Sunday, December 13, 2009

Phil North, Christmastime, 1970

Here is another audio clip from the Phil North archives.  Although originally labelled as ``Christmas 1971,''  Phil's sports report of the Sun Bowl score (''Georgia Tech 19, Texas Tech 9'') identifies the date as Saturday, December 19, 1970.

(download here)

The clip is a 32-minute scoped version of Phil's 8-11pm shift that Saturday evening. There's lots of Christmas jingling (``our christmas greetings just for you and yours from KAAY'') and lots of Coke ads, as always.

Here's a rough and ready list of some of the songs that pass by during the three-hour slot: Simon and Garfunkel (fakin it); Neil Diamond  (he aint heavy); Santana (black magic woman); Barry MacGuire (eve of destruction); Partridge Family (I think i love you) Led Zeppelin (immigrant song) Jackson 5 (santa claus is coming to town) Chicago (does anybody know what time it is) Bobby Vinton (take good care of my baby); Eric Clapton (after midnight) Beatles (get back); Ray Charles (let's go get stoned); T. Rex (ride a white swan); Smokey Robinson (tears of a clown); Tony Orlando and Dawn (knock three times); the Doors (touch me); George Harrison (my sweet lord, that week's #1); Sly and the Family Stone (dance to the music) Ray Stevens (santa claus is watching you); Steven Stills (love the one you're with).

Embedded in the play list are a couple of notable ads: The first is for a Spirit show at Robinson Auditorium on Dec. 26 (``tickets from the Little Barn'').  Next is for a guest appearance by both Phil and Jonnie King at the grand opening of a new John's Jeans store at Chico and Baseline Road (``Monday afternoon till midnight'').  Finally, Phil does a short lead-in for Clyde and Beaker Street at 11pm.

The show closes with an instrumental of Joy to the World.

Thanks, Phil!

---Dave S.

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