The Lost 45s

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The Lost 45s with Barry Scott is an American classic hits retro music radio and interview program. It focuses on Top 40 hits from the 1970s and 1980s.


The show has been on the air since 1981 starting at Emerson College, then at a series of Boston radio stations: WZLX, WBOS, Mix 98.5, 93.7 WEGQ, WODS Oldies 103.3 and WROR. It entered national syndication in 1993 and has been heard on the Internet at the website since 1999.[1][2][3][4]

Scott has stated that his ultimate goal is to keep these songs and artists alive in an era of tight playlists. The Lost 45s claims to be America's largest music & interview library from the '70s and '80s.

Scott has written a book, We Had Joy, We Had Fun (ISBN 057119835X), released a CD series based on his program internationally and has appeared as a music expert and historian on VH-1's "Behind The Music," CNN and The Howard Stern Show. He has interviewed over 900 recording artists from the period.

Segments on The Lost 45s with Barry Scott[edit]

  • Lost 45 Conversations: Scott has interviewed over 900 pop stars from late 60s through the 80s, who tell their stories behind the songs.
  • Lost 45 Yearbook: Scott plays 5 songs that hit the Billboard Hot 100 from a certain year each week.
  • Rarities: Thousands of demos and rare versions of songs, some provided by the artists themselves. Includes lower charting 'shuddabeen' hits as requested often by listeners.
  • Lost Headlines: A look back at news stories from the late 60s through the 80s
  • TV Moments: Scott plays snippets of TV shows from the late 60s through the 80s
  • Movie Moments: Scott plays snippets of Movie from late 60s through the 80s
  • Lost 45 Box Set: Scott plays a group of themed based songs
  • Schoolhouse Rock Lessons: One "Schoolhouse Rock" segment is presented.

Current and former stations that have carried the show in syndication[edit]


  1. ^ Dean Johnson, "'Lost 45s' finds new life and new audience on Web", The Boston Herald, February 16, 2001  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  2. ^ "Listeners Find a Favorite in 'Lost 45s'", The Boston Globe, September 2, 2004  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  3. ^ Clea Simon, "He's at a loss over his `Lost 45s' success", The Boston Globe, October 19, 2007  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  4. ^ Gary Trust, "'The Lost 45s' Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Exclusive Interview with DJ Barry Scott", Billboard, March 8, 2011.

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