Saturday Single No. 315

It’s time to play some games with numbers and look at some old Top 40 charts this morning. We’re going to take today’s date, 11-10-12, and turn those digits into a couple of larger numbers – Nos. 21 and 33 will do nicely – and dig into the bounty of local Top 40 surveys from November 10 at the Airheads Radio Survey Archive.

We’ll start in 1960 and work our way up to 1975, and as well as checking the two numbers noted above, we’ll also see – just for context – what the six No. 1 records were in those local surveys.

Our first stop is Cincinnati, Ohio, where WSAI had the Marvelettes at No. 1 with “Please Mr. Postman” on its November 10, 1960, “Fabulous 40 Hits of the Week.” Sitting at No. 21 was Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and lodged at No. 33 was Johnny Burnette’s “God, Country and My Baby.” Burnette’s probably better known for “You’re Sixteen” and for his membership in the Rock & Roll Trio (“The Train Kept A-Rollin’”). “God, Country and My Baby” was a first-person tale relating the thoughts of a GI about to ship out to a post “across the Rhine,” most likely one of the numerous U.S. Army bases in what was then West Germany.

As the first third of November 1963 came to a close in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CKOM’s “Fabulous Fifty” showed Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs’ “Sugar Shack” at No. 1 for at least the second straight week. At No. 21 sat “Washington Square” by the Village Stompers, a banjo-led instrumental, and the No. 33 record was “A Walkin’ Miracle” by the Essex, a vocal group better known for “Easier Said Than Done” from earlier in 1963.

Three years later, in Charleston, West Virginia, the top spot in WCAW’s “Good Guys Survey Swingin’ 35” on November 10, 1966, was occupied by “It Tears Me Up” by Percy Sledge. Johnny Rivers’ ballad “Poor Side of Town” sat at No. 21, and the No. 33 record in the Swingin’ 35 was “The Great Airplane Strike” by Paul Revere & The Raiders.

So we jump to November 1969, and WLS in Chicago, where the No. record in the station’s “Hit Parade” for November 10 was the double-sided “Something/Come Together” by the Beatles. At No. 21 was Dionnne Warwick’s cover of the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” and Little Anthony & The Imperials’ “Ten Commandments of Love,” a cover of the 1958 hit by Harvey & The Moonglows, was sitting at No. 33.

In Kansas City on November 10, 1972, the “40 Star Super Hit Survey” at WHB had Michael Jackson’s love song to a rat, “Ben,” at No. 1. At No. 21 was Mac Davis’ hook-laden “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me,” and sitting at No. 33 was the gospelly “Walk on Water” by Neil Diamond.

And in 1975, we run into a problem. None of the four radio surveys listed as having been released on November 10, 1975, rank more than thirty records. But WTRY in Troy, New York, listed three singles as “New Music” under the thirty-single survey released two days earlier. No. 1 in Troy that week was Elton John’s “Island Girl,” and sitting at No. 21 was the marvelously quirky “Eighteen With A Bullet” by Pete Wingfield. And the third listed single under “New Music” was “Peace Pipe” by B.T. Express, probably better remembered for “Do It (’Til You’re Satisfied).”

In other company, I’d be tempted to pull “Washington Square” aside for today, and there is a twinge or two at passing up the Paul Revere and Neil Diamond singles. But in his book Top Pop Singles, Joel Whitburn notes that on November 22, 1975, Billboard magazine listed Pete Wingfield’s “Eighteen With A Bullet” at No. 18 with a bullet. So I can’t resist. “Eighteen With A Bullet,” which peaked at No. 15, is today’s Saturday Single.

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One Response to “Saturday Single No. 315”

  1. Paco Malo says:

    Your mention of Come Together by The Beatles brought back a strong memory from the early seventies. To read more about that Come Together flashback, see the story, with a video clip, over at my blog Gold Coast Bluenote: Campaign Speech Closers.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

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