I wanted to find a Thanksgiving week survey, and WKBH from LaCrosse, Wisconsin showed up. As far as I can tell, they’re now WIZM, broadcasting news and talk. The current WKBH-AM broadcasts a Catholic format on 1570 AM from Holmen, Wisconsin (in LaCrosse County), but they’ve only been on the air since 1984, so I guessed that they’re not the same one. Anyway, here’s WKBH’s survey from November 24, 1958. There are two two-sided hits on the survey, so you have 12 songs.
- Elvis Presley, “I Got Stung” Elvis’s last record in the 1950’s, it reached #1 in the UK. He was inducted into the Army shortly afterward.
- Slim Dusty, “Pub With No Beer” David Gordon Kirkpatrick, also known as Slim Dusty, was an Australian country singer who had an international hit with this.
- Tommy Edwards, “It’s All In The Game” Haven’t played this in a while. It’s a beauty of a song that was composed by Charles G. Dawes, later Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge, as “Melody In A Major.” Carl Sigman wrote the lyrics, and the rest, as they say, is history.
- Cozy Cole, “Topsy Part 1″/”Topsy Part 2” Cozy was the drummer for Alan Hartwell’s Big Band, who got a chance to record this. He really pounds on those drums.
- The Everly Brotheres, “Problems” Don and Phil teamed up with Felice and Boudleaux Bryant and came up with this one. This is a longer version; the single clocked in at under two minutes.
- The Playmates, “Beep Beep” A novelty record that I first heard on Doctor Demento’s show. It starts out really slow, but don’t worry, it speeds up.
- Rick Nelson, “Lonesome Town”/”I’ve Got A Feeling” “Lonesome Town” reached #7 on the Hot 100 and #15 on the R&B chart. “I’ve Got A Feeling” came in at #10. Most radio stations kept both sides of the record together, so I imagine the main difference was radio plays and juke box plays.
- Jimmy Rodgers, “Bimbombey” A song that just missed the Top 10, coming in at #11 nationally. Still one of his greatest hits.
- Conway Twitty, “It’s Only Make Believe” The ’50’s were a time when country singers made the pop charts fairly regularly. At this time, Conway was doing about half-country, half-pop. Whatever the case, this went to #1 in the US, Canada and the UK.
- The Kingston Trio, “Tom Dooley” The Kingston Trio were in the vanguard of the folk movement of the late ’50’s and early ’60’s, and this was a huge hit for them. I read recently that this was a true story about a man named Tom Dula, whose last name just happened to be pronounced “Dooley.”
And that’s The Friday 5×2 for November 29, 2019.