|On this day in AT40/AT20/AT10 history...|
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(EDITOR'S NOTE: In 2001, AT40 fan Doug Bowden e-mailed Rob Durkee his
thoughts on the show of 33 years ago Friday December 10, 1983. Here are
Thirty three years ago Friday (December 10, 1983) the most successful
duet between two men spent its first of six weeks at #1. 'Say Say Say'
by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson was said by Casey Kasem to be
the sixth duet by two solo superstars to reach #1. It not only went on
to become AT40's #1 song of the 1984 chart year but had the best chart
run of any song in either singer's solo career which includes more
than 70 top 40 hits between them.
Peter Schilling's only top 40 hit at #18 that week prompted a
comparison between the two hits featuring a character named 'Major
Tom'. Peter's hit at the time 'Major Tom (Coming Home)' and David
Bowie's 1973 classic 'Space Oddity' from which a piece was
Most unique about this show was the second hour which contained only
nine songs. It was the show's first occurence of this instance due the
long playing time of two hits in particular; Barry Manilow's 'Read em
and Weep' at #27 and Bonnie Tyler's former #1 'Total Eclipse of the
Heart' at #25. Both were written and produced by Jim Steinman each
running about five and a half minutes which was still probably below
average for ol' Jim who is best known for the long playing hits he
wrote for Meat Loaf. By the late '80's and early '90's the average
playing time of a top 40 hit had increased to the point where having
nine songs in one hour of AT40 was not too uncommon.
During the same hour Casey told the story of Tony Burrows who holds
the record for singing lead for the most different groups hitting the
top 40 (five of them). A piece of each group's hit was played
including a bit of the 1970 Edison Lighthouse hit 'Love Goes Where My
Rosemary Goes' which is now featured in the recent movie 'Shallow
Forty four years ago Friday (December 9, 1972), Helen Reddy became the
first Australian artist to hit #1 when "I Am Woman" spent its only
week at the top.
However, Casey Kasem didn't mention this fact to climax the show.
Instead, he told the story of how Helen was glad she recorded for
"Jesus Christ Superstar" and how she's a big women's libber.
Also in Hour Three, to tie in with Billy Paul at #6 with "Me And Mrs.
Jones," Casey told how Billy began his show business career appearing
with Bill Cosby 17 years earlier in 1955 at Philadelphia's Media
Casey still also answered some question letters. He told how Frank
Sinatra and Perry Como had the two longest Top 40 hit spans. Plus, he
told how "Love Letters In The Sand" by Pat Boone took the most weeks
to leave the chart with 24.