Today is my brother Patrick’s birthday! Happy birthday, Pat!
Both WLS and WCFL were issuing their surveys on Saturday in 1975, so this Top Five from WCFL was from the Saturday before he was born, because it was closer, and because, if you turn the number 6 over, it’s 9. Again, thanks to the folks at Oldiesloon for archiving the surveys and making them available for the world to see.
#5: At Seventeen – Janis Ian Janis was on her way to becoming a one-hit wonder when it seemed she’d never have another hit after “Society’s Child,” which had caused quite a ruckus when it came out due to its subject matter, i.e. interracial romance. So this song, about teenage cruelty, came as a surprise to a lot of us. It reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Cash Box and Adult Contemporary charts. It reached #2 by the end of September, as high as it went in Chicago.
#4: Someone Saved My Life Tonight – Elton John This song had been #1 the week before and was falling fast. Nationally, it went as high as #4. This was the only single off his 1975 album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.
#3: Tush – ZZ Top Some raunchy blues-rock for the survey, this went as high as #2 locally, #20 nationally.
#2: Fallin’ In Love – Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds By the time this was recorded, Tommy Reynolds had left the group and was replaced by Alan Dennison, but they kept the name because their new label, Playboy Records, asked them to. This reached #1 both nationally and locally.
#1: Rhinestone Cowboy – Glen Campbell Title track from his 1975 album, this hit #1 in both the US and Canada. Glen’s still hanging in there, I guess.
WCFL abruptly switched formats from Top 40 to “beautiful music” in March 1976. I understand that they day they made the change, they unceremoniously dumped their Top 40 record library on the sidewalk in front of Marina City, where their offices and studios were located. At least they didn’t throw the records into the Chicago River…
Anyway, that’s The Friday Five for September 9, 2016. Happy birthday, Pat!