The Friday 5×2: KNAK (1280 AM Salt Lake City), 12/5/69

We visited KNAK in Salt Lake City earlier this year, so let’s jump a little ahead from that and check out their survey from December of 1969. There are 12 songs here, because there are two double-"A" side songs, which you’ll see shortly.

  • #10: The Tokens, "She Lets Her Hair Down" True one-hit wonders (1961’s "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" reached #1 and was their only Top 40 hit), they reached #61 on the Hot 100 and #43 in Canada with this. Seems strange. I heard this for the first time today.
  • #9: The Grass Roots, "Heaven Knows" A minor hit that reached #24 on the Hot 100 (Cash Box had it at #13 and Record World had it at #12), It was sandwiched between "I’d Wait A Million Years" and "Temptation Eyes."
  • #8: Stevie Wonder, "Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday" Stevie hadn’t reached his "woke" period of the early ’70’s just yet and was still cranking out songs like this, which reached #7 on the Hot 100, #5 on the R&B chart, and #10 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
  • #7: Neil Diamond, "Holly Holy" Neil’s changing record labels from Bang to Uni resulted in his being better promoted. This followed the success of "Sweet Caroline" and reached #6.
  • #6: The Beatles, "Come Together"/"Something" Allen Klein, who had been hired to run Apple, had this single released because the company needed the money. It went to #1 in the US and #4 in the UK.
  • #5: Mel & Tim, "Backfield In Motion" Mel & Tim hailed from Holly Springs, Mississippi and moved to Chicago, where they were discovered by "The Duke Of Earl," Gene Chandler. This was their only song to reach the Top 40 on the Pop chart; it reached #4 on the R&B chart and they had a second hit on the R&B chart, "Starting All Over Again," in 1972.
  • #4: Three Dog Night, "Eli’s Coming" Great song by a great songwriter (Laura Nyro) and performed by a great band (Three Dog Night). This was their third Top 10 sinle in a row, raching #10 in the US and #8 in Canada.
  • #3: Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Fortunate Son"/"Down On The Corner" two A side songs helped this to #3 on the Hot 100. Creedence had five records reach #2 but never one that went all the way.
  • #2: Peter Paul & Mary, "Leaving On A Jet Plane" A song by John Denver that ended up being PP&M’s only #1 hit.
  • #1: Diana Ross & The Supremes, "Someday We’ll Be Together" Their last #1 together, as Diana Ross would start her solo career in 1970.

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

15 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: KNAK (1280 AM Salt Lake City), 12/5/69

  1. That Tokens song is new to me as well (maybe more of a regional hit?), however the rest of the songs I remember well even though I wasn’t listening to much pop radio at that time. It was my first year in college and I was well into more alternative sounds than what was in the mainstream.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. He’s not someone I liked well enough to buy his albums or singles, but I didn’t mind hearing him on the radio and he wrote some really great songs for other people (e.g. “I’m A Believer”). Some of his work in the ’70’s was a little depressing (his duet with Barbra Streisand comes to mind), but in general I like his stuff.

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  2. Ah…so many of those songs take me right back to sitting in my room as a youngin listening to the radio! The Tokens’ song In the Jungle is an ear-worm song! Great collection you’ve shared this week. I could spend the day listening to all of those greats!

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