Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Saturday Surveys (May 10th)

Reaching back to 1960 for our first chart this week as we take a look at the 40 most popular records in L.A. according to the KFWB Fabulous Forty Survey.

"Cathy's Clown" by the newly-signed Everly Brothers tops the chart for the brand new Warner Brothers Record Label.  They've also got the #2 Hit with "Sixteen Reasons" by Connie Stevens ... as well as the #1 LP, "The Buttoned-Down Mind Of Bob Newhart", a HUGE album success at the time.

A couple of great tracks that you never hear on the radio anymore (because, as we all know, radio and rock and roll didn't actually exist before 1964 ... and even then only in limited quantities.)

Wouldn't it be great to hear tracks like "Let The Little Girl Dance", "Sweet Nothin''s" and "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" come blasting out of your radio again ... even just once in a while?!?!?


Look who's topping the chart (for at least the second week in a row) in New York City this week in 1966!

Why it's Chicago's very own New Colony Six, with their very first single release, "I Confess"!

Placing ahead of such standard '66 fare as "Kicks" by Paul Revere and the Raiders (who were ALSO dressing in Revolutionary War gear at the time!), "Monday Monday" by The Mamas and the Papas and "Good Lovin'" by The Young Rascals,  ALL of which reached #1 on any number of radio station charts we've seen from 1966, that's quite a coup for our local sextet.

Other big hit surprises ... "Try Too Hard" by The Dave Clark Five (not one of their best-remembered tracks), "Georgianna" by The Princetons (also a BIG Hit here in Chicago ... but one to never make The Billboard Charts), "Tie Me Down" by Dino, Desi and Billy, another Billboard non-charter, and "I Can't Grow Peaches On A Cherry Tree" by Just Us at #12.