The Friday 5×2: WHYN (560 AM, Springfield, MA), 8/15/75

Springfield, Massachusetts’s WHYN (pronounced “win,” not “whine”) is now a news-talk station, but played Top 40 music from 1960 to 1980, when it switched to a more adult-oriented format. Here’s their Top 10 from this week in 1975.

  1. Mike Post, “The Rockford Files” Mike is one of the more prolific composers for TV, and has a number of other TV themes to his credit. This is one of his more clever ones.
  2. James Taylor, “How Sweet It Is” This period in the mid-’70’s might have been James’s best both commercially and artistically, and no doubt being married to Carly Simon didn’t hurt. Carly provides background vocals here.
  3. Melissa Manchester, “Midnight Blue” I haven’t heard much from Melissa, probably because I don’t hang around adult contemporary stations. This was her first hit, reaching #6 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the AC chart.
  4. Glen Campbell, “Rhinestone Cowboy” I keep thinking this came out in the ’80’s, for some reason. Glen hadn’t had a hit on the Hot 100 since 1971, although he did well on the Country and AC charts during ths time, and this shot him back into the limelight, a #1 hit in the US and Canada and a Top 10 hit in most of the British Empire. Johnny Carson did a pretty funny parody of it on The Tonight Show as well, which just made it even more popular.
  5. War, “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” Title track from their 1975 album, which reached #6 on the Hot 100 and #9 on the R&B chart. The album was #1 on the R&B chart and #8 on the Hot 200 albums.
  6. 10cc, “I’m Not In Love” The first of 10cc’s two big hits in the US, this reached #2 here and #1 in the UK.
  7. Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, “Fallin’ In Love” Or, “Hamilton, Joe, Frank Reynolds and the entire Eyewitness News Team.” They had a hit in 1971 with “Don’t Pull Your Love.” Tommy Reynolds left the group in late 1972 and was replaced by Alan Dennison, after which Dunhill Records dropped the band. They signed with Playboy Records, on the condition they left the name of the band “Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds.” It proved to be a winner…
  8. Elton John, “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” From Elton’s 1975 album Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy, this reached #4 in the US and #2 in Canada. It was the only single off that album, though Elton’s recordings of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and “Philadelphia Freedom” are bonus tracks on the 1995 re-release (since they weren’t on any album up to then).
  9. Eagles, “One Of These Nights” The title track from their 1975 album and the first single from it, it went to #1 in the US and #13 in Canada and finished the year at #9 in the US. The album was their first #1 album.
  10. The Bee Gees, “Jive Talkin'” This was the Brothers Gibb’s first #1 hit since “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?” in 1971. Even though this came out when disco was becoming popular (it was included in the 1977 soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever), it really doesn’t sound like a disco song.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for August 16, 2019.

14 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: WHYN (560 AM, Springfield, MA), 8/15/75

    1. It’s kind of a weird name. Why Joe Frank Carollo used his two first names instead of his last name is beyond me. I mean, it could have been Hamilton, Carollo and Reynolds, thus making it clear that it was a trio rather than a quartet. Guess we’ll never know now. Must have been a ’70’s thing.

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  1. I love The Rockford Files and, yes, that composer is prolific. I know the parody by Johnny Carson and loved it. Some of these song I just love like Why Can’t We Be Friends.

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    1. Like most of his other theme songs (“Hill Street Blues,” “The A Team,” “SWAT,” etc.) it’s instantly recognizable and stands on its own as a song.Maybe I’ll do that for Two for Tuesday next; I did a lot of them for The Friday Five before that turned into a weekly countdown, so I have most of them written, anyway.

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