April 20 – Your Hit Parade, MFSB, DJ Wolfman Jack

1935

NBC radio network fires up long-lasting music radio show Your Hit Parade.


MCA CEO Jules Stein booked the bands

It was preceded by the Lucky Strike Dance Orchestra (led by Benjamin A. Rolfe), a show on the NBC Red Network which ran three hours a week from September 15, 1928 to 1931. B.A. Rolfe, 1928 
 
Also sponsored by Lucky Strike, Your Hit Parade begins as a 60-minute program … popular, influential, and lucrative (for ATC and MCA at least). American Tobacco Company president George Washington Hill chose the announcer and orchestra and approved all the tunes before broadcast.
 
The show’s ad agencies never reveal the specific sources or the methods used to determine top hits. Thus the show has, in fact, the power to make the hits…and the stars.
 
YHP lasts until 1955 on radio; the TV show runs from 1950-59. (*)
 
Apr. 12, 1952 TV show from IA  ▷More YHP TV at IA▹
Ray Scott on 1955 TV  ▷Sampod YHP video juke site▹

1974
Philadelphia soul tune The Sound of Philadelphia becomes a rare US#1 instrumental hit for Philadelphia studio group MFSB.
 
Producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff assembled the 30 studio musicians at Sigma Sound Studios.

 
Eventually known as the Soul Train theme, it’s influential in establishing the disco sound … and called ‘one of the essential dance records of all time.’
 
It’s included on their US#1 second album Love Is the Message. In 1975 the single wins the Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance.

1999

US 50s-60s radio DJ Wolfman Jack is inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
 
Playing the latest rock, the gravelly voiced Bob Smith worked as a disc jockey from 1958 to 1966 at 250,000-watt border blaster station XERF-AM (1570 AM) in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, becoming a radio legend.
 
In 1973 he appears as himself in director George Lucas‘ second feature film, American Graffiti.
Graffiti clip  At WNBC 
Dick Clark interview  ▷BBC:What made him great?▹

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