The Friday 5×2: WCFL (1000 AM Chicago), 5/28/69

Today we’re going to head back to Chicago and WCFL, which had its offices and studios at Marina City on the southern bank of the Chicago River.

Marina Ciy, where WCFL had its offices and studios. Source: Wikipedia (Diego Delso / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0))

Here’s their Top 10 from May 28, 1969. Big 10 (their nickname at the time) created two “double A side singles,” even though only one of the songs ws an official A side. Don’t ask me why…

  1. Paul Revere & The Raiders, “Let Me!” Up from #20 the week before, a song from their album Alias Pink Puzz, this only mae #20 nationwide.

  2. Marvin Gaye, “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby” A cover of a Temptations song from three years before, this spent a second week at #9 on Super CFL. Nationally, it reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.

  3. Elvis Presley, “In The Ghetto” Jumped into #8 from #22 on the Big 10 survey. It peaked at #3 nationally.

  4. Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Bad Moon Rising”/”Lodi” The first of our two “double A side singles,” made the jump from #28 in just one week. “Bad Moon Rising,” which was the lead single, peaked at #2 nationally; “Lodi” never reached the Top 40.

  5. Edwin Hawkins Singers, “Oh, Happy Day” Down from #5 the week before, this was an international hit, as I’m sure I’ve already told you.

  6. The Buchanan Brothers, “Medicine Man (Part 1)” The Buchanan Brothers were Terry Cashman, Gene Pistilli, and Tommy West, who were a folk-pop trio. They changed their name to record this, which peaked at #22 nationally. On WCFL, they had jumped to #5 from #14 the previous week.

  7. Neon Philharmonic, “Morning Girl” As you can probably surmise from the name of the band and the sound of the single, The Neon Philharmonic was a psychedelic pop band. They had released two albums in 1969, The Moth Confesses and their eponymous second album, from which this was drawn. It reached #22 nationwide, their bestselling single, and was up one spot from #5 on this survey.

  8. The Guess Who, “These Eyes” WCFL’s Top 3 this week were the same as the week before. From their first album, Wheatfield Soul, this peaked at #6 in the US and #7 in Canada.

  9. Mercy, “Love (Can Make You Happy)” Despite having the original single pulled off the market in a legal dispute, this song earned a Gold record two months after it was released, reaching #2 on both the Hot 100 and Easy Listening chart. A lot of us learned to slow dance to this one, so it was a favorite.

  10. The Beatles, “Get Back”/”Don’t Let Me Down” The second “Double A side single,” “Get Back” was an international #1, while “Don’t Let Me Down” never charted. My copy of “Get Back” had “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)” on the flip side. Weird.

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for May 29, 2020.

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