Sunday, February 27, 2011

Your Classic Country Video of the Week

Today its the Elvis version of this country classic from 1972.
This would peak at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 in the UK.

Friday, February 25, 2011

#1 Song of The Week

From 1964 its the Animals and their only chart topper, "House of the Rising Sun".
This was on top for 3 consecutive weeks.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Today in Music


1936 - Ernie K-Doe, R&B singer who had a 1961 US No.1 single with ‘Mother-in-Law’, which was written by Allen Toussaint. K-Doe died on 5th July 2001.


1945 - William Oliver Swofford, (Oliver), 1969, US No 3 & UK No. 6 single, 'Good Morning Starshine.


1962 - Michael Wilton, Queensryche, (1992 UK No.18 single 'Silent Lucidity').


1975 - Scottish group The Average White Band went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Pick Up The Pieces', the bands album AWB also went to No.1 on the US chart.


1989 - A category for Heavy Metal was included at the Grammy Awards for the first time. Metallica performed on stage, but the award went to Jethro Tull. Many audience members booed. Meanwhile, Bobby McFerrin won Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for 'Don't Worry, Be Happy', Tracy Chapman is named Best New Artist and Tina Turner won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for 'Tina Live in Europe'.

1992 - UK music paper the NME printed their writers all time best debut albums; at No.1, Patti Smith, 'Horses', No.2, Joy Division, 'Unknown Pleasures', No.3, MC5, 'Kick Out The Jams, No.4, The Jesus and Mary Chain, 'Psychocandy' and No.5, Television, 'Marquee Moon'.

1992 - Shakespear's Sister started an eight-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Stay'. The duo was made up of ex Bananarama member Siobhan Fahey and singer Marcella Detroit (who co-wrote 'Lay Down Sally' with Eric Clapton). One of the longest running UK No.1's in chart history and the longest by an all-female act.


1997 - No Doubt went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Don't Speak.' The third single from the band's second album Tragic Kingdom was written by Eric Stefani and his sister Gwen Stefani.


2001 - Winners at the 43rd Grammy Awards included U2, record of the year and song of the year with 'Beautiful Day', Steely Dan won album of the year for 'Two Against Nature', Macy Gray won Female pop vocal for 'I Try', Sting won Male pop vocal for 'She Walks This Earth', Eminem won Best Rap album from 'The Marshall Mathers LP', Johnny Cash won Best Male country performance for 'Solitary Man', and Shelby Lynne won best new artist award

Monday, February 21, 2011

Original vs Remake #7


This time our original reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 February of 1969.

"Crimson & Clover" by Tommy James & The Shondells spent 2 consecutive weeks at the top




The most successful of the several remakes was done in 1982 by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, reaching #7 on the Billboard Hot 100

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Your Classic Country Video of the Week

A #1 country hit in 1980 from the movie "Urban Cowboy"

Casey Kasem's American Top 40 - The 80s - February 19th 2011


AT40 the 80s this week Feb 16th 1980

This week a little something different. I will have videos to go along with the Top Ten Singles.

10 - Desire - Andy Gibb


9 - On The Radio - Donna Summer


8 - Longer - Dan Fogleberg


7 - Sara - Fleetwood Mac


6 - Yes, I'm Ready - Teri DeSario with KC


5 - Rock With You - Michael Jackson


4 - Cruisin - Smokey Robinson


3 - Coward of the County - Kenny Rogers


2 - Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen


1 - Do That To Me One More Time - The Captain & Tennille
(one week at #1)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The 1000th #1 Single

for the week ending Feb 26th 2011 this is the 1000th #1 single on the official Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The chart officially began in 1958.

