#atozchallenge Top Ten: KYME (740 AM Boise ID), 7/16/66

KYME went on the air in Boise, Idaho in 1955 and stayed until 1984, when it became KTOX and moved to 730 AM. It’s now KDBI, broadcasting a regional Mexican format. Let’s see what they were playing on July 16, 1966.

#10 – The Mamas & The Papas, "I saw Her Again": Released in June, when it was the most-played single on WLS. Came in at #1 in Canada, #11 in the UK, and #2 in the US.

#9 – The Mind Benders, "Groovy Kind Of Love": Based on a melody by Muzio Clementi, with lyrics by Toni Wine and Carole Bayer Sager. This was The Mindbenders’ first single after the departure of Wayne Fontana, and reached #1 in the US, Canada and the UK.

#8 – B. J. Thomas, "Billy & Sue": Teenaged tragedy with the Vietnam war thrown in for good measure. Reached #34 in the US and #23 in Canada.

#7 – Tommy Roe, "Sweet Pea": Tommy’s been unfairly branded as a bubblegum pop artist because of songs like this and "Dizzy"; he’s done some great rockers in his time as well. Went to #1 in Canada, #7 in Australia, and #8 in the US.

#6 – Paul Revere & The Raiders, "Hungry": The pride of Boise, this followup to "Kicks" reached #6 in the US and #3 in Canada.

#5 – Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs, "Li’l Red Riding Hood": Sam Samudio, a/k/a Sam The Sham, was known for his turban and robe and for his two major hits, "Wooly Bully" and "Li’l Red Riding Hood," both of which reached #2 in the US and Canada.

#4 – The Happenings, "See You In September": A remake of the Tempos’ recording from 1959, which reached #34. The Happenings sped it up and added some Four Seasons-esque harmonies and took it all the way to #3.

#3 – The Beatles, "Paperback Writer"/"Rain": "Paperback Writer" was the de facto A side of this record, though many stations gave both songs equal airplay and treated it as a double A side. The record reached #1 in the US, UK and Canada.

#2 – Tommy James & The Shondells, "Hanky Panky": A song by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, who wrote it for their group, The Raindrops, in 1963 as the B side to their record "That Boy John." The Shondells recorded it in 1964, and it went nowhere, then reissued it under the name "Tommy James & The Shondells" in 1966, and it hit #1 for a couple of weeks.

#1 – The Troggs, "Wild Thing": Some great British garage rock by The Troggs, who had one more Top Ten hit in the US, "Love Is All Around." Reached #1 in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, while only making it to #2 in the UK.

We wrap up the A to Z Challenge tomorrow with Z!

16 thoughts on “#atozchallenge Top Ten: KYME (740 AM Boise ID), 7/16/66

  1. I remember them all! This is when I really started immersing myself in the pop music scene. We’d just moved to TN and that summer was backed with a soundtrack of songs like these coming from WNOX in Knoxville when it was an AM station playing the hits. Seemed like the radio was always playing somewhere in the background back then.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  2. Oh, I really loved today’s musical pieces from “Wild Thing”, The “Hanky-Panky” to “Sweet Pea”. When you listen to these top hits with all the musicals beats and the words and then you listen to todays…what a difference in quality.


    1. Not to say there aren’t some people making (or at least attempting to make) good music today, but so much of it is electronically enhanced and manipulated that the heart and soul seems to be missing. And a lot of it can’t really be called music.


  3. John,

    July 1966 I was four and half years old. April of that year I became a big sister to my little brother. 🙂 Your playlist has some fabulous oldies, many withstanding the years and generations as some of the greatest songs ever. “Wild Thing” was a tune I used to sing to DD#1 when she was a baby and she loved it. My facial expressions or my singing or perhaps both always made her giggle and giggle. It was adorable!

    Yosemite Sam Looney Tunes A-Z Art Sketch


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