Best Of Bachman, Turner Overdrive (Best Of B.T.O.). When Was It Originally Released? Pop Culture Music History.

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Canada gave us some terrific music  – and BTO was right up there with the best of them

If you grew up in the 1970′s and listened to top-40 or album oriented radio – you loved Bachman, Turner Overdrive – with Randy Bachman and company. Their rock music was catchy and infectuous with hits such as “Takin’ Care Of Business,” “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” and “Let It Ride.” Simply great stuff. I loved these guys and we couldn’t wait for their greatest hits to be released.

It finally came as Mercury records released “The Best Of BTO (So Far)” back in August of 1976. If you don’t have it, get it. Or download their hits. Don’t forget “Hey You” and “Roll On Down The Highway.”

BTW – The last single for BTO was from that same time – summer of 1976 with “Gimmie Your Money Please.” Not a big charter – but – just in case you wanted to know.

Gary West –

Top Pop Culture History This Week – May 22, 2011

Total bummer about Jeff Conway. Anyway, here’s some Mr. Pop Culture facts for this week – week of May 22-May 29.


The animated series starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a superhero is officially on hold. The companies behind “The Governator” said Friday they have stopped working on the budding franchise that Schwarzenegger helped announce to much fanfare in Cannes, France, last month. “In light of recent events, A Squared Entertainment, POW, Stan Lee Comics, and Archie Comics, have halted production” on the project, the companies said in a written statement. There is no word when or if production on the planned TV series, comic book, movie and video game will resume. “The Governator” is to star Schwarzenegger as a superhero living a double life: A family man and former governor who secretly fights global villainy and modern-day disasters alongside a team of hip teenagers.

Amercian Idol Season #10 Winner – Beam Him Up – Scotty McCreery! Runner up is Lauren Alainia. 122 million votes were cast.

Rival TV concerts – Lady Gaga and Rihanna – (Friday May 27) kIcked off summer music on Friday with two morning concerts in New York City. Mama Monster and her Little Monsters stormed Central Park for a concert on ABC’s  “Good Morning America.” Meanwhile, Rihanna did her thing for the rival NBC “Today” show over at Rockefeller Plaza. GMA is a copycat and picked up the concert idea after Today several years go.

Passing – Jeff Conaway, who starred in the sitcom “Taxi,” played swaggering Kenickie in the movie musical “Grease” and publicly battled drug and alcohol addiction on “Celebrity Rehab,” died Friday. He was 60. The actor was taken off life support Thursday and died Friday morning at Encino Tarzana Medical Center, according to one of his managers, Kathryn Boole.


1. (1) Bon Jovi; $2,465,286; $103.09.

2. (2) Lady Gaga; $1,722,078; $96.77.

3. (3) Rod Stewart / Stevie Nicks; $1,455,243; $107.14.

4. (5) Elton John; $1,140,460; $95.44.

5. (4) Kenny Chesney; $1,127,293; $68.41.

Top albums this week –

21 – Adele

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Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray – Seether

Hot Sauce Committee Part Two – Beastie Boys

Turtleneck & Chain – The Lonely Island

Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons

Tech news –

Yahoo is rolling out an upgraded version of its e-mail service to its 284 million users. The revamped service, which will become available to users in the coming weeks, will be twice as fast as previous versions and integrate more seamlessly with social networks. “This latest version of Yahoo! Mail is faster, safer, easier to use, and offers a seamless experience across PC, mobile and tablet devices,” said David McDowell, a director of product management for the company.  Users of the new service will be able to respond instantly to messages from Facebook from their inbox while sharing notifications from Twitter, Facebook and Zynga via a new Updates tab.

A computer security researcher has found a flaw in Microsoft Corp’s widely used Internet Explorer browser that he said could let hackers steal credentials to access FaceBook, Twitter and other websites. He calls the technique “cookiejacking.” “Any website. Any cookie. Limit is just your imagination,” said Rosario Valotta, an independent Internet security researcher based in Italy. Hackers can exploit the flaw to access a data file stored inside the browser known as a “cookie,” which holds the login name and password to a web account, Valotta said via email. Once a hacker has that cookie, he or she can use it to access the same site, said Valotta, who calls the technique “cookiejacking.”

Calling the case a “brazen and outrageous fraud,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg urged a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit by a New York man claiming he owns a huge stake in the social networking website. In a filing Thursday with the U.S. District Court in Buffalo, New York, Facebook Inc and Zuckerberg said the lawsuit by Paul Ceglia is based on a “doctored contract and fabricated evidence.” They also called the plaintiff “an inveterate scam artist whose misconduct extends across decades and borders.” Ceglia, a wood pellet salesman from Wellsville, New York, has contended that he contracted in 2003 for 50 percent of Zuckerberg’s interest in what became Facebook. Facebook is privately held, but analysts have said it could be worth $70 billion should it go public, perhaps in 2012. Forbes magazine in March estimated Zuckerberg’s net worth at $13.5 billion.

Tacky Talk Show Hosts… The Name Calling Gets Old. Pop Culture Talkshow Host History.

