The Friday 5×2: KRBE (104.1 FM, Houston TX), 1977

KRBE in Houston is an anomaly from most of the US stations we’ve featured here: The call letters have never changed, nor has the format. Named for the original owners, Roland Baker and his wife Edith, the station’s studios used to be on Kirby Drive in Houston, leading many to believe that the call letters referred to the station’s location. Their studios are now on Westheimer Road in the Westchase district in Western Houston. None of which makes any sense unless you’ve been to Houston, which I have (see yesterday’s post). Anyway, here’s their survey from March, 29, 1977, and you’ll be happy to know there isn’t much disco on it.

  1. Kenny Nolan, “I Like Dreamin'” Singer-songwriter Kenny Nolan has written hits for Frankie Valli (“My Eyes Adored you” with Bob Crewe) and LaBelle (“Lady Marmalade,” also with Crewe). He reached #3 nationally with this offering.
  2. Jennifer Warnes, “Right Time Of The Night” Jennifer Warnes had been around for almost ten years when she finally struck paydirt with this. It reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #6 overall. Her duets with Joe Cocker (“Up Where We Belong,” from the movie An Officer And A Gentleman) and Bill Medley (“(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” from the movie Dirty Dancing) did especially well.
  3. Thelma Houston, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” Thelma’s biggest hit: #1 on the Hot 100, R&B and Dance charts and won her the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
  4. Eagles, “Hotel California” Title track from their 1976 album, it was released in February and shot up the charts, reaching #1 in the US and Canada and earning the Grammy for Record of the Year.
  5. David Soul, “Don’t Give Up On Us” The man who brought “Hutch” to life in Starsky & Hutch took this to #1 in the US and the UK.
  6. David Dundas, “Jeans On” Musician and actor Dundas is known in the UK for his TV and film scores and has also done well as an actor. He only reached #17 nationally, but took this to #3 in the UK and #1 in Germany.
  7. Daryl Hall & John Oates, “Rich Girl” Their first #1 in the US, from their 1976 album Bigger Than Both Of Us.
  8. 10cc, “The Things We Do For Love” Reached #5 nationally and was certified Gold in the US.
  9. Barbra Streisand, “Evergreen” Love theme from her remake of A Star Is Born with Kris Kristofferson, this song reached #1 on all the charts in the US and Canada.
  10. Glen Campbell, “Southern Nights” A song written and originally recorded by Allen Toussaint, Glen reached #1 with it nationally in both the US and Canada.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for March 29, 2019.

11 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: KRBE (104.1 FM, Houston TX), 1977

  1. I never liked the David Soul song but many here are great. Love Evergreen and Hotel California. I was shocked to see the Hall and Oates song because I thought that came out in the mid 80’


    1. Hall & Oates’s first album came out in 1972, when I was a sophomore in high school. Even I can’t believe it. And yes, considering the character he played on “Starsky & Hutch,” David Soul’s song was kind of weird.


  2. Rather eclectic group of top ten songs to me. Of course, I was living in Alaska at the time and our stations may have had a different mix. I will check it out. Of course, this was the same time our television broadcasts were tape delayed so who knows what was happening in radio.


    1. It’s really fascinating to see just how different the surveys at radio stations can be. In Chicago, we had two Top 40 stations, and their surveys were never exactly the same. Two stations in the exact same market, physically located within a mile of each other, and sometimes there was a huge difference. The last couple of weeks I featured Top 10’s from two stations in Salt Lake City, and they were different. It’s weird…


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