101 #1 Song of The Day
Monday, April 13th, 2015 by KC Counts
The 101 Number one Song of the Day would be the second #1 hit for a pair that would go on to much more success from here. It was considered the song that confirmed the start of their sustained run as one of America’s top selling acts. And the writer says Eddie Van Halen copied it to use in the song “Jump”! You’ll be able to see if you can hear the similarity next on 101 Gold. … (more…)
Friday, April 10th, 2015 by KC Counts
101 Number One Song of the Day almost never got written at all because the writers thought it was just a copy of something they already did. (More about that in just moments) The duo of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil were asked by producer Phil Spector to come up with a follow-up song for the pair of artists who had taken another one of their songs to the top. They started writing the song you’re about to hear and then stopped. Too much like the other song, they said. So the project was abandoned. (more…)
Thursday, April 9th, 2015 by KC Counts
The 101 number one song of the day comes from the group that has been called “the largest selling quartet in the history of recorded music.” If you think you know exactly who this fabulous foursome is – you’re probably wrong. (They’re coming up next.) But we’ll get back to that in just a moment. Most international artists would be thrilled to have an American track record that included a number one song, three other top 10 hits and nine additional singles that made the top 30. But the members of this group consider America to be their only failure. (more…)
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 by KC Counts
It was the first of two singles to be released from a 1984 movie soundtrack – hear the rest of the story and the song next on 101 Gold… they both became #1…and the song you’re about to hear was ultimately ranked as the number 4 song of that year. It won a grammy for song of the year. It’s been covered by artists ranging from the cast of Glee to Weird Al Yankovic to Alvin and the Chipmunks. (more…)
Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 by KC Counts
The song had been a top 5 hit once before in 1969 but British entertainer Jonathan King dramatically re-arranged it and released it in England with minor success in 1972. The head of A & R of EMI in Sweden heard the song and decided to encourage one of his groups – the aforementioned Bjorn and the Blablus to record it for themselves. They did and when it became a hit in their own country they decided to try the American market and it easily surpassed the original version by landing at number one on April 6, 1974.
Monday, April 6th, 2015 by KC Counts
First of all – the record topped the greatest monopoly of Billboard Magazine’s top five: all five songs belonged to the same artist. Secondly, it established the greatest monopoly of the Top 100 with a total of ten singles on the charts at the same time. Third, the biggest leap to number one – from number 27. Fourth, Most consecutive number ones which at the time was three in a row. And finally, the Largest Advance Sale with orders of 2.1 million records. (more…)
Friday, April 3rd, 2015 by KC Counts
101 #1 Song of the Day marked a return to the roots of the kind of rock-n-roll for a group who’s last several songs were considered socially relevant…It was 1971 but the sound was pure 1965 click here to read more… (more…)
Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 by Mike McKay
April 2, 2015: The 101 # 1 Song of the Day tied the group responsible for the song with the Supremes for coming up with 5 consecutive number one songs in a row.
But unlike those three ladies, this trio was responsible for every aspect of the production from beginning to end. They wrote, the produced and they sang on the record and according to one music professional close to the them at the time, they were unparalleled in their knowledge of recording techniques being used at that time. The time was April 2nd, 1979 and once again the BeeGees ruled Billboard’s Hot 100 with this – Tragedy.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 by Mike McKay
April 1, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day was produced on a shoe-string budget but went on to earn a lot of money for its writer but not for many years after it was a hit.
It was produced by Phil Margo, Mitch Margo, Hank Medress and Jay Siegal, better known as the Tokens who were famous for the “Lion Sleeps Tonight” who although signed to a production deal for Capitol Records, had exhausted their budget for any new recordings. So they paid for it out of their own pocket and played all the instruments in the session. Years later a famous musician wrote and recorded a song which was determined to have plagiarized today’s featured record and a substantial sum of money was awarded to the estate of the late Ronnie Mack who had written the song. That was George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord which brings us to the song that was number one on April 1, 1963 – Here are the Chiffons and “He’s So Fine”
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 31st, 2015: 101 Number One Song of the Day was supposed to be a sad song but it didn’t turn out that way at all. The writer, who was born in Roswell, just couldn’t help himself.
Henry John Deutschendorf was feeling so down when he sat down to write the song you’re about to hear that he wanted to write a “feeling –blue” song. But what came out was the kind of thing he became famous for – chronicling the positive side of existence even though, as an Air Force brat, he constantly moved from place to place and was a pretty lonely kid. For a time, he studied architecture at Texas Tech but mostly he played the guitar, which was with him constantly from the time he was eight years old. He dropped out in the middle of his junior year and dedicated the rest of his life to music. And on March 31, 1974 he owned the number one song in America. By that time he dropped his first name – Henry – and renamed himself after his favorite city – Here’s John Denver (Sunshine on my shoulder)