In 1987, Bruce Willis covered The Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself" and went all the way to number 5 on the charts. Although I lot of listeners will die hard with Bruce, this song didn't make it on the air this morning.
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons covered Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" and made it all the way to number 12 in 1965. It sold more than one million copies, but it didn't make it on the air this morning.
Tommy James and the Shondells took the song "Crimson and Clover" all the way to #1 in 1969, but despite the fact that she sounded like she was on Quaaludes, Joan Jett's version also did well. Her version made it to a respectable #7 in 1982.
The first song during our "Bad Remakes Week" did not get enough votes to make it on the air. Sorry, Joan.
The song Brand New Key made it to number 1 late in 1972 for Melanie. This moring a lot of listeners were discussing what the song is really about. Melanie has been asked the question many times.
Here's what she said, "I wrote it in about fifteen minutes one night. I thought it was cute; a kind of old thirties' tune. I guess a key and a lock have always been Freudian symbols, and pretty obvious ones at that. There was no deep serious expression behind the song, but people read things into it. They made up incredible stories as to what the lyrics said and what the song meant. In some places, it was even banned from the radio.
My idea about songs is that once you write them, you have very little say in their life afterward. It's a lot like having a baby. You conceive a song, deliver it, and then give it as good a start as you can. After that, it's on its own. People will take it any way they want to take it."
This song was originally recorded by Tanya Tucker. She made it a top ten hit, but Helen Reddy sang her way to number 1 with this song in 1973. Bette Midler also recorded the song, but Reddy's version was released a few days before the Divine Miss M. Midler decided to give Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy to radio statons instead. It also became a top ten hit.
In 1979, Barbara Streisand and Ryan O' Neal hit the silver screen with the movie The Main Event. The movie was panned by critics, but made a ton at the box office. The theme song made it to number 3 in 1979.
Michael Sembello's wife sent this song to record executives who were looking for songs to use in the film Flashdance. Good move. This song was number 1 on the charts for two weeks in 1983. Jonathan was really up for the song, but perhaps it has to do with his crush on Jennifer Beals. Side note: Beals was not the dancer for this song or any of the dance scenes in the movie.
This song is from the movie The Posiden Adventure. The movie was a huge hit. At the time, it was the six most successful film of all time. The song was originally sung by a character in the movie, but the president of 20th Century Records thought suggested that Maureen McGovern, who had sent him a demonstration tape and was working at the time as a secretary, sing the song for the commercial release. He financed the recording with his own money and contracted her to his company. Good move. The song was a hit.
We wrapped up the week of songs performed by actors with a classic from Richard Harris. Yes, he was the first to record MacArthur Park in 1968. All 7 minutes and 30 seconds of it made it to number 2 on the charts! We didn't play it this morning, but we did play a parody by Weird Al Yankovic.
Walter Brennen is a 3 time Oscar winner and he was also a winner when it came to making music. Believe it or not, this song Old Rivers made it to number 5 on the charts in 1962. Imagine what we'd be playing today if The Beatles never showed up!
David Naughton starred in American Werewolf in London and in Dr. Pepper commercials. He also had his own television show. The show flopped by the theme song was a success. The show Makin' It was cancelled after just 9 episodes, but the song climbed all the way to number 5 on the charts in the summer of '79.
The song also got some play in the movie Meatballs with Bill Murray. Fast forward to 2:48 in the clip.
In the mid to late 70's, the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun was on tour in the United States. It inspired comedian Steve Martin to write a song which made it to number 17 on the charts in 1978. Jonathan and most of the Triple M listeners loved the song, but Kitty didn't want to hear it. She doesn't mind the song, but her friends failed to buy her a ticket to see his show back in 1978 so she's still bitter.
This week we're featuring actors who had a hit song. We can't forget Ringo from Lorne Greene. This tale actually made it to number 1 in 1964. We played this song a few months ago, but had to bring it out again.
Just four years after Bob Seger made it to #13 with the song "We've Got Tonight," Kenny Rogers gave it new life in a duet with Scottish singer Sheena Easton. Their version got up to #18 on the pop chart and was a number 3 country hit.
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