The Friday 5×2: WLS on November 24, 1967

In addition to using the Oldiesloon and ARSA sites to do these weekly survey posts, I also look through the posts on Pinterest, where a lot of folks have posted scans of surveys in their collection. I turned up this survey, from WLS for November 24, 1967:

Source: Pinterest. Click for full size.

I realize it’s a day off, but it was the day after Thanksgiving 1967 (“Black Friday” hadn’t been invented yet), so this is the perfect time for it. Here’s the Top 10.

  1. Bobby Vee, “Beautiful People” It’s surprising that I don’t really have a clear recollection of many of the songs on the whole survey, and even a couple that were in the Top 10. This is one of them. It only reached #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #27 on the Cash Box Top 100. That happens sometimes.
  2. The Four Seasons, “Watch The Flowers Grow” Another song I don’t recall. The world was still recuperating from The Summer of Love when this came out in October. This reached #30 on the Hot 100.
  3. Cher, “You Better Sit Down, Kids” Written by Sonny, this was on her fourth studio album, ’67’s With Love, Cher. Sonny wrote the song from a man’s perspective, and Cher sang it as written. Peaked at #9 on Billboard and #8 on Cash Box.
  4. Victor Lundberg, “An Open Letter To My Teenage Son” There were several spoken-word over music records that reached the Top 10 in the late ’60’s, and this was one of them. Lundberg was a DJ at WMAX radio in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and this was a local hit originally, then Liberty Records picked it up and issued it nationwide. In six weeks on the Hot 100, it went from #84 to #58, from there to #15, then on to #10, where it spent two weeks before falling to #22 before dropping off the survey entirely.
  5. Robert Knight, “Everlasting Love” A song by Buzz Casoin and Mac Gayden, Knight took this to #13 nationwide in 1967. He re-released it in 1974 and it reached #19. Since then, this has been covered many times. It’s a beautiful song, I think
  6. Bobby Vinton, “Please Love Me Forever” The pride of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania was the third person to have a hit with this, after Tommy Edwards (it was the flip side to “It’s All In The Game”) in 1958 and Cathy Jean and The Roommates in 1960. Bobby’s cover did the best, reaching #6 on the Hot 100, #5 on the Cash Box Top 100, and #1 in Canada.
  7. Lulu, “To Sir With Love” Glaswegian Lulu was a popular singer and TV personality in the UK before making her way across the Atlantic. This was her only Top 10 hit in the US, reaching #1 on the Hot 100, although she had a minor hit with “Oh Me Oh My” two years later.
  8. Strawberry Alarm Clock, “Incense and Peppermints” This was Strawberry Alarm Clock’s one big hit, reaching #1 on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts. Their next single, 1968’s “Tomorrow,” peaked at #23 on Billboard and #19 on Cash Box, and that was it for them chart-wise. Nonetheless, they continue to perform.
  9. The Cowsills, “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” Some three million copies of this song have been sold since it first came out, and it tied with their 1969 hit “Hair” as the group’s most popular, with both songs reaching #2 in the US and #1 in Canada. This was originally named “The Flower Girl,” but they changed it so as not to be confused with Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco (Wear Flowers In Your Hair),” a huge hit that summer.
  10. The Monkees, “Daydream Believer” Written by John Stewart of The Kingston Trio shortly before he departed that group, it had been offered to We Five (“You Were On My Mind”) and Spanky & Our Gang (“Like To Get To Know You”), both of whom turned it down. Davy Jones was reportedly “pissed off” about it, thinking the same thing. It turned out to be their fifth and last #1 hit, topping the Hot 100 for five weeks.

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for November 23, 2018.

16 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: WLS on November 24, 1967

  1. I didn’t know some of these songs but others I love like Incense and Peppermints and Daydream Believer. How I wish Black Friday didn’t exist because I see the morons out there fighting over stuff and the money men rubbing their hands in evil glee watching the lemmings lose control

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    1. Considering how many long-established retailers have gone out of business in the last 40 years, it’s not hard to understand why Black Friday has gotten so cutthroat. It’s always been the one day when retail stores start showing a profit after operating in the red most of the year, more so now than in the past. A bad Christmas season can spell doom for them, putting them out of business and their employees out of work. I’m happy they’ve stopped having the kind of sales where they put a limited number of a particularly hot item in all of their stores at an unbeatable price, creating a dangerous situation when the store opens as shoppers stampede to be one of the few to get the deal. The news media rub their hands in evil glee as the casualties mount at Walmart…

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  2. Black Friday? Oh, the day my car doesn’t leave the driveway and my browser is locked onto WordPress. My mother worked in a department store in downtown Pittsburgh (Kaufman’s) and always had to work that Friday. Back then, it was the “start” of the holiday season. Today that happens in August.

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    1. I worked retail when I was in college, and I remember how nuts the Friday after Thanksgiving was. Now, we don’t even go near the malls at any time, but especially around Christmas. And I know what you mean about the start of the holiday season coming earlier and earlier. This year, I saw my first Christmas commercial on the last day of summer. It’s getting to where the next Christmas season starts the day after Christmas.

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  3. Now that it is so easy to buy online, I’m thinking the retailers are even more concerned about making a profit. We drove by the mall last night after seeing a movie and there were a lot fewer cars than I would have expected, even though it was 1 AM. I hate that they have started with selling on Thursday and I won’t go shopping then. Hope your Thanksgiving was nice, John!

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  4. I know of all the artists of these songs but familiar with only 3 of these tunes. Black Friday – too much hoopla, IMO. I remember when BF was fun but now I don’t need the crowds and aggrevation. I order most of our stuff online anyway.

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    1. I can’t remember the last time we went to a mall. We buy practically everything online, except for food and house stuff (like cleaners and toilet paper). Anytime we want to buy something from a store, we figure out exactly what it is, then go specifically for that one item. Mary was watching the news yesterday morning at 6 AM and the lot at Northpoint Mall was half full already. I really don’t see the point.

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    1. Melanie Safka, formerly known by the mononym Melanie (“Brand New Key”), right? Was her song different from this one?

      “Daydream Believer” was and still is a great song. For a band thrown together for a TV show, they ended up making a lot of good music.

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