From the campus of the University of California-Riverside, 88.3 KUCR is the student-run radio station. I’m not sure how long they’ve been on the air, though we know it’s been since at least the ’60’s. Here’s their Top Ten from October 20, 1967.
#10 – The Association, "Never My Love": A song written by The Addrisi Brothers, this was The Association’s third #1 hit in the US according to Cash Box (#2 on the Hot 100 behind The Box Tops’ "The Letter"), after "Cherish" and "Windy." It also reached #1 in Canada and was certified Gold.
#9 – The Sunshine Company, "Back On The Street Again": Our second "sunshine pop" band in a row, The Sunshine Company started as duo Mary Nance and Maury Manseau. This was from their 1967 debut album, Happy Is The Sunshine Company, and reached #36. They sound a little like Spanky & Our Gang, I think…
#8 – The Bee Gees, "Holiday": The Brothers Gibb have been around much longer than "Saturday Night Fever." Written and sung by Barry and Robin, the song reached #2 in The Netherlands, #16 in the US and #18 in Canada. Polydor didn’t release this in the UK.
#7 – Buffalo Springfield, "Rock & Roll Woman": From Buffalo Springfield’s second album, 1967’s Buffalo Springfield Again, a song by Stephen Stills. I’m not sure if this was ever released as a single, but it was a staple of FM rock stations.
#6 – The Stone Poneys, "Different Drum": Featuring the lovely Linda Ronstadt on vocals, a song by Michael Nesmith, later of The Monkees. The song did well in Australia (#9) and New Zealand (#5), and reasonably well in the US (#12) and Canada (#18).
#5 – The Hombres, "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out": Stewart Mason, writing on AllMusic, called this "deadpan southern-fried parody" of Dylan’s "Subterranean Homesick Blues." Title track from their 1967 album, it reached #12 on the Hot 100 and was a favorite of my 6th grade class.
#4 – Jefferson Airplane, "The Ballad Of You & Me & Pooneil": Written by Paul Kantner and lead track from their third album After Bathing At Baxter’s. Much of the song was taken from A. A. Milne’s book When We Were Very Young.
#3 – Strawberry Alarm Clock, "Incense & Peppermints": If you’re only going to have one hit, make it a memorable one. This reached #1 in both the US and Canada.
#2 – The Young Rascals, "How Can I Be Sure": Sung by Eddie Brigati, who was the favorite of the girls despite his crooked teeth. The video was taken from The Ed Sullivan Show, complete with the dancers. This reached #4, their highest-plaing single with Brigati as the lead vocalist.
#1 – The Light, "Music Box"/"Back Up": Wasn’t sure which was the A side to this single, so I put both in. About all I can say about this band was that their leader appears to be a guy named Bob Anglin, who contributed to both sides, and they were a garage/psychedelic band, presumably from Southern California.
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17 thoughts on “#atozchallenge Top Ten: KUCR (88.3 FM, Riverside, CA), 10/20/67”
October 1967, I was a couple of months away from my 6th birthday. The Associations “Never My Love” I know. I’m unsure about the rest but will happily listen to your ear candy while I tackle various jobs around the house and online. Thanks for sharing. Happy A2Zing!
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This station is close to me. Now and then I’ll tune in for a few seconds to see what they are playing. If they were playing what they were playing on this list back in 1967 I might stay tuned in longer. What I hear now just doesn’t hold my interest.
Tossing It Out
Probably like a lot of college stations they’re playing a lot of NPR shows, which is OK, I guess, if that’s what you want to hear. Our one jazz station for a long time was run by Clark Atlanta University, and naturally during the evening rush they’d be playing “All Things Considered” instead of some good music to get you home…
Now we are getting into the psychedelic era….some more so than others but all great. I have to say I prefer the Bee Gees this way than the Disco era.
The Bee Gees did some beautiful songs before Saturday Night Fever, especially in the ’60’s.
Three groups I’ve never heard of (Sunshine Company, Hombres, & Light), but the rest are groups I loved with songs I loved! Glad that “Holiday” is included here; I’ve always preferred pre-disco BeeGees. And Buffalo Springfield’s “Rock and Roll Woman” is a long-lost love. Thanks for this list! <3
I didn’t think I had heard “Rock & Roll Woman” until I heard it when putting the list together. “Oh, is THAT what that is?”
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Different Drum. An all time favorite of mine.
I think that was the first time any of us heard Linda Ronstadt.
1st time and in love with her ever since.
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I remember most of these and I always liked The Association.
Sunshine pop was what it was about then…
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I must have had my transistor radio by then, I remember these 😊
Hi John – I hardly know any of these … so will enjoy listening and learning … thanks – funny … i’ve never been keen on the Bee Gees – don’t ask me why! Cheers Hilary
Oooh, a few here I like but the best of the bunch for me is the Bee Gees and “Holiday”.
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