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Friday, March 13th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 13, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day became a big hit without even trying. Read on…
At the last minute it was included as a flip side and it became known as strictly a radio hit. (It’s coming up next) Producer Ted Templeman remarked later that, “some little radio station started playing it in the South and it just started getting played around the country.” Looking back he thought that it stood out from other songs because of a vocal a cappella in the middle of it. With little or no promotion it arrived at number one during this week in March, 1975 for the Doobie Brothers, “Black Water”
Thursday, March 12th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 12, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day was the first British single to reach number one in America without making the chart in its own country. And for that there was a very good reason.
It was never released as a single in Great Britain. Over there, albums were usually released with more tracks than their American counterparts resulting in enough left over material to create interim patchwork LPs. That was the case in today’s featured record which was on an album over there but on a different album over here where the decision was made to release it as a single and it was on top of the charts on March 13, 1965 for the Beatles
“Eight Days a Week”
Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 11, 2015: The 101 # 1 Song of the Day was another “B” side that became the hit instead of the song that was intended to be. And it was recorded by the woman who was deposed as “Queen of the Discos” by Donna Summer.
Her first real success came in 1975 when she came out with a dance album which included a cover of the Jackson Five song “Never Can Say Goodbye.” She became very popular in the disco scene when that music was first emerging. But then Donna Summer came along and for a few years – the singer who was born Gloria Fowles – fell into a professional slump until 1979 when she came out with the record “Substitute.” But it was the flip side that caught on with the public and would become an anthem of sorts for female emancipation. It was number one on this date in ’79 for the now re-named Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 10, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day was the most successful song ever from a group most observers thought had peaked more than a decade before.
Between 1962 and 1964 they had loads of hits including four number ones. But this was 1976 and chart success for them seemed a thing of the past. Then came a song, written by one of the group’s former members, about the repeal of prohibition –and soon they were back on top once again. But not before some changes. They added some new choruses and dropped the reference to 1933 and during this week in March, 1976 the song which fast forwarded thirty years became the number one song in America while becoming the group’s ONLY number one in Great Britain – the Four Seasons and “December 1963 (Oh What a Night)
Monday, March 9th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 9th, 2015: The 101 Number One song of the Day was very much the result of a collaboration of brothers but it was sung by just one of the brothers. The other brothers, meanwhile topped the charts immediately before and after this one did. Who are these famous siblings?
At the time, the brother who sang today’s featured single was not nearly as famous as his other family members who had a staggering amount success in the 70s although they first burst on the scene in the 60s. They were a trio with a long list of number ones including the record that was on top the week before this one rose to number one and the one that knocked it out of the top spot. The song was co-written by older brother Barry and the youngest of the Gibb boys, who at 19 now charted his second number one song during this week in 1978. It Andy Gibb with today’s 101 number one song of the day: (Love is) Thicker Than Water.
Friday, March 6th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 6th, 2015: The 101 # 1 Song of the Day was referred to by members of the band as “that stupid ballad.” Not surprisingly, the writer referred to it in different terms.
He said the song, which he started working on ten years before it was finished, was about that moment in time where it gets to be too painful to be where you are and you know you have to change but change is hard and you overcome that fear of change. One has to wonder if he also found his bandmates description of the song somewhat painful also. But those guys changed their tune when the song rose to number one for a band named after an early 1900s commercial vehicle. It was number one this week in 1985 for REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling
Thursday, March 5th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 5, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day was written and produced by the man Bob Dylan called “America’s greatest living poet” who was also the lead singer of a well known singing group. But it was another group – once known as the Elgins – who took it to the top.
The writer had intended to record it with his own group but he was also working with this other group at the request of his boss at Motown Records. They heard a demo of today’s featured song and pleaded with William Robinson – better known as “Smokey” to let them do it. The Elgins were the result of a merger of two groups: The Primes and the Distants who got together when members of each group defected for various reasons. There would be more personnel changes over the years and many other hits, but the song that arrived at number one this week in March, 1965 marked the first charttopper by a Motown Male group for the now re-named Temptations – “My Girl)
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 4, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day was allegedly named for a famous groupie and it was supposed to be the B side of the single but some thought the A side was too dirty. You’re probably familiar with both sides.
Many radio program directors found it easier to flip the record over because they were uncomfortable with the subject of the song that today’s featured group preferred although the band wasn’t particularly happy with either side. Their front man later referred to the album on which the songs were contained as mostly rubbish. But the fans disagreed and on March 5th, 1967, the single on the flip side of “Let’s Spend the Night Together” was number one in America – The Rolling Stones (with Ruby Tuesday)
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 3, 2015: The 101 # 1 Song of the Day was recorded by the man who became the first artist to simultaneously top the singles and album charts in both pop and black categories.
In fact during that year few individuals ever dominated the charts before or since with the exception of the way the Beatles dominated 1964. He was once a member of a successful group but once he went solo the level of that success soared way beyond that of the original group. During this week in March, 1983, the number one album was Thriller and the number one song was Billie Jean. It’s Michael Jackson
Monday, March 2nd, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 2, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day comes from the band whose name became synonymous with Southern California country rock. And it all started with Linda Ronstadt.
Each of the founding members had emigrated there from other parts of the country and each had experience playing in such bands as Poco, Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band and the Stone Poneys where Linda had gotten her start. She was preparing for a tour and needed backup. Her then manager, John Boylan recruited three of the eventual four members for the job but they were short a drummer. They called a friend, Don, and asked if he was interested. Later he recalled, “I was broke and here was a chance to earn $200 a week. They gelled and decided to form their own band and on March 1, 1975 they owned the number one song in America – it’s today’s 101 number one song of the day – (Best of My Love ) the Eagles