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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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Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by

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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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Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by

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July 10, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was the biggest song of the year and one of the most successful singles of all time and it all started with a case of insomnia.

 

The 101 number one song of the day was the biggest song of the year and one of the most successful singles of all time and it all started with a case of insomnia.  Today’s featured singer was knocking on doors in NYC looking for a record contract and helping his friend Jackie Wilson at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theatre. While there he ran into members of an all white group called the Fireflies who were a bit nervous appearing for the first time before a mostly black audience. His encouragement quelled their concern and they went onto to a successful performance. Several weeks later he knocked at the door of Beltone records and was surprised to run into Richie Adams who was the Fireflies lead singer. Adams introduced him to label owner Joe Rene. Adams then gave him a song he’d written to audition. It was a perfect fit. That song reached number one on July 10, 1961 and stayed on top of the charts for seven weeks.   As for the insomnia – It’s Bobby Lewis with that story: (Tossin’ and Turnin’)


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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by

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The 101 number one song of the day was released as a single because of audience reaction when it was performed in clubs. It was released in the middle of February, 1974 but by the middle March it was dead on the charts. So what happened to revive the song and get it headed to the top?

 

The 101 number one song of the day was released as a single because of audience reaction when it was performed in clubs. It was released in the middle of February, 1974 but by the middle March it was dead on the charts. So what happened to revive the song and get it headed to the top?  Suddenly it sold 50,000 copies in New York City because it became a huge hit in dance clubs. Then radio DJs were scrambling to get a copy to play on the air – again. Once that happened it shot up to the top of the charts reaching number one during this week in 1974 for the – pretty much – one hit wonder – Hues Corporation (Rock the boat)

The name was originally called “Children of Howard Hughes” because the group’s founder, Wally Holmes, thought it would be funny for a black group to be named that. Apparently, the people surrounding the famous reclusive multi-millionaire didn’t think it was so funny so they changed their name to Hues Corporation spelled H-U-E-S


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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by

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July 8, 201: The 101 number one song of the day got it start in the bathroom – not because of the acoustics but because its writer and singer was making toilet seats at the time.

 

The 101 number one song of the day got it start in the bathroom – not because of the acoustics but because its writer and singer was making toilet seats at the time.  He was a late bloomer who was working for Boeing manufacturing the fixtures for 747s when he got his first record contract at age 32. Even after the success of his first album which produced two major hits including the one you’re about to hear, he still felt more like a factory worker than a performer and had the feeling he’d be picking up his toolbox and putting down his guitar at any time. He didn’t and on July 8, 1972 he owned the number one record in the land…It’s Bill Withers and (Lean on Me)


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Monday, July 7th, 2014 by

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July 7, 2014: The 101 # 1 Song of the Day was a product of the “British Invasion” – not the one that began in 1964 – the other – much later one.

 

 

 

The 101 # 1 Song of the Day was a product of the “British Invasion” – not the one that began in 1964 – the other – much later one.  This one was referred to as a “mini” invasion of the 80s. With the new decade there came the new wave and bands from England were having a hard time gaining a foothold in the USA. But that began to change after today’s featured chart topper came along. In the wake of this song, British groups like Culture Club and Dexy’s Midnight Runners started finding success here as well as at home. And that brings us to the song that started the “new wave British Invasion” when it arrived at number one this week in 1982 – It’s the Human League and Don’t You Want Me.


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