Many of you who know me personally know that I love radio, as it was my first love in 1968 when I did a 2-hour radio show on KVIL-FM right before Ron Chapman started his long reign of dominance in the market. So if I could be a radio music director for one day and could schedule music on a greatest hits station like KLUV-FM (not a CHR hot hits station) doing an “All American Weekend” rotation of music, below are some artists…50 in all…. that come to mind…songs that the late KXOL/KVIL personality Mike Seldon would say…”lock it in and crank it up!”…. (NOTE: this is NOT all inclusive by any means, just what I could write in a few minutes!):

1.       Paul Revere & The Raiders
2.       Elvis Presley
3.       The 4 Seasons
4.       Stevie Wonder
5.       Roy Orbison
6.       The Four Tops
7.       The Temptations
8.       The Isley Brothers
9.       The Righteous Brothers
10.   The Byrds
11.   Simon & Garfunkel
12.   Aretha Franklin
13.   Tommy James & The Shondells
14.   Chuck Berry
15.   The Jackson 5/Michael Jackson
16.   Marvin Gaye
17.   Steve Miller Band
18.   Linda Ronstadt (“Back In the USA”)
19.   KC & The Sunshine Band
20.   The Eagles
21.   Donna Summer
22.   Huey Lewis & The News
23.   Billy Joel
24.   The Loving Spoonful
25.   Whitney Houston
26.   Madonna
27.   Chicago
28.   James Brown
29.   Neil Diamond
30.   Fats Domino
31.   Ray Charles
32.   Janet Jackson
33.   Hall & Oates
34.   Santana
35.   Prince
36.   Rick Nelson
37.   Lionel Richie
38.   Bobby Darin
39.   Tommy Roe
40.   Lesley Gore
41.   The Beach Boys
42.   Three Dog Night
43.   The Supremes
44.   Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
45.   The “Girl” Groups of the 60’s: The Shirelles, The Cookies, The Crystals, The Marvellettes, The Chiffons, The Ronettes, etc.
46.   Grand Funk Railroad (“We’re An American Band”)
47.   Credence Clearwater Revival
48.   Dance song artists like Chubby Checker, Sam Cooke, Bobby Freeman (“C’mon & Swin”), Dee Dee Sharp, Joey D & The Starlighters, Gary U.S. Bonds,The Dovels, etc.
49.   Boston
50.   The Mama’s & The Papa’s

And one cross over hit from the country charts by Lee Greenwood: “God Bless The USA”….also add Bruce Springsteen (“Born In The USA”) and John Mellencamp (“R.O.C.K. In The USA”).

I hope you and  your family have a happy and safe July 4th. See you next time.