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.
It’s been several years since we visited KHJ in Los Angeles, so let’s see what was on top of their survey in 1971.
- Elvis Presley, “I’m Leavin'” I don’t really remember this one, probably because it only reached #36 nationally and WLS and WCFL probably said “nah…”
- John Denver, “Take Me Home, Country Roads” West Virginia’s license plates carry the motto “Almost Heaven” (or did, anyway) because of this song, which is now one of their anthems. One of Denver’s best-known and loved songs, it only reached #2 nationally. Wonder what kept it it of the top spot?
- Chicago, “Beginnings” A shortened version from their first album which eliminates the horn solos and two-minute Latin percussion jam at the end. I never liked this version because of that, but now I think I understand. Was released originally in 1969, but didn’t chart, and released again in 1971, when it reached #7 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the AC chart.
- Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Sweet Hitch-Hiker” From their oft-maligned 1972 album Mardi Gras, recorded after Tom Fogerty had had enough of his brother. Reached #6 on the Hot 100.
- Gladys Knight & The Pips, “I Don’t Want To Do Wrong” Title track from their 1972 album, it reached #17 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart.
- The Doors, “Riders On The Storm” Another song that was shortened from its album version to fit AM radio; the shortening here was a little more artfully done. Released just before Jim Morrison died in July 1971, it reached #17 nationally.
- Five Man Electrical Band, “Signs” I never understood the appeal of this song, but obviously I’m in the minority, as it reached #3 in the US and #4 in the 5MEB’s native Canada. Long live meaningfulness and relevance!
- Three Dog Night, “Liar” Written by Russ Ballard of Argent, it was 3DN’s first single, but failed to chart. They recorded it again for their album Naturally and released it again in 1971 and it reached #7.
- Marvin Gaye, “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” Marvin’s “poignant anthem of sorrow over the environment” (per Wikipedia), it reached #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.
- Jean Knight, “Mister Big Stuff” Jean’s one and only hit, reaching #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart. Too bad, too.
And that’s The Friday 5×2 for August 9, 2019.
Back on the survey trail for the third “freebie” week in a row! This time, the top five as measured by Boss Radio KHJ in Los Angeles on this date in 1972.
#5: Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast – Wayne Newton This was Wayne’s highest-charting single, reaching #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Cash Box survey, and was also a #1 hit in Canada and Australia. For the year, it was #10. It was the title track from his 1972 album.
#4: Brandy – The Looking Glass Just a great song, down from #2 the week before. It hit #1 on the Hot 100 and Cash Box surveys, and was #12 for the year.
#3: I’m Still In Love With You – Al Green Up one slot from the previous week, it spent a couple of weeks at #1 on the Soul chart and #3 on the Hot 100. It was #59 for the year.
#2: I Don’t Want To Be Right – Luther Ingram Up from #3 the previous week. It reached #1 on the Soul chart and #3 on the Hot 100, and it was #16 for the year.
#1: Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan Casey Kasem ranked this song #5 for the Seventies. It was a huge international hit, reaching #1 for a total of six weeks (non-consecutive) on the Hot 100 and the Easy Listening chart, and #3 in England.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 1, 2016
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