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Friday, July 25th, 2014 by

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July 25, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group whose first reaction to the lyrics was “What are they trying to do to us?”

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group whose first reaction to the lyrics was “What are they trying to do to us?”  They actually were given a choice between the song you’re about to hear and John Sebastian’s “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?” which, of course, wound up a big hit for the Lovin’ Spoonful, and despite the fact they thought the words were very corny, the decided to take a pass on Sebastian and go for goofy…although America thought otherwise and so have a number of other musicians who have covered the song over the years including Jimmi Hendrix. Here’s the song that vaulted to number one in the last week of July 1966 for the Troggs “Wild Thing”


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Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by

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July 24, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was the biggest hit recorded by a band that came to national prominence after they were signed to be regulars on Dick Clark’s daily afternoon music show. And no – it wasn’t American Bandstand.

The 101 number one song of the day was the biggest hit recorded by a band that came to national prominence after they were signed to be regulars on Dick Clark’s daily afternoon music show. And no – it wasn’t American Bandstand. The series debuted in the summer of ‘65 and the group went on to have nine top 20 hits before the decade was over. Although they were primarily known as a sixties band, their biggest hit came in the seventies. It was also their last top 20 hit. It reached the top of the charts on July 24, 1971 for the group once known as Paul Revere and the Raiders but now shortened to “The Raiders” and the song: Indian Reservation.


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July 23, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day is about a love triangle and was recorded by a group with a name that sounds like a city but they actually named themselves after a “cocktail.”

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day is about a love triangle and was recorded by a group with a name that sounds like a city but they actually named themselves after a “cocktail.” The original members grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey and a third place finish in a talent show at the famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem led to a record contract. They were originally known as the “Dulcets” but as one of the group’s members commented, “it didn’t sound that exciting. Dulcet means melodic tones but how could you explain that to the public?” Well, some people might know that but they wanted a new name and since Dulcet is also the name of a cocktail they continued with that theme and it led to their new name – which graced the label of their biggest hit which was number one on this day – July 23rd in 1976 for the Manhattans “Kiss and Say Goodbye”


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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by

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July 22, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a duo who very early in their career recorded a song about a little girl who would one day grow up to marry a rock and roll superstar. That was not what the song was about – that was what happened in real life.

 

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a duo who very early in their career recorded a song about a little girl who would one day grow up to marry a rock and roll superstar. That was not what the song was about – that was what happened in real life.  Back to that in a moment…but first, these two guys got started in their high school gym because of the great echo for singing. They started touring in California and the Beach Boys – who were a self contained band – backed them up. They collaborated with Brian Wilson who co-wrote today’s featured song. But before that they recorded a song written in 1944 by Jack Lawrence about the baby daughter of a friend. Her name was Linda – Linda Eastman who would grow up to marry Paul McCartney. That proved to be an interesting footnote but not a hit. But on July 22, 1963 they had a huge hit when it reached number one for Jan and Dean “Surf City”


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Friday, July 18th, 2014 by

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July 18, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day owed its creation to a street urchin and a lack of pocket change.

 

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day owed its creation to a street urchin and a lack of pocket change.   The writer remembers it this way, “I was coming down the Westside Highway in NYC where there is the longest traffic light of all time. When you stop for the light, a bunch of kids run out and clean your windows and get a couple of cents. I was headed to the studio waiting for the light to change when a little girl came up to the car and started on my windshield. I saw her dirty face and her tattered clothes with holes in her socks and a little cap. When she finished, I couldn’t find any change and ended up giving her the smallest bill I had – a five dollar bill. When I pulled away, she stood stunned in the middle of the street clutching that five dollar bill. I couldn’t get the image out of my mind and that is what led to the song which landed at number one on July 18, 1964. The writer was Bob Gaudio of the Four Seasons and this is the song: “Rag Doll.

 


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July 17, 2014:  The 101 number one song of the day came from what was, essentially, a family act. But during the recording of this song something happened that would change the family forever.

