Late afternoon, the record-breaking paid attendance of 36,943 gathers at the CAL EXPO Racetrack.
Shown about a minute after the finale, an ocean of spectactors overflows onto the race track.
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. . . Because tonight is the Fourth of July, and every American is a Winner! . . .
[Description by Uncle Ricky]
Of the ten July 4th Pyromusical Spectaculars I wrote and directed between 1982 and 1992, the KROY Sacramento 1983 July 4th Pyromusical Spectacular was my favorite.
Subtitled "A July 4th Fantasy", it chronicled the adventures of Captain Science and Billy on their light flight for freedom, seeking a place of freedom and justice.
This was before the Internet, remember, so our heroes consulted the Oracle of Truth, (of course!) She gives them some rhyming advice:
"Look to the sky, and travel with light,
on through the skywheel, and past colors bright.
Beware the Time Warp! Your answer will be
in the home of the brave, and the land of the free.
It was all an excuse, of course, to light the evening sky with lasers and an awe-inspiring
fireworks display, all synchronized to music.
Throughout the program, we added gobs of percussive accompaniment, keyboard and explosive SFX. (My one and only recorded music performance appears here on the "Synth Drum", a drum pad-like device that made cool electronic sounds.) As you listen, remember that when the narrator or characters spoke, we fired no pyrotechnics, but used the lasers liberally. (In reality,
the Oracle of Truth was a column of shimmering light.)
Likewise, as you hear the powerful orchestrations of Star Trek/Wars and other dramatic compositions, imagine the music booming through a giant sound system enhanced by tens of thousands of dollars of synchronized pyrotechnic displays. We had the advantage of a closed venue a race track and much of the show featured low-level pyros for the paying customers.
And although we had access to both 24 and 4-track recording equipment, and created the master mix on the four track 1/2" (tape) machine, the majority of music edits were created by Master DJ
If you don't care to hear a radio program for fireworks, (even though the finale is a good excuse to rise and salute America) then please listen to the opening segment, which consists of two original songs composed and performed by
As for Charlie Peacock, he left Sacramento in the mid to late '80's for a successful career in Nashville. Charlie was named by Billboard's Encyclopedia of Record Producers as one of the 500 most important record producers in music history, and we thank him for allowing us to feature some of his early work here.
The KROY Sacramento 1983 Pyromusical Spectacular was one of ten programs featured during the REELRADIO Pyromusical Spectacular Marathon on July 4, 1998.