Pop Tunes’ Lucky Show 13 and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation’s Spotlight on The Corner Laughers’ Karla Kane and Fun of the Pier: This Week’s Shows Dazzle!

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

fun of the pier 1442karla kane king's daughters home for incurables coverThis week, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show rolls out lucky show 13, and Karla Kane and The Fun of the Pier’s Mark and Helen Luker star on a sparkling international edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. And that’s not all!

pop tunes disc smallTomorrow night at 8 pm ET, The Pop Tunes Deejay Show is stocked full of some of the strongest new melodic pop releases now making waves across the musical landscape. Two new tracks in progress from Daisy House, and the latest from Carpenter Caswell, The Successful Failures and Strangely Alright play alongside tracks from Randy Newman, Coke Belda (a bonus track from the forthcoming Spanish edition of his new Bee Gees tribute), Fallon Cush and a whole lot more. Plus: my snappy deejay patter! And fear not: The Pop Tunes Deejay Show returns for another round of catchy melodic pop from across the decades this Thursday night at 8 pm ET.

in conversation new graphic blueWednesday night at 9 pm ET, The Corner Laughers’ Karla Kane and Khoi Huynh and The Fun of the Pier’s Mark and Helen Luker sit in on Pure Pop Radio: Conversation to talk about their triumphant All Aboard tour, bristling with international flavor, and their latest, top-flight releases: Karla’s first solo album, King’s Daughters Home for Incurables, and The Fun of the Pier’s 14:42.

That’s this week’s Pure Pop shows on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. Don’t miss a minute!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Peggy March (Airdate: September 6, 2017)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

peggy march ace album coverWould it be proper to call this hour-long In Conversation episode a very special one? Yes, it would. I was pleased and privileged to speak with Peggy March, formerly known as Little Peggy March, who took me on a tour through her long running career that began back in 1963 with her hit recording of “I Will Follow Him,” a decades-old staple of oldies radio.

During this fascinating show, full of great stories and even greater music, we spoke about “I Will Follow Him” and the top-flight, recently-released compilation on Ace Records of Peggy’s recordings, If You Loved Me: RCA Recordings from Around the World 1963-1969. Peggy worked with some fabulous songwriters. Did you know that Peggy recorded a very early Randy Newman song, and a cover of a Mike Love-Brian Wilson number? She did!

pprListen to my interview with Peggy March from September 6 by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

You can listen to samples of the songs played during this program from Peggy’s Ace Records compilation (“Try to See It My Way,” “Leave Me Alone,” and “Aren’t You Glad”) by clicking here. We also played “I Will Follow Him,” which you can listen to on Spotify by clicking here.

Purchase If You Loved Me: RCA Recordings from Around the World 1963-1969 by clicking on the following link (you’ll be so very glad you did!): Amazon

Look out for more current and archived Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews, coming soon.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Zeek Weekling (The Weeklings) (Airdate: September 6, 2017)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

the weeklings paperback writerThe Weeklings are legendary here at Pure Pop Radio. They’re also legendary there and everywhere. The foursome’s new single, a top-of-the-pops take on the Beatles’ “Paperback Writer,” is being featured tonight, in fact, on our Pop Tunes Deejay Show at 8 pm ET (click on the Listen link below at the appointed hour).

Zeek Weekling appeared on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on September 6 to speak to me about the Weeklings’ take on “Paperback Writer” and the band’s future release plans. It was a typically spirited conversation, fortified with extra-added Weeklings vibes–the kind of in-depth talk you can only hear on the Internet’s premiere melodic pop talk show.

pprListen to my interview with Zeek Weekling from September 6 by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

And now, dear Sir or Madam: Check out the video for The Weeklings’ version of “Paperback Writer,” and then, if you haven’t already, click on one of the links to add the track to your ever-growing Weeklings collection.

