The Friday 5×2: KONO (AM 860, San Antonio, TX) On This Day in 1964

We visited KONO in San Antonio last November, when we featured one of their survey from 1962. We’re going to jump ahead to April of 1964 and see what it looked like then. Now, remember, this was roughly three months after The Beatles had made their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, after which The Fab Four dominated Top 40 charts for the next six years, but especially for 1964, when at any given time there were three or four of their records in the Top 10. KONO had an interesting way of dealing with it: they took all of The Beatles’ songs off the chart, acknowledging right up front, “BEATLES: Hottest recording group in San Antonio history, selling more records than any other group ever!”

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  1. The Kingsmen, “Money” Portland, Oregon-based garage band The Kingsmen are, of course, notorious for their cover of “Louie Louie” from the previous year, which spent six weeks at #2 nationally. This reached #16 on the Hot 100.
  2. Ray Price, “That’s All That Matters” “The Cherokee Cowboy” originally released this as the B side to “Burning Memories,” which reached #2 on the Country chart. On its own, this reached #34.
  3. Serendipity Singers, “Don’t Let The Rain Come Down (Crooked Little Man)” The only Top 10 hit for this folk group received a Grammy nomination in 1965.
  4. Bobby Vinton, “My Heart Belongs To Only You” The pride of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania recorded the most-popular version of this song, which reached #9 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Middle of the Road chart (now the Adult Contemporary chart).
  5. Lenny Welch, “Ebb Tide” The followup to his beautiful “Since I Fell For You”, Lenny’s cover of this standard reached #25 on the Hot 100, #6 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #7 on the R&B chart.
  6. Vic Dana, “Shangri-La” This only reached #27 on the Hot 100, but was #9 on the Cash Box chart and #8 on the Adult Contemporary chart. KONO had this version sharing the #5 slot with composer Robert Maxwell’s instrumental version. Maxwell was also the composer for “Ebb Tide.”
  7. Dave Clark 5, “Bits And Pieces” This probably wouldn’t have made the Top 10 if KONO had left The Beatles’ records on the survey. This reached #4 on the Hot 100 and the Cash Box survey and was their second record certified gold.
  8. René Y René, “Angelito” René Ornelas and René Herrera were a pop duo out of Laredo, Texas who had two hits make it to the Hot 100. This one reached #43 on that chart, while 1969’s “Lo Mucho que Te Quiero (The More I Love You)” went to #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #14 on the Hot 100.
  9. Louis Armstrong, “Hello, Dolly” This was Satchmo’s biggest hit: it spent 14 weeks on the Hot 100 and was the record that knocked The Beatles out of the #1 spot (which they had held with several different songs).
  10. Terry Stafford, “Suspicion” Terry’s best-selling single on the Hot 100, where it reached #3. He’s also known for his “Amarillo By Morning” from 1973. He has a voice, at least on his early records, like Elvis.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for April 19, 2019.

14 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: KONO (AM 860, San Antonio, TX) On This Day in 1964

  1. Wow! These are some great groups! I remember “Louie Louie” from my college days. We spent hours listening and trying to figure out the lyrics.


    1. They’re actually quite innocent. They just sound dirty because the singer was three sheets to the wind. Back in the Fox 97 days, they used to do the “UItimate Oldies Concert” once a year, and during the first one Randy and Spiff displayed the lyrics and the crowd sang along, and you could tell yes, those were the lyrics he was singing. What they sound like is a lot more fun than what they are…

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