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The Pop Chronicles
Home stationKRLA
SyndicatesArmed Forces Radio
CreatorsJohn Gilliland
ProducersChester Coleman
Narrated byJohn Gilliland, Sie Holliday, Thom Beck
Air dates1969 to c1971
No. of episodes55
Other themesThe Chronicles of Pop by Len Chandler
WebsiteThe John Gilliland Collection

The Pop Chronicles were two radio documentaries. They told the story of music that was popular in America in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.[1] John Gilliland made both documentaries.

The Pop Chronicles of the 1950s and 1960s

Los Angeles Radio station KRLA 1110 broadcast the first Pop Chronicles documentary in 1969.[2] Dick LaPalm, Lew Irwin, Harry Shearer, Mike Masterson, and Richard Perry interviewed famous musicians.[3] Len Chandler wrote and sang the theme song “The Chronicles of Pop” .[4] The engineer and associate producer was Chester Coleman.[5][6]

Other radio stations also broadcast the Pop Chronicles,[5][7] including American Forces Network.[8]

Pop Chronicles the 1940s

Pop Chronicles the 40s
Home stationKSFO
CreatorsJohn Gilliland
Narrated byJohn Gilliland
Air dates1972 to 1976
No. of episodes24

San Francisco radio station KSFO broadcast the "Pop Chronicles of the 1940s" in 1972 and 1976.[9] The American Forces Network also broadcast this show.[10] In 1994, Gilliland released a shorter version on audio cassette. The title of this audiobook was Pop Chronicles the 40s: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40s.[11] The audiobook was also called The Big Band Chronicles.[12][13]

After his death, Gilliand's sister donated the "Pop Chronicles" tapes to the University of North Texas Music Library. They form The John Gilliland Collection.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "ARSC Conference 2008 - Session Abstracts" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-07-13.
  2. "CLASSIC DJ & RADIO SCRAPBOOK: KRLA POP CHRONICLES Program, 1969 (1 of 2)". Retrieved 2009-07-13.
  3. "Index to Interviews — University of North Texas Libraries". 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2009-04-16.
  4. "Index to "Pop Chronicles" — University of North Texas Libraries". 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2009-04-16.
  5. 5.0 5.1 *Hopkins, Jerry (October 4, 1969), "'Pop Chronicles' Chronicle Pop", Rolling Stone (43): 34
  6. "CLASSIC DJ & RADIO SCRAPBOOK: KRLA POP CHRONICLES Program, 1969 (2 of 2)". Retrieved 2009-07-13.
  8. Gilliland, John (2008-08-18). "Pop chronicles. 36 (RU 11-1 [Sept. 1970]) []". []. Retrieved 2009-04-16.
  9. "John Gilliland - Pop Chronicles: The Forties". Retrieved 2009-04-16.
  10. Gilliland, John (2008-08-18). "Pop chronicles of the 40s. 1 (RU 14-76 [Apr. 1976]) []". []. Retrieved 2009-04-16.
  11. Gilliland, John (2008-08-18). "Pop chronicles". Retrieved 2009-04-16.
  12. Pop Chronicles at Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-03
  13. "The big band chronicles". Retrieved 2009-08-03.