KKUA 69’s Top 20 – January 4, 1971

This week we pick up on our Throwback Thursday feature, this one from the annals of the Hawaii Radio & Television Guide Archive. This is a chart from 1971…the station was KKUA 690 on the AM radio dial. Remember when we used to listen to music on AM radio?

Back then Top 40 radio was fun. There were live DJs on every shift of a typical market leading, 24 hour radio station day. Back in 1971 KKUA was in fierce competition with KPOI at 1380 on the AM dial and an upcoming KGMQ FM at 93.1 on the stereo dial.

Hawaii Top 40 radio frequently played music that was either local in origin or mainstream top 40 hits that were not quite hits anywhere else in the nation. Take a look at this list (re-typed from one that was published in the Honolulu Advertiser).


January 4, 1971

1. Knock Three Times Dawn
2. Black Magic Woman Santana
3. My Sweet Lord George Harrison
4. Somebody’s Been Sleepin’ 100 Proof Aged in Soul
5. Here is Happiness Tokyo Happy Coats
6. Lola The Kinks
7. Life is That Way Jose Feliciano
8. No Matter What Badfinger
9. Domino Van Morrison
10. One Man Band Three Dog Night
11. He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother Neil Diamond
12. Pay To The Piper Chairman of the Board
13. Gypsy Woman Brian Hyland
14. Fire And Rain James Taylor
15. Woodstock Matthew’s Southern Comfort
16. Green Grass Starts to Grow Dionne Warwick
17. Most of All B.J. Thomas
18. Gypsy Queen Gypsy
19. Love The One You’re With Stephen Stills
20. Games Redeye


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For this post we are featuring Dionne Warwick‘s single “Green Grass Starts to Grow” which was at #16 on this chart. It was never a huge hit, but is a decent record. More than 40 years since its release I think it stills stands the test of time.

Bringing things up to the current century, Ms. Warwick will be in Honolulu this weekend playing at the Blue Note Club in Waikiki for three nights starting today through Sunday, May 5.


Melvin Ah Ching is a photographer, consultant, blogger, desktop publisher, and computer enthusiast living and working in Hawaii. The Hawaii Files have been online since 2006.