The 101 number one song of the day was written and sung by a man without a recording contract but David Geffen volunteered to release a whole album of his songs without ever hearing a single note.
The artist was coming off a five year hiatus during which he spent his time as a househusband. But while on a trip to Bermuda, he started writing again and when he returned to New York, he booked a studio and resumed his recording career. Some record companies asked to hear the LP before offering a deal, but Geffen was willing to give it a go based on reputation alone. After all, he had an impressive resume and on December 28, 1980 the first single from the album was the number one song in America – just about one month after it’s release. Tragically, it was less than three weeks after his death – John Lennon (Just Like) Starting Over