FriYay Party!

From The Archives This is a slightly different type of FriYay party. It’s mostly rock and roll but I threw a couple of quieter songs in just for those who like to chill out, too.

That’s why you get to hear George Thorogood and Bruce Springsteen in the same medley as Merrilee Rush and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. 🙂

This is an archive medley and it absolutely reflects what this site is supposed to be about. All too often I find myself drifting away from it in an attempt to please someone. That has become a problem for me and when I dug this medley out, it hit me like a thunderbolt. The oldies work!
I simply can’t please everyone so while I will continue tp take a once a week foray into the Country genre (the number of hits were half of what I usually receive every day), the “oldies” formula has worked for a long, long time.

There will be a special medley on Sunday. Not only will it be George Harrison’s birthday, someone else will be celebrating one, too!

Memories … That’s What We’re All About

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Another FriYay Party

Badfinger – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Gary Lewis & The Playboys
Beach Boys – Beatles
Byrds – Journey
Merrilee Rush – George Thorogood
Steely Dan – Chicago
Bruce Springsteen

Comments (24)

  1. Marty

    Good Friday morning Ray. I was a bit saddened by your comment that you could not satisfy everyone with every meddley. I am probably one that doesn’t always “hit” some of the medleys that move away from the oldies. The “B” side medleys have been interesting and educational as were your history lessons. Your efforts to broaden our horizons don’t go unnoticed. The pleasure that you have provided to so many, regardless of the daily listener count, can’t be measured!
    Do what YOU enjoy at this point. I bet you will find on any given day you have made many smile.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Good morning, Marty! My “can’t satisfy everyone” comment may have come across as more harsh than I intended. I will admit it gets frustrating to have listeners indicate they would really enjoy hearing country medleys every now and then only to see the number of hits drop dramatically when I do play one. But, to paraphrase an old saying, “The listener is always right,” so I understand that they will ignore what they want. No problem, really.
      I do thank you for your very kind words regarding what I do here. I know and truly appreciate your support. By the way, make sure you listen to Sunday’s medley. I rarely do them, but as you probably realize, I had a specific reason for creating this one. 🙂

  2. Pat Kelley

    What a terrific way to start a Friday morning, Ray! Love it. “Angel Of The Morning”…I haven’t heard that song and many years. A true classic. In regards to the Country vs. Oldies debate, even though you’re as far away from being a selfish person as anyone I know, I couldn’t help but think of another classic called, “Garden Party” by Ricky Nelson. To quote two lines…”You see you can’t please everyone/So, you got to please yourself.” My only meaning with those words is that all of us have our own taste. Personally, I love both in a very big way! Audience feedback is always great. However, maybe it’s best that we let you keep the car keys. You’ve been driving this wonderful site for a very, very long time without a dent in the fender. Thanks for your gift to all of us.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      From the bottom of my heart, thank you, Pat! Nobody on this planet knows better than I do how you feel about “country” and “oldies” music. It is uncanny that you brought up Nelson’s song, because that “can’t please everyone” line is exactly what I was thinking about when I wrote my comment!
      As I wrote, I will continue to include country music once a week, maybe more if the interest is there, but I will make oldies the main choice. I just had a tune-up, so I think I’m good to go!

      1. Pat Kelley

        You’re very welcome, pal. Your mixes are ALWAYS spot on and creative. They bring many of us back in time and give us a reflection of “where we were” in all aspects of our lives when certain songs were hits. Music paints pictures and drives emotions better than anything else. God’s gift.

        1. Ray (Post author)

          Pat, that comment describes perfectly why I do what I do. I may not have painted the pictures but I do enjoy bringing them back to life.

    2. Marty

      Well said Pat, the Ricky Nelson lyric was my exact thought too.

