Monday, April 30, 2007

K/men Soundathon #100-81

#100-81 K/men Soundathon Combo- Continuing with the compilation of the 1967-1972 Kmen Top 300 Soundathons

100. Badge-Cream-Eric Clapton with George Harrison as a guest star. Why wasn’t this a huge hit nationally?! Maybe people just didn’t know the title. But that didn’t seem to hurt Unchained Melody.

99. Susie-Q-Creedence Clearwater Revival-This song would be played at every dance I went to in high school. One time the band said the drum pedal wasn’t working, but they were going to play it anyway.

98. Hooked On A Feeling-B.J. Thomas-I don’t remember this being such a big hit. I preferred some of B.J. Thomas other hits.

97. White Rabbit-Jefferson Airplane-When people talk about psychedelic music, this is at the top of the list. I remember on an oldies station about ten years ago the dj played the group's other hit, Somebody To Love, and afterwards stated how much he like that song, unlike their other one, a drug song.

96. Midnight Confessions-Grassroots-A song that sounds like it was made for them, although the group “Ever-Green Blues"” had it out first.

95. In The Summertime-Mungo Jerry-They play this song like crazy, in the summertime, the wintertime, springtime and fall.

94. Tuesday Afternoon-Moody Blues-Saw them in concert many years ago. The thing I remember most was the guy five rows behind me yelling “seesaw” through out the concert. It must of worked, since they played Ride My Seesaw as an encore.

93. Don’t Worry Baby-Beach Boys-Flip side of I Get Around. This was a great value for a 45 in 1964.

92. Downtown-Petula Clark-This is the song that made her famous in the United States in 1964, even though she had been releasing records since 1953.

91. Me and Bobby McGee-Janis Joplin-A song I liked a lot when it came out. Bought it on a 45.

90. Green River-Creedence Clearwater Revivial-Instead of buying this on a single, I bought this on an album. That seemed to be a pattern for me for Creedence. It seems almost all the songs on this album were played on KMEN and KFXM. Two double sided singles, and don’t forget “Cross Tie Walker” where he saw the gypsy woman, way down in San Berdoo.

89. Get Ready-Rare Earth-Amazing as it seems, I heard and liked this version, before I ever heard the Temptations version. The single was edited from a real long version on the LP.

88. Bluebird-Buffalo Springfield-Double sided #1 hit in San Bernardino flipped with Mr. Soul. The single was really short, but once in awhile KFXM would play the long version, which was even better.

87. I Heard It Through The Grapevine-Marvin Gaye-This has always been popular. I also like Gladys Knight and CCR’s versions.

86. Classical Gas-Mason Williams-Hey another instrumental! This record is easy to get tired of when you hear it a lot. In the 1990s it got played to death.

85. Along Comes Mary-Association-Their first hit, not their biggest hit, but my favorite by them.

84. Little Woman-Bobby Sherman-How did this song get in here? People voted for it enough times over the years to be #84 overall.

83. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling-Righteous Brothers-Another song that will be popular forever. Even Daryl Hall and John Oates had a hit with it in 1980.

82. I Think We’re Alone Now-Tommy James & The Shondells I saw Tommy James about 15 years ago in Anaheim when he and the Rascals did a concert. He is still making new records (CDs).

81. Fire & Rain-James Taylor-His first hit. He married Carly Simon. I bought this album new at Thriftys Drug Store.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

K/mentertainer Aptil 29, 1967

School Spirit winner Aquinas High School pictures and stories

#1 I Think We're Alone Now-Tommy James & The Shondells
I like Six O'Clock-Lovin' Spoonful and Beat The Clock-McCoys neither will do very well on the charts. For my favorite among the songs that will be a hit Let's Live For Today-Grass Roots

Saturday, April 28, 2007

KFXM Tiger Mag April 28, 1967

Jocko on the cover. Interesting articles this week in Bits & Pieces. Legal action brought about by some radio stations playing Day In The Life-Beatles before album release. LS Bumblebee getting some attention, also.
Also an announcement that The Beach Boys next single release will not be Heroes & Villians, but Vegetables. But it didn't turn out that way.
Picture of local group Blues In A Bottle, and a picture and article about The Good Feelins

#1 again I Think We're Alone Now-Tommy James & The Shondells. Respect-Aretha Franklin debuting at #32.
Anyone rememeber Yes, We Have No Bananas-United Fruit Company?
A couple of picks this week Let's Live For Today-Grass Roots and Mirage-Tommy James & The Shondells

My Danny Dare autograph issue of the Tiger Mag.

