EVERY Billboard #1 hit discussion thread 1958-Present

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by alphanguy, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. Tim S

    Tim S Forum Resident

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    good points. For me, this was about the time that I was finding more and more that I liked on FM and less and less on the top 40, so I switched most of my listening to FM - I got a crappy little stereo from the hardware store (but it had detachable speakers, TT, and headphone jack. Car radio was still AM only so that's probably where I heard most of the top 40 hits.
     
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  2. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    This was also around the time a lot of older stereos and console TVs that included stereos and that had been used by the parents during the '60s got replaced by newer units - or full component stereo systems for younger, hipper, wealthier parents - and were demoted to the teen kids' rooms, including FM tuners the kids didn't have before and decent turntables. So the middle class and up teens started listening to FM and FM started to adapt itself to this college-bound audience's tastes.
     
  3. thecdguy

    thecdguy Forum Resident

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    Still waiting for a song to debut at #100 and then go to #1 the following week. It's almost happened, though. Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You" debuted at #97 and went to #1 the next week in 2009.
     
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  4. AppleBonker

    AppleBonker Forum Resident

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    The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia

    The first of the Georgia smash hits of this era. I probably haven't heard this one in thirty years, and literally the only part I remembered was the chorus (and just the title, really). Listening to it again, this was probably the first time I ever actually realized what this one was about. And now that I have heard the words, I can only say, GOOD GRIEF!

    Vicki Lawrence as a murderer? Mama, how could you? It really does add a new spin to that show, doesn't it?

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    To be honest, we've had a good run so far in 1973, but this song is pretty dire. It does make me wish that some of the other stars of Carol Burnett's show could have had their moment on the Hot 100. I can only wonder what Tim Conway or Harvey Korman might have come up with.

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    I've loved reading about all the theories about the lyrics, though. Here are my two big questions:

    1. What was Andy thinking?

    So "brother" happens into this bar after his trip and Andy just flat out confesses he slept with his wife? Especially after he went to the pains of telling him about the other guy she slept with. Probably not the best strategy. The only two explanations I can come up with for this dork move are: a. he was raging drunk or b. everyone in town already knew what was going on and he was trying to soften the blow. B. seems likely given my second question:

    2. What was Vicki Lawrence thinking?

    No, I'm not talking about beloved TV comedienne Vicki Lawrence, we know what her motive was (ka-ching!). She's about the only person in this story that walked out ahead of the game. I'm talking about the narrator, whom I'll call Vicki cause, why not? First of all, how did she know about the affair? That lends credence to the idea that *everyone* in town knew and it was hot gossip.

    Secondly, if her motive was to preserve the family name, she did a damn poor job of it. Her brother ends up getting executed as a murderer after all. But seriously, what is her motive? Even if she hates her sister in law, don't you think it's really none of her business in the end? It looked like her brother was going to handle this in the same way anyway, but shouldn't he have had the right to confront the woman?

    And all this activity caused the lights to go out in Georgia, unless that's just a metaphor for... something. Seems clear as a bell to me.

    Mystery 2.5 I guess is what happened to Seth Amos, who seemed to have gotten off scot free (unless Vicki also deep sixed him off camera and we never heard). So this lovely little ditty allows us to hear all about a sweet little mass murderer who in the end was a far worse person than sis-in-law, Andy, Seth, brother, or any backwoods southern lawyer. Nice!

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    My other thought was that this is now the second song to reach #1 with Georgia mentioned in the title (the first was Ray Charles' Georgia on my Mind, although I doubt this song represents the Georgia he was thinking of!). And there will be another soon. But has any other state been name dropped in any #1 song? I can't recall any, at least as of 1973. California almost made it, with California Girls and California Dreamin', but no #1. It's weird that Georgia has multiple entries when no other state has any. Am I forgetting one?

    Yeah, anyhoo.... Next song? :)
     
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  5. pickwick33

    pickwick33 Forum Resident

    "Abraham, Martin & John?" So what exactly would be the point? Because this song sounds just as middle-of-the-road as the rest of their repertoire.
     
  6. thecdguy

    thecdguy Forum Resident

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    Katy Perry's "California Gurls" went to #1 in 2010.
     
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  7. Manapua

    Manapua Forum Resident

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    California Gurls - Katy Perry

    New York almost made it but Alicia Keys chose the title Empire State Of Mind.

    The Yellow Rose Of Texas - Mitch Miller. Way back in '55.

    Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison

    There are also #1s with cities, countries, continents, planets and the sun and the moon in the title but I'm too exhausted to list them!
     
  8. SITKOL'76

    SITKOL'76 Forum Resident

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    'Havana' by Camilla Cabello made #1 in January of this year. That's a very very recent example.
     
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  9. Manapua

    Manapua Forum Resident

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    This only reached #62 in '72 but it's a damned fine record. Lead singer of Los Bravos Mike Kennedy with Louisiana:

     
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  10. John22

    John22 Forum Resident

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    Beside the #1 hits Georgia was mentioned in many other songs:

    Gonna Send You Back To Georgia (A City Slick) at #41 in 1964
    Gonna Send You Back To Walker (Gonna Send You Back To Georgia) at #57 in 1964
    Hitchike Back To Georgia at #114 in 1964
    El Pito (I'll Never Go Back To Georgia) at #115 in 1966
    Georgia Pines at #81 in 1967
    Atlanta Georgia Stray at #120 in 1968
    Rainy Night In Georgia at #4 in 1970
    Georgia Took Her Back at #88 in 1970
    Never Goin' Back To Georgia at #113 in 1970
    Georgia Sunshine at #118 in 1971
    Georgia Porcupine at #94 in 1974
    Georgia Rhythm at #68 in 1977
    The Devil Went Down To Georgia at #3 in 1979
    Georgia at #98 in 2001 (Carolyn Dawn Johnson) (*)
    Georgia Rain at #78 in 2005
    Georgia at #39 in 2006 (Ludacris & Field Mob w/ Jamie Foxx) (*)

    (*) different songs

    I omitted some songs because it was not Georgia the U.S. state but probably the first name.
     
