Pop-Tops/Mingles

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 "Song-Overs"- 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/Mingles Collection!

 

Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1971

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(Contributor: Don Shuttleworth)


Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1971

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(Contributor: Don Shuttleworth)


Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1971

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(Contributor: Don Shuttleworth)


Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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)


Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

SongPop-Top (Day After Day - Badfinger)

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

Song: Pop-Top (Without You - Nilsson)

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1973

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1973

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1973

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1973

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1973

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1973

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

Song: Pop-Top (Brandy - Scott English)

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

Song: Pop-Top (The Letter - Box Tops)

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1973

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1973

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1974

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1974

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1971

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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, New York

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

Year: 1974

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year:
1974

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1974

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1974

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1974

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1974

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

Song: Pop-Top (Come and Get Your Love - Redbone)

Year: 1974

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

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

Year: 1974

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

Song: Pop-Top (Stay With Me - Rod Stewart)

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

Song: Pop-Top (Could Have Been A Lady - April Wine)

Year: 1972

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Station: WKBW Buffalo, New York

Song: Pop-Top (Hang on Sloopy - McCoys)

Year: 1965

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Station: KMOX St. Louis

Song: Pop-Top (I Saw The Light - Todd Rundgren)

Year: 1974

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Station: KSD St. Louis

Song: Pop-Top (Wake Up Little Susie - Everly Bros.)

Year: 1957

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Station: KSD St. Louis

Song: Pop-Top (Chain Gang - Sam Cooke)

Year: 1964

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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

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

Year: 1971

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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, Ontario

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

Year: 1972

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Station: CHAM Hamilton, Ontario

Song: Pop-Top (Baby Blue - Badfinger)

Year: 1972

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Station: CKVL Montreal (Laval)

Song: Pop-Top (Sooner or Later - Grass Roots) *this Pop-Top is in French

Year: 1971

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Station: WGBF Evansville, Illinois

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

Year: 1976

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Station: WICC Bridgeport, Connecticut

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

Year: 1978

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Station: WICC Bridgeport, Connecticut

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

Year: 1978

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Station: WICC Bridgeport, Connecticut

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

Year: 1978

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Station: WICC Bridgeport, Connecticut

Song: Pop-Top (Papa Was a Rolling Stone - Temptations)

Year: 1972

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Station: WICC Bridgeport, Connecticut

Song: Pop-Top (Rosanna - Toto)

Year: 1982

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Station: KCBQ San Diego

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

Year: 1971

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Station: KCBQ San Diego

Song: Pop-Top (A Cowboy's Work is Never Done - Cher)

Year: 1972

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Station: KCBQ San Diego

Song: Pop-Top (No One to Depend On - Santana)

Year: 1971

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Station: KCBQ San Diego

Song: Pop-Top (Puppy Love - Donnie Osmond)

Year: 1971

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Station: WMYQ Miami

Song: Pop-Top (Everybody's Everything - Santana)

Year: 1971

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Station: WMYQ Miami

Song: Pop-Top (Got To Be There - Jackson 5)

Year: 1971

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Station: KFAB Omaha

Song: Pop-Top (Stick Up - Honeycone)

Year: 1971

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Station: WNEW-AM New York

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WRIT Milwaukee

Song: Pop-Top (Rainy Jane - Davy Jones)

Year: 1971

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Station: WFIL Philadelphia

Song: Pop-Top (Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight)

Year: 1971

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Station: WFIL Philadelphia

Song: Pop-Top (You've Got a Friend - James Taylor)

Year: 1971

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Station: WFIL Philadelphia

Song: Pop-Top (Double Lovin' - Osmonds)

Year: 1971

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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, Maryland

Song: Pop-Top (Fire - Pointer Sisters)

Year: 1978

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Station: WZYQ Frederick, Maryland

Song: Pop-Top (Alive Again - Chicago)

Year: 1978

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Station: WZYQ Frederick, Maryland

