When I was a kid, back in 1986, my sister and I had a collection of four cassette tapes from McDonald’s. They were called “Rockin’ Gold”, and even though they were just a collection of top 40 oldies hits, they had a huge impact on me. I listened to them over and over and over and over and over again. They were the soundtrack to my childhood summers.
I forgot about the tapes until about five years ago, when I heard Chad & Jeremy’s “A Summer Song” on the radio. That song was on the McDonald’s collection! I was suddenly overcome with the need to track down all four original tapes. I didn’t need the actual cassettes, but I wanted to find the playlists so I could recreate them.
The task was harder than I thought it would be; I couldn’t remember the actual name of the collection, and I couldn’t remember the name of the individual tapes. I just recalled keywords like “golden” and “classics” and “summer” and “McDonald’s”, and if you type those words into Google, you get all kinds of stuff that you can’t dance to.
Eventually I stumbled upon two of the tapes on this site, but I still couldn’t find the other two in the series. I asked for help from the listeners of the TBTL podcast, and they helped me track down the playlist for a third cassette.
One awesome Canadian had the great idea of searching the U.S. Copyright Office, which confirmed that there is a fourth tape: “Rockin’ Classics.” I haven’t found the playlist for that one yet, but at least I know it’s out there.
So, we’ve now accounted for three tapes in the “Rockin’ Gold” collection, and I spent this weekend downloading the songs and putting them in the order that God intended them to be played in (or at least the order that Ronald McDonald intended them to be played in.) And now I’m that much closer to reliving my childhood.
These tapes, I’m sure, will have little resonance with you — just a collection of Golden Oldies you’ve heard a million times. But if you want to pretend you’re a chubby, 10-year-old Andrew Walsh, download the tapes below, put them on your iPod in the right order, and go outside and play.
I think this is going to be an awesome summer.
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1/ Surfin’ Safari / The Beach Boys
2/ One Fine Day / The Chiffons
3/ A Summer Song / Chad and Jeremy
4/ The Wanderer / Dion
5/ Summer In The City / The Lovin’ Spoonful
6/ Remember (Walking In The Sand) / Shangri-Las
7/ Rhythm Of The Rain / The Cascades
8/ Summertime, Summertime / The Jamies
1/ (You’re My) Soul and Inspiration / The Righteous Brothers
2/ Baby I’m Yours / Barbara Lewis
3/ Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow / The Shirelles
4/ Sea Of Love / Phil Phillips
5/ Cherish / The Association
6/ Blue Velvet / Bobby Vinton
7/ To Know Him Is To Love Him / The Teddy Bears
8/ There’s A Moon Out Tonight / The Capris
1/ Let’s Twist Again / Chubby Checker
2/ Shout / Joey Dee & The Star Liters
3/ Ally Oop / Hollywood Argyles
4/ Sea Cruise / Frankie Ford
5/ Soul Man / Sam & Dave
6/ Twist & Shout / Isley Brothers
7/ Kansas City / Wilbert Harrison
8/ Come Go With Me / The Del-Vikings
If you have issues downloading this, let me know.