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.

Top Ten Tuesday: KDSJ (980 AM Deadwood SD), 1/23/60

Some prretty historic names are associated with Deadwood, South Dakota, including Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp, and Wild Bill Hickok, but it’s an otherwise very small town (1,270 fine folks as of 2010, probably fewer than that today) in the western part of South Dakota, between Rapid City and the Wyoming state line, KDSJ has been on the air since 1947, and since 1952 has been broadcasting from a former funeral home. KDSJ is a full-service radio station, meaning they play music as well as broadcast news, talk, and sports for the people of Deadwood and the nearby town of Lead. Believe it or not, they actually had a Top 40 survey for January 23, 1960, so let’s take a look at it…

# Song/Artist Comments
10 Tear Drop
Santo & Johnny
The follow-up to their #1 hit “Sleep Walk” didn’t make it into the Top 20 nationally, only reaching #23.
9 Reveille Rock
Johnny & The Hurricanes
The follow-up to their #5 hit “Red River Rock” reached #25 on the Hot 100. It did get to #14 in the UK and their next several singles reached the Top 10 there.
8 How About That
Dee Clark
Another of Dee’s pre-“Raindrops” singles, this made it into the Top 40 nationally on the Hot 100 (#33), and also reached #10 on the R&B chart.
7 Little Coco Palm
Jerry Wallace
The follow-up to his popular “Primrose Lane,” it managed to crack the Top 40, reaching #36 nationally.
6 Why
Frankie Avalon
As I said last week, when it was in the top spot at KODY in North Platte, Nebraska, “A solid #1 hit on the Hot 100, it also reached #6 on the R&B chart and #20 in the UK.” Surprised this is the only song that was on both surveys.
5 Hound Dog Man
Franie Avalon’s neighor Fabian released this in late 1959 and it rose to #9 on the Hot 100, the last of his songs to reach the Top 10 nationally.
4 Bonnie Came Back
Duane Eddy
The Twangmaster took this reworking of “My Bonnie Lies Over The Oean” to #26 in the US and #12 in the UK. Th UK seems to have had a greater appreciation for instrumentals…
3 Happy Sax
Red Tyler
Alvin “Red” Tyler is regarded as one of the key figures in New Orleans R&B. This is from his album Rockin’ And Rollin’, credited to “Red Tyler And The Gyros.” which included Allen Toussaint.
2 Go Jimmy Go
Jimmy Clanton
The “swamp pop R&B teenage idol” reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #19 on th R&B chart with this record. It was his second and last Top 10 hit.
1 What About Us
The Coasters
This song was the flip side of “Run Red Run” and outdid that song, reaching #17 on the Hot 100.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for January 19, 2021.

Top Ten Tuesday: KODY (1240 AM, North Platte, NE), 1/9/60

KODY in North Platte, Nebraska currently runs a news-talk format and simulcasts on 106.1 FM, but in the late ’50’s forward (I have no information on when they changed formats) they were a Top 40 station. Here is their Top Ten for January 9, 1960.

# Song/Artist Comments
10 El Paso
Marty Robbins
The Marty Robbins classic, which reached #1 on both the Country chart and on the Hot 100.
9 Little Donkey
Patti Page
About half the songs on this week’s survey are Christmas songs. This is one, about the donkey Mary rode on to Bethlehem.
8 The Chipmunk Song
The Chipmunks
This song came out in 1958, and again in 1959 and 1961. It reached #1 on the Hot 100 in 1958 and #41, #45, and #39 the following three years. Starting in 1963, seasonal records had their own survey.
7 Running Bear
Johnny Preston
A song written by J.P. Richardson, better known as The Big Bopper, it reached #1 in January 1960 and stayed there for three weeks.
6 We Got Love
Bobby Rydell
Written by Bernie Lowe and Kal Mann, this spent 17 weeks on the Hot 100, peaking at #6.
5 This Time Of The Year
Brook Benton
Another Christmas song, this reached #12 on the R&B chart and #66 on the Hot 100. Folks in North Platte liked it, though.
4 It’s Christmas Once Again
Jimmie Rodgers
I can’t find any information about this record as far as charting, but again, the folks in North Platte liked it.
3 Mighty Good
Ricky Nelson
The flip side to his #20 hit “I Wanna Be Loved,” this song managed to make the Top 40, peaking at #38.
2 Be My Guest
Fats Domino
John Marascalco and Tommy Boyce worked with Fats on this song. He released it in October 1959 and it reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart.
1 Why
Frankie Avalon
A solid #1 hit on the Hot 100, it also reached #6 on the R&B chart and #20 in the UK.

And thats Top Ten Tuesday for January 12, 2021.

Top Ten Tuesday: KTOP (1490 AM, Topeka KS), 01/02/56

There’s very little data on KTOP in Topeka other than they’re now a sports-talk station carrying ESPN programming. Based on the date of this survey, I’d say they’ve been around at least 65 years, and at the beginning of 1956 were broadcasting a Top 40 format. Here’s their Top Ten from January 2, 1956.

