Top Ten Tuesday: WKYB (570 AM, Paducah KY), 3/24/62

Had to do some digging to find information on WKYB. Seems the current WKYB, AM and FM is in Danville, Kentucky, about four hours from Paducah. The station formerly known as WKYB is now WKYX, a news-talk station which simulcasts on WKYX-FM in Golconda, Illinois and WNGO in Mayfield, Kentucky. We do know that they were playing Top 40 music in 1962, so let’s look at their survey from March 24 of that year.

# Song/Artist Remarks
10 You Win Again
Fats Domino
The song reached #22 on the Hot 100 and #30 according to Cash Box.
9 Slow Twistin’
Chubby Checker & Dee Dee Sharp
Written by Jon Sheldon, “Slow Twistin'” was a duet between Chubby and Dee Dee, although she wasn’t credited on the early pressings of the single. It reached #3 on both the Hot 100 and the R&B chart. The Marvelettes covered the song later that year on their album The Marvelettes Sing.
8 What’s Your Name
Don & Juan
Roland “Don” Trone and Claude “Juan” Johnson took this to #7 for their only hit.
7 Tuff
Ace Cannon
John “Ace” Cannon played tenor and alto saxophone and toured as a member of labelmate Bill Black’s Combo, who backed him on this record. This reached #17 on the Hot 100, and its followup, “Blues (Stay Away From Me)” reached #36 later that year. Ace is a member of the Rock & Soul Hall of Fame, the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, and the Mississippi Musicians’ Hall of Fame.
6 Don’t Break The Heart That Loves You
Connie Francis
The song was written by Benny Davis and Murray Mencher, and was a hit for Connie in 1962 as a pop song and in 1978 by Margo Smith as a country song. Connie’s song reached #1 on the Hot 100 and the Easy Listening charts on March 31, her last #1 record.
5 Dream Baby
Roy Orbison
“Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)” was written by Cindy Johnson and recorded as a non-album single by Roy. It was a big international hit, reaching #2 in the UK and Australia and #4 in the US.
4 Young World
Ricky Nelson
Ricky’s regular band was joined by Glen Campbell on this Jerry Fuller song, and it reached #5 on the Hot 100. It reached #19 in the UK.
3 Let Me In
The Sensations
The Sensations were a doo-wop group from Philadelphia that included Yvonne Mills, later Yvonne Baker, who wrote this song. She released this as a solo record as wel as with The Sensations, who took it to #2 on the R&B chart and #4 on the Hot 100. It was the group’s most popular single, maybe because of the “wee-oo”‘s throughout.
2 Hey! Baby
Bruce Channel
Bruce reached the Hot 100 about four times, but this is his only song to reach the Top Ten, Topping the chart for three weeks, earning a god record. The harmonica riff is played by Delbert McClinton.
1 Good Luck Charm
Elvis Presley
A song by Aaron Schneider and Wally Gold, Elvis took it to #1 on the Hot 100, the Cash Box 100, and the UK Singles chart.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for March 23, 2021.

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: WKYB (570 AM, Paducah KY), 3/24/62

  1. These were fun to listen through. The standout we, of course, Elvis and Roy Orbison but Connie Francis just hit it out of the ball park. One forgets what a dynamic voice she had.

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  2. If you were playing “Stump the five-yr-old” you win, John. I see a couple titles that I recognize, but I know either remakes or songs with the same name.

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