1964. Late at night, transistor radio under the sheets, tuned in to WLS Chicago. This is what I remember hearing: the Honeycombs (featuring drummer Honey Lantree) performing “Have I the Right?”

UPDATE: A commenter here and someone on Twitter are wondering how a cracker like me was listening to WLS. It’s one of those megawatt “clear-channel” stations (not to be confused with the conglomerate by the same name) whose night-time signal is protected from interference. So where I was living in LaGrange, Georgia in the early 1960s, we could pick up WLS at night a lot more easily than the Atlanta pop stations. And I suspect that was true for a lot of folk living far from Chicago.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.