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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 170
    by Jim Melloan on October 6, 2018 at 2:00 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 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 →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 161
    by Jim Melloan on August 8, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    In this episode from July 17, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Classical Gas" by Mason Williams, "Hello, I Love You" by The Doors, and "Turn Around, Look at Me" by The Vogues. 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 160
    by Jim Melloan on August 7, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    In this episode from July 10, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Lover's Holiday" by Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson, "Some Things You Never Get Used To" by Diana Ross & the Supremes, and "Here Comes the Judge" by PIgmeat Markham. 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 159
    by Jim Melloan on July 28, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    In this episode from July 3, 2018, guest host Rina plays the Top 40 debuts of "Hurdy Gurdy Man" by Donovan, "Pictures of Matchstick Men" by Status Quo, and the live-from-Folsom-Prison version of "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash. 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 158
    by Jim Melloan on July 24, 2018 at 12:32 am

    In this episode from June 26, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Grazing in the Grass" by Hugh Makasela, "Stoned Soul Picnic" by The 5th Dimension, and "D.W. Washburn" by the Monkees. 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 157
    by Jim Melloan on July 23, 2018 at 12:53 am

    In this episode from June 19, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Face It Girl, It's Over" by Nancy Wilson, "Jumpin' Jack Flash" by The Rolling Stones, and "Here Comes the Judge" by Shorty Long. 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 156
    by Jim Melloan on June 25, 2018 at 1:52 am

    In this episode from June 12, 2018, Jim plays the the Top 40 debuts of "(You Keep Me) Hangin' On" by Joe Simon (not to be confused with the Supremes song); "The Horse" by Cliff Nobles (Cliff Nobles does not appear on this recording. Listen to hear me explain); and "Tip-Toe Thru' the Tulips with Me" by Tiny Tim. 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 155
    by Jim Melloan on June 25, 2018 at 12:38 am

    In this episode from June 5, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "A Man Without Love" by Engelbert Humperdinck, "Reach Out of the Darkness" by Friend & Lover, and "Angel of the Morning" by Merrilee Rush & the Turnabouts. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 154
    by Jim Melloan on June 24, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    In this episode from May 29, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "MacArthur Park" by Richard Harris, "This Guy's In Love with You" by Herb Alpert, and "Think" by Aretha Franklin. 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 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 →

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