Purchase The Weeklings’ fab version of “Paperback Writer” by clicking on one of the following links (you’ll be so very glad you did!): Amazon, iTunes

Look out for more current and archived Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews, coming soon.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

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All-New This Week: The Pop Tunes Deejay Show, and Marc Jonson on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

Two new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, and an all-new installment of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, featuring singer-songwriter Marc Jonson, blaze across the airwaves this week, courtesy of Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallTomorrow night at 8 pm ET, the first of two brand new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show roll with the greatest melodic pop music from the 1960s to today. As usual, I am behind the controls, pumping out the tunes along with a healthy smattering of snappy deejay patter. Tuesday night’s show features The Beatles, The Weeklings, Rockpile, Coke Belda, Flamin’ Groovies, Marc McCrite, and a deep tribute to the members of The Legal Matters. Another all-new show plays on Thursday night, September 21 at 8 pm ET, featuring a mix of great songs from across the decades.

in conversation new graphic blueMarc Johnson-YEARSPure Pop Radio: In Conversation is all new this Wednesday night, September 20 at 9 pm ET. Singer-songwriter Marc Jonson, best known for his seminal 1992 album 12 in a Room, talks to me about his 1972 debut album Years, released on the Vanguard label. Along the way, Marc met up with such luminaries as Harry Chapin and Eric Clapton, and went from recording songs in his Long Island bedroom to recording in Vanguard’s mammoth studios. It’s a detailed look at the creative process, as in-depth as it gets on pop music’s premiere interview program.

Set your alarm clocks for Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, tomorrow night and Thursday night at 8 pm ET, and singer-songwriter Marc Jonson on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

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Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show Pops With Poptastic Sounds from Today and Yesterday!

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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Exactly one month ago, our first Pop Tunes Deejay Show made its debut on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. Our 10th show aired last night–a special mix of soft pop, bubblegum and other sweet musical treats from the 1960s and 1970s that get you singing along.

Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show airs twice weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio–Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET. The Tuesday show repeats Fridays at 2 pm ET; the Thursday show reprises on the following Monday at 11 am ET. Tuesday night’s show features new and recently-released tunes; Thursday night is Potpourri Night, with melodic pop classics from across the decades. You never know what you’re going to hear next!

Last night’s mix of soft pop, bubblegum and other sweet musical treats was a fun hour of catchy melodies. Check the playlist (all playlists are also posted on the Pop Tunes Deejay Show Facebook page; click here to be magically transported (and while you’re at it, please “Like” it)):

Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show #10 | 9-7-17

The Playlist:

1. Dana Countryman | Pop Tunes Theme

the banana spltis2. The Banana Splits | “We’re the Banana Splits” | We’re the Banana Splits, 1968

Set: Sweet ’60s Sounds

3. Gary Lewis and the Playboys | “Save Your Heart for Me” | A Session with Gary Lewis and the Playboys, 1965

4. Harpers Bizarre | “You Need a Change” | Anything Goes, 1967

5. The Ivy League | “Funny How Love Can Be” | Sounds of the Ivy League, 1967

6. The Tremeloes | “Silence is Golden” | Even the Bad Times are Good/Silence is Golden, 1967

Set: Sixties Pop Gas!

7. The Tokens | “She Lets Her Hair Down” | Both Sides Now, 1971

8. Donovan | “Wear Your Love Like Heaven” | Wear Your Love Like Heaven, 1967

the cowsills we can fly9. The Cowsills | “We Can Fly” | We Can Fly, 1968

10. Mason Williams | “Classical Gas” | The Mason Williams Phonograph Record, 1968

Set: Coconuts!

11. Hurricane Smith | “Oh Babe, What Would You Say” | Hurricane Smith, 1972

12. Cass Elliot | “It’s Getting Better” | Bubble Gum, Lemonade, and Something for Mama, 1969

13. Sailor | “Coconut” | Trouble, 1975

14. Harry Nilsson | “Coconut” | Nilsson Schmilsson, 1971

Set: Flowers on the Wall

15. The Honeycombs | “Have I the Right” | The Honeycombs, 1964

the statler bros. flowers on the wall16. The Statler Brothers | “Flowers on the Wall” | Flowers on the Wall, 1966

17. McGuinness Flint | “Malt and Barley Blues” | Malt and Barley Blues, 1971

18. The Knickerbockers | “Lies” | The Fabulous Knickerbockers – Lies, 1965

Set: Rag World

19. The Vogues | “Five O’Clock World” | The Vogues’ Greatest Hits, 1969

20. The Aranbee Pop Symphony Orchestra | “Rag Doll” | Today’s Pop Symphony, 1997

21. The Four Seasons | “Rag Doll” | Edizione D’Oro, 1997

22. Graham Gouldman | “No Milk Today” | The Graham Gouldman Thing, 1968

Set: Close

the grass roots where were you when i needed you23. The Grass Roots | “Where Were You When I Needed You” | Where Were You When I Needed You, 1966

Plus: Alan’s Snappy Deejay Patter!

