Top Ten Tuesday: KOZE (1300 AM, Lewiston ID), 11/23/77

KOZE in Lewiston, Idaho has moved down the dial to 950 AM and, like so many other AM radio stations that used to play Top 40 music, is now a news/talk station. 1300 AM is now the home of KLER out of Orofino, Idaho, which broadcasts Country music as well as Seattle Mariners games as part of the Mariners Radio Network. Anyway, on November 23, 1977, KOZE was still on 1300 AM and still broadcasting Top 40, so let’s take a look at their Top Ten on that date.

# Song/Artist Comments
10 Isn’t It Time
The Babys
The Babys were a British rock band that included as one of its members John Waite, who a few years later had a hit with “Missing You.” “Isn’t It Time” is one of two minor hits they had in the US (the other one was “Every Time I Think Of You”), both of which reached #13 on the Hot 100 and #8 on the Cash Box survey.
9 Baby What A Big Surprise
From Chicago XI, the last album featuring guitarist Terry Kath, this song foreshadowed what Chicago was to become. It reached #4 on the Hot 100.
8 Swingtown
Steve Miller Band
“Swingtown” was the third and final single release from the album Book Of Dreams. It peaked at #17 on the Hot 100 and reached #13 in Canada.
7 It’s So Easy
Linda Ronstadt
he follow-up to “Blue Bayou” which hit the Top 10 while its predecessor was still in the Top 10, this cover of a Buddy Holly song reached #5 in the US and #3 in Canada. KOZE treated this as a double-sided single, with Linda’s cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Tumbling Dice” on the flip side.
6 How Deep Is Your Love
The Bee Gees
A song that eventually became part of the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever, it topped the Hot 100, knocking “You Light Up My Life” out of the top spot. It also reached #3 in the UK and Canada.
5 Baby Come Back
“Baby Come Back” was the first single off of Player’s eponymous 1977 album. It eventually topped the Hot 100 in 1978.
4 You Light Up My Life
Debby Boone
Theme song for the 1977 movie of the same name, it was a love song that turned into a Contemporary Christian song when Debby Boone sang it. It was sung by Kacey Cisyk for the movie which starred Didi Conn. I did a Battle of the Bands in 2018 comparing the movie version to the cover, and it ended up edging out Debby’s, but Debby had the big hit, topping the Hot 100 for ten weeks until “How Deep Is Your Love” knocked it out.
3 Come Sail Away
Probably the biggest hit that Styx ever had, it reached #1 in January 1978 and helped their album The Grand Illusion go multi-platinum.
2 We’re All Alone
Rita Coolidge
Rita had been recording since 1971, in between stints as a backup singer for Leon Russell (who nicknamed her “The Delta Lady”) and Joe Cocker (on his Mad Dogs And Englishmen tour) and others. She finally hit it big with a cover of Jackie Wilson’s “Higher And Higher.” This was the followup single and it did almost as well, reaching #7 on the Hot 100.
1 Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft
The original was by the band Klaatu in 1976 and was the song broadcast by Radio Caroline when they bega transmission for the day. Karen and Richard Carpener covered it, and it reached #9 in the UK and Canada, while reaching #18 on the US Adult Contemporary chart.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for November 24, 2020.

Top Ten Tuesday: KTKT (990 AM, Tucson, AZ), 11/16/62

KTKT is now called "La Buena 94.3," though it still broadcasts on 990 AM in Tucson. The 94.3 refers to the low-power FM station K232FD that simulcasts 990. Back in 1962, they were playing Top 40; here’s their Top Ten from November 16 of that year.

