This week's 1975 AT40 included Barry Manilow's "Could It Be Magic", which refers to "sweet Melissa", who is believed to be Melissa Manchester, in the same countdown with her first hit, "Midnight Blue".
Post by dukelightning on Aug 16, 2014 20:59:27 GMT -5
It is in fact Melissa Manchester that he is referring to. However, in a strange twist, neither artist was anywhere near hitting the top 40 when he recorded this song. He originally released it in 1971 when neither artist was on anyone's radar screen. They are both from New York City. So despite the megalopolis that is the Big Apple, they obviously knew each other back then.
Post by dukelightning on Apr 14, 2016 16:14:24 GMT -5
And in a coincidence, that artist and that song are mentioned together in this week's 70s show. In the intro to #1, Casey says that "Disco Lady" is the first song to spend at least 3 weeks at #1 on both the soul and pop charts since "Me and Mrs. Jones".
How many AT40 chart hits (1970-1995) mentioned other acts who had hits on AT40?
I can think of a few:
"Rings," Cymarron (1971) - mentions James Taylor. "Sweet Home Alabama," Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974) - mentions Neil Young. "The South's Gonna Do It," Charlie Daniels Band (1975) - mentions the Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elvin Bishop, ZZ Top, and Wet Willie. "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You," Sugarloaf (1975) - mentions John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. "Nightshift," Commodores (1985) - mentions Marvin Gaye.
I think during some point in Sugarloaf's run, they were joined in the top 40 by John, George (and Ringo)
Yes on the chart dated 2/1/75, Sugarloaf is at #39 with Don't Call Us, while George is at #38 with Ding Dong, Ding Dong; Ringo is at #35 with Only You; John Is at #17 with #9 Dream--and Elton's John 'Lucy In The Sky' remake is at #20. Wow talk about coincidences.
Here's an indirect one: the 1981 novelty hit "General Hospi-Tale" by the Afternoon Delights says "Paging Dr. Noah Drake". Dr. Drake was played by Rick Springfield, who at the same time was in the countdown with "Jessie's Girl" and "I've Done Everything For You".