Top Ten Tuesday: Radio Mi Amigo (1187 kHz AM, At Sea), 7/15/78

Radio Mi Amigo is still around, albeit no longer at sea but from Spain, whre they broadcast over the Internet and at shortwave frequency 6085 kHz, which covers most of Europe from their transmitter in Germany. If weather conditions permit, you might be able to catch them from where you are. Here’s their Top Ten from July 1978.

  1. Gene Latter & The Shake Spears, “Rock Your Boat”: The Shake Spears came out of Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia) and had a fluid lineup that included Gene Latter at one time.
  2. Michael Zager Band, “Let’s All Chant”: Michael Zager was a producer that worked with Whitney Houston, Peabo Bryson, and Herb Alpert, among others, and was a member of the jazz-rock band Ten Wheel Drive. “Let’s All Chant” is cosidered a classic of the disco era; it reached #15 on the R&B chart and #36 on the Hot 100 in the US, but was a Top 10 hit in much of Europe.
  3. The Darts, “Come Back My Love”: A nine-piece doo-wop band from London, The Darts took this to #2 in the UK.
  4. Plastic Bertrand, “Bambino”/”La Petit Tortillard”: Plastic Bertrand is a Belgian performer, songwriter, and producer best known for “Ça Plane Pour Moi.” This was his follow-up to that.
  5. Jimmy “Bo” Horne, “Dance Across The Floor” Jimmy is from West Palm Beach, Florida, and this is lone Top 10 hit, written by Harry Wayne Casey, aka “KC” of KC & The Sunshine Band fame.
  6. Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams, “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late”: This song waws a comeback for Johnny, whose last #$1 was “Chances Are” back in the ’50’s. It reached #1 inthe US and was in the Top 10 just about everywhere else.
  7. Rolling Stones, “Miss You”: Another in the amazing string of hits the Stones had in the ’70’s. It reached #1 in the US.
  8. Suzi Quatro, “If You Can’t Give Me Love”: “Leather Tuscadero” hs always been more popular in Europe than in her home country. Case in point: This song was a Top 10 in most of the rest of the world but didn’t even make the Top 40 here, peaking at #45.
  9. Long Tall Ernie & The Shakers, “Golden Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll”: All the members of this band were from the Arnhem (The Netherlands) band Moan. They would generally play one set as Moan, then come out as Ernie & The Shakes and do a set of oldies.
  10. John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, “You’re The One That I Want”: From the film adaptation of the Broadwawy musical Grease, which was a huge success worldwide. So was this song.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for July 21, 2020.

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Radio Mi Amigo (1187 kHz AM, At Sea), 7/15/78

  1. When I moved into my house there was an elaborate ham radio set up in a spare bedroom. Not having the equipment to use all the wires and antennae we removed it. I often wondered how far away he could get reception from. Great songs.

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    1. A lot depends on atmospheric conditions. Generally it’s easier during the summer, when the ionosphere is more active. Radio waves “bounce” off the ionosphere, and depending on what’s going there, the bounce can be like a rubber ball on the grass or on the pavement… Glad you liked the songs!

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  2. Growing up nestled in the mountains we often spent our late evening hours trying to ‘catch’ radio stations from afar. Our goals were never as lofty as Spain, but we were on fire with excitement the nights we could pick up WLS. This is quite an interesting top ten list.

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    1. WLS was a “clear channel” station, the kind that could broadcast 24 hours a day with a powerful antenna with as little interference as possible from other stations. WLW from Cincinnati was the classic one. They’d get calls from truckers in Colorado and Texas. There were a few clear-channel stations out of Chicago…

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    1. They were effectively “pirate” radio stations (stations that exist without the approval of the authorities) who set themselves up in international waters so no one could touch them.

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