Sunday, January 30, 2011

Top of the Pops (UK Edition)

This week our Top of the Pops jumps across the ocean to the UK and this week on the UK Top 40 in 1970.

5 - All I Have To Do is Dream - Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell

4 - Come and Get it - Badfinger

3 - Reflections of My Life - Marmalade

2 - Two Little Boys - Rolf Harris
(last weeks #1 single)

1 - Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) - Edison Lighthouse
(jumping from #12 all the way to the top)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

#1 Song of the Week

This week its the legendary Beatles and "Get Back". Spending 5 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May and June of 1969 and also reaching #1 in the UK.

This is the only Beatles single to list another artist on the record label, it was Billy Preston on the organ/keyboard

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Original vs Remake #5

That's What Friends Are For - Rod Stewart

This was first introduced by Rod Stewart on the soundtrack for "Night Shift" in 1982.

That's What Friends Are For - Dionne and Friends

The far better known cover was the version that topped the charts in January 1986.

This version by Dionne Warwick and Friends (Elton John,Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder) spent 4 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Today in Music

1963 - The Rooftop Singers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Walk Right In', a No.10 hit in the UK.

1965 - 'Downtown' by Petula Clark was at No. 1 on the US singles chart. A young Jimmy Page had played as a session guitarist on the track, giving him his first US No.1 hit, (and a No. 2 hit in the UK).

1971 - Dawn topps the Hot 100 with 'Knock Three Times", the first of 3 consecutive weeks.

1973 - Sweet were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Blockbuster'. The glam rockers only UK No.1 of 15 Top 40 hits.

1974 - Mud were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman song 'Tiger Feet', the group's first of three UK No.1's.

1974 - Ringo Starr went to No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Johnny Burnette 1960 hit 'Your Sixteen', a No.3 hit in the UK.

1985 - Foreigner started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Agent Provocateur'.

1987 - Billy Vera & the Beaters are #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of 2 weeks with "At This Moment"

1991 - Queen had their second UK No.1 with 'Innuendo'. It was the third longest No.1 song of all time behind The Beatles 'Hey Jude' and Simple Minds 'Belfast Child'. The flamenco guitar solo on the track was performed by Yes guitarist Steve Howe.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

1982 American Music Awards

Today in 1982 the 9th annual American Music Awards were handed out in Los Angeles California.

The Nominees for Favorite Pop/Rock Single were:

Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes

Keep On Loving You by REO Speedwagon

Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield

The winner of Favorite Pop/Rock Song for 1981

Endless Love by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Your Country Classic Video of the Week

Here is George Straits first #1 country song from 1982 "Fool Hearted Memory"

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Casey Kasem's American Top 40 - The 70s - January 22nd 2011

AT40 the 70s this week January 22nd 1977

The Top Ten Singles

10 - Torn Between Two Lovers - Mary MacGregor
9 - Blinded By the Light - Mandfred Mann's Earth Band
8 - After The Lovin' - Englebert Humperdink

7 - New Kid in Town - The Eagles

6 - Hotline - The Sylvers

5 - You Don't Have to Be Star - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr
4 - Dazz - Brick

3 - You Make Me Feel Like Dancing - Leo Sayer

2 - Car Wash - Rose Royce

1 - I Wish - Stevie Wonder

(1 week at #1)

The Top Ten Albums

10 - A Night on the Town - Rod Stewart

9 - Fly Like An Eagle - Steve Miller Band

8 - Frampton Comes Alive - Peter Frampton

7 - Greatest Hits - Linda Rondstadt
6 - A Star is Born - Barbara Streisand

5 - Best of the Doobies - The Doobie Brothers

4 - Boston - Boston

3 - S0ngs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder

2 - Hotel California - The Eagles

1 - Wings Over America - Wings

(1 week at #1)

The only live album for Paul McCartney and Wings and was a triple LP set.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Casey Kasem's American Top 40 - The 80s - January 22nd 2011

AT40 the 80s this week January 26th 1980

The Top Ten Singles

10 - Sara - Fleetwood Mac
9 - The Long Run - The Eagles
8 - Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen

7 - We Don't Talk Anymore - Cliff Richard

6 - Send One Your Love - Stevie Wonder

5 - Crusin' - Smokey Robinson

4 - Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes

3 - Coward of the County- Kenny Rogers
2 - Do That To Me One More Time - The Captain & Tennile
1 - Rock With You - Michael Jackson

(2nd of 4 Consecutive weeks at #1)

