|Syndicates||Hot Air, Armed Forces Radio|
|Created by||John Gilliland|
|Produced by||Chester Coleman|
|Narrated by||John Gilliland, Sie Holliday, Thom Beck|
|Original release||1969 – c. 1970|
|No. of episodes||55|
|Other themes||The Chronicles of Pop by Len Chandler|
|Website||The John Gilliland Collection|
The Pop Chronicles are two radio documentary series which together "may constitute the most complete audio history of 1940s–60s popular music."They originally aired starting in 1969 and concluded about 1974. Both were produced by John Gilliland.
Inspired by the Monterey Pop Festival,the Pop Chronicles of the 1950s and 1960s originally was produced at KRLA 1110 and first aired on February 9, 1969. John Gilliland narrated the series along with Sie Holliday and Thom Beck (pictured). Also performing interviews were Dick LaPalm, Lew Irwin, Harry Shearer, Mike Masterson, and Richard Perry. The show's brief recurring theme song "The Chronicles of Pop" was written and performed by Len Chandler. The engineer and associate producer of the series was Chester Coleman.
KRLA 1110 originally broadcast an hour a week of the Pop Chronicles,which were later syndicated by "Hot Air" and broadcast on Armed Forces Radio. The photo above indicates that it was broadcast on KABC-FM sometime before that station became KLOS.
The University of North Texas Music Library made the Pop Chronicles available onlinesince June 2010.
Cover of the audiobook version
|Created by||John Gilliland|
|Narrated by||John Gilliland|
|Original release||1972 – c. 1974|
|No. of episodes||24|
|Website||The Pop Chronicles Of The 1940s|
The Pop Chronicles of the 1940s was produced by John Gilliland and broadcast on KSFO (AM) while he worked there beginning in 1972for a total of 24 episodes. To promote the show, KSFO "had a 40's month celebration with a dance remote and a jitterbug contest at Union Square." Allan M. Newman of KSFO said of the show that Gilliland, "interviewed damn near everybody involved during those years. such as Bing Crosby, Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Mercer, Patty Andrews, Tex Beneke, etc. ... I think John has put together a true collector's item."
In 1972 Gilliland had produced and syndicated 12 episodes which covered the first half of the 1940s. He then asked his listeners to write to their stations if they wanted to hear the rest of the series.He would produce another 12 episodes to cover the rest of the 1940s.
This series was syndicated by Doug Andrewsand broadcast on AFRTS. In 1973 MCA Records used the show to sell a nine-album set of music from the show, so the show could be offered for free to radio stations. But in 1974, RCA negotiated for the rights to the show.
In 1994, Gilliland released an edited version as the four cassette audiobook Pop Chronicles the 40's: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40's.This was later rereleased as The Big Band Chronicles.
After his death, Gilliand's sister donated the Pop Chronicles tapes to the University of North Texas Music Library where they form the John Gilliland Collection.
Traditional pop is Western popular music that generally pre-dates the advent of rock and roll in the mid-1950s. The most popular and enduring songs from this era of music are known as pop standards or American standards. The works of these songwriters and composers are usually considered part of the canon known as the "Great American Songbook". More generally, the term "standard" can be applied to any popular song that has become very widely known within mainstream culture.
"Gentle on My Mind" is a song written by John Hartford, which won four 1968 Grammy Awards. Hartford won the award for Best Folk Performance and Best Country & Western Song (Songwriter). The other two awards Best Country & Western Solo Vocal Performance, Male and Best Country & Western Recording, went to American country music singer Glen Campbell for his version of Hartford's song.
Richard Benjamin Haymes was an American actor and singer, born in Argentina. He was one of the most popular male vocalists of the 1940s and early 1950s. He was the older brother of Bob Haymes who was an actor, television host, and songwriter.
The Credibility Gap was an American satirical comedy team active from 1968 through 1979. They emerged in the late 1960s delivering comedic commentary on the news for the Los Angeles AM rock radio station KRLA 1110, and proceeded to develop more elaborate and ambitious satirical routines on the "underground" station KPPC-FM in Pasadena, California.
"Temptation" is a popular song published in 1933, with music written by Nacio Herb Brown and lyrics by Arthur Freed.
KRDC is a broadcast radio station licensed to Pasadena, California, serving the Greater Los Angeles Area. The station is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. The KRDC broadcast license is held by ABC Radio Los Angeles Assets, LLC.
"Love Somebody" is a pop standard recorded by Doris Day. The song was written by Joan Whitney and Alex Kramer and published in 1947.
