Post by at40petebattistini on Jul 13, 2007 19:49:17 GMT -5
Next weekend's (7/14-15/07) edition of "AT40: The 70s" will feature a rebroadcast of the program from 7/6/74.
What's interesting about this special (The Top 40 Acts of the 1970s So Far; played on terrestrial stations this weekend) is how the final tally was put together. At both the beginning and end of the show, Casey explained "our tabulation was based on Billboard's yearly Top 100 singles and the judgement of our staff." (Note that the list of songs for this special are in Rob's book.)
Prior specials often heard Casey point out that they used every Top 40 chart for the survey period. But from the explanation, it appears that, rather than offering an "official" Billboard-based tabulation, a quick and easy list was assembled, with the staff giving the final nod of approval. And that left the door open for questions.
If you look at the number of charted singles by Elvis Presley, James Brown and Creedence Clearwater Revival between January 1970 and June 1974, you have to wonder how each was not included in this special. Instead, artists such as Anne Murray and Barry White -- with only 2-3 Top 40 records at that time -- were included.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the show then as I do now. But I gotta ask questions!
Christmas will be here before we know it. Will the 1971 or 1973 Christmas shows be aired around that time. I think that would be great. Also maybe the yearenders could be aired as well. What are your thoughts.
Post by at40petebattistini on Jul 28, 2007 11:58:19 GMT -5
jefferyc4, I believe Shannon Lynn dedicated a considerable amount of time to upgrade the music of one or both of the original AT40 Christmas specials. As long as the interest in terrestrial shows continues to grow, I'm certain we'll benefit from Shannon's work and hear one or the other in December. Perhaps if he reads this, he can add some information. Hope that helps!
Post by at40petebattistini on Aug 1, 2007 12:40:27 GMT -5
Part of the uniqueness of the July 27, 1974 program is how AT40 recognized its affiliates during the program. Rather than Casey providing call letters and city, stations submitted their own ID mention. This method lasted only a few months, but you should be able to hear how it was done with this show.