DJ Gilbert Matthews welcomes you to The Retro Attic, a 24/7 internet radio station that primarily plays those classic and seldom heard top 40 entries from the 60's and 70's, along with a sprinkling of late 50's and early 80's hits that also fit the format. Hopefully our wide variety of oldies will be mind-blowing musical history lessons for you! A couple of "Bottom 45's" from each decade will be included every hour; these are defined as minor charters(peaked between 41 and 100), Bubbling Under/Looking Ahead entries(peaked between 101 and 150), non-charters, or tunes that were only hits in Canada, the UK, or Australia. A track from our "Featured Artist Of The Month" will also be heard every 2 hours(returning in September 2019!). Sit back, have fun, and take yourself back to simpler times(when people smiled at each other and didn't question why, kids played outside all day, and parents never worried)! You can also find us on Shoutcast, Virtual Radio, Nobex Radio, Delicast, Streamfinder, Tunein.com(highly recommended for those of you who use mobile apps), and ITunes Radio in their "Golden Oldies" category. Feel free to chat with me, DJ Gilbert Matthews, through our live chat widget in the bottom right corner of our webpage. HAPPY LISTENING! Spread the word about us and join other fellow oldies lovers in our Facebook group(search for The Retro Attic)!


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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

THE AMERICAN BOTTOM 45 OF THE DAY - THE GLASS BOTTLE - SORRY SUZANNE

THE AMERICAN BOTTOM 45 OF THE DAY - The Glass Bottle - Sorry Suzanne - Peaked At 130 In Cashbox Magazine On 7/25/70.

Recently I had an hour to kill, so I decided to watch an original broadcast of "The 5th Dimension Special" from May 1970 on CBS. It featured cuts from their newly released "Portrait" album as well as some earlier hits; there were also appearances from Glen Campbell, Flip Wilson, Tiny Tim, Arte Johnson, and the absolutely stunning Joey Heatherton('72 hit "Gone," a Retro Attic staple).

The commercials focused solely on The Glass Container Manufacturers Institute, Inc., and that's where today's featured group comes into the picture. Two of the commercials featured this group performing while the audience consumed soft drinks out of glass bottles. I guess the idea was to stress that soda belonged in glass bottles since glass could be grinded down afterwards and returned to the earth's surface.

The Glass Bottle were a 4 man, 2 woman group who looked like a pop version of Sly And The Family Stone. Their drummer rocked the 'fro as well as Grand Funk's Don Brewer did! This 45 was one of their first releases and yes, it is the same tune that The Hollies had a mid-charter with in '69(as a result, The Hollies' version will be retired from the rotation for a while). Some of you may remember their top 40 hit from the summer of '71, a woeful pop tune called "I Ain't Got Time Anymore." It has been a Retro Attic standard since Day 1, and I could always picture David Cassidy singing it.

Come to our website at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.com and hear The Glass Bottle anytime! I highly recommend checking out that 5th Dimension special; I'll leave it up to you to decide if you want to enjoy it with Miller Beer and a pack of Viceroy cigarettes.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

JULY 2019 NEW ADDS FOR THE RETRO ATTIC

Here are The Retro Attic's latest new adds:

The American Breed - Keep The Faith

Paul Anka - Can't Get You Out Of My Mind - 1968 A Side Version

April Wine - Bad Side Of The Moon

Bachman Turner Overdrive - Gimme Your Money Please

Joan Baez - In The Quiet Morning

Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen - I Still Love You All

Len Barry - Lip Sync(To The Tongue Twisters)

Len Barry - 1 2 3

The Beach Boys - Break Away

The Beatles - She's A Woman

Bee Gees - My World

Brook Benton - Hotel Happiness

Pat Boone - Speedy Gonzales

Boston - Don't Look Back

Jan Bradley - Mama Didn't Lie

Joe Brown And The Bruvvers - That's What Love Will Do

The Buckinghams - You Misunderstand Me - Flip Side Friday Request

Jerry Butler And Brenda Lee Eager - Ain't Understanding Mellow

Carlo - Ring A Ling

Eric Carmen - Boats Against The Current

Ray Charles - Born To Lose

Tony Christie - Avenues And Alleyways

The Classics - Till Then

Mike Clifford - Close To Cathy

Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare

The Cowsills - Indian Lake

Liz Damon's Orient Express - 1900 Yesterday

Skeeter Davis - I Can't Stay Mad At You

Little Jimmy Dickens - May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose

Mark Dinning - Top Forty News Weather And Sports

Joe Dolan - Make Me An Island

Don And The Goodtimes - I Could Be So Good To You

Donovan - Atlantis

Charlie Drake - My Boomerang Won't Come Back - Original UK Version

The Emotions - So I Can Love You

The Emotions - Best Of My Love

The Emotions - Don't Ask My Neighbors

Marianne Faithfull - Summer Nights

Fireflies - You Were Mine

First Class - Funny How Love Can Be

The Four Preps - Got A Girl

The Gainsborough Gallery - Life Is A Song

The Grass Roots - Let's Live For Today

Donna Hightower - If You Hold My Hand

The Hollies - He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother

Hounds - Under My Thumb

Fred Hughes - Oo Wee Baby I Love You

Brian Hyland - Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini

The Ides Of March - L.A. Goodbye

Tommy James And The Shondells - Gettin' Together

Jan And Dean - Dead Man's Curve

Jan And Dean - The Little Old Lady(From Pasadena)

Just Us - I Can't Grow Peaches On A Cherry Tree

Eden Kane - Forget Me Not

The Kinks - A Gallon Of Gas

Jean Knight - Mr. Big Stuff

Lyme And Cybelle - Follow Me

Barry Mann - Who Put The Bomp(In The Bomp Bomp Bomp)

Matt Monro - We're Gonna Change The World

Ricky Nelson - Travelin' Man

Rick Nelson - String Along

The Notations - I'm Still Here

The Original Caste - Mr. Monday

Tony Orlando And Dawn - Who's In The Strawberry Patch With Sally

Mary Kay Place - Baby Boy

Ray Price - I Won't Mention It Again

Peter Pringle - Let Me Love You

Gary Puckett - Keep The Customer Satisfied

Christine Quaite - Tell Me Mamma

Raiders - Indian Reservation(The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian)

James Ray - If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody

Margie Rayburn - I'm Available

Helen Reddy - Crazy Love

Johnny Rivers - Going Back To Big Sur - Flip Side Friday Request

Craig Ruhnke - Summer Girl

Shango - Day After Day(It's Slippin' Away)

Carole Shelyne - The Girl With The Horned Rim Glasses

Shepherd Sisters - Don't Mention My Name

Joe Simon - The Chokin' Kind

Spencer And Spencer - Russian Band Stand

Dusty Springfield - Losing You

Ringo Starr - It Don't Come Easy

The Stylistics - Sing Baby Sing

The Supremes - Come See About Me

Sutherland Brothers And Quiver - (I Don't Want To Love You But) You Got Me Anyway

Sutherland Brothers And Quiver - Arms Of Mary

Sweeney Todd - Roxy Roller - Nick Gilder Vocals

The Sweet Inspirations - Sweet Inspiration

Teddy And The Pandas - We Can't Go On This Way

The 13th Floor Elevators - You're Gonna Miss Me

Triumph - Lay It On The Line

The Troggs - Wild Thing

The Troggs - With A Girl Like You

Trooper - Janine

John Valenti - Anything You Want

Billy Vera And Judy Clay - Country Girl City Man

Andy Williams - Wrong For Each Other

Willows - Church Bells May Ring

Bobby Womack - More Than I Can Stand

Weird Al Yankovic - My Bologna - Original Bathroom Recording Version

What will August's new adds have in store? As Delaney And Bonnie once said: Only you know and I know!

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

THE AMERICAN BOTTOM 45 OF THE DAY - FIREFALL - GOODBYE I LOVE YOU

THE AMERICAN BOTTOM 45 OF THE DAY - Firefall - Goodbye I Love You - Atlantic 3544 - Peaked at 43 in Billboard on 3/3/79, but it did sneak in at 40 for one week in Cashbox that same month.

