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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
Friday, February 27th, 2015 by Mike McKay
February 27, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day was a long song that broke up a long partnership – of the two people who were responsible for its creation.
The two had known each other since the sixth grade and there had always been an element of tension in their working relationship. But by the time they were working on the song you’re about to hear, that tension had grown dramatically. While one of the partners wrote it, the other performed it as a solo on stage. The writer remembers sitting off to the side and resenting the great response the other would get while singing it. He said, “I’d be thinking, ‘that’s my song.’ In the earlier days when they were getting along, he said, ‘I’d never have felt that resentment.” While they’d reunite on stage from time to time, it would be the last time they’d record together. The song arrived at number one this week in February, 1970. Paul wrote it, but the main singer was – Art. Simon and Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
Thursday, February 26th, 2015 by Mike McKay
February 26, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day was a breakthrough for a woman who had tried, and failed, 15 times to have a hit record despite having a very famous name. And she owed her eventual success to garbage.
Despite years of training in voice, dance, and piano her songs about love and romance went nowhere. And despite an incredible vocal pedigree – in fact, perhaps, because of it, she spent years of professional disappointment. Until she teamed up with the writer and producer of today’s featured song. He told her, quote: “You’re not a sweet young thing. You’re not the virgin next store. You’ve been married and divorced. You’re a grown woman. I know there’s garbage in their somewhere.” By garbage he meant pain, heartbreak and worldliness. The realization of that “garbage” made all the difference. With the success of today’s song, for the first time in her life she felt she was her own woman – not someone’s daughter, not someone’s wife or sister. The producer/writer was Lee Hazelwood. And this song was number one in America on February 26th, 1966 and it became a huge hit all over the world for Nancy Sinatra – These Boots are Made for Walking.
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 by Mike McKay
The 101 number one song of the day comes from one of the 70s most popular bands. But they also had their share of critics which included some of rock’s most influential writers.
One wrote, “I dislike the (band) with the same adolescent fervor that I reserved for the BMOC in my prep school and for many of the same reasons: fear, politics, style, envy.” The writer went on to opine that “if they weren’t so successful they wouldn’t be worth disliking so much.” During this week in February, 1977 they scored their third number one and this is it – for the Eagles – New Kid in Town.
Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 by Mike McKay
February 24, 2015: The 101 # 1 song of the day is from an English Band with a royal sounding name and their lead singer listed Jimi Hendrix and Liza Minelli as his main influences.
Of their many hits, he always had a particular fondness to today’s 101 Number One Song of the day saying “it’s a song about love and I’m a loving person.” And, “it’s easy to love the things that bring you money.” The song rose to number one during this week in 1980. His name was Freddie Mercury and the band’s name: Queen. The song: Crazy Little Thing Called Love.
Monday, February 23rd, 2015 by Mike McKay
February 23, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a band from Chicago that wanted a name that sounded like England.
The British invasion had American bands scrambling for ways to compete with the Beatles, the Stones, the Dave Clark Five and others. Originally known as the Pulsations, they briefly considered choosing the name “The Baker Street Irregulars” as a nod to Sherlock Holmes. But eventually they agreed to name which reflected royalty and on February 23, 1967 they owned the number one song in America – Here now are the Buckinghams and “Kind of a Drag”
Friday, February 20th, 2015 by Mike McKay
February 20, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day was the result of a drunken night of revelry for the man who John Lennon called his favorite American singer.
He was a song writer whose work was recorded by The Turtles, Lulu, Rick Nelson, Blood, Sweat and Tears and many others. In fact, Three Dog Night scored a top ten hit with his song, “One.” Oddly enough, his own biggest hit recordings were written by someone else. One night, he was listening to music and throwing back a number of drinks when a particular song struck his fancy. The following day, when he sobered up, he tried to remember the song. At first he thought it was a Beatles song but eventually he realized it was something on a Badfinger album. He thought it had the potential to be a number one song and he was right. On February 22, 1972 it was atop Billboard’s Hot 100 – It’s Nillson “Without You.”