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Friday, August 8th, 2014 by

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August 8, 2014: The 101 # 1 Song of the Day is credited as resurrecting the career of a band that had been written off by the rock press as “lumbering dinosaurs.”  You might be surprised to whom they were referring.

 

The 101 # 1 Song of the Day is credited as resurrecting the career of a band that had been written off by the rock press as “lumbering dinosaurs.”   The year was 1978 and by this time the band had been “rocking and rolling” so to speak – since the early 60s and some critics speculated that they were reaching the end of their shelf life. But they would prove the critics wrong then and for many years to come. On August 8th of that year they’d score their 8th number one song in America with “Miss You” – it’s the Rolling Stones.


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Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by

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August 7, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was the first number one hit for a group that much of America thought they were listening to the Beatles in disguise when they were first heard in this country. Even the name supported the confusion.

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day was the first number one hit for a group that much of America thought they were listening to the Beatles in disguise when they were first heard in this country. Even the name supported the confusion.    Like the Fab Four, they were born in England. And also like the Lads from Liverpool, internal differences broke them up. But unlike the Beatles, they got back together and went on to their greatest success despite a great deal of infighting which continued throughout much of their career. What kept them together? One explained it this way – If we hadn’t been related, we would probably never have gotten back together – They were brothers and their first of nine number one songs reached the top of Billboard’s top 100 reached the pinnacle on August 7, 1971 – And the name – people thought the initials they used for their name stood for a pseudonym “Beatles Group” – The BeeGees and the song: “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”


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Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by

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August 6, 2014The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a superstar who had 5 previous number ones in America but no chart topper in his own country. For that to happen he needed to bring in some outside help.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a superstar who had 5 previous number ones in America but no chart topper in his own country. For that to happen he needed to bring in some outside help.   That help came in the name of Pauline Matthews from Yorkshire England who was originally signed by Motown Records but after a few failed attempts at the charts she realized her destiny did not lie in Detroit, MI so she returned to Great Britain to resume her recording career closer to home. The superstar she teamed up with was getting fed up with fame (if not necessarily fortune) and was ready to retire from the music business to devote full time to soccer as president of the Watford Football Club. But his retirement was shortlived and a collaboration of the two signers was devised and the result was the superstar’s first number one in England – and during this week in August, 1976 it was number one in America also – Pauline Matthews had by this time changed her name to Kiki Dee and her collaborator was Elton John – Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart.


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Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by

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August 5, 2014: The 101 # 1 song of the day was recorded by one Richard Lewis Springthorpe whose first and only number one song ruled the charts at the very start of the 80s most important musical revolution.

 

The 101 # 1 song of the day was recorded by one Richard Lewis Springthorpe whose first and only number one song ruled the charts at the very start of the 80s most important musical revolution. It was America’s number one song the very day when MTV made its debut. Coincidently, his face was already familiar to millions of Americans because of his role as Dr. Noah Drake on the very popular soap opera, “General Hospital.” But he was a musician first in his native Australia where he belonged to a number of bands before moving to the states. He only took some acting lessons to expand his potential for employment when he got here. And on August 5, 1982 he was riding high on TV, on MTV and on the radio with the number one in the USA. By this time Richard Lewis Springthorpe had modified his name to Rick Springfield – his song “Jessie’s Girl.”


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August 4, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was the title cut to an album that started a feud between one of the band members and the daughter of a U.S. president.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was the title cut to an album that started a feud between one of the band members and the daughter of a U.S. president.   She, at one time, was living with another member of the band, Bernie Leadon, and in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun newspaper about a song they had written together which was included on the album.   She was quoted as saying, “I was very lucky, I made quite a bit of money and still get royalties.” That statement infuriated Don Henley, who shot off a letter to the paper declaring that Bernie was responsible for most of the song and her contribution was limited to a few words. Besides, he said, the song – I Wish You Peace – was “smarmy cocktail music and certainly not something the band was proud of.” He was referring to President Reagan’s daughter, Patti Davis. The album’s title cut was at number one on August 4, 1975 for the Eagles “One of these Nights”


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Friday, August 1st, 2014 by

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August 1, 2014: The 101 # 1 Song of the day was written and recorded by a onetime ditch digger who got his famous nickname from a black and yellow t-shirt he used to wear all the time.

 

The 101 # 1 Song of the day was written and recorded by a onetime ditch digger who got his famous nickname from a black and yellow t-shirt he used to wear all the time.   His real name is Gordon Sumner and he was born in England. He teamed up with a drummer named Stewart Copeland from America who grew up in the middle east as the son of a CIA agent.   Gutarist Andy Summers made them a trio and they began their climb to the top where they arrived during the summer of 1983 with a song that stayed at number one for eight weeks and it became the number one song of the entire year and it’s today’s 101 # 1 Song of the Day. And BTW, Gordon Sumner – with the black and yellow shirt that he favored – earned him the nickname “Sting.” The Police and Every Breath You Take.


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Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by

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July 31st, 2014The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group whose name was inspired by a poem by William Blake. Although its success as a single was huge, the group actually tried to avoid making singles.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group whose name was inspired by a poem by William Blake. Although its success as a single was huge, the group actually tried to avoid making singles.  Two of the four members met on the beach in Venice, CA. One of them was in a meditation class with the other two who would comprise the quartet. Their music philosophy was summed up by one of the members who said, “We always made an album as an album; we never really tried to make singles.” Only afterwards, would they consider what might be commercial as a single. The song that was on top of the Hot 100 on July 31st, 1967 was considered too long so it was severely edited. As far as the William Blake poem…it read in part: There are things that are known and things that are unknown…in between – the Doors (Light My Fire)


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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by

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July 30th, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by the very first artist signed by the Beatles’ Apple Records and he happened to be an American. He’d go on to have a huge career but this was his only number one hit.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by the very first artist signed by the Beatles’ Apple Records and he happened to be an American. He’d go on to have a huge career but this was his only number one hit.  The song was written by Carole King who said that “It was one of those moments when I sat down at the piano and it wrote itself from some place other than me.” She was the opening act in the spring of 1971 for the artist you’re about to here who by this time had left England and Apple records but he was still working with the man who had signed him to Apple – Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon became his producer. Carole was just beginning to ride the incredible wave of success brought on by her recording of the Tapestry Album and just two weeks before this song arrived at Number one on the 30th of July, 1971 she was on top with her double sided hit “It’s Too Late” and “I feel the Earth Move.” Now it was her friend’s turn with a song that was also on the Tapestry LP. And it would be the only number one song – for James Taylor (You’ve Got a Friend)

 


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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by

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July 29, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was written and recorded by a one time lounge singer who used the name Bill Martin to prove to the world he was more than a pop crooner.

 

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day was written and recorded by a one time lounge singer who used the name Bill Martin to prove to the world he was more than a pop crooner.  Up to this time he’d had several hits but this song came from an album that was specifically designed to “throw a rock at the image people had of (him.)” Not all the critics liked the result but the public sure did and it gave the man his first number one single. On July 29, 1980 he was using his given name – Billy Joel and this is the song “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me.”


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Monday, July 28th, 2014 by

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July 28, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was written on a ski lift in less than 10 minutes and it brought the writer back to his college sweetheart.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was written on a ski lift in less than 10 minutes and it brought the writer back to his college sweetheart.  They were married several years before but they had grown apart and they separated. He flew to Switzerland but after six days – which according to the couple felt like three months – a tearful long distance call made them realized how important their relationship was and before he returned to the states he was inspired to write the song which was number one on July 28, 1974. It’s John Denver and “Annie’s Song”


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