Monday, March 26, 2018

KDZA 1963: Pueblo rock 'n roll radio, 55 years ago


 

March 23, 1963: The Beatles release the Please Please Me LP, and the number one song in Pueblo was "End of the World," by Skeeter Davis. Pueblo record buyers headed to the Crown Discount Center, on W. Fourth Street, to pick up the latest Top 40 singles (and the newest Elvis LP for $1.99)... and KDZA radio was the #1 station in town. Yeah, Pueblo was boppin' 55 years ago, this week.

An acquisition of several KDZA Pueblo radio "Hit Parade" lists recently came into my possession, this week - almost exactly 55 years ago from when they first saw the light of day.  How cool is that?

 

February 22, 1963
#1 song: "Walk Like a Man" - Four Seasons
KDZA Album Pick of the Week: Days of Wine & Roses - Pat Boone 


 March 10, 1963
#1 song: "Ruby Baby" - Dion
KDZA Album Pick of the Week: The Night Has a Thousand Eyes - Bobby Vee
Plus The Crown Discount Center offered the Elvis single "One Broken Heart For Sale" for $.79

 

March 17, 1963
#1 song: "Ruby Baby" - Dion
KDZA Album Pick of the Week: Album #16 - Kingston Trio
 

March 24, 1963
#1 song: "End of the World" - Skeeter Davis
KDZA Album Pick of the Week: Blood, Sweat & Tears - Johnny Cash
Plus The Crown Discount Center offered the Elvis LP Girls! Girls! Girls! for $1.99

Sadly, none of these earlier hit lists show any disc jockeys, but Dee B. Crouch is listed as station manager. According to a 2003 story, written by Dwight Hunter, in the Pueblo Lore (the Pueblo County Historical Society magazine): In 1947, Crouch led a group who formed the Pueblo Radio Company and put Pueblo’s third radio station, KDZA-AM, on the air. That station survives today as KKPC. 

Curious about the other "Lively 123" (AM 1230) hits of February-March, 1963? Take a look (click picture below to see all):

 





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