The Friday 5×2: WNOW (1250 AM York, PA), 4/9/61

Getting to The Friday 5×2 a little later today. Seems I forgot all about it until I went to bed last night…

WNOW now exists on the FM dial as WQXA at 105.7 MHz, while the AM slot has been taken over by WYYC, a daytime-only religious broadcaster. We did find the Top 10 over on the ARSA site, so here it is.

  1. Kokomo, “Asia Minor” Jazz pianist Jimmy Wisner recorded this piece under the name Kokomo because he didn’t want to alienate his jazz fans. It’s a rock interpretation of Grieg’s “Piano Concerto in A Minor.” It reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #35 in the UK despite it being banned by the BBC for “distortion of melody, harmony and rhythm.”
  2. Brook Benton, “Think Twice”A song written by Joe Shapiro, Jimmy Williams, and Clyde Otis (Benton’s regular songwriter) that reached #11 on the Hot 100.
  3. The Shirelles, “Dedicated To The One I Love”This was a song written by Lowman Paulding and Ralph Bass and originally recorded by The “5” Royales (of which Paulding was the guitarist), reaching #88. The Shirelles recorded this in 1959, when it reached #83, and re-released it in 1961, when it went to #3 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Hot R&B sides chart.
  4. Linda Scott, “I’ve Told Every Little Star” Linda was 16 when this was released, and it was her most-popular record, reaching #3 on the Hot 100. She went on to put twelve singles on the charts between 1959 and 1967. She then went on to work as a backup singer, most notably on Lou Christie’s “Lightning Strikes Again.”
  5. Ernie K-Doe, “Mother In Law” This was Ernie’s first single and it was a good one, reaching #1 on the Hot 100. Subsequent attempts weren’t as successful.
  6. Floyd Cramer, “On The Rebound” Floyd was one of the central figures in the creation of “the Nashville sound,” along with Chet Atkins, at the time the head of A&R at RCA Records. Falling on the heels of “First Date,” his biggest hit, this reached #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 in the UK.
  7. Dickie Goodman, “The Touchables” Dickie was a record producer who made novelty records such as this one, where lines of dialogue are sampled from hit records. The flip sides usually included some totally original work by him. This only reached #60, but he clearly had fun doing it.
  8. Rochell & The Candles, “Once Upon A Time” Rochell & The Candles were a one-hit wonder from Los Angeles, and this was it. It got to #26 on the Hot 100 and #20 on the R&B chart.
  9. B-B, “Ivory Marbles” B-B was B. B. Cunningham, brother of Bill Cunningham of the Box Tops. Haven’t been able to find any chart information on this, but it did reach #2 on WNOW.
  10. The Marcels, “Blue Moon” A doo-wop version of Rodgers and Hart’s 1934 tune that reached #1 in the US and the UK.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for April 10, 2020.

6 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: WNOW (1250 AM York, PA), 4/9/61

  1. Excellent selection, John! These songs bring great memories! I remember every song by The Shirelles and thought they were a fabulous girl group. 1957 to 1982 is a long haul.

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