While you’re preparing (or prepped, you lil’ go-getter) for the big Memorial Day Weekend, CBS-FM will be your soundtrack while we countdown the Top 500 Artists. Just what you need to keep chuggin’ along for three days of barbeques, booze (responsibly) and good times.
We asked our prestigious on air staff at CBS-FM to “trim the fat” just a bit and cut the countdown from 500 down to 5. Don’t worry, we’re not giving away the crème de la crème of the Top 500, but we are delivering to you some of our jock’s Top 5 Artists of All Time.
How would the Top 5 look if Bob Berry was in charge? Have a look and see…
#5 Frank Sinatra
Not only do we play the “hook” of “New York, New York” every hour with the CBS-FM station ID, Sinatra was my Dad’s favorite singer. I “adopted” him, and truly enjoy playing my various greatest hits packages, or the classic “Capitol years” albums.
#4 The Hollies
Simply the finest harmonies of the British Invasion. Great songs, great sound, their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was long overdue,and richly deserved. Another CD player favorite.
#3 The Four Tops
Some of you know I grew up in Detroit,and during those years the “Motown Sound” exploded. My high school buddies and I always thought Levi, Larry, Duke and Obie were the best of the best.
#2 The Four Seasons
The family made a road trip to Long Island during the late summer of 1962 to visit my Aunt Ginny and Uncle Ray. Older cousin Billy took me along with his buddies, cruising the North Shore. “Sherry” was all you heard on the radio. I loved the band ever since.
#1 The Beach Boys
When Ron Parker interviewed Al Jardine, Al said singing Brian Wilson’s songs is “life-affirming.” I cannot say it any better. Be it “Car songs,” “Surf songs” or songs about “California Girls,” The Beach Boys made many of my personal “Pet Sounds.”
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