# Song/Artist Comments
10 So Wrong
Gene Thomas
Gene Thomasson, who sang as Gene Thomas, was once part of the duet Gene & Debbe. And that’s all I could find on him.
9 Stormy Monday Blues
Bobby “Blue” Bland
Bobby “Blue” Bland sang some serious blues back in his heyday. “Stormy Monday Blues” reached #43 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the R&B chart.
8 Eso Beso (That Kiss!)
Paul Anka
I wasn’t familiar with this song until I heard it today. It reached #19 on the Hot 100, #14 in Germany, and #23 in Italy.
7 My Own True Love
The Duprees
A doo-wop group out of Jersey City, New Jersey, they were most noted for “You Belong To Me,” also in 1962. This was its predecessor, reaching #13 on the Hot 100.
6 The Cha-Cha-Cha
Bobby Rydell
Another song I wasn’t familiar with, which reached #10 on the Hot 100 and #13 on *Cash Box*. I sometimes get the sense that “oldies” radio is less than broadly based…
5 Torture
Kris Jensen
A song John D. Loudermilk had originally written for The Everly Brothers, Jensen was the first to record it, reaching #20. This was his highest-rated single, although he made about 30 records.
4 Please Don’t Let Go
Celia Marie
Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop says this about Celia: “Celia deserved to be rubbing shoulders with these greats from the world of 60s pop. It’s just a shame that Era [Records] didn’t have the clout to turn a regional smash into a national one. Due to various circumstances, described later, this was Celia’s only release.” It had been the #1 record at KTKT for two weeks prior.
3 Return To Sender
Elvis Presley
From his movie Girls! Girls! Girls!, this reached #1 in the UK and Ireland, but only #2 in the US due to The Four Seasons (see below).
2 Ride!
Dee Dee Sharp
Dee Dee’s musical career started in 1958, when she was just 13, as a backup singer for many Philadelphia acts, including Lloyd Price, Chubby Checker, and Bobby Rydell. “Ride” reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the R&B chart.
1 Big Girls Don’t Cry
The Four Seasons
The follow-up to “Sherry,” this also reached #1 in the US and #13 in the UK.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for November 17, 2020.

Top Ten Tuesday: KUBE (93.3 FM Seattle, WA), 11/11/83

Off to the Pacific Northwest this week, to radio station KUBE in beautiful Seattle, Washington. They’re curently an HD station, with "Seattle’s #1 For Hip-Hop" running on HD1 and "The Pulse of LGBTQ America" on HD2. Back in the early ’80’s, before digital and HD radio, they were a Top 40 station. Let’s see their Top Ten from 1983.

# Song/Artist Comments
10 One Thing Leads To Another
The Fixx
This was The Fixx’s most successful single, reaching #4 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Rock chart and #1 in Canada.
9 Heart And Soul
Huey Lewis & The News
Written by songwriters/producers Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, it was originally recorded by Exile in 1981, but failed to break into the Hot 100. For Huey Lewis & The News, it was the first single from their highl successful Sports album, reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Rock Tracks chart, and was nominated for a Grammy.
8 Love Is A Battlefield
Pat Benatar
From Pat’s 1983 album Live From Earth (but recorded in the studio), it reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart in the US and #2 in Canada. VH1 put it at #30 on their list of 100 Best Songs Of The ’80’s.
7 Cum On Feel The Noize
Quiet Riot
A cover of Scottish glam rock band Slade’s song ftom the 1970’s, Quiet Riot sold a million copies of this song, which topped off at #5 on the Hot 100.
6 Delirious
From Prince’s 1982 album 1999, it rose to #8 on the Hot 100, owing partially to the success of “Little Red Corvette,” his previous single.
5 Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)
Sheena Easton
This was the first single from Sheena’s 1983 album Best Kept Secret and reached #9 in the US and #8 in Canada.
4 Islands In The Stream
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
The first of two duets on this week’s survey, starring two greats of country music. The song was written by The Bee Gees and was a huge hit for Kenny and Dolly, hitting #1 in the US, Canada and Australia and reaching the Top Ten in most of the rest of the world, going platinum in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. It was named the best country duet of all time in a poll coducted by the US cable network CMT.
3 Say Say Say
Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
The second of the duets was a collaboration between Sir Paul and The King Of Pop. It appeared on McCartney’s 1983 Pipes of Peace album and was a Top Ten hit in most of the world, including a #1 in the US and Canada, Jackson’s seventh #1 for that year.
2 Uptown Girl
Billy Joel
A song no doubt about his love for Christie Brinkley, he being the “downtown guy” and she being the “uptown girl.” It was from his ninth studio album, 1983’s An Innocent Man, and reached #3 in the US, #1 in the UK and Australia, and #4 in Canada.
1 All Night Long (All Night)
Lionel Richie
From Lionel’s second solo album Can’t Slow Down, it blended his Commodores-style soul with Caribbean influences. It reached #1 on the Hot 100, R&B and Adult Contemporary charts in the US and was a Top Ten hit in the rest of the world.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for November 10, 2020.

Top Ten Tuesday: WLS (890 AM, Chicago), 10/30/64

1964 was exactly like 2020 in just about every respect: they were both leap years, both Presidential Election years, and Election Day was November 3. It was the first election that I was old enough to understand what was going on. And, earlier that year, I had gotten my first radio, and would run home to listen after school, and at that point WLS was the only rock station in town. They had just released their latest Silver Dollar Survey the previous Friday. Here’s what was in the Top Ten.