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

Year: 1978

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Station: KQID Alexandria, Louisiana

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

Year: 1978

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Station: WQAM Miami

Song: Pop-Top (For All We Know - Carpenters)

Year: 1971

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Station: WYRE Annapolis, Maryland

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

Year: 1972

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(Contributor: Doug Thompson)


Station: WYRE Annapolis, Maryland

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

Year: 1972

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(Contributor: Doug Thompson)


Station: WYRE Annapolis, Maryland

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WYRE Annapolis, Maryland

Song: Pop-Top (Sunny Days - Lighthouse)

Year: 1972

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Station: WYRE Annapolis, Maryland

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WYRE Annapolis, Maryland

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, Maryland

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WYRE Annapolis, Maryland

Song: Pop-Top (Crazy Horses - Osmonds)

Year: 1972

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Station: WPRO Providence, Rhode Island

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKMI Kalamazoo, Michigan

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKMI Kalamazoo, Michigan

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

Year: 1972

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Station: WKMI Kalamazoo, Michigan

Song: Pop-Top (Family of Man - Three Dog Night)

Year: 1972

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Station: WKMI Kalamazoo, Michigan

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

Year: 1972

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Station: KQV Pittsburgh

Song: Mingle (Doctor's Orders - Carol Douglas)

Year: 1975

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Station: KQV Pittsburgh

Song: Mingle (Have You Never Been Mellow - Olivia Newton-John)

Year: 1975

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Station: KQV Pittsburgh

Song: Mingle (The Morning Side of the Mountain - Donnie & Marie Osmond)

Year: 1975

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Station: KQV Pittsburgh

Song: Mingle (Old Days - Chicago)

Year: 1975

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Station: KQV Pittsburgh

Song: Mingle (Shame, Shame, Shame - Shirley & Company)

Year: 1975

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Station: KQV Pittsburgh

Song: Mingle (Hello Dolly - Louis Armstrong)

Year: 1964

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Station: KQV Pittsburgh

Song: Mingle (Good Vibrations - Beach Boys)

Year: 1966

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Station: KQV Pittsburgh

Song: Pop-Top (The No No Song - Ringo Starr)

Year: 1975

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Station: KQV Pittsburgh

Song: Pop-Top (Best of My Love - Eagles)

Year: 1975

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Station: KQV Pittsburgh

Song: Pop-Top (I'll Play For You - Seals & Crofts)

Year: 1975

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Station: KQV Pittsburgh

Song: Mingle (Only Women - Alice Cooper)

Year: 1975

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Station: KQV Pittsburgh

Song: Mingle (The Hustle - Van McCoy)

Year: 1975

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Station: KQV Pittsburgh

Song: Mingle (Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain & Tennille)

Year: 1975

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Station: 11-7 Radio (unidentified)

Song: Pop-Top (You're No Good - Linda Ronstadt)

Year: 1975

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Station: 11-7 Radio (unidentified)

Song: Pop-Top (Don't Call Us  - Sugarloaf)

Year: 1975

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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, Pennsylvania

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

Year: 1990

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Station: WMAK Nashville

Song: Pop-Top - Sooner or Later - Grass Roots

Year: 1971
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Station: KLASSY 100 Las Vegas, Nevada

Song: Mingle (Little St. Nick - Beach Boys)

Year: 1987

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Station: WGAR Cleveland

Song: Pop-Top (I Am I Said - Neil Diamond)

Year: 1971

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Station: Armed Forces Radio (AFRTS)

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

Year: 1972

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Station: Armed Forces Radio (AFRTS)

Song: Pop-Top (Sounds of Silence)

Year: 1966

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Station: Armed Forces Radio (AFRTS)

Song: Pop-Top (Sounds of Silence)

Year: 1962

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Station: Armed Forces Radio (AFRTS)

Song: Pop-Top (Theme From a Summer Place)

Year: 1960

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