EVERY Billboard #1 hit discussion thread 1958-Present

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

  1. tmoore

    tmoore Forum Resident

    Olney, MD
    Did you not see that I corrected myself in a later post? Thanks to the 30 minute rule, I couldn't go back and correct the original post. And even then, your post would have still existed, which would have contradicted my correction.

    I'm going to take a guess that you haven't always been perfect in all your posts.
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  2. Black Thumb

    Black Thumb Yah Mo B There

    Reno, NV
    They were most visibly Linda Ronstadt's backing group after she signed with Asylum, but worked with the likes of Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon and James Taylor.

    They also worked extensively with Carole King, which is no doubt how they hooked up with Neil Sedaka.
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  3. tmoore

    tmoore Forum Resident

    Olney, MD
    No - I'm not (repeat not) jumping ahead. I was going back to 1962.

    The 1972 Partridge Family "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" which I referenced is a remake of the 1962 #1 Neil Sedaka hit. That arrangement. (It's not a great cover version, as others have said -- but that really wasn't the point)

    This has nothing to do with the 1976 Sedaka remake.

    I've said several times here that I've intentionally not tried to go ahead.
    It's frustrating when people don't connect your earlier posts together, and maybe as a result of that, give you the benefit of the doubt.
    Why did you assume we were talking about the 1976 remake? Did you not consider there could have been another possibility? (1962?)
    If you want to blow your stack because you think I was going ahead, when I wasn't, go right ahead.

    Sometimes people make mistakes. And sometimes it is relatively easy to figure them out (David Cassidy/Partridge Family was a case of that, I think).
    It might have been better to try to figure that out than blow your stack at me.

    Have you ever made an incorrect post, and then be unable to correct it, and have someone jump down your throat for making a mistake? Try to put yourself in my shoes, if you can.

    I'm probably going to take a break from this thread for a while. Some of you need to chill.
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  4. HGN2001

    HGN2001 Mystery Picture Member

    One more Carpenter/Sedaka tie-in: Neil's latter day ballad remake of "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" features strings arranged by Richard Carpenter.
  5. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    So, sounds like it was serious in that he was using an art from to read the lines. I guess that’s valid, but all it does is make me laugh out loud!
  6. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    Hard to believe A&M thought it would perform well as a single. For me, and okay album track, but a single? So, have to agree with you.
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  7. Hoover Factory

    Hoover Factory Forum Resident

    Spokane, WA
    Excellent point!
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  8. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    Well, this is sad. As a big Carps fan, I don’t even remember their version other than I know it’s on the album. I DO remember the Partridge Family version, which was done well if you like the PF. I wasn’t looking at this thread yet so I don’t know what the comments were during ITILY. That is probably worth looking backwards to! I won’t comment since I’m assuming at the rate this is going (not mean’t as a negative) it was probably five years ago!
  9. Grant

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

    Yes, I saw that. That's why I edited my post unter the 30 minute limit. You should have seen what I had in there before!:)

    Of course I haven't! But, since we both realize it was an error that I reacted to, let's move on.

    Now, about that other thing about Neil Sedaka and talking about a song that hadn't been released as a single for another year......
  10. Grant

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

    1975 remake, and you did not specify that you were talking about the original version. Oh, as I stated earlier, I did not grow up knowing about Neil Sedaka, as my family never bought their music, nor did I ever hear it on the radio. So, his 70s presence was new to me. But, when his remake did come out it the end of 1975, I was made aware that he had a 1962 hit with it by way of hearing it on AT Top 40 with casey Kasem. In fact, the remake starts out with the original intro.

    If you heard him before 1974, bless ya!

    I didn't blow my stack. I have said twice now that i'm no longer protesting anyone jumping ahead. I want you all to experience for yourselves what it does to the coherency of this discussion when it happens. It isn't just you who does it. I have gotten siucked into it. Even the OP does it.

    Too bad you can't see how calm I am behind this keyboard.

    I think you're the one who needs to chill.

    Perhaps the format of doing one song at a time in sequence is boring you guys.
  11. Black Thumb

    Black Thumb Yah Mo B There

    Reno, NV
    "Goofus" might have performed quite well had it been 1973, in the middle of their hot streak and pop music was going through it's vaudeville nostalgia thing.

