Ape Call

It was 1956. I had a 6-hour split shift on KFDA radio in Amarillo (3-6 and 9-midnite).  Randy Wood had a record shop in Tennessee and his DOT records became one of the favorites of DJs. The quality was topnotch. One of his releases was Nervous Norvus, “Ape Call”. I just  checked youtube and the one being played there doesn’t seem to be the one I recall, but I certainly recall having Amarillo “go Ape” by turning up the volume each time I played it. The Sheriff sent a deputy to have me ‘cease-and-desist’. It seems people were being disturbed from sound sleep when teens turned up their car radios to full volume with the “Tarzan” yell. The other time the law visited our studios was the day that Bill Harkins and I held a contest for parakeet owners to call the station with a challenge to our parakeet, “Wilbur”. We had no parakeet. Wilbur was the result of recording phrases at slow speed on an Ampex and then playing it back at normal speed. The same effect you got when Alvin and the Chipmunks did their Christmas ditty. It seems the six exchanges were overloaded and jammed. No one could use their phone. Another visit from the ‘law’.  I wonder if that made the papers?  It would be nice to have some sort of proof of my memory, but nevertheless, I did and it did and that’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates.  AMEN

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