During the late 70's, the only two radio stations that were on in my household were ones out of Lebanon, NH and Claremont, NH. Their focus? Adult contemporary. As a matter of fact, my old stomping grounds was like that town in the Footloose movie; instead of outlawing dancing, mine outlawed hard rock! So I became very familiar with Barry Manilow, Ambrosia, LeBlanc And Carr, England Dan And John Ford Coley, Seals And Crofts, Linda Ronstadt, Eric Carmen...you get the idea. Years later, I can now look back at those days and say "I miss those stations." As you know, The Retro Attic keeps trying to bring back those missing sounds.

Another band that got played frequently on those stations was Firefall, a Colorado band that scored 6 top 40 hits and is still touring with a couple of the original members; check them out at Firefall's Website. Everyone best remembers them for "You Are The Woman," "Strange Way" and "Just Remember I Love You." If you know today's featured single, then I think you will agree that there are occasions(the acoustic guitar especially) when it sounds very similar to "Just Remember I Love You." That probably explains why it fell just short of the 40; the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" concept didn't always guarantee huge follow-up success(think of Edward Bear and The Soul Survivors).

You can hear this great lost Firefall platter and many other seldom heard soft rock numbers from the late 70's(Mesa, Euclid Beach Band, Boatz, etc.) by accessing the player on The Retro Attic's webpage. Thanks for your continued support!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

THE AMERICAN BOTTOM 45 OF THE DAY - GLADSTONE - A PIECE OF PAPER

THE AMERICAN BOTTOM 45 OF THE DAY: Gladstone - A Piece Of Paper - ABC 11327 - Peaked at 45 in Billboard on 10/21/1972, but it did do a little bit better in Cashbox during the same month(#38).

This is a feature I'm going to start doing on a more regular basis, especially considering that The Retro Attic's reputation was primarily built on showcasing records that never charted or never reached the Billboard Top 40. I'm going to include pictures only; I want you to tune in and hear it or even request it!

Gladstone were a short-lived Texas group with folk and rustic sounds and great harmonies. This was their only visit to the Hot 100 and is a great blend of acoustic guitars, tag line harmonies, and a powerful message. If you are a fan of CSN, America, Three Dog Night and 70's singer/songwriters such as Cat Stevens and James Taylor, then you will dig this record!

Back in those days, we weren't afraid to say what we thought about what was going on in the world. We were proactive...we came up with solutions...we worked together. We were smart enough to know that our decisions could be reasonable without a piece of paper telling us what to do. And sometimes those pieces of paper were beyond logical! That's what you will get out of this song.

The most famous member of this group was Mike Rabon, who was the frontman for The Five Americans; you may remember their '66-'67 hits such as "Western Union," "I See The Light" and "Sound Of Love." 1 member was with the fairly well-known Texas garage band Mouse And The Traps, who scored a bubbling under single in 1968. 2 members would later go on to do background vocals on a few of the late 70's and early 80's Neil Diamond albums.

Gladstone also had another single that was written by Mike Settle, who you may know from The New Christy Minstrels, Kenny Rogers And The First Edition, and the bubblegum ensemble The Sugar Bears. This should tip you off further about Gladstone's overall sound.

The bottom 45's live once again on The Retro Attic! Come and hear them every hour at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.com.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

JUNE 2019 FEATURED ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Welcome to June! "16 Days Of Funk" begins on The Retro Attic on Saturday, June 15th and runs through the 30th. To further clarify, this is the Featured Artist Of The Month showcase for Grand Funk Railroad. 7 times a day between 8 AM and 8 PM eastern, you will hear a hit or a miss from the group's late 60's to early 80's heyday. Also included will be selected cuts from Terry Knight And The Pack and Flint.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

FINALLY, THE FIRST NEW ADDS FOR 2019(IT'S A LONG LIST)!

