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Mike McKay

By his own account, Mike McKay has lived a charmed life. This year, he and his wife, Nancy, celebrate their 42nd wedding anniversary. Their daughter, Erin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she studied zoology and now cares for the animals she loves – great apes – at the Fort Worth Zoo. Mike has been fortunate to spend his adult life doing what he always wanted to do – entertaining listeners on the radio. He was born and grew up in Brooklyn, N. Y. After graduating from college with a B. A. in English Literature from Saint Anselm College he began working, somewhat inexplicably, in the financial sector in lower Manhattan. But it wasn’t long before he began pursuing a dream born years before while listening to the Beatles on New York’s WABC radio. Soon he was offered a position in sales at an AM station in tiny Lehighton, PA. Within a month he was doing the morning show. Five years later, he landed an on air gig at the most listened to station in the nation which just happened to be that very station he tuned in while in high school – WABC 770 which was heard in more than 30 states. By the early eighties however, music on radio was making it’s inexorable transition to FM. Although that meant leaving the station he grew up with, it brought other remarkable opportunities. Mike went on to a pioneering position in satellite radio hosting Nighttime America on the RKO Radio Network which was heard on hundreds of radio stations in all fifty states. Later he was able to live and work in other parts of the country, including Salt Lake City, Indianapolis, and Detroit. In ’97, the family moved to the great southwest which led to the ultimate opportunity when an entrepreneurial listener, Ned Bennett, approached Mike with a plan to form a new radio company. And Bravo Mic Communications was born. Today, and every day, Mike looks forward to getting up early and joining his on air partner and great friend for the last 14 years, KC Counts, for “Your Morning Show with Mike and KC” which has been the most popular radio show in southern New Mexico for several years running. Email mikemckay@101gold.com

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by

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July 23, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day is about a love triangle and was recorded by a group with a name that sounds like a city but they actually named themselves after a “cocktail.”

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day is about a love triangle and was recorded by a group with a name that sounds like a city but they actually named themselves after a “cocktail.” The original members grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey and a third place finish in a talent show at the famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem led to a record contract. They were originally known as the “Dulcets” but as one of the group’s members commented, “it didn’t sound that exciting. Dulcet means melodic tones but how could you explain that to the public?” Well, some people might know that but they wanted a new name and since Dulcet is also the name of a cocktail they continued with that theme and it led to their new name – which graced the label of their biggest hit which was number one on this day – July 23rd in 1976 for the Manhattans “Kiss and Say Goodbye”


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July 22, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a duo who very early in their career recorded a song about a little girl who would one day grow up to marry a rock and roll superstar. That was not what the song was about – that was what happened in real life.

 

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a duo who very early in their career recorded a song about a little girl who would one day grow up to marry a rock and roll superstar. That was not what the song was about – that was what happened in real life.  Back to that in a moment…but first, these two guys got started in their high school gym because of the great echo for singing. They started touring in California and the Beach Boys – who were a self contained band – backed them up. They collaborated with Brian Wilson who co-wrote today’s featured song. But before that they recorded a song written in 1944 by Jack Lawrence about the baby daughter of a friend. Her name was Linda – Linda Eastman who would grow up to marry Paul McCartney. That proved to be an interesting footnote but not a hit. But on July 22, 1963 they had a huge hit when it reached number one for Jan and Dean “Surf City”


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July 18, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day owed its creation to a street urchin and a lack of pocket change.

 

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day owed its creation to a street urchin and a lack of pocket change.   The writer remembers it this way, “I was coming down the Westside Highway in NYC where there is the longest traffic light of all time. When you stop for the light, a bunch of kids run out and clean your windows and get a couple of cents. I was headed to the studio waiting for the light to change when a little girl came up to the car and started on my windshield. I saw her dirty face and her tattered clothes with holes in her socks and a little cap. When she finished, I couldn’t find any change and ended up giving her the smallest bill I had – a five dollar bill. When I pulled away, she stood stunned in the middle of the street clutching that five dollar bill. I couldn’t get the image out of my mind and that is what led to the song which landed at number one on July 18, 1964. The writer was Bob Gaudio of the Four Seasons and this is the song: “Rag Doll.

 


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July 17, 2014:  The 101 number one song of the day came from what was, essentially, a family act. But during the recording of this song something happened that would change the family forever.

 

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day came from what was, essentially, a family act. But during the recording of this song something happened that would change the family forever.   They consisted of 3 brothers, their cousin and a high school friend. The band was managed by the brothers’ father who ruled with an iron hand. Problem was, one of the brothers was one with all the ideas and as he grew, he became more and more determined to things his way. While the song you’re about to hear was being recorded, an argument broke out between father and son which ended up in a shoving match. The father stormed out and never again returned to the studio. The tearful son would later apologize, saying he only wanted to make sure the song was “perfect.” It was number one in America on July 17, 1964. The father’s name was Murray, the son’s was Brian – Brian Wilson – of the Beach Boys – “I Get Around”


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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 by

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The 101 number one song of the day received high praise from the writer of the song it knocked out of the top spot – Neil Sedaka. This song’s writer was not a stranger to the attention but nevertheless was pleased by Sedaka’s remarks.

