The Friday 5×2: KHJ (930 AM Los Angeles), 9/24/1969

While browsing around Pinterest, I found this survey from KHJ in Los Angeles, and thought it was interesting enough to do this week’s Friday 5×2. Here’s their Top 10 from September 24, 1969.

  1. Bill Deal & The Rhondels, “What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am” Bill and The Rhondells were a blue-eyed soul/beach music band from Virginia who had three Top 40 singles in 1969. This was the most successful, reaching #23.
  2. Elvis Presley, “Suspicious Minds” Followup to his “In The Ghetto,” this was Elvis’s last #1 single in the US.
  3. Marvin Gaye, “That’s The Way Love Is” On the heels of “Too Busy Thinkin’ ‘Bout My Baby,” this reached #7 nationally and #2 on the R&B chart.
  4. The Rascals, “Carry Me Back” After “People Got To Be Free” was a #1 hit for them in ’68, The Rascals didn’t have another Top 10 hit. This came the closest, reaching #26 on the Hot 100 and #12 on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart, as well as reaching #6 in Canada. It did better in some markets, such as LA and Chicago.
  5. The Lettermen, “Hurt So Bad” A cover of the Little Anthony & The Imperials hit, this reached #12 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the AC chart, where The Lettermen thrived.
  6. Jerry Butler, “What’s The Use Of Breaking Up” The Iceman took this to #20 nationally and #4 on the R&B chart, though I don’t recall it being played on the two Top 40 stations in Chicago, Butler’s hometown.
  7. Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, “This Girl Is A Woman Now” Gary and the boys from Union Gap, Washington had a brief but impressive career on the Top 40. This was their last Top 10 hit, checking in at #9.
  8. The Electric Indian, “Keem-O-Sabe” A studio group formed to take advantage of the popularity of Native Americans in the media at the time, this was their only single. It did well as a regional hit around Philadelphia, and United Artists took it national, where it ended up at #20.
  9. Bobby Sherman, “Little Woman” This was the Tiger Beat coverboy’s first Top 10 single, reaching #3. He went on to careers as a paramedic and police officer.
  10. The Dells, “Oh What A Night” This is kind of a surprise. The Dells had been around since 1953 (and are still going), but really didn’t find chart success until a re-recorded version of “Stay In My Corner” from 1965 reached #10 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart in 1968. This had originally been released in 1960 as “Oh, What a Nite,” and it likewise reached #10 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for October 18, 2019.

The Friday 5×2: KLEO (1480 AM Wichita, Kansas), August 6, 1973

KLEO was, from 1958 to 1980, the most popular Top 40 station in Wichita, Kansas. Now the station is KQAM, “The Big Talker,” which they’ve been since 2009. Before that, they were the Radio Disney affiliate. KLEO’s call letters are now being used by a FM station in Hilo, Hawaii, broadcasting a Hot Adult Contemporary format. Anyway, here’s KLEO’s Top 10 from August 6, 1973.

  1. Sly & The Family Stone, “If You Want Me To Stay” Sly & The Family Stone changed funk and R&B and had enough crossover power to affect the worlds of rock and pop. This reached #3 on the national R&B chart and #12 on the Hot 100.
  2. Lobo, “How Can I Tell Her” This was Lobo’s fifth Top 10 hit on the AC chart, but only reached #22 on the Hot 100. I don’t even remember this song playing in Chicago.
  3. Jim Stafford, “Swamp Witch” Jim’s first single, it only reached #39 on the Hot 100. “Spiders and Snakes” more than made up for it.
  4. Maureen McGovern, “The Morning After” From the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure, it won the 1972 Oscar for Best Original Song, then became a hit single, reaching #1 on the Hot 100 for two weeks in August 1973. Billboard ranked it #28 for the whole year. I thought Maureen McGovern qualified as a one-hit wonder, but her “Different Worlds,” theme for the television show Angie, reached #18 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the AC chart a few years later.
  5. Deep Purple, “Smoke On The Water” Deep Purple only had two Top 10 singles, this and “Hush” five years earlier, both reaching #4 on the Hot 100. The riff will live on and on and on…
  6. Gilbert O’Sullivan, “Get Down” Gilbert’s third and last Top 10 single, it reached #7 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the AC chart. He continued to chart well in the UK and Ireland for a few years after this.
  7. Paul McCartney & Wings, “Live And Let Die” The second movie theme in the Top 10 this week, from the James Bond film of the same name, starring a maybe a little too old Roger Moore. It was the first true rock song to be used as a 007 theme and spent 3 weeks at #2.
  8. Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt Kickers, “Monster Mash” How a 12-year-old Halloween song managed to “rise from the dead,” so to speak, in the middle of 1973 is beyond me, but… anyway, it reached #10 after entering the charts in May.
  9. Charlie Daniels, “Uneasy Rider” Charlie’s first record to chart reached #9 on the Hot 100. Some would call it a novelty record, and they wouldn’t be wrong.
  10. Three Dog Night, “Shambala” This was recorded by both Three Dog Night and B. W. Stephenson (who had a bigger hit a bit later in 1973 with “My Maria”), but only 3DN’s is generally known. It reached #3 on the Hot 100 and did much better in some places.

