The Hy Lit Show was the real deal.
Unlike some televised dance parties that relied on
chart toppers and million sellers to attract viewers,
Hy Lit's playlist was always cutting edge, never
predictable. Hy knew the latest sounds that were
breaking on the street. He knew what was cool
and he played it. If it wasn't cool before then...
it became cool just because Hy Lit played it!
Here, presented in chronological order, are more of the greatest get down sounds from the Hy Lit Show of the
late 60s. Listen to a clip or two and you’ll understand
why Hy Lit’s get-together was the boss, hoss. Like that
Cornelius enterprise over in Chi-town, the Hy Lit gig was
one of television’s hippest trips!
Hy Lit’s Greatest Hits (late 60s):
“I Can’t Stop Dancing” – Archie Bell & the Drells
(August 1968, highest chart position #9)
Tony in Detroit wrote:
I remember the Hy-Lit show way over here
in Detroit. I loved it. I recall a dancer
named Harold on the show. This guy was
badddd! I got turned on to all those funky
songs from out there by Fantastic Johnny C,
Cliff Nobles and Company, Jesse James.
I still dig "Hitch it to the Horse." That is
still so funky!
“Hitch it to the Horse” - Fantastic Johnny C (August 1968,
highest chart position #34)
My name Tony. Sorry about the loss of Hy Lit.
I was just a young kid then, but since then
I came to meet a lot of nice folks from the
east coast, Philly, Jersey, N.Y. - Peace, Tony
it lends credence to the argument that politicians divide us and music has the power to unite and heal us. Thank you very much for
your comment, Tony!
Now, back to the show!
“Stay in My Corner” – Dells (August 1968, highest chart
“The Mule” - James Boys
(September 1968, highest
chart position #82)
“Do the Choo Choo” – Archie Bell & the Drells
(November 1968, highest chart position #44)
“There’s Gonna Be a Showdown” – Archie Bell & the Drells
(January 1969, highest chart position #21)
“Switch it On” - Cliff Nobles & Co. (February 1969,
highest chart position #93)
“Snap-Out” - Interpretations (April 1969, uncharted/
Performance video broadcast on The Hy Lit Show)
“It’s Your Thing” – Isley Bros. (May 1969, highest
chart position #2)
“O-Wow” - Panic Buttons (May 1969, highest chart
position #48 R&B)
“I Turned You On” – Isley Bros. (July 1969, highest chart
“Keem-O-Sabe” - Electric Indian (September 1969,
highest chart position #16)
Hy Lit was known
as the Goodwill Ambassador of Philadelphia Radio.
He truly was one
of the good guys.
Sophisticated, knowledgeable, articulate, versatile and absolutely oozing cool, Hy Lit was as comfortable among hard rockers as he was with 50s doo-wop balladeers.
Hy Lit with the Four Tops
Hy Lit had massive crossover appeal. He was a hit DJ on black radio stations as well as white radio stations. He was
a great humanitarian who led by example. He was the kind
of color blind unifier America needed then and needs now.
Hy Lit: part of the solution.
Solid, man – thanks!
Have a Shady day!