The Friday 5×2: WQAM (560 AM, Miami, FL), 1/25/75

Searching around the Internet for a good idea of what to do, I ran across this tribute page for WQAM, which from 1955 to 1980 was a Top 40 station in Miami, Florida. The creator of the page has a paragraph on what made WQAM such a great station:

> WQAM was a Storz station. Todd Storz, the owner, was one of the pioneers of Top 40 Radio. All six of the Storz owned stations made the Top 40 Top 40 Stations of All Time List, with three in the top 10! #1 KOMA (Oklahoma City), #7 WQAM (Miami), #9 WTIX (New Orleans). #15 WDGY (Minneapolis), #21 KXOK (St. Louis), and #23 WHB (Kansas City).

Currently, WQAM is "560 The Joe," a full-time sports station. Fortunately, on January 25, 1975, they were still a Top 40 station. Here’s their Top 10 from that day.

  1. Carl Douglas, “Kung Fu Fighting” Carl was a one-hit wonder, and this was it. It reached #1 in most of the rest of the world. subsequent efforts were nowhere near as successful.
  2. Barry White, “My First, My Last, My Everything” The follow-up to “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe” did almost as well, reaching #12 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Dance chart. What a voice…
  3. Linda Ronstadt, “You’re No Good” This was Linda’s first #1 as a solo artist, also reaching #10 on the Adult Contemporary chart, #7 in Canada, and #2 on the Canadian AC chart.
  4. Elton John, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” Sir Elton did a great cover of this Beatles tune and eventually reached #1 in both the US and Canada.
  5. The Three Degrees, “When Will I See You Again” I never realized that The Three Degrees did the vocal on “T. S. O. P.” (the theme song for Soul Train), so you can think of this as the followup. This reached #2 on the Hot 100, #4 on the R&B chart, and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
  6. Neil Sedaka, “Laughter In The Rain” After over ten years without a Top 10 hit, Neil came roaring back with this, which reached #1 on the Hot 100 for a week and #1 on the Adult Conntemporary chart for two. It was his first hit on Rocket Records, Elton John’s label.
  7. Stevie Wonder, “Boogie On Reggae Woman” From Fulfillingness’ First Finale (try saying that fast), the song only reached #3 on the Hot 100 but #1 on the R&B chart, where Stevie spent most of the ’70’s. He was just that good.
  8. Grand Funk, “Some Kind Of Wonderful The story of Grand Funk Railroad (later just Grand Funk) was nearing the end of the line, but still had a few more stops to make. This reached #4 in the US and #3 in Canada.
  9. Barry Manilow, “Mandy” Barry’s first big hit was a #1 in both the US and Canada. He would have eight more Top 10 hits before vanishing from the Hot 100, but bless his heart, he’s still going.
  10. Ohio Players, “Fire” “Funky Worm” from 1973 reached #1 on the R&B chart, but this was their first #1 on the Hot 100. It also peaked at #10 on the Billboard Disco Action chart.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for January 31, 2020.

13 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: WQAM (560 AM, Miami, FL), 1/25/75

  1. Great songs to listen to. I just watched a documentary on Linda Ronstadt and what a shame that she can no longer sing. My mom loved her especially her album, “Songs For My Father” I think that’s what it’s called.

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    1. That was the one she sang in Spanish, wasn’t it? I think the subtitle was “Canciones a mi padre,” which is “Songs for my father” in Spanish. She did a little bit of everything in her career, and it’s sad that her voice is all but gone.

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