"Heard on WCMF at about 5:30 PM yesterday: "Ah! Leah!" by Donnie Iris. That song barely cracked the Top 30 (#29 in 1981) but still rocks for me. I was quite surprised that it's in their playlist."
Not surprising to hear it in Rochester, or for that matter in Buffalo; it was a lot bigger regional hit throughout the Great Lakes region back in the early 80s, top 10 in cities like Buffalo, Rochester, Pittsburgh (Iris' home base), Cleveland, etc. The song still holds up well today, gets a lot of hits on YouTube...
"Ah! Leah!" is still a staple here in Pittsburgh. Even the Hot AC was playing it for many years.
Also, "Love Is Like A Rock" pops up every now and again.
However there were many Donnie Iris titles I played at OK100/Cortland-Ithaca (whose list was cloned off of sister K104/Erie) that I never heard again after moving home to Pittsburgh...
"Sweet Merilee" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjey52dhi1s
The follow-up to "Ah! Leah!"
"This Time It Must Be Love"
And my favorite...recorded for some obscure CBS Associated imprint I'd not seen before or since:
"Injured In The Game Of Love" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htqNLrQqxLE
And yes...these all qualify for the "Stiffs" thread too...especially that last one!