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Cleveland band claims "Most Requested Song" title.

After 70 episodes of Jumpin' Joe's Basement Show, the most requested song down in the basement is "Stop Wait and Listen" by Circus - a Cleveland band from 1972.

"Stop Wait and Listen" was released on Metromedia Records, yes the same Metromedia company that changed the WHK-FM call letters in 1968 to WMMS.

The group featured Craig and Bruce Balzer, who would later form American Noise in the late 1970s.

The song was a hit in Cleveland on WIXY 1260, reaching #6 on the WIXY Survey in February of 1973. The song was also popular down in Columbus at it reached #9 on WCOL. "Stop Wait and Listen" would chart nationally on Billboard, but only reaching #91. Still, quite an accomplishment considering that many local bands release records that never crack the top 100.

On the WIXY 1260 Top 100 of 1973, "Stop Wait and Listen" finished #66. You'd think the song would have finished in the top 25 due to its popularity in Cleveland. The band's follow up "Feels So Right" only charted in Cleveland reaching #20 on WIXY in July of 1973.

Circus was once scheduled to play Padua Franciscan High School in 1973, but the Parma Fire Department shut down the show because the crowd well exceeded the gym's maximum occupancy.

Circus released one album, a self-titled album in 1972. The band dissolved in 1975.

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