OF ROCK AND ROLL TIME SWEEP
Station: WPHD Buffalo, New York
Date: August, 1981
It took two attempts for your curator to record the History of Rock and Roll Time Sweep.
The first attempt took place on March 30, 1981. CKOC Hamilton was carrying it but a few minutes into the recording the station broke in with a news bulletin that President Reagan had been shot. So much for that recording attempt. But a few months later, WPHD Buffalo carried the History of Rock and Roll, so on a very hot Sunday afternoon I waited around for the History of Rock and Roll Time Sweep, which aired the final hour of the documentary. I got a good recording of it and saved it for many years.
The first History of Rock and Roll Time Sweep aired in 1977, as part of the syndicated 52-hour History of Rock and Roll by Drake-Chenault. It was a montage of every #1 songs on Billboard from 1955 to 1977. In those pre-Internet, pre-CD days, the show was recorded on high-quality vinyl and then shipped to the stations. Only a limited number of copies were made so if you have one, hang on to it.
The History of Rock and Roll was updated in 1981. The time sweep of #1 songs on Billboard covered the years 1955 to 1981. This is the version we have. Enjoy!
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