KHJ Boss 30 - October 14, 1970

Issue #276 - Mark Elliott makes his first appearance on the cover of the Boss 30.

KHJ Boss 30 No. 276 - Mark Elliott   KHJ Boss 30 No. 276 - October 14, 1970

6 comments:

Bruce said...

I knew Mark Elliot as "Ed Mitchell" on CKLW, another legendary Drake formatted station out of Windsor.

He now (and for the past little while) does the voiceovers for most of the Disney trailers and such.

steve elders said...

Was Eliot/Mitchell the only DJ to have worked at both stations?

"Time Waits for No One" is the last Friends of Distinction single to chart, and it's by far the least known of their four hits. Fine single.

Brian Hyland's "Gypsy Woman" has never appeared in true stereo, an oddity for any hit as late as 1970.

The saga of "Tears of a Clown" is a head scratcher. This 3-year-old recording was just an album cut in 1967, but I've never heard what prompted Motown to put it out as a single at this late time. And of course it goes on to be Smokey and the Miracles' biggest hit by far. It came off of the same album as "More Love," and it's very much in that vein.

Paul Duca said...

I heard that it was the prompting of the president of the Miracles' English fan club that led to "Tears of a Clown" being released as a single.

Bruce said...

Steve,

No there were a few, and I am probably going to miss a couple.

"Big Jim" Edwards worked at KHJ as "Big Jim" Davis, Walt "Baby" Love worked at both, "Brother" Bill Gable worked at KHJ as "Brother" Bob Gable, and Charlie Van Dyke also worked at both.

steve elders said...

It's interesting that several of these DJs used different names at the two stations. Any idea why?

Bruce said...

I know that Jim Davis/Edwards went by Jim Davis at WTTO in Toledo right before he went up to CKLw. There was another Jim Davis in the Detroit market at the same time at WCAR.

As for "Brother Bill" Gable, I was told that there was another established DJ out in the LA area that went by that name, so Brother Bill became Brother Bob.

Both stations also had a Johnny Williams on their staff, although they are different people.

The late Michael Spears also worked at both, at CKLW he was "Hal Martin". Jim O'Brien also worked at both.

I keep thinking of more!