You might remember that we talked about KYA, which was the #1 Top 40 station in San Francisco until KFRC switched to Top 40 in 1966. By 1968, KFRC was well-established as a Top 40 station, and here’s what they were playing on this day in 1968.
- 1910 Fruitgum Company, “Simon Says” We start with a little bubblegum pop from one of the big bands in the genre. This was their first release, and they took it to #4 nationally.
- The Four Tops, “Walk Away Renee” The Left Banke did the original the previous year, and they took it to #5. This cover didn’t do as well, reaching #13.
- Paul Mauriat, “Love Is Blue” A beautiful instrumental by the French bandleader. The vocal version was first sung by Vicky Leandros, who represented Luxembourg in the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest. She finished fourth.
- The Association, “Everything That Touches You” This song reached #10 nationally, but as you can see it did much better among the KFRC listeners.
- Sly & The Family Stone, “Dance To The Music” The first hit in the “psychedelic soul” genre, it reached #8.
- The Lettermen, “Goin’ Out Of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” A medley of songs that were done originally by Little Anthony & The Imperials and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, The Lettermen reached #7 on the Hot 100 but #2 on the Easy Listening chart, where they always did well.
- The Impressions, “We’re A Winner” Written by Curtis Mayfield, this was one of the most prominent songs in the “Black Pride” movement. It reached #1 on the R&B chart and #14 on the Hot 100.
- The Fireballs with Jimmy Gilmer, “Bottle of Wine” A song written by Tom Paxton, it had four verses, of which The Fireballs did two. They took it to #9.
- Dionne Warwick, “Valley Of The Dolls” A song written by Dory and Andre Previn, Dionne was asked to do the song when Judy Garland was fired from the movie. The B side was Bacharach and David’s “I Say A Little Prayer,” and it became one of the best selling double sided hits ofthe modern era. It peaked at #2, kept out of the #1 slot by “Love Is Blue” and…
- Otis Redding, “Dock Of The Bay” Released shortly after his death, it became the first posthumous song to reach #1.
KFRC went dark in 2006. That’s The Friday 5×2 for February 28, 2020.