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December 9, 2017 - JH: Top #1 Year by Year

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Date: December 9th, 2017
Host: JH
Feature: Top #1 Songs Year by Year


[Playing the #1 songs based on weeks at the top of the chart, from 1955 to 1975, in some years there were ties; songs with * were requests; all chart information comes from the Billboard Top 100 (for chart dates before/during July 1958) or Billboard Hot 100 (for chart dates during/after Aug 1958) unless otherwise noted]


OPENING THEME:  Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll – Cat Mother & the All-Night Newsboys (1969, #29, produced by Jimi Hendrix)

Sincerely - The McGuire Sisters (1955 - #1 for 10 weeks: Phyllis, Christine & Dorothy McGuire were from Middletown, Ohio; song written by famous DJ Alan Freed and Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows)
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Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado & His Orchestra (1955 - #1 for 10 weeks: the Cuban-born Prado was known as "The King of Mambo")

Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog - Elvis Presley (1956 - #1 for 11 weeks; double-sided hit for the King; #197 and #19, respectively, on the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time List)

All Shook Up - Elvis Presley (1957 - #1 for 9 weeks: #352 on RS 500 list)
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At the Hop - Danny & the Juniors (1958 - #1 for 7 weeks: group was out of Philadelphia)

Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin (1959 - #1 for 9 weeks: #251 on RS 500 list)
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Theme from 'A Summer Place' - Percy Faith & His Orchestra (1960 - #1 for 9 weeks: from the movie starring Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee; song won a Grammy for Record of the Year)

Tossin' & Turnin' - Bobby Lewis (1961 - #1 for 7 weeks: with rare intro)
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I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles (1962 - #1 for 5 weeks: #161 on RS 500 list)

Sherry - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (1962 - #1 for 5 weeks: group had 47 songs chart on the BB Hot 100 over their career)

Sugar Shack - Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs (1963 - #1 for 5 weeks: group was out of Raton, New Mexico)

45 Corner

Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy - Buck Owens (1965 - #2 on the Christmas Songs chart for 1965; Owens co-wrote the song)
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I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles (1964 - #1 for 7 weeks: reached #1 on February 1, 1964, The Beatles landed at JFK airport on February 7; #16 on RS 500 list)

Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones (1965 - #1 for 4 weeks: #2 on RS 500 list)

Yesterday - The Beatles (1965 - #1 for 4 weeks: song has been recorded over 2500 times; #13 on RS 500 list)

Birthday Calendar

Dec. 3 - Andy Williams - 1940

Dec. 4 -  Freddy Cannon - 81
Chris Hillman (The Byrds) - 73
Dennis Wilson (The Beach Boys) - 1944 

Dec. 5 - Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman) - 85

Dec. 6 - Dave Brubeck - 1920
George Williams (The Tymes) - 1935
Mike Smith (Dave Clark Five) - 1943
Jonathan King (Kenneth George King) - 73

Dec. 7 - Harry Chapin - 1942

Dec. 8 - Jerry Butler - 78
Bobby Elliott (The Hollies drummer) - 75
Jim Morrison (The Doors) - 1943 

Dec. 9 - Sammy Strain (The Impressions) - 76
George Baker (Johannes Bouwens) - 73
Donny Osmond - 60

One Bad Apple - The Osmonds (1971 - #1 for 5 weeks: first Top 40 hit for the brothers)
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Go Away Little Girl - Donny Osmond (1971 - #1 for 3 weeks: Donny had more Top 40 hits as a solo artist than with his brothers, plus hits with sister Marie)

*Crazy Horses - The Osmonds (1972 - #14: the brothers rocked out on this hit; an instant request for Don in Oklahoma listening on

Rockin' Remnants Trivia:  What legendary DJ co-wrote the #1 song played in the first hour of Rockin' Remnants?
(see below for answer)

Butterfly - Andy Williams (1957 - #1:  one of 27 Top 40 hits for the legendary crooner)

