Issue #353 - Go natural with The Real Don Steele from 3PM to 6PM on the Big 93.
Can you believe KHJ let Don get away with that?!?!
This list shows that even at this late date, KHJ would still play records that weren't doing much nationally. Examples: the records by Rare Earth, John Kay, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Mike Kennedy.
It was a strange time, on one hand you had the worse pablum of teen stars and novelty songs. On the other hand a lot of great music was released each week on singles and albums. Much of it was played on the rockier Top 40's or more likely on AOR, which was still relatively new & more wide-open musically than in the later years. This was one reason KROQ-AM was launched by the summer, wonderful singles by ELP, Neil Young, The Who, etc.
You mentioned ELP. One of my favorite singles from this time is "From the Beginning," but I don't think KHJ played it. I must have been hearing it on FM, which I was just starting to listen to. Plus I can recall it got into the lower rungs of the Billboard Top 40, so I heard Casey Kasem play it on "AT40."
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