And that’s your Friday 5×2 for October 11, 2019.

The Friday 5×2: De Nederlandse, 5/13/78

I’ve been using Pinterest the last few weeks to provide me with survey data, and have found a lot of surveys like this one that appear to be the Top 40 for the Netherlands. (And if someone can tell me otherwise, I’d appreciate it.) There seems to be a pretty interesting array of songs on the survey, many of which I hadn’t heard of until building this playlist. Without further ado, here is the Top 10 for The Netherlands for May 13, 1978.

  1. Rod McKuen, “Amor” Like so many other singers in the late ’70’s, Rod dipped his toe into the disco pool, in his case with the 1977 album Slide. As far as I know, this was a European side that didn’t make it here.
  2. Gerry Rafferty, “Baker Street” Gerry was prevented from releasing any new material after the breakup of Stealers Wheel. He resumed recording in 1977 and released his album City To City in 1978, from which this, his most well-known song, comes.
  3. Hot Chocolate, “Every 1’s A Winner” This British soul band started in 1968, with their first success coming with a cover of John Lennon’s “Give Peace A Chance.” The majority of their material was written by lead singer Errol Broown and bassist Tony Wilson, including “Brother Louie,” which was a hit for Stories in 1973, and 1976’s “You Sexy Thing,” which reached #3 in the US as well as making the charts in the UK. “Every 1’s A Winner” also reached the US charts, reaching #6 in 1979.
  4. Conquistador, “Argentina” Conquistador was a Dutch instrumental studio band who recorded several albums in the late ’70’s and early ’80’s. This is the title track to their debut album.
  5. Plastic Bertrand, “Ccedil;a Plane Pour Moi” Roger François Jouret, better known as Plastic Bertrand, is a Belgian musician, songwriter and producer. This was the song that first gained him international fame, released in 1977.
  6. Mighty Sparrow and Byron Lee, “Only A Fool” Slinger Francisco, also known as Mighty Sparrow, is a Trinidadian calypso vocalist, songwriter and guitarist who is known as “The Calypso King of the World.” Byron Lee and The Dragonaires were a Jamaican calypso, ska and soca band. Both were instrumental in bringing Caribbean music to the world.
  7. Darts, “Come Back My Love” Doo-wop never sounded so good as when Darts sang it. They were a British nonet that had a number of Top 10 hits in the UK, “Come Back My Love” being the first of three consecutive #2’s there.
  8. The Bee Gees, “Night Fever” Theme song for the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever, this was an international hit for the brothers Gibb. What else is there to say?
  9. Clout, “Substitute” Clout was a South African female rock group who found early success with this record, the reworking of a Righteous Brothers song. The song was a #1 hit in South Africa, Australia, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, Austria, and Denmark.
  10. Boney M, “Rivers of Babylon” I did a Battle of the Bands on this song back in 2015, though Boney M wasn’t one of the contestants (it was a shutout for Jorma Kaukonen). Originally by The Melodians in 1970, Boney M, a Euro-Caribbean vocal group based in West Germany, took this to #1 in most of Europe and in Australia and New Zealand in 1978.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for October 4, 2019.

The Friday 5×2: WGH (1310 AM, Hampton Roads, VA)

WGH-AM is now “1310 The Power,” broadcasting urban talk and oldies to the Virginia Beach/Newport News/Hampton Roads area of Virginia (their antenna is in Hampton Roads), but was a Top 40 station in 1963. Here’s their top ten on April 21 of that year.

