Monday, January 20, 2014

KAAY Beaker Street with Clyde Clifford - June 26, 1970

Here is more than an hour of untelescoped Beaker Street with Clyde Clifford on Friday night, June 26 1970, from 11:00pm to 12:14am.   This is submitted by Thomas Connelley of Carbondale, IL.

This aircheck has surfaced before -- it was posted in September 2008 on the old AJ Lindsay KAAY Blog.  However, that aircheck was of lower audio quality and contained some music spliced in at the beginning and end, perhaps as a reconstruction of the original aircheck.

This new aircheck submittal is longer and superb quality, it sounds like an in-studio tape of the show.  Tom sent us a few comments about the aircheck:

“The history of how this made it onto CD can only be speculated.  This was among my younger brother’s music collection when he passed away.  He and his roommate had a CD recorder.  There are a couple of short glitches in the audio that sound like a tape deck auto-reversing or the CD recorder being paused to resume with another tape.  The show is uncut other than the short glitches where practically no music was even lost.  The last song is a 19+ minute song, so only the first couple of minutes are on this CD.  But it is a Beaker Street classic, so please include the part that is there.”  (note: it is India, by The Corporation).

“As a matter of personal history, I grew up in Little Rock.  And as with others that I have spoken with, Beaker Street changed my life.  The music on the show prompted me to become a professional musician.  I played my first professional (paying) gig in the seventh grade in 1968!  I also had dreams of being on the radio which I accomplished later in life.  I wish that I still had the armful of cassette tapes that I had back in the day of KAAY and Beaker Street.  Little did I know how important the memory of this radio station would be to me and so many others 45 years later!”

Beside the question of how this aircheck originated, there is also a mystery over Clyde Clifford’s opening remark where it sounds like he is saying goodbye to another jock at the station.

Clyde:  “Hmmmm, you say this is your last night, eh?”
Unidentified voice: “Ah, feels like it”.
Clyde:  “Feels like it.”
Unidentified voice: “Feels like it, man…”
Clyde:  “Well, that’s the way it goes.  So let’s go…”

Does anybody know who this guy was???

A big thank-you to Tom for submitting this aircheck, and for compiling a discography of the music:

            Sugarloaf – Green Eyed Lady
            Sugarloaf – Train Kept a Rollin’
            Temptations – Ball of Confusion
            East of Eden – Xhorkom/Ramadhan/In the Snow For a Blow
            Flow – Arleen
            East of Eden – Gum Arabic/Confucius
            Grand Funk – Hooked on Love           
MC5 – Rambling Rose
Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone
John Hartford – To Say
Amboy Dukes – Prodigal Man
The Corporation – India

Greg Barman


  1. This was originally recorded on an 80 minute 8-TRACK tape cartridge! How cool! Listen closely and you can hear the machine switch tracks at 20:19, 40:41, and 1:00:52.

  2. Originally recorded on 8-Track. How awesome is that?

  3. Also, for what it's worth, MC5 plays Kick Out the Jams, right after Rambling Rose and the Amboy Dukes song is Prodigal Son, not Prodigal Man. ; )

    1. Thanks for the info! I also was not sure of the song Flow - Aleen which I don't remember hearing before.

  4. Actually, you know what? According to wikipedia's track listing for the Amboy Dukes album 'Migration,' the song IS called Prodigal Man. Clyde introduces it as Prodigal Son and fooled me. ; )

  5. Fantastic! Thanks so much!!

  6. Just so cool and sad too. I spent many a night with a transistor radio under my pillow on school nights listening to Beaker Street, the only source of cool, dark, non-mainstreamed music of that era and where I a very rural ,remote, country setting.Thanks for this and thank you Beaker Street.

    1. I can echo your exact emotions down to the settling down at night with a transistor radio (my mom had given me one year for my birthday)..
      Those days are so special to me. Where has time gone? I can see in my minds eye my younger self trying to get the exact position so no static would be herd while listening to KAAY before I fell asleep.
      I did this many years.. many years later I’d remember Becker Street and look it up online only to be surprised that so very many my age had been doing the same thing I had been doing too! I’m so happy many people have fond memories of this radio station. Life is so short.

  7. I actually know the man who recorded this broadcast. His name is Ray. He and his brother John would stay up late at night as teenagers and record these broadcasts (there are MANY of them) on an 8-track recorder in the front seat of their 1957 Chevy in their parent's garage. Ray originally started the transfers in the mid 1990's from 8-track to cassette tape as the 8-tracks were becoming brittle at that point. So, many of the recordings are actually transfers on CD from cassette transfers of the original 8-Tracks. If you're ever in the Little Rock area, you can get far more of the story and history by visiting Been Around Records on University Avenue.

  8. This is great. I spent many a long night sitting in my '66 Chrysler Newport, listening to Beaker Street until it went off. This was around 1974 through 1977. I lived in Marshfield, Missouri, where KAAY came in nice and strong after dark. I long to recapture that rapture that I felt, discovering music I'd never hear otherwise, and feeling like part of a secret, very cool club. Thank you, Beaker Street!

  9. Well, me too. KAAY was my lifeline during the summers of 1970 and 1971 in central Illinois, when I was home from college, and with nothing else remotely worth listening to on the radio. Whenever I could, I would hunker down in the basement of my parents' house and get my fix of psychedelia interspersed with the spacey background music behind Clifford's spellbinding between-songs patter. The AM signal would fade in and out on my radio, enhancing the otherworldly vibe. Thank you for this!

  10. After losing our home when I was 12 in Waveland, Miss. to hurricane Camille (on the weekend of Woodstock) we ended up in Bogalusa, LA. It was there I was introduced to Beaker Street and a little later, getting stoned. Spent a lot of time on my own in that town and Beaker Street was my asylum. Lucky for me my older brother and his friends would let me go with them to New Orleans to the Warehouse On Tchoupitoulas to see some of the music I heard on Beaker Street.Late nights were great listening to Clyde and the music. Ooooh,what a lucky man I waaas. Thanks for letting me get stoned on the memories.

  11. For everyone here on Beaker Street, here is a whole bunch of Beaker Street airchecks I wanna share with you all from my Dropbox. It starts in 1970 and goes all the way to the very last B.S. show in 2011 (Clyde Clifford will be missed)! You don't need a Dropbox account to access, download, and listen to the tracks! The link is below for you to either click or copy and paste it to another browser! ENJOY AND RELIVE BEAKER STREET!