Below are the front and rear covers of KHJ’s Big 93 of 1967 souvenir booklet. Click on the image to view a list of the songs.
Seeing this reminds me that I didn't see the Big 93 for 1966 posted. You did post the Big 93 for 1965, though.
The Big 93 of 1966 is one of those things I never could turn up. I thought I had a line on one a long time ago but that didn't pan out. The design was basically the same as the 1965 version (an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper). Since there was nothing particularly eye-catching with the 1965 and 1966 versions, I suspect less of them were kept compared to the later versions.
A few months ago, before you started your blog, I found a copy of the 1966 Big 93 on the "When Radio Was Boss" website and printed out a copy. (I had asked yesterday if you were going to post it because I was hoping to get a better version to print out.) I just checked and am surprised to find that that site is no longer up. I can try scanning my printout and sending it you. True, the design is nothing special, but at least the list of songs is there.
Thanks for your offer to print out your copy but I have the list of songs of The Big 93 of 1966 in a spreadsheet.It's interesting to see which songs made The Big 93 that didn't chart on the Boss 30. I believe The Rolling Stones had the two non-survey titles in 1966 with "Under My Thumb" and "Fortune Teller." The Stones hit again in 1967 with "Connection," The Monkees' "Shades Of Gray" was all the way up at a surprising No. 20, and The Beatles' "A Day In The Life" at No. 18.
I noticed that (album cuts making the Big 93 for the year), and I wonder how that can be. I guess they factored requests and airplay into it as well as regional sales. I've always been curious how it is that "Fortune Teller" (which also ranked high on the Top 300 lists for 1966 and '67) was so popular on KHJ in 1966. It was one of their earliest recordings (1963, I think), but was it not released in the States until '66? Likewise, the biggest surprise on the 1967 Top 300 to me is that the Monkees' "Valleri" is on it -- about nine months before Colgems released it as a single. Didn't KHJ play a version in '67 that was used on the TV show? If so, that means it was something listeners couldn't actually buy.
I don't know how The Big 93's were calculated but your comment about requests and airplay is probably on the mark. I suspect both The Stones and The Monkees benefited in both since KHJ had large promotional ties to each, sponsoring concerts for The Stones in 1965 & 1966 and The Monkees in 1967 (as well as other Monkees-related promotions in 1966-67). From what I've read, KHJ did play a version of Valleri from the TV show.
I actually was one of the winners. I was in the 4th grade and called the station continually until I got the DJ, he spoke to me, told me to hold on and the horn went off, I won!!! next thing I know I have 45's and albums coming to my house non stop. It was the beginning of my life long love of modern music. I now go from the 50's, the 60s to punk to all of the new stuff.. Rock on Chris CostelloFountain Valley, CA
The 1966 KHJ Big 93 looks just like the 1965 version. There is at least ONE of them that still exists...Under My Thumb was #83 and Fortune Teller was #93 on the 1966 KHJ year-end chart.
Ray, long time no talk to.Do you have that list posted anywhere? After Davy Jones passing today, I came here because I remembered alot of the surveys were of the Monkees when they were breaking big. I saw the run that "I'm a Believer/Stepping Stone" had (although it did carry over some into'67) and was curious where it ended up in the '66 rankings. It didn't make the '67 recap.Hope all is well,Bruce
Hi Bruce -I don't have an official copy of The Big 93 of 1966 to post but I can tell you that "I'm A Believer" ended up being No. 16 on that chart.
Now as I approach age 60..... I am so reminded of my childhood in the 1960's So. Cal.. great radio and great DJ's... there was no comparison
For the second year in a row, the #83 song on the Big 93 is an album cut by the Rolling Stones (“Under My Thumb” in 1966 and “Connection” in 1967). Both songs were also in the top 10 of the “Stone-Dex.”
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