Saturday, February 27, 2010

KFXM and K/men February 26, 1965

Ferry Across The Mersey-Gerry & The Pacemakers #1
Highest debut Eight Days A Week/I Don't Want To Spoil The Party-Beatles #5
#9 Land Of A 1000 Dances listed by two artists Cannibal & The Headhunters and Thee Midnighters New
Do The Clam-Elvis Presley
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood-Animals
My Girl-Temptations #1
Highest debut Baby Please Don't Go-Them #26 This will have an interesting chart ride on both KFXM and K/men. This is the flip side of Gloria, but that song won't appear on either survey until the end of March, beginning of April. On KFXM it will go up the chart, fall down the chart, go back up with Gloria appearing and Baby, Please Don't Go disappearing. This song was also huge on LA stations KHJ and KRLA, but batrely charted nationally in 1965. A year latter there will be a resurgence of Gloria, but be a bigger hit by another group.
Do You Wanna Dance-Beach Boys
Nowhere To Run-Martha & The Vandellas


Anonymous said...

Never understood why GLORIA by THEM
was not a huge national hit.
It is the best version ever.
The national hit version sounds lame
compared to THEM. Sounds like
a garage recording. Really rank.
Was it by the group SHADOWS OF KNIGHT?
After being a big hit on the west coast by
I don't think the SHADOWS version made
it out here.
We already had the best version.
Why dilute it with a lame version.......
And it's raining today.

Anonymous said...

I remember "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" as the first song on KMEN/KFXM that I absolutely hated every time I heard it (and I still hate it). I just couldn't stand it. I can't think of any other song that I have ever been so repulsed by.

John from Fontana (back then)

Anonymous said...

Now now John. You even hated
the Bert Kaempfert version?
No lyrics but a great instrumental.
Great melody. If you hated it, may be
because you were hearing the lyrics
on the music track that weren't there.

Yes, the Vic Dana, Wayne Newton versions
got old quickly. All 3 versions got fair
amount of airplay in at KFXM when they charted in Feb 1965. Did KMEN ever
play the BK version? They don't chart
it but KFXM does.

Lord Darth Sidious said...


perhaps you simply needed exposure to the original versions of "Red Roses For A Blue Lady" from late post-big band era.
the best-selling vocal version in 1948 was by Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra (to #3 on RCA Victor), and the song was recorded in '49 by Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (to #8 on Decca) with this instrumental cut.
either way, these records make for enjoyable listening!