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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