Throwback Thursday:
KKUA Radio’s Top 69 Hits of 1971

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We resume our Throwback Thursday (#TBT) posts which will occasionally pull content from our Hawaii Radio & Television Guide Archive. First up, is the Top 69 Hits of 1971 from KKUA Radio.

KKUA was the dominant top 40 radio station in Hawaii in the mid 1970s. They had a strong AM signal at 690 on the dial and could be heard throughout most of the state. Their main rival was KPOI which broadcast at 1380 on the AM dial as well as 97.5 on FM. KPOI’s AM played top 40 and was the most popular pop music station in Hawaii through much of the 1960s and early 1970s. Their FM played album rock tracks.

1971 Hit Records
Some of the hit records from 1971.

Every year, KKUA counted down the year’s Top 69 songs. The chart below is from the Top 69 of 1971 which listed Three Dog Night‘s “Joy to the World” as the #1 song of the year.

 Rank and Title Artist Peak Pos. on Top 20
 1. Joy To The World Three Dog Night 1
 2. I’ve Found Someone of My Own Free Movement 1
 3. Just My Imagination Temptations 1
 4. Smiling Faces (Sometimes) Undisputed Truth 1
 5. Timothy The Buoys 1
 6. Go Away Little Girl Donny Osmond 1
 7. Knock Three Times Dawn 1
 8. Indian Reservation The Raiders 1
 9. One Bad Apple Osmonds 1
 10. Chatto-Matte-Kudasai Sam Kapu 1
 11. My Sweet Lord George Harrison 1
 12. Precious & Few * Climax featuring Sonny Geraci 1
 13. I’m So Poud Main Ingredient 1
 14. Sweet City Woman The Stampeders 1
 15. Life Is That Way Jose Feliciano 1
 16. It’s Impossible Perry Como 1
 17. Domino Van Morrison 1
 18. Superstar The Carpenters 1
 19. Woodstock Matthew’s Southern Comfort 2
 20. Never Can Say Goodbye Jackson Five 2
 21. Gypsies, Tramps & Theives Cher 2
 22. Maggie May Rod Stewart 2
 23. Yo Yo Osmonds 2
 24. Sweet & Innocent Donny Osmond 2
 25. It’s Too Late Carole King 2
 26. Mr. Big Stuff Jean Knight 1
 27. Stay Awhile The Bells 2
 28. Don’t Pull Your Love Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds 2
 29. If Bread 2
 30. Black Magic Woman Santana 2
 31. For All We Know The Carpenters 2
 32. The Pushbike Song Mixtures 2
 33. Mandrill Mandrill 2
 34. I Can’t Stop Osmonds 2
 35. Tears of A Clown Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2
 36. Stick-Up Honeycone 2
 37. Liar Three Dog Night 2
 38. Watcha See, is Watcha Get The Dramatics 2
 39. Your Song Elton John 3
 40. Draggin’ The Line Tommy James 2
 41. Morning Of Our Lives The Arkade 3
 42. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart Bee Gees 3
 43. I Hear Those Churchbells Dusk 2
 44. Proud Mary Ike & Tina Turner 2
 45. I Love You For All Seasons Fuzz 3
 46. We Can Make It Girl Society of Seven 3
 47. Ain’t No Sunshine Bill Withers 3
 48. Albert Flasher Guess Who 3
 49. Most of All B.J. Thomas 3
 50. Three Cheers For Love Dick Jensen 3
 51. Mama’s Pearl Jackson Five 4
 52. Rainy Days And Mondays The Carpenters 4
 53. No Matter What Badfinger 4
 54. I Do Take You Three Degrees 4
 55. Somebody’s Been Sleeping 100 Proof Aged in Soul 4
 56. Just An Old Fashioned Love  Song Three Dog Night 4
 57. I Just Want To Celebrate Rare Earth 4
 58. Put Your Hand In The Hand Ocean 4
 59. Oye Como Va Santana 4
 60. Love Means (You Never Have To Say You’re Sorry) Sounds of Sunshine 4
 61. Games Redeye 5
 62. Brown Sugar Rolling Stones 5
 63. Lola The Kinks 5
 64. I Dig Everything About You The Mob 5
 65. Love Song The Vogues 5
 66. What Are You Doing    Sunday? Dawn 5
 67. Baby I’m A Want You Bread 5
 68. Frisco Bay Society of Seven 5
 69. Born To Wonder Rare Earth 5

CHART NOTES: 

The big hit of 1971 that was played to death on KKUA and practically all other top 40 stations was Three Dog Night‘s “Joy To The World.” The song was at the number one spot for was seven weeks, making it the most popular song on KKUA.

