Top Ten Tuesday: KAZZ (95.5 FM, San Antonio TX), 12/27/1965

KAZZ (95.5 in San Antonio, Texas) is now KKMJ, playing "Continuous Soft Rock." It started as a jazz station, then was bought by a local restaurateur who went to a "block" format. One of those blocks, starting in 1964, was Top 40, making the station the first Top 40 station on the FM dial in Texas. Their last survey of 1965 was issued on December 27, so let’s take a look at that one.

# Song/Artist Remarks
10 Over And Over
Dave Clark 5
A song written by Robert James Byrd, who recorded it under his stage name Bobby Day, whose version reached #41 on the Hot 100 in 1958. It was the DC5’s twelfth Top 40 hit and their only #1 in the US.
9 Fever
The McCoys
I hadn’t heard The McCoys’ version of this Eddie Cooley-John Davenport song, popularized by Peggy Lee, and for a minute thought I had selected “Hang On Sloopy” by mistake. It reached #7 nationally, but for some reason didn’t chart in Chicago, and I heard it for the first time today.
8 A Young Girl (of Sixteen)
Noel Harrison
Besides being the son of Rex Harrison and being The Girl From UNCLE‘s partner, Noel Harrison is best known for singing “The Windmills of Your Mind” from the movie The Thomas Crown Affair. “A Young Girl” reached #5 in Canada, but only reached #51 on the Hot 100.
7 Look Through Any Window
The Hollies
The Hollies’ first song to reach the Top 40 in the US, it peaked at #32 on the Hot 100, while it was a Top Ten hit in Canada (#5).
6 A Well Respected Man
The Kinks
One of four Kinks songs on The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame’s list of 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll, it peaked at #13 on the Hot 100.
5 Ebb Tide
The Righteous Brothers
Written by Carl Sigman and Robert Maxwell and considered a standard, The Righteous Brothers had the most chart success with it, reaching #5 on the Hot 100. Bobby Hatfield sang lead on it and it was the last Righteous Brothers record produced by Phil Spector.
4 Turn! Turn! Turn!
The Byrds
Written by that lovable old Red Pete Seeger, it was essentially lifted from the third chapter of the Old Testament book Ecclesiastes. Whatever the case, The Byrds turned it into a #1 hit nationally by the end of 1965.
3 Thunderball
Tom Jones
The story goes that Tom fainted at the end of that long-held note at the end. The song reached #25 on the Hot 100, #35 in the UK, #10 in Canada and Austria, and #6 in Belgium.
2 I See The Light
The Five Americans
The Five Americans are best known for their 1967 hit “Western Union,” their only song to reach the Top Ten. This song reached #26.
1 We Can Work It Out
The Beatles
A double-A side single with “Day Tripper,” the first time that was done in the UK. It was the seventh highest selling single of the 1960’s in the UK. It was a #1 in most of the world.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for December 29, 2020.

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: KAZZ (95.5 FM, San Antonio TX), 12/27/1965

  1. I love listening to all of these and some I have not heard in quite a while. I had read that Tom Jones did faint. I had no idea that Turn, Turn, Turn was taken from the bible. I remember seeing The Byrds in a huge bar back in the 80s. The bar was called Lulu’s and was know as the largest bar in the world so they claimed. It was in Kitchener.

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