The Friday 5×2: 2SM (Sydney, NSW), 5/7/65

Last year, we visited 2SM in Sydney, NSW, Australia and examined their survey for that week in 1963. Let’s hop ahead a couple more years and take a look at what was hot on the charts on May 7, 1965.

  1. The Seekers, “I Know I’ll Never Find Another You” The song was down from #9 the week before in its 14th week on the 2SM chart.
  2. Elvis Presley, “Do The Clam” From the movie Girl Happy, this was up from #12 the previous week in the song’s 4th week on the chart.
  3. Tom Jones, “Chills & Fever” A single that didn’t go very far in most of the rest of the world (it reached #125 in the US and failed to chart elsewhere) looked like it did all right Down Under. Up from #15 in its third week.
  4. The Beatles, “Rock & Roll Music”/”Honey Don’t” A two-sided single of songs from Beatles For Sale (Beatles ’65 in the US). Side 1 covers Chuck Berry, side 2 covers Carl Perkins. Down slightly from #5 in its eighth week.
  5. The Rolling Stones, “The Last Time” A #1 hit for the Stones in the UK and #9 here in the US, it was down from #2 in its sixth week.
  6. The Seekers, “A World of Our Own” In its second week on 2SM’s chart this bounced all the way from #30 to #5. Not as big of a hit as “I Know I’ll Never Find Another You” was, but that’s a pretty impressive jump. Of course, they had home-field advantage…
  7. Julie Rogers, “Hawai’ian Wedding Song” This British chanteuse had a huge hit with “The Wedding” the previous year (#3 UK, #10 US). This only reached #31 in the UK, but obviously did much better in Australia.
  8. Ray Brown & The Whispers, “Pride”/”Say It Again” Another two-sided single, for which I only found side 1 (I don’t usually have trouble finding songs on YouTube). Ray and crew were an Australian band that was popular in the mid-’60’s.
  9. Herman’s Hermits, “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” This was the first week on 2SM’s chart for this song. Notice in the video that at one point Peter turns and seems to be reacting to what one of the other members of the band was saying.
  10. The Beatles, “Ticket To Ride” From the Help! album, it was The Fabs’ seventh straight #1 single in the UK as well as the third #1 in the US.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for May 10, 2019.

The Friday 5×2: WING (1410 AM, Dayton, OH), 1975

Let’s visit Dayton, Ohio, “The Birthplace of Aviation” (because Orville and Wilbur Wright hail from there) and radio station WING, the oldest full-time commercial radio station in Dayton and its first Top 40 station, now known as “ESPN 1410” because it’s an affiliate of ESPN Radio and the Ohio State IMG Sports Network. Here’s their Top 10 from today in 1975, courtesy of ARSA.

  1. Pure Prairie League, “Amie” From PPL’s debut album, 1972’s Bustin’ Out (it had been released earlier, but failed to get any traction), it took three years to release this song. It reached #27 on the Hot 100 and #20 on the AC chart, but was a perennial favorite on FM stations.
  2. Kraftwerk, “Autobahn” Looking at some of the pictures of the band here, I realized they were the inspiration for Mike Myers’s “Dieter” character on Saturday Night Live. This is the considerably-shorter single version, from their 1974 album of the same name (where the original was almost 23 minutes long and filled one album side). It reached #25 on the Hot 100.
  3. Tony Orlando & Dawn, “He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You)” Originally called “He Will Break Your Heart” when recorded by Jerry (“The Iceman”) Butler in 1960, this went to #1 on the Hot 100 and AC charts.
  4. Carpenters, “Only Yesterday” This was Karen and Richard’s last Top 10 single on the Hot 100, although they would go on to have a few more singles on the AC chart. This made it to #4 nationally while topping the AC chart. I had forgotten about this one.
  5. Elton John, “Philadelphia Freedom” Written for Elton’s friend Billie Jean King, who was part of the Philadelphia Freedoms tennis team. It hit #1 in the US and Canada.
  6. B. J. Thomas, “(Hey, Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Did Somebody Wrong Song” This hit #1 on the Hot 100, AC and Country charts and helped to establish B. J. as a mainstream country artist. The song won the 1976 Grammy for Best Country Song for its authors, Larry Butler and Chips Moman.
  7. Jan Davis & The Spain Gang, “Hot Sauce” An instrumental that seems to have escaped me. Can’t seem to find anything about this song…
  8. Roger Whittaker, “The Last Farewell” Those of us from Chicago immediately think “WGN Television, Channel 9, Chicago” when we hear the beginning of this. A beautiful song nevertheless, it reached #19 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the AC chart.
  9. John Denver, “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” Seems like this song was ALWAYS on the radio around this time. It reached #1 everywhere in the US and Canada (okay, #5 on the US AC chart) and reached #1 in Yugoslavia, for whatever reason.
  10. The Captain & Tennille, “Love Will Keep Us Together” A song that Neil Sedaka wrote with Howard Greenfield, it was covered by C&T in 1975 and became a worldwide hit.

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for May 3, 2019.

The Friday 5×2: WLS On This Day In 1971

Thought it might be good to take a trip home to Chicago and examine the Top 10 from WLS, “The Big 89” in Chicago. Thanks to my friends at Oldiesloon for this survey.

  1. Tony Orlando & Dawn, “I Play And Sing” Not a song I remember that well. It reached #25 on the Hot 100 and #15 on the Adult Contemporary chart, nowhere near as well as “Candida” and “Knock Three Times.” In fact, they wouldn’t have another Top 10 hit until “Tie A Yellow Ribbon.”
  2. The Doors, “Love Her Madly” The Doors’ last hit before Jim Morrison’s untimely death in July, it reached #11 nationally and #3 in Canada.
  3. Neil Diamond, “I Am…I Said” A song that reached #4 nationally, #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #3 in Canada.
  4. Daddy Dewdrop, “Chick-A-Boom (Don’t Ya Just Love It)” In real life, songwriter Dick Monda, this is the only record that charted of the ten or so he released, reaching #9 on the Hot 100.
  5. The Bells, “Stay Awhile” Another one-hit wonder in the US was this band from Montreal for whom this song was their only chart success. They had several more Top 10 hits in Canada. This was sung by band members Cliff Edwards and Jackie Ralph, who just happens to be Edwards’s sister-in-law.
  6. Ocean, “Put Your Hand In The Hand” Another Canadian band, this one a gospel-rock band from Toronto. This reached #2 o the pop chart and #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Quite a contrast with the previous song, I think…
  7. The Jackson 5, “Never Can Say Goodbye” My favorite Jackson 5 song, it was written by Clifton Davis, who you might remember from his TV roles in That’s My Mama and Amen. It went to #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.
  8. Lobo, “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo” This was the first single and first hit for Kent LaVoie, aka Lobo. It peaked at #5 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and did especially well in New Zealand, reaching #1 there as well. Lobo found chart success two more times the following year with “I’d Love You To Want Me” and “Don’t Expect Me To Be Your Friend.”
  9. Bread, “If” I had Bread’s first album, 1970’s On The Water, and can attest to the fact that they could rock pretty well, but they were best known for love ballads like this one. “If” reached #4 in the US and #1 on the AC chart, and was a surprise #1 hit in the UK for Telly “Kojak” Savalas. Coochie-coo, baby!
  10. Three Dog Night, “Joy To The World” Not my favorite 3DN hit, but I think I’m in the minority. It was their second #1 hit in the US and also reached #1 in Canada and South Africa.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for April 26, 2019.

The Friday 5×2: KONO (AM 860, San Antonio, TX) On This Day in 1964

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!”

Click for full-size image. Source: ARSA

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.”
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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).
  10. 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.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for April 19, 2019.

The Friday 5×2: KSVN (730 AM, Ogden UT) On This Date in 1968

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‚Äôs 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.

That’s The Friday 5×2 for April 12, 2019.