101 Gold’s Posts
Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 by KC Counts
The 101 number one song of the day was produced by the legendary George Martin who had a knack for getting to the top with British musicians but things were a little different with this group of… army brats. (more on that, next) Three friends got together to start their group while attending London’s Central High School. But these guys had little in common with the rest of the rock and rollers coming out of England. They weren’t English. But they were certainly influenced by the music scene there and after several successful albums, they enlisted the aid of the producer who helped to mold the Beatles. George Martin had heard they took a long time to complete an LP and he was worried that it would take a long time to complete their work together… (more…)
Monday, June 15th, 2015 by KC Counts
Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day was recorded initially by just one member of the group that performed it. That member wrote the song in about ten minutes but it was during a time that all the group’s members were going through tough emotional times. (more…)
Friday, June 12th, 2015 by KC Counts
Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day was the third offering by the performers to a director who was looking for songs for a movie. The director had become just a little obsessed with the artists and he was listening to them non-stop. He actually rejected the first two songs they sent him but the third time was a charm for the duo.
Interestingly enough, the writer wasn’t keen on the idea of doing a soundtrack – he thought it was “selling out” but he liked the script and agreed to write for it but ended up going back to an older song called “Mrs. Roosevelt” which the director, Mike Nichols, loved. You might know now what “Roosevelt” got changed to…it was on the soundtrack for The Graduate. Here’s Simon and Garfunkel with “Mrs. Robinson” – your 101 #1 Song of the Day.
Thursday, June 11th, 2015 by KC Counts
Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day made the artist who performed it the first solo artist in the history of the U.S. pop charts to have his first three singles go all the way to number one. But it would also be his last number one.
This particular song was written by a group of brothers in L.A. while they were there to work on the film “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. It only took about 10 minutes to get it together and it would become the biggest single of 1978 for a then 20 year old Andy Gibb (he died 10 years later). Here’s “Shadow Dancing”
Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 by KC Counts
The 101 number one song of the day became the responsible group’s third U.S. number one but it was the first song to reach number one that featured a sitar.
It was inspired musically by the sitar playing of George Harrison and Harihar Rao. The sitar player in the band you’re about to hear had just talked at length with George after he recorded “Norwegian Wood” and although the artist had a history with the instrument, he hadn’t been inspired to really use it until 1966 while the group was recording the song and they say Harihar Rao just happened to walk into the studio with one. It was a good thing, because the group wasn’t happy with the song they’d just recorded and they were about to scrap it all together – then Brian Jones came up with the opening riff and the song gelled and it was number one on June 10th, 1966 for the Rolling Stones “Paint It, Black”
Monday, June 8th, 2015 by KC Counts
The 101 number one song of the day was pure child’s play – literally. It got to the top with vocals recorded by a group of second graders.
Friday, June 5th, 2015 by KC Counts
Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day reflects the story of so many number one songs – initially thought of as a lightweight and not even considered initially for recording…but it would become the pinnacle of the responsible group’s success. Hear the rest of the story and the song next on 101 Gold. By the mid 80’s, the group had had quite a bit of success in the U.K… (more…)
Thursday, June 4th, 2015 by KC Counts
The 101 #1 Song of the day is next – In the first six months of 1964 only one American group had a number one song in the U.S. (as to which group that was – the answer might surprise you – the 101 number one song of the day is next) They were three black women who were discovered by the famed production and writing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller… (more…)
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 by KC Counts
101 number one song of the day was instrumental in transforming a woman who had spent six years going nowhere while recording show tunes into soul royalty. (It’s Next) She had been under contract to Columbia Records where lush orchestral arrangements did nothing to take her considerable talents and turn her into a star… (more…)
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 by KC Counts
Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day invites you to heaven and it started out with a Jamaican reggae instrumental call “The Liquidator”…and it’s performed by a family act that dropped the last letter of their last name – hear the rest of the story and the song next on 101 Gold. The family act impressed the likes of Bob Dylan who said he would think about them while he sat in his desk at school – he called them deep and mysterious…the group was formed by the family’s patriarch who worked in steel mills and meat packing plants in Chicago – their first public performance was at the church where their uncle Chester was the pastor… (more…)