My First Radio Hit

by Norm Gregory on June 27, 2012

in 1967, KPUG, Music, Radio Scrapbook


In my first job as a music director at a radio station . . . I saw nothing wrong with pushing my favorite tunes up the station’s play list. What was station management thinking? Putting a 22 year old radio novice ( I had been in professional broadcasting for six months) in charge of the station’s music. The first tune I “picked” was the Small Faces’ Itchycoo Park. By the time I left KPUG it had peaked on the “Fun Fifty” and I was off to Spokane . . . where they didn’t let me anywhere near the music selection process. I learned later that we were suppose to be playing what the audience wanted to hear not necessarily what I wanted to hear.

This week the Small Faces 1967 self entitled album turns 45 years old. By the way, I still love Itchycoo Park. I probably listen to it once a week. Just with this post I played it three times . . . Geez, I miss the psychedelic sixties.

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1 Dan Packard June 27, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Great musical textures, changes in phrasings and phasings. It’s definitely a classic. One of my tops too. When I was little I remember wanting to buy the 45 so badly at the K-mart on Delridge Way. But, I couldn’t find anything on the list with the title “It’s all too mutual” or “beautiful”. It wasn’t till a few years later I discovered the actual title of the song.

That’s scary Norm when you say forty-five years ago. It just seems like yesterday . . . I had never seen the video before. I wonder who the lead singer was?

2 Norm Gregory June 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm

That’s Steve Marriott. And I recognize Ronnie Lane on guitar in the upper right corner.

After the Small Faces disbanded, three members (the aforementioned Lane plus Ian McLagan and drummer Kenny Jones) joined Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart, both from The Jeff Beck Group, and the new line-up was renamed Faces. And they went on to much fame and fortune.

Steve Marriott joined Humble Pie in 1968. Marriott was a big deal . . highly respected singer in England. I remember the raves after he died in a home fire in the early ’90s.

Ichycoo Park had something of a come back in the mid-70s in the U.K.

3 Dan Packard June 27, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Ah yes, Marriott singing Humble Pie’s “I don’t need no doctor”. A great live recording. Ugh, what a way to die. Poor guy.

Since Itchycoo Park was such a great tune, Small Faces must of had some halfway decent work out in their day. Remember any others?

4 Norm Gregory June 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm

I remember their next album rolling into KJRB in the Spring of 1968. A concept album called “Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake.” Cool cover / packaging but I didn’t get the music at all.

5 Norm Gregory July 18, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Peter Frampton is on Alec Baldwin’s podcast!! • What a story Frampton has to tell • Lots of stuff on Humble Pie • http://wny.cc/LyDGbD

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