This week’s edition of Uncommon Oldies is from CKLG’s 730 AM January, 1965, survey in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Chuck Berry wrote this song while in prison, and the tune was taken from the song, “Wabash Cannonball”. The singer tells of his journey from Norfolk, Virginia to California, mentioning various cities along the way.
This song has been covered by many artists including Johnny Rivers, Dave Edmunds, The Band and Elvis Presley. It was Elvis’ version that was used in the movie, Men In Black.
This week’s edition of “Uncommon Oldies” takes us to radio station WKNR, Keener 13, in Detroit/Dearborn, Michigan.
My survey artists got their first job playing at Disneyland. Despite the lead singer being the son of a famous comedian, nobody at Disneyland knew of his heritage. The entertainment director simply liked what he saw and heard, and he hired them on the spot.
In the summer of 1964, the group was discovered by producer Snuff Garrett. Their first 7 songs were top ten hits and their very first song, “This Diamond Ring”, went all the way to #1.