Monday, March 29, 2010
10- I Knew You Were Waiting - Aretha Franklin & George Michael
9 - Don't Dream Its Over - Crowded House
8 - The Final Countdown - Europe
7 - Come Go With Me - Expose
6 - Somewhere Out There - Linda Rondstadt & James Ingram
5 - Mandolin Rain - Bruce Hornsby & The Range
4 - Tonight, Tonight, Tonight - Genesis
3 - Let's Wait Awhile - Janet Jackson
2 - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship
1 - Lean on Me - Club Nouveau
The #1 Album this week in 1987 was "Licensed To ILL" by the Beastie Boys in its 4th week of 7 consecutive weeks at #1.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Today in 2006 Alvis E. "Buck" Owens Jr. died from a heart attack at the age of 77 just hours after a performance at his own theater.
5- Dark Lady - Cher
After spending one week at the top Cher falls to #5 this week with her last #1 of the 1970s.
4- Bennie and the Jets - Elton John
The B side of "Candle in the Wind" in Britain it was the A side in the USA after R&B radio stations started giving it heavy airplay and eventually made it to #15 on the Billboard R&B chart. Its on its way to becoming Sir Elton's second #1 in the US.
3-Season in the Sun - Terry Jacks
After spending 3 weeks at #1 this Terry Jacks million seller holds at #3 for a second consecutive week.
2-Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede
The first Swedish group to top the Billboard Hot 100, next week they jump to #1. They would top the chart for the week ending April 6th 1974 which in an odd twist is the same day that a group of fellow swedes called ABBA would win the Eurovision Song Contest.
1- Sunshine on My Shoulders - John Denver
After a nine week climb up the chart John Denver lands his first #1 single after charting 9 previous times but not hitting the top as a singer. He did hit #1 in 1969 as a writer when Peter,Paul and Mary were tops with "Leavin on a Jet Plane". This was from the #1 album "John Denver's Greatest Hits" which was in its first of 3 weeks at the top of the album chart.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
5- Telephone - Lady GaGa
4- Rude Boy - Rhianna
3- Hey, Soul Sister - Train
2- Nothin' on You - B.o.B
1- Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris
Now for those loyal followers of this blog, this is new and I know nothing of the new acts since about 1995. I will say this, not a bad song at #1 and has a good sound and a real voice without the autotune device.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Jimi Hendrix new album "Valleys of Neptune" has entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart at #4 this week nearly 40 years after his death.
This breaks the record held by Elvis Presley. His Elvis: 2nd To None debuted at #3 in October 2003, a little more than 26 years after his death.
Here is the song that Randy is most remembered for and probably has his most recognizable guitar sound, Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne.
Here is the AP story of that crash.
10- Can't Smile Without You - Barry Manilow
9- Just the Way Your Are - Billy Joel
8- I Go Crazy - Paul Davis
7- Dance, Dance, Dance - Chic
6- Stayin' Alive - The Bee Gees
5- Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton
4- Emotion - Samantha Sang
3- Sometimes When We Touch - Dan Hill
2- Night Fever - Bee Gees
1- Love is Thicker Than Water - Andy Gibb
Second of 2 Weeks at #1
10- Too Hot- Kool & The Gang
9- The Second Time Around - Shalamar
8- Him - Rupert Holmes
7- Yes, I'm Ready - Terri DeSario & KC
6- Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me Girl – The Spinners
5- On The Radio - Donna Summer
4- Desire - Andy Gibb
3- Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd
2- Longer - Dan Fogleberg
1- Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
The last of 4 Weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
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Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
"Kiss An Angel Good Morning", released in 1971,became Charley's biggest single and helped him win the Country Music Association's Top Male Vocalist for 1971 and 1972. He also won the CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1971.
He took "Kiss An Angel" to #1 on the Billboard Country chart for 5 weeks in late 71 and early 72 and got his only Pop Top 40 hit with "Angel" reaching #21.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The BIG winner was Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel.
They took home Record of the Year (Performer), Song of the Year (writer/producer Paul Simon), Album of the Year, Contemporary (Rock) Song of the Year,Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) and Best Engineered Recording (Roy Halee).
