The word cruisin' doesn't appear in the dictionary, but it's a familiar word to millions of people who did it. CRUISIN' THE FIFTIES AND SIXTIES, is a year-by-year recreation of pop music radio during the years 1955 through 1970.

Each album is not just a collection of the top pop music of a particular year, but a total recreation by a top disk jockey (of that year) doing his original program over a major pop music station. That means actual commercials, promotional jingles, sound effects, newscast simulations and even record hop announcements in addition to the original records themselves.

The disk jockeys who appear on the series were picked after a month of carefully researching a decade's issues of BILLBOARD, including tabulating all disk jockey mentions. The names were then cross checked with audience rating services and longtime radio expert Bill Gavin--all this just to determine with jocks on which stations represented each year most accurately.
CRUISIN' producer Ron Jacobs monitored thousands of feet of tape, travelled over 10,000 miles and rooted through forgotten files and cluttered basements for old commercials, station promos and jingles. He also managed to get clearances for 84 different records, of which 42 are certified million-sellers, and all are from the Top 30 of their respective years.

Once all the material had been collected, weeks were spent in the studio carefully integrating almost 1,000 separate cues, and timing each year's "radio program" so it could be mastered for tape in four exactly equal parts. This was done to eliminate any dead space on CRUISIN' cassettes and cartridges, making each "rebroadcast" as realistic as possible and similar to the "tracking" effects of records. CRUISIN' was, in fact, originally conceived as a tape project: the first major one in the industry. After all, cruisin' meant cars, and listening to rock stations on the car radio; not until the enormous growth of in-car tape equipment was anyone able to recreate not only the sound of yesterday but the environment where the sound was first heard. Says Jacobs: "The full impact of such originally American social, technological, artistic and economic influences as rock and roll and Top 40 radio may not be fully realized in this century. But regardless of what time will ultimately be required to allow full historic perspective, there is the obligation to preserve the material so the media itself, not just written reviews and descriptions, will exist for future analysis.

KSAN San Francisco with "Jumpin'" George Oxford

 Opening Theme (ROCK AND ROLL) -- Buddy Morrow
I GOT A WOMAN -- Ray Charles
    "Jumpin'" George Rock and Roll Jubilee
ANNIE HAD A BABY -- Hank Ballard and the Midnighters
    Teen Jive Talk
SINCERELY -- Moonglows
    Melrose Record Shop commercial
HEARTS OF STONE -- Charms
    Acme Home Remodelers commercial
MY BABE -- Little Walter
    "Oh Yeh"
EARTH ANGEL -- Penguins
    KSAN station ID
MAYBELLINE -- Chuck Berry
    "Jumpin'" George Bar-B-Q Pit jingle (from 1953)
ONLY YOU -- Platters
    Letter from Korea
AIN'T IT A SHAME -- Fats Domino
    30th & San Pedro Furniture Warehouse commercial
STORY UNTOLD -- Nutmegs
    Rogers Men's Store commercial
BO DIDDLEY -- Bo Diddley
    Columbus Motors (1955 Dodge) commercial
PLEDGING MY LOVE -- Johnny Ace

WKMH Detroit with Robin Seymour

 Robin Seymour Theme -- The Four Lads
ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN -- Chuck Berry
    Recommended Record Stores
EDDIE MY LOVE -- The Teen Queens
    Faygo Root Beer commercial
WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE -- Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
    Robin Seymour's Original Rock 'n' Roll Review
TONITE TONITE -- The Mello Kings
    Dog Pound (remote) announcement
FEVER -- Little Willie John
    1956 Ford Commercial -- The Four Lads
THE GREAT PRETENDER -- The Platters (N/L)
    WKMH station ID
    WKMH sports headlines -- Van Patrick
TUTTI FRUTTI -- Little Richard
    Sunday Show Promo
STRANDED IN THE JUNGLE -- The Cadets
    Merchants Green Stamp commercial
SPEEDO -- The Cadillacs
    WKMH jingle
GEE -- The Crows
    Budweiser® commercial -- The Crew Cuts
IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT -- The Five Satins
    Detroit Times commercial
HONKY TONK -- Bill Doggett

