My friend Al in Milwaukee sent along an old end-of-year music roundup from the FM radio station we listened to in the ’70s. It is endlessly fascinating.
Al sent “The Top 95 Heavys of 1972.” The list of the top 95 songs of the year as played on WIFC — 95.5 FM in Wausau, Wisconsin — is by itself worthy of a post for its sheer diversity.
Alice Cooper is on the list, as is Donna Fargo. Wayne Newton (twice!), along with Led Zeppelin (twice!). Just picking four spots at random, Nos. 45-48 are held by Elton John, the Chi-Lites, Gary Glitter and Arlo Guthrie. Musical stew, anyone?
Most interesting, though, is what’s below “The Top 95 Heavys of 1972.” No fancy title, just this note:
“Because of the increasing popularity of album music in the WIFC area we have also compiled a list of the thirty most requested album cuts.”
It, too, is a rather eclectic list, with “Poor Boy Boogie” by Mac Davis at No. 1.
And this at No. 2.
“Pusherman,” Curtis Mayfield, from the “Super Fly” soundtrack, 1972.
And this at No. 28.
“20 Flight Rock,” Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, from “Lost in the Ozone,” 1971. Ah, the Commander. Long one of my guilty pleasures.
And “Sweet Jane” by Mott the Hoople at No. 30.
Seconds on musical stew, anyone?
Yes, we take requests. Here’s the chart.