Top Ten Tuesday: KAAY (AM 1090, Little Rock AR), 10/21/66

This is coming to you late; I wasn’t able to get the lead out last night.

Today’s Top Ten is from KAAY in Little Rock, Arkansas. They started out as KTHS and in Hot Springs, Arkansas in 1924, but by the 1930’s had moved to 1090 kHz and to Little Rock. When they changed formats in 1962 to Top 40 radio, they changed their call letters to KAAY. Since 1985, they’ve been broadcasting religious-oriented programming.

I wasn’t familiar with a few songs, which made for an interesting experience. Here’s their Top Ten from 54 years ago tomorrow.

# Song/Artist Comments
10 (When She Needs Good Lovin’) She Comes To Me
The Chicago Loop
I had never heard of this song or the band until today, believe it or not. They were from Chicago, and released this record on Dyno-Groove Records. They were backed on the session by Mike Bloomfield (of the Butterfield Blues Band) on lead guitar and Barry Goldberg on keyboards. It actually reached #37 on the Hot 100.
9 All Strung Out
Nino Tempo & April Stevens
Nino and April were a brother-and-sister act from Niagara Falls, New York who had a #1 hit in 1963 with “Deep Purple (later covered by another brother-and-sister act named Donny and Marie Osmond). “All Strung Out” reached #26 on the Hot 100. The video, as you can see, was from The Lloyd Thaxton Show, which came on every day after The Match Game and I ran home to see.
8 Little Man
Sonny & Cher
This song did much better outside the US, where it only reached #21 on the Hot 100. It reached #1 in Scandinavia and two of the three Low Countries, #2 in Germany, #4 in the UK and Argentina, and #10 in both English- and French-speaking Canada.
7 Nineteen Days
The Dave Clark 5
This song failed to reach the Top 40 in the US (#48) but did OK in Canada (#23) and New Zealand (#14). I always find it fascinating that a song that goes nowhere nationally does so well in certain markets.
6 If I Were A Carpenter
Bobby Darin
Bobby went through a period where he did a lot folk songs in the ’60’s, including this one, written by Tim Hardin. This reached #8 in the US and #9 in the UK.
5 Rain On The Roof
The Lovin’ Spoonful
Didn’t recognize this song when I saw the name, but knew it immediately when I heard the first chords. It reached #10 in the US, #12 in Canada, and #4 in New Zealand.
4 I Can’t Control Myself
The Troggs
Only got to #43 here, but reached #2 in the UK.
3 96 Tears
? & The Mysterians
Topped the chart in the US and Canada and finished the year at #5.
2 You Keep Me Hangin’ On
The Supremes
A minor masterpiece by Holland-Dozier-Holland that reached #1 for The Supremes in 1966 and reached the Top 10 for Vanilla Fudge in 1967.
1 Devil With A Blue Dress
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
Originally done by Shorty Long in 1964, Mitch Ryder’s version added a chorus of Little Richard’s “Good Golly Miss Molly” and took this to #4 nationwide.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for October 20, 2020.

27 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: KAAY (AM 1090, Little Rock AR), 10/21/66

      1. That was a Lloyd Thaxton reference, I hope. I’m suddenly worried that it wasn’t him but Soupy Sales (sp). Yikes@ old age, bad eyes and cell phones don’t go together! LOL!

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            1. He looked like he was having a lot more fun than Dick Clark. One afternoon I was watching with Lilian, the lady who kept an eye on us and cleaned the house while Mom was at work. He comes on and says “All right, everybody grab a set of salt and pepper shakers.” I ran out to the kitchen with lilian calling after me “hurry up! he’s getting ready for the next step.” Then he said, “all right, everybody ready? Here we go!” And they started a record called “Salt and Pepper Shakers,” and he turned them both over and started shaking the contents out onto the floor… Needless to say, Lilian said “don’t you dare, or I’m likely to bust my foot off in your ass!” I miss Lilian…

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                  1. Yes! I think as babyboomers hit rest homes, many of us would be happy if they played oldies but goodies 24/7. I may not remember if I brushed my teeth this morning, but I can remember every word of most 60s popular songs. Even if I didn’t like the song back then.

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                    1. Being growing changing humans is the point of that, I think. I wouldn’t ever want to be a teen again. So what I want from my music now is different. Still knowing the words and beat I think helps the brain to wake in ways it might not sitting and reading all day. Music therapy was going to be a goal of mine. But yeah, I get the liking not liking as that happens to me with reading and watching shows. I will hate it and then watch it again and realize I loved it. Weird!

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              1. I remember that one. Can you imagine the kids that actually sprinkled the salt and pepper on the hardwood floor trying to get out of trouble from the scratched floor?

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    1. I’m working off the actual survey data, which I get from a number of sources, including ARSA and Oldiesloon. I just dig out the songs, put them in a playlist and count them down. I like doing it because a lot of those songs haven’t been heard in years, and it’s a shame, because at one time they were very popular in at least the market the survey comes from. Hope you enjoyed it!

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