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.
KCPX in Salt Lake City, Utah became a Top 40 station in 1959 and was one of the more popular stations in that market, but as music radio listening moved to the FM band it listenership fell off considerably. The call letters are now used by a news-talk station broadcasting at 1490 kHz, while the station at 1320 kHz, KNIT-AM, is currently silent while its owner, Kona Coast Radio, works on building a new transmitter. Anyway, here’s their Top 10 as of this date in 1968.
- Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” Hard to believe that the first time Kenny Rogers found chart success, it was with a psychedelic rock tune, but it reached #5 nationally.
- Bobby Goldsboro, “Pledge of Love” I had never heard this before, and in fact it failed to make the Hot 100 (Billboard #102, Cash Box #103), but as frequently happens, it found its audience somewhere, in this case the capital of the Beehive State.
- Moody Blues, “Nights In White Satin” This was the first release of this song, coinciding with the release of its album, Days Of Future Passed, the year before. It reached #19 in the UK but just missed reaching the Hot 100 in the US, peaking at #103. The 1972 release did much better (Billboard #2, Cash Box #1).
- Bob Shane, “Honey” This was the original release by the former member of The Kingston Trio, preceding Bobby Goldsboro’s megahit by a few months. Bobby Russell, who wrote the song, produced both versions. It has been called the worst song ever written, but I have a certain affection for it. Don’t ask why, I couldn’t tell you.
- Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, “Young Girl” Judging by some of the comments on it, over the years this song has taken on a sinister meaning, that the singer is somehow trying to corrupt an underage girl. Listen closely to the lyrics, you’ll realize it’s just the opposite. I think it’s a great song, like so many other songs by Gary and the boys from Union Gap, Washington.
- Otis Redding, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” Written by Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper, it was recorded twice, the second time just before Redding’s death. It reached #1 on the Hot 100 and won two Grammys, Best R&B Song and Best Male R&B Performance. Shame Otis wasn’t around to see it.
- The Association, “Everything That Touches You” Didn’t recognize this at first, but the memories rushed back on hearing it. This was their last Top 10 hit nationally, reaching #10. Some might argue they saved the best for last.
- Blue Cheer, “Summertime Blues” Arguably the first Heavy Metal song to reach the Top 10, this was Blue Cheer’s only Top 40 hit, reaching #14 in the US and #2 in Canada.
- Petula Clark, “Kiss Me Goodbye” Still going strong at 86, Petula Clark had a string of hits in the ’60’s. This reached #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #15 on the Hot 100 (#12 on the Cash Box survey).
- People, “I Love You” People was a one-hit wonder, and this was it. This was a song originally recorded by The Zombies, and was a huge hit worldwide, just not all at the same time.
And that’s the Friday 5×2 for March 15, 2019.