The Top Ten Albums

10 - Tusk - Fleetwood Mac
9 - Cornerstone - Styx

8 - Phoenix - Dan Fogelberg

7 - Off the Wall - Michael Jackson

6 - Kenny - Kenny Rogers

5 - Greatest Hits - Bee Gees

4 - On the Radio (Greatest Hits Vol 1 & 2) - Donna Summer

3 - Damn the Torpedoes - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

2 - The Long Run - The Eagles
1 - The Wall - Pink Floyd
(2nd of 15 consecutive weeks at #1)

A double album released in November of 1979 it has gone platinum 23 times in the 1980s. The album produced the single "Another Brick in the Wall pt 2" that was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Top 40.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Original vs Remake #4

From 1966 the original "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" by the Temptations. #1 on the Billboard R&B chart for 8 weeks and peaked at #13 on the Hot 100.

There have been several remakes over the years but the most famous version was done in 1974 by the Rolling Stones on their It's Only Rock N Roll album.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Your Country Classic Video of the Week

Tonight your classic is Charley Pride with "Kiss an Angel Good Morning".
#1 on the Billboard Hot Country Chart all of December in 1971.

Today in Music

1976 - The album, Frampton Comes Alive, was released by Herb Alpert’s A&M Records. The double LP soon reached the top spot of the album charts and stayed perched there for 17 weeks. It sold 19 million copies in its first year in the record racks.

Great article about this tremendous album on

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Casey Kasem's American Top 40 - The 80s - January 15th 2011

This week AT40 the 80s January 18th 1986

The Top Ten Singles

10 - Tonight She Comes - The Cars
9 - Walk of Life - Dire Straits

8 - Burning Heart - Survivor

7 - Talk To Me - Stevie Nicks

6 - Small Town - John Mellencamp

5 - I Miss You - Klymaxx

4 - Alive & Kicking - Simple Minds
3 - Party All The Time - Eddie Murphy

2 - Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie

1 - That's What Friends Are For - Dionne and Friends

(1st of 4 weeks at #1)

The Top Ten Albums

10 - In Square Circle - Stevie Wonder

9 - Knee Deep in the Hoopla - Starship

8 - Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen

7 - Promise - Sade
6 - Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits

5 - Afterburner - ZZ Top

4 - Heart - Heart

3 - Scarecrow - John Mellencamp

2 - The Broadway Album - Barbra Striesand
1 - Miami Vice - Soundtrack

(11th of 11 non consecutive weeks at #1)

The best selling album of 1985 and the most successful tv soundtrack of all time, the soundtrack to very popular and at the time hip tv show "Miami Vice" starring Don Johnson and Phillip Michael Thomas.
Airing on NBC from 1984-1989 the show was cutting edge in its use of current pop/rock songs as part of the soundtrack of the show and launched some big hits on the charts.

The main title theme composed and played by Jan Hammer, went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week in November of 1985.

Another song to off the album reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, Glenn Frey's "You Belong to the City". This was written specifically for "Miami Vice".

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Original vs Remake

Tonight's face off is between a superstar singer and the most successful band in music history.

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - The Beatles
From the 1967 "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album

Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds - Elton John
A #1 smash for Elton that topped the Billboard Hot 100 the first 2 weeks of 1975.

Casey Kasem's American Top 40 - The 70s - January 15th 2011

AT40 the 70s this week January 18th 1975

The Top 10 Singles

10 - Never Can Say Goodbye - Gloria Gaynor
9 - Morning Side of the Mountain - Donny & Marie Osmond

8 - One Man Woman/One Woman Man - Paul Anka & Odia Coates

7 - Junior's Farm - Paul McCartney & Wings

6 - Boogie On Reggae Woman - Stevie Wonder

5 - Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds - Elton John

4 - You're The First, The Last, My Everything - Barry White

3 - Laughter in the Rain - Neil Sedaka

2 - Please Mr. Postman - The Carpenters

1 - Mandy - Barry Manilow

(1 week at #1)

The Top Ten Albums

10 - War Child - Jethro Tull

9 - AWB - Average White Band

8 - Goodnight Vienna - Ringo Starr

7 - Relayer - Yes
6 - Heart Like a Wheel - Linda Rondstadt
5 - Dark Horse - George Harrison

4 - Back Home Again - John Denver

3 - Miles of Aisles - Joni Mitchell

2 - Fire - Ohio Players

1 - Greatest Hits - Elton John
(8th of 10 consecutive weeks at #1)

This album covered the years 1970-1974 and topped the album chart in the US for 10 weeks and the UK chart for 11 weeks. This would be Elton John's first album to receive the diamond sales certification in the US with over 17 million copies sold and 32 million worldwide. This album contained Elton's most famous songs and has become a staple of Classic rock and classic hits play list with:
Side One
- Your Song, Daniel, Honky Cat, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
Side Two - Rocket Man, Bennie and the Jets, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Border Song and Crocodile Rock.

