Top Ten Tuesday: KWPC (860 AM, Muscatine, IA), 2/11/55

Right across the mighty Mississippi from Rock Island, Illinois lies the town of Muscatine, Iowa, home to some 23,000 people and KWPC radio. Built on the land that local farmer and car dealer Charlie Henderson gifted to his daughter Thelma and her husband George Volger, it broadcasts at 250 watts during the day and 8 watts at night, because CJBC in Toronto is a "clear channel" station on the same frequency. Wikipedia has a long writeup on the station and its history. Anyway, let’s take a look at their survey from February 11, 1955. Remember, this is the pre-rock & roll era. Still, you can hear echoes of what’s to come.

# Song/Artist Remarks
10 Teach Me Tonight
The DeCastro Sisters
The DeCastro Sisters were protegées of Carmen Miranda and gradually became more Americanized and added comedy to the act. “Teach Me Tonight” was their biggest hit, reaching #2 in the US in 1954.
9 Tweedle Dee
Georgia Gibbs
Frieda Lipschitz, aka, Georgia Gibbs, was essentially a jazz singer who began adding songs from rhythm & blues into her act in the mid-’50’s. “Tweedle Dee” reached #2 in the US and #20 in the UK in 1955.
8 Earth Angel
The Crew-Cuts
The Canadian group The Crew Cuts named themselves after the then-popular short haircut that many men sported during World War II. “Earth Angel” reached #3 in the US and #4 in the UK. It is a cover of The Penguins’ record from the previous year.
7 Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)
Perry Como
The barber from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania had a number of hit records in the 1940’s all the way through the 1970’s. “Ko Ko Mo” was done with the Mitchell Ayres Orchestra and the Ray Charles Singers.
6 (My Baby Don’t Love Me) No More
The DeJohn Sisters
Julie and Dux DiGiovanni, who adopted the stage name The DeJohn Sisters, wrote this song with the help of their brother Leo, and it became their biggest hit, reaching #6 on the Hot 100.
5 Sincerely
The McGuire Sisters
This was a #1 hit in the US for Ruby, Dottie, and Phyllis in early 1955.
4 Let Me Go Lover
Joan Weber
Mitch Miller, head of A&R at Columbia Records, had new lyrics ritten for the song “Let Me Go, Devil” by Jenny Lou Carson (who had written the original) and Al Hill, because he felt the lyrics, which focused on Hank Williams’s alcoholism, were too depressing. He then gave the song, renamed “Let Me Go Lover,” to Joan Weber, who had a #1 hit with it in the US. It sold a million copies, earning it a Gold record.
3 Mr. Sandman
The Chordettes
The video is from the first national broadcast of American Bandstand, on August 5, 1957. This was a #1 hit for The Chordettes in 1955. Archie Bleyer, Arthur Godfrey’s musical director and founder of Cadence Records, appears on the record as well; that’s his “Yes?” at the start of the third verse (which was covered by Dick Clark in the later telecast).
2 Hearts Of Stone
The Fontane Sisters
Bea, Geri, and Marge Rosse, who recorded as The Fontane Sisters, had their biggest hit with this in late 1954.
1 Melody Of Love
Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra
Orchestra leader and multi-instrumentalist Vaughn had his first of 42 chart singles with “Melody of Love,” which earned him a Gold recored in 1954.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for February 9, 2021.

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: KWPC (860 AM, Muscatine, IA), 2/11/55

  1. My mom looked back on these songs with great affection because she was in her 20s. She didn’t care for them at the time but came to love them later in her life. One can hear the early rock and roll and Elvis became famous this decade.

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