The Friday 5×2: KFRC (610 AM,San Francisco), 2/28/68

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The Association, “Everything That Touches You” This song reached #10 nationally, but as you can see it did much better among the KFRC listeners.
  5. Sly & The Family Stone, “Dance To The Music” The first hit in the “psychedelic soul” genre, it reached #8.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  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…
  10. 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.

14 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: KFRC (610 AM,San Francisco), 2/28/68

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    Y song I don’t know is the first one. I didn’t know the names of some but when I listened to them I knew them right away. I do love Love is Blue. The band next made me smile from the set which makes me think of Ed Sullivan and gotta love that one guys huge sideburns. I love Dock of the Bay..poor Otis Redding. I have a picture of him being taken out of the water..haunting and sad.

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    1. I’m sure Sly & The Family Stone played it on Ed’s show. He was especially good about featuring Black performers on his show, and went up against more than a few sponsors to do it. He brought all kinds of performers to us every week. It might have been the best show of all time for that reason.


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