Warwick, and "Do It Again Just a Little Bit Slower" by Jon & Robin. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. […]

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 104
    by Jim Melloan on May 31, 2017 at 03:53

    In this episode from May 23, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debut of The Who! With "Happy Jack"! Also the Top 40 debuts of The Tokens' "Portrait of My Love" and The Lovin' Spoonful's "Six O'Clock." 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. […]

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 103
    by Jim Melloan on May 22, 2017 at 02:33

    In this episode from May 16, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman" by Whistling Jack Smith, "Shake a Tail Feather" by James & Bobby Purify, and "Creeque Alley" by The Mamas & The Papas. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM, on Radio Free Brooklyn. […]

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 102
    by Jim Melloan on May 19, 2017 at 04:23

    In this episode from May 9, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of Jefferson Airplane, with "Somebody to Love," Aretha Franklin's "Respect," and The Young Rascals' "Groovin'." 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM, on Radio Free Brooklyn. […]

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 101
    by Jim Melloan on May 8, 2017 at 04:04

    In this episode from May 2, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass's "Casino Royale," Engelbert Humperdinck, with "Please Release Me (Let Me Go)," and The Byrds' "My Back Pages." 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. […]

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 100
    by Jim Melloan on May 1, 2017 at 07:15

    In this special 100th episode of 50 Years Ago This Week from April 25, 2017, Jim counts down not only the Top 40 from April 22, 1967, but also the top ten for the year for 100 years ago—1917! Top 40 debuts include "When I Was Young" by Eric Burdon and the Animals, "Music to Watch Girls By" by Andy Williams, and "Friday on My Mind" by The Easybeats. […]

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 99
    by Jim Melloan on April 24, 2017 at 04:25

    In this episode from April 18, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of The Monkees' "The Girl I Knew Somewhere," The Hollies' "On a Carousel," and The Supremes' "The Happening." 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. […]

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 98
    by Jim Melloan on April 17, 2017 at 22:47

    In this episode from April 11, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of Keith's "Tell It to My Face," The Spencer Davis Group's "I'm a Man," and The Buckinghams' "Don't You Care." 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. […]

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 97
    by Jim Melloan on April 10, 2017 at 04:38

    In this episode from April 4, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "At the Zoo" by Simon & Garfunkel, "Travelin' Man" by Stevie Wonder, and "Sweet Soul Music" by Arthur Conley. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM, on Radio Free Brooklyn. […]

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 96
    by Jim Melloan on April 3, 2017 at 04:45

    In this episode from March 28, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of The Platters' "With This Ring," The Monkees' "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You," and Frank and Nancy Sinatra's "Something Stupid." 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn […]

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 95
    by Jim Melloan on March 29, 2017 at 03:47

    In this episode from March 21, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of Martha and the Vandellas' "Jimmy Mack," Harpers Bizarre's "59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)," and Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)." 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. […]

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