|On this day in AT40/AT20/AT10 history...|
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Generally speaking, this site's lookback at the past Casey Kasem
hosted shows centers on the shows of the 1970's and 1980's.
Occasionally, a Shadoe Stevens-hosted show is featured, too, and today
we remember an Adult Contemporary show .
Twenty years ago Wednesday (April 25, 1998), Eric Clapton had the #1
Adult Contemporary song with "My Father's Eyes" on American Top 20 AC.
To climax the song's residence at the top, Casey told how Eric was
abandoned by his father before he was born.
Because AC charts have little change in their rankings, the extras and
Long Distance Dedications are important to help keep the shows
diversified. For instance, on this 1998 AT20 AC show, "Rhythm Of My
Heart" was played as an extra and the story of Rod Stewart once
performed with the group Python Lee Jackson in order to buy car
Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love To You" was played as the group's
60-second anti-smoking video was featured. Plus, "Hold On" was played
as Wilson Phillips' bio was told about the girl group being formed
after putting out a protest record.
Thirty six years ago Tuesday (April 24, 1982), "I Love Rock And Roll"
by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts was the #1 song in the USA for the
sixth of its seven weeks. It went on to become 1982's #4 single.
Another group got the spotlight on this show, though, as the Go-Go's
were at #2 with "We Got The Beat." At the time, the group held the
girl group record for most weeks on the Hot 100 for a single with 30
for "Our Lips Are Sealed." In second place with 27 weeks was "Angel In
Your Arms" by Hot.
This show was chart-heavy. "That Girl" was at #26 as the Stevie Wonder
song joined only "I Can't Help Myself" (Four Tops) and "Let's Stay
Together" (Al Green) as songs to have spent nine or more weeks at #1
on the R&B chart since 1963. At #23 was "I've Never Been To Me" as
Charlene was listed as a white Motown act to hit the Top 40 along with
Tom Clay, Teena Marie, Rare Earth and R. Dean Taylor.
In the question letter department, host Casey Kasem told how Elton
John and Paul McCartney were tied for most Top 10's the past 10 years
with 16 each while Olivia Newton-John was third with 13.
The show's first story, though, was a human interest one. Barry
Manilow debuted at #37 with his remake of the Four Seasons' hit,
"Let's Hang On." Manilow's tour had recently been cut short due to
pneumonia caused by his having to wear kilts and not pants during his
stops in Scotland! There was time for an extra as "We Are Family" by
Sister Sledge was aired as the Pittsburgh Pirates' theme song for
1979, when they won the World Series.
Finally, the oft-told story about Kool And the Gang was told about how
a record executive was scouting the singer they were backing up...but
he signed the group instead. The group was at #15 with "Get Down On