The day the music died


triedit
#1
Thank goodness the sign will remain--the building has been designated a heritage site

Sam's was one of the first places I visited when I was dating Ski.

46 years is a nice run for any business. Thanks for the memories, Sniderman.
 
Dreadful Nonsense
#2
I'll never look at em the same again...the disks are now Robin's ta ta's
 
Dreadful Nonsense
#3
When ever i read that line:
"The day the music had died"
I always think of John Lennon
 
damngrumpy
#4
Oh the money I spent over the years in stores, in fact I still have an old 45rpm order catalogue somewhere in my music collection. Over the years I put together a collection of rock, country, jazz, blues, and old 78's that is probably worth about 70 thousand dollars.
Sam the record man would take your order and mail them to you in the old days and I did a lot of that over the years they provided real service sorry to see them go
 
Pangloss
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by DocDred View Post

When ever i read that line:
"The day the music had died"
I always think of John Lennon

Yeah but the reference is to Buddy Holly.

Pangloss
 
Dreadful Nonsense
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by Pangloss View Post

Yeah but the reference is to Buddy Holly.

Pangloss

I did not know that, thanks.

The song was played a lot on radio the day after the killing of John
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by DocDred View Post

When ever i read that line:
"The day the music had died"
I always think of John Lennon


I think of Don McLean.
 
damngrumpy
#8
You are right it was about Buddy Holly, and of course there were other that died with him that day, Ritchie Valens of Oh Donna fame and of course the Big Bopper who had the hit Chantelli Lace at the time. Most people probably wouldn't remember that a guy named Bobby Vee filled in for the concert.
Someone used it here for Sam the Record Man and I think it was fitting
And in fact it was a song by Don McLean, played it many times as a radio DJ when I needed a smoke break late at night.
 
triedit
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by damngrumpy View Post

And in fact it was a song by Don McLean, played it many times as a radio DJ when I needed a smoke break late at night.

Been there and done that. Stairway to heaven will give you enough time for...lets say romance
 
Dreadful Nonsense
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by triedit View Post

Been there and done that. Stairway to heaven will give you enough time for...lets say romance

Hey you'r a dark horse....YOU!!! were a dj omg!!!
do tell do tell
 
triedit
#11
15 years. West Virginia, Ohio, and North Carolina.
 
Dreadful Nonsense
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by triedit View Post

15 years. West Virginia, Ohio, and North Carolina.

You never fail to surprise me Robin...
 
Curiosity
#13
TriedIt

C'mon confess - do you have a wonderful late nite southern drawl.... husky and sweet at the same time?

You are gonna slay the Doc here....he'll be following you all over the forum asking questions... hehe
 
Dreadful Nonsense
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by Curiosity View Post

TriedIt

C'mon confess - do you have a wonderful late nite southern drawl.... husky and sweet at the same time?

You are gonna slay the Doc here....he'll be following you all over the forum asking questions... hehe

I'm slain ages ago....LOL
 
Curiosity
#15
Doc

Yer a marshmallow! lol (That's a sweet softie and it's a compliment).
 
triedit
#16
At one place I worked midnight to 6 and all the garbage guys would call me up and ask me to talk dirty to them LOL

I don't have much of a southern drawl...unless I get mad or really excited about something. But my voice is passable.
 
Dreadful Nonsense
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by Curiosity View Post

Doc

Yer a marshmallow! lol (That's a sweet softie and it's a compliment).

