On this day in AT40/AT20/AT10 history...
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Forty four years ago Friday (January 20, 1973), "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon spent its third of three weeks at #1. With background vocal help from Mick Jagger, the song went on to become the #9 single of 1973. Was it a song about Warren Beatty or Jagger? "Somehow it irks people that they don't know", said Simon to a Los Angeles paper in late 1994. "I have no idea why it's so interesting to people. I still don't get it. My feeling is that it's always anticlimactic to tell".

It's not often where a Top 40 hit is about a homeless person--"Mr. Wendal" by Arrested Development from the 1990's comes to mind--but "Harry Hippie" by Bobby Womack was one and on this AT40 show is was at #37. To tie in with the song, Casey Kasem told how Womack used to be with the group the Valentinos.

The Father Of Rock and Roll, Chuck Berry, was at #35 with his live remake of "Reelin' And Rockin'" as Casey told how Chuck is starring as himself at his home, which is Berry Park in the St. Louis area. Albert Hammond was at #24 with "It Never Rains In Southern California" as Casey told how Albert once translated USA hits into Spanish...and would outsell them.

Timmy Thomas was at #9 with "Why Can't We Live Together" as Casey told how Timmy once ad-libbed the song in a performance...and need the audience's help with the lyrics.

Casey also had time to answer no less than four question letters. The most interesting was the two acts who tied for most Top 40 hits the previous year, 1972. They were Bread and Three Dog Night.


Thirty seven years ago Thursday (January 19, 1980), "Rock With You" by Michael Jackson became the new #1 song in the USA. It stayed at the top for four weeks and became AT40's choice as the #4 song for 1980. To help climax this new #1, Casey Kasem pointed out that Michael had at the time accumulated the most #1's before turning 21 with five.

"American Top 40" was very much into its archives feature at this time in 1980. It began when the show expanded from three to four hours on the first weekend of October, 1978. The #1 songs of the 1970's were played in order starting then, with three each week being played to end Hours 1-3. By this time in 1980, we were in 1977, so "Car Wash" (Rose Royce), "Torn Between Two Lovers" (Mary MacGregor) and "Blinded By The Light" (Manfred Mann's Earth Band) were played.

This was the second week that "American Top 40" had a new address that lasted through the mid-1990's when the show ceased production for 36 months: P.O. Box 2000, Hollywood 90028. Today, AT40's mailing address is P.O. Box 1110, Hollywood (same zip code) or by e-mailing the show at Casey1110@aol.com.

Ironically, many key facts in this show are ones being used in the accompanying Top 40 love song countdown. For instance, Casey played "I Can't Help Myself" by the Four Tops as an extra to help feature Holland-Dozier-Holland as the top American songwriting team ever. "Send One Your Love" was at #5 and Casey gave the often-told story of how Stevie Wonder once charted with his name spelled backward (Eivets Rednow).

Similarly, the act at #30 with "Rotation" is the only one to have hit #1 both with an instrumental and singing vocally...but for more on him, turn to the latest installment of the Top 40 love songs countdown.


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