This video clip is very cool because it is one of the only times Simon and Garfunkel performed this song together before their breakup. They had recorded the song in there own studios and had it mixed together and basically refused to be together at this point. In the clip from that years Grammy's you could sense the tension between them but the managed to seem like a team for the show.
The other big hit at the 1971 Grammy awards was Ray Stevens and his #1 hit Everything is Beautiful, which was nominated for all the major awards and lost to Simon and Garfunkel. He did however win Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year and Best Sacred Performance.
The Beatles took home a Grammy Award in 1971 for Best Original Score written for a Motion Picture or Television Special with Let It Be
Best New Artist Grammy and Contemporary Vocal Group - The Carpenters
On the Country side, Ray Price won for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male with his hit For The Good Times
Best Country Vocal Performance, Female was Lynn Anderson for Rose Garden
Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group was Johnny Cash/June Carter with
If I Were a Carpenter
Best R&B Song went to General Johnson & Ronald Dunbar (songwriters) for Patches performed by Clarence Carter
"Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer" by Johnny Russell.
The song peaked at #4 on the Billboard Country Chart in October 1973 and went to #1 on the Canadian Country Chart.
Johnny Russell first found fame for writing "Act Naturally" that was made famous by Buck Owens and later recorded by the Beatles.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Record of the Year (Producer) went to "A Taste of Honey" produced by Jerry Moss and Herb Alpert.
Song of the Year (writers) went to Johnny Mandel & Paul Francis Webster for
"The Shadow of Your Smile" (Love Theme from The Sandpiper) sung by Tony Bennett.
Best Comedy Performance was Bill Cosby for "Why is There Air"
Best Country & Western Vocal Performance Male, Best Country & Western Single, Best Contemporary Vocal Performance Male and Best Contemporary Single - "King of the Road" by Roger Miller
Best R&B Recording "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" by James Brown
On this day in 1945 Billboard Magazine published its first chart for the top albums sold in the USA.
The first #1 album was "The Nat King Cole Trio".
These were not the 33 1/3 albums we know today but 78 rpm records. The album chart came to track the top 200 albums and today has adjusted to include downloads in the sales chart.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
10- Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) - Journey
9- Baby, Come to Me - Patti Austin with James Ingram
8- We've Got Tonight - Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton
7- You Are - Lionel Richie
6- Back on the Chain Gang - The Pretenders
5- Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
4- Do You Really Want to Hurt Me - Culture Club
3- Stray Cat Strut - The Stray Cats
2- Shame on the Moon - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
1- Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
(2nd of 7 consecutive weeks at #1 and from the #1 album Thriller which was in its 3rd of 22 weeks it would spend at #1 in 1983)
10- IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND – Gordon Lightfoot
9- DOESN’T SOMEBODY WANT TO BE WANTED – The Partridge Family
8- A-Side HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN – Creedence Clearwater Revival
8- B-Side HEY TONIGHT – Creedence Clearwater Revival
7- PROUD MARY – Ike & Tina Turner
6- MAMA’S PEARL – The Jackson 5
5- SHE’S A LADY – Tom Jones
4- JUST MY IMAGINATION (RUNNING AWAY WITH ME) – The Temptations
3- FOR ALL WE KNOW – The Carpenters
2- ME AND BOBBY MCGEE - Janis Joplin
1- ONE BAD APPLE - The Osmonds (5th of 5 consecutive weeks at #1)
The #1 Album in the USA March 13th 1971: Pearl - Janis Joplin
Thursday, March 11, 2010
This year didn't see any one group or individual dominate the awards.
Record of the Year to Bones Howe (producer) & The 5th Dimension for "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In"
Album of the Year- "Blood, Sweat & Tears" by Blood,Sweat & Tears
Best Country Vocal Performance Female - "Stand by Your Man" Tammy Wynette
Best Country Performance Male - "A Boy Named Sue" Johnny Cash
Best Contempory Vocal Performance Male - "Everybody's Talkin at Me" - Harry Nilsson
Best Rhythm & Blues Performance by a Duo or Group, Vocal or Instrumental-
"Its Your Thing" - The Isley Brothers
John Fogerty is set to be recognized as a BMI Icon at BMI's 58th annual Pop Awards. The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman will be awarded the honor at the event, which will take place on May 18th at L.A.'s Beverly Wiltshire Hotel.
