GOLDEN GIFT Our thanks to Paul Allen for another rare and exclusive aircheck of "Wide Awake WAKE", Atlanta! Paul Allen passed away after a sixteen-year battle with multiple sclerosis on December 5, 2011.
G2 5.0 compatible TOP STREAM 32.0Kbps (16KHz)
PLAY Ricky Lane WAKE Atlanta GA. Easter 1962 (16:14)

. . . just send us a bunch of girls, too, we'd appreciate it . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

This recording lost some oxide over the years, but the infrequent drop-outs do not diminish the enjoyment of this unedited quarter-hour from Wonderful WAKE in Atlanta, Georgia. WAKE was an early home for Bill Drake and Paul Drew, but this Easter Sunday, 1962 recording of Hitparader Ricky Lane is a long way from what became "Boss Radio". In fact, it features some of the grand embellishments of the first generation of the format, like a time-tone and reverb on demand.

This is also a short sample of a decidedly soul-flavored Southeastern Top 40 playlist, with a majority of the tunes performed by R&B crossover performers of the era.

Once again, we are grateful to the late Paul Allen. Paul made this recording as a youngster. We thank him for sharing it with REELRADIO and being part of our project to preserve and present the history of music radio.

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