American Jukebox™

May 23, 2020 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

With Garrett Stack

AFVN: The GI's Companion


For ten years, the Armed Forces Vietnam Network (AFVN) radio served as a lifeline to "home" for the millions who served in Vietnam and southeast Asia.

Americans in Vietnam between 1963 and 1973, without a doubt listened to the programs on AFVN, Armed Forces Vietnam Network. They were a big deal. There was no internet or email. The best way to connect with "home" was with the stateside vibe coming from the radio: news, information, "commercials" that were actually PSA's geared toward the troops, and most of all the music. Pop, rock, soul, folk and country all held their own on the programs heard on AFVN.

AFVN was staffed by military personnel with few exceptions. Your "job" in Vietnam just may have been as a broadcaster on one of the shifts coming from the radio 24/7. The 1987 film, Good Morning Vietnam starring Robin Williams, made one such broadcaster, Adrian Cronauer, famous. What you probably don't know is that for his two year stint in the Army, Wheel of Fortune's Pat Sajak did the Dawn Buster show with the famous opener GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING VIETNAM starting at 06:00 each day.

This edition of American Jukebox features the actual air checks of the voices of AFVN, and with careful editing, weaves the music into the soundtrack for a robust hi-def sound. The air checks came from the collection of Marine Sergeant Harry Simons, a prominent AFVN DJ who did two rock 'n' roll shifts a day - morning and night. The tapes also hold several other voices and programs. Town and Country, for the country and western leaning GI's and Chris Noel's A Date With Chris are also featured in the program. In 2015, WEBY in Pensacola, FL put a 10-hour special together master-minded by WEBY's Mike Bates and Harry Simons, USMC Retired. Portions of that 2015 broadcast have been used to create this two-hour special edition of American Jukebox. Without these men, all this history would be lost.

If you're a Vietnam Vet you'll be turned back to another time and place. For those of us who weren't in Vietnam, this is the "taste of home" that we were used to and they longed for. The program is dedicated to the 3.4 million Americans who served in Vietnam and to the memory of more than 58,000 who died there.

American Jukebox™
4:01 PM
The M.G.'s Green Onions (Remastered)
100 Hits of the 60's Carter Lane - OMiP GBQRF1237151
4:04 PM
Martha and the Vandellas Nowhere To Run
4:07 PM
The Grass Roots Where Were You When I Needed You
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of The Grass Roots GEFFEN USMC16755312
4:10 PM
Jay & The Americans This Magic Moment
Come A Little Bit Closer Capitol Records USEM39000180
4:13 PM
Desmond Dekker and The Aces Isralelites
Reggae Gold 2013 VP Records USVPR1200223
4:16 PM
The Beatles Get Back - Remastered 2009
The Beatles 1967 - 1970 (Remastered) Universal Music GBAYE0900598
4:20 PM
Clarence Carter Slip Away
Almost Famous (Music From The Motion Picture) Universal Music USAT20003364
4:23 PM
The Doors Touch Me ( LP Version )
The Soft Parade Rhino/Elektra USEE19900756
4:26 PM
Bill Deal May I
Best Of Bill Deal & The Rhondells Heritage Records USCGH0561328
4:29 PM
The Mamas & The Papas I Saw Her Again
Best Of The Mamas & The Papas - Superstar Series Strategic Marketing USMC16946374
4:32 PM
The Supremes The Composer
The Best Of Diana Ross & The Supremes Anthology Motown
4:35 PM
Jose Feliciano Marley Purt Drive
The Definite Best RCA/Legacy USRC16908323
4:40 PM
Sonny Charles And The Checkmates Ltd Black Pearl
Love Is All We Have To Give Universal Music Ireland Ltd. USAM10400248
4:44 PM
Andy Kim Shoot 'Em Up Baby Andy Kim/Jeff Barry
4:50 PM
Petula Clark Don't Give Up
The Ultimate Petula Clark BMG Heritage FRZ196801630
4:54 PM
The Doors Hello, I Love You
Waiting For The Sun Rhino USEE19900744
4:57 PM
SSgt. Barry Sadler The Ballad Of The Green Berets
Nipper's Greatest Hits 60's Vol. 2 RCA Records Label USRC19901095
5:03 PM
Merle Haggard It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)
The Very Best of, Vol. 1 Sony ATV USATV0500435
5:08 PM
Conway Twitty Hello Darlin'
The Ultimate Classic Country Collection StarPointe Records USMC16946870
5:10 PM
Tanya Tucker Delta Dawn
16 Biggest Hits Columbia/Legacy USSM17200240
5:13 PM
Bobby Bare Detroit City
Jukebox Hits, Vol. 8 2011 Classic Records USESK1334622
5:16 PM
Buck Owens Cryin' Time
Act Naturally, Vol. 3 Country Music Group USESK1317619
5:19 PM
Hank Locklin Dear Ole Ryman T. Howard
single 45 RCA Records Label
5:22 PM
Johnny Cash Oney
Life Columbia/Legacy USSM19902151
5:27 PM
Peter, Paul And Mary Leaving On A Jet Plane
The Best Of Peter, Paul And Mary: Ten Years Together Elektra Records USWB16900037
5:32 PM
Dionne Warwick Promises, Promises
Promises, Promises (US Release) Rhino USWSP0000138
5:35 PM
Johnny Rivers Poor Side Of Town
Secret Agent Man: The Ultimate Johnny Rivers Anthology 1964-2006 Shout Factory
5:38 PM
Johnny Nash Hold Me Tight
The Reggae Collection Epic/Legacy GBBBN0009422
5:41 PM
Magic Lanterns Shame Shame Colley/Henderson
Magic Lanterns, Shame Shame: The Complete Recordings Cloud 9 Music NLB126800123
5:44 PM
The New Christy Minstrels Reach Out (I'll Be There)
On Tour Through Motortown Columbia/Legacy USSM11801338
5:48 PM
Gene Chandler & Barbara Acklin From The Teacher To The Preacher
The Brunswick Years Vol. 1 Brunswick Records USBWC0110067
5:51 PM
Neil Diamond Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
The Very Best Of Sony Legacy USMC16946624
5:55 PM
Frank Sinatra Cycles
Cycles Universal Music USRH10801023
5:58 PM
Mason Williams Greensleeves traditional
Classical Gas Warner Brothers