WIBG Philadelphia PA with Joe Niagra

 Joe Niagra Theme
SUSIE Q - Dale Hawkins
    Muntz TV Commercial
HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY - The Tuneweavers
    Gelatin-Plus & Rayco Commercial
SCHOOL DAYS - Chuck Berry
    WIBG Jingle
A THOUSAND MILES AWAY - The Heartbeats
    The WIBG Weather Sound
PARTY DOLL - Buddy Knox and the Rhythm Orchids
    1957 Ford Commercial
GOODNIGHT SWEETHEART - The Spaniels
    WIBG Station I.D.
LITTLE DARLIN' - The Diamonds
    Maternity B.V.M. Hop Announcement
OVER THE MOUNTAIN, ACROSS THE SEA - Johnny & Joe
    WIBG Calling All Cars
BONY MORONIE - Larry Williams
    WIBG Community Club Awards Promo
TO THE AISLE - The Five Satins
    WIBG Newstip Promo
HONEYCOMB - Jimmie Rodgers
    1957 Mercury Commercial
LONG LONELY NIGHTS - Lee Andrews & The Hearts

WIL St. Louis MI with Jack Carney

 Jack Carney theme
AT THE HOP -- Danny and The Juniors
    WIL Back to School contest
TEQUILA -- The Champs
    1958 Mercury commercial
BOOK OF LOVE -- Monotones
    WIL Summertime jingle
ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC -- Chuck Berry
    Pookie Snackenberg Button Bit
KISSES SWEETER THAN WINE -- Jimmie Rodgers
    WIL College of Musical Knowledge Contest
SHORT SHORTS -- The Royal Teens
    WIL Station ID
CHANTILLY LACE -- The Big Bopper
    Gillette commercial
DO YOU WANNA DANCE -- Bobby Freeman
    Old Spice commercial
ROCKIN' ROBIN -- Bobby Day
    WIL jingle
GET A JOB -- The Silhouettes
    Gary Owens Show plug
TEN COMMANDMENTS OF LOVE -- Harvey & The Moonglows
    1958 Chevrolet commercial
REBER ROUSER -- Duane Eddy

KGFJ Los Angeles CA with Hunter Hancock

 Hunter Hancock Theme
(BABY) HULLY GULLY - The Olympics
    Jordan High School Record Hop
THERE IS SOMETHING ON YOUR MIND - Big Jay McNeely
SINCE I DON'T HAVE YOU - The Skyliners
    Chuck Berry Bit
ALMOST GROWN - Chuck Berry
    Saturday Evening Post Commercial
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES - Dinah Washington
    Champion Spark Plug Commercial
SAY MAN - Bo Diddley
    KGFJ Station I.D.
SIXTEEN CANDLES - The Crests
PERSONALITY - Lloyd Price
    Dolphin's of Hollywood Commercial
IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TIME - Brook Benton
SEA OF LOVE - Phil Phillips
I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU - The Flamingos
    Robert Hall Commercial
KANSAS CITY - Wilbert Harrison
    Hunter Hancock Theme

WKBW Buffalo NT with Dick Biondi

 Dick Biondi Theme
YOU TALK TOO MUCH - Joe Jones
    St. Mary's Record Hop Plug
TEARS ON MY PILLOW - Little Anthony & The Imperials
    WKBW Big Weather
BABY, YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES - Brook Benton & Dinah Washington
    Wardynski Sausage Commercial
WHAT IN THE WORLD'S COME OVER YOU - Jack Scott
    Biondi's Pick of the Week:
FINGER POPPIN' TIME - Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
    Budweiser® commercial
SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER - The Tempos
    WKBW station ID
ALLEY OOP - The Hollywood Argyles
    Gillette Commercial and Jingle
STAY - Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs
    Genessee Beer Commercial
RUNNING BEAR - Johnny Preston
    Elvis Presley Bit
THE BIG HURT - Toni Fisher
    L & M Commercial
BECAUSE THEY'RE YOUNG - Duane Eddy)
    Norwich High Record Hop "Thank You"
FANNIE MAE - Buster Brown