      1. Ray (Post author)

        Great minds think alike 🙂

  3. Rosa-Lee Gould

    Good Morning Ray, What a wealth of wonderful medleys you have archived. Ted & I enjoyed today’s music & will listen on Sunday. Thank you, have a happy Friday & weekend. 🙂

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Lee & Ted!
      I hope today’s medley put you in a “let’s get this weekend started” frame of mind.
      Have a wonderful day!

  4. Nancy Garbati

    I for one enjoyed each and every one of your medleys, and so does Jojo. Thanks so much and you have a fabulous day and weekend. <3

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Nancy, and please give my best to Jojo!

  5. Jim

    OK. This brings back so many memories for me…
    This was probably my favorite mix!

    When I had a very difficult move to Springfield during my sophomore and junior year in 1969. I had to give up my girlfriend as well as my being a hippie. The school made me cut my hair twice before they would let me attend classes. (I donated my first 12 inches to cancer patients – little did I really know this then) I was still not accepted and had to have it shaved above my ears and collar. They also forced me to change my entire clothes that I had. I was not allowed to wear bell-bottoms, striped or plaid pants, as well as jeans. What is a person left to wear? I won out by wearing very fancy shirts and ties.
    I was able to attend Woodstock just prior to this move. My parents let me stay-out my job as a life-guard in Nashua, NH. (God bless them.) I went to Woodstock with that friend that I was staying with as well as others. One of the most “learning” events of my life.

    Across the street in Springfield lived this icon…Marty Morse. He had the greatest car and a wonderful girlfriend. His little brother, Mitch, hooked up with me. He did get me into a lot of trouble by suggesting girls to ask out, but he also helped me settle in.

    I am grateful for all of my “learning” experiences. And this music with the memories, bad and good, helps me so much.

    This is one of the best mixes for me of all!

    Thank you, Ray…and you are certainly satisfying me with the very diverse music medleys!…

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Jim, two things come to mind.
      First, that was one of the best blog comments, EVER. Man, you picked out some great memories!
      Second, I had no idea you knew my classmate, Marty! He was, and still is, one hell of a guy!

    2. Marty

      Jim, still have the “girl friend” fortunately! Wish I could say the same for the ‘69 Roadrunner . If you and Mitch were together for any reason then shenanigans were involved. I believe Kenny and Terry were good friends.

      1. Jim

        Yep. Loved that car. Didn’t get to know you and Karen…You were pretty much gone when I moved in. And way too old! 😂🤣😂

  6. Pat Conant

    Enjoyed this. A lot of songs I hadn’t heard in a while. As all the above have said, do what makes you happy. Have a great weekend.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Pat. You know, if Beethoven received more hits than anything else, I would stick with Beethoven. Fortunately, he doesn’t but the oldies do. As a I said, I will still incorporate country once (and maybe twice on occasion) a week.
      I’m very glad you enjoyed today’s medley! 🥰

  7. Rose

    I got a late listening start today but it was certainly worth the wait!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Rose! 🥰 I am so happy you enjoyed it!

  8. Fred

    Ray I think Marty said it in a way that I agree with a 100%!! I don’t think you could do any better!! Pleasing everyone is not possible!! I find it hard to believe how well you put the songs together and the way you mix them in!!! I also enjoy the Country mixed in!! Steely Dan said are you reeling in the years?? And it’s true time goes by way to fast!! And you give us all the opportunities to go back in time and remember the good and the bad!! Don’t stop one thing you are doing!! I know there is always going to be a song that brings back some powerful memories!! Today was Bo jangle!! I still see Sammy Davis doing that song and dance!! Another great day for chair dancing and just relaxing!!
    Love ya and let’s all remember life is a gift!! Have a great weekend!!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Fred! I really do appreciate all the kind words. I try my best and when I get tired (and believe me, I do), I no longer feel bad about throwing in an archive medley. As long as people keep listening, I’ll keep posting their memories! ❤Love ya, and yes, life is a gift!

  9. Evelyn Page

    Finally listened to this today. I love that you mix country days, rock days and oldies days.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Evelyn 🙂
      I am very appreciative that you took the time to write.

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