101 # 1 Song of the Day – 8-17-12

The 101 number one song of the day was written specifically for the British market but actually did better in the U.S. – probably because it was about an American city although the group ended up getting a rather rude reception from the mayor of that city.

Once the song became a hit, the writers, Mitch Murray and Peter Callander thought they could could get more mileage for their record by contacting local officials to arrange a ceremony which would include a key to the city. Apparentely, the mayor didn’t like the idea or, for that matter, the song because he replied with a letter which concluded, “…are you nuts?” Despite that negative review from then Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, the rest of America loved it and it became the number one song on August 17, 1974 Paper Lace (The Night Chicago Died)