Tuesday, April 29, 2014

K/men Soundathon COMBO (1967-1972) Part Two

K/men Soundathon Combo-Part 2

K/men Soundathon Combo-Part 2
Continuing with the compilation of the 1967-1972 Kmen Top 300 Soundathons

119. California Girls-Beach Boys-So what are they trying to say? Are the Beach Boys singing that California Girls are the best, or that all the girls around the world are so good that they should qualify to be California Girls?

118. Bad Moon Rising-Creedence Clearwater Revival-One of my favorite groups, but this song has been overplayed.  I prefer one of their other #2 national hits, Green River.  In the Inland Empire they had 6 #1 hits, including these two.

117.Time Has Come Today-Chambers Brothers-I had a radio station copy of this record that was shorter, and had a strange twanging sound at the beginning of the song. It was on Columbia, so  the Chambers Brothers decided to rerecord it, and it became a big hit.

116. Revolution-Beatles-In high school I won a contest. This single plus Fire-Crazy World of Arthur Brown single were the prizes.

115. Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In-Fifth Dimension-One of the three hits that originated from the play Hair

114. Can’t Help Falling In Love-Elvis Presley-A hit song from one of Elvis’ 1960’s soundtracks.

113. See You In September-Happenings-This was always one of my favorites. Bye bye, so long farewell.

112. Spill The Wine-Eric Burdon & War-In 1970 this song was played here early summer. Our family took a trip to visit relatives in Wisconsin that year. I took a copy of the KFXM weekly survey that listed it at #1 with me. My cousin Bonnie, who was about my age saw the survey and she had not heard the song. It was not being played there. She later wrote to me that it was now being played and it was now her favorite. 37 years later, I wonder how it rates with her.

111. I Will-Beatles-A nice little Paul McCartney song from the “White” album

110. Born On The Bayou-Creedence Clearwater Revival-This is the flip side of Proud Mary. I like Bayou so much better, but  Proud Mary will be making an appearance later on the survey.

109. Get Back-Beatles-When I first heard this song, I remember thinking that if this isn’t the Beatles, then someone is doing a good job of imitating them. Well, it is the Beatles doing the Beatles.

108. Eve Of Destruction-Barry McGuire-I guess this could be the ultimate protest song.  It's lyrics covered all the major social issues of the day.

107. Crimson & Clover-Tommy James & The Shondells-This was their biggest hit, and the second of their two #1 songs. The other was Hanky Panky

106. Scarborough Fair-Simon & Garfunkel-This is kind of a surprise. One of their best songs, but not one of their biggest hits.  My copy was a cutout (notice the hole in record in the above picture).  I probably bought this at Woolworths in their 3 for 1.00 bin.

105. Johnny Angel-Shelley Fabares-Early 60s song still popular. The actress from The Donna Reed Show and Coach. 

104. Turn Turn Turn-Byrds-Their only song on this top 129. Where’s Mr. Tamborine Man?

103. Like A Rolling Stone-Bob Dylan-I like this song. In recent years, the Rolling Stones recorded their version of this song. No they did not change it to Like A Bob Dylan.

102. A Hard Days Night-Beatles-Great Beatles song, from their movie, of the same title.

101. Lonely Bull-Tijuana Brass-Herb Alpert’s first hit.  I’m surprised it ended up this high.  There are 5 more instrumentals on the rest of the survey. And one of them is NOT Tequila!

KFXM Website Returning

coments from John Bunnell

Anonymous said...
Well I guess it's time to get the KFXM website back on the net. Fortunately, I made copies of all the material for the website. Don Mc Coy and Dan Fox(on air as: Danny Dare)are working out the financial end. We are considering KFXM590.com to register the Domain Name.I'll have to rearrange to material But it will work.
The comments above are being done by John Bunnell. Yes, I'm back!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

K/MEN Memorial Day 300 (1967-1972 Combo) PART 1

About 7 years ago, I posted an article I wrote about the K/MEN TOP 300 that was done in the late 60s and early 70s.   People voted, and K/MEN played the countdown Memorial Day Weekend.   Well I thought it would be a good time to repost, with a little revision.   Here's Part One.

K/MEN Soundathon Combo

From 1967 through 1972 K/MEN did a Top 300 Soundathon where the listeners sent in a list of their 5 favorite songs, and K/MEN tabulated them and played them back Memorial Day weekend.

There are 6 of these surveys that I have, 1967-1972. And as far as I know 1967 was the first year for the top 300. In 1962 there was a top 129 of all time they did, which is not included here..

Many years ago I went through the songs from the six surveys and assigned each song a value based on the number it ranked on each survey. I added up the totals for the seven years, and came up with my own survey.

I don’t remember the exact values I used for each song on each list.   But it went something like this. #300 received 1 point, #299 2 points, and so on. I know the top ten received bonus points, but I don't remember how many at this time.

Also, I did this before I had a computer, so it was all done with a calculator, pencil and paper.

I’m going to present my compilation from #129-#1, my Combo Best of the KMEN Soundathons.

129. Rock Around The Clock-Bill Haley & The Comets-One of the first big hits of rock & roll. Probably the oldest song on the survey.

128. I Got You Babe-Sonny & Cher-Their biggest hit and signature song.

127. Timothy-Buoys-People voted for this and I don’t understand why. If you haven't heard it, Timothy didn't fare too well by the end of the song.

126. Your Song-Elton John-His first hit and has survived from the oldies format to the classic hits format.  Johnny Helm has an interesting story behind this hit, so you might want to look him up on facebook.

125. Eleanor Rigby-Beatles-One side of a two sided hit in 1966.  The flip was Yellow Submarine.

124. Summer In The City-Lovin’ Spoonful-The hit John Sebastion and his brother wrote.  The Lovin' Spoonful's only #1 hit.

123. Groovin’-Young Rascals-A national #1 hit and a local #1 hit.  Always thought the lyric was "...you and me and Leslie..."

122. Lay Lady Lay-Bob Dylan-Not one of my favorite Bob Dylan songs at the time. I still preferred his earlier songs.  A hit from the Nashville Skyline album.

121. Going Out Of My Head-Little Anthony & The Imperials-A hit in 1964 when the British Invasion and rock and roll bands were big.

120. I Think I Love You-Partridge Family-Well, they were popular and this was their biggest hit, probably because of the huge success of the television show.  This was the catalyst for David Cassidy to jump start his career.
More coming later....

Thursday, April 24, 2014

KFXM DJs April 1974

The rest of the KFXM DJs from this time in 1974.  
Tom O'Neill
Vic Moreno
Rex Ramsey
Ted Brown

Monday, April 21, 2014

KFXM DJs April 1974

KFXM DJs in April 1974.  Thanks again to John from Fontana (back then)
   Gary Shannon 
 Marsh Carter

Thursday, April 17, 2014

KFXM DJs April 1974

KFXM DJs Gary Roberts and Doug Collins from April 1974, 40 years ago.  These are the first two of eight KFXM DJ pictures
Thank you, John (From Fontana) for sending me copies