The Friday 5×2: WKBH (1410 AM LaCrosse WI), 11/24/58

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Jimmy Rodgers, “Bimbombey” A song that just missed the Top 10, coming in at #11 nationally. Still one of his greatest hits.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

11 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: WKBH (1410 AM LaCrosse WI), 11/24/58

  1. when this survey came out I was 6 years 10 months old. so it looks like I’m the oldest so far to add my two cents worth.good tunes.


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