#atozchallenge: 2NX (1341 AM, Newcastle, NSW), 4/11/75

Radio station 2NX in Newcastle, New South Wales moved to the FM dial as "hit106.9 Newcastle" in 1992. While the Australian government still assigns callsigns to radio stations (in this case, the callsign is 2XXX), using them is now optional. (Wikipedia has a few words about Australian callsigns, if you’re like me and want to know things like that.) Anyway, the station was doing Top 40 in April 1975, so let’s look at their Top Ten.

#10 – Olivia Newton-John, "If You Love Me (Let Me Know)": A song by John Rostill that became a Top Ten hit in the US (#5), Canada (#1), and Australia (#2) for the lovely Olivia. It also did well on the Adult Contemporary and Country charts in the US (#2 on both) and Canada (#1 on both).

#9 – John Paul Young, "Yesterday’s Hero": John would have to wait a couple of years to hit it big in the US (where he’s considered a one-hit wonder) with "Love Is In The Air," but this was a #1 hit in South Africa and rose to #8 in Australia. He barely missed the Top 40 in the US, coming in at #42.

#8 – Bill & Boyd, "Santa Never Made It Into Darwin": This was a charity single that was written by Bill Cate and issued to raise money to rebuild the city of Darwin, which had been hit by Cyclone Tracy the previous Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The song rose to #2 on the Australian charts and was the APRA Song of the Year.

#7 – Slade, "Far Far Away": From 1974’s Slade In Flame, their fifth studio album and soundtrack album for the movie of the same name. It reached #2 in the UK but only #19 in Australia.

#6 – Bob Hudson, "The Newcastle Song": A song that poked fun at the working-class youth culture in Newcastle, it reached #1 in Australia and New Zealand.

#5 – Michael Holm, "When A Child Is Born": A Christmas song, sung by the German singer Michael Holm.

#4 – Lester v. Coombs, "I’m Fine Thank You": Discogs tells us that Lester V. Coombs is a "Cabaret artist active in 1950s. Later became moderately successful as a country music singer." I have no information other than that.

#3 – Sherbet, "Summer Love": Australian pop band Sherbet’s first #1 single in their home country.

#2 – Gene Pitney, "Blue Angel": As Gene became less popular in the US, he became more popular in the UK and Australia. This song reached #2 in Australia.

#1 – Johnny Wakelin, "Black Superman": The song came into being as "Hungarian Superman" and was originally dedicated to heavyweight boxer Joe Bugner, who was later beaten by both Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. In the midst of the excitement about the "Rumble In The Jungle," the 1974 fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, Wakelin reworked the song to be about Ali, and it sold very well: it reached #7 in the UK and Australia, and peaked at #21 in the US.

We end the week tomorrow with the letter O! Also, look for my post to the challenge blog tomorrow…

22 thoughts on “#atozchallenge: 2NX (1341 AM, Newcastle, NSW), 4/11/75

  1. I just had to comment on this one, having lived in Darwin, though mercifully not during Tracy. It really played havoc with the town and because it was Christmas Day it was even more poingnant. That was the second destruction of Darwin as it was also bombed by the Japanese in 1942. Some people became refugees in their own country twice in their lives because of these two tragedies. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_HYbgLcIz2s

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      1. Whole areas were demolished. Some houses survived and go this day have flat roofs because they built under what was the floor. Many people lost everything they owned and women and children were evacuated on Air Force planes. Like Hurricane Katrina it’s an iconic event in the nation’s history.

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  2. My fave is definitely John Paul Young and Yesterday’s Hero. It’s odd to think he was considered a one-hit wonder in the states!

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  3. Today I’m listening to The Rolling Stones songs and thought one might show up on your list but looks like they didn’t release any memorable song that year. Interesting list, though.

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    1. Sometimes going somewhere else in the world gives you all kinds of interesting playlists. With Australia you get a lot of the local acts. As for the Stones, as I recall Mick was off doing his own thing around this time….

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  4. Of the ten, the only one I’ve heard before is, of course, Olivia Newton-John. I was surprise by the John Paul Young song. He didn’t sound anything like the guy that sang “Love is In The Air!”

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  5. Olivia Newton-John is one of the few singers I’ve seen in concert, and that was in 1975. Paul Williams was the warm-up artist for the concert, and I was surprised that I enjoyed his performance more than hers.

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    1. He’s a hell of a songwriter and from what I remember had a good voice, and he’s enough of an actor to put on a good show. Olivia was pretty new at the performing thing, and that might have had something to do with it.

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  6. I have not heard of most of them except Olivia and The very sweet Christmas song. I have the Boney M Christmas CD and it is on that CD. The Christmas in Darwin is just very depressing. The Ali song is quite good.

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  7. April ’75? I was probably still listening to “Physical Graffiti” non-stop. Well, that and trying to eek out a passing grade in Physical Chemistry. I don’t remember many of these, John.

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  8. Hi John – another interesting selection … some I know, many I don’t … I’ll enjoy listening – all the best – Hilary

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