Top 10 Flashback: September 14, 1973 – KSLQ St. Louis

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Greetings, loyal readers, and welcome to mid-September.  Summer’s pretty much over now, and one good thing about that is football season!  Our Lions, long the laughingstock of the NFL, actually looked pretty good against the Giants on Monday Night Football, despite all the stupid penalties.  We Lions watchers (a/k/a masochists) have been conditioned to expect a flag on every play, especially if there’s big yardage or a touchdown involved.  No matter, Matthew Stafford is on his way to becoming a veteran QB, and with Golden Tate, he has someone else to throw to besides Megatron.  All right, enough about football.  Let’s kick off another Top 10 flashback!

This week we’re visiting St. Louis again, but this time we’re going to the FM band.  KSLQ, found at 98.1, was part of Bartell Broadcasting’s chain of “Super Q” stations in the 70’s, which included KCBQ in San Diego and WDRQ in Detroit.  The Q format, as it came to be known, was energetic, fast-paced, and sped up the music to make it sound peppier.  In many markets, this was their first taste of Top 40 on the FM band, and these stations usually defeated their established AM rivals before too long.  The station softened its sound in the early 80’s to adult contemporary and changed its call letters to KYKY (insert K-Y joke here), or Y98.  They’re still at it today, owned by CBS Radio with an adult CHR format, and the KSLQ calls are at 104.5. (Adult CHR means “all the hits without all the rap.”) No need for that slogan where we’re going – rap didn’t exist in 1973, not in its present form anyway.  Come with me and let’s hear the Super Q’s top ten songs from 41 years ago this week.

So they’re coming to take me away, ha-ha!  Survey dated September 14, 1973.

#10:
Elton John – Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting

One of the things that made Sir Elton so great was his versatility – he could do some of the most beautiful ballads, and, as this proves, he could rock out with the best of ’em.

#9:
Paul Simon – Loves Me Like A Rock

This is a song I’ve always kinda liked.  Paul Simon is pretty versatile himself, and the Dixie Hummingbirds lend an old-time southern gospel feel to the song.  They recorded their own version as well.

#8:
Grand Funk – We’re An American Band

So far, so good.  Great classic rocker from a Michigan band.

#7:
Stories – Brother Louie

One of the biggest songs of the summer was still hanging in there.  It was originally done by Hot Chocolate, and the Stories’ album didn’t include this song at first.  When the song blew up in the summer of ’73, the record company actually recalled the albums to insert this 45 into the shrinkwrap, then issued a new version of the album with the song.

#6:
Allman Brothers Band – Ramblin’ Man

Yes, I know, the Dickey Betts-led version of the group was a step down from Duane, but c’mon, how can you not like this?  It’s just so happy and free.  Makes you want to do some ramblin’ yourself.

#5:
Helen Reddy – Delta Dawn

Hey, you didn’t expect all of them to be good, did you?  Originally done by Tanya Tucker; her version is far superior.

#4:
Paul McCartney – Live And Let Die

Theme from the James Bond movie.  The song really didn’t need a movie to support it; it stands on its own just fine.

#3:
B.W. Stevenson – My Maria

This song fell somewhere between country and pop on the spectrum, much like #5 and #6 above, and was later covered by Brooks & Dunn.  B.W. Stevenson was only 38 when he died in 1988.

#2:
Tony Orlando & Dawn – Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose?

Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits.  There, I feel better!

Ya think that was bad?  This week’s forgotten track will send you running to the bathroom before the intro’s over.  Check it out here.  I think I gave it a fair writeup for such an awful song.

Ready for this week’s number one song on St. Louis’s Super Q?  If you feel like I feel, baby, come on!

This is another one of those great songs that radio has run into the ground, to the point where I never want to hear it again.  Too bad.

Well, all right!  That was mostly good.  May your team win this week!  Unless your team is the Carolina Panthers, of course.  I do want to see another Lions victory.

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