Friday, February 27, 2009

Kenny Loggins & Juice Newton

Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson

Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson

Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson's "Friends And Lovers" peaked at No. 2 on the pop chart, but a cover version of the song by Eddie Rabbitt and Juice Newton made it to No. 1 on the country chart.

Kenny Loggins & Steve Perry

Kenny Loggins & Stevie Nicks

Kenny Loggins & Jim Messina

Kenny Loggins

Kenny Loggins has had hits with Jim Messina, Stevie Nicks, and Steve Perry, but his two biggest hits are both from feature films. "Footloose" is from the film of the same name; "Danger Zone" is from Top Gun.

"Great Gosh A'Mighty" (Richard)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A Mix of Simalarities in Songs (Richard's "Ooh! My Soul" towards the end)

"Tutti-Frutti" (Little Richard)

Little Richard

Little Richard scored his first Top-40 hit, "Tutti-Frutti," in 1956, and his last, "Ooh! My Soul," in 1958. That's just a 2 1/2-year span of Top-40 hits. Richard nearly had a 30-year span, but "Great Gosh A'Mighty," featured in the film Down And Out In Beverly Hills, peaked at No. 42.

"Breathless" (Lewis)

"Great Balls Of Fire" (Lewis)

"Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On" (Lewis)

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis, like Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers, crossed all boundaries with his late-50s hits. Lewis' singles "Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On," "Great Balls Of Fire," and "Breathless" reached the top 10 on the pop, rhythm & blues, and country charts.

Friday, February 20, 2009

"Heart Of Rock 'n' Roll" (Huey Lewis & The News)

Huey Lewis & The News

Huey Lewis & the News' Sports took 39 weeks to hit No. 1 on the Top Pop Albums chart in 1984. The band's next album, Fore!, also hit No. 1, but in just five weeks.

"That's My Desire" (The Lettermen)

The Letterman

The Letterman got their start in 1961, when their brand of clean-cut imagery and wholesome harmonizing was more or less in vogue. But two of their three biggest hits came in 1968 and 69, when one would have thought their style would be considered passe. You just never know.

"Too Late For Goodbyes" (Julian Lennon)

Julian Lennon

Julian Lennon's "Too Late For Goodbyes" peaked at No. 5 in March, 1985, exactly one year after father John Lennon's post-humous release, "Nobody Told Me," reached No. 5.

Monday, February 16, 2009

"Imagine" (John Lennon)

John Lennon

John Lennon had two No. 1 hits as a solo artist, but his most famous song, "Imagine," peaked at No. 3. It was kept out of the top spot by Cher's "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves" and Isaac Hayes' "Theme From Shaft."

Saturday, February 14, 2009

"Whole Lotta Love" (Led Zeppelin)

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin's "Trampled Underfoot" barely scratched the Top 40 (peaking at No. 38), but the album it was taken from, Physical Graffiti, was No. 1 for six weeks. That disparity was typical for Zeppelin. All 10 of their albums cracked the top 10, but only one of their singles made the mark: 1970's "Whole Lotta Love."

"Hollywood Swinging" (Kool & the Gang)

"Jungle Boogie" (Kool & the Gang)

"Cherish" (Kool & the Gang)

Kool & the Gang

Kool & the Gang's "Cherish" cemented their reputation as the kings of marshmellow soul. It's hard to believe that this is the same group that landed its first big hits with the funky grooves of "Jungle Boogie" and "Hollywood Swinging."

Friday, February 13, 2009

"My Sharona" (The Knack)

The Knack

The Knack's "My Sharona" was not only the No. 1 hit of 1979, but possibly the most significant. Its success marked the beginning of the end for the disco boom of the proceding 18 months, and opened the door to a greater variety of pop and rock styles.

"Footloose" (Kenny Loggins)

"Top of the World" (Carpenters)

"Sailing" (Chistopher Cross)

"Sound Of Silence" (Simon & Garfunkel)

"It's Too Late" (King)

Carole King

Carole King remains the only artist to sweep Grammy Awards for album, record and song of the year, and best vocal performance. She won all four in 1971. Simon & Garfunkel (1970) and Christopher Cross (1980) each won the first three, but lost the vocal performance Grammys to the Carpenters and Kenny Loggins, respectively.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

"Monster Mash" (Bobby 'Boris' Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers)

"The Twist" (Chubby Checkers)

"Stand By Me" (King)

Ben E. King

Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" hit the top 10 in 1961, and returned to the winners' circle in 1986 after being featured in the Rob Reiner film of the same name. In the rock era, only two other top-10 hits have made it back to the top 10: Chubby Checker's "The Twist" and Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers' "Monster Mash."

