When I saw that today’s prompt was “when,” I immediately thought of WHEN, AM 620 in Syracuse, New York. Their primary claim to fame is that they set the Emergency Broadcast System test script to music. The FCC was not happy about it.
That jingle was evidently produced by Jerry Moss, the “M” in A&M Records. The “A,” of course, is Herb Alpert.
WHEN is now part of iHeartMedia playing urban contemporary music (i.e. rap and hip-hop). A fan put together a tribute page to remember what WHEN used to sound like. Although there’s no music there. But I would guess that in the late Sixties they played this, which starts with the word “when.”
That of course was from Hair, a/k/a “The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.”
And that makes me think of Hairspray, which was originally a movie starring Divine, then it was turned into a musical, then a movie of the musical starring Nikki Blonsky and John Travolta as her mother.
The same thing happened to The Producers, originally a movie starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, then a musical with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, which was then made into a movie starring Lane, Broderick, and Will Ferrell.
And that… never mind, I’d better stop there…
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