12/27/17

Top 100 Hits of 1977 according to San Diego's B-100: 100-51

During the time I was enjoying WLS straight outta Chicago while living in the heart of the Midwest, another radio station was making waves in Southern California.
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Since it first signed on in September 1959, KFMB-FM had featured beautiful music but by 1975 they were dead last in the three-way (soon to be a four-way) ratings race among beautiful music stations in San Diego. KFMB's General Manager, Paul Palmer, sought a format change in March 1975 and consulted KFMB-AM Program Director, Bobby Rich.
When Paul asked me what I thought we should do with it I said “Rock that turkey and go for the KCBQ audience.” He admitted that was what he had been thinking and asked me how I would go about it. My original proposal included to get away from the KFMB image by changing call letters to something that included the letter “Q” so we could be “The FM Q” and call the station “Q-101”.  When I was told the company would NOT change call letters I decided to call it “B-101”.  Then I realized the competing album rock station KGB was calling itself “The 101”.  That’s how I came to the decision name it “B-100”
-Bobby Rich
B-100 came on screaming with “Better Boogie” as their battle cry. Soon, the station's first window decal, the B-100 Boogie Ball began appearing everywhere and B-100 went from worst to first in two years, becoming the first contemporary FM station in the United States to capture number one in the 12+ ratings.

What follows is the bottom half of the 100 Top Hits of 1977, according to the station. It is the very music that helped push B-100 to the top of the ratings.
100. DO YA/Electric Light Orchestra
099. FREE BIRD/Lynyrd Skynyrd
098. LOVE ME/Yvonne Elliman
097. DO YOU WANNA MAKE LOVE/Peter McCann
096. SAVE IT FOR A RAINY DAY/Stephen Bishop
095. SENTIMENTAL LADY/Bob Welch
094. JUST A SONG BEFORE I GO/Crosby, Stills & Nash
093. LOST WITHOUT YOUR LOVE/Bread
092. GIVE A LITTLE BIT/Supertramp
091. COULDN'T GET IT RIGHT/Climax Blues Band
090. THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE/10cc
089. LIDO SHUFFLE/Boz Scaggs
088. HARD TIMES/Boz Scaggs
087. SATURDAY NITE/Earth, Wind & Fire
086. (LOVE IS) THICKER THAN WATER/Andy Gibb
085. MY HEART BELONGS TO ME/Barbra Streisand
084. JUST REMEMBER I LOVE YOU/Firefall
083. LOVE GUN/KISS
082. SHE'S NOT THERE/Santana
081. SOUTHERN NIGHTS/Glen Campbell
080. YOU'RE IN MY HEART (THE FINAL ACCLAIM)/Rod Stewart
079. YOU AND ME/Alice Cooper
078. CALLING DR. LOVE/KISS
077. ON AND ON/Stephen Bishop
076. SWINGTOWN/The Steve Miller Band
075. BLACK BETTY/Ram Jam
074. LIFE IN THE FAST LANE/Eagles
073. BABY COME BACK/Player
072. SWAYIN' TO THE MUSIC (SLOW DANCIN')/Johnny Rivers
071. CINDERELLA/Firefall
070. JET AIRLINER/The Steve Miller Band
069. WALK THIS WAY/Aerosmith
068. I'VE GOT LOVE ON MY MIND/Natalie Cole
067. LONELY BOY/Andrew Gold
066. SHORT PEOPLE/Randy Newman
065. LOOKS LIKE WE MADE IT/Barry Manilow
064. YOU MAKE LOVIN' FUN/Fleetwood Mac
063. WE'RE ALL ALONE/Rita Coolidge
062. CAT SCRATCH FEVER/Ted Nugent
061. IT'S SO EASY/Linda Ronstadt
060. WHATCHA GONNA DO?/Pablo Cruise
059. FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME/Foreigner
058. BARRACUDA/Heart
057. NIGHT MOVES/Bob Seger
056. HELLO STRANGER/Yvonne Elliman
055. THE RUBBERBAND MAN/The Spinners
054. HANDY MAN/James Taylor
053. TELEPHONE LINE/Electric Light Orchestra
052. BABY, WHAT A BIG SURPRISE/Chicago
051. WATCH CLOSELY NOW/Kris Kristofferson

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