WMEX Boston MA with Arnie "Woo Woo" Ginsberg

 Arnie Ginsburg Theme -- The 3D's
BLUE MOON -- The Marcels
    WMEX Tower of Talent
MY TRUE STORY -- The Jive Five
    Adventure Car Hop commercial
NADINE -- Chuck Berry*
    WMEX jingle
WOODEN HEART -- Joe Dowell
    WMEX Mystery City Contest
BUT I DO -- Clarence "Frogman" Henry)
    1961 Ford Commercial
BEEP BEEP -- The Playmates
    WMEX station ID
    Arnie Ginsburg Theme -- Freddie Cannon
TOSSIN' & TURNIN' -- Bobby Lewis
    WMEX Teacher of the Day contest
DADDY'S HOME -- Shep and The Limelights
    Pal Mal Rock Commercial -- Mal, The 3D's, and Arnie
RUNAWAY -- Del Shannon
    WMEX jingle
BARBARA ANN -- The Regents
    Fenway DJ promo
YA YA -- Lee Dorsey
    1961 Pontiac commercial
HIDEAWAY -- Freddie King

*Released 1964

KLIF Dallas TX with Ron Jacobs

 KLIF News Headlines
PEPPERMINT TWIST -- Joey Dee & The Starlighters
SOLDIER BOY -- The Shirelles
    KLIF Summer Spectacular
I NEED YOUR LOVIN' -- Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford
    This Knight's Bullseye
HEY BABY -- Bruce Channel
    KLIF Master Control
LET ME IN -- The Sensations
    Skyland Chrysler commercial
JOHNNY ANGEL -- Shelley Fabares
    KLIF station ID
DUKE OF EARL -- Gene Chandler
YOU'LL LOSE A GOOD THING -- Barbara Lynn
    Gillette commercial
THE WANDERER -- Dion
    KLIF E.S.P. promo
GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD -- James Darren
    Flying High in the Dallas Sky
SEALED WITH A KISS -- Brian Hyland)
    KLIF DJ Trading Stamp promo
LOCOMOTION -- Little Eva

WMCA New York, NY with B. Mitchell Reed

 Opening Theme (HAND CLAPPIN' - Red Prysock)
EASIER SAID THAN DONE - The Essex
    WMCA "Good Guy" Sweatshirt Winner Announcement
    & B.M.R. "Bell Ringer" intro
SALLY GO ROUND THE ROSES - The Jaynettes
    WMCA "Good Guys" Song
HE'S SO FINE - The Chiffons
    1963 Dodge Commercial
TWIST & SHOUT - The Isley Brothers
    Green Acres Promo
BABY IT'S YOU - Shirelles
    "Name It And Claim It" Winner
IT'S MY PARTY - Leslie Gore
    WMCA Station I.D.
WALK RIGHT IN - The Rooftop Singers
    Litter Basket public Service Song
HEY GIRL - Freddie Scott
    B.M.R. Correspondent's Report
DENISE - Randy & The Rainbows
    WMCA "That's The Way To Spend Your Day" Song
MAMA DIDN'T LIE - Jan Bradley
    1963 Rambler Commercial
HEY PAULA - Paul & Paula
    "Musical Love Letters" Contest Winners
LOUIE, LOUIE - Kingsmen