Picture Sleeves 45 RPM 1960s

Here's my latest post at my other blog

Some more rare picture sleeves
I Could Be So Good To You-Don & The Goodtimes. I always liked this song. Should have been a bigger hit. Hey Baby(They're Playing Our Song-Buckinghams
And Suddenly- Cherry People. Kind of an unusual song. Pop, bubblegum just weird.
Paul Revere & The Raiders-Him Or Me What's It Gonna Be. Good song by the group.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

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 gets so overplayed, I’m am tired of it.

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 I guess the Chambers Brothers decided to rerecord it, and release a new version as a single.

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 good 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 summer. I took with me a copy of the KFXM weekly survey that listed it at #1. My cousin Bonnie, who was about my age saw the survey and had not heard the song. It was not being played there. She later wrote to me that she heard it 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 of course Proud Mary will be much higher up the survey.

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

108. Eve Of Destruction-Barry McGuire-Over 40 years later, and this could be redone with similar problems, but with different people and locations.

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.

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 this song. No they did not change it to Like A Bob Dylan.

102. A Hard Days Night-Beatles-Great Beatles song, from a good movie.

101. Lonely Bull-Tijuana Brass-Herb Alpert’s first hit. I’m surprised it ended up this high. Although if I was doing the top 100, it would not have made it. There are 5 more instrumentals on the rest of the survey. And one of them is NOT Tequila!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

K/MEN Soundathon Combo

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

There are the 6 of theses surveys that I have. 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.

Many years ago I went through the songs from the six surveys and assigned each song a value based on the number it was on each survey. 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, so don’t ask! But it went something like this. #300 got 1 point #299 2 points, and so on. I know the top ten got bonus points, but I’m not sure how much at this date.

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

So I’m going to present from #129 (a few at a time) 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. I believe the oldest song on the survey.

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

127. Timothy-Buoys-Why people voted for this I don’t know. It was high enough on the surveys for a couple years to be #127.

126. Your Song-Elton John-His first hit and has survived from the oldies format to the classic hits format.

125. Eleanor Rigby-Beatles-One side of a two sided hit in 1966.

124. Summer In The City-Lovin’ Spoonful-The hit John Sebastion and his brother wrote.

123. Groovin’-Young Rascals-A national #1 hit and a local #1 hit.

122. Lay Lady Lay-Bob Dylan-Not one of my favorite Bob Dylan songs at the time. I still preferred his earlier songs.

121. Going Out Of My Head-Little Anthony & The Imperials-A hit in 1964 when this type of music was being overshadowed by rock and roll bands.

120. I Think I Love You-Partridge Family-Well, they were popular and this was their biggest hit.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

K/mentertainer Aptil 22, 1967

#1 this week I Think We're Alone Now-Tommy James & The Shondells same as the KFXM survey. Little Bit O'Soul-Music Explosion, debut in the top 10 at #8 Couple picks this week Gotta Leave Us Alone-Outsiders. This is a Time Won't Let Me clone. Another song I really liked at this time was Round Round-Jonathon King. His previous hit was Everyone's Gone To The Moon
One song I've never heard is February Sunshine-Giant Sunflower. Interesting title.
School Spirit Contest with Aquinas being the winner.

Monday, April 23, 2007

KFXM Tiger Mag April 21, 1967

Tommy James & The Shondells with their picture on the cover and the #1 song, plus an article inside.

An article about The Caretakers who had a few local hits, notably East Side Story
Highest rated debut Groovin'-Young Rascals #27
My favorites among the debuts #32 Him Or Me-What's It Gonna Be-Paul Revere & The Raiders. This song Good Thing and Ups And Downs were their three best 1967 hits
Also #38 Happy Jack-The Who. Make this the opening of the next CSI:San Diego with of course the main CSI guy named Jack (hey there's a Jack in a few other hit shows!)

