Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Saturday Survey (September 8th)

*Survey courtesy of Geno Price and ARSA website
9-4-68 - WKLO - Louisville, Kentucky 

Most famous for being the home of Churchill Downs, WKLO was the top 40 giant in 68 there.  The station always played lots of lower rung national hits and this week was no exception.  At #3 this week might be a conflict of interest?  Teen vocalist Kenny Schmied (along with 18 year old Brenda Cox) and the Accent revue had their "Dark End of the Street" riding high.  The song was a cover of an RNB hit by James Carr a year earlier.  The interesting part is that Kenny was the son of the Louisville mayor at the time!

Just two spots behind is the fast rising Professor Morrison's Lollipop with their snotty garage / bubblegummy "You Got the Love," which was a product of the new bubblegum hero team of Kasenetz and Katz.  Just two  years ago, we learned that this song was a re-write (to some extent) of an unreleased Monkees tune recorded in January, 1967 titled "Gotta Give it Time."  That song finally surfaced when the Monkees' 50th anniversary CD "Good Times" came out in 2016.
-- Clark Besch

So cool to see the Chickenman ad on an out-of-state survey!!! 

Chickenman was the brain child of advertising genius Dick Orkin, who premiered the novelty series right here in Chicago on WCFL.  (You can still listen to episodes every day on ... along with vintage airchecks from the 'CFL era.) 

Looks like Andy Kim had a monster hit down in Louisville with "Shoot 'em Up, Baby" ... it falls from #2 to #6 this week. 

One of my all-time favorite tunes by The Box Tops cracks the Top Ten this week as "I Met Her In Church" climbs from #18 to #10. 

We featured The Will-O-Bees' version of "Make Your Own Kind Of Music" a while back in our Saturday Survey feature ... I still think this is a great recording.  (Mama Cass will have the big hit version a few years later.)

And I especially like how "The Weight" is shown by both Jackie DeShannon and "Big Pink" ... which is the name of the album it came from, not the artist!  (Of course, it was released by The Band!!!  Ooops!)  This one's for you, honey ... Take A Load Off, Frannie!  (kk) 

THIS WEEK in '68:

9/3/68 – Sly and the Family Stone win Lloyd Thaxton’s “Showcase ‘68” talent contest, beating out several of our local groups (The New Colony Six and The American Breed among them) in the process.  The program ran for ten weeks as a summer replacement for The Jerry Lewis Show.

9/4/68 – As George Harrison’s guest, Eric Clapton records his guitar solo on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”