Friday, July 07, 2017
Once upon a time not so very long ago, John Landers, a song collector was wandering the land of Google when he tumbled across this blog and sent the above picture. He wondered if I was hip to the swinging version of "Washington, DC. My Hometown."
Yes, D.C., there is a song. Made for our area radio station WWDC to be exact.
Back in the early 1960s, the mad men of the Production Advertising Merchandising Service came up with the bright idea of making customized "My Hometown" songs for local radio stations. The musical format for each town is basically the same with local attractions plugged into the lyrics.
"The Red Sox and Celtics have both brought Boston fame.
Drive on in on Route Number Nine, you'll be glad you came."
Terry Lee Jenkins seems to have done all the vocals, and I swear to god the band could be our own Hula Monsters, but these ditties were produced long before their time. Thanks to Youtube you can hear the ones made for PAMS Birmingham, WCAO Baltimore, WPLO Atlanta, KXOL Fort Worth, Chattanooga, and WCOP Boston.
Sadly Washington's version seems to be lost in the mists of time. I contacted WWDC, but had no luck with their archives. Please let us know if you have the digital or the vinyl. Otherwise we'll have to make up our own words....