|On this day in AT40/AT20/AT10 history...|
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Thirty one years ago Wednesday (March 1, 1986), "Kyrie" by Mr. Mister
became the new #1 song in the USA. It stayed at the top for another
week and became the #9 single for 1986.
There was one story in particular on this show that struck a nerve
with author Rob Durkee. Survivor was at #14 with "Burning Heart" from
the "Rocky IV" soundtrack. Casey did a stretch story about the fight
that inspired Sylvester Stallone to come with the Rocky character. It
was the March 24, 1975 fight between Muhammad Ali and challenger Chuck
Wepner at the Richfield Coliseum, located near Akron but then the home
of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Wepner had no chance of winning but stuck with Ali nevertheless
before losing. Rob didn't attend the fight but he DID attend a press
conference at a restaurant about a month earlier and it was a zoo. Don
King was probably there along with the combatants! Rob doesn't
remember much else. After all, it was 33 years ago!
Meanwhile, Casey answered three question letters, listing the past #1
hits with musical instruments in their titles; tabbed "Big Bad John"
by Jimmy Dean as the most successful spoken word single; and how
Holland-Dozier-Holland were the top American song-writing team. Plus,
Casey featured the single "Rivers Of Babylon" by Boney M as it
contains the oldest lyrics ever for a charted single (from the Bibles'
Palms 137, Verse 1).
To tie in with "How To Be A Millionaire" by ABC at #27, Casey told the
story of Heddy Greene, who was worth $95 million but was one of the
cheapest people ever. Finally, "Stages" was at #22 as Casey told how
the group ZZ Top had the biggest concert tour of the mid-70's, then
disappeared for four years.
Thirty years ago Tuesday (February 28, 1987), "Livin' On A Prayer" was
spending its third of four weeks at #1 en route to becoming 1987's #10
single. To climax the show, Casey Kasem told how Bon Jovi concerts
include quiet rooms...where parents could wait for their kids and
actually relax. After all, the quiet rooms are soundproof!
Also in Hour Four, after Casey outroed a Long Distance Dedication, the
Jets' "You Got It All" (which was also song #5), he thanked the
listeners for their LDD letters. "I want you to know that we read
carefully every single letter that comes in...and I want to thank you.
The songs you ask me to play for someone always take on more meaning
after we hear your letters. It shows how important popular music is in
our personal lives...and that's the whole point of our Long Distance
Casey had time to play two extras in addition to the top 40 songs and
two LDD's. He played the live version of the Beatles' "Get Back,"
noting that it was part of the Fab Four's last public performance of
January 30, 1969. Actually, Casey said it was "their last
concert...and nobody bought tickets." Plus, Casey played "Every Breath
You Take" by the Police, the #1 single of 1983 which Sting described
as "the nastiest song written by me."
Chico DeBarge was at #26 with "Talk To Me" as Casey told how his
family's parents had a rule--when the lights go out and it's time to
go to bed, no talking is allowed. After all, there were as many as 10
kids in a row. But singing was OK!
At #16 was "Nobody's Fool" by Cinderella, a heavy metal group that was
obviously named after the cartoon character. As a stretch story,
Casey told how there've been 58 versions of the movie, "Cinderella"
(which is a record).
Finally, a bit of trivia. In a question letter, Casey pointed out that
Bruce Springsteen had the most #1 albums for the 80's so far with
three...and that the Boss' live album was the longest playing #1