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).
KKUA HAS IT! OFFICIAL HAWAII TOP 20*
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|
* Previewed 3 – 6PM Mondays with Ron King
Dial 690 for all the Hits
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.