Rock Radio Scrapbook

Pop-Tops

 

Pop-Top originator Joey Reynolds

An innovative concept was born in the early '70s - jingles sung over the intro of the record that sounded like they were part of the song. Several major stations, including WKBW, WLS, KFRC, WRKO and WFIL, carried these little gems.

These "jingles" were called Pop-Tops (they were also known as "Mingles", and you can hear several dozen below. But first, former 'KB jock Don Berns tells Rock Radio Scrapbook the story behind Pop-Tops...

"Joey Reynolds had the idea and maybe did it first at the station in Philly that he programmed (WFIL). Jeff Kaye took it one step further (of course). He went to Dallas and spent a week hanging out in clubs, looking for sound-alikes for the popular artists of the day, whom he then brought into the PAMS (TM?) studio to record the first ones for KB. When they proved to be as successful as he had hoped he called in record promo guy/studio owner Jerry Meyers, plus the managers of all the local artists we played at KB (Weekend, The Road, John Culliton Mahoney, The Pincushions, Big Wheelie and The Hubcaps, Paula Milligan and dozens more - we played a LOT of local artists) and asked them to get their bands to participate, which was a no-brainer.

After the project took off, Jeff turned it over to me; I wrote, co-produced and/or sang on about 1/2 of the pop tops we did. Writing them was a group effort - as I remember. Jerry Meyers was quite good at getting what we needed from the artists."

And now, the Rock Radio Scrapbook Pop-Top Collection!

 

Subject: Pop-Top (Old-Fashioned Love Song - Three Dog Night)

Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1971

Time: 0:13
 

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(Contributor: Don Shuttleworth)


Subject: Pop-Top (Baby I'm-A Want You - Bread)

Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1971

Time: 0:12
 

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(Contributor: Don Shuttleworth)


Subject: Pop-Top (I've Found Someone of My Own - Free Movement)

Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1971

Time: 0:12
 

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(Contributor: Don Shuttleworth)


Subject: Pop-Top (Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves - Cher)

Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1971

Time: 0:15
 

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(Note: Yes, that's Jack Armstrong on this one!)

(Contributor: Don Shuttleworth)



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Subject: Pop-Top (Whatcha See is Whatcha Get - Dramatics)

Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1971

Time: 0:22


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Subject: Pop-Top (Brand New Key - Melanie)

Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1971

Time: 0:08
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (Day After Day - Badfinger)
 

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Subject: Pop-Top (Smiling Faces Sometimes - Undisputed Truth)

Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1971

Time: 0:23

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1971

Description: Pop-Top (She Gets Up - Artist Unknown)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1971

Description: Pop-Top (Son of My Father - Georgio)
 

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Subject: Pop-Top (Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep - Mac and Katie Kissoon)

Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1971

Time: 0:24
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1971

Description: Pop-Top (Wild Night - Van Morrison)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1971

Description: Pop-Top (You Are Everything - Stylistics)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1971

Description: Pop-Top (Do You Know What I Mean - Lee Michaels)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1971

Description: Pop-Top (Precious and Few - Climax)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (Without You - Nilsson)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (In The Rain - Dramatics)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard - Paul Simon)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (Sylvia's Mother - Dr. Hook)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce)
 

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Description: Pop-Top (Heart of Gold - Neil Young)

Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1972

Time: 0:45
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (Mother and Child Reunion - Paul Simon)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (The Way of Love - Cher)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (Hot Rod Lincoln - Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1973

Description: Pop-Top (Right Place, Wrong Time - Dr. John)
 

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Description: Pop-Top (I'm Doing Fine Now - New York City)

Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1973

Time: 0:32
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1973

Description: Pop-Top (The Free Electric Band - Albert Hammond)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1973

Description: Pop-Top (It Sure Took a Long, Long Time - Lobo)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1973

Description: Pop-Top (Drinking Wine Spo-Dee O'Dee - Jerry Lee Lewis)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1973

Description: Pop-Top (Diamond Girl - Seals & Crofts)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (Brandy - Scott English)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (Rockin' Robin - Jackson 5)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (Horse With No Name - America)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Robert John)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (The Letter- Box Tops)

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1973

Description: Pop-Top (Give Me Love - George Harrison)

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1973

Description: Pop-Top (The Morning After - Maureen McGovern)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1974

Description: Pop-Top (Teenage Lament '74 - Alice Cooper)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1974

Description: Pop-Top (Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks)

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (Willpower Weak, Temptation Strong - Bullet)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1971

Description: Pop-Top (Love is Strange - Wings)
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Year: 1969

Description: Pop-Top (Sugar, Sugar - Archies)
 

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Note: Don Berns sings bass ('KB, 'KB) on this Pop-Top.


