Before there were The Beatles we had a whole lot of bubble gum music including Brian Hyland. He recorded this song was he was just 16 and it made it all the way to number 1 not only in America, but it climbed to the top ten in 8 other countries. Hyland is still around today, but is more into country music.
We were back in the late 70's today for the World's Worst iPod. Jonathan felt like this song fits in a bad commercial, but Kitty loved it. The band was called Night and they managed to get to number 18 with this song. However, they didn't make it on the radio this morning.
This song may have only made it to number 25 on the charts back in 1981, but it was number 1 in Kitty's heart as well as a lot of Triple M listeners. Who knew a Dutch band was so well versed on evening activities in California.
Despite the fact Kitty owns this movie on DVD, she didn't want to hear it. Jonathan was in the musical version back in high school, so he was ready to sing along. However, the majority of listeners this morning said NO. Back in 1978, the song did make it to number 5.
Bryan Adams made it to number 5 on the charts with this song in the summer of '85. Kitty doesn't like the song because Bryan Adams was only a 9-year-old in 1969 so he probably wouldn't buy a guitar at that age. Sadly, Adams was not talking about the year 1969. Check out this interview...
This tragic tale reminds all guys it may be better to just make-out with your girlfriend until you're married, if she's got a psycho dad. David Geddes took this song to number 4 in 1975. Apparently, Geddes had given up on music and went to law school before this song became a hit. Once it became a hit he dropped out of law school with one semester to go to pursue music.
People have been wondering why Billie Joe jumped off the bridge since this song came out and made it to number 1 in 1967. Singer Bobby Gentry says people always asked what was thrown over the bridge and why did Billie Joe jump. She never would give a straight answer. The question was eventually answered in a movie and a book.
In 1968, Jeannie C. Riley topped both the pop and country charts with "Harper Valley PTA". She was the first female singer to accomplish that feat and it wasn't repeated until Dolly Parton did it in 1981 with the song "9 to 5". The song was written by Tom T. Hall and eventually lead to the creation of a movie and a television show. Barbara Eden starred in both as the sassy mom who reminds the school board to be careful when criticising someone else's life choices.
This week we're doing story songs on the World's Worst iPod. We start with the story of Billy who really wanted to be a hero. He was a hero, but didn't live to see it and his girlfriend was pretty angry. The song was originally done by Paper Lace in 1974 and was a hit in the UK. A few months later, Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods recorded it and it went to number 1 in the U.S.
In 1974 Jim Stafford managed to crawl and slither his way all the way to number 3 with this song and it sold more than 2 million copies. If you want to see him perform the song live, check out the Jim Stafford Theatre in Branson, Missouri.
Despite the fact that Madison's very own radio legend, Jonathan Little help make this song a hit, no one really wanted to hear the Captain & Tennille sing about Muskrat Love...except Jonathan Suttin. Here's some background on Jonathan Little making the song a hit according to Wikipedia:
A&M Records decided to issue "Muskrat Love" as a single after WISM had been airing the album cut reported phenomenal listener response to the song in September 1976. Captain & Tennille's "Muskrat Love" reached a #4 Hot 100 peak that December.
Who thought a song about a pet rat could be so popular? It was number 1 on the charts for one week in 1972. The song was written for the filmBen which was actually a horror film. Ben is the sequel to the film Willard. Not sure if it's worth getting into the whole story, but Ben is the leader of a pack of rats terrorizes people and even causes some deaths. A little boy named Danny befriends Ben and eventually takes in the varmint after all his little rat friends are In the end, the police get rid of all the rats except Ben. Here's Michael Jackson singing the song at the Oscars. Yes, this song was nominated for an Oscar.
In 1975 Eric Carmen may have been complaining about being all by himself, but he really wasn't alone. All By Myself made it to number 2 on the charts. The song is actually based on the second movement of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. Even though it has classical roots, it's still pretty bad.
Songwriter Burt Bacharach penned this song in the late 60's and the 5th Dimension took it all the way to number 2 in 1970. The song was even featured in the 1970's show It Takes a Thief starring Robert Wagner. Kitty and Brian gave it a thumbs down, but Jonathan liked it. The final vote of the morning came into question, but it played.
This song made it to the top of the charts in November of 1985. It was written by Stephen Bishop for the movie White Nights starring Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Helen Mirren and Isabella Rossellini. The song was nominated for an Oscar, but lost out to Lionel Richie's "Say You Say Me", which was also featured in the same movie. Jnoathan really wanted to hear the song, but just about EVERYONE else said NO!!!
Harry Nilsson didn't write this song. In fact, when he first heard it he thought it was a Beatles tune. When he found out it was written by Badfinger, he decided to record it. Good decision considering the song was number 1 for four weeks in 1972. It was also number one in England, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand.
Kitty saw John Waite in Steven's Point back in 1984 and wanted to relive the experience this morning. This song made it to number 1 in 1984 and it was number 1 in a lot of listeners' hearts too. Jonathan didn't feel like hearing the song this morning, but he was in the minority.
In Madison, we have a musical legend in our midst. He is none other the The Funky Drummer, Clyde Stubblefield, who drummed for James Brown, and has had his drumming sampled in more songs than any other.
An effort is underway to honor Clyde, and...
We went a little bit country for this morning's World's Worst iPod song. BJ Thomas went all the way to #1 on the pop, country and easy listening charts with the song ("Hey, would ya play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song." It was in the...
The iconic Bruce Springsteen album Born to Run was released 40 years ago today. This album is an undeniable classic. Even if the title track were the only memorable song, odds are people would still be buying this record today. But "Born to Run" also...
Did you ever know that you're my hero? Bette Midler's song "Wind Beneath My WIngs" went to Number 1 in 1989. It was featured in a movie about death "Beaches," and has probably been played at countless funerals.
It's probably because of the...
We tried something new today with the World's Worst iPod...pitting two really horrible songs against each other and letting the listeners pick which one gets played in its entirety.
We must thank one of our favorite listeners, who goes by "Crazy...
Aside from drinking beer and checking out everybody's humorous beer-related T-shirts, one of the best parts of the Great Taste of the Midwest is all the creative names that brewers come up with for their concoctions.
This year was no...
So the internet has been flooded with drinking games in advance of teh first GOP presidential debate. (Okay I saw two). What I haven't seen yet is a drinking game for those of us who don't really want to get hammered on a Thursday night.
Lionel Richie was on fire in the 1980's with an amazing string of hits that included "Say You, Say Me," from the movie White Nights. It was number one on the charts for four weeks in 1985 and was the #2 song for the entire year.
It even won an...