Sunday, June 29, 2008

Casey Kasem, Renaissance Man

This morning's countdown, from June 23, 1972, perfectly illustrated why I love these old American Top Fortys (in addition to, of course, Casey's sometimes-factual tidbits about the songs). At one point, careening into the early twenties, Casey played, in order:

* The Carpenters' "It's Going to Take Some Time'"
* The Rolling Stones' "Tumbling Dice"
* Derek and the Dominoes' "Layla" (although Casey cut off the piano outro - was there a single edit of this?)
* Cher's "Living in a House Divided"
* Love Unlimited's "Walkin' in the Rain With the One I Love"

That's quite the iPod shuffle, isn't it? I'm an old crap shooter, playing the field every night; my taste in music runs to "anything that's good." America lost something when it lost that kind of eclecticism on the radio. If there was a radio station extant today that would play, say, Radiohead and the Killers and Beyonce and Tim McGraw, I'd sure listen to it.


Scraps said...

Yes to all of that.

Anonymous said...

Actually there are stations all over the place that have line-ups that would blow your mind. Look for Jack-FM, it must be a franchise because I have heard it in LA, Cleveland and DC. No DJ, just music; and every genre back-to-back-to-back...