John Gilliland

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John Sanford Gilliland, Jr. (October 18, 1935 – July 27, 1998) spoke on the radio.  He made the Pop Chronicles music documentary, which told the story of popular music in America.  He was an original member of The Credibility Gap comedy group. He was born and died in  Quanah, Texas. He worked for radio stations in Texas and California including KOGO in San Diego (1961–1965), KRLA 1110 in Los Angeles (1965–1970), and KSFO (AM) in San Francisco (1971–1978).

Gilliland worked on his radio documentary, The Pop Chronicles, for over two years before it was first broadcast.[1] It covered popular music of the 1950s and 1960s. In 1969, KRLA 1110 and many other stations broadcast this show,[2][3] which can now be heard online.[4]

At KSFO in San Francisco, he also produced and broadcast, beginning in 1972,[2] The Pop Chronicles 40’s, about the popular music of the 1940s.[5][6]

He edited and in 1994 published Pop Chronicles: the 40's as a four-cassette audiobook,[7][8] which was rereleased later as The Big Band Chronicles.[9][10] During his retirement he worked for KREB in Houston and KXIC in Quanah. He died in 1998. In 2003, Gilliland's sister donated the Pop Chronicles tapes to the University of North Texas Music Library.  They form The John Gilliland Collection.[11]

Recordings[change | change source]

  • 1968: An Album of Political Pornography, with Lew Irwin and The Credibility Gap (Blue Thumb)[12]
  • 1994: Pop Chronicles the 40's: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40's (Mind's Eye) ISBN 978-1-55935-147-8. OCLC 31611854.[7]

Sources[change | change source]

  1. Hopkins, Jerry (October 4, 1969). "'Pop Chronicles' Chronicle Pop". Rolling Stone (43). p. 34.  More than one of |author-link= and |authorlink= specified (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 MacKenzie, Bob (1972-10-29). "Radio Returns to the '40s" (PDF). Oakland Tribune. 
  3. "Pop chronicles. 36 (RU 11-1 [Sept. 1970]) [WorldCat.org]". [WorldCat.org]<!. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  4. Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 1" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. 
  5. "John Gilliland - Pop Chronicles: The Forties". Bay Area Radio Museum. November 5, 1972. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  6. "Where was 'Radio Waves'?". Radio-info.com. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Gilliland, John (1994). Pop Chronicles the 40s: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40s (audiobook). ISBN 978-1-55935-147-8. OCLC 31611854. 
  8. "Pop chronicles [WorldCat.org]". Worldcat.org. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  9. Ruhlmann, William. "((( The Big Band Chronicles > Overview )))". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  10. "The big band chronicles (Audiobook on tape, 1997)". [WorldCat.org]. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  11. "ARSC Conference 2008 - Session Abstracts" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  12. "Magic of JuJu: Political Porno". Magicofjuju.blogspot.com. 2006-12-21. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 

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