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 1969 and the rock is getting harder. Sly & The Family Stone and Creedence Clearwater Revival are ascendant, and The 5th Dimension and Tommy James & The Shondells are still major forces. Psychedelia is in full flower. Woodstock happens, as does the moon landing, as does Charles Manson. Nixon becomes president, and Vietnam War protests continue to escalate. We play the soundtrack for this tumultous year.
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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 190
    by Jim Melloan on February 11, 2019 at 1:35 am

    In this episode from February 5, 2019, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Goodnight My Love" by Paul Anka, "Games People Play" by Joe South, and "I'm Livin' in Shame" by Diana Ross & The Supremes. 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 189
    by Jim Melloan on February 4, 2019 at 1:47 am

    In this episode from January 26, 2019, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "This Magic Moment" by Jay and the Americans, "You Showed Me" by The Turtles, and "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" by The Bob Seger System. 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 188
    by Jim Melloan on January 27, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    In this episode from January 22, 2019, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Are You Happy" by Jerry Butler, "I've Gotta Be Me" by Sammy Davis Jr., and (he trembles in the presence of its majesty) "Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations. 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 187
    by Jim Melloan on January 22, 2019 at 2:44 am

    In this episode from January 15, 2019, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Bella Linda" by The Grass Roots and "California Soul" by The 5th Dimension, plus a slew of covers. 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 186
    by Jim Melloan on January 15, 2019 at 1:58 am

    In this episode from January 8, 2019, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "I Started a Joke" by the Bee Gees, "Touch Me" by The Doors, and "Everyday People" by Sly & The Family Stone. 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 185
    by Jim Melloan on January 8, 2019 at 2:20 am

    In this episode from January 1, 2019, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "People" by The Tymes, "My Song" by Aretha Franklin, and "Stand by Your Man" by Tammy Wynette. 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 184
    by Jim Melloan on January 1, 2019 at 1:42 am

    In this episode from December 25, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Crimson and Clover" by Tommy James and the Shondells, "I Can't Turn You Loose" by The Chambers Brothers, and "Going Up the Country" by Canned Heat, plus four more Chistmas songs from 1968. 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 183
    by Jim Melloan on December 24, 2018 at 2:40 am

    In this episode from December 18, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield, "Hooked on a Feeling" by B.J. Thomas, and "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" by Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations. PLUS four more Christmas songs from 1968. 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 182
    by Jim Melloan on December 19, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    In this episode from December 11, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Kentucky Woman" by Deep Purple, "Soulful Strut" by Young-Holt Unlmited, and "Scarborough Fair" by Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66. PLUS four Christmas songs from 1968. 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 181
    by Jim Melloan on December 10, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    In this episode from December 4, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Too Weak to Fight" by Clarence Carter, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" by Andy Williams with the St. Charles Borromeo Choir, and "Shame Shame" by Magic Lanterns. 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 180
    by Jim Melloan on December 3, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    In this episode from November 27, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Cloud Nine" by the Temptations, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye, and "Both Sides Now" by Judy Collins. 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 179
    by Jim Melloan on November 25, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    In this episode from November 20, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Stormy" by Classics IV, "I Love How You Love Me" by Bobby Vinton, and "Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell. 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 178
    by Jim Melloan on November 19, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    In this episode from November 13, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Little Arrows" by Leapy Lee, "For Once in My Life" by Stevie Wonder, and "Quick Joey Small (Run Joey Run)" by the Kasenetz-Katz Super Circus. 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 177
    by Jim Melloan on November 13, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    In this episode from November 6, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Gentle On My Mind" by Glen Campbell, "Abraham, Martin & John" by Dion, and The Archies, with "Bang-Shang-a-Lang." 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 176
    by Jim Melloan on November 13, 2018 at 2:11 am

    In this episode from October 30, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Sweet Blindness" by The 5th Dimension, "Magic Carpet Ride" by Steppenwolf, and "Love Child" by Diana Ross & the Supremes. 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 175
    by Jim Melloan on November 11, 2018 at 1:50 am

    In this episode from October 23, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Court of Love" by the Unifics, "Lalena" by Donovan, and "White Room" by Cream. 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 174
    by Jim Melloan on November 8, 2018 at 2:19 am

    In this episode from October 16, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "I Met Her in Church" by The Box Tops, "Elenore" by The Turtles, and "Those Were the Days" by Mary Hopkin. 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 173
    by Jim Melloan on November 7, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    In this episode from October 9, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "Break Your Promise" by The Delfonics, "Help Yourself" by Tom Jones, and "Hold Me Tight" by Johnny Nash. 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 172
    by Jim Melloan on November 7, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Check out the acts making their Top 40 debuts in this episode of 50 Years Ago This Week from October 2, 2018! The Jimi Hendrix Experience, with "All Along the Watchtower"! Creedence Clearwater Revival, with "Susie Q"! And Janis Joplin (Big Brother & the Holding Company) with "Piece of My Heart"! Plus, Iron Butterfly's "Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida"! And much more! 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 171
    by Jim Melloan on October 19, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    In this episode from September 25, 2018, Jim plays the Top 40 debuts of "(The Lament of the Cherokee) Indian Reservation" by Don Fardon, "Midnight Confessions" by The Grass Roots, and "Fire" by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. 50 Years Ago This Week can be heard live every Tuesday night, 8-10 PM EDT, on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →