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February 21, 2023 8:09 pm  #31


Re: Alan Cross remembers when instrumentals still ruled the charts

CHFI was famous for its "Candlelight & Wine" shows hosted by the deep voiced Don Parrish. They even put out a series of LPs over the years. And yes, it was strike up the bland when it comes to music.

By the way, about 5:40 in to the video, you'll hear a familiar voice doing something very unfamiliar. It's Corus talk show host Roy Green doing his version of "Beautiful Music" on CKDS in Hamilton. It's a side of him you've probably never heard before. 

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February 21, 2023 9:52 pm  #32


Re: Alan Cross remembers when instrumentals still ruled the charts

Discogs has 28 albums listed for Candlelight and Wine and most are credited to CHFI.  A few of their albums were released in the UK.  Many albums were arranged with Columbia Special Products.  However some were also produced and marketed by Rogers Broadcasting and it looks like Rogers may have been involved with some of the actual recordings of artists.

All of the Candlelight and Wine albums were not instrumental.  Some did feature a few of the mellower hits of the day from the original artists.  

Standard Broadcasting (CFRB/CKFM) had a long history of releasing original albums with their Canadian Talent Library.  According to Discogs CTL has 397 albums credited to the label from 1962 to 1985. Some of these were duplicates since many CTL recordings were also released by various mainstream record companies like RCA, GRT, Capitol etc.  CTL actually produced 268 original albums. 

Canadian Talent Library albums received airplay on beautiful music stations in the UK and US.   In the mid 70's there was a lack of new instrumental music and updated traditional MOR recordings and CTL product helped to fill this void. So just think, the Laurie Bower Singers and Keith Barrie were also heard on these stations!  

CHUM also was in the record business for about four years with their MUCH record label.  MUCH Productions had various sub labels like Sweet Plum, MUCH International, Fleur, and affiliations with Aquarius Records, Big Three and Pye labels   Much Productions and it's labels released and sub leased about 100 singles and albums.  April Wine, Pagliaro and Copper Penny were the most successful artists.  Much Productions was formed in the summer of 1970 and ceased operations early in 1975.  

 

February 22, 2023 6:48 am  #33


Re: Alan Cross remembers when instrumentals still ruled the charts

Does anyone remember when CHUM FM used to play a version of Mason's Williams Classical Gas with a narration by Orson Wells. ( I think ?)

There's two instrumentals I remember hearing only on FM and I went and bought the albums specifically for them. One was Party Seacombe from George Harrison's Wonderwall Music. That was only a CHUM FM hit as I do not remember hearing it anywhere else. The other was the Water Song by the Jefferson Airplane spin off Hot Tuna. That was a general FM hit:









 

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February 22, 2023 8:39 am  #34


Re: Alan Cross remembers when instrumentals still ruled the charts

RadioActive wrote:

About 5:40 in to the video, you'll hear a familiar voice doing something very unfamiliar. It's Corus talk show host Roy Green doing his version of "Beautiful Music" on CKDS in Hamilton. It's a side of him you've probably never heard before. 

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Roy Green was the morning man on CKDS up until about 1990, when they were transitioning from "Light FM" to "Hamilton's Light Rock" (about a year or so before their transformation to Classic Rock Y95). I was a young pup doing mostly board op on both CHML and CKDS at the time. I remember having a conversation with Roy about his new talk show that was going to premiere on 'ML very soon. He was talking about how he hadn't done one in quite a long time and how great it would be to get back to his talk show roots.

I do remember Roy, along with the likes of Bill Osborne, Phil Hitchcock, Lee Dunbar and many other great voices gracing the airwaves on the station during the 70s and onwards, as it was my parents' station of choice at the time. The music, on the other hand, was a different story. Back then, CKDS was heavy duty industrial strength easy listening, as in "Let's-toss-the-kids-in-the-station-wagon-and-go-shopping-for-wallpaper" music. The devil's music to a kid growing up in the 70s. 

I also remember when I started at the station in '90 there was an announcer (whose name currently escapes me) that was apparently working at 'DS back in the 70's as well. When WKRP in Cincinnati first premiered in 1978, he said he got a good laugh when Johnny Caravella (Fever) played the Hallelujah Tabernacle Choir and their rendition of "You're Having My Baby", because "that's the type of music we were playing at the time!" he said.



