The Friday 5×2: KHJ (930 AM Los Angeles), April 30, 1969

We last visited KHJ in Los Angeles a few months ago, so let’s see what they had on their playlist this week in 1969.

  1. The Beatles with Billy Preston, “Get Back” Released in April, this was a #1 hit in the US, Canada, and around the world. It was the first time The Beatles had another artist acknowledged on a record, at their request. It was also the first single in true stereo in the US; in the UK, that wouldn’t happen until their next single, “The Ballad of John & Yoko.”

  2. The Isley Brothers, “It’s Your Thing” The Isleys’ first single after they left Motown Records for their own label, T-Neck Records, distributed by Buddah. It reached #2 on the Hot 100 and the Cash Box survey and #1 on the R&B chart.

  3. Andy Williams, “Happy Heart” Andy and Petula Clark both released versions of this song close to each other, and Andy’s reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart while Petula’s only reached #12.

  4. Spiral Starecase, “More Today Than Yesterday” This reached #6 in Canada, #7 on the Cash Box survey, and #12 on the Hot 100. Seems it should have been higher, but that’s the way it goes.

  5. Mercy, “Love (Can Make You Happy)” A one-hit wonder if ever there was one, Mercy took this to #2 on the Hot 100, where it was kept out of the #1 spot by The Beatles’ “Get Back.”

  6. Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, “Do Your Thing” I don’t really remember this band, which is odd, because they had a number of Top 10 hits on either the Hot 100 or the R&B chart. This one reached #11 on the Hot 100 and #12 on the R&B chart.

  7. Booker T. & The MG’s, “Time Is Tight” Booker T. & The MG’s recorded two versions of this. This is the version that was released as a single, and it reached #6 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the R&B chart. A longer and faster version was included in the soundtrack for the film UpTight.

  8. Simon & Garfunkel, “The Boxer”/”Baby Driver” This was the lead simgle from the 1970 album Bridge Over Troubled Water and reached #7 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Cash Box survey, as well as #3 in Canada. Most stations didn’t include “Baby Driver,” the B side, but KHJ did.

  9. Edwin Hawkins Singers, “O Happy Day” This is a 1967 adaptation of an 18th Century hymn by Phillip Dodderidge. It became an intarnational hit, reaching #4 on the Hot 100 in the US.

  10. The Cowsills, “Hair” From the musical of the same name, The Cowsills went to #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 in Australia and New Zealand.

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for May 1, 2020.

13 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: KHJ (930 AM Los Angeles), April 30, 1969

    1. I like to recreate Top 10’s from around the country on given days. A lot of songs that I never heard, or hadn’t heard in a long time, were on the surveys back then, and they deserve not to forgotten.

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    1. The late ’60’s and ’70’s were a tremendous time for music. Maybe I’m just saying that because that’s when I first got into the music, but there was so much going on musically back then.

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  1. Some great songs and it made me smile to see Andy Williams. There with the Beatles. I had no idea that “O Happy Day was that old. I find that fascinating how famous songs came from something quite old.


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