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This podcast takes a look back at what was happening in the United States by looking at the number one hits of the popular music charts. What were the headlines? Who was on top in sports? What political controversies were brewing? What was going on at the movies, TV and Radio? What technology was new then and ancient now. Your host, Frank Thompson and his guests, takes us into the “Way-Back-Then-Machine” for an anecdotal, humorous and insightful look into our not so long ago past.

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This podcast takes a look back at what was happening in the United States by looking at the number one hits of the popular music charts. What were the headlines? Who was on top in sports? What political controversies were brewing? What was going on at the movies, TV and Radio? What technology was new then and ancient now. Your host, Frank Thompson and his guests, takes us into the “Way-Back-Then-Machine” for an anecdotal, humorous and insightful look into our not so long ago past.

    Marion Anderson Breaks the Color Barrier and sings at the Lincoln Memorial:

    Marion Anderson Breaks the Color Barrier and sings at the Lincoln Memorial:

    After being refused to being allowed to perform at a public venue in Washington D.C. famed African American contralto, Marion Anderson blazed a trail of civil rights with the noted assistance from First Lady, lEleanor Roosevelt.

    • 3 min
    Episode 20: Maria Maria, Santana, April 8 2000

    Episode 20: Maria Maria, Santana, April 8 2000

    There was not a whole lot going on when Maria Maria by Carlos Santana surprised everyone by reaching the number 1 slot on Billboard. The world was taking a breather from Y2K.   It is hard to believe it now, but the world was on edge because of the potential computer glitch phenomenon of Y2K. … Continue reading Episode 20: Maria Maria, Santana, April 8 2000 →

    • 9 min
    Episode 19: Something Stupid: Frank and Nancy Sinatra, April 28th, 1967.

    Episode 19: Something Stupid: Frank and Nancy Sinatra, April 28th, 1967.

    In the Spring of 1967, deep cultural seeds were being planted that would germinate in ’68 an ’69 and then mature and linger over the ’70’s, 80’s and ’90s. Muhammad Ali refuses induction into the US army and becomes a mainstream social pariah.   Full redemption comes to him as a Parkinson’s afflicted man lights … Continue reading Episode 19: Something Stupid: Frank and Nancy Sinatra, April 28th, 1967. →

    • 35 min
    Episode 18: Afternoon Delight:Starland Vocal Band, July 4, 1976

    Episode 18: Afternoon Delight:Starland Vocal Band, July 4, 1976

    During the summer of 1976, people thought that the title fo the song was about “making mid-day whoopie” (thanks Newlywed Game), when they heard the song, Afternoon Delight.  This catchy little earworm reached number one during the week that America was celebrating a 200 year anniversay.  According to Billboard Chart HIstorian, Fred Bronson, the song … Continue reading Episode 18: Afternoon Delight:Starland Vocal Band, July 4, 1976 →

    • 25 min
    Episode 17: When Doves Cry, Prince, August 4th, 1984

    Episode 17: When Doves Cry, Prince, August 4th, 1984

    Jeopardy with new host, Alex Tribek, was coming back on the air after an absence of many years. Captain Kangaroo says, “Goodbye” and Vanessa Williams is crowned, “Miss America”. Purple Rain is making Prince, a king! Mary Lou Retton is Queen of the Olympics. Richard Burton passes away at only 58 years of age! Jerry … Continue reading Episode 17: When Doves Cry, Prince, August 4th, 1984 →

    • 29 min
    Episode 16:  Respect, Aretha Franklin, June 12 1967

    Episode 16:  Respect, Aretha Franklin, June 12 1967

    Springtime, It happens every Salem and “The Marlboro Man”, were regular slogans on TV as cigarette ads were still allowed. 8-track tapes were new to the land and the Empire State residents were concerned that the new World Trade Center, would block and disrupt TV signals. Jimmy Hendrix, makes his debut at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go. Chuck … Continue reading Episode 16:  Respect, Aretha Franklin, June 12 1967 →

    • 32 min

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