When WBZ played covers instead of hits

Eli Polonsky elipolo@earthlink.net
Wed Jun 20 12:16:42 EDT 2007

> > From: "A. Joseph Ross" <joe@attorneyross.com>
> CC: boston-radio-interest@rolinin.bostonradio.org
> To: "Lou" <lspin@comcast.net>
> Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 01:27:36 -0500
> Subject: RE: When WBZ played covers instead of hits
> There was another one which I thought, at first, was some
> national hit.  I think it was called "Song of the City,"
> and it sang the praises of "Boston, Boston, that's my home
> town."  But the song ended with "The most wonderful sound
> of our home town is WCOP, Boston, Boston, that's my home
> town."  Of course, it was only heard on WCOP.
> A very clever promotion.  I wonder who performed it.

"Boston, My Home Town" was a minor regional hit circa early
or mid-60's for rock'n'roll singer and Lynn, MA native Freddy
Cannon, better known for national hits "Palisades Park", "Way
Down Yonder In New Orleans", "Tallahassee Lassie", "Action"
(theme for the TV show "Where The Action Is"), and many more.

Since Cannon was locally based, he did many radio station
promotions in the area, so it would make sense that he would
record a custom version, or a custom ending tag, of the song
for WCOP when it was still a Top 40 rocker at the time.

Though historical accounts list WCOP as flipping from Top 40
to Country in the late 60's or early 70's, I seem to recall
WCOP having gone Country by 1966, or at the latest 1967.


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