Top Ten Tuesday: KBTR (710 AM Denver, CO), 12/14/64

KBTR in Denver has disappeared, at least as a radio station (KBTR-TV is a low-power TV station in Baton Rouge, Louisiana). Its former dial position is now occupied by KNUS, a news-talk station. They were a Top 40 station in 1964, so let’s have a look at their top Ten from 56 years ago…

# Song/Artist Comments
10 Right Or Wrong
Ronnie Dove
Ronnie Dove signed with Diamond Records in 1964, and released this cover of a Wanda Jackson hit. It reached #20 nationally. He had more success in 1965, then moved to country music in the ’70’s.
9 Walking In The Rain
The Ronettes
A song by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and Ronnie Spector’s husband Phil. It reached #23 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B chart. It’s ranked at #266 on Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.
8 Run Run Run
The Gestures
The Gestures were a teenage garage rock band from Mankato, Minnesota. They used to be called The Jesters until this first record. It was a regional hit, and reached #44 on the Hot 100. They released one more single before breaking up.
7 Willow Weep For Me
Chad & Jeremy
A song written in 1932 by Ann Ronell and considered a jazz standard, Chad & Jeremy took it to #15 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
6 The Jerk
The Larks
Don Julian performed with the Los Angeles-based group The Mewadowlarks, who shortened their name to The Larks at some point. “The Jerk” is one of the many songs written to accompany a dance, and it reached #1 on the R&B chart and #7 on the Hot 100; it was Julian’s only hit.
5 Mr. Lonely
Bobby Vinton
Bobby started writing this when he was in the Army, and was released as the US’s involvement in the Vietnam war was ramping up. Epic Records had taken the song and given it to Buddy Greco, who they thought would be their next big star, but he only took it to #64. Vinton’s version reached #1 nationally during this week in 1964.
4 Anyway You Want It
Dave Clark 5
The runner-up in my most recent Battle of the Bands, from their 1964 album Coast To Coast. It reached #25 in the UK and #14 in the US.
3 My Love, Forgive Me
Robert Goulet
Title track from Bob’s 1964 album, it reached #16 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
2 Come See About Me
The Supremes
This was the third of five consecutive singles to reach #1 nationally. This one had two stints at #1, separated by…
1 I Feel Fine/She’s A Woman
The Beatles
“I Feel Fine” was the A side of this single, but in some markets (including Chicago) this was treated as a double A side record. “I Feel Fine” was the first record to feature feedback: Paul had struck a note on the bass and it set off John’s electric-acoustic guitar in the studio, and they decided to leave it in.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for December 15, 2020.

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: KBTR (710 AM Denver, CO), 12/14/64

  1. Hovering at the cusp of my caring about Top-40 music, John. I know a few of these. Did KBTR advertise themselves as that bitter place on the dial, or did they go with Better music?

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