The Guys Are Back!

It was a lot of fun spending time with some fabulous female singers the past four days but I’m going to close out the week with a look back at some of guys we all listened to in the 60s.

They should all be very familiar names with the exception of Leapy Lee, who is included because his 1968 record reached #16 in the U.S. but it reached #1 on my hometown radio station. Because WCFR was the first station in America to rank it at #1, the station (which I would later manage) received a gold record.

I realize that is important only to me but I thought I would throw it in here because I’m trying to stretch this intro out. 🙂

Please Note: For the time being, the music medleys will only be posted Monday-Friday.

Memories … That’s What We’re All About

Play button is on the left … Volume slider is on the right

TGIF Medley

Beatles – CCR – Doors
Leapy Lee – Rolling Stones – Standells
Byrds – Buffalo Springfield
Beach Boys – Blood, Sweat & Tears

Comments (13)

  1. Don Doyle

    Good morning, Ray. Interesting morning with a second day of exceeding your self imposed 20 minute time limit. I like that you are flaunting the clock especially if you include groups like the Byrds & ,Buffalo Springfield
    I love hearing CCR and often wonder how much great music we lost due to their management dispute. I admire John Fogerty for standing his ground and not playing his own music to enrich the thieves. He certainly bounced back with his wonderful solo career. His daily “pandemic “ videos are very entertaining. I have been listening to the BYRDS more lately after reading Chris Hillman’s excellent autobiography. I couldn’t put the book down. I highly recommend it. In it he relates some interesting tales about the members of Buffalo Springfield and their interactions with each other. I was also happy to hear some early Stones. You disappointed me with Blood, Sweat & Tears selection. I loved their first album but after Al Kooper left, I did too.David Clayton Thomas was not my cup of tea. He brought a theatricality to the group that I could not stomach.
    Thank you Ray for a good start to the weekend. I will try to make it to Monday now that you have the entire weekend off. You deserve it after an outstanding week of good music and great memories. Rock on my Brother.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Don.
      I love all things connected to Mr. Hillman. I ordered his book last week and I’m looking very forward to it.
      Let me address your “disappointment”. There were several Blood,Sweat & Tears songs I could have chosen, and every one of them featured Clayton-Thomas on lead vocal. I was never a fan of his for reasons unconnected to music but that’s another story for another day.
      Anyway, the only single with Al Kooper (I Can’t Quit Her) never charted anywhere, while the addition of Clayton-Thomas produced three straight #2 hits and the song I selected today, which reached #29. I believe more people associate him with the band more than they do Kooper and so I went that way because reviving “memories” was my goal.
      I’m very happy you enjoyed the music this week and I have some very special music coming up next week!

  2. Lee Gould/Rosa-Lee

    Thanks Ray, another awesome medley. It even had me singing along a little. When I saw Leapy Lee mentioned I knew the song. Let’s hope “little arrows” are spreading more love around this country. 🙂 Lee

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Lee 🙂
      Nice to know that Sandy and you were singing along!
      Your last sentence says it all. We need a lot more LOVE. ❤️

  3. Sandy Gaither

    Ray I just love these trips back in time! The 60s were so awesome. I just found myself singing along with most of the songs and loves the selection that you made! This made my day! Thank you so much for all the efforts that you exert for us. Have a fabulous weekend!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Sandy, thank you so much!
      Any time I can get people singing along with the music, that is a very GOOD day!
      Hope you have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  4. Wendyl

    Fabulous Finale Friday! What a week! Great choices to showcase the Guys! I also enjoyed how they were songs from the 60s! BONUS! Thanks for another great week of music! 🙂 XOXOXOXO 🙂

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Wendyl ❤️
      This was one of those weeks when I really enjoyed it all!
      Of course, I just had to start today’s medley with a song for the Beatle Baby!

  5. fred

    Ray I am Standing Still Rolling Stones seeing what’s going down!! So I stopped and opened the Doors and I thought I saw a Buffalo no way in Springfield. Lot’s of Byrds eating some Beatles. So Nance and I decided to go to the Beach with the Boys. We were all Sweating Blood Sweat & Tears. We were wondering if Evil was your name then I rememberd you were Mr WCFR (with a beautiful co-host)maybe she was the Evil Women Child!! So that my friends is what Ray is all about!!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Sir Fred, you aced it once again! Thank you for putting a big smile on my face.

    2. Don Doyle

      You go, Fred.

  6. Mary Helen

    Ray during covid isolation it is so important to have a hobby/passion. Music is a mental health preserver. So glad for your passion and making the effort to share it with us.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Mary Helen, your comments are always incredibly heartwarming.
      Thank you so much. ❤️


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