KIMN’s Bomb of the Week
From May 4th of 1959 up into the Spring of 1960 KIMN jocks or somebody – selected a “stinker” to feature weekly. A few of the stinkers went onto chart both on KIMN and nationally.
Especially successful on KIMN was Homer and Jethro’s “Battle of Kookamonga” going all the way to number 2 on KIMN and number 14 on Billboard’s Hot 100 – their only appearance on the national singles chart.
May 4th, 1959 – The Class – Chubby Checker (Peaked at Number 18)
Chubby doing his best musician imitations – His 1st recording for Parkway
May 11th, 1959 – Zimba Lula – The Rays
The “Silhouettes” Rays – That song was first released on this XYZ label – XYZ continued to release additional songs by the Rays after their 1957 smash for three more years!
May 18th, 1959 – Back, Shack, Track – Big Jay McNeely
West coast label “Swingin'” Records had an impressive stable – but few hits – with Marvin Philips of “Marvin and Johnny” fame, Little Johnny Taylor and Floyd Dixon, Rochelle and the Candles and Sonny Knight
May 25th, 1959 – Mope Itty Mope – The Boss Tones
June 1st, 1959 – The Enchanted Farm – The Forbidden Five
Composer Bobby Hammack also offered up the gems “Brazilian Hobo” and “Vienna Bongo”! Hammack was Texas born and found his way to Los Angeles where he composed television scores for many programs including Red Skelton, Glen Campbell and Ed Sullivan.
June 8th, 1959 – Geronimo – The Renegades
Well, not surprisingly – The Renegades were yet another Hollywood studio musician assembly with future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, Nick Venet, Sandy Nelson and Richard Podolor. Nick Venet was responsible for signing the Beach Boys to the Capitol Records label – Entire blog posts could be devoted to Venet.
Richard Podolor was the driving producing force behind Three Dog Night – a group which also had ties to the Beach Boys via member Danny Hutton working with Brian Wilson – The
June 22nd, 1959 – Gila Monster – Joe Johnson
June 29th, 1959 – Two Weeks With Pay – George Young and the Rockin’ Bocs
In later years Young was a sax player for the TV program “Saturday Night Live”
July 13th, 1959 – Fly Carpet Fly – Will Jordan
July 20th, 1959 – The Mummy – Bob McFadden and Dor (Peaks No. 1)
McFadden was the force behind TV cartoon shows such as “Milton the Monster” and “The Thundercats” and others – He was also a featured voice character on the hugely popular long play “The First Family” by Vaughn Meader in 1962.
My parents purchased that record and it drove me nuts after two or three plays.
July 29th, 1959 – Jamie Made a Monster – The Fabulous Five
August 10th, 1959 – I Fell Out Of Love With Love – Simon Crum
I’ve posted previously about this guy – none other than Ferlin Husky!
August 24th, 1959 – Not So Quiet Village – Orlando
A dig a Martin Denny’s hit
August 31st, 1959 – The Battle of Kookamonga – Homer & Jethro (Peaks No. 2)
Corn Pone duo Homer and Jethro made one appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 – and this was it – coming in at number 14 – They were Kenneth Bruns and Henry Haynes.
September 7th, 1959 – Coming ‘Round the Mountain – Johnny Two Voice
This was R&B singer Johnnie Morisette
September 20th, 1959 – The People Hater – Jerry & Brad
As though eating people were not enough….
September 27th, 1959 – Look Out For The Clothesline – Bob Calloway & The Chicks
October 11th, 1959 – Tennessee Waltz – Bobby Comstock (Peaks No. 27)
Rocker Bobby Comstock didn’t think this was a novelty or a “bomb” as it peaked at number 52 on the Hot 100 nationally
October 25th, 1959 – Psycho Serenade – Big Jay McNeeley
The KIMN jocks bestow Big Jay with his second KIMN Bomb of the week!
October 28th, 1959 – She’s A Housewife, That’s All – Jerry Woodard
Jerry wouldn’t get away with this one today –
November 4th, 1959 – Where Did I Goof? – Elroy “Shadow” Peace
November 11th, 1959 – I Was A Teenage Reindeer – Jim Backus
Magoo you’ve done it again!
November 18th, 1959 – Georgia Slop – Jimmy McCracklin
November 25th, 1959 – Blabber Mouth – The Rookies
Can’t even locate a copy of this one… a true “bomb”
December 9th, 1959 – Chubby Checker – Whole Lot of Laughin’
Chubby’s follow-up to “The Class” – this one flopped – Chubby would soon turn his attention to twisting
December 16th, 1959 – A Perfect Day – Smitty and the Afterbeats
December 23rd, 1959 – Bingo – Bob McFadden
Bobby Bombs again!
December 30th, 1959 – The Old Boat – Eden Ahbez
Real name George Alexander Aberle – An influencer in the early hippie movement in California – He left his mark composing a smash hit for Nat King Cole “The Nature Boy” in 1948 hitting number 1 in the nation for eight consecutive weeks – truly ahead of his time
January 6th, 1960 – Dear Little Boy Of Mine – Steve Evans
Steve was from Great Britain and later worked with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant – He was in a group called Spacemen 3 in 1982
January 13th, 1960 – You Crack Me Up – Charlie Baker
January 20th,, 1960 – What A Dolly – Red Berry & The Bel Raves
January 27th, 1960 – A Pair of Dice – Blink Rotinjail
This one is a tuffy to find on the “Ditto” label
February 3rd, 1960 – The Countryside – Jim Henson
The Muppet Master’s early effort pre-muppets
February 10th, 1960 – Foo Man Choo – The Revels
The KIMN Jocks were out of bands on this one
February 17th, 1960 – Were Wolf – The Frantics
Same with this rocker by Seattle’s Frantics
February 24th, 1960 – Ooh Poo Pah Doo – Jessie Hill (Peaks No. 34)
I think Lee the Weather Girl at KIMN must have been selecting these – This one’s legit – number 22 Billboard
March 9th, 1960 – Baby Talk – Mike & Lulu
Not a Jan and Dean parody
March 16th, 1960 – Tia Juana Ball – Bob Markley
March 25th, 1960 – Down In The Alley – Nappy Brown and the Gibraltars
This was the final “KIMN Bomb Of The Week”
April 20th, 1960 – The South Shall Rise Again – Dor & The Confederates
Yikes – gentle poet Rod McKuen penned this one