Saturday, March 24, 2018

The Saturday Survey (March 24th)

3-18-68 - KODI - Cody, Wyoming  

If you've been to Yellowstone National Park, chances are you've visited Cody, Wyoming, on the eastern outskirts of the park.  

Way out west, our FH heroes are getting airplay, but the obvious theme of this station was geared around Coca-Cola!  Most likely, you heard the Coke jingles blasting much of the time on KODI.  Without much obscure music on this chart, how about some of the Coke jingles that may have been waking Old Faithfull geyser hourly by artists holding this week's #1, #18 and #23 positions with current national hits.  

The American Breed one is also featured with FH member Chuck Buell's outro on WLS in late 1968 and it would become so popular that the Breed would eventually make a full song out of it and put out as a single later in the year!

BTW, for those of you at home keeping score, that's two weeks in a row that we did not move the AM dial.  This week and last week we featured stations located at 1400 on the dial!
-- Clark Besch

Yep, LOTS of Coke references on this week's chart!  "Lady Madonna" is brand new at #24 for The Beatles ... and Otis Redding's (spelled here with two T's) falls from #1 to #4 with "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay," allowing The Troggs to take over the top spot with "Love Is All Around," just ahead of The Monkees' "Valleri."

Madeline Bell's version of "Im Gonna Make You Love Me" is a Top Ten Hit here in Wyoming, too, so again I'm surprised by its  somewhat meager #26 showing in Billboard.  You'll also find "Dr. Jon" and the In-Crowd in The Top Ten this week.  We featured that tune a few weeks ago in our Saturday Surveys Series.  (kk)


Here are some of the musical events that took place this week in 1968 ...

3/20/68:  Now that’s a party … Eric Clapton and Neil Young, along with Richie Furay and Jim Messina of Poco, are all arrested for “suspected drug use” at the home of Stephen Stills in Los Angeles.  (Clapton will be freed while all of the others are fined.)  Maybe Stills wasn't home???  He isn't mentioned at all!!!

3/21/68:  The Hollies appear on The Hollywood Palace

3/24/68:   Lots of music tonight on The Ed Sullivan Show … Spanky and Our Gang perform “Like To Get To Know You,” Diana Ross and the Supremes perform “Forever Came Today” and Nancy Sinatra both solo (“100 Years”) and with her Producer Lee Hazlewood (“Storybook Children”).  Jimmy Dean is also onboard to sing “To A Sleeping Beauty.”