101 # 1 Song of the Day – 11-4-13

Willie Nelson at the Abraham Chavez Theater in Downtown El Paso November 14th…win 2 tickets with the 101 # 1 Song of the Day Replay!

No one ever expected Richard Chamberlain who played Dr. Kildaire to perform heart surgery, or William Shatner as Captain of the Enterprise to actually pilot an Apollo mission.  But the entire world was appalled when it discovered the artist’s responsible for today’s 101 number one song of the day didn’t play their own instruments.

The distinction between R-E-E-L life and R-E-A-L was blurred because this made-for-TV group was competing in the marketplace with non fictional groups like the Beatles, The Beach Boys, and the Rolling Stones.  They spent 12 hours a day on a soundstage filming their series, leaving little time for recording.  That, and the producers’ doubts about their musical talent, led to studio musicians such as Glen Campbell and Leon Russell to work on their material.  Today’s featured song was released a mere 3 weeks before their series debuted and a few weeks after it became a television hit, they had their first hit record – and this week in 1966 it was number one in America – The Monkees and Last Train to Clarksville.

—that song was written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart and Bobby picked his favorite town in Arizona as his inspiration thus making Clarksville the fourth American city to be mentioned in the title of a number one song (Kansas city, New Orleans, El Paso)