Sometimes, you just tired of seeing and hearing the name calling. High paid talkshow hosts, entertainers – whomever – whatever’s in the media – a talking head – more name calling. No right, no left. Totally unprofessional. Totally tacky.YIKES!

Over the past year, there’s been a number of these incidents. Glenn Beck was recent, but here’s the latest:

Left-leaning Ed Schultz has been suspended from MSNBC for referring to fellow host Laura Ingraham as a “right-wing slut” and “talk slut” on his syndicated show Tuesday.In a statement released Wednesday, the cable channel said: “MSNBC management met with Ed Schultz this afternoon and accepted his offer to take one week of unpaid leave for the remarks he made yesterday on his radio program. Ed will address these remarks on his show tonight, and immediately following begin his leave. Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

Mr. Pop History – Yes, I get it. I do PR – and Schultz gets all kinds of curious attention. Next time he’s on MSNBC, his sampling will go up. No doubt.

So many of these talkers are hot air bags anyway. Their job – hold an audience into the next commercial. Doesn’t matter who.  Remember, you the audience are being sold – you’re the commodity the advertisers buy.Think about that any of these talk-types rant, then go into a commercial.

Now – let’s get to more serious business – that of pop culture history. Remember when? Remember this lady? She had a ton of class, didn’t she?

Jackie Kennedy.

Solo Careers After The Monkees Broke Up… Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz. Pop Culture Monkee History.

Mr. Pop History – After the Monkees split-up in 1969 – Davy, Michael and – yes – even Micky – released records.

Nesmith’s biggest hit was with The First National Band – and “Joanne.” On RCA Records.

Davy Jones’ biggest solo records was “Rainy Jane” on Bell Records.

Micky Dolenz – He didn’t chart with this one, but his best-known post-Monkees solo effort was “A Lover’s Prayer” – on MGM Records.

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Interesting FM Pop Music Format – Mid 1970′s. Pop Culture Radio History.

Mr. Pop History – When you study the history of AM, FM, and various music formats over the years, the traditional top-40 format of playing the hits, sticks out. Some stations played more than 40, others less, but KFRC-FM (K-106) in San Francisco, played with a continuous top-20 countdown format. That’s right – more than several times a day, the station, mostly automated, counted down the top-20 hits, throwing in some new releases. Interesting, to say the least. This was during the mid-1970′s, when some FM stations would try anything.


Radio Shack Stores Launch A Nationwide Search For The Most Original (CB) Citizen Band Song. When? 1976.

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At the height of the CB radio craze…
From April of 1976:
“Inspired by the phenomenal popularity of Citizens Band equipment which it pioneered 15 year ago, Radio Shack has launched a nationwide search for the most original CB song and is offering recording contracts and more than $100,000 in prizes.”

CBers where everywhere in 1976. Several “CB” type songs were making the charts including, “Convoy” by C.W. McCall.

The two-way radios provided easy access to non-techies, who would have otherwise had to take a ham radio license. exam.

First U.S. Color TV Test… TV Transmitted In Color On Network Station – When?

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It was 1946 when the new Channel 2, the CBS-TV station in New City – sent a color-TV test witnessed by CBS executives 25 miles away in Tarrytown, NY!

Back then, WCBS-TV transmitted off the Chrysler building in Manhattan, and CBS wanted to see if their own color-broadcasting would work outside the city – in their “B” contour. TV’s were set-up at Tappen Hill Restaurant in Tarrytown NY – and the channel 2 signal along with the CBS color system, came through loud and clear. Executives made the drive – with food, drink and a terrific color picture.

The CBS Color system eventually went away, because – it was not compatible with black&white transmission. But – this is an interesting not in color-TV pop history.

Was There Ever, Officially, A Channel 1 TV Station? Pop Culture TV History.

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Yes, there was! New York City’s WNBT-TV, channel 1, operated with a program schedule from about August 1945 through February 1946. What happened?

The FCC took away channel 1 from the new TV spectrum and WNBT was reassigned TV channel 4. WNBT later became WRCA-TV – then WNBC-TV.

Other channel 1 TV stations were assigned, but never went on the air. One was in Providence – another in Riverside, California. Fascinating!

And, RCA did make at least one early TV receiver covering channels 1-13.

What Was The First Rock-Era 45rpm Single To Become A Major National Hit? Pop Culture Music Trivia History.

Mr. Pop History – I love this question.

Early rock was R&B so…

It was “Pledging My Love” by Johnny Ace. And – it was early 1955. This was a time when fast-spinning 78′s were being taken over by 45′s. In fact, 1955 was the first year 45′s outsold 78′s.

“Pledging My Love” began moving up the national charts after the untimely death of Johnny Ace in late 1954. At first, most of the pressings were 78′s – because, its mostly R&B black audience demanded the format. But, as more mainstream radio stations began playing the disc, more 45′s were ordered – and, they eventually outsold the 78 version. “Pledging My Love” got to #17 on the national charts.

And, it’s a good one. Always reminds of the movie, “Christine” – the haunted car – whose radio played only 1950′s hit songs – including, “Pledging My Love.”