The Friday 5×2: KGB (1360 AM, San Diego CA), 3/5/69

Last September, we visited KGB, which did Top 40 music during the ’60’s and ’70’s, switching to an all-news format in 1982. The Classic Top 30 had some additional surveys for them, so I grabbed one from this week in 1968. It’s funny how different markets yield Top 10’s that often diverge from each other, and this week’s is no exception.

  1. Blood Sweat & Tears, “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” Reached #2 on the Hot 100 but only #16 on the Adult Contemporary chart, it was BS&T’s first major hit.
  2. Bill Deal & The Rhondels, “May I” A band out of Portsmouth, Virginia that crossed blue-eyed soul with beach music, this reached #39 nationwide.
  3. Tommy Roe, “Dizzy” Allmusic tells us that, for a guy generally believed to be a bubblegum artist, he made some pretty good rockers and has done some pretty great country music. “Dizzy” reached #1 in the US, Canada and the UK.
  4. The Arbors, “The Letter” The Arbors were a band from Ann Arbor, Michigan. This was their biggest national hit, reaching #20 on the Hot 100.
  5. Judy Collins, “Someday Soon” Judy Blue Eyes goes country here, and does a pretty fantastic job of it. The single only reached #55 on the Hot 100 and #37 on the Adult Contemporary chart, though.
  6. Dionne Warwick, “This Girl’s In Love With You” Ms. Warwick, who is without equal when it comes to recording the music of Bacharach and David, did her version of this song after Herb Alpert did his the previous April. While Herb’s version reached #1 for foour weeks, Dionne’s only reached #7.
  7. Frankie Laine, “You Gave Me A Mountain” Francesco LoVecchio, from the Italian neighborhood in Chicago, was best noted for his country songs, such as this one. Here, he covers the Marty Robbins song and took it to #1 on the Easy Listening chart and #24 on the Hot 100.
  8. Paul Revere & The Raiders, “Mr. Sun Mr. Moon” Revere and Co. hadn’t had a Top 10 hit in a couple of years (and wouldn’t until “Indian Reservation” in 1971), but they achieved success in the Top 20 with this, which reached #18 nationally.
  9. The Zombies, “Time Of The Season” The Zombies had their best luck on the charts with this, reaching #3 in the US and #1 in Canada. It was their first Top 10 suingle in the US since 1964.
  10. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, “Baby Baby Don’t Cry” Another of those “oh, is that what that is?” moments, as I couldn’t remember this until I heard it. It reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B chart.

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for March 6, 2020.

9 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: KGB (1360 AM, San Diego CA), 3/5/69

  1. The Zombies’ Odyssey and Oracle that included “Time of the Season” is such a great album–it still sounds pretty good to my ears.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  2. Wow, I had never heard of The Arbors. I like their version of “The Letter”. Here’s a video of them doing a studio session of “Over The Rainbow”. The song itself starts at 4:33.


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