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. As 1967 turns to 1968, much of the schlock has faded and rock is ascendant. Motown and psychedelia are in full flower, bubble gum is becoming a thing, and there’s still a nice 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.  Five years ago he started doing a weekly post on Facebook about chart-topping hits from 50 years ago. In 2015 he expanded on the concept by starting an occasional column on this music for the downtown newspaper ChelseaNow, and creating the 50 Years Ago This Week radio show on Radio Free Brooklyn.



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  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 181
    by Jim Melloan on December 10, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    In this episode from December 4, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Too Weak to Fight" by Clarence Carter, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" by Andy Williams with the St. Charles Borromeo Choir, and "Shame Shame" by Magic Lanterns. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 180
    by Jim Melloan on December 3, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    In this episode from November 27, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Cloud Nine" by the Temptations, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye, and "Both Sides Now" by Judy Collins. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EST, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 179
    by Jim Melloan on November 25, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    In this episode from November 20, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Stormy" by Classics IV, "I Love How You Love Me" by Bobby Vinton, and "Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EST, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 178
    by Jim Melloan on November 19, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    In this episode from November 13, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Little Arrows" by Leapy Lee, "For Once in My Life" by Stevie Wonder, and "Quick Joey Small (Run Joey Run)" by the Kasenetz-Katz Super Circus. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EST, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 177
    by Jim Melloan on November 13, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    In this episode from November 6, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Gentle On My Mind" by Glen Campbell, "Abraham, Martin & John" by Dion, and The Archies, with "Bang-Shang-a-Lang." 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EST, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 176
    by Jim Melloan on November 13, 2018 at 2:11 am

    In this episode from October 30, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Sweet Blindness" by The 5th Dimension, "Magic Carpet Ride" by Steppenwolf, and "Love Child" by Diana Ross & the Supremes. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EST, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 175
    by Jim Melloan on November 11, 2018 at 1:50 am

    In this episode from October 23, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Court of Love" by the Unifics, "Lalena" by Donovan, and "White Room" by Cream. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EST, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 174
    by Jim Melloan on November 8, 2018 at 2:19 am

    In this episode from October 16, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "I Met Her in Church" by The Box Tops, "Elenore" by The Turtles, and "Those Were the Days" by Mary Hopkin. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EST, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 173
    by Jim Melloan on November 7, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    In this episode from October 9, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Break Your Promise" by The Delfonics, "Help Yourself" by Tom Jones, and "Hold Me Tight" by Johnny Nash. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EST, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 172
    by Jim Melloan on November 7, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Check out the acts making their Top 40 debuts in this episode of 50 Years Ago This Week from October 2, 2018! The Jimi Hendrix Experience, with "All Along the Watchtower"! Creedence Clearwater Revival, with "Susie Q"! And Janis Joplin (Big Brother & the Holding Company) with "Piece of My Heart"! Plus, Iron Butterfly's "Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida"! And much more! 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EST, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 171
    by Jim Melloan on October 19, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    In this episode from September 25, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "(The Lament of the Cherokee) Indian Reservation" by Don Fardon, "Midnight Confessions" by The Grass Roots, and "Fire" by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 170
    by Jim Melloan on October 6, 2018 at 1:54 am

    In this episode from September 18, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Hip City (Pt. 1)" by Jr. Walker & the All Stars, "Revolution" and "Hey Jude" by the Beatles, and "Time Has Come Today" by the Chambers Brothers. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 169
    by Jim Melloan on October 4, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    In this episode from September 11, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Girl Watcher" by The O'Kaysions, "On the Road Again," by Canned Heat, and "I've Gotta Get a Message to You," by the Bee Gees. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 168
    by Jim Melloan on September 25, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    In this episode from September 4, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Mr. Businessman" by Ray Stevens, "Magic Bus" by The Who, and "Harper Valley PTA" by Jeannie C. Riley. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 167
    by Jim Melloan on September 4, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    In this episode from August 28, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Tuesday Afternoon" by the Moody Blues, Deep Purple, with "Hush," and "The Fool on the Hill" by Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 166
    by Jim Melloan on September 4, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    In this episode from August 21, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "You Met Your Match" by Stevie Wonder, "Do It Again" by The Beach Boys, and "Please Return Your Love to Me" by The Temptations. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 165
    by Jim Melloan on September 2, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    In this episode from August 18, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "1, 2, 3, Red Light" by 1910 Fruitgum Company, "You're All I Need to Get By" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, and "Hitch It to the Horse" by The Fantastic Johnny C. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn, Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 164
    by Jim Melloan on September 2, 2018 at 12:46 am

    In this episode from August 7, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife" by Glen Campbell, "Light My Fire" by José Feliciano, and "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by Vanilla Fudge. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 163
    by Jim Melloan on August 31, 2018 at 1:58 am

    In this episode from July 31, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Journey to the Center of the Mind" by The Amboy Dukes, "People Got to Be Free" by The Rascals, and "Dream a Little Dream of Me" by Mama Cass with The Mamas and the Papas. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 162
    by Jim Melloan on August 25, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    In this episode from July 24, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Eleanor Rigby" by Ray Charles, Steppenwolf with "Born to be Wild,"and the Dells' "Stay In My Corner." 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on RadioFreeBrooklyn.org . Listen →