PJ

 

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February 26, 2023 8:08 am  #35


Re: Alan Cross remembers when instrumentals still ruled the charts

This thread reminded me to go back and listen to some parts of a very long air check I have from Denver AOR station KBPI from 1981. This was their Sunday morning oldies show and they were featuring instruments. I never uploaded any part of the show to the website because there is an anomaly, shall we say, on the tape. I think I will though eventually b/c all the DJ parts and commercials are in tact and the "anomaly" does not make much of a difference to those. Also at around 38:09 you will hear a commercial for Klipsch speakers and that's a first as I do not recall any other radio ads for that legendary brand.
Can anyone guess what "anomaly" I am talking about. ?
This is just one segment of the air check. Vocal oldies plus instruments:
KBPI FM Denver Mar/81.

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February 26, 2023 8:26 am  #36


Re: Alan Cross remembers when instrumentals still ruled the charts

Wolfman Jack used to do a spot for Klipsch speakers on his syndicated radio show. Don't know if there if there are any samples of that still around. 

He visited their HQ in 1984 and the manufacturer got him into a special studio where they recorded his signature "Wolfman howl" on tape - and in an audio graph form.

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February 26, 2023 12:02 pm  #37


Re: Alan Cross remembers when instrumentals still ruled the charts

geo wrote:

Fitz wrote:

  Can anyone guess what "anomaly" I am talking about?   

As an "instrumental" feature it truly sucks although that's not likely the answer you're looking for
 

Not sure if you mean b/c they included vocal tracks but I would have thought you liked the inclusion of Jerry Lee Lewis. What I linked is only a part of the show. but in it they did have some of the well known instrumentals by the likes of Mr Acker Bilk, Bee Bumble and the Stingers and even less well known ones like the one by Bent Fabric. During the whole course of the show I think they cover all the usual suspects like the Ventures, Champs and Surfaris.

I would however have preferred some of the vocal selection to include more bottom 40 or top 50 tracks 

Regarding the anomaly think of something that's NOT there and I don't mean a American Grafitti refrence.

 

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February 26, 2023 6:03 pm  #38


Re: Alan Cross remembers when instrumentals still ruled the charts

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0LCk88aie4
The Horse - Cliff Nobles  

I stumbled across a version of this song, where Cliff Nobles sang lyrics. Apparently, The Horse was a dance and some of the lyrics were instructions on how to do it.

 

February 26, 2023 9:01 pm  #39


Re: Alan Cross remembers when instrumentals still ruled the charts

Back in the 60s I had a summer job in  a restaurant at Sauble Beach. 

Last Night, by The Mar-Keys was a big hit on the jukebox hat summer.

https://youtu.be/FX5T9GvSnbY
 


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February 27, 2023 7:44 am  #40


Re: Alan Cross remembers when instrumentals still ruled the charts

turkeytop wrote:

Back in the 60s I had a summer job in  a restaurant at Sauble Beach. 

Last Night, by The Mar-Keys was a big hit on the jukebox hat summer.

https://youtu.be/FX5T9GvSnbY
 

Probably 1961. The single was released in June of that year.

 

March 4, 2023 7:06 am  #41


Re: Alan Cross remembers when instrumentals still ruled the charts

geo wrote:

Fitz wrote:

geo wrote:

As an "instrumental" feature it truly sucks although that's not likely the answer you're looking for
 

.     Regarding the anomaly think of something that's NOT there and I don't mean a American Graffiti reference 

Agreed:  Green Onions by Booker T and the Memphis Group has been overplayed since that movie debuted in 1973 (fifty years this summer) 
 

Speak of the devil. On the same day I previewed the Denver instrumental show I also listened to a Brain Skinner air check I have from CHUM which I have not uploaded, actually it's not mine to upload as I only digitized it for someone but I don't think they will mind if I post a few seconds here. Skinner near the very end of his run at CHUM from June 1969 playing Booker T's instrumental version of Mrs Robinson.

BSBT 1969
 


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