WHK Cleveland, OH with Johnny Holliday

 Johnny Holliday Theme
HARLEM SHUFFLE - Bob & Earl
    Salute to Warrensville Heights High Tigers
NITTY GRITTY - Shirley Ellis
    Budweiser® Commercial
DANG ME - Roger Miller
    WHK Action Central News Promo
CHAPEL OF LOVE - The Dixie Cups
    1964 Rambler Commercial
SINCE I FELL FOR YOU - Lenny Welch
    Kahn's Weiner Commercial
THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA - Getz/Gilberto
    "My Mommy Listens To WHK" Promo
THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG (IT'S IN HIS KISS) - Betty Everett
    Coca-Cola Commercial - The Limelighters
TALK BACK TREMBLING LIPS - Johnny Tillotson
    WHK Cash Quiz Jackpot Promo
IT'S ALL RIGHT - The Impressions
    Miss Teenage Cleveland Announcement
FUNNY - Joe Hinton
    American Lamb Council Commercial - Jane Wyatt
REMEMBER (WALKIN' IN THE SAND) - The Shangri-Las
    WHK Radio Wonders Basketball Team Announcement
SUSPICION - Terry Stafford
    WHK Color Channel 14 Jingle
 

KHJ Los Angeles, CA with Robert W. Morgan

 KHJ I.D. & Robert W. Morgan Jingle
HANG ON SLOOPY - The McCoys
    1965 Rambler Commercial
WOOLY BULLY - Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs
    Thrifty Drug Stores Jingles & Commercial
YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN' - The Righteous Brothers
    KHJ Magic Key (Boss Mustang) Promo-*
THE BIRDS & THE BEES - Jewel Akens
    "Mr. Zip" Public Service Announcement
KING OF THE ROAD - Roger Miller
    KHJ-TV Beatle Special Promo & "Golden" Jingle
SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN - Chuck Berry
    "It's 8:30 in Boss Angeles!"
THE NAME GAME - Shirley Ellis
    Standard Shoe Stores Commercial
THE "IN" CROWD - Ramsey Lewis Trio
    "It's Boss" Promo
IT AIN'T ME BABE - The Turtles
    1965 Studebaker Commercial
DOWNTOWN - Petula Clark
    U.C.L.A. Bruin Football Announcement
EVE OF DESTRUCTION - Barry McGuire)
    "The Outlaws Is Coming" Commercial
LOVER'S CONCERTO - The Toys

KJR Seattle, WA with Pat O'Day

 Pat O'Day Theme
DEVIL WITH A BLUE DRESS ON/GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY -
Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
    Boeing 50th Anniversary Salute
SUNNY - Bobby Hebb
    1966 Plymouth Commercial
WIPEOUT - The Surfaris
    KJR All American Datebook
SOUL & INSPIRATION - The Righteous Brothers
    Washington Fryer Commercial
PSYCHOTIC REACTION - The Count Five
    1966 Continental Commercial
BORN A WOMAN - Sandy Posey
    KJR Channel 95 Jingle
    KJR Number One Announcement
HANKY PANKY - Tommy James & the Shondells
    1966 Chrysler Commercial
WALK AWAY, RENEE - The Left Banke
    1966 Pacific Northwest Band Championship Announcement
LIL' RED RIDING HOOD - Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs
    Parker's All-City Dance Commercial
SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER - The Happenings
    Jay Jacobs Jingle & Commercial
CALIFORNIA DREAMING - The Mamas & The Papas
    Seattle Sea Fair Skipper Pin Announcement
SWEET PEA - Tommy Roe

