We haven’t done a survey from the pre-rock ‘n’ roll era in a while, and since the surveys I’ve been working from are starting to all look the same, I thought I’d go back to 1954 to look at Atlanta’s WQXI-AM. When I moved to Atlanta in 1987, I only had an AM radio in the car, and this was the station I listened to the most, because they were simulcasting their FM station, WQXI-FM. Eventually, WQXI-FM changed its call letters to WSTR, which usually signals a format change… but it didn’t in this case. By that time, I had a car with an FM radio and lost track of what the AM station was doing. They’re now a Korean-language broadcaster. Here’s their Top Ten from August 28, 1954, 68 years ago.
- “Three Coins In The Fountain,” Four Aces
- “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight,” McGuire Sisters
- “In The Chapel In The Moonlight,” Kitty Kallen
- “Cinnamon Sinner,” Tony Bennett
- “Hernando’s Hideaway,” Archie Bleyer
- “If Give My Heart To You,” Connee Boswell
- “Little Things Mean A Lot,” Kitty Kallen
- “Sh-Boom,” Crew-Cuts
- “Hey There,” Rosemary Clooney
- “The High And The Mighty,” Les Baxter
And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for August 30, 2022.