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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“Who Da Guy” Ron Jacobs Passed Away

HAWAII RADIO & TELEVISION GUIDE | THROWBACK THURSDAY (#TBT)

It is sad to note the passing of legendary radio disc jockey KPOI, KHJ, KKUA, and KDEO radio disc jockey Ron Jacobs. Much has been written about Mr. Jacobs in recent days and over the years.

Jacobs passed away at his home of “natural causes” on Tuesday, March 8. He was 78.

Ron Jacobs was born in Hawaii in 1937 and made a name for himself in the 1950s as one of Hawaii’s original “Poi Boys” on the old KPOI radio at 1380 on the AM dial. He and Tom Moffatt and others were radio personalities that promoted rock n roll music in the islands when it was still in its infancy.

In the 1960s Jacobs lived and worked mostly in California and created the highly successful KHJ 93 AM “Boss Radio” in Los Angeles. In 1970, he along with Tom Rounds and Casey Kasem created “American Top 40” for the Watermark network. That program which featured Kasem counting down the weekly Top 40 Billboard magazine hits was on the air from 1970 to the late 1980s with Kasem at the helm.

By 1976 Ron Jacobs returned to Hawaii and did the morning drive show on KKUA Radio AM 690 in Honolulu. While at KKUA Jacobs produced three “Homegrown” albums for the station to benefit Habilitat. The “Homegrown” albums were showcases for up and coming local musicians. Among the talents originally found on the “Homegrown” albums included Noelani Cypriano, Bart Bascone, and Marvin Franklin. The album was modeled after a similar series Jacobs did while on the mainland.

By 1980 Jacobs left KKUA and started KDEO “Country Radio” (AM 940), which billed itself as the western most country station in the U.S.A. While at KDEO Radio, Jacobs compiled a 4th Homegrown album featuring Hawaii based artists.

Jacobs retired in Hawaii and authored several books and maintained an online presence. Most recently he was posting stuff to his Facebook page. Last year he asked me to “friend” him on Facebook and so I did. Must have been something I posted there for him to “friend” me since we never met.

Here’s a video slideshow tribute to Ron Jacobs from Bob Meadows as posted to YouTube.

 

 

 

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