WQXI Atlanta, GA with Dr. Don Rose

 Dr. Don Rose Theme
JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) - John Fred & His Playboy Band
    WQXI Hole-In-One Contest Plug
APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE - Jay & The Techniques
    1967 Ford Commercial
HAPPY TOGETHER - The Turtles
    WQXI Secret Student Announcement
SOCIETY'S CHILD - Janis Ian
    Morgan Cleaners Commercial
I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW - Tommy James & the Shondells
    Dr. Don's Birthday Book
GIMME LITTLE SIGN - Brenton Wood
    WQXI Station I.D. & News
(WE AIN'T GOT) NOTHIN' YET - The Blues Magoos
    WQXI 'Tenna Topper Contest Promo
SNOOPY VS. THE RED BARON - The Royal Guardsmen
    1967 Rambler Commercial
98.6 - Keith
    The WQXI Atlantan Of The Day
LITTLE BIT O' SOUL - Music Explosion
    John Smith Chevrolet Commercial
THE RAIN, THE PARK & OTHER THINGS - The Cowsills
    Falcon Factbook Announcement
INCENSE AND PEPPERMINTS - Strawberry Alarm Clock
    WQXI "Good, Good Morning" Jingle

WCAO Baltimore, MD with Johnny Dark

 Johnny Dark - WCAO Intro
MAGIC CARPET RIDE - Steppenwolf
    60 Calling Promo
    Doublemint Gum Commercial
    WCAO promo
I WISH IT WOULD RAIN - The Temptations
    Jack Edwards Promo
SPOOKY - Classic IV
    Make It Or Break It Promo
    WCAO Promo
CRY LIKE A BABY – The Box Tops
    Weeper Of The Week
HONEY - Bobby Goldsboro
    Johnny Dark WCAO
    Carling Black Label Commercial
ANGEL OF THE MORNING - Merrilee Rush
GIRL WATCHER - The O'kaysions
    Gene Creasy Promo
    Wink Soft Drink Commercial
MIDNIGHT CONFESSION – The Grass Roots
LOVE CHILD - The Supremes
I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE - Marvin Gaye
    Johnny Dark WCAO Promo

WPGC Washington, D.C. with Harv Moore, "The Boy Next Door"

 Harv Moore Intro
LOVER PLEASE - Clyde McPhatter
    Colt Ford Spot
HE WILL BREAK YOUR HEART - The Groovers
    Suburban Trust Spot
    WPGC Promo Spot
TEQUILA - The Champs
WORKING ON A GROOVY THING – The 5th Dimension
    Hann's Shoes Commercial
TALK TO ME - Sunny & The Sunglows
    Carling Black Label Commercial
ABRAHAM, MARTIN & JOHN - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
    WPGC Promo
    Coke Commercial
MY BOYFRIEND'S BACK - The Angels
    Two In A Row Promo
THE ISRAELITES - Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    Tanya Suntan Lotion Commercial
    McDonald's Commercial
PUSHIN' TOO HARD - The Seeds
MY CHERIE AMOUR - Stevie Wonder
    Harv Moore WPGC Promo
    "Good morning, Washington!"

WLS Chicago, Il with Kris Erik Stevens

 Kris Erik Stevens -- WLS opening
SPIRIT IN THE SKY -- Norman Greenbaum
    Sears Record Sale commercial
    March of Dimes commercial
    Weather/WLS sports
DROWNING IN THE SEA OF LOVE -- Joe Simon
    Joe Woods for Cook County Board commercial
    WLS promo
GREEN-EYED LADY -- Sugar Loaf
    WLS promo
GYPSY WOMAN -- Brian Hyland
    Coke commercial
VEHICLE -- Ides of March
    Pantry Food Mart commercial
    WLS More Music promo
ONE LESS BELL TO ANSWER -- The Fifth Dimension
    WLS News Special
    89 Hour Color TV WLS promo
    Rock of Chicago
DON'T LET THE GREEN GRASS FOOL YOU -- Wilson Pickett*
    Eastern Airlines commercial
    Big Brothers of Chicago public service commercial
    WLS Number One Oldie:
WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW -- The Shirelles
    Windy City weather
    National Conference of Christians and Jews public service commercial
    Carling Black Label commercial
    Kris Erik Stevens promo
    Pepperidge Farm commercial
SUNSHINE -- Jonathan Edwards*
    George W. Dunne political commercial
CELEBRATE -- Three Dog Night
    Chicago Today commercial
NEW WORLD COMING -- Mama Cass

* Released 1971