The Friday 5×2: WHFM, Rochester NY, 1969

I was going to do the Top 10 from another Rochester, NY station, WSAY, but seeing as I’ve already done then a couple of times already this year, I moved on to another Rochester station, WHFM, 98.9 FM. Currently mainstream rock station WBZA (The Buss), they had switched to Top 40 sometime in the late ’60’s and stayed with the format until the ’80’s. Despite being a Top 40 station, their Top 10 is much different from WSAY’s, which you can see here.

  1. Janis Joplin, “Kosmic Blues” From her 1969 album I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, this wasn’t actually issued as a single, but FM listeners were a different breed back then.
  2. The Dells, “Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay” An uptempo tribute to Otis Redding, this reached #13 on the R&B chart in 1969.
  3. Crow, “Evil Woman” The only Top 40 song for these Minneapolis-based blues-rockers, it reached #19 in January 1970.
  4. Diana Ross & The Supremes, “Someday We’ll Be Together” Their last hit together as a group, it went to #1 on the Hot 100 and the R&B chart.
  5. Billy Joe Royal, “Cherry Hill Park” Marietta, Georgia’s Billy Joe Royal peaked at #15 with this one in 1969.
  6. Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Fortunate Son” John Fogerty wrote this in response to being drafted in 1966. After writing the song, he visited an Army Reserve recruiter and ended up spending his military service stateside. This was the B side to “Down On The Corner,” and together they rose to #2.
  7. The Band, “Up On Cripple Creek” From their eponymous 1969 album, this song reached #10 nationwide.
  8. The Grass Roots, “Heaven Knows” This followup to “I’d Wait A Million Years” peaked at #24, though it reached #13 according to Cash Box. I can honestly say I don’t remember this song.
  9. Neil Diamond, “Holly Holy” The followup to “Sweet Caroline,” this reached #6 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
  10. Led Zeppelin, “Whole Lotta Love” Parts of this song were “borrowed” from Willie Dixon’s 1962 song “You Need Love,” and Willie sued them (and won) for royalties and recognition on future releases in 1985.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for December 21, 2018.

9 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: WHFM, Rochester NY, 1969

  1. The Grass Roots used to get a lot of airplay in Knoxville though not so much on this song “Heaven Knows”. I recall hearing it, but that might be because I’ve got a Grassroots greatest hits CD.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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