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 June 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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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.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

FIRST BATCH OF NEW ADDS FOR NOVEMBER 2018

Here are some new adds from the past couple of weeks. That Boston area band's 3 minute sonic assault from '77 is one of the cooler requests I've had in a while:

Classics IV - Spooky
The Buoys - Timothy
The British Walkers - Shake
Curtis Lee - Pretty Little Angel Eyes
Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas - Bad To Me
Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas - Little Children
Tommy Boyce And Bobby Hart - I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight
The Outsiders - Time Won't Let Me
The Outsiders - Girl In Love
The Tams - Untie Me
John Rowles - Cheryl Moana Marie
Long John Baldry - Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie On The King Of Rock And Roll
Lalo Schifrin - Mission Impossible
Livingston Taylor - Carolina Day
Donny And Marie Osmond - I'm Leaving It (All) Up To You
P.R. Battle - Radio Loves You
Dick Hyman And His Electric Eclectics - The Minotaur
The Cowsills - Hair
Sir Douglas Quintet - She's About A Mover
Tina Britt - The Real Thing
The Supremes - I Hear A Symphony
Billy Swan - I Can Help
Ivo Robic And The Song Masters - Morgen
The Real Kids - All Kindsa Girls
Olivia Newton John - Something Better To Do

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my listeners! I'll start taking Christmas requests in a couple of weeks. Stop by and say hi sometime at the webpage!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

RETRO ATTIC POTENTIAL SHUTDOWN IS NOVEMBER 30TH

The Retro Attic may be shutting down at the end of November. If you would like to prevent this from happening, then please look at the thermometer on our webpage. I have a small monthly goal that would only take around 20 people to help achieve it. If you want something more than just showing your genuine appreciation for what I do, then check out the VIP membership deals. They are more than reasonable and give you a great opportunity to get proactive with the programming. The deadline is November 30th.

I can't be doing this for free anymore. If you want me to put in the man hours to compile an occasional special show, theme blocks, and a Featured Artist Of The Month, then I need some help. Taking out Facebook and Google ads, having the Now Playing/Recently Played widget, having the station be Alexa enabled, having metadata show up on Tunein, having the songs post on Twitter, and of course having the server...yes, these things cost a few bucks.

It has been pretty quiet lately. I know it's hard to compete with the Spotifys and SiriusXMs of the world, but I'm doing my best. It's just hard to stay motivated when you hear nothing but the sound of chirping crickets.

I don't want to shut down, and I know there are at least a few of you out there who don't want me to shut down either. As The New Colony Six once sang: "Please don't ever let that happen."