While browsing around Pinterest, I found this survey from KHJ in Los Angeles, and thought it was interesting enough to do this week’s Friday 5×2. Here’s their Top 10 from September 24, 1969.
- Bill Deal & The Rhondels, “What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am” Bill and The Rhondells were a blue-eyed soul/beach music band from Virginia who had three Top 40 singles in 1969. This was the most successful, reaching #23.
- Elvis Presley, “Suspicious Minds” Followup to his “In The Ghetto,” this was Elvis’s last #1 single in the US.
- Marvin Gaye, “That’s The Way Love Is” On the heels of “Too Busy Thinkin’ ‘Bout My Baby,” this reached #7 nationally and #2 on the R&B chart.
- The Rascals, “Carry Me Back” After “People Got To Be Free” was a #1 hit for them in ’68, The Rascals didn’t have another Top 10 hit. This came the closest, reaching #26 on the Hot 100 and #12 on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart, as well as reaching #6 in Canada. It did better in some markets, such as LA and Chicago.
- The Lettermen, “Hurt So Bad” A cover of the Little Anthony & The Imperials hit, this reached #12 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the AC chart, where The Lettermen thrived.
- Jerry Butler, “What’s The Use Of Breaking Up” The Iceman took this to #20 nationally and #4 on the R&B chart, though I don’t recall it being played on the two Top 40 stations in Chicago, Butler’s hometown.
- Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, “This Girl Is A Woman Now” Gary and the boys from Union Gap, Washington had a brief but impressive career on the Top 40. This was their last Top 10 hit, checking in at #9.
- The Electric Indian, “Keem-O-Sabe” A studio group formed to take advantage of the popularity of Native Americans in the media at the time, this was their only single. It did well as a regional hit around Philadelphia, and United Artists took it national, where it ended up at #20.
- Bobby Sherman, “Little Woman” This was the Tiger Beat coverboy’s first Top 10 single, reaching #3. He went on to careers as a paramedic and police officer.
- The Dells, “Oh What A Night” This is kind of a surprise. The Dells had been around since 1953 (and are still going), but really didn’t find chart success until a re-recorded version of “Stay In My Corner” from 1965 reached #10 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart in 1968. This had originally been released in 1960 as “Oh, What a Nite,” and it likewise reached #10 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.
And that’s The Friday 5×2 for October 18, 2019.
We dropped in on KCPX out of Salt Lake City earlier this year when we played their Top 10 from March 1968. Let’s take another trip out there and see what was going on 15 months later, in June 1969.
- Elvis Presley, “In The Ghetto” Elvis’s songs in the late 1960’s, which had a relevance and a social conscience, are among The King’s best work.
- Willie and The Red Rubber Band, “Chicky Chicky Boom Boom” I can’t find much of anything on these guys, which makes me think they were a local favorite. Not a bad song, actually.
- 1910 Fruitgum Company, “Special Delivery” This follow-up to “Indian Giver” didn’t do as well, making it only to #38 nationally. I can’t recall that it was ever played on either WLS or WCFL in Chicago, and it didn’t sound familiar when I played it today.
- Three Dog Night, “One” Their first Top 10 hit, from their eponymous 1968 release. It reached #5 nationally.
- Steve Greenberg, “Big Bruce” I’m not sure this parody of “Big John” would be as well received as it was when released. Another one that I don’t recall hearing.
- The Guess Who, “These Eyes” Their first Top 10 hit in the US (#7) and their native Canada (#6), this was the only single off of 1968’s Wheatfield Soul.
- Spiral Starecase, “More Today Than Yesterday” I think I’d put this song in the category of all-time favorites. It just sounds good and the lyrics are timeless.
- The Beatles, “Get Back” I had wanted to say that this was their last big hit in the US, then remembered that had several more from the Let It Be album. Nevertheless, this was popular at a time when rumors of a breakup were starting to fly.
- Paul Revere & The Raiders, “Let Me” A question in the comments was “Why are Paul Revere and The Raiders not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?” I wish someone would explain it to me…
- Neon Philharmonic, “Morning Girl” I never knew this: Neon Philharmonic were backed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra on this record. It only reached #15 nationally, which surprises me.
And that’s the Friday 5×2 for June 7, 2019.
Today we head to Hamilton, Ontario and visit radio station CKOC, which broadcasts at 1150 kHz on the AM dial. It is the oldest continuously-operating radio station in Canada. They started the Top 40 format in 1960 and stayed with it until 1992, when the station became CKMO and switched to an oldies format until 2015, when they switched the call letters back to CKOC and started broadcasting a sports-talk format. Here’s their Top 10 from May 14, 1969.
