The many recent comments made about Cheech & Chong's record "Sister Mary Elephant" (one of them submitted by me) has got me thinking. This unconventional 70's hit is unique in that there is absolutely nothing musical about it. Other (in)famous "spoken word" hits of the time, like "Americans", "Once You Understand", and C & C 's other '74 hit "Earache My Eye" have some singing, instrumental background, or a musical segment. But "Elephant" is completely devoid of any music. Offhand, I can't think of any other Top 40 hit in the rock era that fits that description. (I can think of a few examples outside of the Top 40: MLK's abbreviated "I Have A Dream" speech, and a couple of comedy routines by Hudson & Landry.) Can any of you think of another non-musical Top 40 hit?
"Who do you love?"---Bo Diddley
"Swear allegiance to the flag, whatever flag they offer. Never hint at what you really feel."---Mike and the Mechanics
What about that record by Bill Cosby that was played on the very first show, but cut out by Premiere?
If it was "Little Ole Man" (#4 in 1967), that has plenty of music on it--the backing track is the music of Stevie Wonder's "Uptight". Assume that would have to be it, as Cosby had no other top 40 hits.