Jeffers66 Savage Lost

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Name: Jeffers66 Savage Lost
Date registered: April 14, 2013

Latest posts

  1. Make It Or Break It – WFUN in 1971 — September 23, 2017
  2. WQAM’s Roby Yonge And the Elusive Butterfly — June 26, 2017
  3. Grey Boy on Miami Soul Music & the Human Race — January 15, 2017
  4. Leon Russell Meets the Allman Brothers In 1966 — November 13, 2016
  5. WLOF & Bill Vermillion: Florida Top 40 Legends — July 7, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. Dan Hosker of the Holy Terrors, 1965-2012 — 15 comments
  2. Tambi Garret: The South Florida Years — 10 comments
  3. WLOF & Bill Vermillion: Florida Top 40 Legends — 9 comments
  4. Leon Russell Meets the Allman Brothers In 1966 — 9 comments
  5. “Whenever You’re Ready” by the Novas — Florida’s Moodiest ’60s Garage 45 — 8 comments

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Sep 23

Make It Or Break It – WFUN in 1971

  Make It Or Break It was a nightly feature on WFUN’s  Don Wright radio show, back in 1971. South Florida listeners had the chance to tell the station brass whether they liked, or hated, a selected new release. A few of the “break it”s, such as “Want Ads” by the Honey Cone and “Stay …

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Jun 26

WQAM’s Roby Yonge And the Elusive Butterfly

A power couple’s wedding and an enterprising disc jockey turned an obscure folk rock song into a major hit – and helped make South Florida history. It all started when Roby Yonge – WQAM Radio’s famed Big Kahuna – had drinks with singer Jackie DeShannon at Martoni’s, a Hollywood record industry hangout near Capitol Records. …

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Jan 15

Grey Boy on Miami Soul Music & the Human Race

I’m basically happy with the way Savage Lost turned out, but it’s far from a perfect work.  It could desperately use an index.   It could use more pictures.  (My publisher said we had to keep it under 25 to avoid a higher cost.)   I would love to expand the Central Florida coverage, and include Pensacola …

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Nov 13

Leon Russell Meets the Allman Brothers In 1966

One of three covers for the Super Dupers LP, featuring, among others, Leon Russell and Duane & Gregg Allman

Leon Russell came from Tulsa, Oklahoma, but one of his early endeavors featured two Florida legends — in their first-ever record release.  I remember, as a 9-year-old, hearing “Batman And Robin” by the Spotlights on the radio.   It reached #12 on WQAM and #13 on WFUN in my hometown of Miami, during the third week …

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Jul 07

WLOF & Bill Vermillion: Florida Top 40 Legends

Most people are content to follow.   It’s lonely out there leading the way, especially when you hear something, or just know something that others simply don’t understand.  It was that way for Bill Vermillion, the visionary music director of WLOF in Orlando, a guy who wasn’t content with playing or programming just the proven hits …

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Jul 07

600 WLOF Chart Hits That Missed the Hot 100

  Anyone who sees Bill Vermillion as just another music director, or WLOF as just another Top 40 station, probably sees the Beatles as just another pop group, or Muhammad Ali as just another boxer.  WLOF played the hits, but constantly kept things moving so that local records and anything else that sounded great could …

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Jun 11

WLOF #1 Hits That Missed The Billboard Hot 100

  Here are more than a dozen records that not only were played on WLOF, and not only were hits on the station, but made it all the way to NUMBER ONE… despite completely missing the Billboard Magazine Hot 100.   I’ve listed them in chronological order.   An asterisk denotes a Florida-based artist (though not necessarily …

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May 26

Where Did WLOF Get Its Records?

Remembering Henry Stone

  In order for Bill Vermillion to use his magic music director ears, somebody had to provide a steady stream of records to the station.  In a perfect world, each record company would have the means to provide every radio station with product — but in the ’60s, just like today, it was not a …

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Sep 26

The Real Teen Tragedies Behind Two Moody Garage 45s

  WHY MUST IT BE? Tragedy brings people together.    The worst of times can bring out the best in us, and nowhere is that more evident than in a local music scene, or among amateur athletes.  Twice, in the years 1967 and 1968, the deaths of Tampa-area high school athletes brought not only their …

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Sep 05

The First Deep City Related 45, and Miami Girl Group Confusion!

It’s not always easy to tell the story of an artist, or the records they created.   Sometimes every answer just brings another question, with clarity never really showing up for the ride.   It reminds me of George Harrison’s insightful line, borrowed from the Tao Te Ching:  “The farther one …

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