|On this day in AT40/AT20/AT10 history...|
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Thirty years ago Tuesday (June 27, 1987), "I Wanna Dance With Somebody
(Who Loves Me)" by Whitney Houston became the new #1 song in the
United States. It stayed on top for another week and became 1987's #4
To honor the song's rise to the top, host Casey Kasem pointed out that
Whitney became the first woman to have an album debuted at #1 on the
LP chart with "Whitney." While this kind of thing is commonplace
nowadays, this wasn't the case in the 1980's. Before Whitney, only
three others had done it--Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Bruce
At #4, meanwhile, was "Alone" as the story of one of the biggest fans
of the group, Heart, was told. Sharon Hess was her name and, sadly,
she died of leukemia but AT40 kept her memory alive and did it again
by repeating the story in May, 1990. I believe the Sharon Hess has
been told by Casey on his daily greatest-hits show, too, at least once
in recent years.
"Wanted: Dead Or Alive" was at #10 for Bon Jovi as Casey gave a
special report on the dominance of heavy metal acts on the album
chart. "You Keep Me Hangin' On" was falling down the chart, stopping
at #17, as the woman singing the remake, Kim Wilde, was featured for
once singing a duet with her dad, Marty, at an AIDS benefit concert at
London's Wembley Stadium.
Chris Deburgh was at #22 with "Lady In Red" as a stretch story was
told about the lengendary lady in red. Anna Sage was the woman who
wore red so the Feds (FBI agents) could track down and shoot to death
the infamous criminal, John Dillinger, in 1934, after a movie was over
"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" was at #25 as Casey told
how Rome's citizens once thought they were having an earthquake. In
reality, it was just the noise from a U2 concert. Also, "Nothing's
Gonna Change My Love For You" was falling down the chart, stopping at
#35. The story of singer Glenn Medeiros' big break--radioPD Guy
Zapoleon hearing his hit while vacationing in Hawaii, was retold after
originally airing two months earlier.
Elvis Presley was twice featured in QL's (Question Letters). The King
was the top soloist of not only the 1950's, but the 1960's as well,
plus he's had the most Top 40 movie soundtrack hits with 28.
Thirty five years ago Monday (June 26, 1982), "Ebony And Ivory" by Paul
McCartney and Stevie Wonder was the #1 single in the USA for the last
of seven weeks. It became the #5 single of 1982.
In a show rarity, host Casey Kasem climaxed the #1 song by answering a
listener's question (a/k/a a QL, or question letter feature). It dealt
with performers having the most solo hits after leaving a group. At
the time, John Lennon (a dozen top 40's) was third, Rod Stewart (13)
was second and way out in front with 27, was Paul McCartney. Paul had
another of his hits played as an extra ("Silly Love Songs") on this
Still another extra was played in Hour Four: "You're All I Need To Get
By" as Casey featured Marvin Gaye as the performer with the most
different women partners on Top 40 hits. In this case, it was Tammi
Terrell. Gaye also had Top 40 hits with Kim Weston, Mary Wells and
Meanwhile, Casey gave a special report on body language to tie in with
"Body Language" by Queen at #11. The report included mention of
communication minus talking. At #15 was "It's Gonna Take A Miracle" as
the story was told about Deniece Williams being discovered singing at
a record store.
"Keep The Fire Burnin'" was at #28 as Casey told how REO Speedwagon's
Kevin Cronin might've drowned off the coast of the Gulf Of Mexico if a
ski instructor (and good swimmer) wasn't eating breakfast on a balcony
and seen Kevin struggling. At #37 was "Be Mine Tonight" as Neil
Diamond was featured for having gone to NYU on a fencing scholarship.