The Friday 5×2: WLS, 8/23/80

The Sound of One Hand Typing

Thirty years ago today, WLS celebrated its last day as a Top 40 station, moving to a news-talk format. I wanted to get a survey from that day, but unfortunately they stopped issuing a weekly survey at the end of 1982. I did the next best thing today: here is their survey from August 23, 1980.

  1. Rocky Burnette, “Tired Of Toein’ The Line” Rocky is the son of Johnny (“You’re Sixteen, You’re Beautiful, and You’re Mine”) Burnette and nephew of Dorsey. This reached #8 on the Hot 100. After a very long hiatus, he’ll have a new album out this fall.
  2. SOS Band, “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” Not exactly disco, but electro-funk, the SOS band is from Atlanta. This reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B and Dance charts. They had several more R&B chart Top 10’s, but didn’t have any further Pop chart…

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