Monday, January 3, 2022

1972 Survey ... January 1st ... North Dakota

We begin our cross-country trek across America, circa 1972, in Fargo, North Dakota, with this January 1st chart from KQWB ...

Every week this year we'll examine the biggest hits in all fifty states (plus a week in Canada and a week in Washington, D.C.) until we've covered them all.

This week's chart offers up a pretty diverse Top Ten ... as three of the current teen idols (Donny Osmond, David Cassidy and Michael Jackson) share space with the likes of The Who!!!  (But that was the beauty of Top 40 Radio ... anything went ... and it all got played side by side without any questions!)

Surprising, perhaps to see Donny's B-Side up at #6 ... nationally, "I Knew You When" only went to #83 ... the HIT side was Donny's remake of "Hey Girl," which gave him his third straight Top Ten solo hit.

Melanie's novelty track "Brand New Key" sits on top, just ahead of Don McLean's classic "American Pie," which celebrated its 50th anniversary last November.
(We celebrated this event in full Forgotten Hits fashion here ...

I get the sense that KQWB prided themselves in playing a wide variety of music ...

Even their up and coming hits included hard rockers by The Faces and Grand Funk Railroad ... right alongside Michel Legrand's "Theme from 'Brian's Song," Robert John's remake of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (also covered in FH last November) and the truly Forgotten Hit by The Addrisi Brothers, "We've Got To Get It On Again," a GREAT track that deserves another spin here today.

Be sure to join us next week when we head to Minnesota ... and then tag-along with us throughout 2022 as we revisit the biggest hits in all fifty states all year long!