The Friday 5×2: KCPX (1320 AM Salt Lake City, UT) 1968

KCPX in Salt Lake City, Utah became a Top 40 station in 1959 and was one of the more popular stations in that market, but as music radio listening moved to the FM band it listenership fell off considerably. The call letters are now used by a news-talk station broadcasting at 1490 kHz, while the station at 1320 kHz, KNIT-AM, is currently silent while its owner, Kona Coast Radio, works on building a new transmitter. Anyway, here’s their Top 10 as of this date in 1968.

  1. Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” Hard to believe that the first time Kenny Rogers found chart success, it was with a psychedelic rock tune, but it reached #5 nationally.
  2. Bobby Goldsboro, “Pledge of Love” I had never heard this before, and in fact it failed to make the Hot 100 (Billboard #102, Cash Box #103), but as frequently happens, it found its audience somewhere, in this case the capital of the Beehive State.
  3. Moody Blues, “Nights In White Satin” This was the first release of this song, coinciding with the release of its album, Days Of Future Passed, the year before. It reached #19 in the UK but just missed reaching the Hot 100 in the US, peaking at #103. The 1972 release did much better (Billboard #2, Cash Box #1).
  4. Bob Shane, “Honey” This was the original release by the former member of The Kingston Trio, preceding Bobby Goldsboro’s megahit by a few months. Bobby Russell, who wrote the song, produced both versions. It has been called the worst song ever written, but I have a certain affection for it. Don’t ask why, I couldn’t tell you.
  5. Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, “Young Girl” Judging by some of the comments on it, over the years this song has taken on a sinister meaning, that the singer is somehow trying to corrupt an underage girl. Listen closely to the lyrics, you’ll realize it’s just the opposite. I think it’s a great song, like so many other songs by Gary and the boys from Union Gap, Washington.
  6. Otis Redding, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” Written by Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper, it was recorded twice, the second time just before Redding’s death. It reached #1 on the Hot 100 and won two Grammys, Best R&B Song and Best Male R&B Performance. Shame Otis wasn’t around to see it.
  7. The Association, “Everything That Touches You” Didn’t recognize this at first, but the memories rushed back on hearing it. This was their last Top 10 hit nationally, reaching #10. Some might argue they saved the best for last.
  8. Blue Cheer, “Summertime Blues” Arguably the first Heavy Metal song to reach the Top 10, this was Blue Cheer’s only Top 40 hit, reaching #14 in the US and #2 in Canada.
  9. Petula Clark, “Kiss Me Goodbye” Still going strong at 86, Petula Clark had a string of hits in the ’60’s. This reached #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #15 on the Hot 100 (#12 on the Cash Box survey).
  10. People, “I Love You” People was a one-hit wonder, and this was it. This was a song originally recorded by The Zombies, and was a huge hit worldwide, just not all at the same time.

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for March 15, 2019.

12 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: KCPX (1320 AM Salt Lake City, UT) 1968

  1. WOW. I was in 7th grade in 1968 and I remember most of these. Honey was not a favorite of mine, although I wouldn’t necessarily say worst song written. As per the conversation the other day, our class graduated 8th grade in ’69 – a source of delight for those teenage boys. Since it was a Catholic school, I didn’t realize what the fuss was about until a few years later – LOL

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    1. “Class of ’69” was a great source of chuckling in my neighborhood, too. A couple of the older guys used to spraypaint “CLASS OF 69” on garages. It led to a ban of spraypaint sales to anyone under the age of 21. Didn’t stop a damn thing.

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      1. Does it ever? When I was working at Michaels we couldn’t sell spray paint to anyone under 18 and actually had to ask for birthdates to enter into the computer. Some people were bothered by that.

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  2. Love some of these! A few I haven’t heard of. Always thought Summertime Blues was Eddie Cochran. And thought Honey was BG ~ yes, also like this maudlin tune. Great list!

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    1. Blue Cheer’s “Summertime Blues” was a heavy metal cover of Eddie Cochran. Bobby Goldsboro’s “Honey” wasn’t exactly a cover of Bob Shane’s: Bobby Russell, who wrote the song, produced both versions. Bobby’s was his huge hit later in the year. I like the song myself, though the more I think about it, the more I think Honey suffered from depression or was bipolar…

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  3. Ok, so glad you’re ok but was expecting you to do the BOTB. I love, love, love Nights In White Satin. I own the lp and CD of Days of Future Passed. I also have other Lps of theirs. Enjoyed the others as well

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