This Week: Alan Freed Special Preview and the Elvis Anniversary


There’s an unusual story behind something being previewed on Thursday night’s edition of “The Grooveyard”  When passing by a thrift store a week or two ago, producer/host Alan Seltzer decided to go in and check out the CDs for a bargain or two.  He didn’t find the bargains he was looking for, but found something completely unexpected–a two-CD set with the words “Alan Freed’s 1956 Rock ‘n Roll Party” handwritten on the CD.  He immediately bought the CDs, and checked out the quality of the recording when he got home.

He didn’t know it at the time, but the CDs contained high-quality recordings of one of the live Rock ‘n Roll Party broadcasts, including the Teenagers, Moonglows Bill Haley and the Comets and Chuck Berry, among other artists. While this recording will be featured more extensively during a special edition of “The Grooveyard” on Thanksgiving night, we’ll share a quick preview on Thursday night’s show.

During the first hour, we’ll spend a lot of time commemorating the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death.  We’ll also offer the song with the most votes in our “Closing Theme” poll.  As noted in that post a few days ago, Santo and Johnny’s “Sleepwalk” has been the closing theme since Alan began hosting the show a few months ago.  However, it is highly ranked in this week’s Top Ten @ 10–the one for August 16, 1959–and would be played twice within a short time as a result.  Therefore, it’s a good time to consider a possible new closing theme.  Vote if you haven’t done so, and find out the results Thursday night.

As always, you can listen on 88.1 FM on Long Island, the 88.1 FM link on wcwp.org or the TuneIn appon your SmartPhone.

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