    But 1976? Oof!
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  12. Grant

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

    I know all of that, I just didn't know they had a name. That's all.
  13. SomeCallMeTim

    SomeCallMeTim Forum Resident

    Rockville, CT

    Just a reminder that Mr. Sedaka's inspiration for reworking "Breaking Up..." into Adult Contemporary was not entirely his own, I present this 1970 effort by Lenny "Since I Fell for You" Welch. It was one of few 45's my parents ever bought, as I don't believe there was an album (?), and I had to show them how to work the 45 adapter on the living room KLH system that I was otherwise forbidden to touch. It managed #34 pop and #8 AC in 1970.
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  14. Dr. Pepper

    Dr. Pepper What, me worry?

  15. Dr. Pepper

    Dr. Pepper What, me worry?

    The Streak might be the first or second single that I owned! I loved this record, I just laughed and laughed at age 9. I did not realize that Paul's Band on the Run was what replaced the Streak. Two running songs in a row, guess the country was into physical fitness that year!
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  16. tmoore

    tmoore Forum Resident

    Olney, MD
    I forgot about the 1975 remake, which should explain why I didn't specify "original version". Sorry. The remake is not something I care to remember.
    Therefore, I was not jumping ahead. Also, see the next paragraph.

    Really, though -----> no clarification of 1962 vs. 1975-1976 should have been needed. I was talking about a song from 1972 that was a cover. 1962 is earlier than 1972. Late 1975 is not earlier than 1972. It should have been obvious I was talking about the 1962 version of the song -- since the late 1975 version was the first appearance of the radical remake (and that last point should be obvious and did not need to be specified). Once again, not jumping ahead.

    To me, bold text is the equivalent of yelling while in typing mode. I'm sorry I'm misunderstanding you. but that's the way you are coming across.

    Please stop making assumptions about whether doing one song at a time is boring me ("you guys" does include me). It isn't boring me. I feel the same way W.B. does --- "it's not the process, it's the journey".

    All I am saying is that --- when I see an obvious error, I try to figure out what the error is, rather than just call the person out on it. A lot of times it's not that hard to figure out. (to be specific, here I am referring to David Cassidy/Partridge Family --- so we don't get into an argument over exactly what I am referring to!).
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  17. Witchy Woman

    Witchy Woman Forum Resident

    Third Coast, USA
    I really liked “Laughter in the Rain” - a nice light-hearted pop song with a catchy melody. At the time I thought of Neil Sedaka as just another current artist who appeared on the various tv talk/variety shows. I had no idea he was making a “comeback” or that his other song (which we haven’t reached yet in the discussion but since it’s been mentioned) was his own re-make.
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  18. Dr. Pepper

    Dr. Pepper What, me worry?

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  19. tmoore

    tmoore Forum Resident

    Olney, MD
    I would say my favorite year for #1 songs is 1965. A lot of future in those groups that hit #1, and before things got crazy/weird.
    1966 is close behind, but as a group, I like the 1965 songs more.
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  20. Dr. Pepper

    Dr. Pepper What, me worry?

    List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1965

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    These are the Billboard Hot 100 number one hits of 1965.

