101 #1 Song of The Day
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 by Mike McKay
February 11, 2015: The 101 # 1 Song of the Day was recorded by a band that was asked to play Woodstock but said no because, they thought, who needs 3 days in the mud? If they had played in that legendary event, it might not have taken them 13 more years to get a number one song.
During the seventies they charted 11 times on Billboard’s Hot 100 but most of those songs peaked no higher than number 30 or so. Perhaps they were destined to be an “80s band” because that’s when their music really started catching on. It was their first single from the Album “Freeze Frame” that got them to the top. It was number one on February 11, 1982 for the J. Geils Band and the classic hit is Centerfold.
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 by Mike McKay
February 10, 2015: The 101 Number One Song of the Day comes from a group which became known as the oldest most experienced “overnight successes” in the rock era.
They formed in Dayton in 1959 as Greg Webster and the Ohio Untouchables. In the beginning they provided back up vocals for a group called the Falcons whose lead singer was a 19 year old named Wilson Pickett. Over time they made some personnel changes and a name change as well. They kept at it doing local gigs and in the 70s adopted a funky style inspired by Sly and the Family Stone and eventually they became an overnight success which was underscored when they reached number one during this week in 1975 with this: Fire by the Ohio Players.
Monday, February 9th, 2015 by Mike McKay
February 9, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day was written and performed by one half of one of the 60s most influential duos. It was a humorous side of love and loss.
Even though the artist in question was so identified with his former partner, he was no stranger to working alone. In fact early in his career, he had released records under such aliases as Paul Kane, Jerry Landis, and True Taylor. At the time of the release you’re about to hear his longtime marriage had just broken up and Rolling Stone Magazine wrote that it was his most mature and musically sophisticated work which often used marriage as a metaphor. The song was at number one on February 9, 1976 was somewhat tongue in cheek however proving that he was able to laugh through the pain – Here’s Paul Simon with “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”
Friday, February 6th, 2015 by Mike McKay
February 6, 2015: Phil Spector got together with two buddies from Orange County in Southern California to give new meaning to the term Blue Eyed Soul. It led to this morning’s 101 number one song of the day.
The roots of the act were grounded in two groups: the Paramours, and the Variations. The guys reunited and recorded a couple of songs including one written by Sonny Bono called “Koko Joe.” They appeared on a show with the Ronettes whose lead singer was married to Superstar producer Phil Spector. He liked what he heard and bought the final two and a half years of their contract. A song was written for them based on their favorite song “Baby I Need Your Lovin’” by the Four Tops and that led to the first number for the Righteous Bros. On February 6, 1965 “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.”
Thursday, February 5th, 2015 by Mike McKay
February 5, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group whose manager was told repeatedly by record company executives that they just wouldn’t make it in this country. He persisted and proved them wrong – very wrong.
They’d been selling lots of records in their own country for EMI. But their American subsidiary, Capitol Records just weren’t interested saying, “we don’t think they will do anything in this market, i.e., the U.S.” When the record that you’re about to hear was released in the U.K. it went to number one in a single week. Copies of it found their way here and news clips started circulating about their popularity back home. The record would go on to sell more than 15 million copies worldwide making it the biggest selling British single of all time. And it proved the experts here completely wrong when it arrived at the top of Billboards Hot 100 this week in February, 1964 – their first of many number one American hits for the Beatles – “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”
Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 by Mike McKay
February 4, 2015: The 101 Number one song of the day was written for a specific scene in a movie but it wasn’t at all what the producer had requested. The writers refused to change the song so the producer changed the movie.
The movie producer wanted the song to last eight minutes to fit the scene he had in mind. He also wanted a nice dance tempo, then a romantic interlude, then “all hell would break loose at the end.” He also wanted the same phrase repeated over and over. The songwriters ignored the instructions and came up with something entirely different and refused to use the requested phrase because they thought it was 1) “corny” and 2) other songs had the same or similar title. The songwriters prevailed and went onto record their song the way they wanted it and even so it was used in the movie trailer. And that was enough to launch it to number one where it landed on February 4th, 1978. And the phrase they refused to use over and over was – Saturday Night, Saturday Night. Instead the BeeGees came up with “Stayin’ Alive” (Saturday Night Fever did fine anyway)
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 by Mike McKay
February 3rd, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day, originally entitled the “Dying Man” was supposed to a Beach Boys song – but when they took a pass, the man who suggested it scored his biggest hit ever.
He was working with the Beach Boys on a session when he came across a song by French composer Jacques Brel entitled “Le Moribond.” After recording it, they decided not to release it. Then the session player – who had previously recorded as a member of the Poppy Family – decided to record it instead after a friend of his suddenly passed away. It sat on a shelf in his basement for over a year until his paper boy heard it and thought it was great. That gave him the confidence to release it and on March 3, 1974 it was the number one song in America and went on to sell over 6 million copies worldwide – it’s today’s 101 number one song of the day for Terry Jacks (Seasons in the Sun)
Monday, February 2nd, 2015 by Mike McKay
February 2, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day comes from a man whose best years seemed to be behind him in 1962 when he reached number one. It took Elton John to get him back to the top.
He had lots of in the late 50s and early 60s but then things pretty much dried up from this kid from Brooklyn. By the 70s he moved to London where he lived for a while with his family. There he met Elton John who had just started a new American label, Rocket Records. Elton decided to sign him and a new album was recorded. A cover version of the song they intended to release as the first single suddenly popped up on the American charts and they rushed to get their single on radio stations. When it started to get airplay it raced to the top where it sat on February 2, 1975 and the second half of his career was off and running – Neil Sedaka and Laughter in the Rain.
Friday, January 30th, 2015 by KC Counts
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The 101 number one song of the day was the result of two of the writer’s favorite words. He put them together and had a title but that was all. But what eventually developed was their own distinctive sound…
This would be the second chart topper for a guy who’d been writing songs since he was 8 years old. His first number one song had been recorded years before it charted and when a Pittsburgh DJ found on a shelf and put it on a turntable, it became an instant regional hit, and then went national before going all the way to the top. Its writer was a surprised as anyone when it did become a hit and said afterward, “I don’t think there’s anything scarier than having a number one record and not knowing why. It was a complete fluke.” But he was able to follow it up with several hits with the help of producers Bo Gentry and Ritchie Cordell. But in 1968, they parted company and today’s featured artist was searching for a distinctive sound that would define his music. He believed he’d found it with the song that developed from those two words and that song was number one for Tommy James on January 30th, 1969 the two words were “Crimson & Clover.”
Thursday, January 29th, 2015 by KC Counts
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Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day was the band’s third single and first Billboard Hot 100 number one song. It was number one on the disco charts for seven weeks. The single has the distinction of being the best selling record ever for Atlantic Records company, and the best selling single ever for Warner Music Group until 1990 (by Madonna’s song “Vogue”) Next, you’ll hear how a denial of entrance to a famous nightclub inspired the lyrics…