The Friday 5×2: WSAI (Cincinnati, OH), 1967

Normally, I’d feature a survey that was issued on February 22, but this one spoke to me, so I hope you don’t mind me using a survey from February 25, 1967. It would be the last survey in February, so I think I’m in the clear. WSAI is now an affiliate of the Fox Sports Radio Network and airs all their programs as well as Cleveland Cavaliers basketball games, but they were a Top 40 station in 1967. Here, then, is their Top 10 (I’ll explain why there are 11 songs in a minute).

  1. The Seekers, “Georgy Girl” This was the Australian folk quartet’s highest-charting single in the US, peaking at #2. Their previous hit was “I’ll Know I’ll Never Find Another You,” which you know if you’ve done a Marriage Encounter…
  2. The Left Banke, “Pretty Ballerina” Their follow-up single to “Walk Away Renee” didn’t do as well as that did, peaking at #15 on the Hot 100 and #12 on the Cash Box chart, as well as #4 in Canada. This was the last charting single for this “baroque pop” quintet.
  3. The Supremes, “Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone” Their third of four straight #1 singles. Later in ’67, they changed their name to “Diana Ross & The Supremes.”
  4. The Beatles, “Strawberry Fields Forever”/”Penny Lane” This single was issued as having two A sides, as oppoesd to an A and a B side, where the B side is just along for the ride. In Chicago, WLS and WCFL both decided that “Penny Lane” would be the A side, but evidently WSAI went along with the “two A sides” approach.
  5. Spencer Davis Group, “Gimme Some Lovin'” Shortly after releasing this, Stevie Winwood left to form the band Traffic, and later Blind Faith.
  6. Gary & The Hornets, “There’s A Kind Of Hush” Cincinnati-based Gary and the Hornets were apparently an early “boy band” who had a bigger hit with this song than Herman’s Hermits did. The flip side of HH’s version of “Hush,” “No Milk Today,” was on the chart at #22.
  7. The Rolling Stones, “Ruby Tuesday” Another double A side record with “Let’s Spend The Night Together” on the flip side, this was the hit in the US, peaking at #1.
  8. The Royal Guardsmen, “The Return Of The Red Baron” The listening public hadn’t quite gotten tired of The Royal Guardsmen’s songs about Charlie Brown’s dog, although this only made it to #15 nationally.
  9. Tommy James & The Shondells, “I Think We’re Alone Now” Title track from their 1967 album, it wasn’t the hit “Hanky Panky” was, but still reached #4 nationally. This was later a #1 hit for singer/mall rat Tiffany in 1988.
  10. Ed Ames, “My Cup Runneth Over” Former lead singer of The Ames Brothers and expert tomahawk thrower Ed Ames reached #8 nationally but #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with this. It’s arguably a beautiful song, which makes it seem a little out-of-place here.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for February 22, 2019.

11 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: WSAI (Cincinnati, OH), 1967

  1. All songs with which I associate a lot of very specific memories. My brother would play Pretty Ballerina on 45 with the arm off so it played over and over and over. If memory serves me, Walk Away Renee (which I much preferred) was on the flip side of the 45. Great post. Thanks for the memories.

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    1. I checked on Discogs, and there was a single with “Renee” on one side and “Ballerina” on the other that was issued in 1973. The original singles from ’66-’67 had different B sides. Does that sound about right? Both were great songs, and I probably would have played “Ballerina” over and over again myself. Learned something interesting: Michael McKean was a member of The Left Banke after their two hits. I’ll bet his experience with them found its way into Spinal Tap…

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      1. Hmmm, it would have been much before 1973. Maybe it was the album. He was known to slide the reject button continuously so the albums would play over and over. Looks like Walk Away Renee was on the flip side of the album. I do not remember anything that came after Pretty Ballerina so that may have been the case. Interesting bit of trivia on Michael McKean. I would never have guessed!

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