T10FB Redux: August 29, 1977 – WYSL Buffalo


Originally written August 9, 2013.

Good evening, and welcome to Top 10 Flashback, our weekly “this week in…” feature.  I’m your host.

This week we will go back to the last week of August 1977, and we will travel to Buffalo, New York, home of the Bills, Niagara Falls, and asshole-deep snow, and look at the top ten songs at AM 1400, WYSL.  I know WKBW was the big station there, but this is the survey I found, so let’s go!

Crosby, Stills & Nash – JUST A SONG BEFORE I GO

Short and sweet.  Great summer song.


And they wondered why everyone switched to FM rock?  I mean, it’s not that bad, but it ain’t that good.


Yeah, I know, but this one actually sounded good on an AM car radio.  Really.

Sanford/Townsend Band – SMOKE FROM A DISTANT FIRE

Yes, I liked this one, too.  Anyone else think they were channeling Van Morrison’s “Moondance”?


Another one I have trouble admitting I kinda liked.  Was on the radio every morning while riding to school.

Commodores – EASY

Simply put, one of the best pop songs ever done by anybody.  Lionel Richie really was a hell of a songwriter.

James Taylor – HANDY MAN

Ever heard the silly original by Jimmy Jones from 1960?  No?  OK…

Evidently James Taylor saw something in this song nobody else did.

Fleetwood Mac – DON’T STOP

Well, gosh, how could you have a top ten from any time in ’77 without something from “Rumours?”  Well, except before March, when the album was released.

Emotions – BEST OF MY LOVE

Too good a song to be called disco.  Now those were some classy sistas!

http://thebig8.net/tymp.wav <—Tympani roll!

And the number one song, 36 years ago this week, according to 1400 WYSL in Buffalo:

FUCK YEAH!  ROCK AND ROOOOOOLLLLL!!!  The savior for those of us with AM car radios.

Well, that’s all for this week.  As always, your comments are appreciated.  See you in September!

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