Harv Moore & Brandy: The Boy Next Door makes a hit record

By Steve Cichon
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@stevebuffalo

Disc Jockeys are known for telling a lot of stories and taking credit for things, but in the case of WECK’s Harv Moore, he doesn’t have to take credit for a hit song we all know because the band is the ready to give him all the credit in the world.

“Brandy” was a big hit for Looking Glass in 1972.

The New Jersey bar band had recorded an album for Epic Records and the first single released from the album flopped.

Eliot Lurie was a member of Looking Glass and the group’s primary songwriter.

After that miserable showing of the group’s first release, he didn’t think there was any chance for his “Brandy.”

“That probably would have been the end of if, had it not been for a disc jockey in Washington, DC named Harv Moore,” Lurie told “The Tennessean in 2016.

Hear the full interview with Eliot Lurie of Looking Glass

Harv Moore was the morning mayor on WPGC in Washington DC from 1963-1975.

Harv at WPGC in 1971.

A promoter for Epic stopped by the WPGC studios with a test pressing of the Brandy single.

“I listened to it and said, ‘Wow, this is a smash. A home run.'”

Harv started playing it once an hour on his show, and then the station, and then all of Washington loved the song– and it was bound for number one on the Billboard charts.

Hear Harv on WPGC from the Cruisin’ series

“After two weeks, they told us the record would be number one, and it was,” said Lurie.

It’s not often in a career– even a 60 year career like Harv’s– to be able to play a part in making a hit.

“I always felt I had a pretty good ear for music, hearing new stuff. It was a big thrill to see that go to number one in Billboard Magazine, it was a nationwide hit,” said Harv. “I got a nice gold record from Epic Records for it.”

Just a few years later, in 1975, Harv followed his boss at WPGC to WYSL in Buffalo, and he’s been here ever since.

Harv Moore, WECK, 2018

“Buffalo’s my home,” said Harv, getting ready to play another song, sitting behind the mic at WECK.

 

Shane Brother Shane rocks Freedom City USA!

By Steve Cichon
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@stevebuffalo

Hear what it sounded like… The Day Shane joined Sandy Beach and Danny Neaverth on Sandy;s show in WBEN on July 31, 2009.

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Shane with Sandy Beach and Dan Neaverth on WBEN July 31, 2009

See and hear more classic Shane:

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Buffalo in the 70’s: WYSL/WPHD Album Charts and Jock Pics

By Steve Cichon
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Buffalo, NY – Ranging from 1971-1979, these singles and album charts from WYSL and WPhD are a great snapshot of what Buffalo was listening to musically and on the radio in the 70s.

And as far as the jock photos– let’s just say we all looked great in the 70s. Thanks to Paul, who gave me most of these charts for “safe keeping” a few years back.

 

Robert W Taylor, Crystal Beach
1977
Tom Tiberi– Slick Tom, ad for the first World’s Largest Disco. August 25, 1979.
August 25, 1979.
Jim Nowicki, August 11, 1979
August 11, 1979
August 11, 1979
Dean Matella wearing an “I love You Buffalo” t-shirt. Wear a MILK Mustache ad. August, 1979
August, 1979
Jim Nowicki, July 1979.
July 1979.
Nancy Miller, May 1979
May 1979
Tom Tiberi, May 1979
May, 1979
Chuck Stevens, April 1979
April 1979
Dino in the Morning April 1979
April 1979
Kevin Hines, Club 747 ad for the first computerized disco, April 1979
April 1979
Chuck Stevens March 1979
March 1979
Dino in the morning March 1979
March 1979
Nancy Miller March 1979 14 Rock WYSL Non Stop Music
March 1979
Kevin Hines March 1979
March 1979
Jim Nowicki Feb 1979
Feb 1979
Nancy Miller Feb 1979
Feb 1979
Dean Matela, Dec 1978
Dec, 1978
Nancy Miller, Oct. 1978
Oct. 1978
Robert W. Taylor
Sept. 1978
Jim Nowicki
Aug 1979
Nancy Miller
Larry Norton July 1979
July 1978
Jim Scott, June 1978
June 1978
John Piccillo JP, June 1978. Milk Mustache I Love You Buffalo t-shirts
June 1978
Larry Norton, May 1978
May 1978
Harv Moore May 1978, American Top 40
May, 1978
John Piccillo, April 1978
April 1978
March 1978 Rick Arnay
March 1978
Bill Potter Jan. 1978
Jan. 1978
Tom Atkins 1977 American Top 40
1977
JP John Piccillo November 1977
November 1977
Rick Arnay October, 1977
October, 1977
John Piccillo, Crystal Beach ad. September, 1977
September 1977
Craig Matthews, June 1977
June 1977
Chuck Stevens June 1977
June 1977
Kenny Davis May 1977
1977
Kenny Davis April 1977
April 1977
Robert W. Taylor 1977
April 1977
Harv Moore April 1977
April 1977
Sean Grabowski 1977
February 1977
Grabowski October 1976
October 1976
Grabowski October 1976
October 1976
Jim Scott, September 1976
September 1976
Harv Moore, July 1976
July 1976
John Piccillo WYSL, “Laverne & Shirley Sing” 1975
Grabowski
1976
1976
Robert W Taylor 1976
Robert W Taylor 1976
1976
1976
Robert W Taylor 1976
Robert W Taylor 1976
1975
1975
Grabowski, 1975
Grabowski, 1975
Jim Scott, 1975
1975
1975
Tom Tiberi, 1979. Burger King at Main & Utica, Just Opened!
Tom Tiberi, 1979. Burger King at Main & Utica, Just Opened!
1979
1975
Kevin O'Connell. WYSL, 1971
Kevin O’Connell. WYSL, 1971
WYSL 1971
WYSL 1971
WYSL, 1971
WYSL, 1971
Jack Evans WYSL
WPHD 1979
WPHD 1979
WPHD 1979
Taylor & Moore, WPHD 1979
May 1978
May 1978
Jim Nowicki, May 1978
Jim Nowicki, May 1978

 

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Shane Brother Shane: Buffalo’s Poet Laureate

By Steve Cichon
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I started trying to describe Shane to a co-worker the other day…. But there’s no way to describe the Cosmic Cowboy…. Buffalo’s Shane Brother Shane.

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From the Day he arrived in Buffalo in 1974 for WKBW’s Great American Talent Search wearing pants with SHANE written in studs up and down the legs, to the day he ran for Common Council in Buffalo, Shane always kept the Queen City on its ear. Please share your Shane memories below… and enjoy some audio clips from Shane’s stellar Buffalo Radio career…

 

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Listen to more Shane:

  • Shane Brother Shane rocks Freedom City USA!
  • The scary sounds of Halloween on WKBW: 5 hours worth of K-Big talent on display
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