Casey Kasem's American Top 40 - The 70s

Aaron

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Frank Mills was born in Montreal and started playing piano at age three. Music Box Dancer reached #3 on the Hot 100 but got only to #47 on the Canadian pop chart. His first single, Love Me Love Me Love, reached number one in Canada in early 1972 but stalled at #46 in the US, proving that Canadians liked to hear Mills sing but didn't like to hear him play piano, eh? Here is Love Me Love Me Love:

Makes me wonder what other songs hit #1 in Canada but didn't reach the Top 40 in the states.
 

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Here is one answer to Mister Aaron's question. I would discuss several other songs but it's my bedtime.

Eddie Rambeau (born Edward Cletus Fluri) wrote Diane Renay's 1964 hit Navy Blue and had a #35 hit in 1965 with a cover version of Unit Four Plus Two's Concrete & Clay. His follow-up single, My Name Is Mud, went to number one in Canada but didn't even make Billboard's Hot 100 in the US. The song stalled at #112. In the United States, I guess his name really was Mud.

 

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Okay, one more and then I'm going to bed. The Young Canada Singers' Canada was a celebration of Canada's centennial. The song went to number one in Canada in April 1967, during the same week the six-month-long International & Universal Exposition, commonly known as Expo 67, got underway in Montréal. The song never charted in the United States, eh?

 

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Okay, one more and then I'm going to bed. The Young Canada Singers' Canada was a celebration of Canada's centennial. The song went to number one in Canada in April 1967, during the same week the six-month-long International & Universal Exposition, commonly known as Expo 67, got underway in Montréal. The song never charted in the United States, eh?

I remember the song well. I wore out the record. But I was 5 so playing so playing something over and over was kind of expected.


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Ya wants another Canadian number-one that wasn't a hit in the US? I gots another Canadian number-one that wasn't a hit in the US: Get Away by Georgie Fame. Born Clive Powell in Lancashire, Fame had a hit in 1964-65 with Yeh Yeh and a bigger hit in 1967-68 with The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde. Get Away evolved from a jingle used by National Benzole, a British petroleum company. The song went to number one in Canada and the UK in September 1966. In the US, it stalled at #70.

 
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Cuban-born jazz percussionist Mongo Santamaría (Ramón Santamaría Rodríguez), best known for his 1963 version of Herbie Hancock's Watermelon Man, recorded the instrumental Yeh Yeh in 1962. It was written by Rodgers Grant (Santamaría's piano player) and Pat Patrick (a saxophonist who recorded with Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington and others). Jon Hendricks of the jazz vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, wrote lyrics for Yeh Yeh in 1962. When Annie Ross was replaced by Yolande Bavan, the trio became Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan. Here is their original vocal version of Yeh Yeh:


And here is the original instrumental by Mongo Santamaría:

 

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1976

40. ACTION - SWEET
39. ONLY LOVE IS REAL - CAROLE KING
38. LET YOUR LOVE FLOW - THE BELLAMY BROTHERS
37. GOOD HEARTED WOMAN - WAYLON JENNINGS & WILLIE NELSON
36. INSEPARABLE - NATALIE COLE
35. HOLD BACK THE NIGHT - THE TRAMMPS
34. TAKE IT LIKE A MAN - BACHMANN TURNER OVERDRIVE
33. LOVE IS THE DRUG - ROXY MUSIC
32. SQUEEZE BOX - THE WHO
31. SWEET LOVE - THE COMMODORES
30. JUST YOU AND I - MELISSA MANCHESTER
29. TANGERINE - SALSOUL ORCHESTRA
28. CUPID - TONY ORLANDO & DAWN
27. I WRITE THE SONGS - BARRY MANILOW
26. DISCO LADY - JOHNNIE TAYLOR
25. BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - QUEEN
24. ONLY SIXTEEN - DR. HOOK
23. MONEY HONEY - THE BAY CITY ROLLERS
22. SLOW RIDE - FOGHAT
21. DEEP PURPLE - DONNY & MARIE OSMOND
20. THE WHITE KNIGHT - CLEDUS MAGGARD & THE CITIZENS' BAND
19. DREAM ON - AEROSMITH
18. BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO - NEIL SEDAKA
17. GOLDEN YEARS - DAVID BOWIE
16. FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) - THE BEE GEES
15. LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY - DONNA SUMMER
14. BABY FACE - THE WING AND A PRAYER FIFE AND DRUM BUGLE CORPS
13. JUNK FOOD JUNKIE - LARRY GROCE
12. WAKE UP EVERYBODY - HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES
11. SWEET THING - RUFUS FEATURING CHAKA KHAN
10. YOU SEXY THING - HOT CHOCOLATE
9. LOVE HURTS - NAZARETH
8. 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER - PAUL SIMON
7. LONELY NIGHT - THE CAPTAIN & TENNILLE
6. DREAM WEAVER - GARY WRIGHT
5. TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT - THE EAGLES
4. THEME FROM "S.W.A.T." - RHYTHM HERITAGE
3. DECEMBER 1963 (OH WHAT A NIGHT) - THE FOUR SEASONS
2. ALL BY MYSELF - ERIC CARMEN
1. LOVE MACHINE (PART #1) - THE MIRACLES
 

