- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (March 29, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595431801
- ISBN-13: 978-0595431809
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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WCFL Chicago Top 40 Charts 1965-1976 Paperback – March 29, 2007
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About the Author
Ron Smith has been involved in oldies radio for over 30 years as a disk jockey, program and music director, most recently as the Music Director and Evening DJ at Real Oldies 1690 in Chicago. He also served for more than eight years as Music Director of WJMK-FM, Oldies 104.3 in the Windy City. He was Senior Music Programmer of Internet Radio for RadioWave.com and created and hosted streaming channels for MusicNow.com, including the Net?s only all-Elvis station. Since 1995, he has delighted fans of ?50s, ?60s and ?70s music with the Internet?s premiere oldies Web site?www.oldiesmusic.com.Smith is the author of three reference books of the WLS and WYTZ Silver Dollar Surveys?Chicago Top 40 Charts 1960-1969, 1970-1979 and 1980-1990. He resides in suburban Chicago with his vast music and book libraries.
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It inclues an artist section, which lists every charted single by artist and title, with its debut date, peak date, peak position, and number of weeks on the chart. This is followed by a title section, which is more than just an index, as it includes all the information from the artist section of the database, but arranged in title order.
Next is a chronological list of every song that made it to #1 on the WCFL surveys, from December 1965 through February 1976. This is followed by year-by-year lists of the 40 most popular songs on 'CFL from 1966 through 1975, an all-time 'CFL top 40 songs list, and an all-time top 100 artists list, all based on the weekly WCFL music surveys.
The introduction gives a concise capsule history of WCFL's years as a top 40 station.
If you were listening to top 40 radio in Chicago in the '60s and '70s you will find this book to be a treasure trove of half-forgotten musical facts. There were significant differences between the playlists of WLS and WCFL when they were battling for ratings supremacy in Chicago. If you have never been to Chicago and never heard WCFL, you will still find this book to be interesting, because if you're reading this essay you are probably an oldies junkie like me and will enjoy the comparisons between what WCFL featured and how the same songs fared on WLS or in Billboard, or even on CHUM! (By the way, aside from Chicago and Toronto, have any other cities had the local top 40 charts covered in book form?)
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That in itself is not bad. But perhaps a future edition will include illustrations of many of the music survey covers during the period this book covers.