    The #1 song of 1965, "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, never reached #1 on the weekly charts.
    Issue Date Song Artist(s) Reference
    January 2 "I Feel Fine" The Beatles
    January 9
    January 16 "Come See About Me" The Supremes
    January 23 "Downtown" Petula Clark
    January 30
    February 6 "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" The Righteous Brothers
    February 13
    February 20 "This Diamond Ring" Gary Lewis & the Playboys
    February 27
    March 6 "My Girl" The Temptations
    March 13 "Eight Days a Week" The Beatles
    March 20
    March 27 "Stop! In the Name of Love" The Supremes [1]
    April 3 [2]
    April 10 "I'm Telling You Now" Freddie and the Dreamers [3]
    April 17
    April 24 "Game of Love" Wayne Fontana and
    the Mindbenders [4]
    May 1 "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" Herman's Hermits
    May 8
    May 15
    May 22 "Ticket to Ride" The Beatles
    May 29 "Help Me, Rhonda" The Beach Boys
    June 5
    June 12 "Back in My Arms Again" The Supremes
    June 19 "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" Four Tops
    June 26 "Mr. Tambourine Man" The Byrds
    July 3 "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" Four Tops
    July 10 "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" The Rolling Stones
    July 17
    July 24
    July 31
    August 7 "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" Herman's Hermits
    August 14 "I Got You Babe" Sonny & Cher
    August 21
    August 28
    September 4 "Help!" The Beatles
    September 11
    September 18
    September 25 "Eve of Destruction" Barry McGuire
    October 2 "Hang On Sloopy" The McCoys
    October 9 "Yesterday" The Beatles
    October 16
    October 23
    October 30
    November 6 "Get Off of My Cloud" The Rolling Stones
    November 13
    November 20 "I Hear a Symphony" The Supremes
    November 27
    December 4 "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" The Byrds
    December 11
    December 18
    December 25 "Over and Over" The Dave Clark Five
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  21. Dr. Pepper

    Dr. Pepper What, me worry?

    List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1973
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    These are the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1973. The longest running number one single of 1973 is "Killing Me Softly With His Song" by Roberta Flack which stayed at the top spot for five non-consecutive weeks.

    The yellow background indicates the #1 song on Billboard's 1973 Year-End Chart of Pop Singles.
    Issue Date Song Artist(s) Reference
    January 6 "You're So Vain" Carly Simon
    January 13
    January 20
    January 27 "Superstition" Stevie Wonder
    February 3 "Crocodile Rock" Elton John
    February 10
    February 17
    February 24 "Killing Me Softly with His Song" Roberta Flack
    March 3
    March 10
    March 17
    March 24 "Love Train" The O'Jays
    March 31 "Killing Me Softly with His Song" Roberta Flack
    April 7 "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" Vicki Lawrence
    April 14
    April 21 "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
    April 28
    May 5
    May 12
    May 19 "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" Stevie Wonder
    May 26 "Frankenstein" The Edgar Winter Group
    June 2 "My Love" Paul McCartney & Wings
    June 9
    June 16
    June 23
    June 30 "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" George Harrison
    July 7 "Will It Go Round in Circles" Billy Preston
    July 14
    July 21 "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" Jim Croce
    July 28
    August 4 "The Morning After" Maureen McGovern
    August 11
    August 18 "Touch Me in the Morning" Diana Ross
    August 25 "Brother Louie" Stories
    September 1
    September 8 "Let's Get It On" Marvin Gaye
    September 15 "Delta Dawn" Helen Reddy
    September 22 "Let's Get It On" Marvin Gaye
    September 29 "We're an American Band" Grand Funk
    October 6 "Half-Breed" Cher
    October 13
    October 20 "Angie" The Rolling Stones
    October 27 "Midnight Train to Georgia" Gladys Knight & the Pips
    November 3
    November 10 "Keep on Truckin' (Part 1)" Eddie Kendricks
    November 17
    November 24 "Photograph" Ringo Starr
    December 1 "Top of the World" The Carpenters
    December 8
    December 15 "The Most Beautiful Girl" Charlie Rich
    December 22
    December 29 "Time in a Bottle" Jim Croce
  22. Manapua

    Manapua Forum Resident

    Before we leave (at least for a while) Sedaka and Carpenters talk, here's one more item I remember from the time. The Carps were doing a Vegas tour and since Sedaka was enjoying renewed fame and wrote Solitaire, they offered him the opening slot. He proved to be so popular with the audience and was stealing their thunder so he was subsequently let go. Columist Rona Barrett detailed what went down and it looks like both sides came out looking bad.
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  23. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

    San Francisco
    Oh, I forgot about that. Elton would have a falling out with Neil not long after. That was the end of that comeback...
  24. Black Thumb

    Black Thumb Yah Mo B There

    Reno, NV
    We've just started my favorite year so far! A lot of it is nostalgia because it's the first year I have a lot of strong memories of.
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  25. SITKOL'76

    SITKOL'76 Forum Resident

    Colombia, SC
    Elton is such a messy Queen


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