Like so many other AM stations, KOMA (now KOKC) has gone all-talk, but they were a Top 40 station in the ’60’s and ’70’s. Let’s look at their Top Ten from October 1972.
#10 – Rick Nelson, "Garden Party": Rick shares the story of his being invited to play at Madison Square Garden in 1971 and being booed off the stage when he chose to play country music instead of his old hits. The booing might have been directed at what the police were doing, but Rick thought they were booing him. Anyway, he played three songs, then left the stage and the building and wrote this song. It reached #6 on the Hot 100, his last Top Ten hit.
#9 – Chicago, "Saturday In The Park": From Chicago V, a song by Robert Lamm about a sunny day in the park in midsummer. It reached #3 and helped the album reach #1.
#8 – The O’Jays, "Back Stabbers": Title track from their 1972 album, it reached #1 on the R&B chart and #3 on the Hot 100.
#7 – Johnny Nash, "I Can See Clearly Now": Johnny had been writing with Bob Marley, which explains the similarity to Bob’s style. It reached #1 on the Hot 100, in Canada, and in South Africa.
#6 – Danny O’Keefe, "Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues": The original version of this oft-covered country standard, Danny took this to #5 on the adult contemporary chart and #9 on the Hot 100. This is the slower, moodier version from his second album, O’Keefe, which became the hit.
#5 – Bill Withers, "Use Me": Written by Bill and from his second studio album Still Bill, it’s his second-biggest hit (after "Lean On Me"). It reached #2, kept out of the top spot by Michael Jackson’s "Ben" and Chuck Berry’s "My Dingaling."
#4 – The Main Ingredient, "Everybody Plays The Fool": A song by J. R. Bailey, Rudy Clark, and Ken Williams, first done by The Main Ingredient, which consisted of Cuba Gooding Sr., Tony Silvester, and Luther Simmons Jr. It reached #2 on the Soul chart, #3 on the Hot 100, #25 on the adult Contemporary chart, and #6 in Canada.
#3 – Helen Reddy, "I Am Woman": A song that became the anthem for the nascent Women’s Liberation movement, it reached #1 in the US and Canada and #2 in Helen’s native Australia.
#2 – The Fifth Dimension, "If I Could reach You": A song I honestly don’t remember from its time on the charts, it was The Fifth Dimension’s last Top Ten single (peaking at #10) and their last #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
#1 – Gallery, "I Believe In Music": Written by Mac Davis, it was Gallery’s second single from their Nice To Be With You album. It reached #1 in Canada and #4 in the US and Australia.
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