See you on the radio this coming Tuesday and Thursday at 8 pm ET on Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Terry Draper (Airdate: August 30, 2017)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

terry draper remarkable womenPure Pop Radio favorite Terry Draper returned to our virtual Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation microphones on August 30 to talk about his wonderful new album, Remarkable Women.

This time around, Terry’s song cycle revolves around a celebration of remarkable women through time, with songs about Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee, aviator Amelia Earhart, and other famous ladies. Several songs are inspired by Terry’s wife, Anna. It’s a lovely album that belongs in every pop fan’s collection.

During this lively chat, Terry talks about writing the songs for Remarkable Women and about three specific songs that were heard: “The Young Girl,” “She’s All Mine,” and “Honey B.”

pprListen to my interview with Terry Draper from August 30 by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

Order Terry Draper’s Remarkable Women from Terry’s online store by clicking here. Sample the songs played during this interview on iTunes by clicking here or on Amazon by clicking here:

  1. “The Young Girl” | 2. “She’s All Mine” | 3. “Honey B”

Look out for more current and archived Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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New on Pure Pop Radio 09.05.17: The Weeklings’ Wild Take On the Beatles’ “Paperback Writer,” New Sincerity Works’ Latest, and Poppermost’s Melody Explosion

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Spins and Reviews | 09.05.17
By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

the weeklings paperback writerThe Weeklings | “Paperback Writer” (Single, 2017)
Lefty, Zeek, Rocky and Smokestack huddle together and Weekling-ize the number one 1966 Billboard chart Beatles smash with an in-your-face-and-your-ears-too injection of contemporary immediacy, tight-knit harmonies, a surprising and smile-inducing…break, rhythmic whirligigs, Lefty’s spot-on Paul McCartney-esque bass runs, and a daring dose of Monkees derring-do for a rip-roaring, must-play-it-again-and-again two minutes and 47 seconds-long eargasm. I think that about covers it.

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Mike Tittel’s outfit sits on the fringe of where pop and rock meet for drinks on a Sunday afternoon, crafting inspired bellwether works fueled by a variety of influence. Alternative leanings meet pop songcraft meet a traditional rock and roll base on songs like “Find a Way Home,” an atmospheric mid-tempo ballad whose lengthy intro sets an emotional mood; “To Be Kissed Like That,” a lovely song that builds nicely and sports sensitive guitar lines; and the title number, a lively pop-rocker that sounds for all the world like U2, if Bono and company had more finite pop leanings. Tittel, aided and abetted by a more than able fellowship filled out by Roger Klug, whose singular pop-rock has been a Pure Pop Radio staple for two decades, Greg Tudor, Bob Nyswonger, Mike Landis, and Lauren Bray, has made a fine specimen, a record for dipping into for listeners inspired by the art of craft.

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SongsforTheDifferent360pxPoppermost | Songs for the Different (2017)
Las Vegas popsters stake their claim for top-flight regional melodism with a generous sampling of their wares and come up with a collection that soft pop fans are sure to love. A collection of previously-released tracks and new single “Let It Shine,” a Cowsills-worthy explosion of sixties and seventies pop with lovely harmonies, Songs for the Different glows with a multitude of period smiles, from the Free Design vibe of “Tracy” to the swinging, harmony-rich clapalong reworking of the Monkees’ “Tapioca Tundra,” originally released on the Monkees’ The Birds, The Bees and the Monkees album in 1968. Alex Oliver and Roy Rendahl’s sense of the power of song steeped in strong melodies puts them at the top of the soft pop class, making this album a must-listen-to experience.

black box Where to Get It: CD Baby

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

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