Tuesday, May 27, 2014

K/men Soundathon Combo continued

KMEN Soundathon (continued) Part 5

#65-51 K/men Soundathon Combo- Continuing with the compilation of the 1967-1972 Kmen Top 300 Soundathons

65. Honky Tonk Woman-Rolling Stones-In 1969 the nice thing about this single (besides being a good song) is that the flip side is You Can’t Always Get What You Want. It didn’t chart, but was played regularly on the radio. I went over to a friend’s house and she had this record. I put the flip side on her record player. It surprised her, because she did not realize she had the song.

PS this is the middle point of the 129 hits. 64 more to go.
64. Oh Pretty Woman-Roy Orbison-Good song. His last number one.

63. Indian Reservation-The Raiders-The first version was a top 20 hit by Don Fardon . From what I understand about the Raiders version is that Mark Lindsey recorded it as a solo. The powers to be decided it should be a Raiders song. It went to #1, so it appears to have been the right decision.

62. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You-Frankie Valli-It’s a good thing for Frankie Valli that he didn’t record for the same label as Mark Lindsey, or this might have been a Four Seasons hit.

61. Go Away Little Girl-Donny Osmond-Donny had the right people picking songs for him to cover.  Most of his hit singles were cover versions of pop hits of the 1950s and early 1960s.  He also had hits with Puppy Love, Too Young, Young Love. Is there a theme here?

60. MacArthur Park-Richard Harris-A Jimmy Webb song. So what’s the story behind.....leaving the cake out in the rain? This reached #2 nationally, and no one ever plays it anymore.

59. More Today Than Yesterday-Spiral Starecase-If this was the KFXM Soundathon I would have probably have started here. I would be finished already!

58. Imagine-John Lennon- I bought this album when it came out in 1971. No more Beatles albums, so I had to buy a John Lennon solo LP.

57. Try A Little Tenderness-Three Dog Night-Nationally this only made it up to #29. The song was a big hit here.  I believe it made the top five. A top hit on every Soundathon since it came out. And remember, the original lists were based on votes.

56. It’s Too Late-Carole King-I've liked Carole King’s music since Tapestry was released. The album that this song from is great(Tapestry). Carole King, and especially this song, seem to set the pace for the pop/soft sound of the 1970s.   I even liked her early sixties hit, It Might As Well Rain Until September.

55.Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves-Cher-The beginning of her second career, with and without Sonny. Their TV series probably helped a lot.

54. Sunshine Of Your Love-Cream-First time I heard this song was on a trip with my parents to San Diego, and it was played on KCBQ. When I got home I called KFXM, and they said they were not playing that song, because it was too progressive (I didn’t know what that meant, and I'm still not sure). They told me the same thing later with On The Road Again by Canned Heat. Well they did eventually play it, and it was a hit on K/men and KFXM.

53. Beginnings-Chicago-I’ve heard that when Chicago was Chicago Transit Authority, they played a free concert at San Bernardino Valley College during lunch time (1968-1969). They probably played this song. Maybe Jimmy Webb was there and saw the concert. Anyone out there see Chicago at Valley?
52. Sugar Sugar-Archies Ron Dante was lead singer, who was also on Tracy by The Cufflink, and I believe Leader Of The Laudromat by The Detergents (feel free to fill in any details you can think of)

51. Magic Carpet Ride-Steppenwolf-I heard an interview recently where John Kay said that people thought this song was about drugs. He said it was one of the few he wrote that wasn’t about drugs.


Anonymous said...

MacArthur Park story:
Here's the one I know...
Webb and his girlfriend would have
lunch at MacArthur park every week.
She worked across the street.
This went on for a while till she
broke up with him. She found another
guy. They got married. JW was invited to the wedding reception. It was held
outside. There was a cake. Rain was
coming down moderately. It started dissolving the cake. That is symbolic of
their relationship having fallen apart.

Got a better one? Lets hear it

Anonymous said...

CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) played at San Bernardino Valley College on October 11, 1969. From the tour list included with the Chicago at Carnegie Hall 4LP boxed set.