"The Harder They Fall (Rocker's Revenge)

"Walking On Sunshine" (Katrina & the Waves)

Katrina & the Waves

Katrina & the Waves' "Walking On Sunshine" has no relation to Rockers Revenge's dance record of the same name from 1982, except that both were highly successful. Rockers Revenge's record was a No. 1 dance hit; Katrina & the Waves' was a top-10 pop smash in June, 1985.

"With These Hands" (Jones)

Tom Jones

Tom Jones won the Grammy for best new artist of 1965, beating a diverse field of finalists which included Sonny & Cher, the Byrds, Herman's Hermits, Glen Yarbrough, Marilyn Maye, and Horst Jankowski.

"Easy Lover" (Collins & Bailey)

"No One Is To Blame" (Jones)

Howard Jones

Howard Jones' "No One Is To Blame" was Phil Collins' second outside production to crack the top five. The first was Collins' duet with Philip Bailey, "Easy Lover."

"Heartbeat" (Johnson)

Don Johnson

Don Johnson's top-five hit, "Heartbeat," wasn't his first record release. In 1973, long before "Miami Vice" made him a household name, Johnson cut a track on the Harrad Experiment soundtrack.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

"R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A." (Mellencamp)

"Living In America" (James Brown)

"Russians" (Sting)

"Nikita" (Elton John)

Elton John

Elton John's "Nikita" was in the top 20 at the same time as Sting's "Russians." But, in the interest of equal time for all points of view, so were James Brown's "Living in America" and John Cougar Mellencamp's "R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A."

"Be Good To Yourself" (Journey)

"You're Only Human" (Billy Joel)

Billy Joel

Billy Joel's "You're Only Human" isn't the only example of pop psychology to crack the top 10 in recent years. The self-help saga was followed by Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love Of All" and Journey's "Be Good To Yourself."

"Breakin...There's No Stopping Us" (Knight & Brown)

"Crush On You" (Jets)

The Jets

The Jets' "Crush On You" was co-produced by Jerry Knight, the very same Jerry Knight who--with Ollie Brown--performed "Breakin...There's No Stopping Us," a top-10 hit in 1984.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"Surf City" (Beach Boys)

"Surf City" (Jan & Dean)

Jan & Dean

Jan & Dean's "Surf City" hit No. 1 in July 1963, a full year before the Beach Boys landed their first No. 1 hit with "I Get Around." That's ironic because the Beach Boys became a much more important act, and because Brian Wilson co-wrote "Surf City."

"Just Another Night" (Mick Jagger)

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger finally released his first solo album in 1985, but perhaps he waited too long--the single "Just Another Night" peaked at No. 12. If it had come out in the early 30s, when the Rolling Stones were at the height of their popularity, a Jagger single would have probably been an instant No. 1.

"Torture" (The Jacksons)

The Jacksons

The Jacksons' first four chart hits all reached No. 1 in a nine-month blitz in 1970, but they haven't made it back to the top spot since. One or two members of the group have done pretty well on their own, though.

"Centipede" (Rebbie Jackson & The Solid Gold Dancers)

Rebbie Jackson

Rebbie Jackson's "Centipede" climbed to No. 4 on the Hot Black Singles chart in 1984. That's great by most people's standards, but in the Jackson family, it's almost a disappointment. Michael, Jermaine, and Janet have all hit No. 1, as have the Jacksons.

"What Have You Done For Me Lately" (Miss Jackson)

"When I Think Of You" (Janet Jackson)

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson scored her first No. 1 single, "When I Think Of You," in October, 1986, 14 years to the week after brother Michael Jackson landed his first solo No. 1 hit, "Ben."

"Tasty Love" (Jackson)

Freddie Jackson

Freddie Jackson became the first artist in more than 26 years to succeed himself at No. 1 on the black (formerly rhythm & blues) chart, when "Tasty Love" took the top spot from "A Little Bit More" in November, 1986. The last artist to do the trick? Dinah Washington, who scored in July, 1960--when Freddie was all of nine months old.

Monday, February 9, 2009

"What You Need" by INXS

"Pretty In Pink" Molly Ringwald tribute - - Psychedelic Furs

"Listen Like Thieves" INXS + Michael Interview (The Tube)


INXS was featured on two hit albums in the spring of 1986: its own Listen Like Thieves, which reached No. 11, and the Pretty In Pink soundtrack, which climbed to No. 5.

