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Thursday, January 8th, 2015 by Mike McKay
January 8, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day brought today’s featured artist her greatest hit and ultimately her biggest headache.
She was a New York City born folksinger who cut her musical teeth as a teenager performing in Greenwich Village coffee shops. What happened one day is the stuff of legend when she went to a wrong address looking for an audition. She wound up, quite by accident at the offices of Buddah Records where label president Neil Bogart took an immediate liking to her and signed her on the spot. He then introduced her to her future producer who would later become her husband. The song which would be number one on this day in 1972 was written in 15 minutes intended to be an uptempo interlude she could slip into concerts when she got tired of singing about the trials of mankind. But, in addition to it becoming a number one song, eventually it would be the only song people would want to hear from her and she became so frustrated she quit the music business outright. At least for a few years and when she did return to recording none of them became hits. But this one stayed at number one for 3 weeks for Melanie (Brand New Key)
Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 by Mike McKay
January 7, 2015: The 101 number one song of the day was pure kid-stuff…because it resulted in a huge charitable contribution to kids all over the world.
The group that did the song described themselves as “not very political” but one cause they were interested in was children. As one of the members of the group said, “children in need are the most defenseless people on Earth.” So when they were asked to participate in a music project sponsored by the United Nations organization UNICEF they immediately agreed. In fact, they promised to donate the royalties from their next single. That single entered the Hot 100 in November 1978 and by January 7th, 1979 it was the number one song in America – The BeeGees and “Too Much Heaven.”
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 by Mike McKay
January 6, 2015: The 101 song of the day was written by a woman who intended to be a journalist and she thought that none other than Mick Jagger would be a great first interview. That’s not what happened but what did – became one of rock and roll’s greatest mysteries.
She met with Jagger and the two soon became good friends and once that happened she abandoned her idea of an interview because she felt she’d lost her objectivity. Before long she returned to the job she had in college – singing. And when she recorded the song you’re about to hear, Mick came by the studio to hang out and wound up doing back up vocals. By January 7th, 1973 the record was number one in America and to this day, people speculate who it is about – Here’s your 101 number one song of the day from Carly Simon (You’re So Vain)
Monday, January 5th, 2015 by Mike McKay
January 5, 2015: The 101 # 1 Song of the day was a collaboration of two artists who, between them, were responsible for no less than 37 number one singles – so this one was destined to become a huge hit and it was.
One half of the writing performing partnership remembers getting a phone call on Christmas day from the other – who he’d never met. The former thought it was a joke and didn’t believe at first the guy on the phone was really who he said he was but once identities was established, the caller said he had some time off and wanted to go to England so the two of them could do something together and that’s exactly what happened. The song was produced by George Martin and it quickly rose to the top where it was on January 5th, 1983 for Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson “Say, Say, Say.”
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”
Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 by Mike McKay
December 30, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was the final number one song of the 60s decade and appropriately enough, it was recorded by the decade’s most successful American group.
The song was actually written as the decade was young and it wasn’t until nine year later that it became a hit. Although it was credited to a trio, in reality the only member of the group in the studio was its lead singer who was about to embark upon a solo career. Her back up vocalists were sisters Maxine and Julia Water and by December 30, 1969 it was the number one song in America. It would be the last number one song by the Supremes as Diana Ross went off on her own – (Someday We’ll Be Together)
Monday, December 29th, 2014 by Mike McKay
December 29, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was part of today’s featured artist’s first album but it was never intended to be a single.
In fact, it wasn’t released as one until his follow up album came out and produced a number one hit of its own. A couple of film producers were working on a made- for-TV movie about a young woman dying of cancer. They were searching for an appropriate contemporary song to use as a theme in the film. They purchased a stack of albums from a nearby record store and sat down listen to all of them. When they came across the song you’re about to hear they knew they had found exactly what they were looking for. Eight days after the movie aired, its writer/performer was killed in a plane crash after a concert. He was scheduled to perform in Las Cruces within a few days. The song became number one on December 29, 1973 for Jim Croce (Time in a Bottle)
Friday, December 26th, 2014 by Mike McKay
December 26, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was written and sung by a man without a recording contract but David Geffen volunteered to release a whole album of his songs without ever hearing a single note.
The artist was coming off a five year hiatus during which he spent his time as a househusband. But while on a trip to Bermuda, he started writing again and when he returned to New York, he booked a studio and resumed his recording career. Some record companies asked to hear the LP before offering a deal, but Geffen was willing to give it a go based on reputation alone. After all, he had an impressive resume and on December 26, 1980 the first single from the album was the number one song in America – just about one month after it’s release. Tragically, it was less than three weeks after his death – John Lennon (Just Like) Starting Over
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 by Mike McKay
December 23, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a quintet that appeared to have toppled the Fab Four from their perch as the world’s supergroup.
They rode to American shores on the crest of the wave that brought the Beatles crashing onto our charts. Their timing was impeccable. One of their songs toppled “I Want to Hold Your Hand” from number one in England and they were quickly hailed as the new British Supergroup. The song you’re about to hear didn’t fare as well over there – it peaked at number 45 but over here it was number one on December 23rd, 1965 and it became the only number one song in the states for the Dave Clark Five – “Over and Over”
Monday, December 22nd, 2014 by Mike McKay
December 22, 2014: The 101 number one song of the day was written and performed by rock’s master storyteller who called his compositions “stories of ordinary people and cosmic moments of their non-cosmic lives.”
He was the son of a jazz drummer who worked with Tommy Dorsey’s Band. He studied trumpet growing up and later formed a folk group with his brothers Tom and Stephen. He supported himself by working as a New York City cabdriver and in 1969 he produced a documentary about boxing, “The Legendary Champions” which was nominated for an academy award. After his musical career took off he performed about 200 concerts a year, half of them for charity. His biggest hit was suggested by his wife Sandy when he was touring and away from home when his youngest son was born. He remembered his own dad being on the road much of the time when he was growing up and that led to the song which was number one on December 22, 1974 for Harry Chapin – “Cat’s in the Cradle”