Anytime I do one of these Chicago survey listings, I choose either WLS or WCFL, because they were the two big rockers from the Sixties and Seventies. But there was a third station in Chicago that was playing rock ‘n’ roll before those two stations: WJJD (1160 kHz AM), which did popular music from 1956 to 1965. And yes, they issued a weekly survey. Oldiesloon, my source for music surveys from the glory days of rock, has the WJJD surveys from 1956 to 1960, and I managed to dig one up from May 2, 1960, 56 years ago.
#5 – Charlie Rich, “Lonely Weekends”: You think of Charlie Rich as a Country & Western singer, but he could rock pretty well, too. A lot of rock’s early stars were country singers.
#4 – Percy Faith and His Orchestra, “Theme From ‘A Summer Place'”: As many times as I’ve hard the song, I’ve neither read the book nor seen the movie. How many of the rest of you can say the same?
#3 – The Brothers Four, “Greenfields”: We had a kind of tradition in my family that, on the last evening before school started, Mom and Dad and the three of us would get in the old Chevy Biscayne and go somewhere for ice cream. One year I remember hearing this in the car on our way there, and it’s always meant the end of summer to me.
#2 – Elvis Presley, “Stuck On You”: His followup #1 hit to 1959’s “A Big Hunk o’ Love.”
#1 – Johnny Horton, “Sink the Bismarck”: Johnny Horton’s songs were not only good, they were educational, too. Sadly, Johnny was killed in a car accident later in 1960 at the tender age of 35.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for May 2, 2016.