|On this day in AT40/AT20/AT10 history...|
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Twenty two years ago Saturday (November 28, 1992), "I'd Die Without You" by P.M. Dawn was the nation's #1 song for its second of two weeks. Ironically, when "AT40" switched charts a year earlier, "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" peaked at #1 on the Hot 100 and #3 on "AT40," but this time the numbers were switched.
Plus, then-host Shadoe Stevens pointed out that the Everly Brothers; Santo and Johnny; and the Bellamy Brothers were the other rock era brother duos to have #1's.
Also that week, Fred Parris told a story I obtained in an interview with him. Fred told how he wrote the classic ballad, "In The Still Of The Nite" while pulling guard duty...in the still of the night. The Boyz II Men version was at #6 that week.
Finally, during the final set of station affiliate mentions, Shadoe noted that "American Top 40" was heard on WKMI/Kalamazoo and added, "I wonder if Elvis is listening?"
The "American Top 40" show of thirty nine years ago Friday (November 27, 1976) has great sentimental value to author Rob Durkee.
At this time in 1976, Rob was a sports writer for the Elyria (Ohio) Chronicle-Telegram, where he covered the Cleveland pro teams (Indians, Cavaliers, Browns) as well as Elyria Catholic High School's teams. Elyria Catholic suffered through the unthinkable when Rob came onto the scene in time for the 1974 season....an 0-10 season.
But those sophomores who played that season paid dividends on the weekend of November 27, 1976. "Tonight's The Night" by Rod Stewart was #1...and that night WAS the night for Elyria Catholic fans. Their favorite team rolled to a 34-10 victory over Brookville at Akron's Rubber Bowl for the state Class AA title.
Bryan Thomas, who would win the Golden Helmet Award the following season as Lorain County's top high school football player, was the main difference, returning a kickoff 95 yards for one touchdown and scoring on a long TD run to break it open.
On that "AT40" show that weekend, Casey told the first of his many stories about the irony of "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald," the Gordon Lightfoot song that was at #2. Casey also answered a question letter about the only two working DJ's who've hit #1 (Jim Lowe and Rick Dees) plus told the story of how Eric Clapton overcame his drug addiction.