Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Beatles

Here is a video medley of the Beatles #1 songs. This was put together to promote the release of the "One" album in 2000.
This had all the Beatles songs that reached the top spot in the US and UK.
Despite being issued on the 30th anniversary of the band's breakup, it was their first compilation available on one Compact Disc. 1 was a critical success, and became a blockbuster phenomenon, the biggest selling album of the 2000s

Happy Birthday Joe South

According to my sources today is the 70th birthday of singer/songwriter Joe South.
This is "Games People Play" from 1969 and his most famous and biggest charting song (reaching #12 on Billboard's Hot 100) and also winning the Grammy as Song of the Year for 1969.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

70s Pop Hit of the Day

The 1979 Grammy Awards

Today in 1980 the 22nd Annual Grammy Awards were handed out for 1979 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California and broadcast live on CBS.
This was a big year for The Doobie Brothers and their biggest hit "What A Fool Believes" Winning Record of The Year for the group and producer Ted Templeman.
Song of The Year Grammy for the writers Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald with McDonald also winning a Grammy for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists. The album which the single appeared, Minute by Minute, won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo,Group or Chorus.

The Grammy for Album of The Year went to Billy Joel for "52nd Street"

The 22nd Grammy Awards also gave out the only Grammy for Best Disco Recording. This was a new award and it went to Gloria Gaynor for "I Will Survive". The award was discontinued before the next Grammy's due to the backlash against disco.

The Grammy for Best Country Song went to the writers of the Kenny Rogers hit "You Decorated My Life"

Kenny took home the award for Best Country Vocal Performance Male for "The Gambler"

Casey Kasem's American Top 40 - The 80s - February 27 2010

This week AT 40 the 80s Feb 28th 1981.

10- The Winner Takes it All - Abba
9- Same Old Langs Syne - Dan Fogleberg
8- Giving it Up For Your Love - Delbert McClinton
7- The Tide is High - Blondie
6- The Best of Times - Styx
5- Keep On Loving You - REO Speedwagon
4- Celebration - Kool and The Gang
3- Woman - John Lennon
2- 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton (Last week's #1)
1- I Love a Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbit (first of 2 weeks at the top spot)

#1 this week on the Billboard album chart: High Infidelity - REO Speedwagon

Friday, February 26, 2010

Vince Neil solo album

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil will be releasing a new album this May called Tattoos and Tequila. Recorded with Slaughter’s Dana Strum and Jeff Blando and drummer Zoltan Chaney, the new album will include killer clones of the Sex Pistols’ “No Feelings” and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Who’ll Stop The Rain.”

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Today in Rock History

1957 - In Clovis, New Mexico, Buddy Holly & the Crickets recorded “That’ll Be the Day.” The song sold more than a million copies and topped the charts.

1965 - The Beatles’ film Help began shooting in the Bahamas.

1998 - Bob Dylan won three Grammys, including Best Album, for his album, Time out of Mind. During a performance, Dylan was interrupted by a protester with the words “Soy Bomb” painted on his chest.

Happy Birthday Stuart 'Woody' Wood of the Bay City Rollers he is 53 today.

Casey Kasem's American Top 40 - The 70s - February 27 2010

This week AT40 the 70s is for Feb 26th 1977
#10 -“WEEKEND IN NEW ENGLAND” – Barry Manilow
#9 - “DANCING QUEEN” – Abba
#8 - “NIGHT MOVES” – Bob Seger
#7 - “TORN BETWEEN TWO LOVERS” – Mary MacGregor
#6 - “ENJOY YOURSELF” – The Jacksons
#5 -“I LIKE DREAMIN’” – Kenny Nolan
#4 - “FLY LIKE AN EAGLE” – The Steve Miller Band
#3 - “BLINDED BY THE LIGHT” – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
#2 - “LOVE THEME FROM “A STAR IS BORN” (EVERGREEN)” – Barbra Streisand
#1 - “NEW KID IN TOWN” – The Eagles (first and only week at #1 for this song)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

#1 Song of the Week

Today's #1 song is for what would have been 67th birthday of the "quiet" Beatle George Harrison.
Born Feb 25th in Liverpool England he would go on to meet Paul McCartney at his school and in turn would be introduced to John Lennon and form the Quarrymen as teenagers and the rest, as they say, is history.
This #1 song is "Got My Mind Set on You" and its the 3rd and last of song of George's that would top the Billboard Hot 100. It reached the top spot January 16th 0f 1988 and spent one week at #1.
The song was a 1962 song by James Ray and George had wanted the Beatles to cover it but they passed each time. In 1987 George released it as a single from his top 10 album "Cloud Nine" and was considered his best album since "All Things Must Pass" in 1970.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Today in Grammy History

Today in 1983 the 25th annual Grammy Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles California.
This would be a big night for the group Toto and country legend Willie Nelson. Toto would walk away with the Album of the Year for Toto IV and Record of the Year "Rosanna"

The success of "Rosanna" reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July of 1982 helped garner the Grammys but that in turn helped their 2nd single "Africa" reach the #1 spot earlier in February of 1983.

The Song of the Year award (for songwriters) went to Willie Nelson's "Always on My Mind" written by Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson.

This song also helped Willie Nelson win Best Country Vocal Performance Male and also the Grammy for Best Country Song.

Video of the Day

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Happy Birthday J Geils

Today is the 64th birthday of the J (Jerome or John depending on your source) Geils. Founder and lead guitarist of the J. Geils Band. Formed in 1967 they didn't have their first Top 40 success until 1980 with the release of the album Love Stinks. Reaching number 18 on the Billboard album chart it had it had 2 top 40 singles "Come Back" and "Love Stinks".

Casey Kasem's American Top 40 - The 80s - February 21, 2010

This week on AT40 The 80s, Feb 22nd 1986.
The top 10
10 - That's What Friends Are For - Dionne & Friends
9 - Burning Heart - Survivor
8- Silent Running - Mike & The Mechanics
7- Life in a Northern Town - The Dream Academy
6- The Sweetest Taboo - Sade
5- Living in America - James Brown
4- Sara - Starship
3- When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going - Billy Ocean
2- Kyrie - Mr. Mister
1- How Will I Know - Whitney Houston (2nd of 2 weeks at #1)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Bon Scott

Today Feb 19th is also the anniversary of the death of AC/DC lead singer Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott in 1980. Bon died after a night of drinking and his cause of death was ruled acute alc0hol poisoning by doctors.
Bon joined the boys in AC/DC in 1974, replacing then lead singer Dave Evans.
Here is a clip of the band before with Dave singing.

The band briefly toyed with the idea of breaking up after the death of Bon Scott but soon found a more than satisfactory replacement in Brian Johnson. The first album with Brian was Back in Black, it was release on July 25th 1980 and has sold an estimated 49 million copies worldwide. This was a tribute album of sorts to Bon Scott with its black cover but the songs were the tribute, just the type of full force big songs he loved to sing.
He left a big legacy on the rock music scene with his mates of AC/DC.
He was laid to rest in his home country of Australia in the city of Fremantle.

Grandpa Jones

Today is the anniversary of the passing of country music legend Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones. He died this day in 1998 and left a legacy of good old hillbilly music and comedy.
Born in 1913 he was became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1947 and will be forever remembered from the classic tv staple "HEE HAW" in the late 60s thru 1992 when it was canceled.

Here he is in 1961

and from HEE HAW


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