Top Ten Tuesday: KELI (1430 AM Tulsa, OK), 12/22/72

KELI is now KTBZ, "The Buzz," running a Sports-Talk format, but during the ’60’s and ’70’s was one of the most popular Top 40 stations in Oklahoma. Let’s go back and see their Top Ten from exactly 48 years ago.

# Song/Artist Comments
10 Living In The Past
Jethro Tull
Title track from their 1972 album, which was generally a compilation of some of their previous material. The song had been released several years earlier, in 1969, and risen to #3 on the British charts. It reached #11 in the US and #16 in Canada. Interesting fact: the song is written in 5/4 time.
9 Corner of the Sky
Jackson 5
“Corner of The Sky” is from the Broadway musical Pippin. The Jacksons’ cover reached #18 on the Hot 100, and believe it or not, I don’t remember hearing this at all.
8 You’re So Vain
Carly Simon
From her album No Secrets, it became an international #1 hit. Maybe the speculation over who the song was about was the secret to its success. Ms. Simon has told about who the song isn’t about than who it is about. I don’t know about you, but I’ve lost interest, which might be what she wanted.
7 Your Mama Don’t Dance
Loggins & Messina
I was a big Loggins & Messina fan back in high school, going as far as to switch to L&M cigarettes for a while. Kenny certainly puts on a show in the middle of the song on this video, which was taken from the popular Burt Sugarman’s The Midnight Special, which I’m certain I was watching the night they taped this. It reached #4 on the Hot 100, the highest of any of their singles.
6 Something’s Wrong With Me
Austin Roberts
Up to this point, the biggest thing Austin Roberts had done was sing the theme song for Season 2 of Scooby Doo, Where Are You? He reached #12 on the Hot 100 with this song, which I swear I never heard until today.
5 Walk On Water
Neil Diamond
“Walk On Water” is an album track from Neil’s eighth studio album, 1972’s Moods, which explains why I never heard it until today. The next song on the album, “Theme,” is the last 1:38 of this video.
4 It Never Rains In Southern California
Albert Hammond
Title track from Albert’s album, it reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Easy Listening chart. It also reached #2 in Canada and #1 in Japan.
3 Pieces Of April
Three Dog Night
Written by Kenny Loggins’s second cousin Dave, who later wrote “Please Come To Boston.” It appeared on 3DN’s 1972 album Seven Separate Fools and reached #19 on the Hot 100, #6 on the Adult Contemporary chart, #14 on the Canadian pop chart, and #9 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.
2 Rockin’ Pneumonia & The Boogie-Woogie Flu
Johnny Rivers
This song was originaly recorded by Huey “Piano” Smith in 1958 and reached #52 on the Hot 100. Johnny’s cover reached #6 on the Hot 100, not his highest position on that chart to date, but spent 19 weeks on the chart.
1 Sweet Surrender
I have no recollection of this song, either, but it was their fourth and final song to top the Easy Listening chart. It reached #11 on the Hot 100.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for December 22, 2020.

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: KELI (1430 AM Tulsa, OK), 12/22/72

  1. I’m not sure if I’ve heard that Austin Roberts song before. It sounds vaguely familiar, but I guess it sounds like a few songs I’ve heard from back then.

    “It Never Rains in Southern Ca” is a song that runs through my mind whenever it’s raining here in Los Angeles. In other words, I don’t hear it in my head very often.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


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