|On this day in AT40/AT20/AT10 history...|
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Thirty six years ago Tuesday (July 29, 1978), "Shadow Dancing" by Andy Gibb was the #1 song in the United States for its last of seven weeks.
"Shadow Dancing" went on to become AT40's #1 single of 1978...but was it? No less than three "American Top 40" workers from this time in 1978 told author Rob Durkee that "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty was reported to be #1 by the publication whose charts the show went by. Then, about an hour or so later, that magazine called to say that there was a computer glitch and that "Baker Street" wasn't #1 after all. The updated chart had "Shadow Dancing" staying at #1.
Furthermore, "Shadow Dancing" was named that publication's biggest single of 1978 with its possible six-week-long stay at #1 even though the #2 single for that year, "Night Fever" by the Bee Gees, was #1 for a full eight weeks. Matt Wilson of the AT40 show staff has long since jokingly pointed out that "Baker Street" was, quote, "the song with the shortest stay at #1."
Meanwhile, the Rolling Stones were set to move to #1 the following week, stopping at #3 for this week with "Miss You." Host Casey Kasem featured the Stones with the oft-told story about how the group's been touted as the one many people wished would have disappeared the fastest. A British newspaper's editorial was read for the umpteenth time which said, "Would you let your sister go out with one of them?" Another writer referred to the group as "perverted, outrageous, violent, repulsive, ugly, tasteless, incoherent, a travesty--and that's what's good about them!"
Two of the more spectacular chart feats were featured on this show. For instance, Casey aired a feature on Motown Records, which had the most #1 hits of any label for the 1960's with 20. Plus, a feature on the act with the most consecutive weeks with at least one Top 40 hit...and it wasn't Elvis or the Beatles. Instead, it was Pat Boone with 169 weeks in a row in the Top 40. The Backstreet Boys would tie the feat in 2000.
Also, there was the story of Steve Martin once selling guide books for a quarter each at Disneyland to tie in with his hit at #24, "King Tut." And Todd Rundgren was at #30 with "Can We Still Be Friends" as Casey told how Todd played every instrumenta and sung all the vocals on all five of his first Top 40 hits.
Thirty years ago Monday (July 28, 1984), "When Doves Cry" was the #1 single in the United States for the fourth of five weeks. It became the #2 song of 1984.
At least four stories told by host Casey Kasem on this show were told before or would be repeated on a future AT40 show. Two were in Hour Four. For instance, "Dancing In The Dark" was at #3 as oft-told story of Bruce Springsteen momentarily forgetting the lyrics to "Born To Run" during a concert was told. The fans in the audience sang along enough to help Bruce through the song.
"Sad Songs (Say So Much) was #7 as Elton John was profiled for being the #1 album act of the 1970's along with having debuted at #1 on the LP chart twice. He did it with "Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy" and "Rock Of The Westies."
Two more repeat stories were aired in Hour One. "The Warrior" by Scandal featuring Patty Smyth was at #37 as the song's producer, Mike Chapman, was featured. Chapman's held the unique distinction of having produced four #1's by four different acts in a calendar year. The acts were Exile ("Kiss You All Over"), Nick Gilder ("Hot Child In The City"), Blondie ("Heart Of Glass") and the Knack ("My Sharona"). The story was told at least once before...in this case, the May 9, 1981 show.
Finally, "Rock Me Tonite" was #32 as told the story of how Billy Squier was nearly run over by a train in Europe...and I distinctly recall this story behind told by substitute host Charlie Van Dyke on the July 11, 1981 show.
In a first-time story, "Round And Round" was at #22 as Casey mentioned listed the act, Ratt, along with the other two rodent Top 40 acts:the Chipmonks and the Nutty Squirrels.