Saturday, January 31, 2009
Creedence Clearwater Revival amassed five No. 2 hits, but never managed to hit the top spot. It should be noted that the Creedence hits have held up better than some of the records that blocked their path. "Proud Mary" was kept out of the No. 1 spot by Tommy Roe's "Dizzy"; "Green River" was held at bay by the Archies' "Sugar Sugar."
Floyd Cramer could be forgiven if he had a little bit of a grudge agains Elvis Presley. His single "Last Date" looked like it was going to be a sure-fire No. 1, until Presley's "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" rocketed to the top. "Last Date" wound up spending four weeks at No. 2 behind Elvis.
Elvis Costello entered the album chart for the first time in December, 1977, less than four months after the death of Elvis Presley, whose name he adopted. Costello's aim may have been true from the beginning, but it took him six years to land his first Top-40 single, "Everyday I Write The Book."
Don Costa's "Never On Sunday" was a top-20 hit in 1960, but Costa is much better known as the arranger of numerous Frank Sinatra sessions, and the co-producer of such hits as Sammhy Davis Jr.'s "Candy Man" and Donny Osmond's "Puppy Love." His co-producer on those dates: future California Lt. Gov. Mike Curb.
Phil Collins landed his first top-10 hit with a remake of the Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love." Collins and former Supreme Diana Ross have one other hting in common: They're the only two performers to hit No. 1 as a solo, as part of a duo, and as part of a trio.
Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne's "You're A Friend Of Mine" was a hit at the same time as Dionne & Friends' "That's What Friends Are For," and while Andrew Gold's "Thank You For Being A Friend" was heard every week as the theme for TV's "Golden Girls."
Eric Clapton's highest-charting album was titled 461 Ocean Boulevard, which was the address of the Miami studio where the album was recorded. Julio Iglesias' highest-charting album was 1100 Bel Air Place, which was the address of the Bel Air home in which he lived while he was recording.
Peter Cetera is one of seven artists to hit No. 1 as a soloist, as part of a duet, and as part of a group. The six others to have hit the top in all three configurations: Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John.
Johnny Cash recorded two live albums in prisons in the late 60s--Folsom and San Quentin--and both topped the two-million sales mark. A third live album, recorded at the Grand Ole Opry, didn't sell nearly as well. There's just nothing like a captive audience.
Eric Carmen's first solo hit was the solemn "All By Myself." His second was the forlorn "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again." Could this be the same Eric who had sung the Raspberries' classic "Go All The Way" with such optimism and abandon just four years earlier?
The Buckinghams' "Kind Of A Drag" did what the Royal Guardsmen's "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron," Aaron Neville's "Tell It Like It Is" and the Seekers' "Georgy Girl" all tried, but failed to do: It knocked the Monkees' monster hit "I'm A Believer" out of the No. 1 spot.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Laura Branigan's "Gloria" peaked at No. 2 in December, 1982, when the entire top five consisted of one-word titles. Lionel Richie's "Truly" was No. 1, Toni Basil's "Mickey" was No. 3, Daryl Hall & John Oates' "Maneater" was No. 4, and Neil Diamond's "Heartlight" was No. 5.
David Bowie has worked with a lot of diverse musicians over the years. He co-wrote his first No. 1 hit, "Fame," with John Lennon, and co-produced his second, "Let's Dance," with Nile Rodgers. He's also teamed for Top-40 hits with Queen and the Pat Metheny Group.
Pat Benatar's Crimes Of Passion would probably have been a No. 1 album if John Lennon hadn't been murdered in December, 1980. "Passion" logged five weeks at No. 2 behind Lennon's Double Fantasy in January and February, 1981. But with nothing to block its path, Benatar's next album, Precious Time, hit No. 1 in August, 1981.
Bangles' "Manic Monday," which peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 in April, 1986, was kept out of the top spot by Prince & the Revolution's "Kiss." Prince wrote both songs, making him one of only five writers in the rock era to hold down the top two spots on the Hot 100 simultaneously. He followed Elvis Presley, Lennon & McCartney, the Bee Gees, and Jim Steinman.
Bananarama's "Venus" hit No.1 in September, 1986, more than 16 years after Shocking Blue first took the song to the top of the chart. "Venus" is the fourth song in the rock era to hit No. 1 for two different artists, following "Go Away Little Girl" (Steve Lawrence, Donny Osmond), "The Loco-Motion" (Littel Eva, Grand Funk), and "Please Mr. Postman" (Marvelettes, Carpenters).
The Animals' string of Top-40 hits ran out in 1968, whereupon group leader Eric Burdon set out for a solo career. His 1970 solo debut, "Spill The Wine," was a smash, but it did more to introduce his backing group on the record, War, than to create a constituency for Burdon's work.
Adams and Turner's "It's Only Love" was one of the six top-20 hits from Adams' smash album, Reckless. Only two albums in history have generated that many top-20 hits: Michael Jackson's Thriller and Bruce Springsteen's Born In The U.S.A., both of which yielded seven.
This blog solely comes from my inspiration to know more about the decades I grew up in and the songs from which were created in them. The book title stated above as the posts' sub-title is a fascinating trivia and complete chart data about the artists and their songs from 1955 to the mid-80s and will serve as a great resource to each video that is posted. Enjoy~