The Friday 5×2: WDNG, Anniston, AL, 2/7/1976

I’ve mentioned before that the reason I do this is to play songs that were big hits on some radio station’s weekly survey that have somehow fallen through the cracks and are no longer heard. I found this survey yesterday for a station in Alabama, WDNG AM 1450 in Anniston, and there were songs on it that I never heard. I figure if I haven’t, you probably haven’t either, so here we go.

  1. Janis Ian, “In The Winter” The followup to the previous year’s #3 hit didn’t do anywhere near as well, not even charting on the Hot 100 and only getting to #97 on the Cash Box survey. Folks in Anniston clearly disagreed.
  2. Helen Reddy, “Somewhere In The Night” This was Helen’s followup to “Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady” and it made #19 nationwide, though I can’t recall it being played in Chicago.
  3. The Four Seasons, “December, 1963 (Oh What A Night!) A song sung by drummer Gary Polci for a change, with Frankie Valli singing backup. This was a big hit for them, reaching #1 in the US, Canada and the UK.
  4. Art Garfunkel, “Break Away” The followup to his cover of “I Only Have Eyes For You” reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart but barely cracked the Top 40 (#39). He got the hint and, after a three-year hiatus, went back to doing ’50’s covers.
  5. Paul Simon, “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” Here cones Rhymin’ Simon, besting his erstwhile singing buddy again. This went to #1 in the US and Canada.
  6. The Bee Gees, “Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)” This went to #2 in Canada and #12 in the US, and to be honest I don’t remember hearing it before today. I think I would have remembered a song named “Fanny.”
  7. Hagood Hardy, “The Homecoming” A beautiful song that many YouTube commenters said they would like to have played at their funeral. Hardy reached #14 in his adopted home Canada and #6 on the Easy Listening chart in the US, but just missed placing in the Top 40 on the Hot 100 (#41). Clearly the people of Anniston saw differently.
  8. Nazareth, “Love Hurts” A cover of the 1960 song written by Boudleaux Bryant and sung by The Everly Brothers. Reached #1 in Canada and #8 in the US.
  9. Cledus Maggard & The Citizens Band, “The White Knight” Get your ears on, buddy! As you might have guessed from the name of the band, this is a CB song. It reached #1 on the Country chart and #19 in the US overall.
  10. Barry White, “Let The Music Play” This went to #4 on the R&B chart and #32 on the Hot 100 for the big guy.

WDNG-AM has adopted a news-talk format, while WDNG-FM (“My 95”) plays an adult contemporary format, as does its sister station WFHK.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for February 8, 2019.

9 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: WDNG, Anniston, AL, 2/7/1976

  1. That Janis Ian album is among my favorites. Every song is a winner in my view. I used to listen to it a lot though since I haven’t been able to listen to my vinyl I haven’t heard it in several years. Hearing “In the Winter” reminded me of what a great song that was.

    When the Four Seasons where back on the charts in 1975, I went to see them in concert in Terre Haute, IN. Great concert, but with a Vegas-style line-up. They had some comedian as the opening act but I don’t remember much about him. But the Seasons put on a fantastic show. I was a fan of the group from the mid sixties onward.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I remember “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” was #1 in Chicago for what seemed like a couple of months (it was #1 at WLS for three weeks then at WCFL for the next three, so I’m pretty close) and it drove us crazy. Great song nonetheless.

      You ought to do what I should have done with my vinyl (and my cassettes, for that matter): get an inexpensive stereo with a turntable and rip all of the records to mp3’s. That way you have the music.

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