  1. Paul & Paula, “Young Lovers” This was the follow-up to their earlier hit “Hey Paula,” and reached #6 on the Hot 100. Paul and Paula were actually Ray Hildebrand and Jill Jackson, who changed their stage names to match their hit song.
  2. Skeeter Davis, “End of The World” Skeeter, a country singer, had a few crossover hits, and this was especially successful for her, reaching #2 on the Hot 100 and the Country chart, #1 on the AC chart, and surprisingly #4 on the R&B chart, making her the first white female to reach the Top 10 there. Italso sold a million copies and was certified gold. By the way, the man on the left introducing her is Stringbean.
  3. Gene Pitney, “Mecca” Gene was still pretty popular in the US when this came out, and it reached #12 nationally. It was a #2 hit in Canada and a #7 in Australia.
  4. Bobby Vinton, “Over the Mountain Across the Sea” This song was like the “calm before the storm,” as it preceded his big hits “Blue Velvet” and “There, I’ve Said It Again.” This reached #8 on the AC chart and #21 on the Hot 100. Ironically, his Wikipedia entry starts with the statement “Not to be confused with Bobby Vee,” who’s also on this week’s chart.
  5. The Cookies, “Don’t Say Nothin’ Bad (About My Baby) The Cookies had an earlier hit with “Chains,” covered by The Beatles on their first album. This did even better, reaching #3 on the R&B chart and #7 on the Hot 100. Members of The Cookies later became The Raelettes, Ray Charles’s backup singers.
  6. Peter, Paul & Mary, “Puff, The Magic Dragon” Their follow-up to “If I Had A Hammer,” it was immediately suspected of being a song about smoking dope. The lyrics were written by Leonard Lipton, who based his poem on Ogden Nash’s “Custard The Dragon.” Peter Yarrow found the poem and set it to music. This reached #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the AC chart.
  7. The Chiffons, “He’s So Fine” The song at the center of a lawsuit against George Harrison, whose “My Sweet Lord” was found to be a direct ripoff of the tune. And yeah, it’s pretty much the same. The Chiffons spent four weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 with this.
  8. Richard Chamberlain, “All I Have To Do Is Dream” In the midst of his successful run as Dr. Kildare on the show of that name, Chamberlain recorded several hit records, including this cover of a Felice and Boudleaux Bryant/Everly Brothers hit. It reached #14 nationally.
  9. Little Peggy March, “I Will Follow Him” The song that kept “Puff, The Magic Dragon” out of the #1 slot nationally. If you’ve ever seen the movie Sister Act, you never hear this song the same way again.
  10. Bobby Vee, “Charms” Not to be confused with Bobby Vinton or contemporary singer Bobby V., Bobby Vee rose to fame after “The Day The Music Died,” replacing Buddy Holly in The Crickets. He had 38 Hot 100 singles, including ten Top 10 hits and six gold records. This only reached #13 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the AC chart (and obviously didn’t receive a gold record). It’s a good song nonetheless.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for September 27, 2019.

The Friday 5×2: Cash Box, 4/19/1969

Last week, I featured Billboard‘s Hot 100, so this week I’ll share a Cash Box survey, this from April 1969.

  1. The Zombies, “Time Of The Season” A song that eventually made it to #1 on Cash Box. I profiled the Zombies here.
  2. Edwin Starr, “25 Miles” The lesser-known of Edwin’s Top 10 hits, the other being 1970’s “War.”
  3. Steppenwolf, “Rock Me” John Kay and crew were on a roll here, having already scored Top 10 hits with “Born To Be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride.” This wasn’t as big a hit as those were, and it was the last Top 10 they had.
  4. Jerry Butler, “Only The Strong Survive” “The Iceman” rarely crossed over from the R&B chart, which is a shame, because what a voice…
  5. Tommy Roe, “Dizzy” I had a friend who was really into Tommy Roe, for whatever reason. By this time, he was considered more a “bubblegum” artist, but he was actually a pretty good rocker.
  6. The Isley Brothers, “It’s Your Thing” These guys have been around forever and it’s not hard to see why.
  7. Glen Campbell, “Galveston” Jimmy Webb wrote it, Glen Campbell sang it, you know it’s going to be a hit. Still the unofficial theme song of Galveston, Texas.
  8. The Cowsills, “Hair” One of two songs in the Top 10 from the musical Hair. If “Easy To Be Hard” was here, there’d be three. Family acts were big during this period, and The Cowsills were one of the better ones.
  9. Blood, Sweat & Tears, “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” BS&T became a hit machine after Al Kooper left and David Clayton-Thomas took over as lead singer. James William Guercio, who was also working with Chicago, produced their eponymous second album, from which three Top 10 singles were drawn, this being the first.
  10. The 5th Dimension, “Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In” More Hair music. The 5th Dimension were another hit machine; it seemed like everything they did turned to gold.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for September 20, 2019.