5/3/09

KLMS 1480

My niece will turn twelve soon. How groovy is that? It's quite the 59th Street Bridge Song.

At twelve I could be found listening to KLMS 1480 AM on my transistor radio with the dorky plug-in earphone that looked like my grandmother's hearing aid. My transistor radio actually had a beige vinyl carrying case.

On Saturdays we used to walk up to Gateway Mall to pick up a copy of the KLMS Top 48 Hitlist, even after we listened to the Top 48 Countdown show. If we had saved our allowance for a few weeks we might purchase a 45 rpm hit for eighty-eight cents in the lower level of Montgomery Ward.

To be honest, that was as hip as I ever got. Forty-two years later, I can still hum seventy-eight of the top hits of 1967. Most of this information, carefully stored in my brain, is only useful for solving crossword puzzles.

1. To Sir With Love, Lulu
2. Happy Together, The Turtles
3. Windy, Association
4. Ode To Billie Joe, Bobby Gentry
5. I'm A Believer, The Monkees
6. Light My Fire, The Doors
7. Somethin' Stupid, Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra
8. The Letter, Box Tops
9. Groovin', Young Rascals
10. Kind Of A Drag, Buckinghams
11. Little Bit O' Soul, Music Explosion
12. I Think We're Alone Now, Tommy James and The Shondells
13. Respect, Aretha Franklin
14. I Was Made To Love Her, Stevie Wonder
15. Come Back When You Grow Up, Bobby Vee and The Strangers
16. Sweet Soul Music, Arthur Conley
17. Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Frankie Valli
18. Never My Love, Association
19. Soul Man, Sam and Dave
21. Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie, Jay and The Techniques
22. Come On Down To My Boat, Every Mothers' Son
23. Incense And Peppermints, Strawberry Alarm Clock
24. Ruby Tuesday, The Rolling Stones
25. It Must Be Him, Vicki Carr
27. For What It's Worth, Buffalo Springfield
29. The Happening, Supremes
30. All You Need Is Love, Beatles
31. Release Me (And Let Me Love Again), Engelbert Humperdinck
33. Somebody To Love, Jefferson Airplane
34. Get On Up, Esquires
35. Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison
36. Jimmy Mack, Martha and The Vandella
38. A Whiter Shade Of Pale, Procol Harum
39. Don't You Care, Buckinghams
40. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye, Casinos
41. Reflections, Diana Ross and The Supremes
42. On A Carousel, Hollies
44. Alfie, Dionne Warwick
45. San Francisco, Scott Mckenzie
46. Silence Is Golden, Tremeloes
47. My Cup Runneth Over, Ed Ames
48. Up, Up And Away, Fifth Dimension
49. The Rain, The Park And Other Things, Cowsills
50. There's A Kind Of Hush, Herman's Hermits
51. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, Buckinghams
52. This Is My Song, Petula Clark
53. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher, Jackie Wilson
55. Penny Lane, Beatles
57. Georgy Girl, Seekers
58. Western Union, Five Americans
60. A Little Bit You, A Little Bit Me, The Monkees
61. California Nights, Lesley Gore
62. Dedicated To The One I Love, Mama's and The Papa's
63. How Can I Be Sure, Young Rascals64. Carrie Ann, Hollies
68. Gimme Some Lovin', Spencer Davis Group
69. Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out), Hombres7
0. Let's Live For Today, The Grass Roots
71. Close Your Eyes, Peaches and Herb
74. Pleasant Valley Sunday, The Monkees
75. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You), Aretha Franklin
76. Tell It Like It Is, Aaron Neville
78. She'd Rather Be With Me, The Turtles
81. White Rabbit, Jefferson Airplane
82. Here Comes My Baby, Tremeloes
83. The Beat Goes On, Sonny and Cher
84. Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron, Royal Guardsmen
86. Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon, Neil Diamond
89. Bernadette, Four Tops
90. Everlasting Love, Robert Knight
91. I Dig Rock And Roll Music, Peter, Paul and Mary
92. Litle Ole Man (Uptight-Everything's Alright), Bill Cosby
93. Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
94. Daydream Believer, The Monkees
95. Thank The Lord For The Night Time, Neil Diamond
97. Green, Green Grass Of Home, Tom Jones
98. I Can See For Miles, The Who
99. Don't Sleep In The Subway, Petula Clark
100. Baby I Need Your Lovin', Johnny Rivers



© 2009 Nancy L. Ruder

2 comments:

Genevieve said...

Out in the Sandhills, the few stations that came in the daytime didn't play pop music. At night, we listened to KOMA out of Oklahoma City and heard the hits. It was located at the high end of the AM dial.

In the summer, my mother turned on a radio full blast in her vegetable garden at night to discourage the raccoons from eating the corn. She swore that KOMA worked best.

Reading through the list of the Top 100 was fun. I remember them well.

Collagemama said...

Do you think KOMA would get rid of those bird congregations on the wires at busy intersections?

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