The Friday 5×2: WDNG, Anniston, AL, 2/7/1976

I’ve mentioned before that the reason I do this is to play songs that were big hits on some radio station’s weekly survey that have somehow fallen through the cracks and are no longer heard. I found this survey yesterday for a station in Alabama, WDNG AM 1450 in Anniston, and there were songs on it that I never heard. I figure if I haven’t, you probably haven’t either, so here we go.

  1. Janis Ian, “In The Winter” The followup to the previous year’s #3 hit didn’t do anywhere near as well, not even charting on the Hot 100 and only getting to #97 on the Cash Box survey. Folks in Anniston clearly disagreed.
  2. Helen Reddy, “Somewhere In The Night” This was Helen’s followup to “Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady” and it made #19 nationwide, though I can’t recall it being played in Chicago.
  3. The Four Seasons, “December, 1963 (Oh What A Night!) A song sung by drummer Gary Polci for a change, with Frankie Valli singing backup. This was a big hit for them, reaching #1 in the US, Canada and the UK.
  4. Art Garfunkel, “Break Away” The followup to his cover of “I Only Have Eyes For You” reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart but barely cracked the Top 40 (#39). He got the hint and, after a three-year hiatus, went back to doing ’50’s covers.
  5. Paul Simon, “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” Here cones Rhymin’ Simon, besting his erstwhile singing buddy again. This went to #1 in the US and Canada.
  6. The Bee Gees, “Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)” This went to #2 in Canada and #12 in the US, and to be honest I don’t remember hearing it before today. I think I would have remembered a song named “Fanny.”
  7. Hagood Hardy, “The Homecoming” A beautiful song that many YouTube commenters said they would like to have played at their funeral. Hardy reached #14 in his adopted home Canada and #6 on the Easy Listening chart in the US, but just missed placing in the Top 40 on the Hot 100 (#41). Clearly the people of Anniston saw differently.
  8. Nazareth, “Love Hurts” A cover of the 1960 song written by Boudleaux Bryant and sung by The Everly Brothers. Reached #1 in Canada and #8 in the US.
  9. Cledus Maggard & The Citizens Band, “The White Knight” Get your ears on, buddy! As you might have guessed from the name of the band, this is a CB song. It reached #1 on the Country chart and #19 in the US overall.
  10. Barry White, “Let The Music Play” This went to #4 on the R&B chart and #32 on the Hot 100 for the big guy.

WDNG-AM has adopted a news-talk format, while WDNG-FM (“My 95”) plays an adult contemporary format, as does its sister station WFHK.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for February 8, 2019.