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“Big Bill Hill” 1967 – Oak Park’s Finest

May 8th, 2008 · 4 Comments

This is a great find for your listening enjoyment…

I way overslept on this blog, “Stepfather of Soul”.  A friend of mine put me up on this one, and I think you should take a leap as well.  If you do, check out this great show from “Big Bill Hill” off of Oak Park’s WOPA in 1967.

This show is primo R&B, Stax, and blues from the late ’60, which is the last of the golden era of the blues.  Check out the show from this post here.

WOPA had a wide range of time-brokered programming.  What’s cool is to not only listen to Hill’s “Shopping Bag Show” show, which throws me back to the images of copping brown bags from the Jewel on North Ave., but also to hear Hill’s self-created ads that promote Cattletown Meats on West Roosevelt and a future local battle of the blues featuring Little Milton, Bobby Rush, Otis Rush (incorrectly touted as Bobby’s little brother), Howlin’ Wolf, and Shakey Jake.

This blog‘s info is hot and greased as a spiced pork-chop.  Get a bite, and do the “Sock-It-To-Me Boogaloo”


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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bill tipping // Mar 30, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    I used to listen in the 60`s and 70`s tp Big Bill sitting down in the basement on his beat up old orange crate. This was where I learned about the blues. What a great show. Grew up on the south side of Chicago, 70th and Ashland.

  • 2 Michael // Jul 15, 2009 at 1:04 am

    I thought that I was the last one left that remembered “The Big Bil Hill Show” I grew up on the West Side of Chicago first the Henry Horner homes off Damen Avenue and Lake Street then Polk and Congress. We finally relocated to the Western Suburb Maywood. The show in the Basement was so great because when we finally moved in to a home I reaqlly could relate to the shows concept now Crate was too funny but the fold up card tables…When Don who was also a former Chicago police officer and radio disc jockey created and produced “The Sooouuul Train Show” I still trip and smile when thinking of the opening sceen of the show with a real train coming down the tracks.
    And let’s not forget W.L. Lillard who was also first a police officer His show was great as well but man now all these names come to mind Purvis Spann “The Blues Man” “The Real Steel” Richard Steel,My Girl Bernadine C. Washington

    If you didn’t listen to WVON back in the day not only Great music but the benchmark for true Urban Radio today with our perspective or the news and the talk shows…thanks as Minnie would “Walk down memory Lane”

  • 3 Brewster Fine // Sep 28, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Friday nites were ritual for a our bust-out group of NU and U of C freaks.

    Ads were the best part . . . Bobby Hicks “You’ll Do Well to See Dell’s (furniture), Don’s Cedar Club, Cam (sic?) Auto Sales, Fit-Rite Plastic Furniture Covers. In-friggin’-delible!

    In point of fact, we plasticized one doctoral candidates apartment while he was away on sabbatical.

  • 4 Linda // Feb 11, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Just watched VH1 classic Soul Train episode. I was born in ’54 south side, grew up in wonder bread Cal City, and had to watch Big Bill Hill Fridays in my room…I still dance for fun to live music here in South Carolina, and last week a couple came up to me and a friend who I dance with, a native-islander, and asked if we were instructors…I said no, but I used to watch Big Bill Hill, and later Soul Train after school, and I still got it with me to this day! Thanks for the memories. Looking forward to new website!

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