Top Ten Tuesday: KOZE (1300 AM, Lewiston ID), 11/23/77

KOZE in Lewiston, Idaho has moved down the dial to 950 AM and, like so many other AM radio stations that used to play Top 40 music, is now a news/talk station. 1300 AM is now the home of KLER out of Orofino, Idaho, which broadcasts Country music as well as Seattle Mariners games as part of the Mariners Radio Network. Anyway, on November 23, 1977, KOZE was still on 1300 AM and still broadcasting Top 40, so let’s take a look at their Top Ten on that date.

# Song/Artist Comments
10 Isn’t It Time
The Babys
The Babys were a British rock band that included as one of its members John Waite, who a few years later had a hit with “Missing You.” “Isn’t It Time” is one of two minor hits they had in the US (the other one was “Every Time I Think Of You”), both of which reached #13 on the Hot 100 and #8 on the Cash Box survey.
9 Baby What A Big Surprise
Chicago
From Chicago XI, the last album featuring guitarist Terry Kath, this song foreshadowed what Chicago was to become. It reached #4 on the Hot 100.
8 Swingtown
Steve Miller Band
“Swingtown” was the third and final single release from the album Book Of Dreams. It peaked at #17 on the Hot 100 and reached #13 in Canada.
7 It’s So Easy
Linda Ronstadt
he follow-up to “Blue Bayou” which hit the Top 10 while its predecessor was still in the Top 10, this cover of a Buddy Holly song reached #5 in the US and #3 in Canada. KOZE treated this as a double-sided single, with Linda’s cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Tumbling Dice” on the flip side.
6 How Deep Is Your Love
The Bee Gees
A song that eventually became part of the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever, it topped the Hot 100, knocking “You Light Up My Life” out of the top spot. It also reached #3 in the UK and Canada.
5 Baby Come Back
Player
“Baby Come Back” was the first single off of Player’s eponymous 1977 album. It eventually topped the Hot 100 in 1978.
4 You Light Up My Life
Debby Boone
Theme song for the 1977 movie of the same name, it was a love song that turned into a Contemporary Christian song when Debby Boone sang it. It was sung by Kacey Cisyk for the movie which starred Didi Conn. I did a Battle of the Bands in 2018 comparing the movie version to the cover, and it ended up edging out Debby’s, but Debby had the big hit, topping the Hot 100 for ten weeks until “How Deep Is Your Love” knocked it out.
3 Come Sail Away
Styx
Probably the biggest hit that Styx ever had, it reached #1 in January 1978 and helped their album The Grand Illusion go multi-platinum.
2 We’re All Alone
Rita Coolidge
Rita had been recording since 1971, in between stints as a backup singer for Leon Russell (who nicknamed her “The Delta Lady”) and Joe Cocker (on his Mad Dogs And Englishmen tour) and others. She finally hit it big with a cover of Jackie Wilson’s “Higher And Higher.” This was the followup single and it did almost as well, reaching #7 on the Hot 100.
1 Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft
Carpenters
The original was by the band Klaatu in 1976 and was the song broadcast by Radio Caroline when they bega transmission for the day. Karen and Richard Carpener covered it, and it reached #9 in the UK and Canada, while reaching #18 on the US Adult Contemporary chart.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for November 24, 2020.

7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: KOZE (1300 AM, Lewiston ID), 11/23/77

  1. I still can’t stand You Light Up My Life..that song was played to death in the day. I love Come Sail Away which they always played when I was on an amusement park ride called The Polar Express. I have to say I love the Klaatu version the best and have their album.

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  2. I knew them all except the Carpenters one. Gonna have to get some Babys in my library now. I could do without You Light Up My Life although I saw the movie at least twice when it first came out – LOL

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    1. Glad you mostly enjoyed it. I thought the one Bee Gees song (I’m assuming that’s the disco you were talking about) was pretty un-disco, maybe the last non-disco tune they did for a good ten years…

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