We visited WKMH in Detroit back in September 2018. During the ’60’sa and into the ’70’s it was WKNR, "Keener 13," and played Top 40 music. Here’s their Top 10 from this date in 1972.
- Don McLean, “American Pie” What more can be (or needs to be) said about this song?
- Denise LaSalle, “Now Run And Tell That” I don’t remember this being on Top 40 radio in Chicago, which is surprising, because she was a blues, R&B and soul singer who, after the death of Koko Taylor, was recognized as “Queen of the Blues.”
- Neil Young, “Heart of Gold” Neil’s only #1 in the United States and his first #1 in Canada, from the 1971 album Harvest.
- T. Rex, “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” T. Rex went from a “psychedelic folk” duo to a “glam rock” band when that genre became popular.
- Apollo 100, “Joy” Apollo 100 was made up of British session players who had a little fun with Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”
- Lunar Funk, “Mr. Penguin (Part 1) Can’t find much about Lunar Funk, other than they recorded on the Bell label and that they also went by Bad Smoke, The Counts, and the Fabulous Counts.
- The Osmonds, “Down By The Lazy River” From their Phase III album, when they decided to write their own material and play their own instruments.
- The Dramatics, “In The Rain” Their second crossover hit, also from the album Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get. This reached #5 on the Hot 100 and was their only #1 on the R&B chart.
- Joe Tex, “I Gotcha” Joe scored a number ofr Top 10 hits on the R&B chart but only a couple on the Hot 100. This reached #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.
- Harry Nilsson, “Without You” Harry’s first #1 on the Hot 100 was a #1 in most of the English-speaking world.
And that’s The Friday 5×2 for February 21, 2020.