Heading out to skate this afternoon, I looked at the clock and wondered: Do they still play the same couple of songs about this time on a Friday? So I flipped on the radio, and sure enough.
At roughly 12:40 p.m. every Friday, the folks at WAPL — “Wisconsin’s rock station for 30 years” — salute couples getting married or celebrating anniversaries. The DJ reads the list over the theme to “The Dating Game,” which those of us who are older than dirt will remember.
And then they play this classic song by a much-loved Milwaukee blues band. That’s Jim Liban on harmonica.
Man, I sure did mess up my life
The day I made my girlfriend my wife
I realize I made a mistake
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I made a mistake
I made the mistake of my life
The day I made my girlfriend my wife.
“I Made A Mistake,” Short Stuff, from “Short Stuff,” 1976. It’s out of print. There’s one on eBay for $200, though.
My friend Mike enjoys this tune. His wife Lori is not amused.