Post by OnWithTheCountdown on Mar 25, 2021 15:21:26 GMT -5
Got all the 3-hour AT40 regular shows from 1970-1977 loaded into the iPod, put in order by calendar date (not chronological order). Starting off with 1/4/1975, then 1/5/1974, 1/6/1973, 1/8/1972, 1/8/1977, 1/9/1971 (1/16/1971 chart), 1/10/1976, etc.
Post by freakyflybry on Mar 30, 2021 20:05:20 GMT -5
And now, Casey's return to AT40 from March 28, 1998.
Casey told a story about a website containing thousands of song lyrics; this may have been a novel idea then, considering how readily available lyrics have become since then with many sites listing them!
And I loved the story about the British tourist authority doing a map of music-related attractions in the UK. There's still plenty I'd want to see there once COVID dies down, I'll have to return to the UK sometime (only really seen London and area so far).
The story about "My Heart Will Go On" was about how James Cameron didn't want a pop song in the soundtrack for "Titanic" - he wanted it to be purely orchestral (and indeed, one of said instrumentals - "Southampton" - kicked off the countdown). But James Horner had written one and gotten Celine Dion to sing it, and won James Cameron over - and the rest became history and a huge #1 hit and a centrepiece of the movie.
Post by freakyflybry on Apr 2, 2021 16:48:08 GMT -5
Casey's Top 40 from April 14, 1990.
Interesting story about how Madonna thought she'd die before reaching 30, as her mother died at that age of cancer. It also inspired her to write and record her "Like A Prayer" album and make it her best.
31 years later, "Like A Prayer" is still considered one of her greatest albums... and she is still alive at age 62.
I also enjoyed the story about how organized Steven Tyler is with regards to his outfits!
And a little faux-pas: Casey mentioned there were 5 members in Motley Crue. There actually were 4, and as far as I know, they have always been a quartet and they've usually had the same four members.
I also enjoyed the story about how Alannah Myles set the mood for "Black Velvet" during a heat wave in her hometown of Toronto, where it felt as warm as Memphis and she felt this could really inspire the feel when recording it.
Post by at40petebattistini on Apr 4, 2021 15:14:35 GMT -5
Going back 50 years, the chart show I’ve got on comes from April 17, 1971, which originally aired the preceding weekend of April 10/11. And it was April 11, 1971 (also Easter Sunday) when I first discovered an AT40 countdown. Taking it one step further, and adding a little realism to today's listen, I'm following along using the previous week's Hot 100 (April 10, 1971) since published issues of Billboard dated 4/17/71 weren't yet delivered. Not knowing (or at least not remembering) the next song in the countdown makes it a fun throwback.
And listening to this AT40 broadcast back in the day was somewhat intriguing, at least in three different ways. I first noticed at the time that older currents were getting played, even though local stations had dropped them for new ‘pick hits.’ Whether an old current or a new one, every song had a place within the Top 40. Also in 1971, weekly music countdowns weren't very common to Top 40 stations. In fact, countdowns had mostly become exclusive to holiday and year-end presentations. Finally, in addition to the verbal song-by-song mention of every chart position (which was extraordinary in itself), there were number jingles. I don't believe I'd ever heard any before, outside of an occasional “Number One!” when stations introduced a song topping their local survey. I was hooked.
Sorry to ramble on here but this one's kinda special.
I listened to a Weekly Top 30 show I had from June 1981, featuring Mark Elliott (who passed away last week end). I once played this show for a friend that is crazy about the Beatles and he was glad to hear that George Harrison was at #1 with All Those Years Ago.
Bobby Womack - Lookin' For A Love - I always liked that song a lot but I never really listened to the lyrics (as with most songs).
What a romantic song! Bobby is lookin' for a woman who will make breakfast for him and do housework. Imagine that record being released today. I guess Cardi B wouldn't be the right girl for Bobby. More like Shirley Booth.
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