That year a number of local records got airplay on mainstream Top 40 radio. The most prominent local hit of 1971 was Sam Kapu‘s “Chatto Matte Kudasai” which at first sounded totally out of place on a top 40 format, but eventually got so popular that it went number one in the summer summer. Records by the Society of Seven, who at the time had a record deal with Uni Records (which later became MCA) charted with the singles “We Can Make It Girl,” and “Frisco Bay”. Dick Jensen charted with his top 40 hit single, “Three Cheers For Love.” The local hits are indicated by blue type.

* Climax‘s “Precious And Few” was a number 1 hit in Hawaii during the summer of 1971 before breaking out nationally in 1972. The group was very popular in Hawaii having charted several more times with the hits “Life And Breath,” “Walking in the Georgia Rain” and “Caroline This Time”.

Several nationally released singles were hot in Hawaii and nowhere else. These included “Morning of Our Lives” by The Arkade, “Life is That Way” by José Feliciano, “I Dig Everything About You” by The Mob, “Love Song” by The Vogues, “Mandrill” by Mandrill, “I Can’t Stop” by The Osmonds, “I Hear Those Churchbells Ringing” by Dusk, and “The Pushbike Song” by The Mixtures.

Other songs that got a lot of airplay in 1971 that did not make this chart included “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” by Middle of the Road, “Give Up Your Guns” by The Buoys and “Keep it in the Family” by The Road Home.

Among the popular albums of 1971 were Three Dog Night‘s “Naturally” which contained the #1 hit “Joy To The World” as well as the very radio friendly ballad “Sunlight,” a track that never was released as a single. Also popular was Carole King‘s “Tapestry”, Santana‘s “Abraxus”, Sly & the Family Stone‘s “There’s a Riot Going On,” and several albums by the Jackson Five and Osmonds.

KKUA’s 1971 Personalities included the following:

Jim Peters 6:AM
Steven B. Williams 9:AM
Gene Davis 12 noon
Ron King 3:PM
Scott Edwards 6:PM
Dick Wainwright 9:PM
Rick Shannon Midnight

Three Dog Night
Three Dog Night’s album “Naturally” released on ABC Dunhill album was popular in 1971 and spawned the hits “One Man Band,” “Liar”, “Sunlight” and “Joy to the World”.

Many of the songs mentioned in this post can be found online at YouTube.com. Songs in bold print are directly linked to a YouTube audio file for online playback.

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KCCN & KINE Radio’s Top 10
Albums for August 1997

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Starting with this post we start to dig through the Hawaii Radio & Television Guide Archive pages to fish out some old images and present them on this blog for the first time.

First up, is KCCN who back in 1997 broadcast on both the AM and FM dial. AM 1420 played a traditional / contemporary Hawaiian music format with University of Hawaii sports, while FM 100 played the island reggae music format it still has today. Back then both stations were owned by the same company along with KINE 105.1 FM.

The AM and FM stations were separated through a series of ownership changes where today only FM 100 still carry the KCCN call letters. 1420 AM is now ESPN1420 Sports Talk radio with the call sign of KKEA. KINE is still airing a contemporary Hawaiian music format.

Here are the charts from 1997:

Front cover KCCN

Cecilio & Kapono‘s concert at the Waikiki Shell was being promoted for August 29, 1997. Bruddah Israel Kamakawiwo’ole‘s “N Dis Life” album dominated the top charts on all of KCCN’s stations that month. It was only on June 26, 1997 that Bruddah Iz had passed away, so this album as well as his “Facing Future”, and “E Ala E” albums were also listed. The chart also put in a plug for University of Hawaii Football which was to be broadcast on August 30.

