On this day in AT40/AT20/AT10 history...
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Forty years ago Sunday (August 20, 1977), "Best Of My Love" by the Emotions became the new #1 song in the USA. It stayed at the top for five weeks, became the #3 single of 1977 and today still gets played by many of the nation's Adult-Leaning stations when they go into a "Disco Saturday Night" mode.

To tie in with the song's rise to the top, host Casey Kasem told the story of how Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire had waited 20 years to produce the Emotions...and how his patience was rewarded.

Meanwhile, one of the best stories about Alice Cooper was re-told. It was also told on the June 2, 1973 show. Anyway, about 1970, Alice still wasn't totally accepted for his weirdness. While doing an interview at a restaurant, a man in the neighboring booth started becoming a heckler about Alice's looks. Alice found a way to shut the guy up. After finishing the interview and meal, Alice went up to the heckler, shook his hand and said, "Gee, it's terrific to see you again!"

Meanwhile, "My Heart Belongs To Me" was #27 as Barbra Streisand was profiled for being one of only two people at the time to have two #1 songs that won an Oscar. Bing Crosby was the only other. Also, Mac McAnally was featured on his song at #37, "Its A Crazy World," for being an overnight success. He was basically discovered and recorded his breakthrough hit the same day.

Also, the Brothers Johnson were featured as an opening act for the likes of Stevie Wonder and the Supremes but they were established at #23 with "Strawberry Letter 23."

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Thirty nine years ago today (August 19, 1978), these were the Top 14 songs:

1. Three Times A Lady--The Commodores
2. Grease--Frankie Valli
3. Last Dance--Donna Summer
4. Miss You--The Rolling Stones
5. Hot Blooded--Foreigner
6. Boogie Oogie Oogie--A Taste Of Honey
7. Love Will Find A Way--Pablo Cruise
8. Copacabana--Barry Manilow
9. Magnet And Steel--Walter Egan
10. An Everlasting Love--Andy Gibb
11. Hopelessly Devoted To You--Olivia Newton-John
12. Life's Been Good--Joe Walsh
13. My Angel Baby--Toby Beau
14. I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight--The Atlanta Rhythm Section

*** The PREVIOUS week, these were the Top 14 songs: 1. Three Times A Lady--The Commodores
2. Grease--Frankie Valli
3. Last Dance--Donna Summer
4. Miss You--The Rolling Stones
5. Hot Blooded--Foreigner
6. Boogie Oogie Oogie--A Taste Of Honey
7. Love Will Find A Way--Pablo Cruise
8. Copacabana--Barry Manilow
9. Magnet And Steel--Walter Egan
10. An Everlasting Love--Andy Gibb
11. Hopelessly Devoted To You--Olivia Newton-John
12. Life's Been Good--Joe Walsh
13. My Angel Baby--Toby Beau
14. I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight--The Atlanta Rhythm Section

YES! The Top 14 songs on the chart didn't change from the previous week. A real show and chart rarity.

Another rarity of this show was a record played that was release prior to the start of the rock and roll era in 1955. It was "Mystery Train" by Elvis Presley. It was played to tie in with how Elvis was discovered and AT40's way of commemorating Elvis' passing.

Meanwhile, Steve Martin was at #17 with "KIng Tut" as host Casey Kasem pointed out that Tut is the hottest act around even though he's been dead for 3,000 years. Bible songs like "Turn! Turn! Turn!" and "The Lord's Prayer" were featured as a tie-in to Boney M's "Rivers Of Babylon" at #31.

A Wilson Pickett update was aired and Rafael Ravenscroft was featured as the sax player on "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty at #33.

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