The Atomic Hit Parade

In what will be my final big post about KoHoSo Radio 66, the big item is to show you what were the fifty favorite songs chosen by Miss KoKo, Jordan of The House of Googie, and me for the feature that was going to be called The Atomic Hit Parade.

With what happened in the many months I tried to get this special feature on the station, I now sit here and wonder if it would have ever aired. In what I have now named Awful August, before finishing his introductions, Jordan caught the coronavirus. Then, of course, the station got pulled early. Then, my email address for this website started to get blocked by a major internet company. Then, I got the dadblasted virus! (both Jordan and I only had mild symptoms and will be OK)

In one trivia note, white two of us picked a few of the same songs, only one song was picked by all three of us. I don’t think anybody will be greatly surprised that we all found this one to be among the most meaningful out of the era of music that was played on KoHoSo Radio 66.

I do have to correct this and pretty much any entry of this song on YouTube. Yes, it became a hit in 1955 but was actually first released as a B-side in 1954.

Now, listed by the three of us and in alphabetical order by song title, here’s what you would have heard during The Atomic Hit Parade. Yes, I was even going to let Jordan play some novelty songs. It was truly supposed to be a special event. I’m so sorry we all got hosed out of it.

KoHoSo

At Last – Etta James – 1960
Be My Baby – The Ronettes – 1963
Boom Boom – John Lee Hooker – 1962
Bye Bye Love – The Everly Brothers – 1957
Crazy – Patsy Cline – 1961
Crestline – The Challengers – 1966
Dancing in the Street – Martha and the Vandellas – 1964
Do I Love You – The Ronettes – 1964
Downtown – Petula Clark – 1964
Five O’Clock World – The Vogues – 1965
Get Rhythm – Johnny Cash – 1956
(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 – Nat King Cole – 1946
Gimmie Some Lovin’ – The Spencer Davis Group – 1966
Green Onions – Booker T. & the M.G.’s – 1962
Guitar Boogie – Peter Posa – 1962
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) – Marvin Gaye – 1964
I Can’t Explain – The Who – 1965
I Can’t Turn You Loose – Otis Redding – 1965
I Fall to Pieces – Patsy Cline – 1961
I Fought the Law – The Bobby Fuller Four – 1965
I Only Have Eyes for You – The Flamingos – 1959
(I’m Just a) Fool for You – Gene Chandler – 1966
I’m Walkin’ – Fats Domino – 1957
In the Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett – 1965
It’s Been Such a Long Way Home – Garnett Mimms – 1966
Jive After Five – Carl Perkins – 1958
Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry – 1958
Look at Little Sister – Hank Ballard and the Midnighters – 1959
Lucille – Little Richard – 1957
Mean Woman Blues – Roy Orbison – 1963
Not Fade Away – Buddy Holly and The Crickets – 1957
Nowhere Man – The Beatles – 1965
Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow – The Rivingtons – 1962
Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly – 1957
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash – 1963
Rock-in Robin – Bobby Day – 1958
Short Fat Fannie – Larry Williams – 1957
Something About You – The Four Tops – 1965
Telstar – The Tornados – 1962
That’s All Right – Elvis Presley – 1954
The Last Time – The Rolling Stones – 1965
The Pink Panther Theme – Henry Mancini – 1963
Turn On Your Love Light – Bobby "Blue" Bland – 1961
Twilight Time – The Platters – 1958
Twistin’ the Night Away – Sam Cooke – 1962
(We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley and His Comets – 1954
What’d I Say – Ray Charles – 1959
Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys – 1966
You Don’t Know Like I Know – Sam and Dave – 1965
You Really Got Me – The Kinks – 1964