Palisades Park - Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon (1962 - #3: song was written by Chuck Barris of 'Gong Show' fame about the famous New Jersey amusement park across the Hudson from NYC; Cannon appeared on American Bandstand 110 times!)
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So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star - The Byrds (1967 - #29: song was co-written by Hillman)

Do You Wanna Dance? - The Beach Boys (1964 - #8: Dennis Wilson had the rare lead vocal on this hit; he was the only member of the group who was a true surfer)
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Tutti-Frutti - Little Richard (1956 - #17: #43 on RS 500 list; Little Richard was an early pioneer of rock n roll, soul, & funk and in the original class of inductees of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame)
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Long Tall Sally - Little Richard (1956 - #6: #56 on RS 500 list)

Take Five - Dave Brubeck (1961 - #25: jazz instrumental partly in 5/4 time, hence the title of the song; Paul Desmond on saxophone) 
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So Much in Love - The Tymes (1963 - #1 for 1 week: George Williams was the lead singer for the group out of Philadelphia)

Glad All Over - Dave Clark Five (1964 - #6: Mike Clark was the lead singer and keyboard played for the group that appeared on Ed Sullivan 18 times)

It's Good News Week - Hedgehoppers Anonymous (1965 - #48 (The Hedgehoppers was a singing group of Royal Air Force members, Jonathan King took them under his wing, added 'Anonymous' to the group's name, and wrote and produced the song; 'hedgehopper' is RAF slang for a low-flying plane)
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Sunday Morning Sunshine - Harry Chapin (1972 - #75: the follow-up single to "Taxi")

He Will Break Your Heart - Jerry Butler (1960 - #7: one of 39 Top 40 hits for "The Ice Man", who after his singing career went on to be a Cook County (Illinois) Commissioner)

 Look Through Any Window - The Hollies (1965 - #32: song that features the drumming of Bobby Elliott)

Tell All the People - The Doors (1969 - #57: chart hit off of "The Soft Parade" LP)
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Outside Looking In - Little Anthony and the Imperials (1964 - #15: George Strain left the Imperials to join the Impressions in 1975 and thus is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee for two groups)

Little Green Bag - George Baker Selection (1970 - #21: part of the 'Dutch Invasion' of the early 70s; song was used in Quenton Tarantino's movie "Resevior Dogs")
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Back to our Spotlight on #1 Hits by year:

I'm a Believer - The Monkees (1966 - #1 for 7 weeks; song written by Neil Diamond reached the top of the charts on 12/31/66)
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To Sir With Love - Lulu (1967 - #1 for 5 weeks; from the movie of the same name starring Sidney Poitier; Lulu [born Marie Lawrie] had a bit part in the film)

Hey Jude - The Beatles (1968 - #1 for 9 weeks; #8 on the RS 500 list)

In the Year 2525 - Zager & Evans (1969 - #1 for 6 weeks: the duo out of Lincoln, Nebraska never had another charting single, making 'In the Year 2525' the greatest one-hit wonder of all time)

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel (1970 - #1 for 6 weeks: the duo'd signature song with Larry Knechtel on piano; won Grammys for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Pop Song; #47 on the RS 500 list) 
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Intended to go up to 1975 but stopped here to get in a few Christmas songs

My Christmas Card to You - The Partridge Family  (original Christmas song written by Tony Romeo, who wrote many of the group's hits; 1971 album image below)

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Jingle Jangle - The Penguins (doo-wop Christmas from the group that recorded 'Earth Angel')

Deck the Halls - Jackie Wilson

You're My Christmas Present - The Skyliners 

Trivia Answer:  "Sincerely" was co-written by DJ Alan Freed.  Congratulations to Barbara in Ithaca for being the caller with the correct answer and the winner of of Luna Street Food gift card.

CLOSING THEME:  Sleepwalk – Santo & Johnny (1959, #1 for two weeks)

Host Next Week: (12/16): KV, with a spotlight on December 16, 1955!

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