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Nine years ago Wednesday (February 10, 2007), an historic "American Top 10" show aired.
The "American Top 10" show slated to air the weekend of February 10-11, 2007) was EXCEPTIONAL. To tie in with Valentine's Day, it's a salute and history of the Long Distance Dedication.
For starters, the entire recording of "Letter From Elaina" by Casey, his bubbling under single from 1964 on the Warner label was heard. I repeat, the ENTIRE recording of "Letter From Elaina," Casey's 45 rpm 1964 release that was the prelude to the birth of the LDD, was aired.
And there's more. Casey tells the story of the very first LDD...re-reads his first Request and Dedication (which he's called the most important letter he's ever read since it inspired him)...and airs an LDD Bill Clinton made to wife Hillary in 1994, with the song "Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley being played. That LDD never made it to any Casey show until now. And there's ANOTHER Elvis song played as an LDD, "Can't Help Falling In Love." A record FOUR LDD'S on this show!
Finally, EVERY song on the "Casey Kasem Presents The Long Distance Dedications" CD is played. All 20. "What A Wonderful World" by Louie Armstrong is among the one-song segment optional extras, but it's there to be played along with the 19 other songs on that CD.
Oh, Rob Durkee is proud and honored to have written the liner notes for that CD.
He rates this among the BEST EVER shows Casey's ever done. His staff did a brilliant job of putting this show together.
Forty three years ago Wednesday (February 10, 1973), "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John was spending its third of three weeks at #1 en route to becoming the #7 single for the year 1973. This show was one of the the last "American Top 40" shows recorded in mono. By the February 24, 1973 show, AT40 was recorded in stereo for good.
This show featured two Question Letters and both contained errors. Casey Kasem said Bing Crosby has had the most Top 10's in chart history with 57,which is the figure Rob Durkee's had had in his database. However, Casey upgraded Der Bingle's Top 10 total to 63 on the August 11, 1973 show.
Meanwhile, "The Banana Boat Song" was credited as the song with the most Top 40 hit versions with five. However, Rob can think of two songs to have had more Top 40 versions. "Mack The Knife" (a/k/a "Moritat" and/or the "Three Penny Opera" theme) has had seven Top 40 hit versions and the "Tennessee Waltz" has had eight.
The hardest working man in show business, James Brown, was at #36 with "I Got Ants In My Pants" as Casey related the often-told story of how James would perform 335 one-nighters and lose 10 pounds a night...and would eat lemons by the sackful. Tom Rounds, one of the key people to the success of the birth of AT40, often would be heard muttering something about how there was always a James Brown record being heard in the first hour of AT40. This was one of those weeks.
Stevie Wonder was at #5 with "Superstition" as Casey noted how it took Stevie 27 tries to get that second #1 after first hitting the top in 1963 with "Fingertips Part 2." Timmy Thomas was at #3 with "Why Can't We Live Together" as Casey told the story of his producer, Steve Alaimo.
Twenty four years ago Tuesday (February 9, 1991), "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C&C Music Factory Featuring Freedom Williams became the new #1 song in the USA. It stayed at the Top for two weeks and went on to become the #4 single for 1991.
Perhaps the telling story told by then-host Shadoe Stevens, though, was an update of a similar one told about a year earlier about vanishing vinyl records. In his report, Shadoe noted that vinyl LP's accounted for only 23 per cent of sales.
Meanwhile, Oleta Adams was at #32 with "Get Here" as Shadoe told the story of how the duo Tears For Fears made a long trip from England to the Midwest to track Adams down to do recordings with them.
"Iesha" by the group Another Bad Creation was at #30. Lil' Dave of the group, ak/a David Shelton, was only eight years old and Shadoe played a drop-piece of the Cowsills' "The Rain, The Park and Other Things" as Susan Cowsill was only seven years old when her group was hitting with that song in late 1967.
Also, a story about special edited versions of "Show Me The Way" by Styx was reported by Shadoe as the song was at #21. The special versions were tied in to the Gulf War, which was very much in the news. One of those station's versions would be featured the following week.
Finally, the rock group Nelson was at #6 with "After The Rain." Shadoe pointed out that Nelson group member Joey Cathcart is the son of Peggy Lennon of the Lennon Sisters, who sang background on the 1961 #1 single, "Calcutta" by Lawrence Welk.