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It seems as if there's an innate need by human beings to rank things. Whether it's the top television programs or movies at the box office, we have a burning desire to know when something is "number one."
Music is no exception. Music charts have been around as long as recorded music and radio programs from Your Hit Parade to American Top 40 have capitalized on the idea of counting down the day's top hits.
WCFL Chicago Top 40 Charts 1965-1976 lists, by title and artist, every tune that charted on the WCFL-AM weekly music surveys in the Windy City from the first chart in late 1965 through the final survey in February of 1976 (less than a month before the station itself stopped playing top 40 music altogether). Over 2,400 songs, approximately 450 of which can't be found in our companion WLS books! WCFL's status as Chicago's second great top 40 radio station should in no way diminish the memory of what it accomplished and the enjoyment it brought to the city in a little over a decade- a decade that can truly be called the "golden age of Chicago top 40 radio." Combining high energy, attitude and musical daring, WCFL even managed at one point to dethrone perennial top 40 powerhouse WLS-AM. Re-live the days of "The Voice of Labor" with these rankings of the top songs of each year, the top artists and songs of the decade and a listing of every #1 hit. For those who grew up in the Windy City or are fans of Chicago radio, WCFL Chicago Top 40 Charts 1965-1976 is an essential reference.
About the author...
Ron Smith has been involved in oldies radio for over 40 years as a disk jockey, program and music director, most recently as the Music Director and Evening DJ at Real Oldies 1690 in Chicago. He also served for more than eight years as Music Director of WJMK-FM, Oldies 104.3 in the Windy City. He was Senior Music Programmer of Internet Radio for RadioWave.com and created and hosted streaming channels for MusicNow.com, including the Net's only all-Elvis station. His '50s Hits and '60s Hits channels were enjoyed on Slacker.com. And since 1995, he has delighted fans of '50s, '60s and '70s music with the Internet oldies Web site www.oldiesmusic.com.
Smith is the author of three reference books of the WLS and WYTZ Silver Dollar Surveys- Chicago Top 40 Charts 1960-1969, 1970-1979 and 1980-1990. He resides in suburban Chicago with his vast music and book libraries.
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