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!