The Friday 5×2: KCPX, 6/6/69

We dropped in on KCPX out of Salt Lake City earlier this year when we played their Top 10 from March 1968. Let’s take another trip out there and see what was going on 15 months later, in June 1969.

  1. Elvis Presley, “In The Ghetto” Elvis’s songs in the late 1960’s, which had a relevance and a social conscience, are among The King’s best work.
  2. Willie and The Red Rubber Band, “Chicky Chicky Boom Boom” I can’t find much of anything on these guys, which makes me think they were a local favorite. Not a bad song, actually.
  3. 1910 Fruitgum Company, “Special Delivery” This follow-up to “Indian Giver” didn’t do as well, making it only to #38 nationally. I can’t recall that it was ever played on either WLS or WCFL in Chicago, and it didn’t sound familiar when I played it today.
  4. Three Dog Night, “One” Their first Top 10 hit, from their eponymous 1968 release. It reached #5 nationally.
  5. Steve Greenberg, “Big Bruce” I’m not sure this parody of “Big John” would be as well received as it was when released. Another one that I don’t recall hearing.
  6. The Guess Who, “These Eyes” Their first Top 10 hit in the US (#7) and their native Canada (#6), this was the only single off of 1968’s Wheatfield Soul.
  7. Spiral Starecase, “More Today Than Yesterday” I think I’d put this song in the category of all-time favorites. It just sounds good and the lyrics are timeless.
  8. The Beatles, “Get Back” I had wanted to say that this was their last big hit in the US, then remembered that had several more from the Let It Be album. Nevertheless, this was popular at a time when rumors of a breakup were starting to fly.
  9. Paul Revere & The Raiders, “Let Me” A question in the comments was “Why are Paul Revere and The Raiders not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?” I wish someone would explain it to me…
  10. Neon Philharmonic, “Morning Girl” I never knew this: Neon Philharmonic were backed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra on this record. It only reached #15 nationally, which surprises me.

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for June 7, 2019.

11 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: KCPX, 6/6/69

  1. Wow! I remember ALL of these songs! In the Ghetto was a meaningful song then and is meaningful now. Yep, a few storms passed thru our area this morning! Boomers, indeed!


    1. Kind of a shame, isn’t it? After 50 years, you’d things would have gotten better and they’ve just gotten worse. So many things that were done ostensibly to help only made the problem worse…


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