My Back Pages :: KPUG :: 1967

by Norm Gregory on July 12, 2017

in 1967, KPUG, Radio Scrapbook

One of the big hits I played on KPUG radio in Bellingham, WA, in 1967.

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1 Steven Smith July 12, 2017 at 9:30 pm

I was 15 back then and listened only to you guys and CKLG, but mainly KPUG. When I started listening in 1966, mornings was with Bob Tria, Larry Dean midday, Wilde afternoon and then Shannon early evening, or maybe it was the other way around. Harvey Brown was on like ten to sign off at midnight or one AM. You came on the air not long after, not sure who left their slot, and Steve West was in there right after that initial lineup I mentioned. I had not back then heard some of the Byrd’s first big hits like Tambourine Man and Turn, Turn, Turn. The ones I remember as really liking that were hits when I listened to Kpug were…Mr Spaceman, Eight Miles High, So You Wanna Be a Rock n Roll Star, and My Back Pages. They were a classy group and most of their material was distinctive and did not all sound like a remake of their prior hit. Last 45 song I remember by the band was Chestnut Mare. But you are right, it did not get much airplay. It was a weird song…a story about a guy trying to catch a wild horse. Seems to me the guy, the horse or both fell over a cliff.

2 Norm Gregory July 13, 2017 at 10:29 am

Wow.. you have a better memory than me.

I finished college at Western in late 1966. Had been living with Wilde. After graduation I took what money I had… ((I was in a celebratory mood.. having escaped the draft)) and went to California to visit friends. I was about to come home… but in a phone call to Wilde… he suggested I check out Ogden’s radio school in Huntington Beach… not far from where I was. Up to that point I had not considered radio. So I visited… decided to jump into Ogden’s six days a week 9 to 6 p.m. classes. Six weeks later I return to Bellingham with a First Class ‘ticket.’

3 Gary Burleigh July 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Younger than Yesterday is considered today to be one of the best Byrds albums. It charted at #24 back in 67. It was produced by Gary Usher who co-wrote a couple of Beach Boy songs: In My Room and 409

Steve: I remember “Chestnut Mare” from my past. I probably remember hearing the song on the radio or over at Norm’s palatial estate.

The song was written in 1969 for a planned country rock musical.

4 Norm Gregory July 13, 2017 at 1:38 pm

Chestnut Mare written by Roger McGuinn and Jacques Levy during 1969 for a planned country rock musical named Gene Tryp. The musical was never staged and the song was instead released in September 1970 as part of The Byrds’ (Untitled) album. It was later issued as a single, peaking at number 121 on the Billboard singles chart.

I remember playing the single on KJR in 1970 and the Byrds appearing at Seattle’s Eagles Auditorium for two nights that spring.

5 Steven Smith July 13, 2017 at 2:52 pm

“She will be just like a wife, I am going to catch that horse if I can.” Even though I had forgotten many of the lyrics, I stand by my statement that they are weird even if one does not have too active an imagination. Maybe 15 years back, I bought a McGuinn album called Live From Mars…..a night club. In it he performs just about all of the Byrds songs and he tells a story with each one about the history of the song and how they recorded it, why it was arranged as it was. I recall his description of Tambourine Man as trying to imitate the Beatles in a folk song. He played a bit of the original instrumentation and then did it again “Beatleized.” I will have to listen to the album to see what he says about Chestnut Mare.

6 Steven Smith July 13, 2017 at 8:37 pm

I hope you don’t mind the link, but here is a video similar to my description above where Roger describes once again how the Byrds gave a Beatles beat to Dylan’s Tambourine Man.

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