Today we head to Hamilton, Ontario and visit radio station CKOC, which broadcasts at 1150 kHz on the AM dial. It is the oldest continuously-operating radio station in Canada. They started the Top 40 format in 1960 and stayed with it until 1992, when the station became CKMO and switched to an oldies format until 2015, when they switched the call letters back to CKOC and started broadcasting a sports-talk format. Here’s their Top 10 from May 14, 1969.
- Lost and Found, “No No No No” Wasn’t able to find much about this band other than they were from Denmark and that this was their first single.
- Glen Campbell, “Where’s The Playground Susie” Another Jimmy Webb song, this one a little sadder than most. From Glen’s Galveston album. It reachd #26 in the US (#28 on the Country chart) and #8 in Canada.
- Elvis Presley, “In The Ghetto” A song just as relevant today as it was 50 years ago, which says something. It was Elvis’s first Top 10 hit in a couple of years, reaching #3 in the US and #2 in Canada.
- Mercy, “Love Can Make You Happy” This song brought on memories of grammar school parties and the first time a lot of us slow danced. Peaked at #2, kept out of the top spot by The Beatles’ “Get Back.”
- Ray Stevens, “Gitarzan” Our favorite part of this song was always the monkey singing boogie-woogie. Figures, doesn’t it? It reached #8 in the US and #10 in Canada, but did best in New Zealand, where it peaked at #2.
- Donovan, “Atlantis” This was a hit all over the world, #1 in Switzerland, #2 in Germany and South Africa, #4 in Austria, and #10 in Canada. It was the B side to “To Susan On The West Coast, Waiting” in the US and reached #7.
- Tommy Roe, “Heather Honey” This was a much bigger hit in Canada, where it reached #6, than in the US, where it came in at #29, for Atlanta born and raised Roe. He’s considered one of the original bubblegum pop artists.
- Mary Hopkin, “Goodbye” The lovely Ms. Hopkin was one of the first non-Beatles artists signed to Apple Records, where she ws mentored by Paul McCartney, who wrote this song. It went to #13 in the US and #15 in Canada, though it reached the Top 10 on both countries’ AC chart (#6 US, #3 Canada).
- The Hollies, “Sorry Suzanne” I don’t remember hearing this or the last two songs when they were on the Top 40. This one peaked at #15 in Canada but failed to reach the Top 40 (#56) in the US.
- The Beatles, “Get Back”/”Don’t Let Me Down” A double-A side hit for The Fab Four. “Get Back” was a worldwide #1, while “Don’t Let Me Down,” which wasn’t included on the Let It Be album but was featured in the film and on Let It Be… Naked, reached #35 on its own.
And that’s The Friday 5×2 for May 17, 2019.