The Friday 5×2: KGB (1360 AM, San Diego, CA), 10/18/63

Found this survey on the Boss Sound Surveys blog, which seems to be more or less dormant. It caught my eye because of the callsign (“KGB… radio listens to you!), but it’s a pretty interesting station. Now KLSD, they’re the longest-licensed station in San Diego, going on the air in 1922. They did Top 40 radio from the early ’60’s to 1982, when they changed to all news. And, they also call their weekly survey the “Silver Dollar Survey.” Here’s their Top 10 (which includes two double-A side records) for October 18, 1963.

  1. The Drifters, “I’ll Take You Home” This only reached #25 nationally (#24 on the R&B chart), but San Diego seemed to like it. They had most of their 1963 success with “On Broadway.”
  2. Nino Tempo & April Stevens, “Deep Purple” Nino and April were brother and sister who had a string of hits. This went to #1 on the Hot 100 and AC charts and won the Grammy for the Best Rock & Roll Record of the Year. Twelve years later, another brother and sister act, Donny & Marie Osmond, took this to #14.
  3. The Miracles, “Mickey’s Monkey” Smokey Robinson and crew were still calling themselves The Miracles when they took this to #8 (#3 on the R&B chart).
  4. Garnett Mimms & The Enchanters, “Cry Baby” I didn’t recognize this song by name, but when I played it I remembered it well. This is their first record and the only one to reach the Top 10 on the Hot 100 and the R&B chart.
  5. Ray Charles, “Busted”/”Making Believe” One of our two double-A side hits. I always admired Ray for the fact that he could do both soul and country, and on this record, he does. “Busted” reached #4 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B chart, while “Making Believe” only made it to #102 nationally.
  6. Sunny & The Sunglows, “Talk To Me” A Chicano band out of San Antonio, Texas, this is a cover of Little Willie John’s 1958 hit, which was recommended by the owner of Tear Drop Records, Huey P. Meaux. It reached #11 on the Hot 100, #4 on the AC chart, and #12 on the R&B chart.
  7. Los Indios Tabajaras, “Maria Elena” Antenor and Natalicio Lima were brothers from Ceara, Brazil who formed a guitar duo, often performing in ceremonial Indian costumes. They became popular throughout Latin America, with “Maria Elena” becoming an international hit, reaching #6 on the Hot 100 and earning a gold record.
  8. Roy Orbison, “Blue Bayou”/”Mean Woman Blues” Our other double-A sided hit is from Roy Orbison. I hate to admit it, but I like Linda Ronstadt’s cover of “Blue Bayou” better; nevertheless, it’s a beautiful song and well-suited to Roy’s voice, as is “Mean Woman Blues.” The record did much better outside the US, reaching #1 in Australia and #3 in the UK. In the US, it only rose to #29.
  9. The Ronettes, “Be My Baby” Their first record on Phil Spector’s Phillies Records reached #2 in the US and #4 in the UK. Only Ronnie (not yet married to Phil) sings here; Phil doubletracked the background vocals.
  10. Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs, “Sugar Shack” Keith McCormack wrote this song and gave partial credit to his aunt, Fay Voss, because she told him that “those tight pants girls wear” were leotards. Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs had a huge hit with it, spending several weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and on the Cash Box 100. It was the #1 record for 1963.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for September 6, 2019.

3 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: KGB (1360 AM, San Diego, CA), 10/18/63

  1. Great selection, John. I saw The Drifters, many, many moons ago! And Love Shack was played at many parties and got everyone up and dancing. In fact, I heard Love Shack this morning!


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