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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 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 →

  • 50 Years Ago This Week Episode 125
    by Jim Melloan on November 9, 2017 at 3:02 am

    In this episode from October 31, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Lazy Day" by Spanky and Our Gang, "I Can See for Miles" by the Who, and "Everlasting Love" by Robert Knight. 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 124
    by Jim Melloan on October 31, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    In this episode from October 24, 2017, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Even the Bad Times Are Good" by The Tremeloes, "The Rain, The Park and Other Things" [Flower Girl] by The Cowsills, and "I'm Wondering" by Stevie Wonder. 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 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. Listen →

  • 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. Listen →

  • 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. Listen →

  • 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. Listen →

  • 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. Listen →

  • 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. Listen →

  • 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. Listen →

  • 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. Listen →

  • 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. Listen →

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