I know i know the viagra helps...but ouch 60 bucks for 4 pills...
 
damngrumpy
#18
Hey triedit, I worked those all nighter for a few years too. The stranged place I worked though was at a rock station that was upstairs from a funeral home. Used to watch the sad procession leaving down on the parking lot, and upstairs we were pounding out the hits.
If you want isolation though try the Peace River Country, I worked a country station 400 miles north of Edmonton, the winter took forever to pass by, but the people were the friendliest I ever met, next to folks from Saskatchewan.
 
triedit
#19
LOL gotta love those "new" fm stations thrown in wherever they could lease space. One rock station I worked for was above a bank. One night the alarm went off and I didnt know if it was a robbery or a fire. I tossed on an album and got the h out of there...only to discover I couldnt get back in because the door locked behind me. I had nobody's phone number, so I called my grandma because she lived next door to the sales manager. He came over at 3 am and let me back in...same station when I was working weekends...we got a blizzard (really REALLY unusual for Parkersburg, WV) and I was snowed in. One other part timer, a guy I was still training, lived very close and brought in a pizza and the two of us worked all three days til they could dig us out. Once the pizza was gone we broke into the vending machine and lived on chocolate and chips. Nobody got mad because we really didnt have a choice. The station stayed on through the whole thing when every other station eventually shut down because there was nobody able to get to it to sign it on again in the morning. We were the only 24hr FM at the time (1981). Last I heard the part timer (Doug Phelps) was still working for that same station.
 
Dreadful Nonsense
#20
cool stories guys...thanks for sharing...
just asking.....
Were you fans of wkrp in cinncinnati and could you 2 relate?
 
triedit
#21
Quote: Originally Posted by DocDred View Post

cool stories guys...thanks for sharing...
just asking.....
Were you fans of wkrp in cinncinnati and could you 2 relate?

100% to both questions. Most places I worked I was the only female dj. Sometimes I was the only female on staff. Sexist remarks were NORMAL back then.
 
damngrumpy
#22
There were some strange events that happened over the years, I remember one such case, it was in a town about two hundred miles from where I was in the north and during the Christmas break, this young lady who was a baby sitter claimed she was raped by the man of the house while the rest of the family was away, The man claimed he wasn't even at the house that night due to a storm that left him trapped at a strangers house just outside of town. Anyway the young lady said she remembered the time was about ll:30pm because the station signed off and the queen played at sign off in those days. Well this friend of mine kept thinking there was something wrong with that, so she started going over all the old station logs, and there it was, the queen didn't play that night until 4am because the staff person played movies, because he was snowed in anyway. I was finally determined that the man of the house was in fact not there due to the same storm,

In the old days there was a lot more fun, as radio personalities were more involved with their audience, now its commericals and six in a row music. For me after three decades, I couldn't wait to move on, anyway Im a farmer now and thats a long way from radio or TV
 
missile
#23
Re Sam's Closing; kinda fitting that this happened as when they first came to our town,they put our two local stores out of business.
 
Curiosity
#24
Triedit

When I first started school I had to work because I had no money and no scholarships and didn't want to float a loan at that point....preferring to buy a beast of a car to get me around.... so I took a job at a combo TV/AM station.... working all nite. During those years the TV station signed off but the AM stayed on and I was able to listen to stay awake.

Amazing places at night - like working in a tomb but always something going on. It was nice because when I got my own work done I was allowed to do school work and cover phones and emergency stuff so other day people could relax....

Most of the staff came to my graduation - knowing they all had a part in my getting through the first four years....
 
damngrumpy
#25
Ya you are right the grave yard shift was the most fun when I think back on it, and over the years somehow it became my job to get the new folks started and ready to move up the ladder, so even after I no longer did the all nighter I often found myself being in the building late at night and sometimes I wished I could just go back and do that shift again, but it never happened.
The media journey took me to a lot of places over the years and I developed a different view as to how people thought and the difference between how they felt and what they thought and believe me there is a difference
 
Curiosity
#26
Damngrumpy

People are more real at night than they behave in daytime hours.

I was always ripped in two when I encountered the first few 'day' people after pulling a night shift... they seemed so flashy, phony and full of themselves....

Night workers give that away pretty quick.... like it's useless stuff to pack around.

Maybe daylight and sunshine does things to our need to preen and prance around... but I really like night people best.... even though my life is stuck in daytime now...
 

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