The Friday 5×2: KHJ (930 AM Los Angeles), 9/24/1969

While browsing around Pinterest, I found this survey from KHJ in Los Angeles, and thought it was interesting enough to do this week’s Friday 5×2. Here’s their Top 10 from September 24, 1969.

  1. Bill Deal & The Rhondels, “What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am” Bill and The Rhondells were a blue-eyed soul/beach music band from Virginia who had three Top 40 singles in 1969. This was the most successful, reaching #23.
  2. Elvis Presley, “Suspicious Minds” Followup to his “In The Ghetto,” this was Elvis’s last #1 single in the US.
  3. Marvin Gaye, “That’s The Way Love Is” On the heels of “Too Busy Thinkin’ ‘Bout My Baby,” this reached #7 nationally and #2 on the R&B chart.
  4. The Rascals, “Carry Me Back” After “People Got To Be Free” was a #1 hit for them in ’68, The Rascals didn’t have another Top 10 hit. This came the closest, reaching #26 on the Hot 100 and #12 on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart, as well as reaching #6 in Canada. It did better in some markets, such as LA and Chicago.
  5. The Lettermen, “Hurt So Bad” A cover of the Little Anthony & The Imperials hit, this reached #12 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the AC chart, where The Lettermen thrived.
  6. Jerry Butler, “What’s The Use Of Breaking Up” The Iceman took this to #20 nationally and #4 on the R&B chart, though I don’t recall it being played on the two Top 40 stations in Chicago, Butler’s hometown.
  7. Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, “This Girl Is A Woman Now” Gary and the boys from Union Gap, Washington had a brief but impressive career on the Top 40. This was their last Top 10 hit, checking in at #9.
  8. The Electric Indian, “Keem-O-Sabe” A studio group formed to take advantage of the popularity of Native Americans in the media at the time, this was their only single. It did well as a regional hit around Philadelphia, and United Artists took it national, where it ended up at #20.
  9. Bobby Sherman, “Little Woman” This was the Tiger Beat coverboy’s first Top 10 single, reaching #3. He went on to careers as a paramedic and police officer.
  10. The Dells, “Oh What A Night” This is kind of a surprise. The Dells had been around since 1953 (and are still going), but really didn’t find chart success until a re-recorded version of “Stay In My Corner” from 1965 reached #10 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart in 1968. This had originally been released in 1960 as “Oh, What a Nite,” and it likewise reached #10 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for October 18, 2019.

9 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: KHJ (930 AM Los Angeles), 9/24/1969

  1. Gret set of tunes you put togeted this wekk. sorry I’m late in commenting but I did something that caused a major malfunction in the computer,AGAIN! spent most of friday and yesterday fighting to get it operational.current running Windows 8.1.I’m not sure if it can handle window 10 again.that’s when it really seems to go to hell. but 6 years old what can I say.december it will be 7 years old. as long as it keeps running I’m not getting a new one,the condo need some funace work first.

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