Top Ten Tuesday: WETB (790 AM Johnson City TN), 3/21/76

Wikipedia has all you need to know about WETB in Johnson City, Tennessee: "In the 1960s and 1970s, WETB played Top 40. In the late 80s it was ‘East Tennessee’s Beautiful 79’." They’re now a Christian broadcaster for the Tri-Cities (Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol) area. Here’s what they were playing in 1976.

# Song/Artist Remarks
10 Take It To The Limit
Eagles
Written by Randy Meisner with help from Glenn Frey and Don Henley, the song reached #4 in the US and #12 in the UK, its best showing there. Meisner sang lead on the song, but was reluctant to do so in concert, afraid that he wouldn’t be able to hit the high notes. This led to his departure.
9 Sweet Thing
Rufus & Chaka Khan
Their first major hit as a band, “Sweet Thing” peaked at #5 on the Hot 100 and topped the R&B chart. It became one of the band’s and Chaka’s big hits, and was also a hit for Mary J. Blige in 1993. Essence Magazine ranks it among their 25 Top Slow Jams of All Time.
8 Disco Lady
Johnnie Taylor
“Disco Lady” was Johnnie Taylor’s biggest hit. It sent 4 weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and 6 weeks at #1 on the R&B chart, and was the #3 record for 1976. Ultimately it sold over 2.5 million copies.
7 Right Back Where We Started From
Maxine Nightingale
“Right Back Where We Started From” was recorded in mid 1975 and turned out to be an international hit for Maxine, reaching #2 in the US, #8 in the UK, and was in the Top 10 in most of the rest of the world.
6 Lonely Night (Angel Face)
Captain & Tennille
A hit written by Neil Sedaka, Daryl and Toni took this to #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 in Canada.
5 Dream Weaver
Gary Wright
The first single from Gary’s third album The Dream Weaver, it went to #2 in the US, kept out of the top spot by “Disco Lady” and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons’ “December, 1963”, but went to #1 on the Cash Box survey and in Canada.
4 Money Honey
Bay City Rollers
Reached #9 on the Hot 100 and did better internationally.
3 Let Your Love Flow
Bellamy Brothers
“Let Your Love Flow” by the country duo The Bellamy Brothers only reached #21 on the Country chart, but topped the Hot 100 and reached #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the US and was a Top 10 hit in much of the rest of the world.
2 December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Written by Bob Gaudio and sung by drummer Gerry Polci, this reached #1 in the US, UK and Canada.
1 Only Sixteen
Dr. Hook
Originally written and sung by Sam Cooke, Dr. Hook had the most success with it, reaching #6 in the US and #3 in Canada.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for March 16, 2021.

18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: WETB (790 AM Johnson City TN), 3/21/76

  1. I went to Johnson City one time a few years ago to a wedding. It was so embarrassing. Long story short…my wife left the directions to the wedding at home…we thought we would catch some of the wedding party at the hotel…nope…we missed the wedding but finally found the reception…Johnson City has a bad memory attached…but a nice town.

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      1. Yep they live in Nashville but they go back there and have invited us. We actually had fun going to flea markets…picked up a cool 70s racecar track.

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  2. These are great songs! I love Let your Love Grow and the other one, “Right Back From Where We Started From”. I had to laugh at the video with the glitter waves and then this shark fin comes out of nowhere…hahahaaa. Dream weaver is another gem.

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  3. Tri-cities is my neck of the woods, John. My son attended ETSU for a while and my sister Milligan College – a Christian school. We were nestled deeper in the mountains so we could not get even local stations well. Every song in this top ten rang a familiar note for me. Great list!

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    1. WETB has always been a low-power station, 1 kilowatt. That’s the kind that you can typically only hear when you’re sitting downwind from them. I think Dinah Shore’s from that area.

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