The Doors :: 1967 :: KPUG

by Norm Gregory on July 11, 2017

in 1967, KPUG, Music, Radio Scrapbook

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

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1 Gary Burleigh July 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Interesting that Jac Holzman discovered the Doors at the Whisky A-Go-Go in L.A. while meeting with Love his first rock signing to Elektra records since founding the label in 1950 as a Folk/Blues/Jazz label.

He wasn’t convinced at first, but after a fourth visit realized this was no run of the mill rock band.

Holzman had turned over the production duties to Paul Rothchild whose first act was the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Holzman was best known at that time for not coming to terms with The Lovin Spoonful and signing Judy Collins.

2 Norm Gregory July 11, 2017 at 5:36 pm

Did you ever see The Doors with Dick Clark on American Bandstand? You can hardly tell lip-syncing was going on at this clash of cultures.

3 Steven Smith July 11, 2017 at 10:39 pm

Great post Norm. I was one of those teen Kpug listeners who remembers Break On Through very well. Who was the Kpug music director, do you remember? The video in comments is funny…Clark seems so squeaky clean to be with the Doors. He acts like they are sorority boys.

4 Norm Gregory July 12, 2017 at 10:17 am

I don’t remember who was doing the music during my early days at KPUG. The last few months of my nine month stay I was doing it. I remember driving to Seattle to visit the record folks. I remember doing the weekly chart pushing my favorites up to the top ten! What the hell did I know? I remember the advice I got from Dennis Wills, the PD, at KBRC in Mt Vernon: Note the big ads in Billboard… those will be the hits!

5 Steven Smith July 12, 2017 at 9:46 pm

I met Dennis a few times. I had several friends who worked at KBRC in that era. He was older than me by a few years, but in the 1990s his daughter Erin worked for me at KBFW. She was a jock, pretty girl, and a good country singer. I guess there was some validity to his suggestion to you in that often the heavily promoted stuff broke through…but it was not all that reliable a meter. I recall when you were Kpug music director. As a kid, some of us would hang at the teeny tiny record shop on Cornwall across from the Elks Club back then. The shop was called Syndicate of Sound and it was run by a guy named Peter Lee. He had speakers blaring out onto the sidewalk. You used to stop in there sometimes, to drop off a stack of Kpug surveys and I think you would ask him what was selling. I also met 18 year old Kathi McDonald in that shop when Babe Its Me with The Unusuals was a local hit.

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