The Friday 5×2: Top 10 from KDWB, 2/18/61

Was having a hard time coming up with a theme, so I decided to plow into Oldiesloon’s collection of surveys yet again, and came up with this survey from KDWB, Minneapolis, which at the time was broadcasting on 630 kHz on the AM dial. It switched over to FM in the mid-1970’s and is now on 101.3 MHz, and it’s been a Top 40 outlet since 1959. Currently it’s owned by iHeart Media, as are so many other “contemporary hits” stations these days. Here’s their Top 10 from February 18, 1961.

  1. The Shirelles, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, it went to #1 on the Hot 100, the first time a record by a Black female group had done so. It was down from #8 the week before.
  2. Brenda Lee, “Emotions” Title track from her 1961 album. Written by Ramsey Kearney and Mel Tillis, it peaked nationally at #7. Down from #6 here.
  3. Buzz Clifford, “Baby Sittin’ Boogie” This novelty record reached #6 nationally and was up from #11 this week in Minneapolis.
  4. Neil Sedaka, “Calendar Girl” Written by Neil and Howard Greenfield, this made it to #4 nationally. This week, it stayed in the #7 spot it occupied the week before.
  5. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, “Shop Around” Classic Motown that reached #1 on the R&B chart and #2 on the Hot 100. Down from #2 this week.
  6. Lawrence Welk, “Calcutta” You heard me right. This was Welk’s first flrt with chart success. It was written in 1958 by Heino Glaze as “Tivoli Melody,” but Hans Bradtke’s lyrics made mention of the city now known as Kolkata, and the English lyrics, written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss, celebrated “the ladies of Calcutta.” In some ways, it was classic Champagne Music, but the handclaps and brisk rock rhythm were a departure for him. It spent two weeks at #1 nationally; in Minneapolis, it had slipped a couple of spots from #3.
  7. Shelby Flint, “Angel On My Shoulder” For some reason, I went in thinking this was sung by a man, as I had never heard it before. This only reached #22 nationally. In MSP, it held steady at #4.
  8. Jørgen Ingmann, “Apache” Written by Jerry Lordan, it was a #1 hit in the UK for Hank Marvin & The Shadows in 1960. Ingmann’s recording went to #2 in the US and Canada, and had slipped from #1 the previous week.
  9. The String-A-Longs, “Wheels” A simple instrumental that reached #3 on the Hot 100, #4 on the Cash Box survey, and #8 in the UK. It was awarded a gold disc for selling over a million copies, and was #6 for 1961. In Minneapolis, it was up from #5 the week before.
  10. The Everly Brothers, “Ebony Eyes” From Don and Phil’s days in the Marines, a classic John D. Loudermilk song about tragic love. It reached #8 nationally, but topped the KDWB chart this week, jumping all the way up from #9.

So that’s your Friday 5×2 for February 16, 2018.

10 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: Top 10 from KDWB, 2/18/61

    1. “Apache” has been covered lots of times and is considered a classic. I’ve heard the Hank Marvin version (the one that was a hit in the UK) but keep coming back to this one. It’s the muffled sound and harmonics that do it for me.

      I had been familiar with a few of these, including “Wheels” (which I had on a collection of instrumental hits from the 60’s), but “Angel On My Shoulder” was completely new to me. She had a lovely voice, didn’t she?

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  1. Wheels! I have a 45 of that and my mom used to play it and my brother loved to dance to i5 when he was a baby. Some fun songs here but had no idea about Lawrence Welk


    1. As far as I know, that’s Lawrence Welk’s only hit record, but it was a big one.

      “Wheels” is one of those songs that you wonder why you like it, then realize you like it for no particular reason. There’s no particular instrumental pyrotechnics, no exciting hook, but it’s a pleasant tune and, as you’ve found, easy to dance to.


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