Welcome to the 2021 Blogging From A to Z April Challenge! This year, I’ll be choosing radio stations, mostly from the US and Canada, and sharing the Top Ten of a random survey for that station chosen either from The Airheads Radio Survey Archive or from Oldiesloon. For stations from the US and Canada, the second letter is the key letter.
WABC, at 770 on the AM dial, is one of the oldest radio stations in the US, and was for many years the flagship for the ABC (American Broadcasting Company) Radio Network (and before that, the Blue Network). They’re currently owned by Red Apple Media and broadcast a news/talk format, but from 1960 to 1982 they were a Top 40 station. Here’s their Top Ten from October 23, 1965.
- Fontella Bass, “Rescue Me”: Fontella, from St. Louis, recorded 11 singles, charting with 7 of them, but this was the only time a record reached the Top 10, either on the Hot 100 (where it reached #4) or the R&B chart (where it reached #1).
- The Castaways, “Liar Liar”: A one-hit wonder, this band from Minneapolis reached #12 on the Hot 100. They issued five more records, none of which charted.
- The Beatles, “Yesterday”: One of the most-covered songs in recording history, Paul recorded this with a string quartet, marking the first time a Beatle appeared by himself on a record. It was an international Top 10 hit and reached #1 in the US, Swden, Norway, The Netherlands, and Belgium.
- The Vogues, “You’re The One”: A vocal quartet from Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Pittsburgh), this was the first of four Top 10 hits for them, peaking at #4.
- The Four Seasons, “Let’s Hang On”: This was released under the name “The Four Seasons Featuring The ‘Sound’ Of Frankie Valli” and reached #3 in the US asnd #4 in the UK.
- The Rolling Stones, “Get Off Of My Cloud”: Written as a follow-up to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” it was released in the US in September and the UK in October, and reached #1 in the US, Canada, the UK, and Germany.
- The Supremess, “I Hear A Symphony”: The title track from their 1965 album, it was released on October 6 and spent two weeks at #1 in November.
- The Gentrys, “Keep On Dancing”: Their one major hit, it sold a million copies and reached #4 on the Hot 100.
- Len Barry, “1-2-3”: Len Barry started his singing career after his time in the Coast Guard. He formed The Dovells in his hometown of Philadelphia and was on all their hit records, including “The Bristol Stomp” and “You Can’t Sit Down.” “1-2-3” was his biggest hit, reaching #2 in the US, #3 in Canada and the UK, and #7 in Australia.
- The Toys, “A Lover’s Concerto”: Songwriters Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell used the melody of J. S. Bach’s “Minuet In G” from Notebook For Anna Magdalena Bach as the basis for this song, but changed the time signature to 4/4 from 3/4. It peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 and reached #1 in Canada and #5 in the UK.
See you tomorrow with "B"!