Thursday, February 18, 2010

KFXM February 17, 1961

Baby Sittin' Boogie-Buzz Clifford #1
highest debut Two People In The World-Little Anthony & The Imperials #36
Bonneville-Rollers (The group Al Wilson was in?)
Up A Lazy River-Bobby Darin
1961 What would my album of songs consist of for this survey? How about:
Don't Worry-Marty Robbins (With his Fuzz guitar)
There's A Moon Out Tonight-Capris
He Will Break Your Heart-Jerry Butler
More Than I Can Say-Bobby Vee (Wasn't familiar with this until the Leo Sayer version, but Bobby Vee does a nice job)
Calcutta-Lawrence Welk (For many years I did not know who had recorded this)
Walk Right Back-Everly Brothers (Good Everlies song, just don't make me listen to Ebony Eyes again)
Exodus-Ferrante & Teicher (Doesn't need the vocal from Pat Boone)
At Last-Etta James (Such a good song)
Pony Time-Chubby Checker
Surrender-Elvis Presley
Gee Baby-Jo & Ann (I hadn't heard this until recently, when someone pointed it out, but I like it)
Well I've done all my weekly CD list for the surveys I've posted. In a few months when there's a big turnover of songs, perhaps I'll do it again.
Feel free to comment with your lists of favorites if you like.


Anonymous said...

GEE BABY going down but it sure
got high, #2, on KFXM charts.
Never heard from again.
Regional stuff legends are made of.

Anonymous said...

The ROLLERS were a Berdoo group.
Who was the lead singer?
Had a strong voice. Don't think
it was Al Wilson although he
might have been in the group.

Their big hit, Continental Walk, was
just a great great danceable hit
in this area. Fun at grade-school
parties and such.

"..You've seen the new look, and
you've heard the new sound.
Now the Continental Walk has come
to your town". It just rocks after that.
The Stroll dance was fun with this one.

Lord Darth Sidious said...

FYI: The Rollers, they were indeed a local Berdoo town Rhythm 'N' Blues vocal group signed to Liberty Records.
members included:
Johnny Torrence (Leader Singer),
Don Sampson, Willie Willingham, AND
siblings Eddie & Al Wilson.

megablogger said...

Thanks to Doug for some great chart postings - in '60 and '61 were dozens of records that didn't make any other charts - a great source of unique history.

The Johnny Torrence referenced as the lead singer of the Rollers had an important history in that in '54, he had the Paradise Record Shop in San Berdoo and put together the Jewels, who super-big with a song called "Hearts Of Stone," covered by the Charms and a bunch of white acts to the top five.

The he joined the Pentagons from Fontana, who are also on this chart on "To Be Loved," which never charted in L.A., but hit the national charts in Feb. 61 - by the time of this charting, Torrence was long gone.

Meanwhile, when Torrence left the Rollers, Al Wilson took his spot.

So you can see the Inland Empire contribution to rock & roll.

megablogger said...

BTW, I can't find the remainder of the KFXM charts for '61 being posted.

Any chance on those?

Lord Darth Sidious said...

does anyone recall that really
ancient record selling outlet in downtown San Bernardino along (the WEST side of) "E" Street just a ways south of F.W. Woolworth's store??? it might have been next-door to a florist (possibly).

this olde-time record shoppe had lots of Victrolas on display, massive 78-disks, piano rolls and record cylinders, sheet music, all manner of early big console 78-RPM wind-up record players and fronted a huge statue of "Nipper", the R.C.A. Victor trademark dog just outside the front door.

been trying for years to get information on this particular record seller whose commercial business name i have forgotten over the years.

Anonymous said...

That record shop on E St in
Berdoo was LIER's. I remember
the RCA dog in the front.
They had booths inside to you
could listen to an album before

Loved going there and seeing the
45s fresh and new with great colors.
I could hold them and know this is
what was coming out of the radio.
Hardly bought any of them. Cash poor. Just won a lot of KFXM
six pack of hits....
Disappointed they were not colorful
as the ones in the record store.
Promo copies, of course.

Lord Darth Sidious said...

really appreciate having someone finally pique me Mind into recalling "LIER'S" record shoppe on downtown "E" Steet, fer sure.

yes, in addition to all the antique record/machine collectibles, there were also all them 33 1/3, 45 and 78-RPM disks just waiting to be gone through; there were even the 16-RPM transcription disks with programs recorded from the Golden Age of Radio!

ah, the days multi-coloured 45's and all the picturesque long-playing (LP) record albums made the whole experience of being in Leirs almost surreal...
sure miss those days and that particular record collectors outlet.

Anonymous said...

More on LIER's.
The saleslady in the 45s department would not let you play the 45.
She would play it for you.
She would only play 1/3 of it.
They put it away. Such a

I still remember hearing the
pop hits there and found it
unreal how they sounded outside
the aura of playing on the radio.
Almost out of context.
I prefered the jingle, voiceovers,
jocks talking over the song.
It's an environment of sorts.
Hearing the music on the radio
was a package.

KFXM Tiger Radio & K/MEN 129 in Doug's Stuff Room said...

For the question about posting the rest of the 1961 KFXM surveys. I've been doing them on a weekly basis. I'll be posting them weekly, for each week they came out, until the end of the year.

Lord Darth Sidious said...

"Hearing the music on the radio
was a package." AH, A RADIO JUNKIE
if ever this guy was!
another aspect of then-modern popular media culture -- before the advent of multi-media sources infinitim -- was grooving to the sounds coming out of one's transistor radio in a manner of a uniquely programmed 'SOUND', including:
1) the music itself;
2) the station's custom jingles;
3) said station's actual quality of transmitted signal over-the-air;
4) the type of microphone and console mixing equipment used;
5) the person behind the microphone; and
6) the time, date and/or season when specific music was being presented.
all of these factors helped to produce a saleable audio 'package' which most people accepted on a subliminal level without even knowing about it.
hence, as Anonymous remarks, there was a substantial difference hearing one's favourite music selections at home on the stereo and "the aura of playing on the [AM] radio."

Anonymous said...

An element radio had was the
surprise of what song plays next.
The unknown. Playing a record yourself
was no mystery. I know if I didn't like
it on the radio, there was another coming next that
I might.

megablogger said...

that's great,Doug. I guess I misread your comments that indicated to me a stopping point. Look forward to the remainder of '61.