We visited KONO in San Antonio last November, when we featured one of their survey from 1962. We’re going to jump ahead to April of 1964 and see what it looked like then. Now, remember, this was roughly three months after The Beatles had made their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, after which The Fab Four dominated Top 40 charts for the next six years, but especially for 1964, when at any given time there were three or four of their records in the Top 10. KONO had an interesting way of dealing with it: they took all of The Beatles’ songs off the chart, acknowledging right up front, “BEATLES: Hottest recording group in San Antonio history, selling more records than any other group ever!”
The Kingsmen, “Money” Portland, Oregon-based garage band The Kingsmen are, of course, notorious for their cover of “Louie Louie” from the previous year, which spent six weeks at #2 nationally. This reached #16 on the Hot 100.
Ray Price, “That’s All That Matters” “The Cherokee Cowboy” originally released this as the B side to “Burning Memories,” which reached #2 on the Country chart. On its own, this reached #34.
Serendipity Singers, “Don’t Let The Rain Come Down (Crooked Little Man)” The only Top 10 hit for this folk group received a Grammy nomination in 1965.
Bobby Vinton, “My Heart Belongs To Only You” The pride of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania recorded the most-popular version of this song, which reached #9 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Middle of the Road chart (now the Adult Contemporary chart).
Lenny Welch, “Ebb Tide” The followup to his beautiful “Since I Fell For You”, Lenny’s cover of this standard reached #25 on the Hot 100, #6 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #7 on the R&B chart.
Vic Dana, “Shangri-La” This only reached #27 on the Hot 100, but was #9 on the Cash Box chart and #8 on the Adult Contemporary chart. KONO had this version sharing the #5 slot with composer Robert Maxwell’s instrumental version. Maxwell was also the composer for “Ebb Tide.”
Dave Clark 5, “Bits And Pieces” This probably wouldn’t have made the Top 10 if KONO had left The Beatles’ records on the survey. This reached #4 on the Hot 100 and the Cash Box survey and was their second record certified gold.
René Y René, “Angelito” René Ornelas and René Herrera were a pop duo out of Laredo, Texas who had two hits make it to the Hot 100. This one reached #43 on that chart, while 1969’s “Lo Mucho que Te Quiero (The More I Love You)” went to #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #14 on the Hot 100.
Louis Armstrong, “Hello, Dolly” This was Satchmo’s biggest hit: it spent 14 weeks on the Hot 100 and was the record that knocked The Beatles out of the #1 spot (which they had held with several different songs).
Terry Stafford, “Suspicion” Terry’s best-selling single on the Hot 100, where it reached #3. He’s also known for his “Amarillo By Morning” from 1973. He has a voice, at least on his early records, like Elvis.
Let’s make another visit to The Beehive State and KSVN, “K-730 Radio” in Ogden, Utah. It had a sister station, KSXX (“K-630”) in Salt Lake City, and they were a powerhouse in the Top 40 market until KCPX became the lead Top 40 station in the area. KSXX went all-news in 1965 (before it was cool to do so), while KSVN went to a Regional Mexican format in 1989. Anyway, you know the drill…
#10. Gene & Debbe, “Playboy” Wikipedia tells us “Gene and Debbe were an American pseudo-pop/country duo hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, United States.” This reached #17 nationally, and this is the first I’ve heard of it.
#9. The Hollies, “Jennifer Eccles” The Hollies had little chart success in the US between “Carrie Anne” in 1967 and “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” in 1969. This was a Top 10 hit in England, Austria, Canada and a few other countries, but only reached #40 here. Another new one on me.
#8. The Troggs, “Love Is All Around” The band formerly known as The Troglodytes reached #7 in the US with this, their second (“Wild Thing” was the first) and last Top 10 hit here.
#7. Diana Ross & The Supremes, “Forever Came Today” Only reached #28 nationally, and I really can’t say I remember it.
#6. The Four Seasons, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” This is a new one on me. It only reached #28 nationally, which might explain that.
#5. The Beatles, “Lady Madonna” Until 1969’s Hey Jude, this was never released on an album, yet still managed to reach #1 in the US and most of the rest of the world.
