Flashback: “Devil Woman” by Cliff Richard

As you may have guessed by now, I love the geographic quirkiness that pop music sometimes brings. What makes an artist successful in one part of the world, but not in other parts of the world?

One of the bigger examples of that would be Cliff Richard – who is only behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley in terms of the top selling artists in British pop music history. Over here in America, this was Richard’s biggest hit, going to #6 on the Billboard charts in 1975 – scoring ten top 40 hits in the States from 1959 to 1981.


Flashback: “Magic” by Pilot

A song getting a lot of play in these parts due to the sudden resurgence (or so it’s hoped) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Scottish band Pilot scored their biggest hit in the US with the song (they’re better known in the UK for another song called “January” which topped the UK charts but fared poorly here), with the song peaking at #5 on the Billboard charts in the summer of 1975.

An Oldie But A Goodie

This is an old pic of me, going back to around 1975. I put this up to my Instagram page not too long ago, and friends loved it.

The pic was taken by an older couple named Steve and Margaret, whose last names I forget, other than it began with an O. They were co-workers with my mom and dad, who all worked at Publix Super Markets at the time, then a grocery store exclusively in Florida. I believe (though I may be incorrect) that they all worked at the store on Indian Rocks Road in Largo, Florida.

There was a time when both of my parents.worked in the late afternoons to the evenings, so “Steve O.” and his wife would babysit and generally keep me busy. I guess at one point, they wanted me to get out and play, but not get a sunburn.

That’s pretty much the story behind that pic, such as it is.

Aircheck: WLCY-FM, 8/1975

I love Tampa Bay radio airchecks prior to the 80’s!

Today’s trip takes us back to WLCY-FM, 94.9 on our area’s radio dial in August of 1975. A year later, the station changed it’s call letters to WYNF, going to a top-40 format up until 1980, then to a hard rock format that lasted until the mid-90’s while going thru a few ownership changes.

The station was then bought by Cox Broadcasting, going to a softer pop format it’s kept ever since. A few years ago, it was the all-Christmas music station in the area from Black Friday thru Christmas Day, but they gave that format to easy listening station WDUV a few years ago.