Billboard Music Awards Return


Billboard magazine is bringing back its Billboard Music Awards,which initially ran from 1989 to 2006. The resuscitated show will air on ABC on May 22nd, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The winners will be based on artists' chart performances, as well as their digital track and album sales, touring, streaming and social networking popularity. The eligibility period will run from February 28th of last year to March 1st of this year, with awards to be handed out in the categories of R&B, Rap, Rock, Pop, Country, Latin and Alternative.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Casey Kasem AT40 The 70s - Feb 13th 2011

This Week on AT40 the 70s Feb 16th 1974


The Top Ten Singles

10 - Rock On - David Essex
9 - Boogie Down - Eddie Kendricks
8 - Jungle Boogie - Kool & The Gang
7 - Let Me Be There - Olivia Newton-John
6 - Americans - Bryan MacGregor
5 - Spiders and Snakes - Jim Stafford
4 - Until You Come Back To Me - Aretha Franklin
3 - You're Sixteen - Ringo Starr
2 - Love's Theme - Love Unlimited Orchestra
1 - The Way We Were - Barbra Streisand
(1 week at #1)




The Top Ten Albums

10 - Tales From Topographic Oceans - Yes
9 - Behind Closed Doors - Charlie Rich
8 - Band on the Run - Paul McCartney
7 - The Joker - Steve Miller Band
6 - I Got a Name - Jim Croce
5 - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
4 - You Don't Mess Around with Jim - Jim Croce
3 - Under the Influence of... - Love Unlimited
2 - Greatest Hits - John Denver
1 - Planet Waves - Bob Dylan
(1st of 4 Consecutive weeks at #1)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Casey Kasem AT40 The 80s - Feb 12th 2011

Casey Kasem's AT40 the 80s from Feb 9th 1985

The Top Ten Singles

10 - I Would Die 4 U - Prince & The Revolution
9 - Like a Virgin - Madonna
8 - Neutron Dance - The Pointer Sister
7 - Method of Modern Love - Hall & Oates
6 - You're the Inspiration - Chicago
5 - The Boys of Summer - Don Henley
4 - Lover Boy - Billy Ocean
3 - Careless Whisper - Wham!
2 - Easy Lover - Philip Bailey w/Phil Collins
1 - I Want To Know What Love Is? - Foreigner
(2nd of 2 Weeks at #1)




The Top Ten Albums

10 - Centerfield - John Fogerty
9 - Private Dancer - Tina Turner
8 - Reckless - Bryan Adams
7 - New Edition - New Edition
6 - 17 - Chicago
5 - Purple Rain - Prince & The Revolution
4 - Agent Provocateur - Foreigner
3 - Make It Big - Wham!
2 - Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen
1 - Like a Virgin - Madonna
(1st of 3 weeks at #1)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

#1 Song of The Week


This week in 1979 Rod Stewart topped the Billboard Hot 100 with his disco hit "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?".  Co- written by drummer Carmine Appice, who also played on this song.
This was the first of 4 consecutive weeks at the top. Previously this had topped the UK Top 100 for 1 week in December of 1978.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

UK Top 40 Charts Feb 12th 2011



The UK Top 40 Charts for the week ending Feb 12th 2011

The Top Ten Singles

10 - Blind Faith - Chase & Status w/Liam Bailey
9 - Yeah 3X - Chris Brown
8 - Higher - Taio Curz
7 - Do It Like a Dude - Jessie J
6 - Coming Home - Diddy Dirty Money/Skylar Grey
5 - Tonight - Enrique Iglesias w/Ludacris
4 - Rolling in the Deep - Adele
3 - We R Who We R - Ke$ha
2 - Grenade - Bruno Mars
1 - Price Tag - Jessie J w/B.o.B
(1st week at #1)


Top Ten Albums

10 - The Lady Killer - CeeLo Green
9 - Seasons of My Soul - Rumer
8 - Mayhem - Imelda May
7 - Lights - Ellie Goulding
6 - Simply Eva - Eva Cassidy
5 - Loud - Rhianna
4 - 19 - Adele
3 - Doo-Wops & Hooligans - Bruno Mars
2 - No More Idols - Chase & Status
1 - 21 - Adele
(2 weeks at #1)



Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Original vs Remake #6

Tonight's song is the Beatles ode to Reggae with "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" from the 1968 classic
"The White Album". This song was not released in the United States until 1976, it did not chart in either the US or the UK.



