Thursday, November 08, 2007


Cruisin' 59 Hunter Hancock KGFJ, Los Angeles

I wrote earlier about our car in 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala. Go to my 2007_july archives to get a lot of 'car related' songs.

I'm (one of) the proud owner of the complete great Cruisin' serie. Originally it was just a 7-LP serie but later new CD-issue's went from 1955 'till 1970.
Such a good idea at the time to produce this kind of LP radio shows instead of just compiling sample albums.
Released .. Title .......... Personality/Station and city
6/70 ....... CRUISIN' 56 .. Robin Seymour/WKMH Detroit
6/70 ....... CRUISIN' 57 .. Joe Niagara/WIBG Philadelphia
6/70 ....... CRUISIN' 58 .. Jack Carney/WIL St Louis
6/70 ....... CRUISIN' 59 .. Hunter Hancock/KGFJ Los Angeles
6/70 ....... CRUISIN' 60 .. Dick Biondi/WKBW Buffalo
6/70 ....... CRUISIN' 61 .. Arnie Ginsberg/WMEX Boston
6/70 ....... CRUISIN' 62 .. Russ Knight/KLIF Dallas
Each album is not just a collection of the top pop music of a particular year, but a total recreation by a top disk jockey (of that year) doing his original program over a major pop music station. That means actual commercials, promotional jingles, sound effects, newscast simulations and even record hop announcements in addition to the original records themselves.

I collected over a thousand of these kind of radio shows. So much fun to listen to the news of the sixties.... From my favorite off-shore radio station Veronica I have the last week complete (and even the last hour from the studio master).

cruisin' (krew'-zin) Teen-age custom of driving around, primarily to listen to pop music stations on the car radio, while observing other kids and cars doing the same thing; popular all over the United States beginning in the mid-fifties.
I suddenly have to think about a 2LP Everly Brothers compilation with 50 questions to boys and girls about them years.
What did you always carry in your wallet.... Right answer of course a condom....

You can get more info about this serie at the great Cruisin' blog.
This isn't just nostalgia. It's history !

I played some of these records a while ago and, just because on this sleeve you will notice of course the back of a Chevrolet Bel Air Impala, prepared this for ya.

Cruisin' 1959 Hunter Hancock KGFJ, Los Angeles
Resume Hunter Hancock (who passed away in 2004) :
KFVD, 1947-51, KFOX, 1951-54, KFVD/KPOP, 1954-57, KGFJ, 1957-66.

Note: He was mentioned in Stan Freberg's 1957 single Rock Around Stephen Foster.
Freberg (to vocal group): "C'mon, c'mon, where you guys gettin' your arrangements from, Abbey Rents? You know what Confucious said, 'If they can't bop to it, bombsville!' You want me to tear up your autographed pictures of Hunter Hancock?"
Vocal Group: "NO!!!"

SIDE ONE (23 minutes) starts with Hunter Hancock Theme
(Baby) Hully Gully - The Olympics & Jordan High School Record Hop
There Is Something On Your Mind - Big Jay McNeely & Chuck Berry Bit
Almost Grown - Chuck Berry & Saturday Evening Post Commercial
What A Difference A Day Makes - Dinah Washington & Champion Spark Plug Commercial
Say Man - Bo Diddley & KGFJ Station ID

SIDE TWO (20 minutes) continues with Sixteen Candles - The Crests & Beer commercial
Personality - Lloyd Price & Dolphin's of Hollywood Commercial
It's Just A Matter Of Time - Brook Benton
Sea Of Love - Phil Phillips & Robert Hall Commercial
Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison & Hunter Hancock Theme

I wouldn't be surprised if you find download info to this nice one in the comment...

Note : full screen window gives you the best view of the comments !

You will have to do a little work to get the link. Sorry, but this seems, in my opinion, the best way to protect the links.

Of course you understand to replace in r#pidsh#re twice the # in an a otherwise you don't have a 'valid' link !!
Paste this valid link in your browser-url and hit RETURN

Pass to extract the file : 070926

File is a small 30MB, 'cause the songs are only in 128kbits

When you see this in Google or Yahoo cache or by my Blog's search function read first the RED instructions at the top left of my Blog !
Direct link (after that go to the plain comment of this 2007_november article !) :

Is there any chance that you're going to post the rest of this Cruisin' series? This is such a wonderful compilation of tunes and commercials... a rare find that I would love to get my hands on.

THANK YOU so much for posting all of these artists and songs so that others may experience the music that otherwise might never have been appreciated by the vast majority of today's population.

Best regards,

Hi Jeannine,
as I said it's a serie of 15 albums/cd's now.
I think it's not wise/appropriate to post the complete serie.
Besides I have much other things I would also like to post.
If you have one particular in mind I'll be glad posting it beginning feb-2008.
Hi Jean,
If you could post one album a month (or even every two months), starting at the beginning (1956), that would be awesome! This is a great series. Speaking of "great", your blog is likewise great, Thanks for your efforts.

Well Jeannine & Chi-town (and oters),
check march 2008.
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