50 Years Ago This Week

Hosted by Jim Melloan LIVE every Tuesday at 8:00pm

Jim Melloan spins the hits of the Top 40 from 50 years ago. He also supplies commentary and facts about the songs and their composers, the recording artists, and personal recollections. We continue to reel in the years, as Steely Dan makes its debut in 1973. Dawn completes its transformation from Dawn to Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando to Tony Orlando and Dawn, and they have the No. 1 hit for the year with “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree.” Jim Croce lets us know that Leroy Brown is bad, bad, and this other guy is killing Roberta Flack with his song. It’s a year to get Hi, Hi, Hi and Live and Let Die with Paul McCartney and Wings, and Stevie Wonder has someone who is the Sunshine of his Life, but watch out for Superstition. Elton John is Crocodile’ Rockin’, while Loggins & Messina’s Mama Don’t Dance. Are You So Vain as to think Carly Simon’s song is about you? America starts to realize that they didn’t call him Tricky Dick for nothin’, and the Watergate hearings begin. Relive or discover it all here on the 50 Years Ago This Week Show.

About Jim Melloan

Jim Melloan is an actor, editor, musician, and writer. He has been involved with the downtown NYC performance scene since 1996. He has worked as the project manager for the Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest-growing private companies for Inc. magazine, and as a writer for Worth magazine. He was a founding member of the ImprovBoston improv troupe in the early 1980s. He is a singer-songwriter who plays keyboard. In 2013 he started doing a weekly post on Facebook about chart-topping hits from 50 years ago. In 2015 he expanded on the concept by starting an occasional column on this music for the downtown newspaper ChelseaNow, and creating the 50 Years Ago This Week radio show on Radio Free Brooklyn.

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