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Twenty six years ago Thursday (February 22, 1992), "I Love Your Smile"
by Shanice remained the #1 song in the USA for the fourth of five
weeks. It went on to become the #5 song for 1992 as Shanice (whose
last name was Wilson) joined Little Eva ("The Loco-Motion" in 1962) as
the only two black teenage girls to have #1 hits.
Perhaps the most unique mind-boggling trivia bit, though, came in Hour
One, when then-host Shadoe Stevens credited yours truly with coming up
with a unique bit of chart trivia. A rap remake of the Turtles' tune
"You Showed Me" was at #35 and Shadoe pointed out that the act
performing it--Salt-N-Pepa--joined the heavy metal band Cinderella,
the 50's group the Four Coins and the 70's group Foghat as acts tied
for the most top 40 hits (five) without a Top 10.
Meanwhile, we were still hearing from New Kids On The Block, but as
NKOTB at #29 with "If You Go Away." Originally, this was an import
single before it was released commercially in the United States.
Anyway, Shadoe told of the lawsuits involved with this recording...and
there was a question as to whether New Kids sang on it or not. Shades
of Milli Vanilli!
"I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred was at #13 and, amazingly, it was
pointed out that this recording cost a mere $825 to materialized.
Also, Shadoe answered a listener's question, pointing out that Aretha
Franklin had the most Grammy wins among singers with 17.
Finally, the KLF was at #22 with "Justified And Ancient" and the dance
song's vocals were done by country singer Tammy Wynette. Shadoe played
a drop of Wynette's signature song, "Stand By Your Man." Her last
name, by the way, is pronounced "Win-NET".
Thirty seven years ago Wednesday (February 21, 1981), "9 To 5" by
Dolly Parton spent its first of two weeks at #1 in the USA and became
the #8 single of 1981. To climax the song's climb to the top of the
chart, Casey Kasem featured the song becoming only the second by a
solo woman to be #1 pop and #1 country. The only other song to share
that distinction was "Harper Valley PTA" by Jeannie C. Riley in
Perhaps the most stirring story, though, was Casey Kasem's salute to
Bill Haley, who had died earlier that month at the age of 56. Casey
called it "a tribute to the first man to popularize rock and roll" and
in honor of Haley played his rendition of "Shake, Rattle And
Meanwhile, Casey featured TV show personality Mike Douglas actually
had a Top 10 hit in 1966 and a drop-piece of it, "The Men In My Little
Girl's Life," was aired.
In the human interest department, Hall and Oates were on the rise with
"Kiss On My List" at #28 and the duo's daring arrest of a holdup
suspect was told. "Passion" was at #11 as Casey told how Rod Stewart
was once filmed from the waist up a la Elvis.
Finally, "Giving It Up For Your Love" was at #8 as Casey told how its
singer, Delbert McClinton, taught John Lennon how to play the