Artists are certified as BMI Icons for their "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." With the award, Fogerty joins other such recipients as Gamble & Huff, the Jacksons, the Bee Gees, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, James Brown, Hall & Oates and many more.
For more info, check out BMI's official announcement.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
5 - Eight Days a Week - The Beatles
being released only 4 weeks earlier this future #1 song by the Beatles was not released in the UK and was the first single to reach the top in the US and not make the chart in their home country.
4 - The Jolly Green Giant - Kingsmen
Peaking this week at #4 the Kingsmen of "Louie Louie" fame make the top 5 with a truly odd song.
3 - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - The Righteous Brothers
A former #1 song drops to the 3rd spot this week after spending 2 weeks at #2.
2 - This Diamond Ring - Gary Lewis & The Playboys
After 2 weeks in the top spot the son of comic legend Jerry Lewis drops a notch to make way for the new #1 song in the land.
1 - My Girl - Temptations
The first male group from Motown to hit #1 on the Hot 100 the Temptations rest on top with this Smokey Robinson penned tune. They debuted on the Hot 100 on January 16th at #76 and will spend one week at the top.
Mickey Gilley was born in Mississippi today in 1936. A cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis, he took over the country music scene in 1976 with his monster smash "Don't The Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time". The song hit #1 on the Billboard country singles chart May 1st 1976. He won the Academy of Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year for 1976.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
5- Material Girl - Madonna
4- California Girls - David Lee Roth
3- The Heat is On - Glenn Frey
2- Careless Whisper - Wham! featuring George Michael
(last week's #1 from the this week's #1 album "Make it Big")
1- Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
(First of 3 Weeks at #1)
10 - Can't Get it Out of My Head - ELO
9 - Pick Up the Pieces - Average White Band
8 - Lovin' You - Minne Ripperton
7 - Best of My Love - The Eagles (last week's #1)
6 - Lady - Styx
5 - Lonely People - America
4 - Lady Marmalade - Labelle
3 - My Eyes Adored You - Frankie Valli
2 - Black Water - The Doobie Brothers
1 - Have You Never Been Mellow - Olivia Newton-John
(1 week at the top)
The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 August 7th 1976 and stayed there for 4 consecutive weeks.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
He was promoted to producer after that album, but he still was a part time singer/songwriter and in 1973 his work paid off with the big hit "Oh Babe, What Would You Say?". Reaching #1 on the Cashbox top 40 and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in Feb of 1973. It would be his only true success on the performing side of the recording studio.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
The ceremony was held in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and Nashville TN.
The Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, male and Album of the Year went to "The Chairman of the Board" Frank Sinatra for his song "Strangers in the Night" and album "A Man and His Music".
Song of the Year (for the writers) went to John Lennon and Paul McCartney for "Michelle".
The Grammy for Best Comedy Performance went to Bill Cosby for his album "Wonderfulness"
The big winner for the country Grammy's was David Houston and his blockbuster "Almost Persuaded", winning Best Country and Western Vocal Performance, Male, Best Country & Western Recording and Best Country & Western Song for the writers Billy Sherrill & Glenn Sutton .
Also they had awards that covered "contemporary music" which was what Grammy committee called Rock n Roll.
Best Contemporary (R&R) Solo Vocal Performance - Male or Female
* Paul McCartney for "Eleanor Rigby"
Best Contemporary (R&R) Group Performance, Vocal or Instrumental
* The Mamas & the Papas for "Monday, Monday"
Best Contemporary (R&R) Recording
* New Vaudeville Band for "Winchester Cathedral"
The R&B Grammy's were dominated by Ray Charles with him winning
Best R&B Solo Vocal Performance, Male or Female and Best Rhythm & Blues Recording for "Crying Time"