The Friday 5×2: WKMH, January 25, 1959

We looked at WKMH (1310 AM, Dearborn, Michigan) back in September, so let’s visit them again and have a look at their Top 10 a few months later.

  1. The Mark IV, “I Got A Wife” Here’s a sort of novelty record from a singing group out of Chicago. Doesn’t appear to have gone very far nationally, but it did all right in Detroit/Dearborn.
  2. Neil Sedaka, “The Diary” This was Neil’s first single with RCA and it did reasonably well, peaking at #14 on the Hot 100 and #22 on the Cash Box survey. Hadn’t heard this before today, to be honest.
  3. Cyril Stapleton, “The Children’s Marching Song” If you’re a Columbo fan, you’ll recognize this as the song he whistles all the time; if not, you’ll recognize this as “Nick Nack, Paddy Whack.” Cyril was an orchestra leader in the UK on the BBC, and when the BBC disbanded them, he formed his own group and had a few minor hits here. This reached #13.
  4. Pat Boone, “With The Wind And The Rain In Your Hair” Mr. White Bucks reached #21 in the US and the UK with this.
  5. Andy Williams, “The Hawaiian Wedding Song” My parents’ favorite crooner took this to #11 on the Hot 100, #11 on the Cash Box survey, and #14 on the R&B chart.
  6. The McGuire Sisters, “May You Always” Reached #11 on the Hot 100 and #21 over at Cash Box as well as #15 in the UK.
  7. The Crests, “16 Candles” This was originally the B side of “Beside You,” but the listeners spoke and the group took this to #2 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the R&B chart.
  8. Billy Grammer, “Gotta Travel On” Country singer (he had been a member of The Grand Old Opry) had his first hit record with this one, taking it to #5 on the Country chart and #4 on the Hot 100 and earning him a gold record in the process. Later efforts were not as well appreciated.
  9. Lloyd Price, “Stagger Lee” Lloyd took this to #1 on the Hot 100 and R&B chart. He’s had an interesting life that includes being a singer, record label executive, promoter, builder, and food company executive, and is still active at 85.
  10. Ritchie Valens, “Donna” His highest-charting single nationally (#2), the flip side was “La Bamba.” He was killed, along with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper (J. P. Richardson) in a plane crash nine days later.

And that’s your Friday 5×2 for January 25, 2019.

6 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: WKMH, January 25, 1959

  1. I am just not a Pat Boone fan although I feel bad for him right now since his wife passed away. I don’t know the Neil Sedaka song at all but I do like Donna and 16 Candles

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    1. That was Neil’s first record and it really didn’t go anywhere in most of the country, which is why you never hear it anymore, and which is why I’m doing this. Clearly, there were people who liked it…

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