The Hits from Coast to Coast – September 26, 1970

September 28, 2008 at 12:10 am (American Top 40, Music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

For those of you who have been reading my blog, I have not given up on my weekly segment of The Hits from Coast to Coast.  It has been on hiatus for the past few weeks due to all the stuff I have had going on.  I haven’t had the time to devote to but it is back and better than ever.  Well, actually it is about the same but it is back.

This week I have thrown my dart and landed on a date in a time that I did not exist.  So put your time traveling shoes and climb inside the time traveling phone booth we are heading to the date September 26, 1970. 

Let’s see what else was happening on this day back in 1976.  Judy Rankin wins LPGA Lincoln-Mercury golf opening.  Wow, that is more than exciting.   Hmm…let’s see anything else exciting happen on this day …. According to the archives, nothing else was happening on this day in 1970, but it was very exciting for other years in history but we aren’t traveling to those so we will move on.

This week on the countdown are top ten are……………………………………..

#10 25 or 6 to 4 by Chicago
#9 (I know) I’m Losing You by Rare Earth
#8 Snow Bird by Anne Murray
#7 Candida by Dawn
#6 Cracklin’ Rosie by Neil Diamond
#5 Julie, Do Ya Love Me by Bobby Sherman
#4 Patches by Clarence Carter
#3 Lookin’ Out My Backdoor by Credence Clearwater Revival
#2 War by Edwin Starr

And the # 1 hit for this day back in 1970 was

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Diana Ross

The number one song is somewhat of a let down compaired to the other songs that were in the top ten, but at least I knew almost all the songs this week.


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The Hits From Coast to Coast – August 21, 1982

August 24, 2008 at 6:00 am (American Top 40, Music) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

This week our Coast to Coast time capsule will be traveling to the date of August 21, 1982. On this date some interesting history facts: the Palestinian terrorists were dispersed from Beirut and Rollie Fingers (Brewer) became the first pitcher to get save #300. Obviously not a big day in the history books as these are the only events I can find for this day. I remember neither of these events as I was only 7 and was neither big into world events or baseball at the time. Even now at the age of 33 I can’t say I am really a big fan of either, but I will support the Red Sox since Hubby is from Massachusetts and a die hard Red Sox fan.

Another event on this day way back in 1982 was Casey Kasem counting down the hottest Billboard hits of the week.

I will skip over hits 40 -11 since they obviously were not the biggest hits of the week and will just count down for you the top ten.

#10 Take It Away by Paul McCartney
#9 Wasted On The Way by Crosby, Stills, and Nash
#8 Vacation by The Go-Go’s
#7 Keep the Fire Burning by REO Speedwagon
#6 Even the Nights are Better by Air Supply
#5 Hard To Say I’m Sorry by Chicago
#4 Hold Me by Fleetwood Mac
#3 Abracadabra by The Steve Miller Band
#2 Hurt So Good by John Cougar

and the number one song in the US on August 21, 1982 was…………….
#1 Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

And there you have it folks. The Billboard ranked them and Casey Kasem counted them down…once upon a time.

I am very excited that I actually know and was a fan of all but two of these songs. I am still a fan of most of these songs today. I do not remember Take It Away, however. I’m sure it was very popular back in the day but not popular enough for me to recognize it (my sincerest apologies to Sir Paul). I will place the blame of my lack of exposure to this song on my geographic location at the time of this count down and on my sister since she was mostly responsible for any exposure I had to pop music in the early 80s.

If you would like to check out the full list of songs from that week go here.

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The Hits from Coast to Coast – August 18, 1979

August 17, 2008 at 6:00 am (Music) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Last week I started a weekly feature in which I will travel back in time back in time and bring you the songs that were top ten hits this week on the American Top 40 from whatever random year choose to travel. To check out last weeks post go here.

This week we will travel to August 18, 1979
And away we go…

#10 Mama Can’t Buy You Love by Elton John
#9 You Can’t Change That by Raydio
#8 The Devil Went Down to Georgia by Charlie Daniels Band
#7 Ring My Bell by Anita Ward
#6 When You’re in Love With a Beutiful Woman by Dr. Hook
#5 After the Love Has Gone by Earth, Wind & Fire
#4 Bad Girls by Donna Summer
#3 The Main Event/Fight by Barbara Streisand
#2 My Sharona by The Knack
and the number one song in the US on August 18, 1979 was
#1 Good Times by Chic

I at least had been born by the time when this countdown aired, but there are still only three songs on this list that I recognise by title alone. It is interesting to me that so many hits that make it to the top of the charts get long forgotten over time, and songs that may not have necessarily been that big sometimes manage to stand the test of time.

So here are the things that jump out at me this week.

1. The group name Raydio automatically makes me think of the aliens from Sesame Street. You know the ones the come to earth and discover a radio and then spend like 5 minutes saying ra-di-o. yep yep yep yep yep yep. uh huh. So any way…moving on.
2. Someone actually chose to go by the stage name Dr. Hook. Do you suppose the name was chosen do to the eyepatch? Hmmmm… I don’t recognise this song and can only assume he/they was/were a one hit wonder of the 70s.
3. Ring My Bell by Anita Ward is annoyingly catchy. I will probably spend the rest of the day with this song in my head.

If you would like to check the full list of the top 40 songs for this week go here.

I will leave you again this week with a video of the # 1 song, Good Time by Chic.

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The Hits from Coast to Coast

August 10, 2008 at 9:57 am (Music) (, )

One of my favorite things to do on Sundays growing up was listening the hits from coast to coast while Casey Kasem counted them down. That’s right. I’m talking about the AmericanTop 40. It was four hours of great music, long distance dedications, and Casey’s smooth voice counting them down.

Several weeks ago Hubby and I watched a special on VH1. I won’t go into the details of the show at this point, but will save it for another post at a later date. But what I will tell you is that it peaked my interest in going back and looking at the count downs from days long ago and seeing what songs were at the top of the charts.

And so I have decided to share my findings with you each Sunday as I will go back in time and bring you the songs that were top ten hits this week on the American Top 40 from whatever random year I choose to travel. So here we go…

This week I am traveling all the way back to August 3, 1974.

The top ten songs for the week are as follows:

#10 – Sideshow by Blue Magic
#9 – Call on Me by Chicago
#8 – Please Come to Boston by Dave Loggins
#7 – Rock and Roll Heaven by the Righteous Brothers
#6 – The Air That I Breathe by Hollies
#5 – The Night Chicago Died by Paper Lace
#4 – Rikki Don’t Lose That Number by Steely Dan
#3 – Feel Like Makin Love by Roberta Flack
#2 – Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me by Elton John
and the Number one Song in the country this week in 1974 is…
#1 – Annie’s Song by John Denver

There are three things that stand out to me in this countdown.
1. I recognized about 50% of the songs.
2. Chicago is in the countdown as well as a song about Chicago dying.
3. When I hear the title Feel Like Making Love, Roberta Flack is not the performer I am inclined to think of.

If you would like to check out the list of all 40 songs for the week go here

And now I will leave you with a video of the number one hit this week.

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