"It's Magic" is a popular song written by Jule Styne, with lyrics by Sammy Cahn, published in 1947. They wrote the song for Doris Day in her Warner Brothers film debut, Romance on the High Seas. In the autumn of 1948 Vic Damone, Tony Martin, Dick Haymes, Gordon MacRae and Sarah Vaughan all charted on Billboard magazine charts with versions of the song, but none as successfully as Doris Day's recording. "It's Magic" received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song, but in March 1949 lost to "Buttons and Bows" by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.
"Cry" is the title of a 1951 popular song written by Churchill Kohlman. The song was first recorded by Ruth Casey on the Cadillac label. The biggest hit version was recorded in New York City by Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads on October 16, 1951. Singer Ronnie Dove also had a big hit with the song in 1966.
KSFO is a commercial AM radio station in San Francisco, California. It is owned by Cumulus Media and airs a talk radio format. The station's studios and offices are on Battery Street in the SoMa district of San Francisco, along with five other Bay Area Cumulus stations.
Len Hunt Chandler, Jr., better known as Len Chandler, is a folk musician from Akron, Ohio.
John Sanford Gilliland Jr. was an American radio broadcaster and documentarian best known for the Pop Chronicles music documentaries and as one of the original members of The Credibility Gap. He was born and died in his hometown of Quanah, Texas. He worked for a number of radio stations in Texas and California including KOGO in San Diego (1961–1965), KRLA 1110 in Los Angeles (1965–1970), and KSFO (AM) in San Francisco (1971–1978).
"Serenade of the Bells" is a popular song written by Kay Twomey, Al Goodhart, and Al Urbano and published in 1947.
The History of Rock & Roll is an American radio documentary on rock and roll music, originally syndicated in 1969. One of the lengthiest documentaries of any medium, The History of Rock & Roll is a definitive history of the Rock and Roll genre, stretching from the early 1950s to its day. The "rockumentary," as producers Bill Drake and Gene Chenault called it, features hundreds of interviews and comments from numerous rock artists and people involved with rock and roll.
"That's For Me" is a popular song, written by Richard Rodgers, with the lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The song was published in 1945 and included in the 1945 version of the musical film State Fair.
Lew Irwin has been a Los Angeles-based journalist for more than 50 years. He was the original anchor/reporter at KABC-TV from 1957–1962 and the news director of Los Angeles radio stations KPOL, KRLA, KDAY, and KNX-FM. While at KRLA in the late 1960s, he created The Credibility Gap, a 15-minute news program, broadcast every three hours, that integrated topical satire and music with the news. He also has interviewed Presidents Harry Truman, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan, as well as such show business personalities as The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, Peter Sellers, Jack Nicholson, Dick Clark and Elvis Presley. He is the author of Sinatra, a Life Remembered, a coffee table book about Frank Sinatra and since 1992 has been the publisher/editor of the daily entertainment industry digest Studio Briefing.
Sie Holliday was the radio name of Shirley Schneider. She was a Los Angeles radio personality at KRLA 1962–76 and KMPC 1976–78. She did student radio at the University of Texas. She had been reading promos for KRLA 1110, when in 1962 they put her on the air from 6-10 p.m. Sundays, making her the first female disk jockey in Los Angeles.
The University of North Texas Libraries is an American academic research library system that serves the constituent colleges and schools of University of North Texas in Denton. The phrase "University of North Texas Libraries" encompasses three aspects: The library collections as a whole and its organizational structure; The physical facilities and digital platform that house the collections; and certain self-contained collections of substantial size that warrant the name "Library"—the Music Library and the Digital Libraries (collections), for example, are housed in Willis Library.
Thom Beck was a founding member of The Credibility Gap while at KRLA 1110 radio, where he also narrated part of the Pop Chronicles. He was kept on as a journalist at KRLA 1110 when Lew Irwin was brought in create the new news program that became the Credibility Gap. He worked as a reporter at KCBS in San Francisco and as a disc jockey at KIIS, 1970-1972 in between stints at KRLA, which he left in 1976. He is deceased.
Pete Johnson was a music critic for the Los Angeles Times in the 1960s, before being replaced by Robert Hilburn in 1970. In 1969 he wrote The History of Rock and Roll, and appeared in another rockumentary, the Pop Chronicles.
Chester Coleman, engineer and associate producer
Chester Coleman, who was both a station owner and media broker passed away last Friday in San Francisco
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