|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
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
"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
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
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