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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 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 →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 133
    by Jim Melloan on January 11, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    In this episode from January 2, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Love Me Two Times" by the Doors, "Monterey" by Eric Burdon & the Animals, and "The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener" by Petula Clark. 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 132
    by Jim Melloan on December 25, 2017 at 1:28 am

    In this episode from December 29, 2017, Jim plays he Top 40 debuts of "Chain of Fools" by Aretha Franklin, "Judy in Disguise" by John Fred and his Playboy Band, and "Bend Me, Shape Me" by the American Breed. 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 131
    by Jim Melloan on December 19, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    In this episode from December 12, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of Donovan's "Wear Your Love Like Heaven," the Stone Poneys' "Different Drum," and the Beatles' "Hello, Goodbye." 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 130
    by Jim Melloan on December 11, 2017 at 2:48 am

    In this episode from December 5, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, with "Woman, Woman," Johnny Rivers' "Summer Rain," and The Turtles' "She's My Girl." 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 129
    by Jim Melloan on December 4, 2017 at 2:10 am

    In this episode from November 28, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of Glen Campbell, with "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," the Bee Gees' "Massachusetts," and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "I Second That Emotion." 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 128
    by Jim Melloan on November 26, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    In this episode from November 21, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Wild Honey" by the Beach Boys, "Daydream Believer" by the Monkees, and "You Better Sit Down Kids" by Cher. 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 127
    by Jim Melloan on November 25, 2017 at 2:54 am

    In this episode from November 14, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Stagger Lee" by Wilson Pickett, "Homburg" by Procol Harum, and "She Is Still a Mystery" by The Lovin' Spoonful. 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 126
    by Jim Melloan on November 19, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    In this episode from November, 7, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Boogaloo Down Broadway" by The Fantastic Johnny C, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Gladys Knight & the Pips, and "I Say a Little Prayer," by Dionne Warwick. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EST, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →