Top Ten Tuesday: KZOU (98.5 FM Little Rock, AR), 2/24/87

KZOU in Little Rock started as KLAZ in the early ’70’s, doing progressive rock until 1978, when it switched to a Top 40 station. They adopted the KZOU (The Zoo) call letters in 1986, and in 1991 were sold and changed formats to Hot Adult Contemporary and their call letters to KURB, "B-98.5," which they remain to this day. Here’s their Top Ten from 1987.

# Song/Artist Remarks
10 Let’s Wait Awhile
Janet Jackson
From Janet’s third studio album, 1986’s *Control*. This was critically well-received for its sweetness and for its message, encouraging abstinence in the face of the AIDS crisis at the time. It reached #2 on the Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary charts and topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Sungs chart. It reached #11 in Canada (#3 on the Canadian AC chart) and #3 in the UK.
9 Livin’ On A Prayer
Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi’s second #1 single from 1986’s Slippery When Wet, it benefitted from the video being in heavy rotation on MTV. It alo reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart, #1 in Canada, and #4 in the UK.
8 Talk To Me
Chico DeBarge
A younger brother of the Motown family act DeBarge, this is from his eponymous 1986 album. The song reached #7 on the R&B chart and #21 on the Hot 100.
7 Brand New Lover
Dead Or Alive
This was the lead single off of Dead or Alive’s third album, Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know. It reached #1 on the US Hot Dance Club Plays chart and #2 on the Japanese Singles chart.
6 Candy
The second single from Cameo’s 1986 album Word Up! reached #1 on the R&B chart and #10 on the Dance chart.
5 Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
A song by Diane Warren and Albert Hammond (“It Never Rains In Southern California”), this was used as the theme song for the 1987 movie Mannequin with Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall. From Starship’s second album, 1987’s No Protection, it topped the charts in the US, Canada, the UK, and Ireland.
4 Stop To Love
Luther Vandross
The first single from his 1986 album Give Me The Reason, it became his first #1 single on the R&B chart since “Never Too Much” in 1981. It also peaked at #15 on the Hot 100.
3 Respect Yourself
Bruce Willis
Having conquered television, Bruce tried his hand at singing. With June Pointer’s help, “Respect Yourself” rose to #5 on the Hot 100 and #8 in Canada.
2 The Final Countdown
Joey Tempest of the Swedish rock band Europe based this on a keyboard riff and David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” It was the title track on Europe’s third album, and was a #1 hit in 25 countries. In the US, it reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #18 on the Hot Album Tracks chart.
1 You’ve Got It All
The Jets
A Tongan family band from Minneapolis, The Jets were discoveed by Don Powell, who earlier had managed Stevie Wonder and David Bowie. Nationally, the song reached #3 on the Hot 100, #2 on the R&B chart, and #1 on the A.dult Contemporary chart

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for February 23, 2021.

Top Ten Tuesday: KGMO (1550 AM/100.7 FM, Cape Girardeau, MO), 2/16/76

In the mid-1970’s, KGMO in Cape Girardeau, Missouri was broadcasting Top 40 music on both its AM and FM stations. Since then, KGMO-AM has become KAPE, broacasting news and talk on 1550 AM, while KGMO-FM broadcasts classic rock. Here’s their Top Ten from 45 years ago today…

# Song/Artist Comments
10 Love Me Tonight
Head East
Head East is from East Central Illinois, around the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. “Love Me Tonight”only reached #54 on the Hot 100, but they were a regional favorite.
9 Spirits In The Night
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band had particularly good luck with Bruce Springsteen covers, particularly their cover of “Blinded By The Light,” which topped the chart later in 1976. “Spirits In The Night” was the single that preceded “Blinded,” and it barely made the Hot 100, coming in at #97 in the US, while it did considerably better in Canada, where it reached #64, and #10 in The Netherlnds. They released a new version in 1977 and it reached #40 in the US.
8 Lonely Night (Angel Face)
Captain & Tennille
Daryl and Toni had another Top 10 hit with this Neil Sedaka song, which he did orginally. C&T came in at #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and made it to #1 in Canada.
7 Theme From SWAT
Rhythm Heritage
Rhythm Heritage was a disco-funk band made up of session musicians, led by keyboardist Michael Omartian. “Theme from SWAT” reached #1 on the Hot 100.
6 Junk Food Junkie
Larry Groce
Novelty records always do well, and this one gave Larry Groce his start. He went from this to recording four Children’s Favorites albums for Walt Disney Records. Since 1983 he’s been the host and artistic director for West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage, which is distributed by NPR. “Junk Food Junkie” reached the Top 10.
5 Dream Weaver
Gary Wright
Former member of Spooky Tooth Wright reached #2 on the Hot 100 with this song.
4 Slow Ride
A top 20 single in the US (#20) and Canada (#14).
3 I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford)
Elton John
From Elton’s album Rock of the Westies, part of double A side single with “Grow Some Funk Of Your Own.” It reached #14 in the US and #8 in Canada. Robert Ford was an American outlaw best known for assassinating Jesse James.
2 December 1963 (Oh What A Night)
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
One of the few Four Seasons hits not to feature Frankie Valli on lead vocals, which are sung instead by drummer Gerry Polci. Valli sings the bridge and background vocals, and bassist Don Ciccone sings the falsetto parts. It reached #1 in the US, Canada, and the UK in 1976.
1 Take It To The Limit
The third single from their 1975 album One Of These Nights, this reached #4 in the US and was their highest-rated single in the UK, reaching #12.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for February 16, 2021.

Top Ten Tuesday: KWPC (860 AM, Muscatine, IA), 2/11/55

Right across the mighty Mississippi from Rock Island, Illinois lies the town of Muscatine, Iowa, home to some 23,000 people and KWPC radio. Built on the land that local farmer and car dealer Charlie Henderson gifted to his daughter Thelma and her husband George Volger, it broadcasts at 250 watts during the day and 8 watts at night, because CJBC in Toronto is a "clear channel" station on the same frequency. Wikipedia has a long writeup on the station and its history. Anyway, let’s take a look at their survey from February 11, 1955. Remember, this is the pre-rock & roll era. Still, you can hear echoes of what’s to come.

# Song/Artist Remarks
10 Teach Me Tonight
The DeCastro Sisters
The DeCastro Sisters were protegĂ©es of Carmen Miranda and gradually became more Americanized and added comedy to the act. “Teach Me Tonight” was their biggest hit, reaching #2 in the US in 1954.
9 Tweedle Dee
Georgia Gibbs
Frieda Lipschitz, aka, Georgia Gibbs, was essentially a jazz singer who began adding songs from rhythm & blues into her act in the mid-’50’s. “Tweedle Dee” reached #2 in the US and #20 in the UK in 1955.
8 Earth Angel
The Crew-Cuts
The Canadian group The Crew Cuts named themselves after the then-popular short haircut that many men sported during World War II. “Earth Angel” reached #3 in the US and #4 in the UK. It is a cover of The Penguins’ record from the previous year.
7 Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)
Perry Como
The barber from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania had a number of hit records in the 1940’s all the way through the 1970’s. “Ko Ko Mo” was done with the Mitchell Ayres Orchestra and the Ray Charles Singers.
6 (My Baby Don’t Love Me) No More
The DeJohn Sisters
Julie and Dux DiGiovanni, who adopted the stage name The DeJohn Sisters, wrote this song with the help of their brother Leo, and it became their biggest hit, reaching #6 on the Hot 100.
5 Sincerely
The McGuire Sisters
This was a #1 hit in the US for Ruby, Dottie, and Phyllis in early 1955.
4 Let Me Go Lover
Joan Weber
Mitch Miller, head of A&R at Columbia Records, had new lyrics ritten for the song “Let Me Go, Devil” by Jenny Lou Carson (who had written the original) and Al Hill, because he felt the lyrics, which focused on Hank Williams’s alcoholism, were too depressing. He then gave the song, renamed “Let Me Go Lover,” to Joan Weber, who had a #1 hit with it in the US. It sold a million copies, earning it a Gold record.
3 Mr. Sandman
The Chordettes
The video is from the first national broadcast of American Bandstand, on August 5, 1957. This was a #1 hit for The Chordettes in 1955. Archie Bleyer, Arthur Godfrey’s musical director and founder of Cadence Records, appears on the record as well; that’s his “Yes?” at the start of the third verse (which was covered by Dick Clark in the later telecast).
2 Hearts Of Stone
The Fontane Sisters
Bea, Geri, and Marge Rosse, who recorded as The Fontane Sisters, had their biggest hit with this in late 1954.
1 Melody Of Love
Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra
Orchestra leader and multi-instrumentalist Vaughn had his first of 42 chart singles with “Melody of Love,” which earned him a Gold recored in 1954.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for February 9, 2021.

Top Ten Tuesday: WJON (1240 AM St. Cloud MN), 2/9/76

WJON in St. Cloud, Minnesota was the AM sister station of WWJO (98.1 FM). WJON did Top 40, while WWJO did Country & Western. These days, WJON is a news-talk station, while WWJO is still country. The mid- to late-1970’s were a weird time for music, and this week’s survey shows that: both stations had the same #1.

# Song/Artist Comments
10 Winners and Losers
Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
The follow-up to the band’s #1 hit “Fallin’ In Love,” didn’t reach the Top 20 in the US or Canada, topping out at #21, but it did reach #5 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Helen Reddy contributed background vocals, according to one commenter.
9 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Neil Sedaka
A slow, soulful remake of his 1962 hit, this made it to #8 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, while reaching #1 on the Canadian singles and AC chart. The single started with about 20 seconds of the 1962 version, so don’t be fooled.
8 Fox On The Run
The Sweet
After their 1973 hit “The Ballroom Blitz,” The Sweet failed to chart in the US until this song, which came out in 1975 and peaked at #5 in 1976.
7 All By Myself
Eric Carmen
There is a much longer (and more depressing) version of this I could have used, but I figured this was long and depressing enough. It’s based on Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto #2 in C minor.” It nevertheless reached #2 on the Hot 100 and #3 in Canada.
6 Squeeze Box
The Who
Changing moods rather drastically, we have this little number from The Who By Numbers, whioch, depending on which member of the band you ask, is either not dirty at all or positively filthy. It reached #16 on the Hot 100.
5 Evil Woman
Electric Light Orchestra
ELO’s first worldwide hit, Jeff Lynne said he wrote it in half an hour and it was intended as “filler” on their album Face The Music.
4 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
Paul Simon
This was Rhymin’ Simon’s only #1 song in the US. He wrote it after his divorce from his first wife, and decided the event needed a humorous touch.
3 Saturday Night
Bay City Rollers
Ended up being the first #1 of the Bicentennial Year here in the US and the only #1 the Bay City Rollers had in the US.
2 I Write The Songs
Barry Manilow
Take a look at Barry Masnilow, then go back and look at Eric Carmen and tell me they don’t look like they could be close relatives. The song was written by Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys, and it reached #1 in January 1976 nationally. It earned a Grammy for Song of the Year in 1977.
1 Convoy
C. W. McCall
Novelty songs do very well on the Hot 100, and this is but one example. Loaded with truckers’ slang, it touched off a (thankfully short-lived) boom in CB radio sales. It reached #1 on the Hot 100 and the Country & Western charts.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for February 2, 2021.

Top Ten Tuesday: KSJB (600 AM Jamestown ND), 1/31/69

KSJB in Jamestown, North Dakota has been on the air since 1937 and broadcasted a Top 40 format from 1963 to 1973, when, without warning, they switched to their current format, Country & Western. You have to give them credit for consistency. Wikipedia tells us that they can be heard in six US states and two Canadian provinces thanks to a directional antenna and a 5KW transmitter. Here’s what they were playing on January 31, 1969.

# Song/Artist Comments
10 This Magic Moment
Jay & The Americans
Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman and originally done by Ben E. King & The Drifters, Jay & The Americans’ version reached #6 on the Hot 100 and #1 in Canada.
9 I’m Gonna Make You Love Me
Diana Ross & The Supremes/
The Temptations
Two of Motown’s best joined forces on this Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff song. Diana Ross and Eddie Kendricks sing the lead here, while Otis Williams does the man’s spoken part in the middle. This version peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 and #3 in the UK.
8 Worst That Could Happen
Brooklyn Bridge
A song by Jimmy Webb and originally done by The 5th Dimension on their album The Magic Garden, Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge’s cover reached #3 on the Hot 100.
7 Everyday People
Sly & The Family Stone
Sly wrote this and it was their first single to reach #1 on the Hot 100 and the R&B chart.
6 Feelin’ So Good
The Archies
Subtitled “(S.K.O.O.B.Y.-D.O.O.)” but no relatiom to the Saturday morning cartoon. Written by Jeff Barry and Andy Kim and sung by Ron Dante and Toni Wine, the voices behind Archie, Jughead et al.
5 Touch Me
The Doors
Written by Robbie Krieger and from The Doors’ The Soft Parade, this song uses both brass and strings. It reached #3 in the US, #1 in Canada and #10 in Australia, but failed to chart in the UK.
4 Crimson & Clover
Tommy James & The Shondells
Soft rockers Tommy James & The Shondells branch off into psychedelic rock with this one, which reached #1 in the US and other countries. This was their best-selling single, with unofficial sales of over 5 million units (RIAA never issued a Gold record, so we can’t be sure…)
3 I Started A Joke
The Bee Gees
From their 1968 album Idea, this was written by the three Gibb brothers and sung by Robin (the one always holding his ear). It reached #6 in the US but was never released as a single in the UK.
2 Stand By Your Man
Tammy Wynette
One of those songs that was so popular it reached both the Country and Pop charts. It was written by Tammy and Billy Sherrill. It placed at #1 on CMT’s list of 100 Top Country Songs, and earned Tammy a Grammy for Best Female Country Performance.
1 If I Can Dream
Elvis Presley
Written by Walter Earl Brown and debuted at the end of Elvis’s 1968 comeback performance. It was recorded two months after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, which inspired its composition.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for January 26, 2021.