|On this day in AT40/AT20/AT10 history...|
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Thirty eight years ago Friday (May 6, 1978), "Night Fever" by the Bee Gees was the #1 single in the USA for its last of eight weeks. Even though it spent the most weeks at #1 for the year 1978, it was ranked #2 by Billboard magazine for the year. The #1 song of that year, "Shadow Dancing" by Andy Gibb, spent one less week at #1 (seven).
To commemorate "Night Fever's" eighth week at the top, host Casey Kasem told a story about a prank the Bee Gees pulled on their producer, Robert Stigwood. They wished Stigwood a happy birthday...by giving out his unlisted telephone number on "Saturday Night Live." Plus, they asked everyone to call Stigwood to wish him a happy birthday. Apparently Stigwood's phone didn't stop ringing for quite a while.
"Count On Me" moved into the Top 10 at #10 as the story of Jefferson Starship drummer Johnny Barbata joining the Starship at $300 a week was told. Barbata was felt to be washed up. He'd left the Turtles about eight years earlier and later quit his $300,000 a year session work to join the Starship.
"Sweet Talking Woman" was #17 as Casey told how ELO's Jeff Lynne hated classical musicians, feeling they're more in it for the money. As proof of Lynne's stand, Casey mentions how you hear some classical musicians putting their instruments away during the recording of an ELO song.
At #22 was "Baby Hold On" as the story of Eddie Money's difficult decision to quit his job as a policeman was told. The three and half million mail order requests for an Abba concert at a hall that holds only 11,000 was also told to tie in with the group's hit at #30, "Take A Chance On Me."
In the trivia department, Fats Domino was honored as the performer with the most million selling singles (17) without a #1 while "Wonderful Wonderful" by Johnny Mathis was still the single with the most week son the chart without hitting #1 (39 weeks). Less than a month later, "I Go Crazy" by Paul Davis would break that record by spending 40 weeks on the chart.
Forty three years ago Thursday (May 5, 1973), "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree" by Tony Orlando and Dawn was the #1 song in the USA for the third of four weeks. It became 1973's #1 song for the whole year. It also became the springboard for a popular custom that exists to this day.
The song that would replace "Ribbon" at #1 was at #4: "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" by the performer whom host Casey Kasem related the oft-told story of his 1960's chart hit, "Alfie," where he's identified on the label as Eivets Rednow, which is Stevie Wonder's name spelled backwards.
Casey loved telling stories about Elvis Presley and this show was no exception. The Pelvis was at #30 with "Steamroller Blues" and the story about Elvis dethroning Archie Bunker in the TV ratings was told. "Aloha From Hawaii" from earlier in the year attracked some 22 million TV watchers while "All In The Family" had 19 million.
At #6 was "Drift Away" as Casey told the story about Dobie Gray's big break. It was answering a newspaper ad that said, "If you think you can as well as Elvis, then call Sonny Bono."
"Daniel" was at #14 as the story of Elton John's fight to get the single released was told. Elton's label didn't want to release it as a single. "Daisy A Day" was #18 as Casey told how Jud Strunk was once a member of The Carrabasset Valley Grange Hall Talent contest winning band. The band came from the Sugar Loaf Mountain area of Maine.
"Hocus Focus" by Focus was #23 and a chart fact was featured...that Focus's homeland, Holland, was the country in third place in terms of most Top 40 hits by acts from there. England and Canada, of course, were 1-2. "Pillow Talk" was #20 as Casey told how Al Green's producers rejected the song for Al because it was felt to be too sexy for him...but it was OK for Sylvia!