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July 30, 2000 | By Robert Strauss, FOR THE INQUIRER
It was 11 a.m. and already the wait was three deep at Perk's Place. "Love Train" by the O'Jays was the song of the moment on Oldies 98, and the Human Percolator himself was lip-syncing and doing a little bounce step while clipping 9-year-old Patrick Leach's hair. "They say, 'Didn't you used to be Billy Harner?' " said the Human Percolator with a hearty laugh. "Then they say, 'I saw you in 19-whatever.' And I say, 'I remember you. I saw you there, too.' It makes them laugh. It makes them feel better.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 1988 | By Jack Lloyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Those moldy oldies refuse to go away. They're everywhere, they're everywhere. And that goes for Atlantic City. Especially Atlantic City. There have been a number of oldies-oriented production shows at several of the casino-hotels, and nostalgia acts and package shows pop up in the showrooms with steady frequency. This weekend is especially heavy, with old- timers converging on the gambling mecca to again reprise those vintage rockers and doo-wop ditties. For starters, we have "Bowzer's Rock-and-Roll Party" at Caesars Hotel- Casino.
NEWS
December 12, 2008
I'D LIKE TO see the Fleetwoods sing the national anthem at Barack Obama's inauguration. If you're old enough, you know who I'm talking about. For younger readers, the Fleetwoods aren't to be confused with Fleetwood Mac, who brought us Stevie Nicks. The Fleetwoods are a two-girl, one-boy doo-wop group from Olympia, Wash. They celebrated their 50th anniversary this year and in 2009 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their first hits, "Come Softly to Me" and "Mr. Blue. " Younger readers know rock 'n' roll as hard and raucous, but the Fleetwoods were soft and intimate.
NEWS
November 13, 1987 | By Ellen Goodman
The morning it came home to him, my friend was taking his daily bike ride to nowhere. Up on the Exercycle, earphones in place, he was twirling the dial, trying to find some decent traveling music on the airwaves. At precisely 7:45 a.m., just when the digital readout hit his aerobic rate, he had located it: a great station. The hits kept coming and my friend kept bicycling. Then, suddenly a woman with a youthful voice interrupted his biking high to make this announcement: "Good morning.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 1990 | By Janet Ruth Falon, Special to The Inquirer
If you haven't been able to get no satisfaction for some good old rock and roll music that'll make you feel like you're at the hop in the still of the night - and you're feeling as itchy for some as if you had a case of poison i- i-i-i-i-i-vy! - and you're just about ready to rip it up, or shake, rattle and roll, then your round-the-clock search for rock is over. Metropolitan Philadelphia has some oldies stores that'll send you to, well, my blue heaven. And when you find what you're looking for, just remember to save the last dance for me. First, we need to define oldies.
NEWS
April 4, 1988 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ever since WIOQ-FM (102.1) went "oldies" in October, lots of people have complained that local stations don't play enough new, cutting-edge, hard-rock music. Of the two big rock stations in town, certainly classic-rock WYSP-FM (94.1) doesn't. And WMMR-FM (93.3) is not exactly out on a limb. Want to know why? "When I got here several years ago," says Andy Bloom, program director of classic-rock 'YSP, the station "was very current, admittedly harder-edged, with about 60 percent new music.
NEWS
November 29, 1987 | By David M. Giles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Roy Kaysen makes his living on memory lane - Memory Lane Records, that is. And in an age when digital compact discs (CDs) have become the rage among music collectors, you'd think that the living suddenly wouldn't be easy for the Horsham record store operator. Well, think again. "CDs," Kaysen declared, "will never be a collectible item. There are no liner notes or posters or classic covers. There are so many things that make records unique and valuable. The fidelity of CDs is great, but they are kind of generic.
NEWS
May 9, 1989 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia is losing another "oldies" radio station. At 12:01 a.m. Thursday, WFIL-AM (560) will dump its two-year-old satellite- fed oldies format and begin simulcasting the soft-rock sounds of its popular sister station, WEAZ-FM (101.1). "We just decided this makes more financial sense," said 'FIL and 'EAZ owner Jerry Lee, who has been trying to sell 'FIL for months. "It's just a fact that AM radio has become a less desirable commodity. " Just a year ago, the city had no fewer than four oldies stations: WOGL-FM (98.1)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 1993 | By Mark Marymont, FOR THE INQUIRER
Dreamy folk, crunching rock and roll, and hook-filled pop anthems. Heart can do them all, and did, Friday at the Tower Theater. The heart of Heart - Ann and Nancy Wilson - opened for themselves, so to speak, with a 45-minute acoustic set. After a short break, the sisters from Seattle plugged in and put on their rock-and-roll shoes. Lead belter Ann Wilson can still raise the roof when she wants to, but it was Heart's choice of ceiling-shattering material that seemed to disconcert the near-capacity crowd.
