You might remember this past Monday that I did a post based on a post I had seen on the blog PopRockBopTilUDrop. Craig, the proprietor on that blog, said that the URL of his blog was based on the radio station he worked at, KIMN (pronounced “Kim”), which from the ’50’s through the ’80’s was Denver’s popular “950 KIMN.” I found a survey from September 21, 1984 on ARSA, so let’s check out their Top 10 from that day.
- The Pointer Sisters, “I’m So Excited” Originally released in 1982 (when it only reached #30), it was re-mixed and released again in 1984, reaching #9 on the Hot 100 and #25 on the Adult Contemporary chart. In Denver it stayed at #10 from the week before.
- Scandal featuring Patty Smyth, “The Warrior” Title track from their 1984 album, it was their only song to reach the Top 40, peaking at #7 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
- Stevie Wonder, “I Just Called To Say I Love You” A huge hit for Stevie, it reached #1 on the Hot 100, R&B and Adult Contemporary charts. This weekin Denver it jumped from #14 to #8 with a bullet.
- Huey Lewis & The News, “If This Is It” The fourth single off their hugely popular 1983 Sports album, it peaked at #6 on both the hot 100 and the Cash Box survey. It was down from #4 the week before.
- Lionel Ritchie, “Stuck On You” From 1983’s Can’t Slow Down album, it reached #3 on the Hot 100, #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and by virtue of the fact he wore a cowboy hat on the single sleeve, #24 on the Country chart. Down from #3 in Denver this week.
- Cyndi Lauper, “She Bop” The third single from her debut album She’s So Unusual, this reached #3 on the Hot 100 annd Cash Box surveys. It spent a second week at #5 on 950 KIMN’s survey this week.
- The Cars, “Drive” From the album Heartbeat City, it was sung by bassist Benajmin Orr and was their highest-charting single, reaching #3 nationally. It rose from #7 on KIMN, meaning it and Huey Lewis’s song switched positions.
- Prince, “Let’s Go Crazy” From the Purple Rain soundtrack, it was Prince’s second straight #1 after “When Doves Cry.” Up from #6 the previous week, swapping with Lionel Ritchie.
- Tina Turner, “What’s Love Got To Do With It” From Private Dancer, Tina’s first and only #1, it also reached #2 on the R&B chart. In Denver, it had slipped from #1, trading places with…
- John Waite, “Missing You” I was going to say that John Waite was a one-hit wonder, but since the definition of that is “only one Top 40 single ever,” I can’t, because his follow-up single, “Tears,” reached #37 (#8 on the Mainstream Rock chart). From his 1984 No Brakes album, which reached #10 in the US.
In 1988, KIMN changed its call letters to KYGO and began broadcasting country. The callsign re-emerged in 1995 on 100.3 FM. Currently it’s known as Mix 100 (“All The Hits”) with an Adult Top 40 format.
And that’s the Friday 5×2 for September 21, 2018.
KYA (1260 kHz) is now KSFB, a station broadcasting Relevant Radio, a Roman Catholic radio format, to the San Francisco Bay Area. Starting in the mid-’50’s, they were “the Boss of the Bay” annd remained so until KFRC switched to Top 40 in 1966 with a much-stronger signal. Anyway, here’s what their Top 10 looked like on this day in 1959.
- Jerry Wallace, “Primrose Lane” Jerry’s highest-ranking single, which made it to #8 on the Hot 100. It was used as the theme song for the 1971 TV series The Smith Family, which starred Henry Fonda.
- The Browns, “The Three Bells (Little Jimmy Brown)” The Browns were a country and folk music trio consisting of Jim Edward Brown (who I guess is the “Little Jimmy Brown” in the song) and his sisters Maxine and Bonnie. This was a #1 hit on both the Country and Pop charts for them.
- The Coasters, “Poison Ivy” Like many of their songs, this combined tight vocal harmonies with a humor. This went to #1 on the R&B chart and #7 on the Hot 100.
- Sarah Vaughan, “Broken Hearted Melody” Sarah, who kicked everyone’s backside whenever she competed in one of my Battles of the Bands, had a #7 hit with this in both the US and the UK.
- Lloyd Price, “I’m Gonna Get Married” A follow-up to his #2 hit “Personality” (which earned him the moniker “Mr. Personality”), this reached #3. Both songs reached #1 on the R&B chart in ’59.
- Johnny and the Hurricanes, “Red River Rock” The pride of Toledo, Ohio, this was their one Top 10 US hit, though they had a few more in the UK and Germany. In 1962 they played an engagement at The Star Club in Hamburg, where the opening act was an unknown band called The Beatles. Shades of Jimi Hendrix opening for The Monkees…
- Everly Brothers, “(Til) I Kissed You” Written by Don Everly, this was a Top 10 hit in the US (pop and country charts), Australia, and the UK.
- Bobby Darin, “Mack The Knife” I always like to point out that Lotte Lenya, one of the names calld out by Bobby at the end of the song, was the wife of Kurt Weill, who composed the melody as “Die Moritat von Mackie Messer” for Bertolt Brecht’s “play with music” The Threepenny Opera. It went to #1 in the US and UK.
- Phil Phillips, “Sea Of Love” Written by Phillips, it was his only hit. It’s been covered many times, in particular by The Honeydrippers, whose lead singer was Robert Plant.
- Santo & Johnny, “Sleep Walk” Santo (steel guitar) and Johnny (electric guitar) Farina wrote this classic instrumental after they got home from a gig and couldn’t sleep. It has since become a rock & roll classic.