#4. Otis Redding, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” Really Otis’s last hit before his untimely death (yet another victim of a plane crash), it was his only #1 hit and the first posthumous hit ever.
#3. Four Jacks & A Jill, “Master Jack” As I said a couple of weeks ago, “There’s something almost Karen Carpenter-eqsue about Glenys Lynne. At least I think so. Nationally it reached #18 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.”
#2. Roosters, “Love Machine” All I can find about The Roosters is that they were the house band at Bob Eubanks’s “Cinnamon Cinder” nightclub in San Diego. There were apparently a number of “Cinnamon Cinder” clubs in California. Again, new to me.
#1. Hugo Montenegro, “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” Hugo is best known for his interpretations of theme songs from “spaghetti Westerns.” This was his most memorable, from Enrico Morricone’s 1966 film starring Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, and Lee Van Cleef.
ARSA’s page with this week’s survey shows an image of a clipping from The Deseret News showing this survey and the national survey from Billboard. I include it here because it’s almost totally different than this.
Let’s head to the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania and to radio station WEEX in Easton, where we’ll hear their Top 10 from April 5, 1975. You might notice I only show positions 1 through 9; that’s because one of the Top 10 was a two-sided hit.
Shirley & Co., “Shame Shame Shame” Shirley Goodman and crew were a disco band, although this seems more R&B than anything. This reached #12 on the Hot 100, but #1 on the Dance and R&B charts and did very well in Europe. Their other singles were all released in 1975 as well, but only one reached the Hot 100, “Cry Cry Cry” (#91).
Chicago, “Harry Truman”Chicago VIII was not an especially well-received album, because after near non-stop touring they had nothing in the tank for another album. Robert Lamm wrote this after reading Merle Miller’s Plain Speaking, basically an interview with Mr. Truman shortly before he died. The song reached #13 nationally.
LaBelle, “Lady Marmalade” Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash had been performing together as LaBelle since 1971, but it took a change of label and the production wizardry of Allen Toussaint to get their first big hit. It reached #1 on the US Pop and R&B charts and #7 on the Dance chart.
Olivia Newton-John, “Have You Never Been Mellow” Title track from her 1975 album, it was her second straight #1 hit on the Pop and Adult Contemporary charts and reached #3 on the Country chart. At this point in her career, she could sing a Sociology textbook and young men would fall in love with her. Trust me, I know.
Sugarloaf featuring Jerry Corbetta, “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” Sugarloaf had a huge hit with “Green-eyed Lady” a few years earlier and couldn’t buy a hit after that. Eventually they wrote a song about it and, lo and behold, it reached #9 on the Hot 100 and #5 in Canada. It was the group’s last single.
Leo Sayer, “Long Tall Glasses” Leo ditched the clown costume and came up with another Top 10 hit, peaking at #9 nationally.
Minnie Riperton, “Lovin’ You” Minnie apparently wrote the melody to distract her young daughter Maya so that Minnie could spend time with her husband, Richard Rudolph. (Yes, her daughter is the comedian Maya Rudolph.) The song reached #1 on the Hot 100, #3 on the R&B chart, and #4 on the Dance chart. Minnie hits a number of very high notes in this, so you might want to adjust the volume accordingly.
Ringo Starr, “The No No Song”/”Snookeroo”” A two-sided hit for Ringo. “The No No Song” was a particular favorite of a few friends of mine, and I can’t disagree with them, while “Snookeroo” was written for Ringo by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, which is why, halfway through the video, you start seeing pictures of Elton. Both songs ultimately reached #3 nationally.
Elton John, “Philadelphia Freedom” And speaking of Sir Elton, he topped the chart in Easton with this song, written as a favor to his friend Billie Jean King, at the time part of the WTT Philadelphia Freedoms. It was a #1 nationally and also reached the Top 40 on the R&B chart. The kids at Soul Train seemed to like it.
WEEX is now an all-sports station, simulcast on 1320 by Allentown’s WTKZ.
And that’s The Friday 5×2 for April 5, 2019. Happy birthday, Mark!
KRBE in Houston is an anomaly from most of the US stations we’ve featured here: The call letters have never changed, nor has the format. Named for the original owners, Roland Baker and his wife Edith, the station’s studios used to be on Kirby Drive in Houston, leading many to believe that the call letters referred to the station’s location. Their studios are now on Westheimer Road in the Westchase district in Western Houston. None of which makes any sense unless you’ve been to Houston, which I have (see yesterday’s post). Anyway, here’s their survey from March, 29, 1977, and you’ll be happy to know there isn’t much disco on it.
Kenny Nolan, “I Like Dreamin'” Singer-songwriter Kenny Nolan has written hits for Frankie Valli (“My Eyes Adored you” with Bob Crewe) and LaBelle (“Lady Marmalade,” also with Crewe). He reached #3 nationally with this offering.
Jennifer Warnes, “Right Time Of The Night” Jennifer Warnes had been around for almost ten years when she finally struck paydirt with this. It reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #6 overall. Her duets with Joe Cocker (“Up Where We Belong,” from the movie An Officer And A Gentleman) and Bill Medley (“(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” from the movie Dirty Dancing) did especially well.
Thelma Houston, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” Thelma’s biggest hit: #1 on the Hot 100, R&B and Dance charts and won her the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Eagles, “Hotel California” Title track from their 1976 album, it was released in February and shot up the charts, reaching #1 in the US and Canada and earning the Grammy for Record of the Year.
David Soul, “Don’t Give Up On Us” The man who brought “Hutch” to life in Starsky & Hutch took this to #1 in the US and the UK.
David Dundas, “Jeans On” Musician and actor Dundas is known in the UK for his TV and film scores and has also done well as an actor. He only reached #17 nationally, but took this to #3 in the UK and #1 in Germany.
Daryl Hall & John Oates, “Rich Girl” Their first #1 in the US, from their 1976 album Bigger Than Both Of Us.
10cc, “The Things We Do For Love” Reached #5 nationally and was certified Gold in the US.
Barbra Streisand, “Evergreen” Love theme from her remake of A Star Is Born with Kris Kristofferson, this song reached #1 on all the charts in the US and Canada.
Glen Campbell, “Southern Nights” A song written and originally recorded by Allen Toussaint, Glen reached #1 with it nationally in both the US and Canada.
Last week we saw KCPX’s survey from this time in 1968, so let’s move down 40 kilohertz and see what they were playing at their competition, KNAK. You would expect that two stations in the same market would have pretty much the same stuff on their surveys, and that the Top 10 wouldn’t change much from week to week, so I was surprised to find that only two songs (well, three really) were shared between the two surveys. Pretty strange…
The Troggs, “Love Is All Around” These guys hit it big with “Wild Thing” a couple of years earlier. This reached #7 nationally and was their last US single.
Four Jacks and a Jill, “Master Jack” There’s something almost Karen Carpenter-eqsue about Glenys Lynne. At least I think so. Nationally it reached #18 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Manfred Mann, “Mighty Quinn” I had no idea Bob Dylan wrote this until I caught a glimpse of the record label. Peaked at #10 nationally.
The Box Tops, “Cry Like A Baby” Some blue-eyed soul from these guys from Memphis. Their second-biggest hit reached #2 on the Billboard and Cash Box surveys (“The Letter” reached #1 the previous year) and was their last Top 10 hit.
People, “I Love You” One of the songs from last week, where it topped KCPX’s chart.
Georgie Fame, “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde” Georgie’s lone Top 10 US hit, it reached #7 nationally.
The Beatles, “Lady Madonna” Went to #1 worldwide but wasn’t on any album until the Hey Jude album was released in the US.
The Monkees, “Valleri” The flamenco-esque guitar solo was provided by session whiz Louis Shelton. Mike Nesmith isn’t especially fond of it. Reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on Cash Box, the last of their Top 10 hits.
Bobby Goldsboro, “Pledge of Love” The other song that was on KCPX’s survey last week.
Bobby Goldsboro, “Honey” Bob Shane’s version of this song was #7 on the other station, which I find a bit odd. If Bobby Goldsboro’s definitive version was available, why didn’t we see it last week?