Originally written January 24, 2014.
Hey there! It’s Friday night, and I’m furiously making last-minute preparations for the big day tomorrow. Yes, the granite countertop is finally going to be installed, along with a flush-mounted sink. I have to get up early and remove the old stuff, pray everything’s leveled to their satisfaction (95% sure it is), then install the new faucet, drains, disposal, etc. when they’re done. This is the only job in this kitchen makeover that I had to farm out to a contractor. Everything else was done by me, my daughter, my sister, and her fiance. This won’t be the end of the saga – I’m building a wall-to-wall bench for both seating and storage, there’s glass mosaic tile to put up, probably more odds and ends that I’m not even aware of, and eventually new appliances. Then it’s on to the bathroom!
Ehhh, you didn’t click here to read about my kitchen. You clicked here for a Top 10 flashback! So let’s go waaay back to the year 1965 and set our AM tuner for 950, KIMN in Denver. We did Seattle earlier this month, so now we’ve covered both Super Bowl cities. Surprisingly, this list will be Beatle-free – “I Feel Fine/She’s A Woman” is at #25 this week, down from #18. But don’t worry, there will be plenty of other British Invasion acts here.
There is a podcast again! That’s two weeks in a row! I couldn’t find any appropriate airchecks, but it does include station jingles and vintage commercials. Download it here:
So sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip! Survey dated January 25, 1965.
The Kinks – All Day And All Of The Night
The Beatles had the songwriting chops, and the Stones had the attitude, but the Kinks just did straight-ahead rock & roll. Forty-nine years later, this is still worth blowing your speakers for. So crank it up!
Peter & Gordon – I Go To Pieces
Not to be confused with Patsy Cline’s “I Fall To Pieces,” this sounds like a Lennon/McCartney composition, but it was written by Michigan’s own Del Shannon. The song obviously did well here, but it missed the Top 50 in the UK.
Joe Tex – Hold What You’ve Got
A true soul classic, this is far removed from the raucous sound Joe Tex later became known for. Seven years later, he’d be shredding his voice doing “I Gotcha.”
Beau Brummels – Laugh Laugh
San Francisco’s answer to the British Invasion. This was produced by Sylvester Stewart, better known as Sly Stone. Yes, of the Family Stone. The song later made its way into an episode of “The Flintstones,” and the footage in the video is from the ABC show “Shindig.”
Searchers – Love Potion #9
This song, written in 1959 by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, has been covered many times over the years, none as successful as this. Even the original by the Clovers only made it to #23. Check out the Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass version – Alpert reworked it into an old-school burlesque arrangement reminiscent of David Rose’s “The Stripper”:
Still one of the sexiest album covers of all time.
Gary Lewis & The Playboys – This Diamond Ring
Gary Lewis was, quite literally, one of Jerry’s kids. Fun fact: Gary Lewis & The Playboys had the most consecutive singles to reach the Billboard top ten of any group in the 60’s.
Billy Strange – Goldfinger
Never heard of Billy Strange? He was a member of legendary studio band The Wrecking Crew, he did the arrangement for Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’,” and played the guitar on many Beach Boys hits, as well as the theme songs for “The Munsters” and “Batman.” So yeah, he’s had a few accomplishments. I’d still rather hear Shirley Bassey belting this one out, however.
Petula Clark – Downtown
What a great song. Petula Clark added a little continental flavor to the British Invasion, and also sang this song in French, Italian, and German. It made #1 in the States and was an international Top 10 smash. Would you believe Ms. Clark’s 81 now?
Righteous Brothers – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
Immortalized for the younger folks by its use in “Top Gun.” I always thought Bill Medley sounded like a 45 being played at 33.
Now, let’s bust out the “oh, wow” song of the week. This is a smokin’ piece of proto-funk that you’ll find at #35. If you’ve never heard it before, and you’re into hot mid-60’s R&B, click below and turn it up! Here’s Alvin Cash & The Crawlers with “Twine Time.”
Makes ya wanna get up and dance, doesn’t it?
So, what did the good people of Denver like best on KIMN 49 years ago this week? This:
Try doing this with Chuck.
In Soviet Russia, podcast downloads YOU!
All right, I’ve got a long day tomorrow, and it can’t come soon enough. I’m pretty tired of my kitchen being torn apart, and although this isn’t the end of the project, it’ll restore some order to the place. So let’s talk about stuff!