This Week on Vintage Favourites: May 28th

May 23, 2023

By Gene Stevens

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Earlier this year, I took us on a three-week musical expedition to revisit the songs of 1963. I’m heading up another trek – this time, turning back 50 years for the music of 1973.  This Sunday’s first part features songs by The Carpenters and Helen Reddy; David Bowie and Lou Reed; Deep Purple and Bachman-Turner Overdrive; The O’Jays and Elton John and many more. 
I remember how many people disparaged the music of the 70s as being ‘not as good as the 60s’ . At the time we were still raw from the Beatles’ break-up, and the changing musical landscape. We felt we were losing something – our youth, maybe? 
Truth is – especially in retrospect, a half-century later – the 70s had terrific music too; it was just an evolution of what had come before. Just as the 80s evolved from the 70s, and so on. Popular music always changes. But, now and then, it’s fun – and can even be emotional – to look back and revisit our musical past.  That’s what Zoomer Radio does everyday, and it’s what ‘Vintage Favourites’ does every Sunday afternoon.  This Sunday we dial back 50 years, and take our first of three deep dives into the music of 1973. I hope you’ll join me. 
In the show’s first hour: ‘Our Sunday Best – A Century if #1 Hits’ – I’ll play the #1 songs from this week in the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. We’ll hear the original hit version of ‘Stormy Weather’ featuring vocals by Harold Arlen – the ‘Great American Songbook’ composer who wrote the song. And we’ll go from Jimmy Dorsey and Les Paul to Rick Nelson, The Beach Boys and Madonna. I’ll also tell you ‘The Story Behind the Song‘ ‘Flashdance’. We have a lot of fun Sunday afternoons – I hope you’ll join me this Sunday at 2.
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