KIMN Hit Bound
“Little Miss Sad” from September, 1965 on KIMN Radio by The Five Emprees
From “Michigan Rock and Roll Legends” web site:
“Benton Harbor’s Five Emprees vaulted onto the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1965 with their catchy recording of “Little Miss Sad” despite the fact that the song was issued on a small independent label with limited distribution and promotion. The success of the single was all the more remarkable in that the Five Emprees were forced to change their band name after “Little Miss Sad” was released as the result of an injunction filed against them by a future Hall of Fame vocal group.”
This was their only charting record nationally.
The record peaked nationally on the Hot 100 at #76 in 1965. Below are 1965 survey sheets from Michigan’s WKLZ (Emprees #24) and Denver’s KIMN (Emprees #41).
“Little Miss Sad” was composed and recorded in 1964 by Don and Dick Addrisi who’s first hit record came in 1959 “Cherrystone” (#62) and then 18 years later had their biggest hit during the disco era with “Slow Dancing Don’t Turn Me On” (#20). They also composed the Association’s “Never My Love”.
“Roses and Rainbows” from October, 1965 on KIMN Radio by Danny Hutton
Danny was born In Buncrane, Ireland and raised in California. He was an original member of “Three Dog Night”. That group had a connection to Colorado through their signing of the late supreme lead guitarist from Colorado’s “Wild Ones”, Ron Morgan (also with The West Coast Pop Experimental Band).
“Roses and Rainbows” reached #73 on the Hot 100 in the Fall of 1965. He had minor hits in 1966 with “Big Bright Eyes” (#102) and “Funny How Love Can Be” (#120).
The KIMN Survey is from October 11th, 1965 with Hutton’s song sitting at number 48. In later years Hutton would be a member of the band “Danny Hutton Hitters”.
“Turn on Your Love Light” from October, 1965 on KIMN Radio by The High Spirits
The group was from Minneapolis, MN and managed a signing with Soma Records – a label known to court garage bands. The song got a lot of local attention across the nation but could not dent the national charts.
The song was first made popular by R&B artist Bobby Bland in 1961 released on Duke Records. His version topped the R&B charts at number two and won a Grammy that year. It also peaked at number 28 on the Hot 100.
“Turn On Your Love Light” appears on theis November 1st, 1965 KIMN Survey Sheet in the 33 position. It was a former “Pick Hit” of the week on KIMN.
“Hole in the Wall” from November, 1965 on KIMN Radio by The Packers
(Axton and Haywood)
The Packers were an R&B group out of Memphis. Group member Charles “Packy” Axton was the son of Stax/Volt co-owner Estell Axton and was a former member of the Mar-Keys. “Hole in the Wall” was the Packers only national hit record topping off at number 43 on the Hot 100 but doing much better on the R&B charts – hitting number 5.
Leon Haywood was another musician with the Packers. Leon recorded on many national labels including Decca, Josie and Imperials. He never charted on the Hot 100 but landed on the R&B charts 21 times with “Don’t Push It, Don’t Force It” being his biggest hit at #2. He passed away in 2006. Axton died from liver disease in 1974 at the young age of 33.
“Dance with Me” from November, 1965 on KIMN Radio by The Mojo Men
The Mojo Men were part of the vibrant 1960’s San Francisco Scene. One member was Jimmy Alaimo a cousin of pop singer Steve Alaimo. Jimmy passed away in the summer of 1992. The Mojo Men had two other charting records including their biggest hit “Sit Down, I Think I Love You” (#36 – February, 1967) and “Satisfied Man” (#81 – October 1967).
Initially, they were produced and joined on recordings by Sly Stone (Stewart) the San Francisco DJ and performer with the Family Stone. There was one “Mojo Woman” in the lineup along the way – Jan Errico who was with the band in 1967. Their lone long play was released on GRT Records in 1969.
(KIMN Survey November 234d, 1965 – “Dance with Me” #50)
(KYA Radio Survey – San Francisco – “Dance with Me” #17)
“Ski Country” from November, 1965 on KIMN Radio by The Hustlers
The Hustlers were the Colorado group recording on Morey Bernstein’s Finer Arts Label, residing and performing in ski town Aspen.
(KIMN Radio Survey – December 27th, 1965 – #41)