Top Ten Tuesday: KDSJ (980 AM Deadwood SD), 1/23/60

Some prretty historic names are associated with Deadwood, South Dakota, including Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp, and Wild Bill Hickok, but it’s an otherwise very small town (1,270 fine folks as of 2010, probably fewer than that today) in the western part of South Dakota, between Rapid City and the Wyoming state line, KDSJ has been on the air since 1947, and since 1952 has been broadcasting from a former funeral home. KDSJ is a full-service radio station, meaning they play music as well as broadcast news, talk, and sports for the people of Deadwood and the nearby town of Lead. Believe it or not, they actually had a Top 40 survey for January 23, 1960, so let’s take a look at it…

# Song/Artist Comments
10 Tear Drop
Santo & Johnny
The follow-up to their #1 hit “Sleep Walk” didn’t make it into the Top 20 nationally, only reaching #23.
9 Reveille Rock
Johnny & The Hurricanes
The follow-up to their #5 hit “Red River Rock” reached #25 on the Hot 100. It did get to #14 in the UK and their next several singles reached the Top 10 there.
8 How About That
Dee Clark
Another of Dee’s pre-“Raindrops” singles, this made it into the Top 40 nationally on the Hot 100 (#33), and also reached #10 on the R&B chart.
7 Little Coco Palm
Jerry Wallace
The follow-up to his popular “Primrose Lane,” it managed to crack the Top 40, reaching #36 nationally.
6 Why
Frankie Avalon
As I said last week, when it was in the top spot at KODY in North Platte, Nebraska, “A solid #1 hit on the Hot 100, it also reached #6 on the R&B chart and #20 in the UK.” Surprised this is the only song that was on both surveys.
5 Hound Dog Man
Franie Avalon’s neighor Fabian released this in late 1959 and it rose to #9 on the Hot 100, the last of his songs to reach the Top 10 nationally.
4 Bonnie Came Back
Duane Eddy
The Twangmaster took this reworking of “My Bonnie Lies Over The Oean” to #26 in the US and #12 in the UK. Th UK seems to have had a greater appreciation for instrumentals…
3 Happy Sax
Red Tyler
Alvin “Red” Tyler is regarded as one of the key figures in New Orleans R&B. This is from his album Rockin’ And Rollin’, credited to “Red Tyler And The Gyros.” which included Allen Toussaint.
2 Go Jimmy Go
Jimmy Clanton
The “swamp pop R&B teenage idol” reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #19 on th R&B chart with this record. It was his second and last Top 10 hit.
1 What About Us
The Coasters
This song was the flip side of “Run Red Run” and outdid that song, reaching #17 on the Hot 100.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for January 19, 2021.

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: KDSJ (980 AM Deadwood SD), 1/23/60

  1. I know the first song which I always liked but all the others are new to me. I know Bonnie song but not that version. It was a fun retro time to listen to.


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