KCCN 3 panel 1997 chart
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Hokule’a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii
The Hawaiian sailing canoe Hokule’a made its triumphant return to Hawaii today from its around the world voyage that started three years ago in 2014. The arrival of Hokule’a to Magic Island in Honolulu turned out to be an epic, historic event complete with a flotilla of several other sailing canoes and numerous smaller vessels that went out to sea to greet the canoe. Hokule’a spent the last weeks of its worldwide journey sailing to Hawaii from Tahiti, much like it was on her first trip to and from Tahiti back in 1976.

Volumes of stories have been told about the remarkable canoe which go far beyond the scope that this blog will ever achieve. What we have here is just a tiny snapshot of some of the pictures that we managed to capture on this day of homecoming.

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

All of the photos in this section are also posted to The Hawaii Files Flickr site.

Hokulea and Hikianalia in Hilo, Hawaii

Hokule’a and Hikianalia tied up in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii in May 2014 shortly before embarking on the worldwide voyage.

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Star Wars For a New Generation

THE MOVIE

Star Wars – Episode 7: The Force Awakens” is a triumphant return to style for the immensely popular movie franchise created by George Lucas.

It’s 30+ years since the events of Episode 6’s “Return of the Jedi“. Han Solo, Leia Organa, Chewbacca and Luke Skywalker are back, but the emphasis of the latest adventure is firmly set by new characters Rey, Finn (FN 2187), Poe Dameron, and the evil Kylo Ren.  “The Force Awakens” is the Star Wars for a new generation.

While Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill have reprised their famous roles, fans have also embraced the new characters played by Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe) and Adam Driver (Kylo Renn). They are the ones who will move the storyline along as Star Wars charts a new future in upcoming installments.

I especially liked Rey, who is a new, female version of Luke Skywalker looking for her way in a confusing universe while finding out about “The Force“. Finn is a brave but somewhat clueless former Stormtrooper. Kylo Ren is not the personification of evil to fulfill the role as a dark lord — he needs further training as Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) acknowledges. This of course offers some hope that Kylo Ren may be able to see “the light” again.

I have to say that “The Force Awakens” is a true return to style with fast pacing, interesting but not obnoxiously goofy characters, and great special effects that veer away from the overtly slick, overused CGI that was applied to the prequel trilogy (Episodes 1, 2 and 3). The story is kind of predictable, and parallels that of Episode 4‘s “A New Hope” in some ways.

It’s all good. Early on you know this is Rey and Finn’s story as they are both thrown into each other’s world as a series of events bring them violently together where they eventually form a bond. Han, Leia, and Luke all get their grand introductions as they make their appearances in the story; re: “Chewy, we’re home“. In another way this is also Han’s story as he tries to patch up his fledgling family relationships.

While droids C-3PO and R2-D2 figure into this sequel, the most significant new character is the droid BB-8, whom “The First Order” is after. Another interesting character is Maz Kanata, a pirate and bar operator who has possession of one of Luke Skywalker’s lightsabers.

Composer John Williams continues in his role to score the movie with his great fanfares and dramatic musical pieces. This adds to the impact and familiarity that we all take for granted in every Star Wars film.

Star Wars is the story of one family, the Skywalkers. We saw what happened in previous installments. Now we have the first new chapter and look forward to see what happens next. Director J.J Abrams has definitely crafted a fine movie that make fans yearn for more. Disney and Lucasfilm have done good. The fans are excited and no one can wait for the next chapter.

Rating: 10/10.

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It has been reported that pre-sale tickets for “The Force Awakens” were in the stratosphere with more than $100 million sold. The movie has set a box office record for first day receipts of $120 million and is well on its way to make more than $200 million this weekend alone.

It goes to say that I was among the first people in Hawaii to see the new movie. The lines at the Regal Dole Cannery Theaters in Honolulu were long for the 7:00 showing Thursday night, Dec. 17. Thanks to my friend Daniel, I had gotten free promotional tickets from Scion Hawaii to view the flick.

Hundreds of others patiently waited to see “Star Wars” in other auditoriums of the same theater complex at various times on the first night. Many wore Star Wars t-shirts and costumes. The scene was repeated a thousand times over at theaters throughout the U.S. and the world. “Star Wars” continues to be a worldwide phenomenon.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens” trailer.

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