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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 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 →

  • 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 →

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