Tuesday, February 26, 2013

KFXM This Week In 1969

For those who are interested, the KFXM chart is so much different than the national music chart for March 1, 1969.   #1 nationally was Everyday People.  #2 Crimson & Cover-Tommy James/Shondells  which dropped off KFXM 2 weeks ago.  Also on the national top ten, Build Me Up Buttercup, Touch Me-Doors (#1 on KFXM a month and a half ago), and This Magic Moment.  Also You Showed Me-Turtles, Dizzy-Tommy Roe, Worst That Could Happen-Brooklyn Bridge, Baby Baby Don't Cry-Smokey & The Miracles on the national top ten.  These last four fell off the KFXM charts about a month ago.  They appeared to be ahead of the rest of the country at this time.


Lord Darth Rageous said...
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Lord Darth Rageous said...

Without going into the why's and what-fors on how the national magazine pop chart rating services operated at that time -- "Record World", "Cashbox", and the ubiquitous "The Billboard" --
suffice it to say that, by their very nature of being accumulative tabulations resulting from a wide variety of sources from all manner of radio markets (ie., individual broadcaster surveys, rack jobbers lists, record companies and retail record shop purported sales totals, etc.), a time lag was inherent (in those pre-computerized, no Internet days) in MANUALLY collecting, assessing and then compiling national chart listings which SUMMARIZED the whole of input sources collected at any given point. And with each radio/retail audience/consumer market keenly reflective of their own local likes/dislikes, the accumulative nationwide pop charts balanced out these market disparities to provide listings which were not always "in tune" (pun intended) with individual contributor music survey rankings.

Danny Dare said...

As Music Director at this time responsible for compiling the Top 30 list each week, I used reports on all the Inland Empire record stores' sales as my primary source. I would phone the stores every week. Phone-in requests were also considered. We were the "test" market for L.A., so usually ahead of the country.

Lord Darth Rageous said...

Danny, you gave us such a learned dissertation in your Tiger Mag article titled "Makin' Music".
It was quite informative and highly valued for your behind the scenes look at how music programming was effected in a Top 40 pop music station.
And, lest I forget, Mahalo, brudder!