The Friday 5×2: Top 10 from WLS, 4/13/70

Eugenia suggested that I do car songs today, and as I started I realized that I had already done car songs last Memorial Day, and had even played your suggestions the following week. So, rather than reinvent the wheel, I updated those playlists to remove and replace a few songs that had either disappeared or had been blocked by one of the MG’s (UMG, BMG, etc.). So those are out there.

Meanwhile, I had to come up with a different idea for today, so here’s another Top 10 post from WLS in Chicago, from this day in 1970.

#10: The Plastic Ono Band, “Instant Karma!” By this time, it was all over but the lawsuits for the Fab Four, and John and his new wife Yoko Ono (who appears in the video with her eyes bandaged, for reasons known only to her) were now hanging out with a new bunch of cool kids. This had slipped from #7 the week before.

#9: Michael Parks, “Long Lonesome Highway” The theme song for Parks’s short-lived TV series Then Came Bronson, an obvious attempt to cash in on the popularity of the movie Easy Rider. I liked the show, actually, probably because of the theme song. Up from #10 the previous week.

#8: Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, “Something’s Burning” From Kenny’s days as a rock ‘n’ roller, which were pretty good, if you ask me. Up from #12.

#7: Norman Greenbaum, “Spirit In The Sky” A great song and Greenbaum’s only Top 10 hit. A lot of radio stations shaved the last few seconds off the song, which included a cool guitar solo. Down from #5.

#6: The Ides Of March, “Vehicle” Berwyn, Illinois’ favorite sons had one national hit, this one. Up from #11.

#5: The Guess Who, “American Woman”/”No Sugar Tonight” A two sided hit single. Both songs are from 1969’s album American Woman. I think the recording of “No Sugar Tonight” includes “New Mother Nature,” which was tied to it on the album but was removed to get the song down to under three minutes. Up from #9.

#4: The Supremes, “Up The Ladder To The Roof” We’ve been watching the best of Ed Sullivan, and I forgot just how often they were on the show. I had forgotten this until I heard it again. Stayed at #4 from the previous week.

#3: Badfinger, “Come & Get It” One of the first new acts signed to The Beatles’ Apple Records, this song was written by Paul and appeared in the movie The Magic Christian, which starred Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr and is really funny. Stayed at #3 from the week before.

#2: The Beatles, “Let It Be” As mentioned previously, The Beatles had split up by now, and Paul McCartney, who sang this one, released his first solo album right around this time. Sounds like a funeral march in retrospect. Down from #1 the week before.

#1: The Jackson 5, “A B C” Michael, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Jackie had already found chart success, and this was very popular among the girls at St. Ignatius School, meaning this was played ad nauseum at parties when I was in eighth grade. Up from #2 the week before.

And that’s your Friday 5×2 for April 13, 2018.

13 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: Top 10 from WLS, 4/13/70

  1. Yoko’s eyes are wrapped AND she’s knitting? Maybe it was a test of her abilities. Had a crush on Michael Parks and a neighbor boy thought he was Bronson :). For some reason I never could get behind Spirit in the Sky. Happy Friday, John.


  2. I was 6 yrs old back then. I love American Woman and no sugar tonight. I always hated ABC. Getting ready for the freezing rain storm to hit tomorrow


    1. Oh, the Jackson 5, the Osmond Brothers, the Partridge Family, the Cowsills, I couldn’t stand any of them. I can look back after 50 years and sort of appreciate them, but at the time, I’d switch stations.


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