The K-POI Top 300 Marathon of Hits, 1972|
The Rascals, Three Dog Night, Bread, Climax and Chicago were among the artists who score hits on the annual Top 300 Marathon of Hits. "My Hawaii" by the Rascals has remained an island favorite for many years bringing fond memories to several generations infected by this tune that truly connected with island listeners.
It is no suprise that Three Dog Night's "Joy to the World" at #2 and the album track "Sunlight" at #6 were big in 1972. The previous year "Joy to the World" held on to the #1 spot on several weekly radio station playlists while the album track "Sunlight" taken from the band's immensely popular Naturally album got heavy airplay not on FM radio but on Top 40 AM radio throughout the state. The song captured the essence of the laid back island style even though it was not written by local writer (the song was written by Jesse Colin-Young of the group, The Youngbloods).
Hawaii was the state responsible for breaking out Climax's first hit record, "Precious and Few". In the summer of 1971 this was a huge #1 hit on local radio and remained in high rotation on radio stations for many months. It would not be until early 1972 that "Precious and Few" would connect with the rest of the mainland, eventually making it to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1972 island radio listeners truly appreciated the laid back softer sounds of the early 1970s and 1960s. Look at the top 10 of the KPOI Top 300. Nine of the 10 songs are ballads! The only rocker was "Joy to the World."
KPOI 1972 Top 300 images courtesy of Allan Akamine as originally posted to the