#atozchallenge Top Ten: KDKA (1020 AM, Pittsburgh, PA), 7/2/71

One of the oldest radio stations in the United States (if not the oldest), KDKA in Pittsburgh has broadcast a news-talk format since 1992, but was a Top 40 station throughout the ’60’s, ’70’s, and ’80’s. Here’s their Top Ten from July 2, 1971.

  1. Glen Campbell, “The Last Time I Saw Her”: Title track from his 20th album, a song written by Gordon Lightfoot. Reached #12 on the Easy Listening chart in 1971.
  2. Steve Alaimo, “When My Little Girl Is Smiling”: Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and originally done by The Drifters in 1961. Alaimo’s version only reached #72.
  3. Jack Jones, “Let Me Be The One”: Written by Roger Nichols and Paul Williams and done by the Carpenters on their eponymous 1971 album. Jack Jones’s cover reached #18 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
  4. John Denver, “Take Me Home, Country Roads”: John wrote this with the help of Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert, and it was released as a single in April. It rose to #2 on the Hot 100 in August. The State of West Virginia has adopted this as one of its state songs.
  5. Cat Stevens, “Moonshadow”: From his 1971 album Teaser and the Firecat, the current Yusuf Islam considers this his favorite among his old songs. It reached #30 on the Hot 100 and #10 on the Easy Listening chart.
  6. Bobby Goldsboro, “Come Back Home”: Title track from Goldsboro’s 1971 album, the song reached #15 on the US Easy listening chart.
  7. Jonathan King, “Lazy Bones”: An oldie by Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael, Jonathan’s version reached the Top 20 in the UK and #34 on the Hot 100.
  8. Gordon Lightfoot, “Talking In Your Sleep”: From Gordon’s seventh studio album Summer Side of Life. It peaked at #64 on the Hot 100 but reached #19 in Canada.
  9. Lobo, “I’m The Only One”: Roland Kent LaVoie, better known as Lobo, released this as the B side of his “She Didn’t Do Magic.” The song reached #14 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
  10. Bobby Russell, “Saturday Morning Confusion”: A song about dealing with a hangover as well as his wife, kids, and neighbors. It reached #24 on the Country chart, #28 on the Hot 100, and #13 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

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30 thoughts on “#atozchallenge Top Ten: KDKA (1020 AM, Pittsburgh, PA), 7/2/71

  1. I had to learn Take Me Home, Country Road when I was in about year 4 at school. Can’t remember why we had to learn it, but it’s stuck with me ever since.

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  2. This is not what I would have expected from a 1971 top 10 survey, which makes it interesting. Pittsburgh must have had way different musical tastes than New York City – perhaps half of these songs are new to me – interesting indeed. But ahhhh….Cat Stevens….

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    1. They were more an adult contemporary/easy listening station, from what I gathered from the Wikipedia article, and the hits tend to lean more in that direction. It was a surprise to me as well.

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  3. I miss John Denver. I loved his Annie’s Song. And I still have my vinyl album of Cat Stevens Teaser and the Firecat, but I no longer have a record player to play it on. (Still can’t part with it, though.)

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  4. I remember the call letters from when I lived in Pittsburgh for a year when I was about 7 or 8. I wasn’t really paying much attention to music on the radio back then, but I knew those call letters. My mother was probably listening to that station at the time.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  5. I only recognized a few of those songs. My musical wheelhouse is classic rock and pop, not Easy Listening or Adult Contemporary. I only started listening to the AC countdown when I was thirteen, in 1993.

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    1. KDKA was more of an adult contemporary station, tending to play more of the lighter hits. I started doing the radio surveys a couple of years ago because I wanted to remember what some of the songs sounded like, and in the process I’ve found lots of songs that I swear I’ve never heard, even though I was around when they were popular…

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  6. John,

    A handful of the artists on today’s list I know well. The only songs from the list I remember are “Country Roads” and “Moonshadow”. The later, I’m not sure if I recall that one from back in the day or it’s a title that was introduced to me since I began blogging. Excellent playlist for country music. I really love your theme! It gives me some fine tunes to play while I do other things. 🙂

    Curious as a Cathy’s Looney Tunes A-Z Daffy Duck Art Sketch. Join the fun at your leisure. Happy A2Zing, my friend!

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  7. Going against the grain here. Glad I didn’t have to listen to this station, 1971 was a year with some great music and with the exception of Country Roads none of these songs are in my memory at all.

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  8. Now this was a nice listen although I hadn’t heard of some. I always love John Denver, whom I miss like Roy Orbison, John Candy and Robin Williams. I like Gordon Lightfoot. I also like Alaimo and the song sung by Glenn Campbell.

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