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The previous post in this section reminds me that during the 1960s and 70s, many songs that were played on top 40 Hawaii radio were hits only in Hawaii. While Liz Damon's "1900 Yesterday" did become a national hit (peaking at #38 on Billboard's Hot 100), many other tracks by local artists as well as nationally known artists were hits only on Hawaii radio but seemingly, nowhere else.

Here are some tracks that I distinctly remember as being Hawaii market only hits. This does not cover local Hawaiian music tracks which are usually played on Hawaiian music stations mostly.

1960s:

You Make Me Feel So Good - The McCoys (1966)
My Hawaii - The Rascals (1968 )
Suenéo - The Rascals (1967)
A Place in the Sun - The Rascals (1967)
Theme from "Endless Summer" - The Sandals (?)


1970s:

Groovin' Out on Life - The New Beats (1970)
- song was later covered by UB-40

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep - Middle of the Road (1971) - big hit on KMVI Maui and KPUA Hilo before becoming a hit in Honolulu.

We Can Make It Girl - Society of Seven (1971)
Frisco Bay - Society of Seven (1971)
- these 2 records were released nationally on Uni
records which later became MCA.

Remember Mary - The Sweet Marie (1970)
Stuck in Paradise - The Sweet Marie (1971)
Stella's Candy Store - The Sweet Marie (1972)
- These 3 records got airplay in Hawaii and
actually made some of the local charts. Pretty good rock songs IMO.

Summer Sun - Jamestown Massacre (1972)

If That's the Way You Want It - Diamond Head (1973); this group was NOT from Hawaii.

Pipeline Sequence - Honk (1972)

Goodbye Mr. Tears - Jimmy Osmond (1972) - this guy had 2 Japanese records recorded in Japan when he was just a kid, and 2 of them were hits in Hilo on KPUA radio.

Sunshine Ship - Arthur Hurley & Gottilieb (1973)

Sunlight - Three Dog Night (1971)

These are a handful that I can think of at the moment. I am sure there are more. I know there were a lot of these kinds of records played on KPOI in the late 1950s and early 60s, but I was only a kid and don't remember them.





Posted on 23/08/03 10:40:44 AM

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John Gilleran played guitar on the Summer Sun song, now lives (and has been for years now) on Kauai.

Some national songs got their start in Hawaii too. Scott Edwards had a Gold Record for a few Hawaii started hits. He was the Music Director and evening jock at KKUA during the early 70's.

Posted on 23/08/03 1:34:33 PM

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At 09:40:44 AM 23/08/03, Ed Kanoi wrote:
John Gilleran played guitar on the Summer Sun song, now lives (and has been for years now) on Kauai.

Some national songs got their start in Hawaii too. Scott Edwards had a Gold Record for a few Hawaii started hits. He was the Music Director and evening jock at KKUA during the early 70's.



Ed, "Summer Sun" is still a popular song here. I often wonder what ever happened to Jamestown Massacre. The song remains out of print on CD as far as I know.....

One of the biggest hits ever to break on KKUA before it broke nationally was "Precious & Few" by Climax. It was a number 1 record in Honolulu in the summer of 1971 but never became a mainland hit until the winter or so of 1972 (peaking at #3 on Billboard). Were you with KKUA that early on?




Posted on 24/08/03 09:05:13 AM

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John has a framed copy of Summer Sun. I tried to get him to open the frame so I could record the song. Precious & Few was the song for which Scotty received the gold record. I met Scot in 1971. I began working at KKUA in February of 1972.

Posted on 04/09/03 2:41:50 PM

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I first heard the song "If That's The Way That You Want It" by Diamond Head on the East Coast, which is where I lived before moving to Hawaii. I don't know how high it charted "over there," so I don't know if it was a true hit, but I do know I liked the song.

Posted on 08/09/03 8:12:57 PM

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Erika, I am a bit surprised to hear that Diamond Head had a hit with that record on the East Coast... As far as I know, the single which was released on ABC-Dunhill Records, did not crack the Billboard Hot 100. It does get some airplay on Oldies 107.9 FM and KUMU once in a while... I may have heard it on KSSK a few times too.

Ed, I'll always remember "Precious & Few" as probably the biggest hit to originate in Hawaii during the 1970s, despite the group not being from here. Between 1972 and 1973, Climax with Sonny Gerraci also had Hawaii market only hits with "Life & Breath", "Child of December," "Walking in the Georgia Rain," and the original version of "Rock n Roll Heaven", which came out in 1973, a year before a version by The Righteous Brothers hit nationally.



Posted on 11/10/03 9:15:52 PM

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My partner Rory keeps telling me that in the 70's he heard a song about "Stella, the one with the candy store" but everybody we asked never heard about it. So he thought maybe he dreamt about the song. Thanks for clearing that up.

Also words to Diamond Head song: "Now that we come to end of our road, somebody gots to be going." and "If that's way that you want it, oh baby you got it..."

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At 8:15:52 PM 11/10/03, hammy wrote:
My partner Rory keeps telling me that in the 70's he heard a song about "Stella, the one with the candy store" but everybody we asked never heard about it. So he thought maybe he dreamt about the song. Thanks for clearing that up.



The Sweet Marie's album was issued to CD for a short time a few years ago. It is still listed with Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00005LVYX/qid=1065947342/sr=1-3/ref=sr_1_3/103-4463917-1953404?v=glance&s=music

I have a copy of this CD. It is well worth the cost if you can find it. Sweet Marie was a local band that was signed with a mainland label (Yardbird Records) in the early 1970s. I also seen this CD at Jellys and Tower.

"Stella's Candy Store" made the year end charts in 1972. I lost the one for KKUA and never got the one for KPOI. But you can see where it placed on Maui's KMVI Top 100 of 1972:

http://www.hawaiiradiotv.com/~archive/kmvi_top100_72.html

I have the lyrics of Diamond Head's song somewhere in my collection of floppy discs and CD ROM discs.... If I find it I'll post it here.

-- mel