Saturday Single No. 680

This will be quick and easy this morning, as I am late getting going. I’ve not said much – if anything – about it, but both the Texas Gal and I have been battling colds pretty much since the beginning of the year, feeling fine for two days and then feeling utterly miserable for the next two. Anyway, miseries led us to sleep in today, and I have an appointment very soon with bacon and pancakes.

So I’m going to head to the Airheads Radio Survey Archive and look at the “Fabulous Forty” survey from the Twin Cities’ KDWB for the first week in March 1965, fifty-five years ago. We’ll look at the top five, and then play Games With Numbers on today’s date – 3-7-20 – and fall onto the No. 30 record in the survey for our listening this morning.

So, fifty-five years ago this week, here was KDWB’s top five:

“This Diamond Ring” by Gary Lewis & The Playboys
“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” by the Righteous Brothers
“King Of The Road” by Roger Miller
“Downtown” by Petula Clark
“The Jolly Green Giant” by the Kingsmen

I was in sixth grade at the time, and I recall hearing all of these coming out of various radio speakers. I wasn’t really listening, but I couldn’t help hearing. And I liked them all except for the Kingsmen’s record, which I thought was really dumb. And all of those top four are among the 3,900-some tracks on the iPod, which puts them in my day-to-day listening even after fifty-five years.

Okay, so let’s head to No. 30 on that long-ago survey. And we find a record that, to be honest, should be among my regular listening: “Hurt So Bad” by Little Anthony & The Imperials. I first knew the song via the 1969 cover by the Lettermen. (Their album, Goin’ Out Of My Head, was one of my sister’s records.) And as I sit here more than fifty years removed from both versions, I have to say that Little Anthony takes the song to levels of despair that the Lettermen likely couldn’t approach. Still, I prefer the cover. (It could be that I want my suffering to be at least a little stoic and not so demonstrative.) But there’s no denying that the original is a great record.

I’m not going to sort out where the Little Anthony record peaked on KDWB, but it went to No 10 in the Billboard Hot 100 and to No. 3 on the magazine’s R&B chart. And it’s today’s Saturday Single.


2 Responses to “Saturday Single No. 680”

  1. Yah Shure says:

    Because I didn’t have an appointment with bacon and pancakes, I’ll sort out the “Hurt So Bad” peak on KDWB: 25. It was only around for a couple more weeks. I do remember hearing it, but not a whole lot.

    My own collection of KDWB surveys is comparatively thin for 1965, probably because I had to depend on older siblings with drivers licenses to transport me to the nearest Musicland store. Or perhaps I was buying some of the 45s on that March 6th survey at Target, where they didn’t have copies of either the KDWB or WDGY charts.

    The Dave Clark Five’s “Come Home” was at #24 that week, and I won a copy of it from KDWB. Usually when they gave away a copy of every song they played during the evening show (alternating between callers from Minneapolis and its suburbs, then St. Paul and environs) they’d send a card you could redeem for any current single at Musicland, but on this occasion, they mailed the actual record. While it wasn’t one I ever would have chosen to buy, at least it came in a picture sleeve… which is probably why it’s in better shape than the others I had at the time.

  2. Yah Shure says:

    Here’s hoping that the Texas Gal and you manage to extricate yourselves from the cold pattern soon. I’ve been hitting the Airborne and its knockoffs for the first time this winter and so far (knock on wood) it’s kept the colds from knocking at the front door.

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