  11. Grant

    Grant A 60s, 70s & 90s Lovin' Musical Free-Spirit

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    I heard this quite a bit on the radio back then.
     
  12. Glenpwood

    Glenpwood Hyperactive!

    The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia

    A few random thoughts...

    I always thought it was implied in the lyric that "little sister" killed her cheating sister in law and hid the body "that'll never be found" to make it appear she was Andy's killer and had skipped town. Her brother finding Andy's body and firing his gun to attract help was the mistake in the plan.

    I've always wondered if it bothers Reba McEntire that despite racking up 26 number ones and 58 top ten hits - almost all of them original compositions - her career records to most casual fans outside of "I'm A Survivor," the theme from her self titled sitcom are two covers - Bobbie Gentry's "Fancy" and of course Vicki's tune. The latter missing the top ten but both had such iconic videos that they became her signature tunes.

    Also, out of all of Vicki's attempts to land a second hit, I have a soft spot for this tune, which apparantly was never commercially released stateside despite prime positioning on the Burnett show. Only promo copies have turned up...

     
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  13. Dougd

    Dougd Forum Resident

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    Wow. What a powerful, upbeat & rockin' song.
    Sounds like my kind of song.

    A mystery why it only got to No. 62.
     
  14. Dougd

    Dougd Forum Resident

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    But then again... many of Lighthouse's singles scored relatively poorly.
    One of my fav's of theirs....



    Unfortunately, the great group's song only hit No. 53 on the national charts (the same year we're discussing here, 1973).
    In Canada, it hit No. 9.

    1971
    "One Fine Morning" (24/ 2 CAN) (US AC #30)
    "Take It Slow (Out In The Country)" (64/ 12 CAN)
    1972
    "I Just Wanna Be Your Friend" (93/ 54 CAN)
    "Sunny Days" (34/ 4 CAN)
    1973
    "Pretty Lady" (53/ 9 CAN) (US AC #38)

    One Fine Morning was one rockin' horn song, similar to Chicago, BS&T or Chase.
    Sunny Days & Pretty Lady should've done much better on the U.S. charts.
     
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  15. Black Thumb

    Black Thumb Yah Mo B There

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    Here's a question for any gear head present: I noted on the R&B thread that I'm not fond of the "sproingy" guitar sound that was so popular in this era - as on "Neither One of Us" and the most excessive example: "If" by Bread.

    How does a guitar player produce that sound? A Leslie speaker? Wah-Wah pedal?
     
  16. Manapua

    Manapua Forum Resident

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    Ya beat me to it. Pretty Lady is a great Chicago Style, horn-driven Pop tune. I don't care for the edited single version , though.
     
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  17. Hey Vinyl Man

    Hey Vinyl Man Forum Resident

    I think Don Henley would like a word with you...
     
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  18. Manapua

    Manapua Forum Resident

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    I had that one on my list upthread, then stupidly left it off!

    Anyways, I think HVM was talking about #1s up to the year under discussion - 1973. Hence the line "I can't recall any, at least as of 1973". He was honoring the no jumping ahead thing. :righton:
     
  19. Tim S

    Tim S Forum Resident

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    East Tennessee
    A good record - I think the lead singer is a real weak link here, someone stronger might have gotten the song a lot further.
     
  20. Tim S

    Tim S Forum Resident

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    East Tennessee
    That's a phase shifter with the rate turned way up to make it "warble." A leslie would be similar, in that it would give you the warbling, but the initial "sproingy" attack wouldn't be there.
     
  21. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    I saw a funny bit with Annie Lennox pertaining to the use of "Georgia" in a song. She'd covered "Georgia On My Mind" for her album Nostalgia a few years back, and asked the same question, why Georgia? She then humorously tried other states in place of Georgia in the song - Ohio or Connecticut or whatever - but none of them really worked. Georgia though? Perfect.

    Some words just have it, and some don't.
     
  22. AppleBonker

    AppleBonker Forum Resident

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    Seattle
    Kansas City is a good one I forgot! I think Mitch doesn't count because, at least as far a this thread goes, we started a few years after that song.

    I also remembered a few more since I posted: Indiana Wants Me, which weirdly, like Lights Went Out, is a state song about a murder. And Kentucky Rain by Elvis is another good one. Did Mississippi Queen get released as a single? Arizona (take off your Indian braids). Massachusetts by the Bee Gees. Of course, none of those songs went to #1...
     
  23. AppleBonker

    AppleBonker Forum Resident

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    I'm going to have a lot of fun when we get there... and you might be surprised what I'll be saying! :cool:
     
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  24. AppleBonker

    AppleBonker Forum Resident

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    Wow, thanks for this! A whole Tommy suite, and even a music video to go with it! Very cool.
     
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    AppleBonker Forum Resident

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