Does Anybody Remember NY DJ Tom Clay?

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  1. QuestionMark?

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    I came across an acetate of Peek-A-Boo by The Cadillacs not too long ago and his name was written on the label so I searched it. Quite an interesting guy! Got to interview the Beatles. Any stories?

    Tom Clay - Wikipedia
     
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  2. QuestionMark?

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    I guess I should have referred to him as Detroit DJ Tom Clay.

     
  3. doublenaught

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    I had the 45 in 1971.

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  4. qwerty

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    What The World Needs Now was played on the radio in Melbourne. The song gets a bit sentimental in parts.
    At one stage I had a copy of the single, but it disappeared mysteriously, I can't see anyone who shared my house at the time being interested in it.
     
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  5. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

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    I have the promo 45 of "What The World Needs Now" and his full album on MoWest, but I never took the time to search out who he was. Of course, I also never researched any of the "other" DJ voices who were featured on I don't know how many of those goofy "break-in" records, that I used to listen to around that same time of my youthful life, as Tom Clay's record.
     
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  6. pbuzby

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    I think my aunt had that MoWest 45. I don't like the piece much but it's a great label.
     
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  7. thematinggame

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    Here in Germany the album was a bargain bin staple - I think I bought my copy for less than 1 Deutschmark - I still have the album and quite like it , but for some reason I didn't keep the cover and made one of my own (with a cutout of a kneeling Tom , probably from the back cover)

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    yes this is the picture I cut out and pasted on a brown cardboard sleeve (either the front cover was damaged or I didn't like the children's drawing back then, can't remember )
     
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  8. The Wanderer

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    Received some NYC airplay too
     
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  9. QuestionMark?

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    Does anyone remember Guy King, Tom Clay's on air personality in Detroit, Buffalo, NYC & L A??
     
  10. ShockControl

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    I seem to remember it getting pretty substantial airplay, albeit for a very brief period.
     
  11. pbuzby

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    Reached #8 Billboard in 1971.
     
  12. john hp

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    Played at the beginning of every hour on the UK offshore Radio Caroline for a while in the 70s.
     
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  13. Dhreview16

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    Trivia/party question:
    Q What was the longest 45rpm single released on Motown before the Temptations classic Papa Was A Rolling Stone in 1972 ?
    A Tom Clay's What the World.../Abraham Martin and John (post#3).
     
  14. QuestionMark?

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    I remember the song, but does anyone remember the man, Tom Clay (Guy King), as a radio personality?
     
  15. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

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    After a little digging, it appears that WWOL in Buffalo had at least two different radio personalities use the on-air name of "Guy King". The first was Tom Clay, circa 1955 and then later by Dick Purtan, who ended up in Detroit and who I'm familiar with, thanks to a friend of mine telling me about him years ago. (Note: Tom has passed and Dick Purtan is now retired). I can't find a radio air-check for either of them as "Guy King" online, but I did find this interesting little tidbit about Tom Clay's version of Guy King ...

    Buffalo in the 50’s: WWOL’s Guy King arrested hanging out on a billboard – Buffalo Stories Archives & Blog
     
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  16. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

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    By the way, to add to my post above, if you spin ahead to around the :49 second mark of the following video, you'll hear the radio call "bit" that my friend told me about, which instantly made me a fan of Dick Purtan, on Detroit Radio ...

     
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  17. QuestionMark?

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    funny, thanks!:righton:
     

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