Monday, January 10, 2011

#1 Song of the Week

Our #1 song of the week celebrates the birth of one of the all time best singer/songwriters, Jim Croce.
Born today in 1943 in South Philadelphia he was not an overnight success by any stretch of the imagination. He worked for years in night clubs and small gigs while working construction to pay the bills.
In 1972 he signed a 3 record deal and put out 2 albums that same year, "Life & Times" and "You Don't Mess Around with Jim".
He had his biggest success with the first single off "Life & Times" with "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" which hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed for 2 weeks in July 1972.
Sadly he would not get to enjoy the success and fame he had worked so hard for as he and musical partner Marty Muehleisen were tragically killed in a crash on the way to another concert, September 20 1973.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Album Spotlight

This spotlight falls on the winner of the Grammy for Album of the Year for 1960 and the Grammy award for best New Artist of the Year.

(the most celebrated comedian since Attila the Hun)

Bob Newhart would be the only comedian to with the Grammy for Best New Artist and this was the first comedy LP to win album of the year.
The album would spend 14 non consecutive weeks in the #1 spot on the Billboard chart, trading the spot with Kingston Trio, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Original vs Remake

The original was recorded in 1960 but not released as a single by the Everly Brothers

The big hit version came from the rock group Nazareth in 1975, which reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Original vs Remake

Today's original vs remake is the song "Tragedy". A #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit that spent 2 weeks at the end of March 1979 as the top song in the US.

The remake by the group Steps was a #1 song in January of 1999 for one week.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Billboard #1

Here is the #1 song on the Billboard Hot Country Chart for the week ending January 8th 2011:
Felt Good On My Lips - Tim McGraw

Here is the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending January 8th 2011:
Grenade - Bruno Mars

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Today in Music History New Years Day Edition

1966 - Simon and Garfunkel started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Sounds Of Silence', a No.13 hit in the UK.

1969 - Marmalade were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of The Beatles song 'Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da'.

1970 - Rolf Harris was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Two Little Boys'. The song was written by American composer Theodore Morse and lyricist Edward Madden in 1902.

1977 - Wings were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Mull Of Kintyre.'
Spending nine weeks at No.1 in become the first single to sell over 2 million copies in the UK.

1987 - The Bangles are in the 3rd of 4 weeks at #1 with "Walk Like an Egyptian"

2000 - Santana with Rob Thomas on vocals begins its 11th straight week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Smooth".

2002 - The Top five selling UK albums of 2001:
No.5 - Shaggy 'Hot Shot'
No.4 - Travis 'The Invisible Band'
No.3 - Eva Cassidy 'Songbird'
No.2 - David Gray 'White Ladder'
No.1 - Dido, 'No Angel'.

2007 - Queen beat The Beatles to be crowned greatest British band of all time by BBC Radio 2 listeners in the UK. They pipped the Fab Four in a live contest, trouncing other finalists The Rolling Stones, Oasis and Take That. The bands were judged on song-writing, lyrics, live performances, originality and showmanship. More than 20,000 listeners voted by email, text and phone.

Top 10 Pop Singles of 2010

Here are the 10 biggest singles of 2010 according to Billboard Magazine.

10 - Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz w/Ludacris
1 week at #1 and 16 weeks in the Top 10

9 - Dynamite - Taio Cruz
Peaked at #2 in July with 18 weeks in the Top 10

8 - Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
Peaked at #2

7 - Love the Way You Lie - Eminem w/Rhianna
7 consecutive weeks at #1

6 - Airplanes - B.o.B w/Hayley Williams
Peaked at #2 in June with 17 weeks in the top 10

5 - OMG - Usher w/
4 non consecutive weeks at #1

4 - California Gurls - Katy Perry
6 consecutive weeks at #1

3 - Hey, Soul Sister - Train
Peaked at #3 in April with 19 weeks in the Top 10
The 8th most downloaded song in chart history.

2 - Need You Know - Lady Antebellum
The Top Country and Adult Contemporary Artist
Peaked at #2 in March, in the Top 10 for 16 weeks

1 - Tik Tok - Ke$ha

9 consecutive weeks at #1 and 20 weeks in the Top 10