|On this day in AT40/AT20/AT10 history...|
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Thirty years ago Tuesday (May 31, 1986), the #1 single in the USA was "The Greatest Love Of All" by Whitey Houston for its last of three weeks. It went on to become the #11 song of 1986. To climax the show, host Casey Kasem told how the album the song's from, "Whitney Houston," is the biggest #1 LP for a solo woman in 15 years (or since 1971's "Tapestry" by Carole King).
This was a then-record-setting show as exactly half (20) of the songs in the Top 40 were by British acts.
To tie in with song #16, "Bad Boy" by Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, Casey told a stretch story about how legendary outlaw Jesse James wasn't really the Robin Hood type. Meanwhile, "Rain On The Scarecrow" was #26 as the story was told about John Mellencamp making it to New York City when his friend, George Green, won the trip via a contest.
"Tuff Enuff" was #31 as the Fabulous Thunderbirds' story of their early bad luck was told. The Thunderbirds had four albums flop, had no label and went $175,000 in debt before they turned their career around with a key tour. Aso, at #37 was "The Love Parade" as Casey told the story of the Dream Academy being advised by a psychic to take the name a-ha...and turning it down...and since another group called a-ha had a #1 hit with "Take On Me," the psychic was right.
Casey also answered two QL's (Question Letters). The Beatles were the only rock era act to replace themselves at #1 although Glenn Miller and Jimmy Dorsey did it in the 1940's. Also, the shortest names for a Top 40 act both consisted of one letter--Q and M.
Eighteen years ago Monday (May 30, 1998), "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia was the #1 song in the USA for the sixth of 11 weeks. In spite of spending the most weeks at #1 of any song during 1998, it finished as the #2 song of 1998, with "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls taking top honors.
To climax Imgruglia's stay at the top, host Casey Kasem told how, as a kid, she'd practice tap dancing on top of a bed.
The real story of this show--as well as the two accompanying Adult Contemporary countdowns ("American Top 20 AC" and "American Top 20 Hot AC"), was Casey's stirring tribute to Frank Sinatra, who'd died a few weeks earlier. Among Sinatra's achievements mentioned by Casey was Old Blue Eyes' providing lead vocals on the very first #1 single ever, "I'll Never Smile Again" from 1940 by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Chorus.
Meanwhile, Cleveland's Rebekah (that's how she charted) was at #29 with "Sin So Well" as Casey told how the performer's first name was the correct in terms of the biblical spelling. Also, Vonda Shepard was at #13 with "Searchin' My Soul" from the Ally McBeal TV soundtrack. Vonda's story was told about career, which was in the down mode until she got the "Ally McBeal" break.