|On this day in AT40/AT20/AT10 history...|
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Twenty eight years ago Saturday (July 26, 1986), "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel became the new #1 song in the United States. It stayed at the top for only a week and went on to become the #23 single of 1986. To this day, the video for "Sledgehammer" is still ranked among the best of all time.
To honor the song's rise to the top, host Casey Kasem noted the irony of a former member of Genesis replaced the group Genesis ("Invisible Touch") at #1.
The show's most unique story, though, was probably when Casey told how Merv Griffin sang vocals on 1949's "I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts" from 1950. A drop-piece was played on the song, which had Danny Kaye getting the label credit. That single only reached #26, yet it sold over two million copies. Go figure.
At #13 was "Your Wildest Dreams" as the Moody Blues were featured for having their first three Top 10 hits coming in different decades. They hit with "Go Now" in the 1960's and "Nights In White Satin" in the 70's. Meanwhile, "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)" was at #11 for the Pet Shop Boys as Casey aired a special report on our favorite pets. Reptiles were at #7, rabbits #6, cats #5, hampsters (yes, hampsters) #4, bird #3, dogs #2...and at #1...fish!
"Nasty" was #4 as Janet Jackson was profiled for her acting roles on the TV shows "Good Times," "Different Strokes" and "Fame." Also, Casey aired an update on Rick Hanson, the paraplegic man trying to wheel his way around the world.
Forty four years ago Friday (July 25, 1970), "Close To You" was the #1 single in the United States for the second week. It would spent two more weeks at #1 and become the #2 single for 1970, trailing only "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon And Garfunkel.
This was only the third "American Top 40" show in history...and the stories were fairly short. You could hear the show developing, though, as the teases were interesting.
For instance, Casey mentioned a tease about "the most amazing single statistic in AT40's record book." It turns it out it was the fact that the Beatles had all five of the top five singles in April, 1964. And at #1 that week was the extra he played: "Can't Buy Me Love."
Casey played three other extras, too. "I'm Walkin'" was aired to profile Fats Domino for having the most million selling singles (17) without a #1. "Gentle On My Mind" was played so Glenn Campbell could be featured as being an unknown prior to 1967. And "Alley-Oop" by the Hollywood Argyles was played as a hit made in Hollywood just like the movies.
To feature "The Wonder Of You" at #24, Elvis Presley was featured for having the most chart singles with 112. At #31 was "Mississippi Queen" as Lesley West of the rock group Mountain was mentioned as being a robust 300 pounds.
Ronnie Dyson was mentioned as the performer for which"Aquarius" was written since he was in the play "Hair"--all part of his hit at #21, "(If You Let Me Make Love To You Then) Why Can't I Touch You?" And the Jackson Five were at #6 with "The Love You Save" as Michael Jackson was profiled as the youngest singer on a #1 hit (age 11, "I Want You Back").