Chicago born, January 28, 1947, I am the product of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania public school system, grades 1 through 12. I graduated from Northeast High School, June 1964. Before school actually began, classroom attendance was checked in homeroom. It all began in homeroom.

Radio Station WIBG was the #1 top 40 rock ’n’ roll station in Philadelphia. On Sunday nights, WIBG disc jockey, Hy Lit, had his Hall Of Fame Show dedicated to playing the Oldies.


During Monday morning homeroom, another guy and I critiqued the music. We did this every Monday. What else was there to do in homeroom? Another classmate seated nearby, overheard everything, while still ignoring us. During one of those nondescript Monday morning homerooms, this particular classmate spoke directly to me. He said “I didn’t know anything and I didn’t know what was good.” With that, our one-sided conversation ended. I may have mumbled something. What was there to say?

One day, for reasons unknown, this guy invited me to his house to hear the “good shit.” Out came those old 45 r.p.m. records. For the first time, I heard unknown groups singing unknown songs. It’s been over 50 years but I still remember some of those songs he played for me, on that eventful afternoon, when school was over.

Would you like to listen, perhaps for the first time, to those artists and songs that I first heard? Check out That Eventful Afternoon.
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Blue Notes
She Is Mine
1960
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Five Keys
The Glory Of Love
1951
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Flamingos
Golden Teardrops
1953
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Harptones
Sunday Kind Of Love
1953
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Harptones
I’ll Never Tell
1953
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Harvey (Moonglows)
Twelve Months Of The Year
1959
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Larks
My Reverie
1951
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Orchids
You Said You Loved Me
1955
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Ravens
Silent Night
1948
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Ravens
White Christmas
1948
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Schoolboys
Please Say You Want Me
1956
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Spaniels
You Gave Me Peace Of Mind
1956
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Velours
Can I Come Over Tonight
1957
He was right. This music was a sledgehammer to my ears. Monster lead singers along with three or four guys making background, musical sounds with their voices. Who were these black and white vocal groups that captured my ears? I became a vocal group record collector. No single artists need apply, unless they had a group backing them up.

I did a little radio in college (Penn State University). It was fun, but not a career. So much for the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s. On and off, I still collected. Now, I’m retired, totally disgusted with pseudo internet vocal group programs and their insipid hosts. Some are less annoying than others. Where were the tunes I grew up with and collected? Where’s the “good shit?” The hard core R & B.

Enter Goldradio and Chief. I pitched my idea to him. I told him I was a 1950s, 1940s, 1960s rhythm ’n’ blues man. No jazz. No folk. No pop. No country. Strictly speaking, pure hard core rhythm ’n’ blues (a.k.a. Race music).

The show would be co-hosted by Jim Bakay and me. Jim has got great R & B depth and the ears to prove it. The show needed a name, a brand in today’s parlance. Jim came up with the perfect name, Work With Me Annie. My input? I wholeheartedly agreed with him!! Chief said o.k. I think he had a crush on Annie. Can’t blame him.

What is Jim Bakay doing? He hosts 2 music radio programs ~ WRDV Hatboro, Pennsylvania. He sings with the Copians, an a cappella vocal group. A personal web site is under construction. In his free time,he reads a lot, as well as, downloading audio and video content.