The Friday 5×2: KYNO (1300 AM Fresno CA), 3/20/68

KYNO has been on the air in Fresno, California since 1948, but it’s changed dial positions several times and call letters at least once. In 1968, they were at 1300 AM broacasting a Top 30 format (that’s how deep their survey went, anyway). Here’s what was in their Top 10 52 years ago today.

  1. Lalo Schifrin, “Mission: Impossible” The popular film and TV composer wrote the theme songs for several shows, including Mission: Impossible and Mannix. This theme did especially well, as did the TV show.
  2. Gene & Debbe, “Playboy” Gene & Debbe were a pseudo-country husband-and-wife act who had one big hit, this one, before splitting up personally and professionally. This song earned them a Gold record.
  3. Raymond Lefevre, “Soul Coaxing (Âme câline)” This lovely tune was written by Michel Polnareff, who recorded a vocal version as “If You Loved Me.” The song has been used as theme songs for numerous radio stations, and peaked at #37 nationally.
  4. Billy Vera & Judy Clay, “Country Girl – City Man” Billy Vera wrote the song “Storybook Children” and brought it to Atlantic Records, who decided to pair Billy with soul and gospel singer Judy, making them a black-and-white duet, groundbreaking for its time. “Country Girl – City Man” was the followup, and reached #36 on the Hot 100 and #41 on the R&B chart.
  5. O. C. Smith, “The Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp” This was O. C.’s first Top 40 hit in the US, where it reached #40 on the Hot 100 and #36 on the R&B chart. It did much better in the UK and Australia, where it reached #2 and #3, respctively, and on the Canadian Country chart, where it reached #4. Later in ’68, he had his biggest hit, “Little Green Apples.”
  6. The Box Tops, “Cry Like A Baby” The Memphis-based blue-eyed soul group had hit it big the previous year with “The Letter,” which reached #1 according to Billboard and Cash Box. This reached #2 on both those surveys.
  7. Georgie Fame, “The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde” This R&B singer had his best chart success with this song, which was no doubt helped by the release of the movie starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty the year before. This reached #7 in the US, #4 in Australia, and #1 in the UK.
  8. Manfred Mann, “The Mighty Quinn” This song was as close as Manfred Mann came to success in the US, reaching #10 on the Hot 100.
  9. Simon & Garfunkel, “Scarborough Fair” As much as I heard this on the radio when it was relased, it only reached #11 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the Adult Contemporary chart, leading me to believe that I only thought I heard it that often…
  10. The Delphonics, “La La Means I Love You” A beautiful song, it was their first Top 10 single, reaching #2 on the Hot 100 and the R&B chart.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for March 20, 2020.

11 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: KYNO (1300 AM Fresno CA), 3/20/68

  1. Not many of these songs are heard on the radio these days. I don’t guess I’ve heard that song “Playboy” since back when it was on the radio. I’d forgotten all about that one. I used to like it when they were playing it on the airwaves. Now it sounds a bit dated, but still nice to hear again.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  2. Some of these songs I never heard of like the Bonnie & Clyde one but I do love Simon & Garfunkel and Manfred Mann. I like the O. C. Smith song


    1. O. C. Smith did some really beautiful songs in his day. A lot of them were covers, like “Honey” (the Bobby Goldsboro song), “Primrose Lane” (the Jerry Wallace song”) and “Baby, I Need Your Loving” (The Four Tops). They called his style “supper club soul.”

      I’m not surprised you don’t remember “Bonnie & Clyde.” It was all over the radio when it was popular, then it just sort of got forgotten.


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