 

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day came from what was, essentially, a family act. But during the recording of this song something happened that would change the family forever.   They consisted of 3 brothers, their cousin and a high school friend. The band was managed by the brothers’ father who ruled with an iron hand. Problem was, one of the brothers was one with all the ideas and as he grew, he became more and more determined to things his way. While the song you’re about to hear was being recorded, an argument broke out between father and son which ended up in a shoving match. The father stormed out and never again returned to the studio. The tearful son would later apologize, saying he only wanted to make sure the song was “perfect.” It was number one in America on July 17, 1964. The father’s name was Murray, the son’s was Brian – Brian Wilson – of the Beach Boys – “I Get Around”


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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 by

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The 101 number one song of the day received high praise from the writer of the song it knocked out of the top spot – Neil Sedaka. This song’s writer was not a stranger to the attention but nevertheless was pleased by Sedaka’s remarks.

 

 

 

The 101 number one song of the day received high praise from the writer of the song it knocked out of the top spot – Neil Sedaka. This song’s writer was not a stranger to the attention but nevertheless was pleased by Sedaka’s remarks. The year was 1975 and Neil had been on a roll with his own recording comeback as well as compositions for other musicians. His song for the Captain and Tennille, “Love Will Keep Us Together” had been ruling the Hot 100 for four weeks before giving way to the song that dethroned it this week of that year. Sedaka said of the new number one, “A pop hit has to have hooks you can hang your hat on. The hooks can be either musical or lyrical, but the best is a marriage of both words and music. This song does both and it’s terrific.” America agreed but much of the world had been loving this writer’s work for over a decade by this time. It was Paul McCartney – although the record label just said, “Wings” – Listen to what the Man Said”


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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 by

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July 15, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was an instant hit for the duo who sang it but it also was responsible for the breakup.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was an instant hit for the duo who sang it but it also was responsible for the breakup.  It was written by one of the members of the pair who had a tough time convincing the other to record it. But when the played in various gigs, their fans would often request it. That led to investing $500 to book some studio time in Odessa, TX. They distributed the song themselves to radio stations and it became a local hit. RCA records got wind of it and signed them to a contract.   The record entered Billboard’s Hot 100 on June 21, 1969 and in three weeks it was the number one song in America. While it was still on the charts, the one who did not write the song decided it was not the type of song he wanted to be remembered for and he quit the business altogether. But not before solidifying his position as a one hit wonder. It arrived at number one July 12, 1969 for Zager and Evans

(In the Year 2525) —-Rick Evans wrote it and Denny Zager hated it.


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Monday, July 14th, 2014 by

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July 14, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was inspired, according to its creator by Martha and the Vandellas’ “Dancin’ in the Streets” but the writer just didn’t think it was good enough to be an “A” side. Few people agreed.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was inspired, according to its creator by Martha and the Vandellas’ “Dancin’ in the Streets” but the writer just didn’t think it was good enough to be an “A” side. Few people agreed.  He’d been lying awake in bed in a motel room in Clearwater, FL when he thought of a chord progression that came to his fingers. The next morning when he played the guitar riff back on his portable cassette recorder for his songwriting partner he offered some words to go with it. Back to that in a moment. Despite his protests, they checked into Chess Studios in Chicago to work more on the tune and later it was completed during an 18 hour recording session at RCA studios in Hollywood. The man who started it all was just about the only one who didn’t think it had much commercial value. His name was Keith Richards. It was the number one song on July 14, 1965. The words he added to the riff were: “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” – It’s the Rolling Stones


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Friday, July 11th, 2014 by

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July 11, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a hit making machine that often was slammed by the critics for not writing their own material. The critics should have recognized their incredible knack for discovering a long list of unknowns who would go on to make up whose who of pop songwriters.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a hit making machine that often was slammed by the critics for not writing their own material. The critics should have recognized their incredible knack for discovering a long list of unknowns who would go on to make up whose who of pop songwriters.   They recognized the talent and recorded the work of Laura Nyro, Harry Nilsson, Leo Sayer, Elton John and Bernie Taupin before they were discovered by the public. The song that reached number one on July 11, 1970 was written by Randy Newman who would go on to have a huge hit with his composition, “Short People” – the group was Three Dog Night and here’s the 101 number one song of the day: Mama Told Me Not to Come.


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