Johnson's Improbable History of Pop!

Program Schedule

KPBX 91.1
Saturday 9pm - 10pm

John Johnson conducts a tour of the obscure world of early rock and pop music, featuring those artists who have fallen through the commercial cracks.

When the program began in February of 1995, Johnson said, “My mission is to provide that exposure, and give recognition to the fact that talent and hit records don’t have a lot to do with each other.” That still holds true today and way over 650 episodes later.

Program Listings:

July 19, 2014
Thunder & Speed

Special guest Babbo presents the story of Thunderclap Newman and Speedy Keen who each enjoyed solo careers with the help of Pete Townsend of the Who.

July 26, 2014
Stranglers, part 2

Guest Jeff Duty with a followup to our February, 2012, retrospective on this long running British punk band.

August 2, 2014
Carl Belew

Guest Richard Terzeiff of Recorded Memories is in with a career survey of the Oklahoma born vintage country western singer/songwriter.

August 9, 2014
Julian Records of Wenatchee

Guest Dustin Hayes shares the story and music of Eastern Washington's most active rock and roll label of the 1960's. Artists include Billy & the Kids, the Charges, the Aztecs, and the Chargers, and almost everything recorded at Spokane's legendary Sound Recording Company.

August 16, 2014
Apple Capitol Rockers

More from the thriving and mostly overlooked Wenatchee area music scene of the 1960's including Jack Bedient, the Washington Apples, and the Hamilton Brothers (Judd and Danny).

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