And that’s The Friday 5×2 for September 14, 2018.
WKMH (AM 1310) is now WDTW, “La Mega,” having gone through a number of changes since this survey was issued. During the ’60’s it was WKNR, “Keener 13,” using a Top 40 format. It’s been through a few changes over the years. Of course, it was a Top 40 station in 1958, so let’s look at their survey.
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I seem to have caught a 72-hour bug in my gastrointestinal tract (you don’t want to know the details), so this is a little late.
Like so many other AM (or mediumwave, if you prefer) radio stations in the US (and probably throughout the world), WTMA is now broadcasting a “news/talk” format, but in 1974 they were a Top 40 station. Here’s what they were listening to in the capital of the Palmetto State today in 1974.
- Elton John, “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me” From his 1974 album Caribou, named for James William Guercio’s recording studio in Colorado. Guercio is best known to most of us as the producer for the band Chicago.
- George McCrae, “Rock Your Baby” Yes, the age of disco was just starting in ’74. Despite that, it’s a pretty good song.
- John Denver, “Annie’s Song” While I’m not actually fond of John’s music, it was an integral part of the soundtrack of my life, and that counts for something.
- Commodores, “Machine Gun” This was their first single, and made it to #22 nationally. This means that, while it did well in the Top 40 in some cities, it didn’t even chart in others. I honestly didn’t hear it until today. Maybe if I had turned on one of the R&B stations in Chicago, such as WVON, WBMX, or WJPC, I would have had better luck, as the song reached #7 on the national R&B chart.
- Rufus, “Tell Me Something Good” I have discussed the connection Rufus had with another Chicago band, The American Breed, so I’m not gonna do it again.
- Dave Loggins, “Please Come To Boston” A one-hit wonder as a performer, Dave was a draftsman and an insurance salesman before getting into the music biz. Known better as a songwriter, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1995. His second cousin is Kenny, who you might have heard of before.
- Roberta Flack, “Feel Like Makin’ Love” A lady with a gorgeous voice singing a great song written by Eugene McDaniels.
- Eric Clapton, “I Shot The Sheriff” Off his 1971 album 461 Ocean Blvd., which was his address while he was in Miami recording this album.
- Paper Lace, “The Night Chicago Died” Nothing more needs to be said about “the East side of Chicago,” which most Chicagoans call “Lake Michigan.”
- Paul Anka with Odia Coates, “(You’re) Havin’ My Baby” Of this song, Wikipedia tells us “Despite its commercial success, the song has been criticised for its maudlin sentimentality and perceived sexist undertones, and has appeared in ‘worst song’ lists. It was voted the #1 ‘Worst Song of All Time’ in a poll conducted by CNN.com in 2006.” In other words, an EBS Special. Odia Coates got her start singing with the Edwin Hawkins singers, and sadly died of breast cancer in 1991 at the age of 49.
And that’s The Friday 5×2 for August 31, 2018.
2UW in Sydney is noted for being the first station outside the US to broadcast 24 hours a day, starting in 1935. In 1994 they moved to the FM band and changed their name to Mix 106.5, and in 2014 renamed themselves KIIS 106.5. In 1958, they were a Top 40 station, and most of this week’s survey consisted of songs that were also hits in the US.
- Dean Martin, “Return To Me” A beautiful, if somewhat melancholy, song that was the theme song for the 2000 movie of the same name which starred David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, and Carroll O’Connor.
- Bobby Freeman, “Do You Wanna Dance” One of Freeman’s two Top 10- hits, the other being 1964’s “C’mon and Swim.” Bette Midler did a downtempo version of this in 1972 and it became her first hit.
- Everly Brothers, “All I Have To Do Is Dream” Their second #1 hit in the US, it peaked at #3 in Australia.
- Perez Prado & His Orchestra, “Patricia” This was the last #1 song on the Billboard Disc Jockeys and Top 100 charts; it was replaced the following week by the Hot 100.
- Jimmie Rodgers, “Secretly” Country singer Jimmie Rodgers had a string of crossover hits in the ’50’s, the biggest being “Honeycomb.” This song reached #3 in the US.
- Toni Arden, “Padre” Toni (born Antoinette Ardizzone in New York) started as a big band singer in the ’40’s and recorded for the National Records label before moving to Columbia Records in 1949. In the mid-’50’s she moved to Decca Records and recorded this, her biggest hit and only Gold record, in 1958.
- Jody Reynolds, “Endless Sleep” One of the first big names in Rockabilly music, this was his biggest-selling record.
- David Seville, “Witch Doctor” Ross Bagdasarian, a/k/a David Seville, was one of the pioneers of mechanically-altered voices. The success of this record no doubt led to the creation of Alvin and The Chipmunks.
- The Four Preps, “Big Man” Vocal groups were still popular in the late ’50’s. This was written by Bruce Belland and Glen Larson of the group. Belland and Larson would later turn their attentions to television, with Belland producing several game shows for Ralph Edwards productions, later becoming a network executive, while Larson, using his full name Glen A. Larson, went on to create some memorable TV shows, including Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, The Fall Guy and others.
- Sheb Wooley, “The Purple People Eater” Another example of a mechanically-altered voice was this song by actor and singer Sheb Wooley, who appeared in a number of Western movies and TV shows (including Rawhide). He’s also believed to be the voice actor who created the Wilhelm scream.
And that’s The Friday 5×2 for August 24, 2018.