Jordan of The House of Googie

’59 Volvo – The Four Medallions – 1959
Ain’t It a Shame – Fats Domino – 1955
Ain’t That a Kick in the Head? – Dean Martin – 1960
Barbara Ann – The Regents – 1961
Big Iron – Marty Robbins – 1959
Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino – 1956
Boogie at Midnight – Roy Brown – 1950
Bristol Stomp – The Dovells – 1961
Brown-Eyed Handsome Man – Buddy Holly – 1957
Come Go With Me – The Del-Vikings – 1956
Come On, Let’s Go – Ritchie Valens – 1958
Dust My Broom – Elmore James – 1965
Fannie Mae – Buster Brown – 1959
Go Away – John Brim and His Gary Kings – 1955
Got My Mojo Working – Muddy Waters – 1956
Held for Questioning – Rusty Draper – 1956
Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah – Allan Sherman – 1963
If You Wanna Be Happy – Jimmy Soul – 1963
Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley – 1957
Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry – 1958
Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison – 1959
Keep A-Knockin’ – Little Richard – 1957
Kiss Me Baby – The Four Tops – 1956
Let the Good Times Roll – Sam Butera and the Witnesses – 1960
Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris – 1957
Lucille – Little Richard – 1957
Mama, He’s Making Eyes at Me – Johnny Otis (Marie Adams) – 1957
Manhattan Spiritual – Reg Owen and His Orchestra – 1959
Maybe – The Chantels – 1957
Mona – Bo Diddley – 1957
Mountain of Love – Johnny Rivers – 1964
Only You (And You Alone) – The Platters – 1955
Rave On – Buddy Holly – 1958
Shrimp Boats – Jo Stafford – 1951
Shufflin’ Jive – Joe Lyons and the Arrows – 1959
Somethin’ Else – Eddie Cochran – 1959
Tele-Vee-Shun – Stan Freberg – 1957
Telstar – The Tornados – 1962
The Book of Love – The Monotones – 1958
The Fat Man – Fats Domino – 1949
The Great Pretender – The Platters – 1956
The Happy Organ – Dave "Baby&quot Cortez – 1959
The Stroll – The Diamonds – 1957
Transfusion – Nervous Norvus – 1956
(We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley and His Comets – 1954
West of the Wall – Toni Fisher – 1962
Who’s That Knocking? – The Genies – 1959
You Can Have Her – Roy Hamilton – 1962
You Can’t Catch Me – Chuck Berry – 1956

Miss KoKo

3 O’Clock Blues – B.B. King – 1951
Ain’t It a Shame – Fats Domino – 1955
Another Saturday Night – Sam Cooke – 1964
Be My Baby – The Ronettes – 1963
Blue Moon of Kentucky – Ray Charles – 1965
Bus Stop – The Hollies – 1966
Busted – Ray Charles – 1963
Come On, Let’s Go – Ritchie Valens – 1958
Crestline – The Challengers – 1966
Crying, Waiting, Hoping – Buddy Holly – 1965
For Your Love – The Yardbirds – 1965
Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles – 1961
I Don’t Know – Ruth Brown – 1959
(I Don’t Know Why) But I Do – Clarence "Frogman" Henry – 1960
I Got Loaded – Little Bob – 1966
It’s Been Such a Long Way Home – Garnet Mimms – 1966
It’s the Truth Ruth – The Big Bopper – 1958
Just One Look – Doris Troy – 1963
Knock on Wood – Eddie Floyd – 1966
Little Girl Go Home – Lesley Gore – 1964
Memphis, Tennessee – Chuck Berry – 1959
Move It On Over – Hank Williams – 1947
Moved to Kansas City – Harold Dorman – 1960
One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer – Amos Milburn – 1953
Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones – 1966
Rescue Me – Fontella Bass – 1965
Rhythm of the Rain – The Cascades – 1962
Rock-In Robin – Bobby Day – 1958
Satisfaction – Otis Redding – 1966
She’s a Fool – Lesley Gore – 1963
Sixteen Tons – Tennessee Ernie Ford – 1955
Spanish Flea – Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass – 1965
Stormy Weather – Etta James – 1960
Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks – 1966
Terry – Peter Posa – 1965
The Boogie Man – The Cadillacs – 1960
The End of the World – Skeeter Davis 1962
The House of the Rising Sun – The Animals – 1964
The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens – 1961
The Lonely Bull (El Solo Torro) – Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass – 1962
The Sounds of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel – 1965
The Twist – Chubby Checker – 1960
The White Rabbit – Peter Posa – 1963
These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ – Nancy Sinatra – 1965
Ue O Muite Aruko (Sukiyaki) – Kyu Sakamoto – 1961
(We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley and His Comets – 1954
When the Saints Go Marching In – Fats Domino – 1959
Won’t Be Long – Aretha Franklin – 1960
Yakety Sax – Boots Randolph – 1963
You Really Got Me – The Kinks – 1964

Just a reminder that the songs we all picked were not the ones we thought were the most important or influential. They are the ones that are the most meaningful to each of us for any number of reasons.

Speaking of meaningful, the past seven years with KoHoSo Radio 66 certainly fit that description for me. People are still writing in about how much they miss the station. I miss it as well.

I don’t think I’m being conceited in saying KoHoSo Radio 66 was a good and unique thing. I will be forever grateful so many people made it a part of their lives.

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