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101 #1 Song of The Day

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 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.  (Find out what happened, next) 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… (more…)


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Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 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.  (It’s next)  One of the members of the group had written a book a couple of years earlier.  It was called “In His Own Write.”  … (more…)



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Monday, June 29th, 2015 by

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When the 101 number one song of the day got to the top, the group became the first artists of the rock era to have their first three chart releases reach number one.  (And it’s next)  The song listed its writing and production credits as “The Corporation” rather than give the actual people individual credit.  That was most likely due to the bitterness involved in the recent split with superstar writers and producers Holland Dozier Holland… (more…)


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Friday, June 26th, 2015 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 (more on that next) 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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Thursday, June 25th, 2015 by

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Today’s 101 Number one Song of the Day demoted a former band member of the artist’s from the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. It would be the only time any two members of that band would hold the #1 and #2 positions on the chart. The song and the album it was on were delayed because the artists was supposed to be produced by Phil Spector… (more…)


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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 by

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The 101 number one song of the day came along at just the right time for the artist who was facing lawsuits from former band members, he was going through a divorce and he almost went to jail for failure to pay child support. Still, he was reluctant to record the song because of its genre…he was on the Motown label and they wanted him to record a …DISCO song! Hear the rest of the story and the song at 6:40 on 101 Gold. He thought disco had no substance, but after his label mate, Diana Ross had a number one hit with a disco tune (Love Hangover) he finally caved and the song would become a big influence on Michael Jackson who used some of the lines from the song…

”let’s dance, let’s shout, get funky what it’s all about”…number one on this day in 1977 (Got To Give It Up – Marvin Gaye) …Blurred Lines clip Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke had to pay over 7 M to Gay’s children

 



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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 by

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The 101 number one song of the day was written by the most successful female songwriter of all time.  She wrote songs for others because she once said, “She didn’t want to become a star.” (But that would all change with the release of today’s featured single which you’ll hear at 6:40.) She had great success writing for such artists as Bobby Vee (Take Good Care of My Baby) the Drifters (Up on the Roof) Aretha Franklin (A Natural Woman) and “I’m into something Good” by Herman’s Hermits.  This list goes on and on… (more…)


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Monday, June 22nd, 2015 by

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101 number one song of the day was the only number one single to have two different versions of the same song, by the same artists to be on Billboard’s Hot 100 at the same time.  (You’ll find out what it is in minutes.)  It was recorded by a duo who both worked for a time for the Beach Boys – she as a backup singer and piano player and he played all the other keyboards during their tour.  When the tour ended, they began working together.  They recorded their first album entirely in Spanish.  Later they released an English version of one of the songs (written by Neil Sedaka)…

which became number one in America on June 22nd, 1975.  When the Spanish version was released as a single shortly thereafter it became the only occasion when two versions of a number one single were on the same chart at the same time and the artists that did it – The Captain and Toni Tenille were the ones to do it with “Love Will Keep Us Together.” “Por Amor Viviremos”

 



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Friday, June 19th, 2015 by

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Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day has a warble…and the band’s label didn’t like that – they thought it would keep the single from being successful so it wasn’t released first from the new album, as the band had hoped it would be. It was probably that warble that made it really stand out. Hear the rest of the story and the song next on 101 Gold. The song ended up being one of two that would prevent Bruce Springsteen from reaching number one with…

“Dancing in the Dark” – the other was Prince’s “When Doves Cry”. Today’s featured single would be one of only two chart toppers for the group although they would have 11 tracks reach the top 20 in the U.S. The year was 1984. The group is Duran Duran and “The Reflex” is today’s 101 #1 song of the day

 


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Thursday, June 18th, 2015 by

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The 101 number one song of the Day was recorded by a group whose lead singer was unhappy with the results but a little white lie helped to get the record to the top of the charts.  (More on that next) The four members were friends growing up in Detroit.  They played ball together but didn’t sing together.  In fact, they each sang with different groups until one night at a party they started jamming and realized they made a great time.  They called themselves the Four Aims but at the time, the Ames Brothers were popular and it was suggested that they come up with a different name and I’ll get back to that in a moment but first that white lie – (more…)



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