Today's post is the first of our recently acquired batch of WLS surveys from 1976 (below) to be featured here on The Hideaway. With the addition of those 46 colorful pieces of paper, all in amazingly pristine condition, The Hideaway's collection of WLS Surveys from 1976-1982 is now 98% complete.
Today, we're traveling back to the week of December 4, 1976. Let's jump right into the list of thirty-three albums. There are three compilation albums are on the list:
Best Of The Doobies debuts at number 31 on the way to a peak of number 5 in the first week of 1977. I wrote about Best Of The Doobies here as it is one of the greatest "greatest hits" albums ever compiled.
The Beach Boys' Endless Summer, originally released in 1974, is in the midst of its fourth separate appearance on the Thirty-threes chart at number 27, down one from the previous week. It originally charted for four weeks in October 1974, when WLS's albums list was but ten positions. It was static at number 9 the entire month. The album recharted in August 1975 at number 10 (of 10, still) spending six weeks and peaking at number 6. When the switch to thirty-three albums occurred in December 1975, Endless Summer was back on the chart at number 19, the beginning of a nearly five-month stay that would see it peak at number 16. In July 1976, the album reappeared on the list of Thirty-threes at number 32. It would peak at number 10 in September before eventually falling off the chart at the end of March 1977 after a cumulative total of 66 weeks on the survey. My love for Endless Summer has been documented here, here and here.
The third hits compilation this week is Eagles - Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 aka the biggest selling album of all time. After debuting among the Thirty-threes back in March, it topped the chart within three weeks and stayed there for three weeks. This week, the album moves up two spots to number 19. It would drop down to number 20 the following week and remain on the chart for another six months, never again breaking the Top 20. Interestingly enough, Eagles - Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 would land (nest?) at all but one of the thirty-three positions on the WLS albums chart during its 64 consecutive-weeks on the chart with the only exception being number 32. I wrote about this album here. In three weeks, on the WLS survey dated Christmas Day 1976, Hotel California aka the third biggest selling album of all time as of December 2018, would debut at number 30 - four spots above Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975.
The only other album debuting this week on WLS's list of top-selling long-players is KISS's Rock And Roll Over at number 32. The group's fifth studio album in a little over two years, it would peak at number 9 on the Thirty-threes chart in 1977 behind the twin Top 10 (on WLS's Forty-fives chart, at least) singles "Calling Dr. Love" and "Hard Luck Woman".
Many of these albums form the foundation of any respectable classic rock station and another handful of them are seeding the soft AC format that's trending as of late.
The Jock Of The Week is the incomparable Radio Hall Of Famer, Ms. Yvonne Daniels aka The First Lady Of Chicago Radio. She was the station's first female jock when she was hired in 1973 which is when the photo above was taken.
Of the concerts listed on this week's survey, only one act had an album currently on the Thirty-threes chart. The Bee Gees were rising up the list, gaining two spots at number 18 with Children Of The World. The album had peaked at number 14 a month prior.