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50 Years Ago This Week
50 Years Ago This Week
Hosted by Jim Melloan. 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.
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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 Episode 122
    by Jim Melloan on October 17, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    In this episode from October 10, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)" by The Hombres, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin, and "People Are Strange" by The Doors. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Read more →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 121
    by Jim Melloan on October 9, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    In this episode from October 3, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Soul Man," by Sam & Dave, "It Must Be Him," by Vikki Carr, and "Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song)" by The Buckinghams. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Read more →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 120
    by Jim Melloan on October 2, 2017 at 1:51 am

    n this episode from September 26, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "To Sir With Love," by Lulu, "Dandelion" by The Rolling Stones, and "How Can I Be Sure," by The Young Rascals." 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Read more →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week 9/19/17 - Ben Louis Hosts Again
    by Jim Melloan on October 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Ben Louis talks with sexologist Vanessa Hazel and Duce from the Cognac Chronicles about sexual education; listeners call in with questions for Vanessa. Read more →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 119
    by Jim Melloan on September 23, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    In this episode from September 12, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Blues Theme" by Davie Allan & The Arrows (from the soundtrack to the movie The Wild Angels), "Little Ole Wine Drinker, Me" by Dean Martin, and "Gimme Little Sign" by Brenton Wood. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Read more →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 118
    by Jim Melloan on September 12, 2017 at 1:58 am

    In this episode from September 5, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 premieres of "I Dig Rock and Roll Music" by Peter, Paul and Mary, "I Had a Dream," by Paul Revere and the Raiders, and "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" by Jackie Wilson. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Read more →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 117
    by Jim Melloan on September 10, 2017 at 1:35 am

    In this episode from August 29, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "There Is a Mountain" by Donovan, "Funky Broadway" by Wilson Pickett, and "The Letter" by The Box Tops. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Read more →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 115
    by Jim Melloan on August 22, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    In this episode from August 15, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of The Beatles' "Baby You're a Rich Man," The Beach Boys' "Heroes and Villains," and Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe." 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Read more →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week - Ben Louis Guest Hosts
    by Jim Melloan on August 18, 2017 at 1:02 am

    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. Read more →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 114
    by Jim Melloan on August 15, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    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. Read more →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 112
    by Jim Melloan on July 25, 2017 at 3:37 am

    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. Read more →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 111
    by Jim Melloan on July 17, 2017 at 4:40 am

    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. Read more →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 110
    by Jim Melloan on July 11, 2017 at 8:27 am

    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 Read more →

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

    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. Read more →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 108
    by Jim Melloan on June 27, 2017 at 4:46 am

    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. Read more →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 107
    by Jim Melloan on June 19, 2017 at 6:42 am

    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. Read more →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 106
    by Jim Melloan on June 15, 2017 at 9:08 am

    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.) Read more →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 105
    by Jim Melloan on June 15, 2017 at 4:27 am

    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. Read more →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 104
    by Jim Melloan on May 31, 2017 at 3:53 am

    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. Read more →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 103
    by Jim Melloan on May 22, 2017 at 2:33 am

    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. Read more →

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