I looked up the word "cool" in my
Funkin' Wagnalls and here's what
I funkin' found:
laid back, relaxed,
calm, knows what's
going on, popular,
suave, stylish, in or
beyond the current
style, in harmony
with an ineffable
(see Hy Lit).
Four years ago today the world lost one of the all time greats when Philadelphia broadcast titan Hy Lit passed away. Hy succumbed to a long illness and complications from a knee injury sustained in a fall.
I'd like to share
with you some
a man that I
* 50+ year
an icon of
* Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers
*Legendary AM radio deejay
and Wibbage (WIBG) “Good Guy”
* Architect of rock ‘n roll and
the early Sound of Philadelphia
* Worked with all the greats
The Beatles - Stones - Beach Boys - Elvis
The Beatles, hiding from the throng of squealing girls that surrounded their hotel, stayed overnight at Hy Lit's house and, as the story goes, slept on the floor!
* TV dance show host
Hy Lit's dance show is the memory maker upon which I would like to focus. From 1965 to 1971, Hy Lit hosted a televised dance party on Channel 48, WKBS in Philadelphia.
It was the same cool indie station (Kaiser Broadcasting)
that carried two of my other favorite shows, Roller Derby...
(above) Judy Arnold - Eastern Warriors
...and The Banana Splits.
make a bunch
and so do
Okay, I know what you're thinking. You did the math
and realized that I was in my late teens when I watched
The Banana Splits.
I'll come clean and admit that I still watch reruns of Teletubbies and that Tinky Winky is the one with whom
I most closely identify (not that there's anything wrong with that).
I was a devoted follower of the Hy Lit Show during the late 60s when the program’s playlist percolated with edgy, gritty, junk-in-the-trunk funk. Hy frequently had the joint jumpin' to funky, Philly-style instrumentals.
my Shady Dell
with the Geator.
Now it's time to
sample more of
the greatest hits
played on the
Hy Lit Show!
I promise you
this Hy Lit lineup's
all killa...no filla!
Let's get started!
Here, on a timeline from older to more recent, are
Hy Lit’s Greatest Hits (late 60's):
“Boogaloo Down Broadway” – Fantastic Johnny C
(December 1967, highest chart position #7)
“There is” – Dells (March 1968, highest chart position #20)
“Tighten Up” – Archie Bell & the Drells (May 1968, highest
chart position #1)
“Wear it on Our Face” – Dells (June 1968, highest chart
“Ain’t Nothin’ but a House Party” - Show Stoppers
(June 1968, highest chart position #87)
“The Horse”/”Love is All Right” – Cliff Nobles & Co.
(July 1968, highest chart position #2)
“Here Comes the Judge” - Shorty Long (July 1968,
highest chart position #8)
That was just a tease. Stay tuned!
In Pt. 2 I'll play more boss bad boys
from the legendary Hy Lit Show!
Have a Shady day!