- Lost and Found, “No No No No” Wasn’t able to find much about this band other than they were from Denmark and that this was their first single.
- Glen Campbell, “Where’s The Playground Susie” Another Jimmy Webb song, this one a little sadder than most. From Glen’s Galveston album. It reachd #26 in the US (#28 on the Country chart) and #8 in Canada.
- Elvis Presley, “In The Ghetto” A song just as relevant today as it was 50 years ago, which says something. It was Elvis’s first Top 10 hit in a couple of years, reaching #3 in the US and #2 in Canada.
- Mercy, “Love Can Make You Happy” This song brought on memories of grammar school parties and the first time a lot of us slow danced. Peaked at #2, kept out of the top spot by The Beatles’ “Get Back.”
- Ray Stevens, “Gitarzan” Our favorite part of this song was always the monkey singing boogie-woogie. Figures, doesn’t it? It reached #8 in the US and #10 in Canada, but did best in New Zealand, where it peaked at #2.
- Donovan, “Atlantis” This was a hit all over the world, #1 in Switzerland, #2 in Germany and South Africa, #4 in Austria, and #10 in Canada. It was the B side to “To Susan On The West Coast, Waiting” in the US and reached #7.
- Tommy Roe, “Heather Honey” This was a much bigger hit in Canada, where it reached #6, than in the US, where it came in at #29, for Atlanta born and raised Roe. He’s considered one of the original bubblegum pop artists.
- Mary Hopkin, “Goodbye” The lovely Ms. Hopkin was one of the first non-Beatles artists signed to Apple Records, where she ws mentored by Paul McCartney, who wrote this song. It went to #13 in the US and #15 in Canada, though it reached the Top 10 on both countries’ AC chart (#6 US, #3 Canada).
- The Hollies, “Sorry Suzanne” I don’t remember hearing this or the last two songs when they were on the Top 40. This one peaked at #15 in Canada but failed to reach the Top 40 (#56) in the US.
- The Beatles, “Get Back”/”Don’t Let Me Down” A double-A side hit for The Fab Four. “Get Back” was a worldwide #1, while “Don’t Let Me Down,” which wasn’t included on the Let It Be album but was featured in the film and on Let It Be… Naked, reached #35 on its own.
And that’s The Friday 5×2 for May 17, 2019.
I was going to do the Top 10 from another Rochester, NY station, WSAY, but seeing as I’ve already done then a couple of times already this year, I moved on to another Rochester station, WHFM, 98.9 FM. Currently mainstream rock station WBZA (The Buss), they had switched to Top 40 sometime in the late ’60’s and stayed with the format until the ’80’s. Despite being a Top 40 station, their Top 10 is much different from WSAY’s, which you can see here.
- Janis Joplin, “Kosmic Blues” From her 1969 album I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, this wasn’t actually issued as a single, but FM listeners were a different breed back then.
- The Dells, “Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay” An uptempo tribute to Otis Redding, this reached #13 on the R&B chart in 1969.
- Crow, “Evil Woman” The only Top 40 song for these Minneapolis-based blues-rockers, it reached #19 in January 1970.
- Diana Ross & The Supremes, “Someday We’ll Be Together” Their last hit together as a group, it went to #1 on the Hot 100 and the R&B chart.
- Billy Joe Royal, “Cherry Hill Park” Marietta, Georgia’s Billy Joe Royal peaked at #15 with this one in 1969.
- Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Fortunate Son” John Fogerty wrote this in response to being drafted in 1966. After writing the song, he visited an Army Reserve recruiter and ended up spending his military service stateside. This was the B side to “Down On The Corner,” and together they rose to #2.
- The Band, “Up On Cripple Creek” From their eponymous 1969 album, this song reached #10 nationwide.
- The Grass Roots, “Heaven Knows” This followup to “I’d Wait A Million Years” peaked at #24, though it reached #13 according to Cash Box. I can honestly say I don’t remember this song.
- Neil Diamond, “Holly Holy” The followup to “Sweet Caroline,” this reached #6 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
- Led Zeppelin, “Whole Lotta Love” Parts of this song were “borrowed” from Willie Dixon’s 1962 song “You Need Love,” and Willie sued them (and won) for royalties and recognition on future releases in 1985.
And that’s The Friday 5×2 for December 21, 2018.
I frequently do surveys from the late 1960’s, but occasionally I see a survey and, although it’s a Top 40 station, will not recognize some of the songs on it. Such was the case today.
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