# Song/Artist Comments
10 We’ll Sing In The Sunshine
Gale Garnett
Gale was born in New Zealand and lived in Canada. She wrote and recorded “We’ll Sing In The Sunshine,” which reached #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, her only Top 40 hit.
9 I’m Crying
The Animals
The followup to “House of the Rising Sun,” this reached #19 nationally. It’s from their album The Animals On Tour, which despite the name was not live album.
8 The Door Is Still Open To My Heart
Dean Martin
Title track from his 1964 album, this was the followup to “Everybody Loves Somebody” and was another Top 10 hit nationally, reaching #6 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
7 You Really Got Me
The Kinks
Their first Top 10 hit in the US, from their eponymous debut album, this reached #7 nationally, #4 in Canada, and #1 in the UK.
6 Tobacco Road
The Nashville Teens
Despite their name, The Nashville Teens were from Surrey in England. This John D. Loudermilksong was their only hit in the US, reaching #14.
5 Do Wah Diddy Diddy
Manfred Mann
A song by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, it was originally recorded by The Exciters in 1963. British group Manfred Mann took this to #1 in the Us, the UK, and Canada.
4 Come A Little Bit Closer
Jay & The Americans
Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart (and Wes Farrell), this became their first Top 10 hit, reaching #3 in the US and #1 in Canada.
3 Have I The Right
The Honeycombs
This Beat group from North London featured Honey Lantree on drums, one of the few female drummers at the time. “Have I The Right” reached #5 in the US and #1 in the UK.
2 Leader of the Pack
The Shangri-Las
A song by George “Shadow” Morton, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, this was a #1 hit for The Shangri-Las.
1 Oh, Pretty Woman
Roy Orbison
A #1 hit for three weeks in September, this was a million-selling single and finished the year at #4.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for November 3, 2020.

Top Ten Tuesday: WKDA (1240 AM, Nashville TN), 11/1/59

WKDA in Nashville was the first station to go all rock & roll, where it competed with WMAK through most of the ’60’s. By the ’70’s it was competing with its sister station, WKDF, which was playing album-oriented rock. Eventually the station was sold to a company that made it an all-gospel station and changed its call letters to WNSG. When the call letters became available, they were taken by a company that now broadcasts a Spanish-language religious station at 900 AM. Here’s their Top Ten from 1959.

# Song/Artist Comments
10 Boo Boo Stick Beat
Chet Atkins
An album track from Chet’s twelfth album, Teensville. The song was written by Buddy Harman and John D. Loudermilk.
9 Lonely Street
Andy Williams
A song written by Carl Belew, Kenny Souder, and W. S. Stevenson and originally recorded by Belew. Andy’s cover was the most successful, peaking at #5 on the Hot 100 and #20 on the R&B chart.
8 So Many Ways
Brook Benton
Written by Bobby Stevenson, it was Brook’s third #1 single on the R&B chart in 1959, as well as peaking at #6 on the Hot 100.
7 Mack The Knife
Bobby Darin
A huge hit for Bobby, reaching #1 in the US and UK and #6 on the US R&B chart. Lotte Lenya, spouse of the composer Kurt Weill, earns a mention.
6 Battle Hymn of the Republic
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Not sure if this was the recording that reached #13 on the Hot 100 and won the 1960 Grammy for Best Performance by a Vocal Group or Chorus, because there are a lot of them on YouTube, but this is the only Top 40 hit the Choir ever had.
5 Primrose Lane
Jerry Wallace
Reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #47 on the year-end Hot 100 nationally. Was the theme song for the 1971 TV series The Smith Family which starred Henry Fonda and Ron Howard.
4 Just Ask Your Heart
Frankie Avalon
Written by Diane DeNota, Joe Ricci, and Pete Damato, this song reached #7 on the Hot 100 and #59 on the year-end Hot 100.
3 Hey Little Girl
Dee Clark
I’m not sure that I even knew that Dee Clark made more records than “Raindrops.” This peaked at #20 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart.
2 Mr. Blue
The Fleetwoods
A song written by DeWayne Blackwall, it became The Fleetwoods’ second #1 single in 1959. Si Zentner, whose orchestra covered “The Stripper,” played trombone on this track.
1 Put Your Head On My Shoulder
Paul Anka
A song written and performed by Anka, this reached #2 nationally, kept out of the #1 spot by Bobby Darin’s “Mack The Knife.”

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for October 27, 2020.