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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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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by

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July 8, 201: The 101 number one song of the day got it start in the bathroom – not because of the acoustics but because its writer and singer was making toilet seats at the time.

 

The 101 number one song of the day got it start in the bathroom – not because of the acoustics but because its writer and singer was making toilet seats at the time.  He was a late bloomer who was working for Boeing manufacturing the fixtures for 747s when he got his first record contract at age 32. Even after the success of his first album which produced two major hits including the one you’re about to hear, he still felt more like a factory worker than a performer and had the feeling he’d be picking up his toolbox and putting down his guitar at any time. He didn’t and on July 8, 1972 he owned the number one record in the land…It’s Bill Withers and (Lean on Me)


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Monday, July 7th, 2014 by

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July 7, 2014: The 101 # 1 Song of the Day was a product of the “British Invasion” – not the one that began in 1964 – the other – much later one.

 

 

 

The 101 # 1 Song of the Day was a product of the “British Invasion” – not the one that began in 1964 – the other – much later one.  This one was referred to as a “mini” invasion of the 80s. With the new decade there came the new wave and bands from England were having a hard time gaining a foothold in the USA. But that began to change after today’s featured chart topper came along. In the wake of this song, British groups like Culture Club and Dexy’s Midnight Runners started finding success here as well as at home. And that brings us to the song that started the “new wave British Invasion” when it arrived at number one this week in 1982 – It’s the Human League and Don’t You Want Me.


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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 by

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July 3rd, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group whose roots can be traced back to a meeting between a salesman and a sailor in Honolulu. These two men eventually formed an act called the “Men” which consisted of a total of 13 men.  But 13 proved to be an unlucky number but they fixed that quick -

 

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group whose roots can be traced back to a meeting between a salesman and a sailor in Honolulu. These two men eventually formed an act called the “Men” which consisted of a total of 13 men.  But 13 proved to be an unlucky number but they fixed that quick.   Terry Kirkman was selling business forms in Hawaii when he met Gary Alexander who was in the Navy. They both had a musical background and agreed to meet up on the mainland when Gary’s hitch was up. True to superstition, the number 13 proved to be bad luck and the group was split down the middle when 7 of the “Men” walked out after an argument during a rehearsal. Their luck began to change after the group reformed with a new name and during this week in 1967 they scored their second number one hit – Here now is the “Association” with today’s 101 number one song of the day (Windy)

 

 


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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 by

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The 101 number one song of the day was the product of a Canadian who wrote his first song simply because he figured if other people could do it, so could he.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was the product of a Canadian who wrote his first song simply because he figured if other people could do it, so could he.  Although the thought didn’t even occur to him until he was about 17. He showed some musical talent when he was quite a bit younger and at 11 he was asked by his school principal to sing over the PA system. But when he heard Bob Dylan he was really hooked. Dylan, he said, “was moving into musical areas where angels feared to tread…getting into areas that no one had ever explored.” Eventually he developed his own style and started churning out songs at a rate of about one a day. On July 3rd, 1974 one of those songs was number one in America and it is today’s 101 number one song of the day for Gordon Lightfoot – “Sundown”

 


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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by

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When today’s 101 number one song was sung on stage during a TV special in the 70’s the decade’s icon of coolness lost his cool and couldn’t perform.

 

When today’s 101 number one song was sung on stage during a TV special in the 70’s the decade’s icon of coolness lost his cool and couldn’t perform.

Several celebrities were in the audience for the taping of a show that aired on NBC. Today’s featured singer invited them to join him for the finale and they gladly obliged although one of them had to edited out. That was then LA mayor Tom Bradley who was running for re-election at the time, prompting the network to be concerned about giving his opponents equal time. Another was Henry Winkler who completely choked until it was suggested that he get into character as “The Fonz” Once his coolness was restored, he was able to sing the song that became number one on July 1, 1972 for Neil Diamond “Song Sung Blue”


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Monday, June 30th, 2014 by

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The 101 number one song of the day made the second largest leap to number one in the rock era. It debuted on the Hot 100 at number 28 moved up to 15 the next week and wound up on top the following week on this day in 1966.

 

The 101 number one song of the day made the second largest leap to number one in the rock era. It debuted on the Hot 100 at number 28 moved up to 15 the next week and wound up on top the following week on this day in 1966.  One of the members of the group had written a book a couple of years earlier. It was called “In His Own Write.” The Times of London said it was, “worth the attention of anyone who fears for the impoverishment of the English language and the British imagination.” In any case it was the inspiration for the song you’re about to hear. By the way, John wrote the Book, Paul wrote the song which was number one on June 30, 1966 “Paperback Writer’”


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Friday, June 27th, 2014 by

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June 27, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was the first Lennon-McCartney song NOT recorded by the Beatles to top the charts in America.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was the first Lennon-McCartney song NOT recorded by the Beatles to top the charts in America.  It was one of Paul’s songs but the four Lads from Liverpool agreed it wasn’t quite right for them so it was offered to Billy J. Kramer who decided to pass. Another friend of Paul’s had just been signed to a recording contract a part of a duo and they needed material. They decided to give this one a try and the result was that on June 27th, 1964 it rose to number one in America for Peter and Gordon (A World Without Love)


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Thursday, June 26th, 2014 by

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Before today’s 101 number one song of the day there was rock music and there was folk music but after its release a whole new genre was created that influenced and spawned a generation of musicians and supergroups.

 

 

Before today’s 101 number one song of the day there was rock music and there was folk music but after its release a whole new genre was created that influenced and spawned a generation of musicians and supergroups which included Crosby, Stills and Nash; the Eagles, the Flying Burrito Brothers and more. The impetus for the change was electrifying a Bob Dylan song with a 12 string Rickenback guitar. Jim McGuinn was inspired to get his first electric 12 string after he saw George Harrison play one in A Hard Day’s Night. McGuinn formed a group with friends Gene Clark, David Crosby and others. Oddly enough, the only member of the group you’re about to hear that actually recorded today’s featured song was McGuinn because of a lack of studio time. Producer Terry Melcher – son of actress Doris Day – hired the best studio musicians of the day which included Glen Campbell and Leon Russell in order to hasten the process. The result was the first folk rock song and a number one song for a new group which reached the top on June 26, 1965 for the Byrds “Mr Tambourine Man.”

 

 


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