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 Posted:   Mar 3, 2014 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

1) I worked in a factory in the 70's where they pumped in Muzak during the entire shift. During Xmas I heard 2 renditions of "Frosty The Snowman" 4 to 5 times a night for 2 months. Painful.

2) The gold standard of all elevator music is "The Girl From Ipanema" smile

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2014 - 7:36 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

The charming relaxation of such music after a hard day's work is like putting your tired feet into a nice cold bucket of water . Paradise.

 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2014 - 8:58 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

The charming relaxation of such music after a hard day's work is like putting your tired feet into a nice cold bucket of water .

LOL! I couldn't have said it better myself.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2014 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

What about dentist office music, I never somehow forget the music that is being played in the background while I sat in a dentist's office. A rendition of somewhere my love and[not kidding] higher and higher as the Novocain needle goes in [ha-ha]

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2014 - 8:35 AM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

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 Posted:   Mar 4, 2014 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

You wanna know who took the concept in the "rightest" direction?

Brian Eno.

"Discreet Music" and "Music For Airports" became a part of my musical diet more than 30 years ago (!) and they still are.

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2014 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

What about dentist office music, I never somehow forget the music that is being played in the background while I sat in a dentist's office. A rendition of somewhere my love and[not kidding] higher and higher as the Novocain needle goes in [ha-ha]

I take it that AC/DC's "Highway To Hell" would not be your first choice for a root canal. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2014 - 2:02 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

I take it that AC/DC's "Highway To Hell" would not be your first choice for a root canal. smile


Hmm. Root canal?
I think a little Motorhead would do the trick.
big grin

 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 5:59 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

Not elevator, but restaurant music...

As mentioned somewhere above, restaurants these days may play loud, raucous or fast music as opposed to the quiter stuff used years ago. Conversely to how music is/was used in elevators and Doctor's offices to calm and relax peolpe, fast music in a restaurant is used to make people eat faster and spend less time relaxing during their meal, which in a very popular restaurants promotes faster table turnover allowing them to make more money by serving more people.

One example I find of this today is my local Mexican food restaurant. It's the most popular restaurant in my little town and always has a long line waiting to get in. They play the fastest salsa/latin music you can imagine non-stop and the continual fast pace does it's job of getting people in and out as quickly as possible. I love to sit there and take my time just to counter that and sure enough people come and go at the tables around me during my time there.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2014 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Back in the day these formats would often put in with the mix not only nice vocals from crooners but guys like PERCY FAITH, STANLEY BLACK.ROGER WILLIAMS, ANDRE KOSTALANTZ[SPELLING] ENOCH LIGHT[GREAT ONE] ETC ETC.Matter of fact since this thread is going along I think on it in memory I will list many of the film themes[good versions as well] that did pop up on these stations like[WPAT IN New York-] Question- does someone remember what was the code letters for that other station in the New York area that played easy listening music-the phase was - lake success.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2014 - 9:47 AM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

Not elevator, but restaurant music...

As mentioned somewhere above, restaurants these days may play loud, raucous or fast music as opposed to the quiter stuff used years ago. Conversely to how music is/was used in elevators and Doctor's offices to calm and relax peolpe, fast music in a restaurant is used to make people eat faster and spend less time relaxing during their meal, which in a very popular restaurants promotes faster table turnover allowing them to make more money by serving more people.

One example I find of this today is my local Mexican food restaurant. It's the most popular restaurant in my little town and always has a long line waiting to get in. They play the fastest salsa/latin music you can imagine non-stop and the continual fast pace does it's job of getting people in and out as quickly as possible. I love to sit there and take my time just to counter that and sure enough people come and go at the tables around me during my time there.


You are exactly right. The other effect is that people must speak louder to overcome the music and the effect escalates with the number people in the restaurant. It's not conducive to having stimulating dinner conversation and people eat quickly to escape the din. I have a db measurement app on my iPhone, and the continuous level at many of these places easily exceeds 90 db. I worry about the workers suffering hearing loss. As I get older I find myself avoiding these places.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2014 - 10:48 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

It's not conducive to having stimulating dinner conversation and people eat quickly to escape the din. I have a db measurement app on my iPhone, and the continuous level at many of these places easily exceeds 90 db. I worry about the workers suffering hearing loss. As I get older I find myself avoiding these places.


