As a kid living on ninth avenue, music was a big part of my life.
Mom would have the ultimate record collection and of course the 8-track cartridges scattered around the apartment.
My friends and I hung out on the street and someone always had a boom box.
Every bar in the neighborhood had a jukebox (except Farrell’s, but they got one now) I knew they would come around. As a twelve-year old I was feeding quarters into the Jukebox in Timboo’s playing ‘Spill that Wine’.
Besides wanting to play in the NBA, I wanted to be a rock star. I wanted to be a singer or a drummer. See Ringo Starr.
I studied song lyrics like an English major reads Moby Dick. I pissed mom off because I sang too loud in the shower. Shoot, I would sing out on the streets like I was Mick Jagger.
Guess what? The music we listened to back in the 70’s and 80’s is easy to get, thanks to i-tunes, right?
But check this out, I have to give a special shout out to my main man Frankie Pa-Pa from Windsor and 8th for telling me about 101.1 CBS radio, New York’s Greatest Hits.
I logged on to their website, downloaded their app and I am blasting B.T.O, “Takin’ Care of Business.”
That song takes me back to my main man Phil McNiff.
You get up every morning
From your ‘larm clock’s warning
Take the 8:15 into the city
Old school baby…
Click the link below, hit the “Listen Live” button and go back, back into time.