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Thursday, March 19th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 19, 2015: The 101 Number One Song of the Day was written by a Rhodes Scholar who met the person who would sing it during what was called the “great tequila bash.”
It was the spring of 1970 and he stayed at her home for a party that lasted for weeks. When friends worried that the hard drinking Texas mama who took the song to the top of the charts would ruin her health with her lifestyle, she replied, “Maybe I won’t last as long as other singers, but I think you can destroy your now worrying about tomorrow.” As it turned out she did not have many tomorrows left. She would not live out the year. In the following year, the song written by the Rhodes Scholar – Kris Kristofferson – would become number one. It arrived at the top this week in March, 1971 – for late Janis Joplin. (Me And Bobby McGee)
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 18, 2015: 101 Number One Song of the Day: was recorded by a rock and roll superstar whose name is as recognizable today as it was then. Yet it was his ONLY solo effort to crack the top 30.
Over the years he was in bands with some of rock and roll’s other more recognizable names such as Rick James – ever hear of the Mynah Birds? Not too many have but everyone knows the B-Y-R-D Byrds and he eventually hooked up with one of their well known names. Before that, he formed a band with Stephen Stills which became Buffalo Springfield. After that Stills got together with ex-Hollie, Graham Nash and the aforementioned Byrd, David Crosby. Eventually, they convinced their friend to make it a foursome. When they went their separate ways, today’s featured artist pursued his desire to work alone and on March 18, 1972 one of his solo efforts was the number one song in America. It was the only time he penetrated the top 40 on his own. Here’s Neil Young, with “Heart of Gold” – today’s 101 number One song of the Day.
Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 17, 2015: The producer of today’s 101 number one song of the day wanted to create a record that reminded him of his idol, Buddy Holly and at the same time rescue a singer from his descent into bubblegum music.
His name was Steve Barri and it was Holly, along with the Everly Brothers that inspired him to get into the music business. He became a fan of today’s featured singer because of his Buddy-like sound. But this singer’s later records began moving more towards that bubblegum sound that Barri felt didn’t do him justice. He signed on to produce three singles – two sounded like Holly and the third – which the producer liked the least became the hit and on March 17, 1969 it was the number one song in America – Bubblegum won – Tommy Roe co-wrote the song as well as sang it – “Dizzy”
Friday, March 13th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 16, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day was written and recorded by someone who seemed destined for superstardom in 1967 until something happened that changed everything.
It was without a doubt his year. One of his songs –Respect-was taken to the top by Aretha Franklin. Another song he co-wrote with Arthur Conley that actually used his name within – reached number two. And finally, the British pop weekly newspaper Melody Maker published their annual reader’s poll on September 23, 1967 and named him male vocalist of the year ending Elvis Presley’s eight year run. Then tragedy struck on December 7, 1967 when his private plane crashed in a lake in Madison, WI killing him and his band. All before most of America really knew who he was. On March 16, 1968 a song he’d recorded shortly before his death reached number one making it the nation’s first posthumous number one song and it’s today’s 101 number one song of the day for Otis Redding – “sittin’ on the dock of the bay.”
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