Christopher Cross had a very good year in 1980. He had an album that was selling like crazy with a few top 40 hits, including today's song "Sailing," which went all the way to number 1! He also won the Grammy for Best New Artist. He went on to have another big hit ("Arthur's Theme), but then his career didn't do much.
A lot of people blame MTV. He didn't have the "rock star look" to be a video star.
But his lack of rock star looks didn't seem to sway most people who called in to the show, and we played that sleepy little number in its entirety.
A lot of bands that have hit the top 40 over the years have sounded a little like the Beatles. From the Knickerbockers to the Dave Clark Five, Badfinger to Cheap Trick, a lot of Beatle-esque songs have done quite well.
But who would have thought that Gilbert O'Sullivan sounded like a Beatle? Apparently a lot of people who listen to our show think that's the case, and for some reason they wanted to hear this song that came out in 1972. It was #1 for six weeks, albeit not in a row, and was the 5th most popular song of the entire decade.
Today's World's Worst iPod came from the category of "80s sap." Jack Wagner's "All I Need" was number two for a couple of weeks in early 1985 (it would have been #1 if not for that pesky Madonna and her "Like a Virgin" song).
Jack Wagner was also an actor, playing Frisco Jones on the soap opera "General Hospital," and on various other daytime and nighttime dramas. But he never had another Top 40 hit.
Here he is on the fantastic show, "Solid Gold." Enjoy.
"Move it in, move it out, move it in roundabout, Disco Lady!"
Those lyrics were just a little too suggestive to Kitty back in 1976 when this song was a hit. But lots of folks appeared to be in a disco mood this morning when we played that number one hit from Johnnie Taylor.
Apparently, this was the very first song to hit the Billboard 100 that had the word "disco" in the title. Too bad it wasn't the last!
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