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Monday, June 22nd, 2015 by KC Counts
101 number one song of the day was the only number one single to have two different versions of the same song, by the same artists to be on Billboard’s Hot 100 at the same time. (You’ll find out what it is in minutes.) It was recorded by a duo who both worked for a time for the Beach Boys – she as a backup singer and piano player and he played all the other keyboards during their tour. When the tour ended, they began working together. They recorded their first album entirely in Spanish. Later they released an English version of one of the songs (written by Neil Sedaka)…
which became number one in America on June 22nd, 1975. When the Spanish version was released as a single shortly thereafter it became the only occasion when two versions of a number one single were on the same chart at the same time and the artists that did it – The Captain and Toni Tenille were the ones to do it with “Love Will Keep Us Together.” “Por Amor Viviremos”
Friday, June 19th, 2015 by KC Counts
Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day has a warble…and the band’s label didn’t like that – they thought it would keep the single from being successful so it wasn’t released first from the new album, as the band had hoped it would be. It was probably that warble that made it really stand out. Hear the rest of the story and the song next on 101 Gold. The song ended up being one of two that would prevent Bruce Springsteen from reaching number one with…
“Dancing in the Dark” – the other was Prince’s “When Doves Cry”. Today’s featured single would be one of only two chart toppers for the group although they would have 11 tracks reach the top 20 in the U.S. The year was 1984. The group is Duran Duran and “The Reflex” is today’s 101 #1 song of the day
Thursday, June 18th, 2015 by KC Counts
The 101 number one song of the Day was recorded by a group whose lead singer was unhappy with the results but a little white lie helped to get the record to the top of the charts. (More on that next) The four members were friends growing up in Detroit. They played ball together but didn’t sing together. In fact, they each sang with different groups until one night at a party they started jamming and realized they made a great time. They called themselves the Four Aims but at the time, the Ames Brothers were popular and it was suggested that they come up with a different name and I’ll get back to that in a moment but first that white lie – (more…)
Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 by KC Counts
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Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 by KC Counts
The 101 number one song of the day was produced by the legendary George Martin who had a knack for getting to the top with British musicians but things were a little different with this group of… army brats. (more on that, next) Three friends got together to start their group while attending London’s Central High School. But these guys had little in common with the rest of the rock and rollers coming out of England. They weren’t English. But they were certainly influenced by the music scene there and after several successful albums, they enlisted the aid of the producer who helped to mold the Beatles. George Martin had heard they took a long time to complete an LP and he was worried that it would take a long time to complete their work together… (more…)
Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 by KC Counts
Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day was the last for the group that performed it…the last number one and the last single release before the band’s break up. The writer described it as a sad song. He said he liked writing sad songs because it meant he saved on a psychiatrist. It reflected the building tension within the group. And what happened with the song post-production made him so mad it ended up on his six reasons for breaking up the group as a legal entity…
Hear the rest of the story and the song next on 101 Gold. See, Phil Spector got a hold of the song and added harps, horns, an orchestra and a choir. The writer was outraged but despite his objections it made it onto the album and Phil must’ve done something right, because it went to number one June 16th 1970. The album was “Let It Be” – the writer was Paul McCartney and it was the 20th #1 for the Beatles – “The Long and Winding Road” is your 101 #1 Song of the Day.
Monday, June 15th, 2015 by KC Counts
Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day was recorded initially by just one member of the group that performed it. That member wrote the song in about ten minutes but it was during a time that all the group’s members were going through tough emotional times. (more…)
Friday, June 12th, 2015 by KC Counts
Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day was the third offering by the performers to a director who was looking for songs for a movie. The director had become just a little obsessed with the artists and he was listening to them non-stop. He actually rejected the first two songs they sent him but the third time was a charm for the duo.
Interestingly enough, the writer wasn’t keen on the idea of doing a soundtrack – he thought it was “selling out” but he liked the script and agreed to write for it but ended up going back to an older song called “Mrs. Roosevelt” which the director, Mike Nichols, loved. You might know now what “Roosevelt” got changed to…it was on the soundtrack for The Graduate. Here’s Simon and Garfunkel with “Mrs. Robinson” – your 101 #1 Song of the Day.
Thursday, June 11th, 2015 by KC Counts
Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day made the artist who performed it the first solo artist in the history of the U.S. pop charts to have his first three singles go all the way to number one. But it would also be his last number one.
This particular song was written by a group of brothers in L.A. while they were there to work on the film “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. It only took about 10 minutes to get it together and it would become the biggest single of 1978 for a then 20 year old Andy Gibb (he died 10 years later). Here’s “Shadow Dancing”
Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 by KC Counts
The 101 number one song of the day became the responsible group’s third U.S. number one but it was the first song to reach number one that featured a sitar.
It was inspired musically by the sitar playing of George Harrison and Harihar Rao. The sitar player in the band you’re about to hear had just talked at length with George after he recorded “Norwegian Wood” and although the artist had a history with the instrument, he hadn’t been inspired to really use it until 1966 while the group was recording the song and they say Harihar Rao just happened to walk into the studio with one. It was a good thing, because the group wasn’t happy with the song they’d just recorded and they were about to scrap it all together – then Brian Jones came up with the opening riff and the song gelled and it was number one on June 10th, 1966 for the Rolling Stones “Paint It, Black”