Memorial Day weekend 1967. K/MEN had asked their listeners to send in their top ten favorite hits on a post card. They were then tabulated and played back #300 through #1 on Memorial Day weekend. I heard it from a pretty reliable source that they actually counted the votes and used that to make their list! After all, these were oldies and not on their current playlist.
Sound familiar? Oldies stations still do this today, and I mean today! (May 27, 2006) KRTH 101 in LA (top 500) and KOLA 99.9 (top 400) in San Bernardino are playing back the hits this weekend. They have done this for years. I know KOLA asked listeners to vote. After listening for a while you can tell voting did not count much for what made the top 400.
I actually believe when KRTH did their 4th of July Firecracker 300, they did count the votes. They were actually different every year. Currently, I just don't know.
This K/MEN Soundathon is dated week ending June 3, 1967 and similar to the one KHJ had done the prior year. #1 is Cherish by the Association, which was really a surprise to me when I heard it.
Nothing unsual in the top ten, except #8 Theme From A Summer Place by Percy Faith. Gloria-Them was #7 but that was a number one hit in San Bernardino/L.A. area in 1965. The highest rated 1950s hit was #31 Don't Be Cruel-Elvis Presley.
Some Local Hits such as #240 Who Killed The Ice Cream Man? by The Bush
Plenty of songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, with Frank Sinatra, The Monkees and even Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass represented. Most of the songs represented were from 1964, 1965 and 1966. Click on each page of the top 300, so you can actually read what made the survey!