The Smooth Operators Present Mellow Radio Moods Volume 3

To celebrate one million plays on re-think radio Mixcloud, I uploaded a special Mellow Moods episode. The Smooth Operators return with a salute to the golden days of American FM radio. Enjoy!

On this cloudcast there’s a tribute to famous dj Wolfman Jack by Canadian band The Guess Who (Randy Bachman of Bachman Turner Overdrive fame had left the band at that time). Wolfman Jack was especially popular in the 1960s and 1970s. In the early days, Wolfman Jack made sporadic public appearances, usually as a Master of Ceremonies (an "MC") for rock bands at local Los Angeles clubs. At each appearance he looked a little different because Smith hadn't decided on what the Wolfman should look like. Early pictures show him with a goatee, however, sometimes he combed his straight hair forward and added dark makeup to look somewhat "ethnic". Other times he had a big afro wig and large sunglasses. The ambiguity of his race contributed to the controversy of his program. It wasn't until he appeared in the 1969 film, A Session with the Committee (a montage of skits by the seminal comedy troupe The Committee), that mainstream America got a good look at Wolfman Jack. In 1973, he appeared in director George Lucas' second feature film, American Graffiti, as himself.

'Too Much, Too Little, Too Late' by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams was released as a single in the summer of 1978. It reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop, Adult Contemporary and R&B chart. Outside the U.S., the song peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart and Dutch Nederlandse Top 40.

The track by World Radio is brand new. They are a Manchester-based romantic pop duo who’s nostalgic eighties feel is somewhat addictive. They are inspired by British sophisti-pop band Haircut 100.

Next up is a new part of Best Of 70s Soul!

Tracklist:

Patrick Simmons – If You Want A Little Love (1982)
Aretha Franklin – Jump To It (1982)
Andy Gibb – I Just Want To Be Your Everything (1977)
The Spinners – I'll Be Around (1972)
Level 42 – Turn It On (1981)
Carly Simon – Why (1982)
The Supremes – Those DJ Shows (1962)
Maurice White ‎– Switch On Your Radio (1985)
Donald Fagen – The Nightfly (1982)
Rufus With Chaka Khan – Music Man (The DJ Song) (1981)
Paul Davis – Do Right (1980)
Phoebe Snow – Every Night (1978)
Richard Marx – Should Have Known Better [FM Attack Radio Mix] (2012)
World Radio – Love Me Not (2016)
Joni Mitchell – You Turn Me On, I’m A Radio (1972)
Pointer Sisters – Fire (1978)
Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams ‎– Too Much Too Little Too Late (1978)
Midnight Flyer – I Just Want To Love You (1974)
Pete Warner – I Just Want To Spend My Life With You (1975)
Robert Byrne – I Did It All For Love (1979)
Trinity – We Love The Pirate Stations (1977)
Jerry Corbetta – Between A Rock And A Hard Place (1978)
Zwol – New York City (1979)
Spirit Of St. Louis ‎– Down By The Radio (1974)
The Guess Who – Clap For The Wolfman (1974)
Rose Royce – 6 O’Clock DJ (Let’s Rock) (1976)
E.J. Stamp – I Know All About It (1981)
The O'Jays ‎– I Love Music (1975)
Hummingbird – Anna’s Song (1977)
George Michael – Star People (1997)
Silver Convention – Thank You Mr. DJ (1976)

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