Vinyl Countdown

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This Sunday’s WJPA Vinyl Countdown turns back the calendar to May 23, 1966 when Percy Sledge had the number one song in the country with “When A Man Loves A Woman.”

It was also the week:

  • The Kinks scored their 8th American hit by taking on the world’s fashion designers with a tune called “Dedicated Follower Of Fashion.”

  • Jr. Walker and the All-Stars did the unthinkable, releasing a fifth single from the album, “Shotgun,” a tune called “I’m A Road Runner” which, like its predecessors, quickly made the top 50. 

  • Jan and Dean, who had scored big summer hits the previous three years with “Surf City,” “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena” and “You Really Know How To Hurt A Guy,” respectively, tried to make it four in a row with a summer of ’66 tune called “Popsicle.”

  • And the Beatles had the fastest-moving song of the week with “Paperback Writer.”

You’ll hear that hit and all of the big hits of May 23, 1966 this Sunday at noon on WJPA.

The Vinyl Countdown is presented by Canonsburg’s Guitar Gallery and Slovenian Savings and Loan.