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Thirty four years ago Sunday (June 26, 1982), "Ebony And Ivory" by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder was the #1 single in the USA for the last of seven weeks. It became the #5 single of 1982.
In a show rarity, host Casey Kasem climaxed the #1 song by answering a listener's question (a/k/a a QL, or question letter feature). It dealt with performers having the most solo hits after leaving a group. At the time, John Lennon (a dozen top 40's) was third, Rod Stewart (13) was second and way out in front with 27, was Paul McCartney. Paul had another of his hits played as an extra ("Silly Love Songs") on this show.
Still another extra was played in Hour Four: "You're All I Need To Get By" as Casey featured Marvin Gaye as the performer with the most different women partners on Top 40 hits. In this case, it was Tammi Terrell. Gaye also had Top 40 hits with Kim Weston, Mary Wells and Diana Ross.
Meanwhile, Casey gave a special report on body language to tie in with "Body Language" by Queen at #11. The report included mention of communication minus talking. At #15 was "It's Gonna Take A Miracle" as the story was told about Deniece Williams being discovered singing at a record store.
"Keep The Fire Burnin'" was at #28 as Casey told how REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin might've drowned off the coast of the Gulf Of Mexico if a ski instructor (and good swimmer) wasn't eating breakfast on a balcony and seen Kevin struggling. At #37 was "Be Mine Tonight" as Neil Diamond was featured for having gone to NYU on a fencing scholarship.
Thirty nine years ago Saturday (June 25, 1977), "Got To Give It Up (Part I") by Marvin Gaye became the new #1 song in the United States. It only stayed at the top for a week, however, and it became 1977's #25 song.
To tie in with the song's rise to the top, host Casey Kasem told how Marvin Gaye ducks interviews and hates performing for fear of worrying about how his fans will react to him.
Stories tied with two future #1's were also told. At #8 was "Da Doo Ron Ron" by Shaun Cassidy, the remake of the Crystals' song. Casey told the story of the Crystals' producer, calling Phil Spector "the best producer of the rock era." The future #1 that became the biggest hit for the year, "I Just Want To Be Your Everything," was at #15 as Andy Gibb's background story was told. Andy and his older brothers were somewhat strangers until they teamed up on Andy's first release. Barry Gibb, by the way, sang background vocals on "Everything."
Duke Ellington was honored as the inspiration for the song at #25, "Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder. "Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)" was at #31 as Casey told how Joe Tex would deliverately ruin his voice prior to a recording session.
"Peace Of Mind" was at #38 as the group Boston was featured for having the fastest selling debut album for a group since the Beatles. The Fab four was also part of a QL (Question Letter) as they've had five #1's that only spent 10 weeks on the chart. Tied with the Beatles for having fewest weeks on the chart for a #1 was "I'm Henry VIII I Am" by Herman's Hermits."
Also, this is believed to have been the first AT40 show where Casey gave his signoff slogan and added "and keep your radio tuned right where it is."