In 1981 Dolly Parton not only had a number 1 hit with this song, but won 2 Grammy awards and the song was even nominated for an Oscar. The movie 9 to 5 made more than 100 million dollars wordwide and displayed Parton's acting talents as well as her singing. Despite all the kudos, Kitty still didn't want to hear the song and (you guessed it) Jonathan was all for it.
We're not sure how, but in 1970 this song made it to number 14 on the charts. The New Seekers' cover of "Look What They've Done to My Song Ma" is horrible, but Kitty was in the mood to hear it. Thankfully, Triple M listeners weren't as tolerant as Ms. Dunn.
Before Saturday Night Fever and Grease, John Travolta had a big hit on the radio. Jonathan's not sure how this became a hit, but Kitty has loved it all these years. "Let Her In" was a hit in 1976. Was it Travolta's singing or his sexy ways? Check out his appearance on American Bandstand.
Kim Carnes rode this song to the top of the charts for 9 weeks in 1981. It even won a Grammy for Song of the Year. Kitty still has the song stuck in her head from the 80's, but Jonathan can't hear it enough. This song was actually written in 1974 by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon. DeShannon recorded it that same year, but it didn't become a hit until Carnes recorded it.
In 1977, Andrew Gold released "Lonely Boy". This song made it to number 7 on the charts. Was Mr. Gold really made his parents had another child? We're not sure, but Kitty knows she hates this song. Jonathan loves it. Maybe it's because he's a only child.
Kitty may not enjoy this song from Cheech and Chong, but it did make it to number 15 back in 1973. It also features a lot of famous people singing back-up including George Harrison, Carole King, Billy Preston and Michelle Phillips. Even if you don't like the song, you have to love it on the day the Badgers start the NCAA tourney.
Kitty used to sing this song to her dog, Aaron when she was a kid. Apparently a lot of other listeners did the same thing. This song by Gilbert O' Sullivan made it to number 7 on the charts in 1973. On a side note, Kitty's dog ran away from home. Jonathan thinks it's because of the song.
Despite Jonathan's plea to play this song from 1985 (it brought back great memories of high school for him) there were a flurry of votes against this song by Mister Mister. It was number 1 in 1985 for two weeks, but that wasn't enough to get it played this morning.
You may remember this song (if you're old enough), but we bet you can't remember who sang it. "Wildflower" was a number 1 hit in Canada and made it to number 9 here in the U.S. in 1973 for the band Skylark. The band broke up after just two years together. One former member is David Foster who has been a producer for dozens of artists including The Bee Gees, Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, Cher, Earth, Wind and FIre, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince and we're too tired to keep typing names. He's won 16 Grammy awards!
In 1987, Belinda Carlisle was in Heaven as this song made it to number 1. Channel 27's Brian Olson really wanted to hear the song this morning, but Jonathan was not in the mood. A lot of woman called in favor of this one. We're not sure if it was because Brian wanted it or because they really liked the song. It didn't matter because in the end Jonathan didn't play it.
This was a big hit in 1979 and Jonathan remembers dancing next to his AM radio listening to this song over and over. Kitty remembers changing the dial as fast as possible when this song came over the airwaves. This morning Kitty had to walk out of the room to avoid this song because she is in the radio now. Wonder what happened to the real Sharona? Click here to read about what she's doing today.
Before we had Beyonce, Prince and Madonna, there was Keith. He made it to number 7 on the charts with this song in 1967. 98.6 may be the normal human body temperature, but Jonathan didn't think it was normal to play this song today. However, the majority of listeners agreed with Kitty and wanted to hear it.
Some Triple M listeners had different thoughts on why the main character in the song was away from his love for "three long years". Some listeners thought the guy was at war while others thought he was serving prison time. The one thing people could agree on is to PLAY the song. "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree" was the top selling single of 1973 in both the U.S. and U.K.
This song was on Queen's Greatest Hits, but it really wasn't a hit at all. The theme to the 1980's movie "Flash" didn't even crack the Top 40. It peaked 42, but still Triple M listeners wanted to hear it.
Sadly, this is one of Kitty's favorite songs from the World's Worst iPod. This masterpiece came out in 1978 and made it to number 23on the charts. According to Wikipedia, singer Gene Cotton has scaled back his career as a singer and songwriter and spent much of his savings on a legal battle against the construction of a state highway which would surround Nashville. The highway has not been finished yet and Cotton doesn't want his heart to find out if the project does indeed get finished.
Kitty was not in the mood to hear Neil Diamond this morning, but the vast majority of Triple M listeners were up for it. This song was a hit in 1981 and came from the movie "The Jazz Singer", which starred Neil Diamond. During today's phone calls we also came up with a name for male fans of Neil, "Diamond Studs".
I think we can agree "Baby cried the day the circus came to town..." is not the happiest of opening lines for a song. Melissa Manchester didn't write "Don't Cry Out Loud". It was penned by Peter Allen and Carole Bayer Sager. Machester isn't even the first to release the song, but back in the late 70's Clive Davis thought she could make it a hit. He was right. It climbed to number 10 in 1979.
This song climbed to number 8 on the charts in 1974, but it couldn't climb into the hearts of Triple M listeners on Monday morning. The majority of listeners did not want to hear this "classic." The band, Blue Magic was formed in Philadelphia. After having a hit with this song they wrote a tune called "Three Ring Circus." We're not so sure this theme is the best choice for love songs.
John Paul Young made us realize there's a lot more in the air then just clouds. "Love is in the Air" was a number 7 hit back in 1978. The song has been used in several other places as well. It's in the movie "Strictly Ballroom" which came out in the early 90's. Young even sang the song at the Closing Ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.
Bob Marley's birthday is a national holiday in Jamaica, and we'll celebrate his life and music this Friday on 105.5 Triple M.
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