Station: KRLA Los Angeles

Year: 1971

Description: Pop-Top (Love Her Madly - Doors)
 

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Station: WLS Chicago

Year: 1971

Description: Pop-Top (If - Bread)
 

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Station: WLS Chicago

Year: 1971

Description: Pop-Top (Reach Out I'll Be There - Diana Ross)
 

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Station: WLS Chicago

Year: 1971

Description: Pop-Top (Put Your Hand in the Hand - Ocean)
 

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Station: WLS Chicago

Year: 1971

Description: Pop-Top (Sweet and Innocent - Donnie Osmond)
 

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Station: WLS Chicago

Year: 1971

Description: Pop-Top (Never Can Say Goodbye - Jackson 5)
 

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Station: KGB San Diego

Year: 1971

Description: Pop-Top (Me and You and a Dog Named Boo - Lobo)
 

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Station: KFRC San Francisco

Year: 1971

Description: Pop-Top (Indian Reservation - Raiders)
 

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Station: KFRC San Francisco

Year: 1971

Description: Pop-Top (The Drum - Bobby Sherman)
 

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Subject: Pop-Top (Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard - Paul Simon)

Station: CHAM Hamilton, Ont.

Year: 1972

Time: 0:26
 

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Station: CHAM Hamilton, Ont.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (Baby Blue - Badfinger)
 

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Station: WGBF Evansville, Ill.

Year: 1976

Description: Pop-Top (Still the One - Orleans)
 

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Station: WICC Bridgeport, Ct.

Year: 1978

Description: Pop-Top (The Groove Line - Heatwave)
 

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Station: WICC Bridgeport, Ct.

Year: 1978

Description: Pop-Top (On Broadway - George Benson)
 

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Station: WICC Bridgeport, Ct.

Year: 1978

Description: Pop-Top (You Belong To Me - Carly Simon)
 

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Station: WPGC Washington, D.C.

Year: 1971

Description: Pop-Top (She's a Lady - Tom Jones)
 

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Station: WPGC Washington, D.C

Year: 1974

Description: Pop-Top (Life is a Rock - Reunion)
 

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Station: WPGC Washington, D.C.

Year: 1981

Description: Pop-Top (Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through - Jim Steinman)
 

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Station: WPGC Washington, D.C.

Year: 1978

Description: Pop-Top (Fire - Pointer Sisters)
 

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Subject: Pop-Top (Fire - Pointer Sisters)

Station: WCAO Baltimore

Year: 1979

Time: 0:08

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(Note: These are the actual Pointer Sisters)


Station: WZYQ Frederick, Md.

Year: 1978

Description: Pop-Top (Fire - Pointer Sisters)
 

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Station: WZYQ Frederick, Md.

Year: 1978

Description: Pop-Top (Alive Again - Chicago)
 

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Station: WZYQ Frederick, Md.

Year: 1978

Description: Pop-Top (September - Earth, Wind and Fire)
 

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Station: KQID Alexandria, La.

Year: 1978

Description: Pop-Top (The Last Train - David Gates)
 

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Station: KQID Alexandria, La.

Year: 1978

Description: Pop-Top (Don't Want To Live Without It - Pablo Cruise)
 

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Station: WYRE Annapolis, Md.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (It's Going To Take Some Time - Carpenters)
 

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(Contributor: Doug Thompson)


Station: WYRE Annapolis, Md.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond)
 

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(Contributor: Doug Thompson)


Station: WYRE Annapolis, Md.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (Clair - Gilbert O'Sullivan)
 

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Station: WYRE Annapolis, Md.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (Sunny Days - Lighthouse)
 

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Station: WYRE Annapolis, Md.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash)
 

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Subject: Pop-Top (Dialogue (Pt. I & II) - Chicago)

Station: WYRE Annapolis, Md.

Year: 1972
 

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(Note: This rare Pop-Top is at the end of the record)


Station: WYRE Annapolis, Md.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (Thunder and Lightning - Chi Coltrane)
 

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Subject: Pop-Top (Crazy Horses - Osmonds)

Station: WYRE Annapolis, Md.

Year: 1972

Time: 0:23
 

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Station: WPRO Providence, R.I.

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (Last Night I Didn't Get To Sleep at All - Fifth Dimension)
 

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Station: AM 62 (location unknown)

Year: 1972

Description: Pop-Top (Everything I Own - Bread)
 

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Station: I-107 (location unknown)

Year: 1975

Description: Pop-Top (Feelings - Morris Albert)
 

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Station: WJET Erie, Pa.

Year: 1990

Description: Pop-Top (Cradle of Love - Billy Idol)
 

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