The Friday 5×2: Top 10 from 4BC, Brisbane QLD, 6-17-62

We’re headed back Down Under for this week’s Top 10 post. Radio station 4BC in Brisbane is currently a news-talk station, broadcasting at 1116 kHz, but back in the Sixties, it was a Top 40 station at 1120 kHz. Here is the Top 10 from “Queensland’s Authentic Survey of Hit Tunes for the week commencing on 17 June 1962.” Survey courtesy of ARSA.

  1. Frankie Davidson, “Have You Ever Been To See King’s Cross?” About all I can find about Frankie is that he’s an Australian actor and singer who had a number of novelty hits in the ’60’s such as “Hector The Trash Collector,” “I Hope Your Chooks Turn Into Emus,” and a cover of The Pipkins’ “Gimme Dat Ding.”
  2. Acker Bilk, “Stranger On The Shore” This was a huge record for Acker Bilk in 1962, spending almost a full year on the chart in the UK and being the first #1 in the US from the UK since the start of the Hot 100.
  3. Jerry Butler, “Moon River” We did crossovers the other week on M4, and here’s another example. The Iceman only reached #11 in the US on the Hot 100, but got to #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Kind of sounds like Andy Williams here.
  4. Walter Brennan, “Old Rivers” Walter sounded Western or Southern, but he was born in Massachusetts. He recorded a few songs over the years. Okay, he didn’t actually sing them, but read them in his Amos McCoy voice. This was the the most popular, reaching #$5 on the Hot 100 and doing well internationally.
  5. Ray Charles, “I Can’t Stop Loving You” As I mentioned in my list of crossover songs, Ray tried his hand at country music in 1962 and proved just as popular in that genre. This topped the Hot 100, R&B and Adult Contemporary charts in 1962 in the US and did well in the rest of the world.
  6. Col Joye with The Joy Boys, “Today’s Teardrops” “Col” isn’t an abbreviation for “Colonel” here, his real name was Colin Frederick Jacobsen. He was the first Australian singer to have a nationwide hit. In 1990, he was helping a neighbor with some tree work, slipped and fell almost 20 feet, but by 1998 he was back performing.
  7. The Shadows, “Wonderful Land” The UK’s Hank Marvin and The Shadows were quite popular in Europe and most of the rest of the world, but never made the charts in the US. This was a #1 in the UK and #2 in Australia.
  8. Lucky Starr, “I’ve Been Everywhere” This was Lucky Starr’s (real name: Leslie Morrison) best-selling single. It was written by Australian singer Geoff Mack and rewritten for the US, the UK, New Zealand, and, I swear, there’s one for India. As a bonus, here’s a link to Lucky and Frankie Davidson singing it.
  9. Larry Finnegan, “Dear One” American singer Larry Finnegan (real name John Lawrence Finneran) had one hit, this one, that went to #11 in the US and #1 in Australia. He died of a brain tumor in 1973 at the age of 34.
  10. Rob E. G., “Si, Señor (I Theenk)” I saw the name, and thought it looked familiar: he made another survey I covered a few weeks ago. Robie Porter, better known as Rob E. G., had a few hits in Australia, including this one, which reached #1.

And that’s your Friday 5×2 for June 22, 2018.

7 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: Top 10 from 4BC, Brisbane QLD, 6-17-62

  1. It’s interesting what became hits like Walter Brennan. I enjoyed this but I could move forward afer Brennan which is a bummer. You’re right that the guy does sound like Perry Como singing Moon River


  2. I lived in Brissie for close to 20 years, and never listened to 4BC because it is a news/talk station. Had no idea it was ever anything else. I know Frankie Davidson from the 90’s movie “Muriel’s Wedding” (starring Toni Collette) – he’s received some prestigious Aussie awards for his contribution to the arts in Australia. I hadn’t heard the song listed above before, but it cracks me up…King’s Cross in the 60s was the red light district of Sydney grin


    1. Really? I thought he was talking about King’s Cross in London… your explanation makes more sense.

      Neither Wikipedia nor the station’s website (I’m listening to “Ray Hadley’s Country Music Countdown” right now) has any indication when 4BC switched from music to talk. (Evidently Ray’s show isn’t the only one in Brisbane right now.)

      I think we’ve seen “Muriel’s Wedding.” Was there a lot of ABBA music in it?


      1. Yes, there was. In one scene Toni Collette is wearing a spandex flared one piece a la ABBA. The movie went gangbusters, but it’s never been one of my favourites.


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