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Sat Aug 18, 2012, 08:45 PM

45 years ago this week: The Letter and more move up the charts.

This has been popular in the past here on DU, but I haven't posted this in a while. Let's review this week in August, 1967, on the charts, notably WKNR in Detroit, Keener 13:

WKNR/KEENER 13 , Detroit, MI
Survey for week ending Monday August 21, 1967

TW TITLE ARTIST LW
1. Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison 2
2. Ode to Billy Joe Bobby Gentry 6
3. Society's Child Janis Ian 1
4. The Letter Box Tops 19
5. Heavy Music Bob Seger 15
6. Apples Peaches Pumpkin Pie Jay & The Techniques 10
7. Come Back Bobby Vee 11
8. Get On Up Esquires 4
9. Groovin' Booker T & MG's 9
10. Some Kind of Wonderful Soul Brother Six 3
11. You're My Everything Temptations 5
12. There is a Mountain Donovan 17
13. To Share Your Love Fantastic Four 18
14. Reflections Supremes 16
15. Higher & Higher Jackie Wilson 24
16. San Franciscan Nights Animals 25
17. I Had a Dream Paul Revere & The
Raiders 21
18. Cold Sweat James Brown 20
19. Love Bug Martha & The Vandellas 23
20. I Dig Rock n' Roll Music Peter Paul & Mary 27
21. Lovin Sound Ian & Sylvia 28
22. Let It All Hang Out Hombres 29
23. Twelve Thirty Mama's & Papa's 30
24. You Know What I Mean Turtles 26
25. Making Every Minute Count Spanky & Our Gang 31
26. Soulsation Capreez --
27. The Cat in the Window Petula Clark --
28. You Got To Pay The Price Al Kent --
29. Funky Broadway Wilson Pickett --
30. Run Run Run Third Rail --
31. Gimme Little Sign Brenton Wood --

TOP LPs:
1. Sgt Peppers Beatles 1
2. The Doors The Doors --
3. Reach Out Four Tops --

KEY SONG OF THE WEEK:

What Now My Love - Mitch Ryder

Gimme just a little more sign, and our love will surely grow. Woodward Dream Cruise this weekend, for those who remember. I remember those albums, too. Not bad.

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Reply 45 years ago this week: The Letter and more move up the charts. (Original post)
Faygo Kid Aug 2012 OP
riverbendviewgal Aug 2012 #1
Logical Aug 2012 #2
Faygo Kid Aug 2012 #3
Logical Aug 2012 #7
Webster Green Aug 2012 #4
NYC_SKP Aug 2012 #5
reformist2 Aug 2012 #6
proud2BlibKansan Aug 2012 #15
Scuba Aug 2012 #8
SteveG Aug 2012 #9
Faygo Kid Aug 2012 #10
randr Aug 2012 #11
Freddie Aug 2012 #12
Tom Ripley Aug 2012 #13
annabanana Aug 2012 #14
proud2BlibKansan Aug 2012 #16
oldhippie Aug 2012 #17
Faygo Kid Aug 2012 #19
rgbecker Aug 2012 #18
Faygo Kid Aug 2012 #20
CBHagman Aug 2012 #21
longship Aug 2012 #22
Faygo Kid Aug 2012 #25
rug Aug 2012 #23
pinboy3niner Aug 2012 #24
blm Aug 2012 #26

Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 08:46 PM

1. Those were the days

Thanks for putting this on the page....Young ones...please bear with us oldies but goldies.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 08:47 PM

2. Lounge material!

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Response to Logical (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 08:50 PM

3. I know, but this has been popular on DU General Discussion, and it's Saturday.

No harm done, and c'mon. I don't think Skinner will mind this one on DU for us many Boomers here.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 08:59 PM

7. Well, I did enjoy reading it. Good stuff for us old folks!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 08:51 PM

4. That Chevy is so bad-ass.

Oh man!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 08:52 PM

5. The Letter....



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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 08:57 PM

6. I'm almost as old as that chart, and I've only heard of 3 or 4 of those songs.

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Response to reformist2 (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 09:30 PM

15. I was a teenager in 1967. I remember all of those songs.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 09:06 PM

8. Lots of goodie, but...

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 09:06 PM

9. I remember that summer very fondly

I was 17 and spent a couple of weeks in Dewey Beach with my family. It was to be my Senior year. Good memories. The next summer was very different, that's when I first became political.

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Response to SteveG (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 09:12 PM

10. I was 16. Next year, I was for Clean Gene. But it was 1968.

Like you, I remember every moment of JFK, RFK, MLK. But so much good then; it was the only time we were teens.

And I was your age then growing up in Detroit. Motown, the Beatles, all of it.

Thanks so much for posting. Keep in touch.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 09:22 PM

11. Back in 67

I was working at a music venue in Denver. We had booked the Box Tops due to the rise of "The Letter".
Before the first show I was doing a sound check with a few members of the band and casually asked "where are you from?"
The response was golden. Whomever heard me said they lived down the street from one of the other band members.
We were all so young and naive and totally unprepared for the journey ahead. Most of us made it through in spite of all the fun we had.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 09:26 PM

12. Thanks for the memories!

I was 10 but I remember most of those songs. My brother (4 years older) got me "hooked" on the radio & top 40 at the age of 7.
Summer of 1967 we played Sgt. Pepper on the little portable stereo nonstop. Although years ago I got the CD and its on my iPod I rarely listen to it because I played it to death when I was 10.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 09:28 PM

13. It is amazing how diverse the Top 40 charts were back then

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 09:29 PM

14. bookmarking to stroll down memory lane later!. .Thanks. . .n/t

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 09:35 PM

16. Still an absolutely wonderful song!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 09:35 PM

17. "Give me a ticket for an aeroplane ..."

 

Those were the good old days. I was about to be a sophmore in college. A few years later I would be in Viet Nam.

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Response to oldhippie (Reply #17)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 09:42 PM

19. "ain't got time for a fast train" Thank YOU for your service.

Lottery number 247 here. Will never, ever forget. Keep in touch. We're not old, just seasoned.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 09:42 PM

18. In the barracks in Monterey...

Cubie comes in with Sgt. Pepper. Says "You gotta hear this!"

Top volume, blew everyone away. Then played the Doors. Never'll forget it.

Seems like yesterday.

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Response to rgbecker (Reply #18)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 09:44 PM

20. Thank you. I am stunned at how many vets are posting here.

Not sure what to say. Glad to bring back the memories. I was this close. Another day. But I had nothin' against them Viet Cong.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 10:11 PM

21. Some of those I remember. Some of them I don't.

Time to fire up the cyber jukebox.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 10:14 PM

22. Didn't the immortal Dick Purtan get his big start on Keener?

IIRC, that is where he made it big, later at WXYZ.

Also, who remembers "Sangoo" on WKNR?

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Response to longship (Reply #22)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 10:50 AM

25. Yes, he did. Remember this?

Robin Seymour, Swingin' Time, and an impossibly young Bob Seger.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 10:16 PM

23. And the Four Tops were still cruising along.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 10:24 PM

24. I remember most of those

I was at Ft. Lewis, WA finishing Army Advanced Infantry Training, and 'The Letter' was very popular there.

One of our marching cadences had the line:

If I die in a combat zone
Box me up and ship me home.


'The Letter was still popular in Vietnam 2 years later, but #1 there, naturally, was always The Animals' 'We Gotta Get out of This Place.'

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 11:20 AM

26. Joe Cocker's The Letter will always be one of the best rock performances of all time.

Leon Russell. WOW!

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