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. It’s 1970 and so the seventies begin. We start to see a softening of the hard edges and wildness of the sixties. The Jackson 5 begin their string of hits. The Carpenters, Chicago, and James Taylor make their debuts. One-hit wonders include Shocking Blue’s “Venus” and Mungo Jerry’s “In the Summertime.” Four dead in Ohio at Kent State. Cinematic blockbusters “Patton” and “M*A*S*H” provide contrasting views of war. Relive, or discover, the music of 1970 here.
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Category: Music


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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