"To All The Girls I've Loved Before" (Duet with Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson)

Julio Iglesias

Julio Iglesias is undoubtedly the only Latin lover/ladykiller to wind up with the No. 1 country single of the year. He achieved that distinction in 1984 with his hit, "To All The Girls I've Loved Before," a duet with Willie Nelson.

"Tainted Love" (Soft Cell)

The Human League "Don't You Want Me" on Tales From The Top Retro Rewind

"Don't You Want Me" (The Human League)

The Human League

The Human League's "Don't You Want Me" was No. 1 the same week in July, 1982 that Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" peaked at No. 8. The age of British synth-pop was upon us.

"Bad Girls" (Donna Summer)

"Greatest Love Of All" (Whitney Houston)

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston is the only female artist to have a No. 1 album that spun off three No. 1 hits. The closest runner-up is Donna Summer, who had a No. 1 album ("Bad Girls") that spun off two No. 1 hits.

Friday, February 6, 2009

"And We Danced" (The Hooters)

"All You Zombies" Live Aid (The Hooters)

The Hooters

The Hooters were probably the least-known act on the bill at the "Live Aid" concert in July, 1985. The Philadelphia-based band was allowed to perform at the JFK Stadium show because they're hometown favorites. The exposure didn't hurt: Their next album went platinum.

"Indian Reservation" (Paul Revere & The Raiders)

"Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)" by The Hollies

The Hollies

The Hollies weren't the only top 60s group to land their biggest hit in the early 70s. They climbed to No. 2 in 1972 with "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)." Paul Revere & the Raiders, another 60s mainstay, did even better, hitting No. 1 in 1971 with "Indian Reservation."

"Traveling Light" (Herman's Hermits)

"Wonderful World" (Herman's Hermits)

Herman's Hermits

Herman's Hermits must have known how Avis felt in 1965. The group logged 10 weeks at No. 2 on the Top Pop Albums chart that year. Their Introducing Herman's Hermits album spent four weeks in the runner-up spot behind the Mary Poppins soundtrack, and then Herman's Hermits On Tour was aced out for six weeks straight by Beatles VI.

"Dirty Laundry" (Henley)

Don Henley

Don Henley was the first member of the Eagles to land a top-10 solo hit (1983's "Dirty Laundry"), but former partner Glenn Frey is responsible for both of the biggest hits by a former Eagle (1985's "The Heat Is On" and "You Belong To The City").

"Nothin' At All" (Heart)


Heart went over the top in 1985-86, when its album, Heart, hit No. 1 and generated four top-10 singles. No previous Heart album had climbed above No.5, and non had spun off more than one top-10 hit.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

"Never Surrender!" (Hart)

"Sunglasses At Night" (Corey Hart)

Corey Hart

Corey Hart had the AM novelty hit of 1984 with "Sunglasses At NIght." Given the gimmicky nature of that song, few expected him to have lasting impact. But he scored an even bigger hit the following year with "Never Surrender!"

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Tribute (Marilyn Monroe)

"Over The Rainbow" (Judy Garland)

Her version will ALWAYS be the BEST!!

"Over The Rainbow" (Sam Harris on Star Search)

Sam Harris

Sam Harris' version of Judy Garland's "Over The Rainbow" (by way of Patti LaBelle) won him fame and fortune on TV's "Star Search," but "Sugar Don't Bite" was his ticket to the Top 40.

"Maneater" (Hall & Oates)

"Method Of Modern Love" (Hall & Oates)

Daryl Hall & John Oates

Daryl Hall & John Oates' "Method Of Modern Love" cracked the top 10 in February, 1985, which made it the duo's 15th top-10 hit. That put them in a tie with the Everly Brothers as the duo with the most top-10 singles in the rock era. The Carpenters are first runner-up, with 12.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

"Love Of Another Kind" (Grant - Unguarded Album)

"El Shaddai" Amy Grant (Live)

Amy Grant

Amy Grant's Age To Age was the first contemporary Christian album to be certified platinum. Her Unguarded album was the second.

Written by Michael and Leslie Gore (1980)

Lesley's "California Nights" album from 1967

Lesley Gore sings her hit song "It's My Party" with the Rock Bottom Remainders at Webster Hall in New York City on June 1, 2007

Lesley Gore

Lesley Gore amassed eight top-20 hits in the 60s, from 1963's "It's My Party" to 1967's "California Nights." Gore made it back to the top 20 in 1980--as the co-writer of Irene Cara's "Out Here On My Own," an Oscar-nominated hit from Fame.

