|On this day in AT40/AT20/AT10 history...|
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Thirty five years ago Monday (September 1, 1979), "My Sharona" by the Knack was the #1 single in the United States for the second week. The song would stay at the top for another four weeks and became the biggest single for all of 1979.
To honor the song's remaining on top, host Casey Kasem tells the story of how the Knack posed like the Beatles once did for the front and back photos of their album covers.
Meanwhile, at #9 was "Mama Can't Buy You Love" as Elton John's manager, John Reid, was profiled for, as Casey put it, "leaping tall walls in a single bound." "Sail On" was the #14 song as the Commodores were featured for their infamous first trip to New York City. That's when the group lost its instruments, pushed their host out of his own home, borrowed his car...and wrecked it.
"Cruel To Be Kind" was at #27 as Nick Lowe's legendary promotion fiasco was featured. As Brimsley Schwartz, Lowe opened at New York's Filmore East...and was blasted by the British press for not being ready as a prime time performer.
Two 1950's performers were also featured. Fats Domino was the answer to a QL (Question Letter) as the soloist with the most Top 10's without a #1 with eight. Also, an update on Chuck Berry was aired but, sadly, he dealt with his legal problems.(e.g. income tax evasion).
There was a bit of a production error on this show as "You And Me Against The World" by Helen Reddy was played as a Long Distance Dedication. This song is supposed to start with Helen's daughter saying "Tell me again Mommy" but that part is edited out.
Twenty three years ago Sunday (August 31, 1991), "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams was the #1 single in the United States for a sixth week. It would spend another week at the top and become the #1 song for all of 1991.
To climax the song's stay at the top, then-host Shadoe Stevens pointed out that the Adams hit was the longest running #1 of the 1990's.
This show contained at least two features that would gradually disappear from the AT40 show theme from 1992-94. One was the so-called stretch story. That's a story that's somehow though distantly tied into a song or artist. In this case, it was a "stretch" story that tied in with Lenny Kravitz's song at #3, "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over." Shadoe went down some of the top quotes attributed to baseball great Yogi Berra, who was famous for saying "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" in regards to pennant races. Of course, there were other Yogi Berra-isms, too, like: "People don't come to that restaurant anymore...because it's too crowded."
The other disappearing feature was the montage...or a collection of short song bits edited together. A montage of "Golden Throats" album cuts was aired. However, montages all but disappeared by 1993, when only a handful were aired in spite of a digital recording studio.
Natalie Cole was at #14 with "Unforgettable" as the song was featured as the longest charting song in history. At the time, "Chattanooga Choo Choo" was second and "Unchained Melody" third. By the way, that Cole hit was considered a solo hit for Natalie even though her late dad sang with her in the recording. However, Nat King Cole got no label credit.
Finally, Axl Rose was featured as for singing for 10 years in church and teaching Bible Class....all part of Guns 'N Roses being at #36 with "You Should Be Mine."