Gonna Be a Hooker on Bleecker Street

Cut my teeth, so to speak, on top 40 radio from the Dakotas and Minnesota in the ’60s and early ’70s , but, on moonlit nights in my teens, Saturday nights especially, we’d pull in these incredibly high-powered AM stations, like WLS from Chicago, KOMA from Oklahoma City, and a show called “Beaker Street” from KAAY in Little Rock, Arkansas.  You know, where sweet, sweet Connie did her act?  Yeah, there.

They’d always play a song by a Little Rock band called Deepwater Reunion, about an addicted young woman from NYC, by folk singer Tom Paxton, where the girl ended up “a hooker on Bleecker Street.”  I think it was the whole Beaker Street show/Bleecker Street in the song tie-in, the whole space age feeling of pulling in a radio station from what seemed like forever away from us (but we could have driven there in a long day’s drive), and the intriguing/scary lyrics of this song that made it a favorite of KAAY and of me.

Deepwater Reunion Cindy’s Cryin’:

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5 Responses to Gonna Be a Hooker on Bleecker Street

  1. whiteladyinthehood says:

    I grew up north of the Rock (on the Arkansas river). I remember Beaker Street and the famed Connie of the Grand Funk Railroad song!

    • I suppose those days weren’t so innocent, but they seemed a lot simpler, didn’t they? Just living for Saturday nights and the top 40, and then getting our minds blown by a whole other set of music. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. R Williams says:

    Couldn’t always get KAAY but fell asleep many nights with my transistor under my pillow listening to “Big Fat Chuck Dan on KOMA in OKLAHOMA!!”
    Life came to a stop on Saturday afternoon so we could listen to the only daytime rock we could get in SE South Dakota. KLOH in Pipestone, MN ran “America’s Top Foooerteee” with Casey Kasem

    • Yup, KLOH was the one for us here too. Not sure if I could get KAAY any other time than Saturday nights. Either there was less local clutter then or they turned up their power late at night.

  3. Larry Crist says:

    This is a great find! I grew up in south Louisiana and listened to KAAY after 6:PM when the local stations went off the air and we could pick up the signal. One particular song from that era has stayed with me, but since I only knew the lines “XXXX was a hooker on Bleecker Street” (I thought her name was Sally) I have been unable to determine what the song was until tonight! Thanks for solving this long time mystery for me. Another south Louisiana friend use to take political bumper stickers and cut out the letters KAAY and then paste them on our parent’s cars. We were the only people we knew with KAAY bumper stickers in south Louisiana in the early 1960s. Thanks, again

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