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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. 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 153
    by Jim Melloan on June 17, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    In this episdode from May 22, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Jennifer Eccles" by the Hollies, "Yummy Yummy Yummy" by Ohio Express, and "Like to Get to Know You" by Spanky and Our Gang. 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 152
    by Jim Melloan on June 4, 2018 at 1:17 am

    In this episode from May 15, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "The Happy Song (Dum-Dum)" by Otis Redding, "If I Were a Carpenter" by Four Tops, and "She's Lookin' Good" by Wilson Pickett. 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 151
    by Jim Melloan on June 2, 2018 at 12:20 am

    In this episode from May 8, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Call Me Lightning" by The Who (right, what?!?!), "Mony, Mony" by Tommy James & the Shondells, and "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel. 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 150
    by Jim Melloan on May 27, 2018 at 1:20 am

    In this episode from May 1, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, "Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day" by Stevie Wonder, and "Do You Know The Way to San Jose" by Dionne Warwick. 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 149
    by Jim Melloan on May 16, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    In this episode from April 24, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "The Son of Hickory Hollers Tramp" by O.C. Smith, "U.S. Male" by Elvis Presley, and "A Beautiful Morning" by The Rascals. 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 148
    by Jim Melloan on May 10, 2018 at 1:16 am

    In this episode from April 17, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Tighten Up" by Archie Bell & the Drells, "Take Good Care of My Baby" by Bobby Vinton, and "Delilah" by Tom Jones. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 147
    by Jim Melloan on May 6, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    n this episode from April 10, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" by Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra and Chorus, "Forever Came Today" by Diana Ross & The Supremes, and "The Unicorn" by The Irish Rovers. 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 146
    by Jim Melloan on April 23, 2018 at 2:36 am

    In this episode from April 3, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Tapioca Tundra" by the Monkees (me neither), "Jennifer Juniper" by Donovan, and "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro. 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 145
    by Jim Melloan on April 23, 2018 at 12:35 am

    In this episode from March 27, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Summertime Blues" by Blue Cheer, "Love Is All Around" by the Troggs, and "Lady Madonna" by the Beatles. 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 144
    by Jim Melloan on April 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    In this episode from March 20, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Little Green Apples" by Roger Miller, "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" by Simon & Garfunkel, and "Cry Like a Baby" by the Box Tops. 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 143
    by Jim Melloan on April 5, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    In this episode from March 13, 2018, Jim plays he Top 40 debuts of "Mighty Quinn" by Manfred Mann, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons," and "Valleri" by the Monkees. 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 142
    by Jim Melloan on March 29, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    In this episode from March 6, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Cab Driver" by the Mills Brothers, Sly & the Family Stone, with "Dance to the Music," and "The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde" by Georgie Fame. 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 140
    by Jim Melloan on March 1, 2018 at 2:52 am

    In this episode from February 20, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "The End of Our Road" by Gladys Knight & the Pips, "Walk Away Renée" by Four Tops, and "I Thank You" by Sam & Dave. 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 139
    by Jim Melloan on February 28, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    In this episode from February 13, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Simon Says" by the 1910 Fruitgum Co., "Words" by the Bee Gees, and "(Sittin' On) The Dock of a Bay" by Otis Redding. 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 138
    by Jim Melloan on February 22, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    In this episode from February 6, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "You" by Marvin Gaye," "Theme from Valley of the Dolls" by Dionne Warwick, and "Sunday Mornin'" by Spanky and Our Gang. 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 137
    by Jim Melloan on February 21, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    In this episode from January 30, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Some Velvet Morning" by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood, "Love Is Blue" by Paul Mauriat, and "I Wish It Would Rain," by the Temptations. 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 136
    by Jim Melloan on February 19, 2018 at 1:40 am

    In this episode from January 23, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite" by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, "Skip a Rope" by Henson Cargill, and "Explosion In Your Soul" by Soul Survivors. 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 135
    by Jim Melloan on January 28, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    In this episode from January 16, 2018, guest host Evan Bieber plays the Top 40 debuts of "Darllin'" by the Beach Boys, "Baby, Now That I've Found You" by the Foundations, and "Itchycoo Park" by the Small Faces. 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 134
    by Jim Melloan on January 16, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    In this episode from January 9, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Goin' Out of My Head / Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by The Lettermen, "Best of Both Worlds" by Lulu, and "Nobody But Me" by the Human Beinz. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EST, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

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