Vinyl Countdown

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This Sunday’s WJPA Vinyl Countdown spins the music back to August 19, 1968, when rock music ruled the charts with hits by the Doors, Rascals and Steppenwolf.


It was also the week:


  • Smokey Robinson told the Miracles he was leaving the group, and the final single would be – appropriately – “Special Occasion.”


  • The Bee Gees wrote a song for Percy Sledge, but then decided to record it and release it themselves – “I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You.”


  • A group orignally called the Kays decided they’d be more than OK with a longer name, and changed it to the O’Kaysions for their first big hit, “Girl Watcher.”


  • In an attempt to match the crossover success of “Ode To Billie Joe,” Tom T. Hall wrote a song about a real-life incident at a Tennessee school – and recording studio secretary, Jeannie C. Riley, heard it first and quickly decided to record “Harper Valley PTA.”



You’ll hear that hit and all of the hits of August 19, 1968 this Sunday at noon on WJPA.

The Vinyl Countdown is presented by Canonsburg’s Guitar Gallery and Slovenian Savings and Loan.