Top Ten Tuesday: KFWB (980 AM Los Angeles), 7/9/60

Welcome to the inaugural post in my new series, Top Ten Tuesday! Two for Tuesday is now Five For Friday, so look for it this Fridaay!

We visited KFWB in Los Angeles about a year ago and recreated a survey from 1958, so let’s jump ahead a couple of years and see what they had on the survey in 1960.

  1. Connie Francis, “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool”: This wasn’t even the A side of the record (that was “Jealous of You (Tango Della Gelosia)”), but this eventually became a #1 hit.
  2. The Fendermen, “Mule Skinner Blues”: Jim Sundquist and Phil Humphrey met at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and called themselves The Fendermen because both played Fender guitars (a Telecaster and a Stratocaster). This was their only single, and reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #16 on the Country chart.
  3. Don Costa, “Theme from The Unforgiven“: Costa was a conductor and producer who worked with Steve Larence and Eydie Gormé at ABC Records (later at United Artists Records) and Frank Sinatra at Reprise Records, as well as discovering Trini Lopez. And he still found time to conduct a Top 10 hit.
  4. Ray Peterson, “Tell Laura I Love Her”: This song was his biggest hit and only got to #7 nationally as well.
  5. Donnie Brooks, “Mission Bell”: Features backing vocals by girl group The Blossoms. Also only reached #7 nationally.
  6. Safaris, “Image Of A Girl”: Wikipedia reminded me that this was not The Surfaris(. The Safaris recorded from 1960 through 1962, and had just this one hit, which peaked at #6 on the Hot 100.
  7. Brenda Lee, “That’s All You Gotta Do”/”I’m Sorry”: Contrary to what this might look like, these were two different records. “That’s All You Gotta Do” had been on the chart for three weeks and reached #4 at the same time that “I’m Sorry” debuted at #4 on KFWB. “I’m Sorry” peaked at #1 nationally, while “That’s All You Gotta Do” peaked at #6 nationally.
  8. Deane Hawley, “Look For A Star”: This is a cover of the 1959 UK hit by Garry Mills for the movie Circus Of Horrors. It reached #29 nationally. But hey, they liked it in LA…
  9. Hollywood Argyles, “Alley Oop”: This was a national #1 hit and earned a Gold record, and everyone involved with the recording was drunk on cider.
  10. Duane Eddy, “Because They’re Young”: The twangalicious guitar of Duane Eddy is still alive and well, and this was his best-selling single, reaching #4 nationally.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for July 7, 2020.

19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: KFWB (980 AM Los Angeles), 7/9/60

  1. I’ve got a 3-disc “big box of rock” compilation and 9 and 7 are on it. What’s interesting is that they are not the original recordings, BUT! they are the original artists re-recording their hits. It’s pretty amazing, I think. John, I have an off-topic question for you. You used to live in Chicago. I’m doing some research on the Humboldt Park area for a novel (yes, I’m writing a novel) and wondered how much you know about that area? Also, one of the books I am going to be using for a reference resource says that the actual Humboldt Park isn’t in Humboldt Park? Any info you can give will be appreciated! If you want to email me at that’s fine also.


    1. I’ll be honest, even though I grew up in Chicago, most of the city is a mystery to me. I know that it’s a big Puerto Rican area, and may have worked with a couple of people who lived there, but that’s pretty much the extent of what I know about it. Sorry I can’t be more help.

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