Top Ten Tuesday: WLS (890 AM, Chicago), 2/8/71

As good as the ARSA site is for survey information, one serious shortcoming is that if you’re looking for a survey for a specific date, such as February 8, there’s no good way to do it but to sort all 200,000 surveys and page through them until you find a survey from February 8 on a given year. Faced with the proposition of having to do that, I decided "screw it!" and went with a WLS survey, which was, in contrast, very easy to find. Here’s the survey from February 8, 1971.

Most of these are songs that I’ve done ad nauseum, so I’ll just list them…

  1. Elton John, “Your Song”
  2. Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Have You Ever Seen The rain”
  3. Diana Ross, “Remember Me”
  4. Elvis Presley, “I Really Don’t Want To Know”
  5. Dave Edmunds, “I Hear You Knocking”
  6. Gordon Lightfoot, “If You Could Read My Mind”
  7. Bobby Goldsboro, “Watching Scotty Grow”
  8. Jackson 5, “Mama’s Pearl”
  9. Rare Earth, “Born To Wanter”
  10. The Osmond Brothers, “One Bad Apple”

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for February 8, 2022.

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: WLS (890 AM, Chicago), 2/8/71

  1. Why are some things so difficult to find? I’m glad you went with this and, you are right, the music is so eclectic. I love Gordon Lightfoot.


    1. Rock hadn’t totally taken over radio by then, so you had quite a variety. I think I used a Gordon Lightfoot song (might have even been this one) and you said you liked him. He’s one of those guys that tended to fall thru the cracks here. You had the dedicated fans, then the people who liked him well enough to listen to him on the radio and maybe buy a single, but not enough to buy his albums, finally the people who were like “Gordon WHO?”


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