Re: Re: Re: WABC chime time/Series 30

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Posted by Craig Francis on July 03, 2018 at 19:56:10:

In Reply to: Re: Re: WABC chime time/Series 30 posted by Charlie Menut on July 02, 2018 at 07:14:02:

Yes, at some point the jingle was slightly softened and the chorus singing the jingle I believe had a few higher voices in the mix, with a little less "wall-of-sound," or a bit more acoustic. I think it was still all men singing the jingle. But it was so subtle, I doubt most listeners noticed.

IIRC, through the late 60s and early 70s, every song ended in a WABC Chime jingle. Then, sometime in 1974, the chime jingle was slightly changed and restricted to only the top 14 songs. Songs lower on the chart got a jingle that said either "The best music, WABC" or "The most music, WABC." No chime for them. Only the top 14 songs got the chime jingle.

I remember the change coming at the time when "Jazzman" and "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" were #1, which I see from the weekly charts on this website was November 1974. But above, Bruce seems to remember it around the time "Rock The Boat" was #1, June/July 1974.

I suppose management was getting feedback that hearing the chime every few minutes was getting a bit annoying. Yet it was a signature of the station, so I guess they decided to keep it for the hottest titles, but omit it on up-and-coming songs.

And you may remember, non-hit songs that were for a holiday got no jingle at all. That included Irish songs Harry would play on St. Patrick's Day and non-hit Christmas songs. So a cut from a Christmas LP would get no jingle, while Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas" or "The Little Drummer Boy" by the Harry Simeone Chorale would get a WABC Chime jingle.

(The things I remember!)

Craig Francis


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