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Twenty nine years ago Sunday (December 8, 1984), "Out Of Touch" by Hall and Oates became the new #1 single in the USA. Host Casey Kasem climaxed that "American Top 40" show by pointing out that Hall and Oates have the most #1's for the 80's so far with five. Pushed back into second place with four #1's each were Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.
There was plenty more chart happenings. Huey Lewis, at #18 with "Walking On A Thin Line," became the first group to have five Top 40 hits from an album ("Sports").
For one of his three question letters, Casey said there's been five #1 live hits: "Fingertips, Part 2")(Stevie Wonder, 1963), "My Ding-A-Ling" (Chuck Berry, 1972), "Got to Give It Up" (Marvin Gaye, 1977), "Coming Up" (Paul McCartney, 1980) and "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" (John Denver, 1975). Casey missed one, though, and it was the first live #1: "The Peppermint Twist" by Joey Dee And the Starlighters.
Finally, Hour One led off with a story Casey previously told in 1980 and 1982 about Kim Carnes working in a nightclub singing in a rowboat on top of a piano. One night the customers tried to fill the boat with beer. Kim left the nightclub swelling like beer. Ditto her guitar. She never returned to the nightclub. Carnes was at #36 along with James Ingram and Kenny Rogers with "What About Me?"
When Casey Kasem went down the list of #1 live hits on AT40 29 years ago today, he overlooked the rock era's first #1 live hit from 1962. Remember it?
Joey Dee And The Starlighters had the rock era's first #1 live hit with "Peppermint Twist" in early 1962.
The hit replaced the most successful dance hit ever at the top ("The Twist" by Chubby Checker) and kept out of #1 one of Elvis Presley's most famous ballads ("Can't Help Falling In Love").
Twenty two years ago Saturday (December 7, 1991), "Black Or White" by Michael Jackson became the new #1 song in the USA. To tie in with the one-gloved one's latest chart-topper, then-host Shadoe Stevens pointed out that it was the fastest climbing #1 hit in 22 years. The last time a song hit the top in only its third week in the Top 40 was the Beatles' "Get Back" in the summer of 1969.
The real Hour Four story, though, was Shadoe's' stirring tribute to Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen who, sadly, had died of AIDS the previous month. A six-minute and 40-second montage of Queen's greatest hits was climaxed with the guitar solo of "Bohemian Rhapsody." Then, Shadoe boldly emphasized, "The music he made with Queen is some of the most powerful, dynamic, innovative and exciting music ever in the history of rock and roll...and he will continue to live on radios and in the record collections of millions around the world."
Also in Hour four, to tie in with "Cream" at #8, Shadoe noted that Prince had chalked up a record ninth straight year of singing lead on a Top 10 hit.
Finally, Curtis Stigers was at #28 with "I Wonder Why" and told how he overcame flunking fourth grade choir.