101 Gold’s Posts
Friday, March 6th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 6th, 2015: The 101 # 1 Song of the Day was referred to by members of the band as “that stupid ballad.” Not surprisingly, the writer referred to it in different terms.
He said the song, which he started working on ten years before it was finished, was about that moment in time where it gets to be too painful to be where you are and you know you have to change but change is hard and you overcome that fear of change. One has to wonder if he also found his bandmates description of the song somewhat painful also. But those guys changed their tune when the song rose to number one for a band named after an early 1900s commercial vehicle. It was number one this week in 1985 for REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling
Thursday, March 5th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 5, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day was written and produced by the man Bob Dylan called “America’s greatest living poet” who was also the lead singer of a well known singing group. But it was another group – once known as the Elgins – who took it to the top.
The writer had intended to record it with his own group but he was also working with this other group at the request of his boss at Motown Records. They heard a demo of today’s featured song and pleaded with William Robinson – better known as “Smokey” to let them do it. The Elgins were the result of a merger of two groups: The Primes and the Distants who got together when members of each group defected for various reasons. There would be more personnel changes over the years and many other hits, but the song that arrived at number one this week in March, 1965 marked the first charttopper by a Motown Male group for the now re-named Temptations – “My Girl)
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 4, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day was allegedly named for a famous groupie and it was supposed to be the B side of the single but some thought the A side was too dirty. You’re probably familiar with both sides.
Many radio program directors found it easier to flip the record over because they were uncomfortable with the subject of the song that today’s featured group preferred although the band wasn’t particularly happy with either side. Their front man later referred to the album on which the songs were contained as mostly rubbish. But the fans disagreed and on March 5th, 1967, the single on the flip side of “Let’s Spend the Night Together” was number one in America – The Rolling Stones (with Ruby Tuesday)
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 3, 2015: The 101 # 1 Song of the Day was recorded by the man who became the first artist to simultaneously top the singles and album charts in both pop and black categories.
In fact during that year few individuals ever dominated the charts before or since with the exception of the way the Beatles dominated 1964. He was once a member of a successful group but once he went solo the level of that success soared way beyond that of the original group. During this week in March, 1983, the number one album was Thriller and the number one song was Billie Jean. It’s Michael Jackson
Monday, March 2nd, 2015 by Mike McKay
March 2, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day comes from the band whose name became synonymous with Southern California country rock. And it all started with Linda Ronstadt.
Each of the founding members had emigrated there from other parts of the country and each had experience playing in such bands as Poco, Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band and the Stone Poneys where Linda had gotten her start. She was preparing for a tour and needed backup. Her then manager, John Boylan recruited three of the eventual four members for the job but they were short a drummer. They called a friend, Don, and asked if he was interested. Later he recalled, “I was broke and here was a chance to earn $200 a week. They gelled and decided to form their own band and on March 1, 1975 they owned the number one song in America – it’s today’s 101 number one song of the day – (Best of My Love ) the Eagles
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)