Get ready for a long read...here are the 115 latest new adds to the rotation! This is quite a varied list if you ask me, and it's alphabetized by artist:

ABBA - Money Money Money
The American Breed - Green Light
The Bachelors - No Arms Can Ever Hold You
Archie Bell And The Drells - There's Gonna Be A Showdown
Chuck Berry - My Ding A Ling - Single Version
Chuck Berry - Reelin' And Rockin' - Live Single Version
Gary U.S. Bonds - Dear Lady Twist
The Box Tops - Neon Rainbow
Tommy Boyce And Bobby Hart - I'm Gonna Blow You A Kiss In The Wind
The Brothers Four - Greenfields
Jackson Browne - Doctor My Eyes
Jackson Browne - Here Come Those Tears Again
The Buchanan Brothers - The Last Time
Cindy Bullens - Survivor
Dorsey Burnette - (There Was A) Tall Oak Tree
Carpenters - For All We Know
Carpenters - Hurting Each Other
Carpenters - Goodbye To Love
Lynn Castle - The Lady Barber
Johnny Caswell - At The Shore
The Cats - One Way Wind
The Chartbusters - Why(Doncha Be My Girl)
Cheech And Chong - Black Lassie - Featuring Johnny Stash
Chicago - Call On Me
The Cleftones - Can't We Be Sweethearts
The Cleftones - Heart And Soul
Floyd Cramer - San Antonio Rose
Johnny Crawford - Your Nose Is Gonna Grow
The Cryan' Shames - Sugar And Spice
The Cryan' Shames - Up On The Roof
Bobby Darin - Lovin' You
James Darren - All
Paul Davis - Boogie Woogie Man
Sammy Davis Jr. - I've Gotta Be Me
Dawn - Summer Sand
The Dells - Oh What A Night
John Denver - I'd Rather Be A Cowboy(Lady's Chains)
Dr. Hook And The Medicine Show - The Cover Of Rolling Stone
Don And Juan - What's Your Name
Lee Dorsey - Holy Cow
Patty Duke - Don't Just Stand There
Bob Dylan - Watching The River Flow
Electric Light Orchestra - Livin' Thing
Yvonne Elliman - Love Me
Faces - Stay With Me
Faces - Cindy Incidentally
Fancy - Touch Me
Fancy - Wild Thing
Donna Fargo - You Can't Be A Beacon(If Your Light Don't Shine)
Five Man Electrical Band - I'm A Stranger Here
Lois Fletcher - I Am What I Am
Connie Francis - Love Is Me Love Is You
Friend And Lover - Reach Out Of The Darkness
Bobby Goldsboro - See The Funny Little Clown
Albert Hammond - It Never Rains In Southern California
The Hollies - Sandy
Mary Hopkin - Temma Harbour
Engelbert Humperdinck - Release Me(And Let Me Love Again)
Engelbert Humperdinck - After The Lovin'
Michael Jackson - Just A Little Bit Of You
Tommy James - Nothing To Hide
Jack Jones - The Race Is On
Tom Jones - Promise Her Anything
Tom Jones - The Young New Mexican Puppeteer
Eddie Kendricks - Boogie Down
The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset
Gladys Knight And The Pips - On And On
L.T.D. - Love Ballad
L.T.D. - (Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again
Brenda Lee - My Whole World Is Falling Down
Brenda Lee - Your Used To Be
Brenda Lee - Johnny One Time
The Lettermen - Love
Liquid Smoke - I Who Have Nothing
Little Sister - You're The One Part 1
Lobo - Standing At The End Of The Line
Nick Lowe - Cruel To Be Kind
M - Pop Muzik
Bette Midler - Friends
Bette Midler - In The Mood
Mistress - Mistrusted Love - Album Mix
Anne Murray - Day Tripper
The New Cactus Band - Daddy Ain't Gone
The New Colony Six - People And Me
The New Seekers - Circles
The Orlons - Don't Hang Up
Donny Osmond - Sweet And Innocent
The Osmonds - The Proud One
The Paragons - The Tide Is High
Wilson Pickett - She's Lookin' Good
Cozy Powell - Dance With The Devil
Elvis Presley - Kissin' Cousins
Billy Preston - Outa Space
Billy Preston - You're So Unique
Lloyd Price - Lady Luck
Ripple - I Don't Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky
Jack Scott - Goodbye Baby
Neil Sedaka - The World Through A Tear
The Sheep - Hide And Seek
Ray Stevens - Unwind
Ray Stevens - Turn Your Radio On
Styx - Lady
Styx - Babe
Billy Swan - Everything's The Same(Ain't Nothing Changed)
Nino Tempo And April Stevens - Whispering
Johnny Thunder - Loop De Loop
Thundermug - Africa
Johnny Tillotson - Worried Guy
Tanya Tucker - San Antonio Stroll
The Tune Rockers - The Green Mosquito
Barry White - You're The First The Last My Everything
Barry White - Let The Music Play
Ricky Wilde - April Love
Mason Williams - Classical Gas
Jackie Wilson - Lonely Teardrops