This could have come from my keyboard.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2014 - 6:41 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

One must first understand like any format different stations have various ways of handling such a format. Some of these stations would only play instrumentals . Some would play mostly instrumentals but throw in a few vocal ballads every hour. Then there were some stations who would have more diverse product they would have plenty of tracks from film scores broadway plays, pop etc etc.The thing I found nice about those stations of old is in the mix of those instrumental versions of top 40 pop hits or instrumental versions of old time hit parade songs played by THE LIVING DEAD ORCHESTRA[joking there] were these other diverse obscure items that were ignored back then on radio, by all the other stations. For instance a lot of the top 40 rock oriented stations often were not really taking all the top 40 hits and playing them on a equal basis. They were catering to a youth oriented crowd so they would play a billly joel. Elton john, beatles top 40 hit 500 times before they would play a Perry Como top 10 hit from 1973 or the theme from the THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY-66. A TYPICAL ROCK ORIENTED STATION would play MRS ROBINSON a thousand times over the years but wouldn't bother to play A DANGLING CONVERSATION[A VERY NICE BALLAD] by SIMON AND GARFUNKEL. So a lot of good music. hits or not got exposed on these stations and barely no where else back then, more to come.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2014 - 7:31 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I will along the way mention what these stations did to add to my enjoyment a variety of music that top 40 stations often ignored. RYAN'S DAUGHTER-This lovely theme was played often through the years. I think hearing it on these stations when I was a kid lead me to further investigate the soundtrack. A tradition which I will never forget was WPAT playing on Saturday morning the beautiful song COME SATURDAY MORNING FROM THE STERILE CUCKOO BY FRED KARLIN.My those were warm memories of youth. Those lyrics just hit the right mental chords and one could , for sure relate to it like a hand in glove. Of course anytime of the week playing that song would be nice. For sure on a Friday night, Anticipation, NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRIA-71- Richard Rodney Bennett's beautiful theme from the film was played often, as well as the nice vocal version at times by Mr. Humperdinck- more to come

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 9, 2014 - 7:01 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

There is no question early on hearing many nice film themes on these type radio stations help lead the way for my interest in film scores. While compilation film themes were a early influence, hearing the music on these stations that were not played on the other radio stations at the time made me search further. As I mentioned in New York it was WPAT, Another station in New York was WVNJ[LAKE SUCCESS] a station I am sure many successful people listened to. The number of film music themes that came from these stations were very large mixed in with the 100th instrumental version of Yesterday or Stardust and a crooner vocal. There was PAPILLION'S [FREE AS THE WIND] GOLDSMITH, vocal and instrumental versions.SERPICO[THEDORAKIS]-BEYOND TOMORROW- MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS- BARRY-,all standards on these stations.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2014 - 7:37 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

A bunch of the popular film composers of the day got a lot of their compositions played on these easy listening stations such as MICHEL LEGRAND- The following films-UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOUGH,THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR,HOW TO SAVE A MARRIAGE AND RUIN YOUR LIFE,THE HAPPY ENDING,THE PICASSO SUMMER,PIECES OF DREAMS,THE MAGIC GARDEN OF STANLEY SWEETHEART, THE GO BETWEEN,SUMMER OF 42,BRIAN'S SONG,LADY SINGS THE BLUES,later years, BEST FRIENDS, YENTL ETC.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2014 - 7:38 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

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 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 6:55 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Then there was FRANCIS LAI whose music was a friend to easy listening stations of the past.A MAN AND A WOMAN-THE BOBO-LIVE FOR LIFE,RIDER IN THE RAIN,LOVE STORY,AND NOW MY LOVE,BILITIS,ETC ETC

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 6:27 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

HENRY MANCINI AND EASY LISTENING STATIONS, went together like hand and glove back in the 60's 70's and 80's. Probably, nearly 50% of his film's, 60 through 70] got exposed on those stations,like,BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, HATARI,DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES,THE PINK PANTHER,CHARADE,A SHOT IN THE DARK,DEAR HEART,THE GREAT RACE,MOMENT TO MOMENT,WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR DADDY,TWO FOR THE ROAD,GAILY GAILY,SUNFLOWER,DARLING LILI,THE MOLLY MAGURES, etc etc

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 12, 2014 - 7:48 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

JOHN BARRY was another film composer who got a lot of his music exposed on these stations. Just about all his JAMES BOND theme songs in some variations were played. then there was, -BORN FREE,LION IN WINTER,MIDNIGHT COWBOY,WALKABOUT,MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS,KING KONG, THE GIRL IN THE RED VELVET SWING,SOMEWHERE IN TIME, OUT OF AFRICA ETC ETC

 
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