#atozchallenge Top Ten: WKBH (1410 AM La Crosse, WI), 9/17/62

The station that was WKBH on 1410 AM in La Crosse, Wisconsin was sold in 1971, at which time its call letters changed to WIZM, which it has been ever since. Currently that station is news and talk. The WKBH call letters were revived in 1984 at 1570 AM and currently belong to a religious broadcaster. Here’s what the original WKBH was playing on September 17, 1962.

#10 – Bent Fabric, "Alley Cat": Bent Fabricius-Bjerre, better known as Bent Fabric, was a Danish pianist who had a hit in his own country in 1961 with "Omkring et flygel" ("Around A Grand Piano"). For international release, he renamed it "Alley Cat," and it went to #2 in Australia, #7 in New Zealand, and #49 in Germany. In the US, it reached #2 on the Easy Listening chart, #7 on the Hot 100, and #4 in Canada. The song won a Grammy for Best Rock & Roll Recording in 1963. It was the title track for Fabric’s 1962 album.

#9 – Burl Ives, "Call Me Mr. In-Between": From Burl’s 1961 album It’s Just My Funny Way Of Laughin’. It "peaked at No. 3 on the Country Singles Chart, No. 6 on the Adult Contemporary Singles Chart, and No. 19 on the Pop Singles Chart," per Wikipedia.

#8 – Marty Roibbins, "Devil Woman": Not to be confused with Cliff Richard’s 1976 hit. Robbins wrote this and used it as the title track for his 1962 album. It was his seventh single to reach #1 on the Country chart, where it remained for eight weeks, and reached #18 on the Hot 100.

#7 – The Four Seasons, "Sherry": Written by Bob Gaudio, who originally called it "Jackie Baby" for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. It reached #1 in the US, #2 in Canada, #3 in Australia, and #8 in the UK.

#6 – Patti Page, "The Boys’ Night Out": A song that has a lot to say in the less than two minutes it runs. It was the theme song for the 1962 movie, written by Jimmy VanHeusen and Sammy Cahn.

#5 – The Springfields, "Silver Threads And Golden Needles": A song by Dick Reynolds and Jack Rhodes that was originally recorded by Wanda Jackson in 1956. The Springfields’ version reached #20 on the Hot 100, the first time a British group reached the Top 20 in the US.

#4 – Elvis Presley, "King of the Whole Wide World": Written by Bob Roberts and Ruth Batchelor, it was in the soundtrack for Elvis’s 1962 movie *Kid Galahad. It was the lead song on an EP released concurrent with the movie, and only reached #30 on the Hot 100, probably because his song "She’s Not You" was released around the same time.

#3 – Dickie Lee, "Patches": Not to be confused with Clarence Carter’s 1970 hit. Barry Mann and Larry Kolber wrote the song, and due to the supposedly racy implications of the lyrics many radio stations refused to play it. Nevertheless, it reached #6 on the Pop chart, #10 on the R&B chart, and was certified Gold.

#2 – Bobby Vinton, "Rain Rain Go Away": A song by Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne that has nothing to do with the nursery rhyme. Bobby, who knew the song wasn’t #1 material, nevertheless took it to #12 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Pop Standard singles chart.

#1 – Nat King Cole, "Ramblin’ Rose": A song by Joe and Noel Sherman, Nat took this to #2, kept from the top spot by The Four Seasons and "Sherry."

Back tomorrow with a legendary Chicago station for L! (I bet you can guess what it is…)

This is also a Top Ten Tuesday entry…

25 thoughts on “#atozchallenge Top Ten: WKBH (1410 AM La Crosse, WI), 9/17/62

  1. Hi John – Devil Woman is a delight to listen to again … thanks for all of these .. cheers Hilary


    1. That’s about the only Cliff Richard song that made it in the US. I don’t think The Shadows ever had a hit here. No telling why: you ask most American guitar players, they all know Hank Marvin…


  2. I can’t believe that first song won a Grammy when the Beatles never won any. It seems a lot of these stations went to all talk for a while. I enjoyed this once again and really Liked Marty Robbins’s song which I think of as more Folk than country.

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  3. John,

    Your playlists add a bit of magic to my day. That Bobby Vinton had such a smooth voice. “Rain Rain Go Away” although I used to chime the phrase, I don’t know that I knew there was a song until now. This song works for this week’s 4M theme, too.

    Check out today’s Looney Tunes’ Art Sketch of Kiss Me Cat when y’all get a chance. Happy A2Zing, folks!

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  4. I have a lot of family living in La Crosse, WI.. Great Aunt and Uncles still owning a beautiful farm in Tomah/Warrens, WI and Grandmama & Grandpapa had a farm up in Greenwood, still family owned…Lived so much of my life up there in the northern woods. It’s really my 2nd home. Still trying to work out the problem so I can jump back into AtoZ but I’m following 😉 Happy Tuesday.

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    1. LaCrosse always makes me think of Old Style beer… I don’t think I’ve ever been there myself.

      I hate when life gets in the way of blogging…


  5. As I have been singing Sherry since passing it in the list, I guess I have to pick it (although I will be cursing you later for the ear worm, John, lol).

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  6. I remember seeing Nat King Cole on some variety show singing “Ramblin’ Rose.” You have some other good memories in here.

    1410 was/is the home of WTIC (Travelers Insurance Company) here in Hartford. News/Talk today but I imagine rocking the airwaves at some point.

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        1. After some more research, I revise my earlier comment. While WTIC-AM is 1080, the oldies station I was thinking of was WDRC-AM at 1360. When I was at UConn in the early 70s, I think WDRC was playing more contemporary music than oldies. WPOP-AM was at 1410, playing music similar to WDRC.


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