Thursday, April 05, 2012

KFXM April 3, 1959

Come Softly To Me-Fleetwoods #1
New in the top ten
Never Be Anyone Else But You-It's Late-Ricky Nelson #7
Since I Don't Have You-Skyliners #8
Sea Cruise-Frankie Ford #9
I Ran All The Way Home-Impalas

Spotlight Album
The Buddy Holly story


Lord Darth Rageous! said...

Just look at the sheer VARIETY of different music types on this old KFXM survey. It's simply amazes me how so many varied tunes were once broadcast to a much wider listening audience than we have now from the homogenized corporatized radio outlets!

Megablogger said...

Nice going, Doug. Do we think this was ground zero for KFXM surveys, or is an exact date of their Top 40 conversion known?

I agree about the mix of styles, the more the better. I see pop (Fleetwoods, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Tommy Edwards, Pat Boone), novelty (Dody Stevens, Tommy Dee), doo wop (Skyliners, Accents, Crests, Devilles), rockabilly (Ricky), R&B (Jesse Belvin & Jackie Wilson,), New Orleans/Cajun (Frankie Ford, Rod Bernard), Latin (Chuck Rio), folk (Kingston Trio, Fred Darian), teen (Frankie Avalon, Annette, Neil Sedaka, Paul Anka, Fabian) & of course, good old rock and roll (Coasters, Bell Notes, Elvis, Bill Parsons, Duane Eddy. Wow!

Not that it was so different from any other So. Cal. radio rocker at the time - I have KFWB surveys from '58 through '60 that are very similar.

Lord Darth Rageous! said...

To Megablogger:

one fact known for certain is that Howard Tullis purchased KFXM from Don Lee Broadcasting and turned it into a Top 60 records format featuring (what was then known as) adult 'POP music' along with a mixture of the new youthful genre called 'Rock and Roll'. this transition of both ownership and programming for the new "FABULOUS 59" occurred in 1957 A.D.

now whether KFXM began issuing tune sheets earlier than 1959 is, at this time, unknown.