101 #1 Song of The Day
Friday, March 27th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 27, 2015: When the 101 number one song of the day was released people wondered could this group possibly do what no one else ever had? The answer was a resounding yes!
The group had just scored three straight number ones and no one in the history of Billboard’s Top 100 had ever recorded 4 straight chart toppers. So this one was one for the record books. Lamont Dozier who co-wrote the song with Brian and Eddie Holland remembers that it all started with a fight he was having with his girlfriend. He was always looking for lyrics and often would stop a conversation when something struck him and run to the piano to start writing a song. That’s exactly what happened when he uttered a phrase which struck them both as funny and consequently ended the argument. That phrase became the title of a song which was number one on March 27, 1965 for the Supremes and the phrase was: Stop in the Name of Love!
Thursday, March 26th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 26, 2015: The two people responsible for today’s 101 number one song of the day met in a service elevator in a rundown Philadelphia building where they had run to escape a gang fight.
And the song was about something that will come as a surprise to most people. It was written about an ex boyfriend of the girl who was dating one half of the duo who brought it to number one. He was the heir to a fast food chain. He was, according to the girl, very wealthy and very arrogant. But as the writer said, “You can’t write, ‘You’re a rich boy’ in a song, so I changed it to a girl. The writer was Darryl Hall. The song reached number one on March 26th, 1977 for Hall and Oates “Rich Girl.”
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 25, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group whose main guys grew up together in California and started a band called the Crossfires. One of them was little more than a roadie when they started out.
The boyhood friends were Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman. That relationship got Mark into the band – in a way – despite the fact he couldn’t really do anything musically related. He mostly set up equipment and during gigs would play the tambourine. Eventually he got tired of his lowly status so he bought an alto sax and learned how to play it. In time they drew the attention of a couple of record distributors who were looking for talent for their new label – White Whale. They liked the group but rejected the name, Crossfires. Influenced by many British groups, especially the Zombies, they decided on a new name and where on their way. Their sixth chart hit was number one in America on March 25, 1967 for the Turtles (Happy Together)
Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 24, 2015: Today’s 101 Number One Song of the Day was rooted in homesickness although the man that wrote it only briefly lived near the place which provided the inspiration.
He was a member of a group formed in London where they developed a large fan base by performing in clubs throughout the city and opening for such headliners as Pink Floyd. Eventually, they landed a recording contract and headed to the states where they toured as the opening act for the Everly Brothers. And this is where they longed to be because, although they mostly grew up in England, they were sons of American parents. Soon they were the headliners when their first single landed at number one this week in 1972. And this is your 101 number one song of the day – from America – “A Horse With No Name.”
Monday, March 23rd, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 23, 2015: The 101 # 1 Song of the Day was recorded by former guitarist for an all girl band called the Runaways who had trouble getting airplay on radio stations because was considered too “punk.”
So she decided to fight back declaring, first of all, “I ain’t no punk rocker, I play rock and roll.” And she played that rock and roll a lot by almost constantly touring thereby creating a demand for her music. And eventually, radio stations started playing her records because their listeners demanded it. And one of those songs rose to number one during this week in 1982 for Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. I love Rock and Roll.
Friday, March 20th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 20, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by an artist who most people would be surprised that he was associated with Motown. In fact he had to buy the rights to today’s featured record back from Motown before it became a hit.
He and his former group had great success in the early sixties and later signed to the new label because they expected to work directly with Berry Gordy, Jr. But at this point he was too involved with supervising the production of the movie “Lady Sings the Blues” starring Diana Ross. After a couple of years, today’s featured singer left Motown to sing with a new label which was just founded by Clive Davis. There was one song from the Motown years that he recorded but was never released and he had strong feelings about it so he put of $4000 of his own money to buy back the rights and that was the song that was number one this week in March, 1975 for – Frankie Valli (My Eyes Adored You)
Thursday, March 19th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 19, 2015: The 101 Number One Song of the Day was written by a Rhodes Scholar who met the person who would sing it during what was called the “great tequila bash.”
It was the spring of 1970 and he stayed at her home for a party that lasted for weeks. When friends worried that the hard drinking Texas mama who took the song to the top of the charts would ruin her health with her lifestyle, she replied, “Maybe I won’t last as long as other singers, but I think you can destroy your now worrying about tomorrow.” As it turned out she did not have many tomorrows left. She would not live out the year. In the following year, the song written by the Rhodes Scholar – Kris Kristofferson – would become number one. It arrived at the top this week in March, 1971 – for late Janis Joplin. (Me And Bobby McGee)
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 18, 2015: 101 Number One Song of the Day: was recorded by a rock and roll superstar whose name is as recognizable today as it was then. Yet it was his ONLY solo effort to crack the top 30.
Over the years he was in bands with some of rock and roll’s other more recognizable names such as Rick James – ever hear of the Mynah Birds? Not too many have but everyone knows the B-Y-R-D Byrds and he eventually hooked up with one of their well known names. Before that, he formed a band with Stephen Stills which became Buffalo Springfield. After that Stills got together with ex-Hollie, Graham Nash and the aforementioned Byrd, David Crosby. Eventually, they convinced their friend to make it a foursome. When they went their separate ways, today’s featured artist pursued his desire to work alone and on March 18, 1972 one of his solo efforts was the number one song in America. It was the only time he penetrated the top 40 on his own. Here’s Neil Young, with “Heart of Gold” – today’s 101 number One song of the Day.
Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 17, 2015: The producer of today’s 101 number one song of the day wanted to create a record that reminded him of his idol, Buddy Holly and at the same time rescue a singer from his descent into bubblegum music.
His name was Steve Barri and it was Holly, along with the Everly Brothers that inspired him to get into the music business. He became a fan of today’s featured singer because of his Buddy-like sound. But this singer’s later records began moving more towards that bubblegum sound that Barri felt didn’t do him justice. He signed on to produce three singles – two sounded like Holly and the third – which the producer liked the least became the hit and on March 17, 1969 it was the number one song in America – Bubblegum won – Tommy Roe co-wrote the song as well as sang it – “Dizzy”
Friday, March 13th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 16, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day was written and recorded by someone who seemed destined for superstardom in 1967 until something happened that changed everything.
It was without a doubt his year. One of his songs –Respect-was taken to the top by Aretha Franklin. Another song he co-wrote with Arthur Conley that actually used his name within – reached number two. And finally, the British pop weekly newspaper Melody Maker published their annual reader’s poll on September 23, 1967 and named him male vocalist of the year ending Elvis Presley’s eight year run. Then tragedy struck on December 7, 1967 when his private plane crashed in a lake in Madison, WI killing him and his band. All before most of America really knew who he was. On March 16, 1968 a song he’d recorded shortly before his death reached number one making it the nation’s first posthumous number one song and it’s today’s 101 number one song of the day for Otis Redding – “sittin’ on the dock of the bay.”