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BIG 8 CKLW BIG 30 CHART BUSTERS! WEEK OF 05/29/73

June 4th, 2020

CKLW TOP 30 May 29, 1973

CKLW TOP 30 May 29, 1973

CKLW TOP 30 May 29, 1973

CKLW TOP 30 May 29, 1973

 

 

 

MAY 1973

THIS WEEK 47 YEARS AGO

 

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The CKLW BIG 30 hits in Windsor/Detroit. This survey was tabulated overall by record popularity appeal, sales, listener requests and record airplays based on the judgement of CKLW Radio.

 

 

 

 

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In Memory of George Griggs

A SPECIAL THANK YOU

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A sincere, thank you, Mrs. Patti Griggs. This featured presentation would have not been possible without you and without your continuous support.

Above CKLW music chart courtesy of Mrs. Patti Griggs and the George L. Griggs estate.

 


BILLBOARD BEST-SELLING TAPE CARTRIDGES: 6/6/1970

June 3rd, 2020

BILLBOARD TOP TAPE CARTRIDGES Chart (week-ending) June 6, 1970

 

THE NATION’S BEST SELLING TAPE CARTRIDGES

WEEK OF 5/31 – 6/6/1970

 

50 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

 

 

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BILLBOARD HOTTEST 50 SOUL ALBUMS: THIS WEEK! 6/70

June 2nd, 2020

BILLBOARD SOUL LPs Special Survey Chart (week-ending) June 6, 1970

 

THE NATION’S BEST SELLING SOUL ALBUMS

WEEK OF 5/31 – 6/6/1970

 

 

50 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

 

 

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MOTOWN MONDAYS: SPOTLIGHT ON MS. DIANA ROSS

June 1st, 2020

A MOTOWN RECORDS BILLBOARD AD May 23, 1970

 

DIANA ROSS

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Diana Ross (born March 26, 1944) was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ross rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group The Supremes, who during the 1960s became Motown’s most successful act, and are the best-charting female group in US history,  as well as one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time.

Diana Ross circa 1975

The group released a record-setting twelve number-one hit singles on the US Billboard Hot 100: “Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, “Come See About Me”, “Stop! In the Name of Love”, “Back in My Arms Again”, “I Hear a Symphony”, “You Can’t Hurry Love”, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”, “Love is Here and Now You’re Gone”, “The Happening”, “Love Child”, and “Someday We’ll Be Together”.

Following her departure from the Supremes in 1970, Ross released her eponymous debut solo album that same year, featuring the No. 1 Pop hit “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”.

In May 1970, Ross released her eponymous solo debut, which included her signature songs, “Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, the latter becoming Ross’ first number-one solo single. Follow-up albums, Everything Is Everything and Surrender came out shortly afterwards. In 1971, the ballad “I’m Still Waiting” became her first number-one single in the UK

She later released the album Touch Me in the Morning in 1973; its title track was her second solo No. 1 hit.

She continued a successful solo career through the 1970s, which included hits albums like Mahogany and Diana Ross and their No. 1 hit singles, “Theme from Mahogany” and “Love Hangover”, respectively.

Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” is the debut solo single of singer Diana Ross, released in April 1970.

 

 

 

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Source: Diana Ross; Wikipedia

 

 

Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand) * acapella

 

 

DETROIT MOTOWN MONDAY: RECORD FLASHBACK ’70

June 1st, 2020

 

 

 

DIANA ROSS

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Released May 2, “Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” peaked at #7 (charted 9 total weeks R&B overall) on the Billboard R&B chart in 1970. B-side: “Dark Side Of The World”

MOTOWN 1165 (Source: Billboard Top R&B Singles)

 

THE MAGIC BEHIND THE DETROIT MOTOWN SOUND! ’70

June 1st, 2020

 

REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) [INST.; AUDIO ENHANCED] * DIANA ROSS

 

 

RECORD WORLD: 100 TOP POPS, LP’S CHARTS 05/28/66

May 29th, 2020

RECORD WORLD TOP 100 POPS May 28, 1966

RECORD WORLD 100 TOP LPs May 28, 1966

 

RECORD WORLD

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Record World became one of three weekly music trade magazines (Billboard; 1894, Cash Box; 1942, being the other two) when it began its publication in 1946 as Music Vendor. The MV title was changed to Record World, April 1964, and so remained under that banner until it ceased its publication, April 1982.

Above singles and albums charts courtesy of Record World, as issued, for the week of, May 28, 1966.

 

 

 

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RECORD WORLD: SHADES OF BLUE! IMPACT RECORDS

May 29th, 2020

A RECORD WORLD AD May 28, 1966

 

SHADES OF BLUE

 

Oh How Happy is a song written by Edwin Starr. It was a hit for the group The Shades of Blue.

The song was first recorded by The Shades of Blue. While at Golden World, they were recording background vocals and some demos. Edwin Starr happened to be there. Hearing them sing and liking the way they sounded, he had an unfinished song that he had an idea to do more with. He sat down with the group and they worked out the chorus and wording. According to group member Nick Marinelli, they actually contributed some of the wording and chorus, but weren’t credited for that. He cites their youth and inexperience for not knowing what their crediting should have been. The song was recorded in the late fall of 1965. They took the record to Harry Balk at Impact Records. He signed them into a contract. The record was released in March 1966 and in no time went straight to no. 1 in the local Detroit radio market. Nationally it got to no. 12 in the pop charts and no. 7 in the R&B charts.

Five weeks on the Record World pop charts, Oh How Happy by the Shades Of Blue climbs to #43 this week, May 28, 1965.

 

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Source: Wikipedia and Record World, May 28, 1966

 

 

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Shades of Blue circa 1966. Original group members included Nick Marinelli, Ernie Dernai, Linda Allen, and Bob Kerr.


WKNR 1310: A 1965 KEENER DAYTIME COVERAGE MAP

May 28th, 2020

KNORR BROADCASTING CORPORATION May 1, 1965

 

THE WKNR-AM 1310 KILOCYCLES TRANSMITTER COVERAGE

 

The WKNR transmitter and towers was located near I-94, between Monroe Blvd and Telegraph in Taylor, MI., in the county of Wayne. The 1310 frequency was a 5000 watt day (2 tower) and night (6 tower).

The Knorr Broadcasting Corporation purchased WKMH in 1956. The Knorr owners made the transition from WKMH to WKNR in late 1963.

The above map indicates the WKNR 1310 kilocycles daytime coverage in Detroit and into the extended surrounded areas in May 1965.

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

 

A special THANK YOU to Scott Westerman — curator of keener13.com — for recently sharing and donating this 1965 WKNR 1310 daytime transmitter map to Motor City Radio Flashbacks. Thank you so much!

 

 

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WKNR ‘KEENER 13’ TOP 31 HITS: THIS WEEK! 05/26/1965

May 27th, 2020

WKNR MUSIC GUIDE May 26, 1965

WKNR MUSIC GUIDE May 26, 1965

 

May 26, 1965

 

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55 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

 

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In Memory of George Griggs

A SPECIAL THANK YOU

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A sincere, thank you, Mrs. Patti Griggs. This featured presentation would have not been possible without your generosity and your continuous support.

Above WKNR music chart courtesy of Mrs. Patti Griggs and the George L. Griggs estate.

 


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