Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Saturday Survey - August 4th

8-3-68 - KSDR - Watertown, South Dakota

Located near the Minnesota / South Dakota border and about 200 miles straight west of Minneapolis, Watertown has just over 20,000 people now and is 5th largest city in the state.  In 1968, this survey had almost ZERO oddball charters, but one such is the Troggs' follow-up to their big hit "Love Is All Around."  "You Can Cry If You Want to" is hardly a song I would have chosen for a follow-up to a big hit and others must have felt that way, too, here in the US, as it bombed totally here.  

Luckily, there were plenty of cool songs KSDR was featuring this week including the new New Colony 6 45 and our own 1910 Fruitgum Company at #1.  One song that I have always loved was a top 10 country and easy listening hit as well as a minor pop hit for Glen Campbell, "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife."  Is this song politically correct today?  I don't know, but it's a pretty song from a different age.
-- Clark Besch  

*Survey Courtesy of Frank Merrill

Here in Chicago, "Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife" charted by both Glen Campbell and Wayne Newton, with Glen's version peaking at #23 and Wayne's topping out at #37 ... both got a fair amount of airplay, however, and I will admit to liking this song, too.  (So it's one of my featured picks this week!)

Actually there are quite a few of my favorites on this short list of tunes ... personal favorites include "Sky Pilot" by Eric Burdon and the Animals (#2), "Turn Around, Look At Me" by The Vogues (#4), "Don't Take It So Hard" by Paul Revere and the Raiders (#6), "Classical Gas" by Mason Williams (#8), "Pictures Of Matchstick Men" by Status Quo (#13) and the whole "Plus 8", including their pick-hit of the week, "Do It Again," still one of my all-ime favorite Beach Boys songs.


7/30/68 – The Buffalo Springfield album “Last Time Around” is released
Also on this date … The Ventures record “Hawaii Five-O”

8/3 – 8/4 / 68 – The Newport Pop Festival is held in Orange County, California … 200.000 attend. Steppenwolf, Sonny and Cher, Tiny Tim, Jefferson Airplane, The Chambers Brothers and Country Joe and the Fish all appear.  (How’s THAT for an eclectic cast of characters?!?!?)