|On this day in AT40/AT20/AT10 history...|
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Forty four years ago Friday (October 21, 1972), the Father Of Rock And
Roll got his first #1 single. Chuck Berry's live-but-edited hit, "My
Ding-A-Ling," moved to the #1 spot. And, as host Casey Kasem noted,
that ended a 17-year wait after getting his first top 10 hit with
"Maybelline" in 1955.
"My Ding-A-Ling" wound up as the #14 song of 1972. When the song
debuted on AT40, affiliates were given an option of editing it out. At
the time, this song was considered potentially offensive so...while
the song was climbing the chart, you can hear a one-second of dead air
delay after Casey's intro to the song...and once the song was over,
there's another one-second delay of dead air. There was no option to
edit out the song when it was #1. As AT40 Pete Battistini, who tipped
off this site about the editing process, pointed out, "Kind of hard
for a radio station to edit out the #1 record!"
Meanwhile, Elvis Presley was at #3 with "Burning Love" and the story
of his being turned down by "The Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour" was
told. Ironically, this was Elvis' last of his 38 Top 10 hits...and it
would be kept out of #1 the following week as "Burning Love" would
peak at #2. Thus, the Father Of Rock And Roll would keep the King Of
Rock And Rock out of #1.
And there was more irony with this AT40 show. Elvis Presley, Chuck
Berry and Rick Nelson were in the Top 10 for the first time in 14
years. Nelson moved from #12 to #8 with "Garden Party." This key fact
was mentioned by Casey in his outro of "My Ding-A-Ling" to end the
This show also contained an odd mistake. In his outro of "I Can See
Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash at #20, Casey calls the song "If I Could
Reach You" by the Fifth Dimension...but that song was at #21! Oh
well...anyway, the Fifth Dimension was featured previously for having
two members winning the same beauty contest in back-to-back years 1962
and 1963. Marilyn McCoo and Florence LaRue won the contests with their
beauty and their singing.
"I Am Woman" was the #27 song as Helen Reddy was profiled for being a
woman's libber and...having a baby. And "Black And White" was #33 as
Three Dog Night was honored for setting a record for the single
highest paid performance ($350,000 August 18, 1972 in Rockingham,
North Carolina). The old record was the $189,000 the Beatles made for
their Shea Stadium appearance in August, 1966.
Thirty seven years ago Thursday (October 20, 1979), "Rise" by Herb
Alpert became the new #1 song in the USA. It stayed at the top another
week and was only the #80 song for 1979. However, it's believed the
song was a certain magazine's cutoff rulesvictims for calculating
Herb Alpert became the first and only performer to have had #1 single
both singing and with an instrumental recording. He'd previously hit
#1 in the summer of 1968 singing on "This Guy's In Love With You."
Herb's unique feat wasn't mentioned by host Casey Kasem. Instead,
Herb's ending an 11-year drought of major hit songs was
At #8 was what would become the biggest single of 1979, "My Sharona."
The Knack was featured for being accused of being an articually
created band. "Tusk" was #15 as the hit song was featured for having
the most performers since the 320 in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on
the 1959 Top 40 hit, "The Battle Hymn Of The Republic." On "Tusk,"
there were the five members of Fleetwood Mac and another 125 in the
University Of Southern California marching band. That's a total of
"Gotta Serve Somebody" was #27 as Bob Dylan's rise to fame was
chronicled. Dylan was a college dropout who later on got an honorary
doctorate in music from Princeton. "Island Girl" (Elton John), "That's
The Way (I Like It)" (KC And the Sunshine Band) and "Fly Robin Fly"
(Silver Convention) were played as the past #1's as part of the AT40
archives feature. They were at 1975 and after doing all the 1970's
#1's in order, AT40 would go through all the #1's of the
Speaking of #1's in the 1960's, "Surf City" was played as still
another extra as Casey aired an update on Jan and Dean.