|On this day in AT40/AT20/AT10 history...|
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Thirty years ago Monday (May 4, 1985), the benefit single "We Are The World"by USA For Africa was #1 in the USA for its last of four weeks. It went on to become 1985's #20 song. To tie in with the song's stay at the top, host Casey Kasem gave a stirring tribute to the late Harry Chapin, who contributed a goodly percentage of his concerts' profits to benefit the hungry of the world.
Meanwhile, at #13 was "I'm On Fire" as the story was told how the singer, Bruce Springsteen, made the cover of Time and Newsweek the same week plus tried to visit Elvis Presley at Graceland in Memphis. The attempt to see Elvis happened about 26 years ago...but the Graceland security guards escorted Springsteen out of the premises. After all, it was 3 a.m.!
An update on Desi Arnesz Jr. was aired, including a drop piece of his 1965 hit, "I'm A Fool" (as Dino, Desi and Billy) plus his battle against drugs was told. There was another drop-piece..."Just A Gigolo" by Louie Prima to tie in with David Lee Roth's then-#27 single, "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody."
There was plenty of chart trivia on this show. John Fogarty was added to the list of performers to have had #1 albums in the 60's, 70's and 80's. The others were Barbra Streisand, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Finally, "New York, New York" was played as an extra as Casey noted that Frank Sinatra was the most successful singer "alive today" with 115 hits, plus Old Blue Eyes' bio was told.
Twenty nine years ago Sunday (May 3, 1986), "Addicted To Love" by Robert Palmer became the new #1 single in the USA. It stayed at the top for only this one week but it stayed on the chart long enough to become the #10 single for 1986.
This highlight of this show, though, was host Casey Kasem's stirring tribute to songwriter Linda Creed, who sadly had died of cancer. To tie in with one of Creed's songs, "The Greatest Love Of All" (the Whitney Houston version was at #7), Casey said in part, "If you write a great song, you don't need a great memorial chisled in stone. They'll sing your statue...it would've been a crime if she hadn't become a songwriter."
Meanwhile, Casey gave a background story on the city of Harlem to tie in with song #5, "Harlem Shuffle" by the Rolling Stones. Not to be outdone, Staten Island was also featured to tie in with the Force MD's, who were at #24 with "Tender Love." Staten Island, it turns out, was won by New York State in a boat race.
In the chart trivia department, we're proud to say that Rob Durkee's tip to Matt Wilson was followed up as Casey told how we've now had three different performers with the same name--John Taylor, the latest of which was at #26 with "I Do What I Do." Yes, Rob's name was mentioned by Casey, thus crediting him for catching that bit of trivia...and at the time he was living in Atloona, Wisconsin, next door to Eau Claire.
Casey also pointed out that Pat Boone was in the middle of the only family with three generations of #1 hits. Pat's father in law, Red Foley, had a early 1950's #1 with "Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy" while Pat's daughter, Debby, had the #1 single, "You Light My Life."
Conway Twitty was noted as the performer with the most country #1 hits with 39 while a correction was aired about the longest-running #1 instrumental (it was "Frenesi" by Artie Shaw from the 1940's and not "The Third Man Theme" by Anton Karras as featured a few weeks earlier).