The remake of this song by the group Marmalade was released also in 1968 in the UK and went straight to the #1 spot on the UK Top 40 and stayed for one week.

Billboard Top Ten 02/05/2011

Here is the current Billboard Top Singles for the week ending 02/05/2011


10 - Hey Baby (Drop it too the Floor) - Pitbull w/T-Pain
9 - The Time (Dirty Bit) - The Black Eyed Peas
8 - Raise Your Glass - Pink
7 - We R Who We R- Ke$ha
6 - Hold it Against Me - Britney Spears
5 - What's My Name? - Rhianna w/Drake
4 - Tonight (I'm Lovin You) - Enrique Iglesias
3 - Black and Yellow - Wiz Khalifa
2 - Firework - Katy Perry
1 - Grenade - Bruno Mars
(3rd week at #1)


The Top Ten Albums

10 - Sigh No More - Mumford and Sons
9 - Pink Friday - Nicki Minaj
8 - Speak Now - Taylor Swift
7 - Teenage Dream - Katy Perry
6 - Doo-Wops & Hooligans - Bruno Mars
5 - Low Country Blues - Greg Allman
4 - Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes - Social Distortion
3 - Science and Faith - The Script
2 - Kidz Bop 19 - Kidz Bop Kids
1 - The King is Dead - The Decemberists
(1 week at #1)


Monday, February 7, 2011

One Hit Wonder of the Week


Today's one hit wonder is from 1976.

"Junk Food Junkie" by Larry Groce hit #9 in 1976. The song was a take off on the health food craze that was starting in the US around that time.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Your Classic Country Video of the Week

#1 from May of 1979, John Conlee's 3rd #1 country hit.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Album Spotlight


Today's spotlight in on one of the biggest selling albums of 1984, and its aptly titled 1984 by Van Halen.
The band made up of brothers Alex and Eddie Van Halen with Michael Anthony and lead singer David Lee Roth were one of the biggest hard rock acts of the 1980s but this would be the sixth and final album to feature this lineup. Roth would leave the band soon after the 1984 world tour and start a solo career, while the group would bring in Sammy Hagar as singer/songwriter and keep going with successful albums, singles and tours for the next 10 years.

Released in January 1984 the album raced up the charts to peak at #2 and featured a new sound for the group with Eddie Van Halen showcasing his piano skills on keyboard with "Jump"
That song became the first (and to date, only)#1 Billboard Hot 100 single for the group on February 25th 1984 and stayed there for 5 weeks. Also reaching the top of the Cashbox Top 100 for 2 weeks.



The album featured 2 more top 15 singles, both reaching #13 on the Hot 100, "I'll Wait" and "Panama". A third single didnt make the top 40 but became a staple of MTV, "Hot For Teacher" reached #56 on the Hot 100.



Friday, February 4, 2011

Casey Kasem's AT40 The 70s - Feb 5th 2011

AT40 the 80s, this week Feb 5th 1972

The Top Ten Singles

10 - Joy - Apollo 100
9 - Hurting Each Other - The Carpenters
8 - Precious and Few - Climax
7 - Sunshine - Jonathan Edwards
6 - Never Been To Spain - Three Dog Night
5 - Without You - Nilsson
4 - Day After Day - Badfinger
3 - Brand New Key - Melanie
2 - Let's Stay Together - Al Green
1 - American Pie - Don McLean
(
4th of 4 consecutive weeks at #1)



The Top Ten Albums

10 - Teaser and the Firecat - Cat Stevens
9 - Chicago at Carnegie Hall - Chicago
8 - Madman Across the Water - Elton John
7 - Tapestry - Carole King
6 - A Nod is a Good as a Wink - Faces
5 - Hot Rocks 1964-1971 - Rolling Stones
4 - Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
3 - Music - Carole King
2 - The Concert for Bangladesh - George Harrison
1 - American Pie - Don McLean
(3rd of 7 consecutive weeks at #1)

