The Friday 5×2: WAEB (790 AM, Allentown PA), 6/4/78

We visited WAEB in Allentown in October of last year when we looked at their Top 10 for the year 1971, and they came up again today, looking at the survey of June 4, 1978. I started a new job around then and don’t remember a lot of these songs. A cursory glance tells me that there wasn’t a lot of disco to worry about here.

  1. Bonnie Tyler, “It’s A Heartache” The husky-voiced Welsh beauty’s only single to chart in the US, it reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #4 in the UK.

  2. Billy Joel, “Movin’ Out” Initially released in September 1977 with his album The Stranger, it was re-released in March 1978 and reached #17 on the Hot 100.

  3. Barry Manilow, “Even Now” Barry reached #17 on the Hot 100, but topped the Adult Contemporary chart with this ballad.

  4. Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams, “Too Much Too Little Too Late” Johnny hadn’t had a chart-topping single since “Chances Are” in 1957 before this. This collaboration with the lovely Ms. Williams topped the Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, and R&B charts and was certified Gold.

  5. Gerry Rafferty, “Baker Street” From the album City To City, it peaked at #2 in the US behind Andy Gibb’s “Shadow Dancing.” It reached #1 in Canada, Australia and South Africa and #3 in the UK. The iconic saxophone solo was provided by Raphael Ravenscroft, despite what you might have heard.

  6. Chuck Mangione, “Feels So Good” Title track from his 1977 album, it was probably the first anyone had heard of “smooth jazz.” the album version is roughly twice the length of the single. It peaked at #4 on the Hot 100 in June after topping the Easy Listening chart in May. It was nominated for the Grammy for Record of the year, but lost out to Billy Joel’s “Just The Way Yiou Are.”

  7. Carly Simon, “You Belong To Me” Written by Carly and Michael McDonald, The Doobie Brothers (Michael’s band) recorded it on their 1977 album Livin’ On The Fault Line. It was on Carly’s album Boys In The Trees. Her version reached #6 on the Hot 100 and remained on the chart for 18 weeks. She receied a nomination for Best Female Vocalist but lost out to Anne Murray.

  8. Andy Gibb, “Shadow Dancing” Title track from his 1978 album and the only disco song on this week’s chart. It topped the Hot 100 for 7 weeks and was his last #1 in the US.

  9. Paul McCartney & Wings, “With A Little Luck” From their album London Town, this song was the first single from the album and reached #1 in the US and #5 in the UK. It was #18 for 1978.

  10. Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta, “You’re The One That I Want” From the movie (and soundtrack) Grease, the song sung by the two stars of the movie was one of the best-selling singles in history, selling 6 million copies in the US, UK and France and 15 million copies overall. This and “Hopelessly Devoted To You” were two songs written specifically for Olivia in the movie.

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

16 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: WAEB (790 AM, Allentown PA), 6/4/78

  1. “Baker Street” is one of my all time favorites. I was on the road when that came out and the subject matter of the song had a particularly special meaning to me at the time. I still get wistful feelings when I hear this song.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  2. I moved from Orlando to Ft. Lauderdale in 1978, starting a new job and a new life. I love Baker Street, which is played frequently on The River – 97.1.

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    1. The River tends to find a good song and play the heck out of it. It’s better than 96 Rock was, where you could set your watch by what song was on (“There’s ‘Stairway To Heaven,’ must be lunchtime…”)

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  3. 6/4/1978 I was in the process of being divorced for my first wife (She wanted it,no me) than I moved back to Cleveland from West Sacrmento where I was living at the time. I do miss the friends that I made out there.That being said I am Glad that I did come back I meet my Current Mrs Golch we have been married for 40 years this year!


    1. 3 weeks from graduation?Wow you’re such a youngun in my book! the summer of 78 my first wife was in the process of divircing me because I gould not give her kids!😢😢😢

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    1. “Baker Street” was an outstanding song any way you look at it. Musically and lyrically excellent, and that saxophone riff ,….


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