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!

 

Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1971
 

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(Contributor: Don Shuttleworth)


Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1971
 

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(Contributor: Don Shuttleworth)


Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1971

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(Contributor: Don Shuttleworth)


Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1971
 

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

(Contributor: Don Shuttleworth)



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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1971


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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1971
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

SongPop-Top (Day After Day - Badfinger)

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Song: Pop-Top (That's All Right, I Don't Mind - Alzo)

Year: 1971

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

SongPop-Top (Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep - Mac and Katie Kissoon)

Year: 1971

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1971
 

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Song: Pop-Top (Without You - Nilsson)

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1972

Time: 0:45

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1972

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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.

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

Year: 1973

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1973

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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.

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Song: Pop-Top (The Letter - Box Tops)

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1973

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1973

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1974

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1974

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Year: 1969

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


Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Song: Pop-Top (Sunshine On My Shoulders - John Denver)

Year: 1974

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Song: Pop-Top (Jet - Paul McCartney & Wings)

Year: 1974

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Song: Pop-Top (Rock On - David Essex)

Year: 1974

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Song: Pop-Top (You're Sixteen - Ringo Starr)

Year: 1974

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Song: Pop-Top (The Show Must Go On - Three Dog Night)

Year: 1974

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Song: Pop-Top (No More Mr. Nice Guy - Alice Cooper)

Year: 1974

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.

Song: Pop-Top (Bennie and The Jets - Elton John)

Year: 1974

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Station: KRLA Los Angeles

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WLS Chicago

Song: Pop-Top (If - Bread)

Year: 1971

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Station: WLS Chicago

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WLS Chicago

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WLS Chicago

Year: 1971

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

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Station: WLS Chicago

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

Year: 1971

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Station: KGB San Diego

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

Year: 1971

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Station: KFRC San Francisco

Song: Pop-Top (Indian Reservation - Raiders)

Year: 1971

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Station: KFRC San Francisco

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

Year: 1971

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Station: CHAM Hamilton, Ont.

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

Year: 1972

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Station: CHAM Hamilton, Ont.

Song: Pop-Top (Baby Blue - Badfinger)

Year: 1972

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Station: WGBF Evansville, Ill.

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

Year: 1976

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Station: WICC Bridgeport, Ct.

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

Year: 1978

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Station: WICC Bridgeport, Ct.

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

Year: 1978

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Station: WICC Bridgeport, Ct.

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

Year: 1978

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Station: WPGC Washington, D.C.

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WPGC Washington, D.C.

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

Year: 1974

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Station: WPGC Washington, D.C.

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

Year: 1981

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Station: WPGC Washington, D.C.

Song: Pop-Top (Fire - Pointer Sisters)

Year: 1978

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Station: WCAO Baltimore

Song: Pop-Top (Fire - Pointer Sisters)

Year: 1979

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(Note: These are the actual Pointer Sisters)


Station: WZYQ Frederick, Md.

Song: Pop-Top (Fire - Pointer Sisters)

Year: 1978

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Station: WZYQ Frederick, Md.

Song: Pop-Top (Alive Again - Chicago)

Year: 1978

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Station: WZYQ Frederick, Md.

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

Year: 1978

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Station: KQID Alexandria, La.

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

Year: 1978

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Station: KQID Alexandria, La.

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

Year: 1978

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Station: WYRE Annapolis, Md.

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

Year: 1972

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(Contributor: Doug Thompson)


Station: WYRE Annapolis, Md.

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

Year: 1972

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(Contributor: Doug Thompson)


Station: WYRE Annapolis, Md.

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WYRE Annapolis, Md.

Description: Pop-Top (Sunny Days - Lighthouse)

Year: 1972

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Station: WYRE Annapolis, Md.

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WYRE Annapolis, Md.

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

Year: 1972
 

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


Station: WYRE Annapolis, Md.

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WYRE Annapolis, Md.

Song: Pop-Top (Crazy Horses - Osmonds)

Year: 1972

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Station: WPRO Providence, R.I.

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

Year: 1972

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Station: AM 62 (location unknown)

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

Year: 1972

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Station: I-107 (location unknown)

Song: Pop-Top (Feelings - Morris Albert)

Year: 1975

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Station: WJET Erie, Pa.

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

Year: 1990

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