The Friday 5×2: KQV, Pittsburgh, 1964

My Stream of Consciousness Saturday post and last week’s Friday 5×2 brought back a lot of memories for a lot of us. Dan mentioned that one of his favorite DJ’s from the ’60’s was Jim Quinn, “The Mighty Quinn” from KQV (AM 1410, Pittsburgh), and I said maybe I should feature that station on a future Friday. In response, he sent me a whole page of links to surveys from the station. Thanks, Dan! I chose one from October 13, 1964 to share today.

  1. Gale Barnett, “We’ll Sing In The Sunshine” Singer-songwriter Gale Garnett wrote and sang this song, which peaked at #4 nationally and went to #2 in Canada. It spent several weeks at #1 on the Easy Listening chart, reached #42 on the Country chart, and went to #1 on the Cash Box survey. It was Ms. Garnett’s sole Top 10 song and earned her a Grammy for Best Ethnic or Folk Performance in 1965. on KQV it was down from #8 the week before.
  2. Jay & The Americans, “Come A Little Bit Closer” A song written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, who later wrote a few songs for The Monkees. One has to wonder if they might have listened to Marty Robbins’s “El Paso” before writing this one. It went to #3 nationally, their highest-charting single. This week on KQV it had jumped all the way from #17.
  3. J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers, “Last Kiss” Originally released by Wayne Cochran (whose version failed to chart) in 1961, Frank and The Cavaliers took this to #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Cash Box chart, and was ranked #9 for the year. On KQV, it had dropped from #3.
  4. The Shangri-Las, “Leader Of The Pack” Another teenage tragedy song, this was written by George “Shadow” Morton and the songwriting team of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. The Shangri-Las took it to #1 nationally. This week it was up from #15 at KQV.
  5. Martha & The Vandellas, “Dancing In The Street” A song by Marvin Gaye, William “Mickey” Stevenson, and Ivy Jo Hunter, this reached #2 nationally. It was down from #2 the previous week.
  6. Roy Orbison, “Oh Pretty Woman” One of Roy’s most-popular songs, it spent 3 weeks at #1 nationally. In Pittsburgh it was down from #4.
  7. The Beatles, Something New (whole album) It was really unusual to see an entire album in the Top 10, but there you go. For contractual reaasons, United Artists Records issued the soundtrack album from The Fabs’ movie A Hard Day’s Night in the United States. The British release on Parlophone had the music from the movie, plus a few extra songs, one of which, “I’ll Be Back,” had been released by Capitol on Beatles ’65. Something New had most of the music from the Parlophone A Hard Day’s Night, the songs “Slow Down” and “Matchbox” which had been issued as a single, and this oddity, “Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand,” a German-language version of “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” The album had jumped into the Top 10 from #11 the week before.
  8. Jerry Butler & Betty Everett, “Let It Be Me” A French song that was recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1960, The Iceman and Betty Everett took this to #5 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Cash Box Soul/R&B chart for several weeks, making it the highest-charting version. Up from #5 on KQV.
  9. Manfred Mann, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” Another Barry/Greenwich composition, it went to #1 nationally and was down from #1 the week before.
  10. The Beach Boys, “When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)” Brian Wilson was getting philosophical with Mike Love’s help with this one. Rose to #1 from #7 the week before.

KQV switched to an all-news format in 1975 and continued with it until the end of last year, when the station went silent. The call letters and equipment (but not the transmitter) were sold to Robert and Ashley Stevens, who own several other stations in the Pittsburgh market. They intend on using the transmitter of WEDO for the station.

That’s you Friday 5×2 for October 12, 2018.

10 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: KQV, Pittsburgh, 1964

  1. Thanks John. I am still catching up from yesterday’s work outside. You picked a good time to review – I was certainly riding my bike with my transistor radio tied to the handlebars. Great memories!


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