Top Ten Tuesday: KTKT (990 AM, Tucson, AZ), 11/16/62

KTKT is now called "La Buena 94.3," though it still broadcasts on 990 AM in Tucson. The 94.3 refers to the low-power FM station K232FD that simulcasts 990. Back in 1962, they were playing Top 40; here’s their Top Ten from November 16 of that year.

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# Song/Artist Comments
10 So Wrong
Gene Thomas
Gene Thomasson, who sang as Gene Thomas, was once part of the duet Gene & Debbe. And that’s all I could find on him.
9 Stormy Monday Blues
Bobby “Blue” Bland
Bobby “Blue” Bland sang some serious blues back in his heyday. “Stormy Monday Blues” reached #43 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the R&B chart.
8 Eso Beso (That Kiss!)
Paul Anka
I wasn’t familiar with this song until I heard it today. It reached #19 on the Hot 100, #14 in Germany, and #23 in Italy.
7 My Own True Love
The Duprees
A doo-wop group out of Jersey City, New Jersey, they were most noted for “You Belong To Me,” also in 1962. This was its predecessor, reaching #13 on the Hot 100.
6 The Cha-Cha-Cha
Bobby Rydell
Another song I wasn’t familiar with, which reached #10 on the Hot 100 and #13 on *Cash Box*. I sometimes get the sense that “oldies” radio is less than broadly based…
5 Torture
Kris Jensen
A song John D. Loudermilk had originally written for The Everly Brothers, Jensen was the first to record it, reaching #20. This was his highest-rated single, although he made about 30 records.
4 Please Don’t Let Go
Celia Marie
Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop says this about Celia: “Celia deserved to be rubbing shoulders with these greats from the world of 60s pop. It’s just a shame that Era [Records] didn’t have the clout to turn a regional smash into a national one. Due to various circumstances, described later, this was Celia’s only release.” It had been the #1 record at KTKT for two weeks prior.
3 Return To Sender
Elvis Presley
From his movie Girls! Girls! Girls!, this reached #1 in the UK and Ireland, but only #2 in the US due to The Four Seasons (see below).
2 Ride!
Dee Dee Sharp
Dee Dee’s musical career started in 1958, when she was just 13, as a backup singer for many Philadelphia acts, including Lloyd Price, Chubby Checker, and Bobby Rydell. “Ride” reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the R&B chart.
1 Big Girls Don’t Cry
The Four Seasons
The follow-up to “Sherry,” this also reached #1 in the US and #13 in the UK.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for November 17, 2020.

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