The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

26 October 2003

In gratitude

When someone turns up an item on my want list that's been on said want list for forty years or so — well, mere email isn't enough.

A shout-out, then, to John Quincy, program director for WTMA/WTMZ in Charleston, South Carolina (and miles around), who in his disguise as mild-mannered archivist and Webmaster Ted Tatman has a lot of stuff from the days when WTMA was the dominant Top 40 station on the Carolina coast, things which I heard zillions of times a day in the Sixties and missed a heck of a lot in the subsequent decades — including the single most elusive 45 I've ever sought, which wasn't even a commercial release in the strict sense but to this day makes for a reliable earworm.

Thanks, Ted. If I find anything in this ol' footlocker that fits your archives, it's yours.

Posted at 6:22 PM to Overmodulation

So what is the single most elusive 45?

Posted by: Donna at 11:39 AM on 27 October 2003

It's a two-sided promo item. On one side is the PAMS Sonovox Song from series #18, customized for this station. (PAMS — Production And Marketing Services — was a legendary jingle house in Dallas; they did versions of this stuff for Top 40 stations all across the country. In fact, I have a dub of the very same tune, done up for WIBG [yes, "Wibbage"] in Philadelphia.) The flip is an ode to Charleston ("that's my home town"), similarly provisioned. Needless to say, you can't just walk into a Virgin Megastore (somehow that doesn't sound right) and demand a copy of this; probably only a few hundred were ever pressed.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:45 PM on 27 October 2003