Saturday Single No. 274

As January lurches towards its ending next week, we finally have snow on the ground. After a nearly snowless and oddly temperate first month of winter, a cluster of light storm systems has come through this week, covering the ground and providing a resulting chill in the air. Unless there are some utterly unseasonal days ahead of us, I imagine we will have snow on the ground for the next six weeks.

I thought about finding today’s single by doing a search through tunes with “winter” in their titles, but as we haven’t yet had to bundle up while the winds blow large drifts outside, this winter has hardly felt like winter. So I had little enthusiasm for the idea.

As a result, I wandered back this morning to the Airheads Radio Survey Archive and searched for local surveys released over the years on January 28. I think we’ll look at six of them, one a year starting in January 1968, and see what we find.

Our 1968 entry comes from WARM in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The No. 1 single for WARM’s listeners forty-four years ago today was the Lemon Pipers’ “Green Tambourine.” At No. 10, we find “My Baby Must Be A Magician” by the Marvelettes, and the No. 20 record was “Carmen” by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. And our target, the No. 28 record, was “We’re A Winner” by the Impressions.

The first survey from January 28, 1969, we come across is from CKLW in Windsor, Ontario. The No. 1 single listed was “Build Me Up Buttercup” by the Foundations. Sitting at No. 10 was “Twenty-Five Miles” by Edwin Starr, and “Baby, Baby Don’t Cry” by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles was No. 20. The No. 28 record was “Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose” by James Brown.

For a survey from January 28, 1970, we have to go down under, to 2UW in Sydney, Australia, and things sound different right from the top: The No. 1 single was “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” credited to B.J. Thomas but also to Johnny Farnham. The Beatles’ “Come Together/Something” was a familiar No. 10, but the No. 20 record was a bit of the familiar and unfamiliar tied together: “Western Union Man” by Max Merritt & The Meteors. Our potential winner this morning, the No. 28 song in Sydney forty-two years ago, was more familiar: “Wonderful World, Beautiful People” by Jimmy Cliff.

And then there’s a surprise: Among all the station surveys in the ARSA collection, there is not one released on January 28, 1971. So we’ll bend a little and find the first one listed for January 27, 1971, but keep our target the same. That takes us to Vancouver, Washington, and KISN, where the No. 1 record was “One Bad Apple” by the Osmonds. At No. 10, we find a record I do not think I have ever heard: Eric Burdon’s “Home Cookin’.” Rare Earth’s “Born To Wander” filled the slot at No. 20. And the No. 28 record in Vancouver that week was Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind.”

For a survey from January 28, 1972, we head to Phoenix, Arizona, and KRUX, where the No. 1 record was“Without You” by Nilsson. The No. 10 record was Badfinger’s “Day After Day”, while T. Rex held No. 20 spot with “Bang A Gong (Get It On).” At No. 28, we find the Honey Cone and “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show.”

For 1973, we once again have to back up to a January 27 survey, and we can choose either Chicago’s WCFL or St. Louis’ KXOK. We’ll check the latter, where we find the No. 1 single was Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock.” Elvis Presley’s “Separate Ways” took up the No. 10 slot, while the No. 20 record was Timmy Thomas’ “Why Can’t We Live Together.” And the No. 28 record in St. Louis thirty-nine years ago this week was Loggins & Messina’s “Your Mama Don’t Dance.”

From the six records found at No. 28, it’s a pretty easy choice. The Lightfoot and the Loggins & Messina singles have been featured here before, and the James Brown record just doesn’t grab me. The Cliff and Impressions singles are good, but I find myself bopping in my chair this morning as the sound of the Honey Cone comes from the speakers.

So here is the Honey Cone from the January 31, 1972, episode of The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour with “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show,” today’s Saturday Single.

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