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  • Keener Rain

    With all the rain we’ve been having this weekend, we thought it might be fun to review some rain songs from the WKNR Music Guide. At least one charted every year between April of 1965 and March of 1972. 16 in all. Baby the Rain Must Fall: Glenn Yarbrough – April, 1965 Rhapsody in the […]

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    May 31st, 2015 | Filed under Keener
  • Songs with Colors in the Title

    How many tunes can you remember that were inspired by colors? Here are a few you may have heard in and around the Keener era: Baby Blue – 1972 – Badfinger Baby’s In Black – 1964 – The Beatles Ballad Of The Green Berets, The – 1966 – Sgt. Barry Sadler Big Yellow Taxi – 1970 […]

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    May 30th, 2015 | Filed under Keener
  • Detroit Concerts

    Keenerfans well remember the energy generated at Russ Gibbs Grande Ballroom. It was an amazing place to see bands on their way up the rock n roll zigurat, coupled with hard working local acts, who sometimes upstaged their headliner counterparts. But when an act hit the big time, they played Cobo Hall and Olympia Stadium. […]

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    May 27th, 2015 | Filed under Keener
  • The Story of Coca Cola’s Iconic “I’d like to teach the world to sing” commercial

    For all of you Mad Men fans out there, here is the story behind one of the most iconic ads of a generation.  

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    May 18th, 2015 | Filed under Keener
  • This week in 1965

    A big jump for the Beau Brummels this week in 1965. Soupy Sales novelty tune, “The Mouse” is in it’s second week on the charts. And one of the last times you’d see a name like Bert Kaempfert on the WKNR Music Guide.

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    May 12th, 2015 | Filed under Keener
  • A slightly censored hit from 1961.

    On this date in 1962, Billboard Magazine reported that last year’s most-played jukebox record was ‘Big Bad John’ by Jimmy Dean. Many stations, including Keener’s predecessor, WKMH, insisted that the line “At the bottom of this mine lies one hell of a man,” be changed to “a big, big, man,” before they would play it.

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    May 12th, 2015 | Filed under Keener
  • The 1970 March on Washington

    On this day in Keener history: 100,000 young people demonstrated peacefully in Washington, D.C., demanding the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Southeast Asia. later, a few hundred militants spread through surrounding streets, causing limited damage. Police used tear gas to disperse the most threatening crowds. The event was part of the story line in […]

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    May 9th, 2015 | Filed under Keener
  • Remembering the 1964 New York World’s Fair

    For many of us in the Keener Generation, a pivotal memory was forged in the summer of 1964 when we traveled with our family to the New York World’s fair. It’s theme was “Peace Through Understanding”, dedicated to “Man’s Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe”. At its center was the 12-story , stainless-steel Unisphere […]

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    May 8th, 2015 | Filed under Keener
  • The Channel 7 Tuesday Night Line-up – 1965

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    May 7th, 2015 | Filed under Keener
  • Iconic Ads from the Mad Men Era

    As Mad Men winds up, Time Magazine took a look back at some the most iconic ads of the the era.

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    May 7th, 2015 | Filed under Keener
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