Okay, maybe there isn't enough acid/classic/psychedelic rock here. We'll try to fix that the next time around.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

NEW ADDS TO CLOSE OUT 2018

Here are the new titles that made it into the rotation just before 2018 ended:

Roy Clark - Yesterday When I Was Young
Suzi Quatro - Devil Gate Drive
Suzi Quatro And Chris Norman - Stumblin' In
Steve Miller Band - Living In The U.S.A.
Steve Miller Band - Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash
Cat Stevens - Oh Very Young
Marshall Tucker Band - Heard It In A Love Song
Addrisi Brothers - Slow Dancin' Don't Turn Me On
Elliott Randall - High On Love
Buzz Clifford - Baby Sittin' Boogie
Herb Alpert - Rise
Jefferson Airplane - Two Heads
Vikki Carr - Don't Break My Pretty Balloon
Michael Holm - When A Child Is Born
Anne Murray - Sunday Sunrise
Street People - Jennifer Tomkins
Hudson Brothers - Rendezvous
The Baltimore And Ohio Marching Band - Lapland
Max Webster - Let Go The Line
Little Feat - All That You Dream
Little Feat - Oh Atlanta
The Swinging Blue Jeans - Hippy Hippy Shake
The Regents - Barbara Ann
Dan Hartman - Instant Replay
The Rolling Stones - Ruby Tuesday
The You Know Who Group - Roses Are Red My Love
Judy Collins - Both Sides Now
Doucette - All I Wanna Do
Burton Cummings - Your Back Yard
Doctor Music - Sun Goes By
Gary And Dave - Could You Ever Love Me Again
Isaac Hayes - Never Can Say Goodbye
Red Prysock - Hand Clappin'
Barry De Vorzon And Perry Botkin Jr - Nadia's Theme
Paper Lace - The Night Chicago Died - With Commentary
Neil Diamond - Shilo - Bang, not Uni
Neil Diamond - Forever In Blue Jeans
The Honeycombs - Have I The Right?
Jim Reeves - Snow Flake
Neil Sedaka - Bad Blood - With Elton John
Neil Sedaka - Love In The Shadows
Dionne Warwick - Let Me Go To Him
Donna Summer - Winter Melody
Syndicate Of Sound - Rumors
Syndicate Of Sound - Brown Paper Bag
Paul Petersen - My Dad
The Wooden Nickels - Should I Give My Love Tonight
ABBA - Waterloo
The Newbeats - Run Baby Run(Back Into My Arms)
Steve Martin - King Tut
The Castaways - Goodbye Babe
The Castaways - Liar Liar
The Fortunes - Here It Comes Again
The Fortunes - Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again
Paul Simon - Mother And Child Reunion
Paul Simon - Slip Slidin' Away
Ronnie Dove - Right Or Wrong
Timmy Thomas - Why Can't We Live Together

I'm going to strive to add 100 new titles every month from now on and do some cleaning up(in other words, give a few titles that have been in the rotation for infinity a little bit of rest). I've got to keep things interesting, ya know?

There may still end up being a little bit of downtime sometime this month as I really need to get with the times and get my servers upgraded. My host company has put file transfer requests on hold for the past month, so it's time to see if they're ready to do the transition for me now.

May you have a fantastic 2019! Keep up with the latest Attic happenings by signing up at https://www.facebook.com/groups/retroatticrareoldiesradio/ or following us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/gilbertoldiesdj.