# Song/Artist Remarks
10 Gee Whittakers!
Pat Boone
It wouldn’t be a Top Ten survey from the ’50’s without at least contribution from Mr. White Bucks himself. “Gee Whittakers!” peaked at #19.
9 I Hear You Knockin’
Gale Storm
The star of My Little Margie and The Gale Storm Show was also a singer of some note. Between the two series she had time to record this cover of Fats Domino’s hit song and take it to #2, her personal best.
8 Angels In The Sky
The Crew-Cuts
Despite the fact that they called themselves The Crew-Cuts, none of them appear to have worn their hair in one. Nevertheless, they took this song by Dick Glasser to #13.
7 Teenage Prayer
Gale Storm
Yes, Gale had two songs in the Top Ten at the same time. This only reached #6.
6 Burn That Candle
Bill Haley & His Comets
I can’t for the life of me figure which movie this is from or even if the person who made the video just put it with a scene from the movie because he liked the dancers. Regardless, Bill and crew took this to #9.
5 Poor Me
Fats Domino
“Poor Me” made it to #1 on the R&B chart, but only to #47 on the Cash Box Top 100 and not at all onto Billboard‘s chart.
4 Love And Marriage
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra must have really liked the music of Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, and Lord knows it liked him, too. He took this to #5 in the US and #3 in the UK. This was the version used for the TV show Married…With Children.
3 The Great Pretender
The Platters
Buck Ram, the Platters’ manager and producer who had been a successful songwriter, wrote “The Great Pretender” and Tony Williams sang lead on it. It reached #1 on the Top 100 and R&B chart and #5 in the UK.
2 Sixteen Tons
Tennessee Ernie Ford
This is, simply, a great song, and no one could sing it like Tennessee Ernie Ford. I love how the band lays low while he sings the verses so all you hear are his voice and the finger snaps, and he makes the song look much easier than I’m sure it was. It spent ten weeks at #1 on the country chart, then crossed over and spent another 8 weeks at #1 on the Top 100.
1 Memories Are Made Of This
Dean Martin
Dean’s backup singers on this record were Terry Gilkyson, Richard Dehr, and Frank Miller, the authors of the song, appearing as The Easy Riders. The song reached #1 on the Top 100 for five weeks.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for January 5, 2021.

Top Ten Tuesday: KAZZ (95.5 FM, San Antonio TX), 12/27/1965

KAZZ (95.5 in San Antonio, Texas) is now KKMJ, playing "Continuous Soft Rock." It started as a jazz station, then was bought by a local restaurateur who went to a "block" format. One of those blocks, starting in 1964, was Top 40, making the station the first Top 40 station on the FM dial in Texas. Their last survey of 1965 was issued on December 27, so let’s take a look at that one.

# Song/Artist Remarks
10 Over And Over
Dave Clark 5
A song written by Robert James Byrd, who recorded it under his stage name Bobby Day, whose version reached #41 on the Hot 100 in 1958. It was the DC5’s twelfth Top 40 hit and their only #1 in the US.
9 Fever
The McCoys
I hadn’t heard The McCoys’ version of this Eddie Cooley-John Davenport song, popularized by Peggy Lee, and for a minute thought I had selected “Hang On Sloopy” by mistake. It reached #7 nationally, but for some reason didn’t chart in Chicago, and I heard it for the first time today.
8 A Young Girl (of Sixteen)
Noel Harrison
Besides being the son of Rex Harrison and being The Girl From UNCLE‘s partner, Noel Harrison is best known for singing “The Windmills of Your Mind” from the movie The Thomas Crown Affair. “A Young Girl” reached #5 in Canada, but only reached #51 on the Hot 100.
7 Look Through Any Window
The Hollies
The Hollies’ first song to reach the Top 40 in the US, it peaked at #32 on the Hot 100, while it was a Top Ten hit in Canada (#5).
6 A Well Respected Man
The Kinks
One of four Kinks songs on The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame’s list of 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll, it peaked at #13 on the Hot 100.
5 Ebb Tide
The Righteous Brothers
Written by Carl Sigman and Robert Maxwell and considered a standard, The Righteous Brothers had the most chart success with it, reaching #5 on the Hot 100. Bobby Hatfield sang lead on it and it was the last Righteous Brothers record produced by Phil Spector.
4 Turn! Turn! Turn!
The Byrds
Written by that lovable old Red Pete Seeger, it was essentially lifted from the third chapter of the Old Testament book Ecclesiastes. Whatever the case, The Byrds turned it into a #1 hit nationally by the end of 1965.
3 Thunderball
Tom Jones
The story goes that Tom fainted at the end of that long-held note at the end. The song reached #25 on the Hot 100, #35 in the UK, #10 in Canada and Austria, and #6 in Belgium.
2 I See The Light
The Five Americans
The Five Americans are best known for their 1967 hit “Western Union,” their only song to reach the Top Ten. This song reached #26.
1 We Can Work It Out
The Beatles
A double-A side single with “Day Tripper,” the first time that was done in the UK. It was the seventh highest selling single of the 1960’s in the UK. It was a #1 in most of the world.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for December 29, 2020.