Thursday, March 10, 2011
Debut K/MEN 129 March 10, 1962
Can you believe it? It has been 49 years ago today. K/MEN signed on the air with Huckleberry playing Chip Chip by Gene McDaniels #10 on this Top TEN. Huckleberry and Bill Watson talked about the song at the 35th Anniversary. Thanks to a regular reader of this blog for the copy, but someone may have been fooling him with this. The next week's top ten on KFXM is a perfect match for this top ten. Most likely K/MEN probably borrowed the top ten to get started. The first official survey (about three weeks later) will be dated March 30, 1962 with only one of these songs still in the top ten.
Before K/MEN it was KITO. Hours before leading up to the debut of K/MEN you got to hear Fannie Mae-Buster Brown playing over and over again. I've heard some say it was Hit The Road Jack, but I've talked to people who actually heard Fannie Mae.
The first lineup of the K/MEN were Chuck "Huckleberry" Clemans-Donn Tyler
Andy (George) West-Bill Watson-Brian Lord-Dean Webber-George Babcock-Jim Markham
Here is the KFXM survey. Next week you'll get the whole thing.