The Friday 5×2: WDGY (740 AM, Minneapolis-St. Paul), 7/4/64

WDGY has been broadcasting from Hudson, Wisconsin into the Minneapolis-St.Paul area since 1956. Since 740 AM is a clear-channel station (CFZM in Toronto has the clear-channel rights), it’s a daytime-only station, though they also broadcast on 92.1 FM W22BS in St. Paul 24 hours a day. They’re currently playing oldies, but in the 1960’s the were second only to KDWB in the Minneapolis market.

Odd for July 1964, The Beatles aren’t in the Top 10, though they make their presence known. You’ll see what I mean shortly.

  1. Rita Pavone, “Remember Me”: Italian teen star Rita had just one hit in the US, this one, but was very popular in Europe, recording 13 albums for the Italian market.
  2. Earl-Jean, “I’m Into Something Good”: Earl-Jean was a member of The Cookies, who sang backup on this record. The song was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, who had put together another version of The Cookies after that group became the Raelettes (Ray Charles’s backup singers).
  3. Gerry & The Pacemakers, “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying”: Another Merseybeat band from Liverpool, managed by Brian Epstein and produced by George Martin. This reached #4 in the US.
  4. Millie Small, “My Boy Lollipop”: Jamaican singer Millie Small introduced the US audience to ska with this single, which went to #2 on the Hot 100 and was in the Top 10 through most of the rest of the world. She just passed away in May.
  5. The Searchers, “Don’t Throw Your Love Away”: A cover of The Orlons’ hit, it reached #1 in the UK and #16 in the US. The Searchers were another Merseybeat band….
  6. Peter & Gordon, “World Without Love”: Peter Asher and his sister Jane were child actors. Jane dated Paul McCartney from 1963 to 1968, and Paul wrote several songs that Peter & Gordon recorded, inclding this one, which reached #1 in the US and the UK.
  7. Dave Clark 5, “Can’t You See That She’s Mine”: The Tottenham Sound is represented on this survey by this song, which reached #4 in the US.
  8. Johnny Rivers, “Memphis”: Johnny Rivers was successful early in his career with “Memphis” and “Maybelline,” both Chuck Berry hits. Both songs were ecorded at The Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles. This reached #2 in the US and #1 in Canada.
  9. Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, “Bad To Me”/”Little Children”: Billy J. Kramer was also from Liverpool, and “Bad To Me” was written by Lennon-McCartney. “Little Children” received more attention, reaching #1 in the UK and #7 in the US, while “Bad To Me” failed to chart.
  10. The Beach Boys, “I Get Around”/”Don’t Worry Baby”: “I Get Around” was the A side, and as such reached #1 on the US and Canadian charts, while “Don’t Worry Baby” reached #24 in the US.

Next week, Five For Friday will replace The Friday 5×2, while our weekly look at a historic radio station survey moves to Tuesday as Top Ten Tuesday. See you then!

8 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: WDGY (740 AM, Minneapolis-St. Paul), 7/4/64

  1. I was able to listen to all of them!! I enjoyed each one and know most of them but there were a few I do t know. I think the one after Lollipop is one I didn’t know but really liked. Looking at these people singing, like the duo where the one was a child actor, made me think these people are all n the late 60s and 70s. They were so forward in their songs and so much better than the crap often played today.

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    1. That was one I wasn’t familiar with, either, but I knew the Searchers from their cover of “Love Potion Number 9.” Glad you were able to play the whole playlist!

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