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January 13, 2015 | BY PATTY-PAT KOZLOWSKI
WHILE SOME thought that having DJs along the Broad Street Mummers Parade route on New Year's Day to be sacrilegious and the equivalent of putting Swiss on a cheesesteak, or sitting in Jerry Jones' luxury box during a Cowboys vs. Eagles game, most would agree that the parade lulls and backups were up there with the Watch Paint Dry Olympics. I volunteered to be the disc jockey at the City Hall grandstands,hoping to spin some tunes and get the crowd in a good mood before and during the parade.
NEWS
July 1, 2014 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
THE BET Awards are the most casual of the awards shows (anything but black tie goes), the most self-promotional (rare was the presenter who didn't a push a TV show, movie or album) and the most sponsored. It seemed as if not a minute went by without seeing a logo or hearing a product placement. Strong on music (auto-tuning and backing tracks allowed) and spectacle, the BET Awards suffer from some of the same problem as the Grammys: In attempting to lure younger viewers, the show makes it seem as if there are no black entertainers over 40 - no singers who don't come out of rap and hip-hop.
NEWS
February 7, 2014
M ELISSA Greene-Anderson, 50, of Villanova, is executive vice president of Oldies.com, an online retailer and related catalog for "oldies" music, classic movies and related merchandise. The family-owned company operates from a 60,000-square-foot warehouse in West Conshohocken and is one of the largest music and mail-order companies in the U.S. and one of the largest resellers of vinyl records. Q: Tell me about the business. A: In the '80s, we started Collectables Records, which grew to be the largest independent reissue label for music in the country.
NEWS
July 7, 2013
1 West Catholic snags $1M donation West Catholic High School announced this week it received a $1 million donation, the largest in the school's history. The money came from an anonymous donor and will be used to help carry out the school's new five-year plan. As part of the changes, the school is changing its name to West Catholic Preparatory High School. 2 Vernon Park kicks off 'Oldies in the Park' "Oldies in the Park," sponsored by Councilwoman Cindy Bass, kicks off Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Germantown's Vernon Park.
NEWS
May 3, 2013
By Ryan Schumm The lead singer is new this year, but the back-up band is familiar. The stage is identical, and the songs are mostly covers. At the recent budget concert, Superintendent William Hite performed the greatest hits of Thomas Knudson, Arlene Ackerman, and countless other Philadelphia School District (PSD) headliners. The title track of the latest PSD album, "Catastrophic," borrows the tune of Knudson's classic 2012 hit, "Dire. " And no doubt fans immediately recognized the refrain from "Unprecedented," the 2011 ballad from budget guy Michael Masch.
SPORTS
April 5, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
ANDY PETTITTE was a rock on the mound in his latest gritty performance. Mariano Rivera jogged in from the bullpen to nail down a ninth-inning lead. Following two straight duds to start the season, the banged-up New York Yankees finally looked like themselves Thursday night. Pettitte pitched the Yankees to their first win of the year and Rivera made a successful return to the mound in New York's 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox. "I was waiting for 11 months," said Rivera, who acknowledged feeling a little anxious before his first regular-season pitch since knee surgery.
NEWS
June 18, 2012 | By Jonathan Valania and FOR THE INQUIRER
If the Dallas Cowboys are America's team, then the Beach Boys — who are marking 50 years of fun, fun, fun with a new album and a tour that brought them to the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on Saturday — are America's band. Granted, they have been more or less a movable oldies jukebox for the last 30 years, at least, but that does not diminish the deathlessness of their songbook or erase the fact that they have provided the aspirational soundtrack for American life, the grand illusion of an eternal summer of sun, surf, hot rods, bikinis, and burger joints.
NEWS
October 21, 2011 | By David Iams, For The Inquirer
A busy auction schedule over the next few days will offer opportunities to bid on objects from a historic Philadelphia family, a historic Main Line landmark, and a historic collection of "golden oldies" - in every sense of the term - not to mention antique dolls and an armchair suitable for the Halloween weekend. The historic family in question is the Wistars, specifically Wistars combined with Emlens and Cressons, two other old Philadelphia names. Family items in storage for more than 50 years will be featured by Philadelphia Estate Liquidators at a 425-lot sale beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the gallery at 100 W. Merchant St., Audubon.
SPORTS
June 3, 2011 | Associated Press
PARIS - As Maria Sharapova prepared to serve while only a point from defeat in the French Open semifinals, Li Na was thinking what any opponent would at that precise moment. "I was, like, 'Please, double-fault. That way I can win the match,' " Li explained to the crowd a few moments later. Sharapova obliged. Her second serve hit the white tape atop the net and bounced back for Sharapova's 10th double-fault of an error-filled afternoon, closing Li's 6-4, 7-5 victory yesterday. The result ended Sharapova's bid to complete a career Grand Slam, and allowed Li to reach a second consecutive major final.
SPORTS
April 29, 2011
OK, SO THE NFL lockout has officially screwed the Eagles more than any other team. Forget Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton going first overall to the Carolina Panthers as the NFL draft started last night in New York. Ignore Washington quarterback Jake Locker going eighth to the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars trading with the Washington Redskins to draft Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert 10th overall. Simply focus on the fact that the Minnesota Vikings, a team that still has Super Bowl talent in a lot of areas, used the 12th pick on Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder.
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