"I'm Not In Love" (10cc)

"Cry" (Godley & Creme)

Godley & Creme

Godley & Creme's "Cry," a top-20 hit in 1985, kept up the tear-stained imagery of the team's first hit with 10cc, "I'm Not In Love." That No. 2 pop smash featured the whispered refrain, "big boys don't cry."

"Everything She Wants" (Wham)

"Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)" (Glass Tiger)

Glass Tiger

Glass Tiger had the biggest "Wham!" hit of 1986 with "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)," which is to say, "Don't Forget Me" had the youthful, muscular sound of such earlier Wham! hits as "Everything She Wants."

In Memory of Andy Gibb by Norton Mello

"Tears of an Angel" (Maurice Gibb Tribute~In Memory~)

"Shine Shine" (Barry Gibb)

Barry Gibb

Barry Gibb has written, produced, or performed 16 No. 1 hits during a career spanning 20 years. "Shine Shine" was not one of them.

"You Belong To The City" (Frey)

"The Heat Is On" (Glenn Frey)

Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey has yet to land a No. 1 solo single, but he's had hits on two smash No. 1 soundtracks. "The Heat Is On" was featured on Beverly Hills Cop and "You Belong To The City" was included on "Miami Vice." "Vice" was No. 1 for 11 weeks, the longest run of any TV soundtrack in history.

"Who's Zoomin' Who" (Franklin)


Aretha Franklin achieved a milestone in November, 1985, when "Who's Zoomin' Who" became her 16th top-10 single. This enabled her to top Connie Francis as the female soloist in the rock era with the most top-10 hits.

Monday, February 2, 2009

"Jumping Jack Flash" (Rolling Stones)

"Jumpin' Jack Flash" (Aretha and Keith)

"Respect" (Aretha Franklin)

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin has long specialized in cover versions of old chart hits. Her very first Top-40 hit, 1961's "Rock-a-bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody," was a cover, as was her only No. 1 hit, 1967's "Respect." And so was this 1986 release, first a hit in 1968 for the Rolling Stones.

"Frampton Comes Alive! (Frampton)

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive! remained in the top 10 for 52 consecutive weeks, 10 of which were spent at No. 1. It remains the best-selling live album of all time, but it proved impossible to follow, and ultimately did Frampton's career more harm than good.

"I Want To Know What Love Is" (Foreigner)

"Waiting For A Girl Like You" (Foreigner)


Foreigner's "Waiting For A Girl Like You" was No. 2 for 10 straight weeks without hitting No. 1, by far the longest any record had stayed in the runner-up spot without going on to the top. But the band made it to No. 1 with the first single from their next album, "I Want To Know What Love Is."

"Centerfield" (John Fogerty & Keith Urban)

John Fogerty

John Fogerty's "Centerfield" album hit No. 1 in March, 1985, making him one of only five artists to land a No. 1 album in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The others: John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, and Barbra Streisand.

"Telefone" (Sheena Easton)

"I'll Tumble 4 Ya" (Culture Club)

"I Would Die 4 U" (Prince) Look-a-like!

"Cum On Feel The Noize" (Quiet Riot)

"Tuff Enuff" (Fabulous Thunderbirds)

Fabulous Thunderbirds

Fabulous Thunderbirds' "Tuff Enuff" was one of several "intentionally misspelled" titles to crack the top 10 in the 80s. Among the others: Quiet Riot's "Cum On Feel The Noize," Prince's "I Would Die 4 U," Culture Club's "I'll Tumble 4 Ya," and Sheena Easton's "Telefone."

Sunday, February 1, 2009

"Every Breath You Take" (The Police)

"Sweet Dreams" (Eurythmics)


Eurythmics' first three albums each produced a top-five single hit. The first, "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)," was the biggest: It hit No. 1 in September 1983. And it wasn't as though there was no competition at the time. "Sweet Dreams" managed to dethrone the Police's "Every Breath You Take," the No. 1 hit of the year.

"Sweet Talkin' Woman" (ELO)

Electric Light Orchestra

ELO's credibility as a pop-rock band wasn't destroyed by its involvement in the 1980 fiasco Xanadu, but it was damaged. The group had earned nine top-20 hits before the film, and has notched just two since.

"Close Your Eyes" (Edward Bear)

"Last Song" (Edward Bear)

Edward Bear

Edward Bear's "Last Song" was their first song to crack the Top 40, and was saved from being their last song to make that mark by "Close Your Eyes," which hit No. 37.

Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy - Peter Gunn TOTP

Duane Eddy

Duane Eddy took "Peter Gunn" to No. 27 in 1960, and was featured on Art of Noise's remake of the song, which climbed to No. 50 in July, 1986.

"Nobody Does It Better" (Carly Simon)

"Live And Let Die" (Paul McCartney & Wings - Seattle '1976)

"A View To A Kill" (Duran Duran)

Duran Duran

Duran Duran's "A View To A Kill" was the first James bond theme to reach No. 1. Paul McCartney & Wings; "Live And Let Die" and Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better" had come the closest, logging three weeks at No. 2.

"The Captain Of Her Heart" (Double)


Double's "The Captain Of Her Heart" ws the first hit by a Swiss act to crack the U. S. Top 40. Be Glad: It could have been a record by Krokus or Mannheim Steamroller.

"Wear Your Love Like Heaven" (Donovan)

Donovan in Concert (1972)

"Mellow Yellow" (Donovan)

"Sunshine Superman" (Donovan)


Donovan's biggest chart hits were "Sunshine Superman" and "Mellow Yellow," but his most familiar song to a general audience may well be "Wear Your Love Like Heaven." That single only made it to No. 23, but the song made an indelible impression as a shampoo TV commercial jingle.

"Ruby Baby" (Dion) [TV Apperance 1963]

The 70's Teenstars

"Runaround Sue" (Kristy McNichol - Slide Show)

"Runaround Sue" (Dion & The Belmonts)


Dion had twice as many Top-40 hits on his own as he did with Dion & the Belmonts. And he had four times as many top-10 hits. All in all, going solo wasn't a bad move. Dion's hits have since been covered by a wide range of artists, to say the least. "Runaround Sue" was a top-20 hit of Leif Garrett; "Ruby Baby" was featured on Donald Fagen's smash album, "The Nightfly."

"America" (Diamond)

"The Jazz Singer" (Neil Diamond)

"Yesterday's Songs" (Neil Diamond)

Jonathan Livingston Seagull - The Odyssey

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond's two film projects to date have been less than successful, but the soundtrack albums have nonetheless been big hits. The Jonathan Livingston Seagull soundtrack climbed to No. 2 in 1973; the Jazz Singer soundtrack hit No. 3 in 1981. The latter album generated three top-10 hits.

"Dessert Moon" (DeYoung)

Dennis DeYoung

Dennis DeYoung's "Dessert Moon" cracked the top 10, but his solo career to date has been disappointing given how popular his group Styx was in the late 70s and early 80s. DeYoung's ballads for Styx, including "Babe" and "Don't Let It End," were home-run smashes; his ballads for himself have so far ranged from base hits to strike outs.

"Beat It" (Jackson)

"Billie Jean" (Michael Jackson)

"Come On Eileen" (Dexys' Midnight Runners)

Dexys' Midnight Runners

Dexys' Midnight Runners' main claim to fame will probably always be that they're the act that kept Michael Jackson from becoming the first artist since the Beatles to have back-to-back No. 1 hits on the Hot 100. Dexys' "Come On Eileen" snuck into the No. 1 spot for one week in April, 1983, in between the No. 1 posting of "Billie Jean" and "Beat It."

"Hanging On A Heart Attack" (Device)


Device is headed by Holly Knight, who has written numerous top-10 hits for such acts as Tina Turner, Pat Benatar, and Scandal. Knight should have kept one of the hits ofr herself: Device's first single, "Hanging On A Heart Attack," didn't go close to the top 10.

"People Are People" (Depeche Mode)

Depeche Mode

"People Are People" was in general release for a full year before it finally cracked the top 15. Good things come to those who wait.

"Rhythm Of The Night" (DeBarge -- Solid Gold)

"Who's Johnny" (DeBarge)

El DeBarge

El DeBarge's "Who's Johnny" climbed to No. 3 on the Hot 100, matching the peak position of DeBarge's highest-charting hit, "Rhymthm Of The Night." Both were featured in films. "Who's Johnny" was in Short Circuit; "Rhythm Of The Night" was in Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon.

"Life In A Northern Town" (The Dream Academy)

"Abraham, Martin and John" (Dion - Smothers Brothers)

"P. T. 109" (Jimmy Dean)

Jimmy Dean

Jimmy Dean's "P.T. 109" was the first top-10 hit to make reference to John F. Kennedy, but it wasn't the last. Dion's 1968 smash "Abraham, Martin & John" referred to him, as did Tom Clay's 1971 remake of that song, and Dream Academy's 1986 hit "Life In a Northern Town."