Casey Kasem AT40 The 80s - Feb 5th 2011

AT40 the 80s this week Feb 5th 1983

The Top 10 Singles

10 - You Can't Hurry Love - Phil Collins
9 - You and I - Eddie Rabbit and Crystal Gayle
8 - Rock The Casbah - The Clash
7 - Dirty Laundry - Don Henley
6 - Maneater - Hall and Oates
5 - Shame on the Moon - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
4 - Baby Come To Me - James Ingram and Patti Austin
3 - Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
2 - Down Under - Men at Work
1 - Africa - Toto
(1 week at #1)



The Top Ten Albums

10 - Toto IV - Toto
9 - Long After Dark - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
8 - Hello, I Must Be Going - Phil Collins
7 - Combat Rock - The Clash
6 - The Distance - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
5 - Thriller - Michael Jackson
4 - Get Nervous - Pat Benatar
3 - H2O - Hall and Oates
2 - Built For Speed - Stray Cats
1 - Business as Usual - Men at Work
(13th of 15 weeks at #1)
This multi million selling album was one of the best selling albums of the 1980s and produced 2 #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
The 2 #1 hits were "Who Can it Be Now" (1 week at #1 in October 1982) and
"Down Under" which spent 4 weeks at #1 in Jan/Feb 1983.


Karen Carpenter

1983 - Karen Carpenter died aged 32 of a cardiac arrest at her parent's house in Downey, California; the coroner's report gave the cause of death of imbalances associated with anorexia nervosa.
The Carpenters 1970 album Close to You, featured two hit singles: ‘(They Long to Be) Close to You’ and ‘We've Only Just Begun.’ They peaked at No.1 and No.2, on the US chart.
In 1975 - In Playboy's annual opinion poll; its readers voted Karen Carpenter the Best Rock Drummer of the year.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Today in Music



1968 - One hit wonders The Lemon Pipers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Green Tambourine' the song was a No.7 hit in the UK.


1973 - Elton John started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Crocodile Rock'. Elton's first of five US No.1 singles


1979 - The Blues Brothers went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Briefcase Full Of Blues'.




1990 - For the first time ever, the UK Top 3 singles featured non-British and non-American acts. Ireland's Sinead O'Connor, Australia's Kylie Minogue and Belgium's Technotronic.
Sinead O'Connor had her first No.1 single with Nothing Compares To U', a song written by Prince.

Happy Birthday
1947 - Melanie Safka, US singer, songwriter, (1971 US No.1 & 1972 UK No.4 single 'Brand New Key').


The Day the Music Died

Today in 1959 - 22 year old Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, aged 17, died in a crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa, the pilot of the single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plane was also killed.
Holly hired the plane after heating problems developed on his tourbus. All three were traveling to Fargo, North Dakota, for the next show on their Winter Dance Party Tour which Holly had set - covering 24 cities in three weeks, to make money after the break-up of his band, The Crickets, last year.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

ACM Single and Song of the Year Nominees


Here are the nominees for the 2011 Academy of Country Music's Song of the Year and Single of the Year for 2010
Both catagories have the same songs nominated except for Kenny Chesney's "Boys of Fall", which was nominated for Single and not for Song of the Year.

"A Little More Country Than That" - Easton Corbin



"As She's Walking Away" - Zach Brown Band



"If I Die Young" - The Band Perry



"Love Like Crazy" - Lee Brice



"The House That Built Me" - Miranda Lambert



"The Boys of Fall" - Kenny Chesney

The ACM Nominations


Today the Academy of Country Music announced the nominees for their 46th annual awards held April 3rd 2011.

The ACM is the Los Angeles based country music awards that hold their awards ceremony in Las Vegas and will be for the year 2010. Hosted again this year by Reba McEntire.



I will be posting the videos for the song, single and video of the year soon.