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Middle-of-the-road hits of the 50's & 60's; we've got the *oh, wow* songs you forgot that you remember. Frank, Perry, Rosemary, Patti, Doris, 4 Lads, 4 Aces, 4 Preps; show tunes; country; folk. And gentle comedy.

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We Couldn’t Find a Station Playing the Music We Missed--So We Built Our Own

Not to disparage either format, but this is music that often falls through the cracks between the oldies and big band stations. We’re talking mainly about music that made the Billboard charts in the 50’s and 60’s—but wasn’t too edgy for the risk-averse programmers at the big-signal AM stations. In other words, it wasn’t teen-oriented rock and roll.

So, while these songs hit No. 1 on the chart in 1966--"The Hanky Panky," "Wild Thing," "Sunshine Superman"--so did "Strangers in the Night."

Or look at 1958: "Bird Dog," "At the Hop," "Purple People Eater," but also "Catch a Falling Star." And "Volare," for Pete’s sake—even the Italian version!

So, it’s not like this music was never popular. But try to find it on the air today.

We studied the old charts, pestered people at record stores, and cobbled together a library of songs to fill that gap. A collection that you can enjoy at the turn of a dial click of a mouse.

* * * Mom's Kitchen Radio * * *

(It's a shame that the list below is restricted to only five artists. So we'll rotate it occasionally. And you tell us: whom would you include?)

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Mom’s Kitchen Radio: Perfect With Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup and Cherry Kool-Aid (Just add the sound of a slamming screen door and the smell of a Toni Home Permanent)


They were called “middle-of-the-road” stations ... and they played a little of everything that wasn’t rock and roll: Frank, Perry, Rosemary, country, broadway, a bit of light classical. In the Sixties they were where you were most likely to hear Johnny Mathis, Herb Alpert or Bert Kaempfert.


It’s what Dad listened to in the car or the shop or the barn. It’s what Mom played in the kitchen—often over our objections—while we waited for the school bus.


Ultimately we won. Rock and its cousins claimed most of the radio dial. Middle-of-the-road vanished, and no one noticed.


Well, hardly anyone. We noticed, and we still remember. We’d never forsake rock and roll, but now we miss Mom’s Kitchen Radio, just like we miss her meatloaf and mashed potatoes.