Above, some chart and review clippings from a locally printed newspaper style teen handout in record shops. There were many in the 60′s. This one, RECORD BEAT was, I think, from Buffalo and somehow made it’s way to a local Syracuse store, probably it was spread over the upstate New York area. These were really fun to get, there were just so many records on all the charts printed inside, which included the CASHBOX Top 100 singles, The UK Top 50 and a locally compiled RnB chart, plus the features and accompanying pictures, most of which were basically bios and promo photos from the labels. No problem. I ate it up.
The really fun one here is the ‘Ask Your DJ To Play’ reviews. Can you imagine, they’d actually take your requests back then, and sometimes play them at night even. We know now it was corrupt even at that time, but nothing compared to how wretched American radio became. At least they finally diminished themselves but not before keeping thousands of great records off the US airwaves.
I’m still pissed that ‘Hold Tight’ by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich wasn’t played nationally. A real loss for America. At least it got some just rewards 42 years later when Quentin Tarantino used it in DEATH PROOF, even name checking the band, which unfortunately the actress proceeded to fumble.
Please feel free to email any such clippings you have from the period my way.