Monday, December 31st, 2012 by Mike McKay
The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a guy who was suffering from a bad case of laryngitis but that didn’t keep it from winning an Oscar.
His doctor ordered him not to use his voice for two weeks but the singer pleaded with him to give him something to lubricate his throat because he had a recording session the following day to do a song for a big movie that was about to be released. The doctor finally relented and when the session was finished one of the studio executives commented that he sounded a lot like the movie’s star – Paul Newman. A few weeks later, his throat healed and he recorded the single version which you’re about to hear. But the raspy voiced version stayed on the film’s soundtrack and won an Academy Award. And during this week in 1970 it rose to number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 and it’s today’s 101 number one song of the day – B.J. Thomas “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”