Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Saturday Surveys (May 17th)

A pretty cool looking KYA Chart from 1967 - love the psychedelic background ... and the fact that they've even dedicated a special spot to promote their own (Sounds of San Francisco ... heard daily on KYA)!

Other than that, it's a pretty normal looking chart.  "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix is in The Top Ten (it made it here, too, which is why I've always been a little surprised that it didn't chart higher nationally.)  Yet rising higher than all of the hip, heavy, groovy sounds of the day (like "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane, "Light My Fire" by The Doors, the aforementioned "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix and "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" by Procol Harum, you'll find Frankie Valli's middle-of-the-road hit "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" sitting on top of the heap for this week in '67!

Jumping ahead to 1970 we find Canadian Group The Poppy Family at #1 with their big hit "Which Way You Goin', Billy". 

Chicago's Ides Of March are at #3 with their still-played-daily hit "Vehicle" ... but this Top Ten holds a few surprises, too.

Like "Soolaimon" at #6 by Neil Diamond from his African-themed album "Tap Root Manuscript" ... and "What Is Truth" by Johnny Cash at #8.  Perhaps most surprising of all is the Liquid Smoke version of "I Who Have Nothing" holding down the #10 spot.

KTKT's Tucson audience was definitely into heavier album rock ... check out The Top Ten Albums for the week ... titles by Jethro Tull, Cream, Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash And Young, Delaney and Bonnie and Country Joe and the Fish dominate the list.

Working backwards, we find our FH Buddy Clark Weber pictured on this WLS Silver Dollar Survey from 1962.

There are TWO instrumental hits in The Top Ten this week ... "Stranger On The Shore" is at #1 and The Champs' version of the Chubby Checker hit "Limbo Rock" is at #10.  In between you've got the long-forgotten "Village of Love" by Nathaniel Mayer, "Soldier Boy" by The Shirelles, "Uptown" by The Crystals and the unlikely trio of hits by Dion, Ray Charles and Perry Como with "Lovers Who Wander", "I Can't Stop Loving You" and "Catarina" respectively.

We've also got what many consider to be the very first rap record ... "Old Rivers" by Walter Brennan.

Dipping back another year, we've got one of the greatest two-sided hits of all-time sitting in the #1 position ... "Hello Mary Lou" / "Travelin' Man" by Ricky Nelson.

Actually, there are quite a few "fun" tracks in The Top Ten this week ... "Louisiana Man" by Rusty and Doug, "Yellow Bird" by Arthur Lyman, "Daddy's Home" by Shep and the Limelights, "Ive Told Every Little Star" by Linda Scott and "Runaway" by Del Shannon are all songs that might raise and eyebrow and perk up your listeners if played today.

And finally another Canadian Chart from this week in 1966.  The Rolling Stones are at #2 with their latest, "Paint It Black" and a track written by Mick and Keith and recorded by original British Rocker Cliff Richard sits at #8, "Blue Turns To Grey".

"Sloop John B" (backed with "You're So Good To Me) constitutes a two-sided hit for The Beach Boys ... and it looks like CFUN was playing BOTH versions of The Lovin' Spoonful covers ... they chart "Younger Girl" by both The Critters and the Hondells at #23.