Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Saturday Surveys (August 9th)

Three charts from the '70's this week in our Saturday Surveys feature.

First up, this WRIT Fun 40 Chart from Milwaukee dated August 11th, 1971.

Topping the charts is The Raiders' comeback hit "Indian Reservation", already enjoying at least their second week on top of the chart.

Skip down to #14 and you'll find a recent FH discovery (sent in by WRCO Jock Phil Nee) ... it's The Messengers' and "That's The Way A Woman Is", catchy as all get-out yet barely making a dent on the national charts.

Big as he was, you don't hear John Denver at all anymore on oldies radio ... not much Olivia Newton-John either (unless it's a "Grease" soundtrack hit).  Other Forgotten Hits favorites (long absent from the airwaves but sounding just as good today as they did back in 1971) are "Rings" by Cymarron, "Mother Freedom" by Bread, "Mighty Clouds Of Joy" by B.J. Thomas, "I Ain't Got Time Anymore" by The Glass Bottle, "Go Down Gamblin'" by Blood, Sweat and Tears and "Resurrection Shuffle" by Ashton, Gardner and Dyke.  (Check out the hitbound selections and you'll find "Roll On" by The New Colony Six, too!)

I used to LOVE these WBBM-FM Charts from 1973 ... The Top 50 Singles AND The Top 50 Albums, every week.  (Unfortunately they didn't last long ... nor did this format on the station.)  Too bad as these lists often gave us some titles that simply weren't charting or receiving airplay anywhere else in town ... and in 1973 Chicago still had two AM Top 40 Giants on the dial.

Finally a Top 30 Chart ... but we can't even find the name of a radio station OR a city anywhere on this published chart!  It's from 1974 which, quite frankly, wasn't the greatest year in music ... but I still found a couple of long-forgotten gems to feature today.