Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Saturday Surveys (1-18)

Three more vintage charts, courtesy of Clark Besch, for our new Saturday Survey Feature in Forgotten Hits!   

First up this week, a 1965 chart for WHK in Lorain, Ohio.

Look at Robert Goulet all the way up at #3 with "My Love, Forgive Me", a #18 Billboard Hit that I can honestly say I don't think I've EVER heard played on the radio.  (It didn't chart here in Chicago on WLS, the big Top 40 radio station at the time ... but reached #33 on our Top Tunes Of Greater Chicagoland survey.  Even so, I certainly don't remember ever hearing it ... yet apparently it was still a big hit in other parts of the midwest.)

British Artists are well represented with Petula Clark at #1, the latest Beatles two-sided hit at #4, The Searchers at #10, The Dave Clark Five at #16, Gerry and the Pacemakers at #26, The Kinks at #39, Chad and Jeremy at #41 and The Zombies premiering at #48.  (Although he was much bigger in England than he was here in The States, P.J. Proby doesn't make our list because he's actually a Texas boy!)

"Dusty" by The Rag Dolls falls to #15 from its Top Five berth the week before ... this song only made it to #55 in Billboard but has come up several times before in Forgotten Hits.

England Dan and John Ford Coley had a much bigger hit with "Gone Too Far" (a #23 Billboard charter) in the Denver area than they did nationally ... it looks like this one topped the KTLK Chart for at least a couple of weeks in 1978.  (It's an all-but-forgotten track by this popular duo today ... if you hear anything at all by them anymore, it'll most likely be "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" ... radio seems to have forgotten that these guys had SIX Top 40 Hits during their three year chart run!)

Check out #24 to see that "Gold Dust Woman", a "Rumours" LP track, was charting as an "extra", along with their current hit "You Make Loving Fun" at #6.

A couple more 1978 Forgotten Hits favorites include these tracks:  "The Way I Feel Tonight" by The Bay City Rollers, "Strawberry Letter 23" by Brothers Johnson and "Back In Love Again" by LTD ... ALL deserving of that occasional radio spin once in a while!

We found a couple of Top Ten surprises on this WLBB Chart from 1968 ... "I'm In Love" (a GREAT Wilson Pickett track) and "Cover Me" by Percy Sledge both ranked right up near the top of the charts alongside established hits like "Woman Woman" by The Union Gap, "Judy In Disguise" by John Fred and His Playboy Band, "Chain Of Fools" by The Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin, "Hello, Goodbye" by The Beatles and "Daydream Believer" by The Monkees.  (You'll find Chicago's Buckinghams up there, too, with their latest hit, "Susan" ... as well as Monkees' songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart with their first smash, "I Wonder What She's Doin' Tonight".)