Top Ten Tuesday: WCRO (1230 AM, Johnstown, PA), 8/3/63

WCRO went on the air in September 1947, and has never changed their call letters or frequency on the dial. It’s currently owned by the Greater Johnstown School District, broadcasting a nostalgia format from the Music Of Your Life network, and simulcast TV station WJAC’s morning newscasts from 5 to 7 AM. Here’s their Top Ten from 1963.

I’m going to try something different this week: Rather than giving the list of songs and writing something about each, I’m going to give you a table that shows the song (or songs), the artist, and its peak on the Billboard Hot 100. Let me know how you like it!

# Song Artist Hot
100
Peak
10 “If I Had A Hammer” Trini Lopez 3
9 “Denise” Randy & The Rainbows 10
8 “My Whole World Is Falling Down”
“I Wonder”
Brenda Lee 24
25
7 “Just One Look” Doris Troy 10
6 “Judy’s Turn To Cry” Lesley Gore 5
5 “Till Then” The Classics 20
4 “Surf City” Jan & Dean 1
3 “Marlena”
“Candy Girl”
The Four Seasons 36
3
2 “So Much In Love” The Tymes 1
1 “Wipeout” The Surfaris 1

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for August 4, 2020.

16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: WCRO (1230 AM, Johnstown, PA), 8/3/63

  1. I remember all of these well. I like your list idea but I also liked your insights. I agree with Ed, perhaps an interesting tidbit at the bottom of the list.

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  2. I like the format, but I miss your insights into the songs. Maybe add an “interesting tidbit of the day” at the bottom of the list?

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    1. I like the columnar format (mostly because I spent so long setting it up) and I can always change the definition of the columns. I’ll try something different next week…

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  3. I was always glad that Judy had her turn to cry. She wasn’t very nice! I like the list but I like your insights about the songs too.

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  4. This list stirred up some memories for me, John. We had several Trini Lopez albums. Our family sang a lot in the car so anything we could sing was fair game. My sisters and I used to stand in front of the 3panel mirror on the dresser and pantomime “It’s Judy’s Turn to Cry”. And of course I learned to do the ‘shimmy’ to “Wipeout”. This is a great list – all good choices. I would have been almost 10 years old when this list came out. Some of their chart positions surprised me.

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    1. It’s interesting to see the differences in the Top 10 from market to market. The Hot 100 rank gives you a general idea of where the song ended up nationally, and you can compare that to what’s on an individual survey. An example: “I Wonder” was a Top 10 hit here, but didn’t get higher than #25 nationally. It probably didn’t get played at all in the major markets (New York, Chicago, and LA).

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  5. I remember eight of these very well, John. In fact, I think I might add a couple to my “driving” playlist – in case I ever drive anywhere again.

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  6. Not in happy mode today, so not much took my fancy . At a push wipe out and surf city. If I had a hammer, today I’d be doing a lot of damage! 💜

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    1. Industrial psychologist Abraham Maslow once said “To a man with a hammer, everything is a nail.” I guess we can include women in there…

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