My personal favorite, even though it wasn't a big hit (not even locally) We Had A Good Thing Goin'-The Cyrkle.
I even bought it back then, and in 1967 I didn't have much money to buy records. I know it's a strange song, but it was fun to listen to.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Al Barnett

Al Barnett and Jocko 1966 Al Barnett and another friend 2007. Thank you Dave for the picture!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

K/mentertainer Aptil 15, 1967

Announcing the K/MEN School Spirit contest. See the high schools on the cover! The K/MEN news tells about the new K/men that started in March Robert E. Walker, Dave McCormick and T. Michael Jordon.

Interesting results of a Billboard music poll at colleges. A lot different results from the best sellers of the day.

Contests. If you ever went to Gillettes Records in Riverside, then you would have seen all of the pictures hanging on his walls.

I Think We're Alone Now-Tommy James & The Shondells #1 New in the top 10 Somebody To Love-Jefferson Airplane and When I Was Young-Eric Burdon & The Animals
My pick of the week, well I really don't have one
Extra Terrestrial Visitations by Art Nouveaux has shown up on this survey, too. I see it's on Fontana Records, the same label as The Troggs. Who was Art Nouveaux?

Sunday, April 15, 2007

KFXM Tiger Mag April 14, 1967

This is the the first issue of the Tiger Mag put on the low quality paper. It had this brownish tint, when it was new. Very fragile and easy to tear. This paper will unfortunately continue through August 1967.

Brenton Wood onthe cover. He has #17 on the survey with Oogum Boogum Song

I Think We're Alone Now-Tommy James & The Shondells #1 again.

First week for I'm Captured-Good Feelins debut at #25 This is my pick for the week, along with Him Or Me, What's It Gonna Be-Paul Revere & The Raiders

Sunday, April 08, 2007

K/mentertainer Aptil 8, 1967 (NOT April 17)

Yes, this is the April 8, 1967 issue, not April 17 as stated on the front and on the survey. The Sandpipers and The Turtles are going to be at the Swing Auditorium and the tickets are $1.00, $2.00 and $3.00. What a deal!
Also an article states K/MEN listeners don't like the moustaches on the Beatles. Wait until they see John Lennon and George Harrison in 1970!
Del Shannon pictured with the K/MEN

Something Stupid-Frank & Nancy Sinatra knocked off Blue's Theme, and is the new #1 on K/MEN.
Ok my picks for the week is Casino Royale-Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass and I Could Be So Good To You-Don & The Goodtimers. I guess I'm getting more mellow in my old age.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Little Black Egg-Nightcrawlers

In 1966 I first heard Little Black Egg by The Nightcrawlers. I've always liked this song, and I knew it was a hit here. Years later I found out it wasn't a national hit. It didn't even hit the national charts until 1967 and it only reached #85. A fact I did not realize until recently that it only charted on K/MEN. I went though the KFXM & K.MEN surveys from the time it was released, and it was never listed on any KFXM surveys. On K/MEN it was listed for 11 weeks.
In 1967 it even was voted as the #62 record of the K/MEN top 300 Soundathon Memorial Day Weekend
That was one of the nice things about having more than one top forty radio station in your town during to the 1960s, you got exposed to a few more songs.
In 1967 it never did rechart on KFXM or K/MEN. It was being played on K/MEN but did it ever get played on KFXM as an oldie?

KFXM Tiger Mag April 7, 1967

The Beatles get the cover of the Tiger Mag this week.

After four weeks at #1 Blue's Theme drops to #2 Tommy James & the Shondells I Think We're Alone Now is the new #1
At #32 Little Games-The Yardbirds highest debut on the top 40

On the first two personal picks the artists were switched. I would really like to hear Extra- Terrestrial Visitations by Art Nouveaux.
I have never heard it. It was never listed again. I can't find it in any record chart book, or price guide. I does sound interesting.