The Friday 5×2: WLS On This Day In 1971

Thought it might be good to take a trip home to Chicago and examine the Top 10 from WLS, “The Big 89” in Chicago. Thanks to my friends at Oldiesloon for this survey.

  1. Tony Orlando & Dawn, “I Play And Sing” Not a song I remember that well. It reached #25 on the Hot 100 and #15 on the Adult Contemporary chart, nowhere near as well as “Candida” and “Knock Three Times.” In fact, they wouldn’t have another Top 10 hit until “Tie A Yellow Ribbon.”
  2. The Doors, “Love Her Madly” The Doors’ last hit before Jim Morrison’s untimely death in July, it reached #11 nationally and #3 in Canada.
  3. Neil Diamond, “I Am…I Said” A song that reached #4 nationally, #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #3 in Canada.
  4. Daddy Dewdrop, “Chick-A-Boom (Don’t Ya Just Love It)” In real life, songwriter Dick Monda, this is the only record that charted of the ten or so he released, reaching #9 on the Hot 100.
  5. The Bells, “Stay Awhile” Another one-hit wonder in the US was this band from Montreal for whom this song was their only chart success. They had several more Top 10 hits in Canada. This was sung by band members Cliff Edwards and Jackie Ralph, who just happens to be Edwards’s sister-in-law.
  6. Ocean, “Put Your Hand In The Hand” Another Canadian band, this one a gospel-rock band from Toronto. This reached #2 o the pop chart and #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Quite a contrast with the previous song, I think…
  7. The Jackson 5, “Never Can Say Goodbye” My favorite Jackson 5 song, it was written by Clifton Davis, who you might remember from his TV roles in That’s My Mama and Amen. It went to #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.
  8. Lobo, “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo” This was the first single and first hit for Kent LaVoie, aka Lobo. It peaked at #5 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and did especially well in New Zealand, reaching #1 there as well. Lobo found chart success two more times the following year with “I’d Love You To Want Me” and “Don’t Expect Me To Be Your Friend.”
  9. Bread, “If” I had Bread’s first album, 1970’s On The Water, and can attest to the fact that they could rock pretty well, but they were best known for love ballads like this one. “If” reached #4 in the US and #1 on the AC chart, and was a surprise #1 hit in the UK for Telly “Kojak” Savalas. Coochie-coo, baby!
  10. Three Dog Night, “Joy To The World” Not my favorite 3DN hit, but I think I’m in the minority. It was their second #1 hit in the US and also reached #1 in Canada and South Africa.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for April 26, 2019.

14 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: WLS On This Day In 1971

  1. What a rockin’ list, John! Speaking of 3DN, they rocked the house with “Joy to the World”! Tis not my favorite of theirs but it got the audience on their feet.


  2. Dude, these tunes are great. Boy, did I laugh at your Chick-a-boom!!! hahahaha Oldie, but a goodie! Singing it in the car… the best!!! hahaha The stay with him a while song was putting me to sleep. Never can say good bye awww such a little boy was singing & you can hear his youth too…. sweet!!! Me & you & a dog named Boo has to be one of my favorites believe it or not. HEY, I’m a dog person what can I say? I know it’s like everybody it a cat person these days & I like them don’t get me wrong, but hubby says he likes them if they’re somebody else’s! lol If is nice, but another that’s very slow & makes me sleepy and so, I must say you last song is my most favorite of these… and not because it’s last, but because it’s cool. Back when it was the biggest PARTY song! Have a great weekend John. BIG HUGS!


  3. Living in Ohio in 1971 these are all (with the exception of the #1) songs engrained in my mental jukebox. Need to listen to the other one because it is not ringing any bells.


  4. I guess we were mostly listening to the same things down in Tennessee. I wasn’t listening to much pop radio at that time, but I can recall hearing most of these songs being played somewhere.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


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