 

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day received high praise from the writer of the song it knocked out of the top spot – Neil Sedaka. This song’s writer was not a stranger to the attention but nevertheless was pleased by Sedaka’s remarks. The year was 1975 and Neil had been on a roll with his own recording comeback as well as compositions for other musicians. His song for the Captain and Tennille, “Love Will Keep Us Together” had been ruling the Hot 100 for four weeks before giving way to the song that dethroned it this week of that year. Sedaka said of the new number one, “A pop hit has to have hooks you can hang your hat on. The hooks can be either musical or lyrical, but the best is a marriage of both words and music. This song does both and it’s terrific.” America agreed but much of the world had been loving this writer’s work for over a decade by this time. It was Paul McCartney – although the record label just said, “Wings” – Listen to what the Man Said”


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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 by

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July 15, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was an instant hit for the duo who sang it but it also was responsible for the breakup.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was an instant hit for the duo who sang it but it also was responsible for the breakup.  It was written by one of the members of the pair who had a tough time convincing the other to record it. But when the played in various gigs, their fans would often request it. That led to investing $500 to book some studio time in Odessa, TX. They distributed the song themselves to radio stations and it became a local hit. RCA records got wind of it and signed them to a contract.   The record entered Billboard’s Hot 100 on June 21, 1969 and in three weeks it was the number one song in America. While it was still on the charts, the one who did not write the song decided it was not the type of song he wanted to be remembered for and he quit the business altogether. But not before solidifying his position as a one hit wonder. It arrived at number one July 12, 1969 for Zager and Evans

(In the Year 2525) —-Rick Evans wrote it and Denny Zager hated it.


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Monday, July 14th, 2014 by

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July 14, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was inspired, according to its creator by Martha and the Vandellas’ “Dancin’ in the Streets” but the writer just didn’t think it was good enough to be an “A” side. Few people agreed.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was inspired, according to its creator by Martha and the Vandellas’ “Dancin’ in the Streets” but the writer just didn’t think it was good enough to be an “A” side. Few people agreed.  He’d been lying awake in bed in a motel room in Clearwater, FL when he thought of a chord progression that came to his fingers. The next morning when he played the guitar riff back on his portable cassette recorder for his songwriting partner he offered some words to go with it. Back to that in a moment. Despite his protests, they checked into Chess Studios in Chicago to work more on the tune and later it was completed during an 18 hour recording session at RCA studios in Hollywood. The man who started it all was just about the only one who didn’t think it had much commercial value. His name was Keith Richards. It was the number one song on July 14, 1965. The words he added to the riff were: “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” – It’s the Rolling Stones


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Friday, July 11th, 2014 by

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July 11, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a hit making machine that often was slammed by the critics for not writing their own material. The critics should have recognized their incredible knack for discovering a long list of unknowns who would go on to make up whose who of pop songwriters.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a hit making machine that often was slammed by the critics for not writing their own material. The critics should have recognized their incredible knack for discovering a long list of unknowns who would go on to make up whose who of pop songwriters.   They recognized the talent and recorded the work of Laura Nyro, Harry Nilsson, Leo Sayer, Elton John and Bernie Taupin before they were discovered by the public. The song that reached number one on July 11, 1970 was written by Randy Newman who would go on to have a huge hit with his composition, “Short People” – the group was Three Dog Night and here’s the 101 number one song of the day: Mama Told Me Not to Come.


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Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by

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July 10, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was the biggest song of the year and one of the most successful singles of all time and it all started with a case of insomnia.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was the biggest song of the year and one of the most successful singles of all time and it all started with a case of insomnia.  Today’s featured singer was knocking on doors in NYC looking for a record contract and helping his friend Jackie Wilson at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theatre. While there he ran into members of an all white group called the Fireflies who were a bit nervous appearing for the first time before a mostly black audience. His encouragement quelled their concern and they went onto to a successful performance. Several weeks later he knocked at the door of Beltone records and was surprised to run into Richie Adams who was the Fireflies lead singer. Adams introduced him to label owner Joe Rene. Adams then gave him a song he’d written to audition. It was a perfect fit. That song reached number one on July 10, 1961 and stayed on top of the charts for seven weeks.   As for the insomnia – It’s Bobby Lewis with that story: (Tossin’ and Turnin’)


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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by

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The 101 number one song of the day was released as a single because of audience reaction when it was performed in clubs. It was released in the middle of February, 1974 but by the middle March it was dead on the charts. So what happened to revive the song and get it headed to the top?

 

The 101 number one song of the day was released as a single because of audience reaction when it was performed in clubs. It was released in the middle of February, 1974 but by the middle March it was dead on the charts. So what happened to revive the song and get it headed to the top?  Suddenly it sold 50,000 copies in New York City because it became a huge hit in dance clubs. Then radio DJs were scrambling to get a copy to play on the air – again. Once that happened it shot up to the top of the charts reaching number one during this week in 1974 for the – pretty much – one hit wonder – Hues Corporation (Rock the boat)

The name was originally called “Children of Howard Hughes” because the group’s founder, Wally Holmes, thought it would be funny for a black group to be named that. Apparently, the people surrounding the famous reclusive multi-millionaire didn’t think it was so funny so they changed their name to Hues Corporation spelled H-U-E-S


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