The Friday 5×2: WDLB, Marshfield, Wisconsin on this day in 1968

Let’s move back to the US and look in on WDLB, “Wisconsin’s Dairy Land Broadcasting,” still on the air at AM 1450 kHz. Wikipedia says that currently they do local programming in the morning and early afternoon hours and a syndicated Oldies format from Westwood One the rest of the day.

I’ve actually been to Marshfield, having done work at St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1992; I know this because while I was there Paul Molitor signed with the Toronto Blue Jays, putting all Milwaukee Brewers fans (including the guy I was working with) in a funk. That was the year I bought a bunch of knitting books from Schoolhouse Press (run by knitting legend Elizabeth Zimmermann) for Mary, and when they arrived, the box was stuffed with the Marshfield newspaper.

Anyway, here’s their Top 10 from 50 years ago today.

  1. The Doors, “Hello, I Love You” There’s a picture of the survey on the ARSA page, which tells us that this song jumped all the way from #40 the week before. Wow.
  2. Herb Alpert, “This Guy’s In Love With You” A little easy listening to break up all the long-haired hippie freak music, this was down from #5 the week before.
  3. New Colony Six, “Can’t You See Me Crying” Chicago’s favorite sextet jumps a whole position from #9.
  4. The 5th Dimension, “Stoned Soul Picnic” A great song by Laura Nyro sung by this talented quintet, who interpreted Ms. Nyro’s music better than anyone, was up from #10 the week before.
  5. The Vogues, “Turn Around, Look At Me” For the longest time, I thought The Vogues were British, maybe because “Five O’Clock World” came out around the peak of the British Invasion, but no, they’re from Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh. This beauty of a song bounced into the Top 10 from #17 the week before.
  6. Cliff Nobles & Co., “The Horse” Moving up from #6 was this fun instrumental that consisted mostly of some guy playing the same two chords over and over, with occasional interludes from a rockin’ horn section. I love it.
  7. Merrilee Rush, “Angel Of The Morning” eViL pOp TaRt, who writes a great blog that you should read like I do, did a recent Battle of the Bands (not the same BotB that we do, although I invited her to join us) using this song. This was starting its descent from #1, where it had been the week before.
  8. The Rolling Stones, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” Continuing its ascent up the charts from #7 is this classic from Mick and the boys.
  9. The Cowsills, “Indian Lake” Before The Partridge Family, there were The Cowsills, who did a couple of good songs, this one included. Up from #3.
  10. Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, “Lady Willpower” Gary and the boys from Union Gap, Washington reached the top spot this week, up from #2.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for July 13, 2018.

10 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: WDLB, Marshfield, Wisconsin on this day in 1968

    1. Gary Puckett and the Union Gap mde a lot of hits in a short period of time, then just vanished… Never understood that…

      The Doors were a good band. I wish they had done better without Jim Morrison. They released a couple of albums that didn’t do well, and they just threw in the towel.

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        1. I saw a show on TV where Robbie Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and John Densmore were playing together, with a different singer that sounded like Jim Morrison. They sounded great together. I don’t know when it was filmed, but I wish they had stayed together and just found another singer. I think they tried to change the formula too much.

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