101 #1 Song of The Day
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 by Mike McKay
Today a song written by two collaborators who never really collaborated. They usually worked separately but they came together for today’s 101 number one song of the day.
In a 1980 Playboy interview, one was quoted as saying the other “provided the optimism while I contributed the sadness.” While the first brought lightness to the work, “I was impatient.” The song you’re about to hear had each of those elements within. The middle eight, as it were, written by the man just quoted (and whose name always came first on the credits) declared, “Life is very short and there’s no time.” But the song’s title, and the thrust of the song, reflected the hopefulness of the partner. Together they produced an unrivaled body of work. Lennon and McCartney did work together on the song that was number one in America on January 13, 1966 for the Beatles: “We Can Work It Out”
Monday, January 12th, 2015 by Mike McKay
The 101 number one song of the day was the rarest of rare hits in that it wasn’t the kids that were buying the single; it was their parents. As far as the kids were concerned it was a case of been there, done that.
It was a dance song that had been popular about a year and a half before. This time around it had become popular with the jet set. When a columnist mentioned that Prince Serge Obolensky was seen doing the dance at New York’s Peppermint Lounge, Ed Sullivan invited the singer to appear on his show. That prompted the re-release of the single and this time it caught on in the adult world. It rocketed to the top – for a second time and on January 12th, 1962 it was number one all over again – for Chubby Checker (The Twist)
Friday, January 9th, 2015 by Mike McKay
January 9, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day came from a guy who most observers thought his best work was behind him even though he never had a hit. And it didn’t happen until after he recorded eighth album.
He was the son of a Milwaukee, Wisconsin pathologist. While in college he and Boz Scaggs fronted a band that was the rage of frat row. Later, he drifted down to Chicago to play the blues and eventually headed west to San Francisco and became an immediate local favorite in the days of psychedelia. He developed an enthusiastic following but remained a relative unknown. Determined to come up with something that would get airplay he came up with something that was two and a half minute long and would play on top 40 radio. What resulted became the title cut of album number eight and he achieved his goal: it was played on the radio and audiences loved it. It arrived at number one in January, 1974 – It the Steve Miller Band (The Joker)
Thursday, January 8th, 2015 by Mike McKay
January 8, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day brought today’s featured artist her greatest hit and ultimately her biggest headache.
She was a New York City born folksinger who cut her musical teeth as a teenager performing in Greenwich Village coffee shops. What happened one day is the stuff of legend when she went to a wrong address looking for an audition. She wound up, quite by accident at the offices of Buddah Records where label president Neil Bogart took an immediate liking to her and signed her on the spot. He then introduced her to her future producer who would later become her husband. The song which would be number one on this day in 1972 was written in 15 minutes intended to be an uptempo interlude she could slip into concerts when she got tired of singing about the trials of mankind. But, in addition to it becoming a number one song, eventually it would be the only song people would want to hear from her and she became so frustrated she quit the music business outright. At least for a few years and when she did return to recording none of them became hits. But this one stayed at number one for 3 weeks for Melanie (Brand New Key)
Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 by Mike McKay
January 7, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day was pure kid-stuff…because it resulted in a huge charitable contribution to kids all over the world.
The group that did the song described themselves as “not very political” but one cause they were interested in was children. As one of the members of the group said, “children in need are the most defenseless people on Earth.” So when they were asked to participate in a music project sponsored by the United Nations organization UNICEF they immediately agreed. In fact, they promised to donate the royalties from their next single. That single entered the Hot 100 in November 1978 and by January 7th, 1979 it was the number one song in America – The BeeGees and “Too Much Heaven.”
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 by Mike McKay
January 6, 2015: The 101 song of the day was written by a woman who intended to be a journalist and she thought that none other than Mick Jagger would be a great first interview. That’s not what happened but what did – became one of rock and roll’s greatest mysteries.
She met with Jagger and the two soon became good friends and once that happened she abandoned her idea of an interview because she felt she’d lost her objectivity. Before long she returned to the job she had in college – singing. And when she recorded the song you’re about to hear, Mick came by the studio to hang out and wound up doing back up vocals. By January 7th, 1973 the record was number one in America and to this day, people speculate who it is about – Here’s your 101 number one song of the day from Carly Simon (You’re So Vain)
Monday, January 5th, 2015 by Mike McKay
January 5, 2015: The 101 # 1 Song of the day was a collaboration of two artists who, between them, were responsible for no less than 37 number one singles – so this one was destined to become a huge hit and it was.
One half of the writing performing partnership remembers getting a phone call on Christmas day from the other – who he’d never met. The former thought it was a joke and didn’t believe at first the guy on the phone was really who he said he was but once identities was established, the caller said he had some time off and wanted to go to England so the two of them could do something together and that’s exactly what happened. The song was produced by George Martin and it quickly rose to the top where it was on January 5th, 1983 for Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson “Say, Say, Say.”
Friday, January 2nd, 2015 by Donna Dollar
January 2, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a guy who was suffering from a bad case of laryngitis but that didn’t keep it from winning an Oscar.
His doctor ordered him not to use his voice for two weeks but the singer pleaded with him to give him something to lubricate his throat because he had a recording session the following day to do a song for a big movie that was about to be released. The doctor finally relented and when the session was finished one of the studio executives commented that he sounded a lot like the movie’s star – Paul Newman. A few weeks later, his throat healed and he recorded the single version which you’re about to hear. But the raspy voiced version stayed on the film’s soundtrack and won an Academy Award. On January 3, 1970 it rose to number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 and it’s today’s 101 number one song of the day – B.J. Thomas “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”
Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 by KC Counts
Written by Neil Diamond AND recorded by Neil Diamond…but NOT taken to number one by Neil Diamond…today’s song was the last number one of 1966 and it was the best selling single of 1967…click to see the video! (more…)
Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 by Mike McKay
December 30, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was the final number one song of the 60s decade and appropriately enough, it was recorded by the decade’s most successful American group.
The song was actually written as the decade was young and it wasn’t until nine year later that it became a hit. Although it was credited to a trio, in reality the only member of the group in the studio was its lead singer who was about to embark upon a solo career. Her back up vocalists were sisters Maxine and Julia Water and by December 30, 1969 it was the number one song in America. It would be the last number one song by the Supremes as Diana Ross went off on her own – (Someday We’ll Be Together)