As mentioned on the How I Got Started Radio page, it was the Music that first attracted me to Top 40 Radio. And it has been Radio that has introduced me to virtually all of the Music that I know and love to this day.
Here I will take a look at some of my favourites, with a little backstory on both the artist and the song.
Of course, Music is a matter of taste, but I have included some of my favourites, on the off chance that you have either forgotten them or never heard them, and they appeal to you.
Historically, I had all-time favourite songs for certain periods of time, some beginning when they were still Current Hits, and others when they were already Oldies, because I never heard them when they first came out.
First heard as Current Hits:
- Johnny Angel – Shelley Fabares (1962-64)
- Walk-Don’t Run ’64 – Ventures (1964)
- Have I the Right? – The Honeycombs (1964)
- I Live For The Sun – The Sunrays (1965)
- Little Girl – Syndicate of Sound (1966)
- Walk Away Renee – The Left Banke (1966)
- Pretty Ballerina – The Left Banke (1967)
- Ballad of Walter Wart – The Thorndike Pickledish Choir (1967)
- Sunday Will Never Be the Same – Spanky and our Gang (1967)
- Waterloo Sunset – Kinks (1968)
- November Snow – Rejoice! (1969)
- Love Can Make You Happy – Mercy (1969)
- So Close – Jake Holmes (1970)
Either first heard as an Oldie or became a favourite as an Oldie:
- Dream Lover – Bobby Darin (1959, CFUN’s heaviest played 1950s song in 1962)
- Runaway – Del Shannon (1961, CFUN’s heaviest played 1960s Oldie in 1962)
- Just My Imagination – Temptations
- Black Pearl – Sonny Charles and The Checkmates, Ltd.
- Lookin’ for a Love – Bobby Womack
- Take Me to the River – Al Green
And then, of course, there is the inevitable exception, where a local Music Director played an Oldie in Rotation as if it were a Current Hit:
- Somewhere Down the Crazy River – Robbie Robertson (1987, first heard in 2003)