The Friday 5×2: KNUZ (1230 AM Houston, TX) On This Day In 1957

KNUZ sounds like it should be an all-news station, but it was a Top 40 station in the ’50’s and ’60s and into the ’70’s, when it lost the Top 40 market to KILT. It was a country station from the ’70’s until 1989, when it changed its callsign to KQUE (to match with its sister FM station at 102.9) and became a news-talk station. It’s been through multiple changes since then and is now KCOH, which had broadcasted at 1430 AM, returning to that station’s Urban format. Anyway, KNUZ was doing Top 40 in 1957, so let’s see what they were playing 62 years ago/

  1. Nat King Cole, “Send For Me” Nat doing something a little more Rock & Roll landed him a #6 on the Pop chart and #1 on the R&B chart.
  2. The Coasters, “Searchin'” Another one that eventually made it to #1 on the R&B chart, it climbed as high as #3 on the Billboard Pop Chart and #7 on the Cash Box chart.
  3. Little Richard, “Jenny Jenny” This was Richard’s first Top 10 hit on the Pop chart (it went to #10) and climbed to #2 on the R&B chart, as well as reaching #11 on the UK chart.
  4. Pat Boone, “Love Letters In The Sand” Mr. White Bucks was always on the charts in the ’50’s and early ’60’s, and usually at or close to the top. This reached #1 in the US and #12 in the UK, as well as #12 on the R&B chart.
  5. The Del Vikings, “Whispering Bells” Doo-wop was still as popular as ever, and the Del Vikings reached #9 on the Pop chart and #3 on the R&B chart with this one. It was their last Top 10 single.
  6. Everly Brothers, “Bye Bye Love” Another from Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, it went to #2 in the US and Canada, as well as #1 on the Country chart and #5 on the R&B chart. Not bad for your first chart experience.
  7. Ricky Nelson, “A Teenager’s Romance” Ricky’s first single was a top 10 hit, reaching #8 according to both Billboard and Cash Box. The weekly exposure on his parents’ TV show didn’t hurt…
  8. Elvis Presley, “Teddy Bear” Elvis was at the stage of his career where everything he touched turned to gold. This was a #1 on the Billboard and Cash Box Pop and Country charts and also a #1 on the R&B chart and the Canadian Pop chart.
  9. Jimmy Dorsey, “So Rare” One of Jimmy’s last major recordings, as he died the week before. It reached #2 on the Pop chart.
  10. Larry Williams, “Short Fat Fannie” Larry was a singer and songwriter, and this was his first and only Top 10 hit, reaching #5 on the Pop chart andf #1 on the R&B chart.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for June 21, 2019.

8 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: KNUZ (1230 AM Houston, TX) On This Day In 1957

  1. I really enjoyed this session of songs. These came out the year my hubby was born. I am always surprised, even when I know he died, that Jimmy Dorsey died that year..too young in my book


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