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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 by Mike McKay
February 24, 2015: The 101 # 1 song of the day is from an English Band with a royal sounding name and their lead singer listed Jimi Hendrix and Liza Minelli as his main influences.
Of their many hits, he always had a particular fondness to today’s 101 Number One Song of the day saying “it’s a song about love and I’m a loving person.” And, “it’s easy to love the things that bring you money.” The song rose to number one during this week in 1980. His name was Freddie Mercury and the band’s name: Queen. The song: Crazy Little Thing Called Love.
Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 by KC Counts
Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day was recorded in a home studio in London in 1980 on a four track recorder and it included a lot of accidents that became happy accidents and ended up on the studio recording. The song’s writer was told by Clive Davis that the tune was just too strange and it would never be a hit. He told him to write more stuff like Foreigner and to come back – but he never came back… (more…)
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…)
Friday, November 21st, 2014 by Mike McKay
November 21, 2014: The 101 song of the day was written and performed by a guy who once got Kris Kristofferson a job – as a janitor.
He’d been working at the Columbia Records’ studio in Nashville trying to get some of the songs he’d written recorded and while there he did odd jobs including mopping the floor and cleaning bathrooms. He started to move up a bit and passed his janitorial duties onto a fellow struggling songwriter and Rhodes Scholar Kris Kristofferson. Kris didn’t hold that job too long and when he made it big, he asked today’s featured artist to join his band. Later, when he got married, Kris and Rita Coolidge bought him a little organ on which he wrote the song that put his own name up in lights and arrived at number one this week in November, 1974 – His name is Billy Swan and here’s your 101 number one song of the day (I Can Help)
Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 by Mike McKay
November 11, 2014: The 101 Number One Song of the day was the fifth and final number one song for a 70’s super group who kept their vow to quit while they were on top.
Well they kept that promise for a while, anyway. One of the founding members was quoted as saying that he knew the band was over halfway through the recording of the album which produced today’s featured single. He went on to say, “I started the band, I got tired of it and I quit.” No wonder he and his other bandmates grew tired. They began recording the album in 1977 and it wasn’t completed until two years later but once it was, today’s song moved faster than any of their previous singles up the charts and on November 11th, 1979 it was number one – for the Eagles – “Heartache Tonight.”
Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Mike McKay
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October 16, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a band headed by a South African jazz pianist named Michael Lubowitz. It was written by the same people who wrote Da Doo Ron Ron and it makes about as much sense.
The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a band headed by a South African jazz pianist named Michael Lubowitz. It was written by the same people who wrote Da Doo Ron Ron and it makes about as much sense. They were the duo of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greewich. Lubowitz moved from South Africa to Britain after studying at Vienna State Academy and the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He took his formal training and started to Rock and Roll and the song you’re about to hear was number one this week in October, 1964. By this time his name and the name of the band were one and the same: Manfred Mann (Do Wah Diddy Diddy)
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Mike McKay
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October 7, 2014: The writer and singer of the 101 number one song of the day thought the premise was – to use his words – super-egotistical and pretentious. But when he mentioned the idea, his producer said “it sounds like a number one song” even before it was written.
The writer and singer of the 101 number one song of the day thought the premise was – to use his words – super-egotistical and pretentious. But when he mentioned the idea, his producer said “it sounds like a number one song” even before it was written. He was a former choir boy from Lubbock, Texas who had written hit songs for Bobby Goldsboro, Elvis, and Kenny Rogers before he got around to writing one for himself. Once he got rolling he landed his own TV show and wound up in featured roles in a number of movies. Here now is the song that was number one in America on October 7, 1972 for Mac Davis (Baby don’t Get Hooked on Me)
Monday, July 21st, 2014 by KC Counts
Today’s 101 #1 Song of the day was written and performed by a former soldier who was learning how to be a telephone lineman when he met the character who inspired the song. (more…)
Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by Donna Dollar
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