The Friday 5×2: WKBW (1520 AM, Buffalo, NY), 6/19/59

I saw this survey on the ARSA site and couldn’t decide whether I had already done this, because it felt too familiar, but I’ve searched the archive and I never have. Anyway, WKBW had been on the air less than a year as a Top 40 station, after having started as a religious broadcaster in 1926. They’re now WWKB, an ESPN Radio affiliate. Here’s their survey from 61 years ago today.

  1. Stonewall Jackson, “Waterloo”: A country singer coming up in the golden age of honky-tonk, Stonewall (his real name) took this to #1 on the Country chart and #4 on the Hot 100.

  2. Connie Francis, “Lipstick On Your Collar”: Connie said that the reason she did so well as a woman singing rock & roll is because she didn’t try to compete with the boys, instead doing songs like this and “Stupid Cupid.” The song was intended as the B side to “Frankie,” but all were so pleased with how it came out that the two songs were promoted as a double A side single. “Lipstick” reached #5, “Frankie” #9, making it her most successful double A side single.

  3. Bobby Darin, “Dream Lover”: When this was released, it became an instant million-seller and rose to #2 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the R&B chart. In the UK, it spent four weeks at #1 over the summer.

  4. Carl Dobkins Jr., “My Heart Is An Open Book”: Released in late 1958, this reached #3 on the Hot 100 and earned a Gold record. It was his best-selling record.

  5. Martin Denny, “Quiet Village”: Martin was called “the father of exotica,” music that simulates the experience of Hawaii and the South Sea islands. The song was written and originally performed by Les Baxter and released in 1957 on Denny’s album Exotica. The album was re-released in 1958 after being re-recorded in stereo. It reached #4 on the Hot 100 and #11 on the R&B chart.

  6. Paul Anka, “Lonely Boy”: This was a #1 hit for Paul that also reached #6 on the R&B chart.

  7. Billy Storm, “I’ve Come Of Age”: Billy Storm was frontman for The Valiants, on whose eponymous first album this can be found. It reached #28 on the Hot 100.

  8. Frankie Avalon, “Bobby Sox To Stockings”: The followup single to his #1 “Venus,” this was another Top 10 hit, reaching #8 on the Hot 100 and #26 on the R&B chart. I like this better than “Venus,” and I love that one…

  9. Fabian, “Tiger”: Frankie’s Philadelphia neighbor and labelmate, this was his most-successful single, reaching #3 on the Hot 100.

  10. Johnny Horton, “Battle Of New Orleans”: Purveyor of fine historical songs, Johnny had a brief career, dying in an auto accident about 18 months later. This was a #1con both the Hot 100 and the Country chart.

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for June 19, 2020.

14 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: WKBW (1520 AM, Buffalo, NY), 6/19/59

    1. I always seem to find a survey with at least one song I’ve never heard before. There were three on this survey as well as a couple I had discovered when doing another survey. It really expands one’s musical vocabulary.

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  1. Great Set,I did a Fats Domino set this week and yes I broke the rules with more tunes! I added this weeks set of yours to the 5 On Friday list.


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