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Heard the end of this countdown yesterday. I am thinking they played a similar countdown last year as I recall Bohemian Rhapsody on the countdown in a similar position.


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Baby Face, one of eight remakes on this weekend's countdown, was written by Harry Akst (music) and Benny Davis (lyrics). Akst, a pianist, also co-wrote Dinah, Stella, Am I Blue, A Smile Will Go A Long Way and many other 1920s-30s hits. Davis was the vocalist on the original recording of Baby Face by the Jan Garber Orchestra. It was number one for six weeks in October-November 1926 -- and look! Here it is!

 

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1971

40. SOUL POWER - JAMES BROWN
39. ONE TOKE OVER THE LINE - BREWER & SHIPLEY
38. LOVES, LINES, ANGLES AND RHYMES - THE 5th DIMENSION
37. DO THE PUSH AND PULL (PART #1) - RUFUS THOMAS
36. ANOTHER DAY - WINGS
35. BURNING BRIDGES - THE MIKE CURB CONGREGATION
34. JODY'S GOT YOUR GIRL AND GONE - JOHNNIE TAYLOR
33. WILD WORLD - CAT STEVENS
32. NO LOVE AT ALL - B.J. THOMAS
31. THEME FROM "LOVE STORY" - FRANCES LAI & HIS ORCHESTRA
30. YOU'RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY - ARETHA FRANKLIN
29. AMAZING GRACE - JUDY COLLINS
28. BLUE MONEY - VAN MORRISON
27. WATCHING SCOTTY GROW - BOBBY GOLDSBORO
26. I HEAR YOU KNOCKIN' - DAVE EDMUNDS
25. OYE COMO VA - SANTANA
24. FREE - CHICAGO
23. THEME FROM "LOVE STORY" - ANDY WILLIAMS
22. ROSE GARDEN - LYNN ANDERSON
21. KNOCK THREE TIMES - DAWN
20. TEMPTATION EYES - THE GRASS ROOTS
19. WHAT IS LIFE - GEORGE HARRISON
18. WHAT'S GOING ON - MARVIN GAYE
17. DON'T LET THE GREEN GRASS FOOL YA - WILSON PICKETT
16. CRY LIKE A BABY - BOBBY SHERMAN
15. HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT - SAMMI SMITH
14. SWEET MARY - WADSWORTH MANSION
13. THEME FROM "LOVE STORY" - HENRY MANCINI
12. MR. BOJANGLES - THE NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND
11. AMOS MOSES - JERRY REED
10. IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND - GORDON LIGHTFOOT
9. DOESN'T SOMEBODY WANT TO BE WANTED - THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY
8. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN? - CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
7. PROUD MARY - IKE & TINA TURNER
6. MAMA'S PEARL - THE JACKSON FIVE
5. SHE'S A LADY - TOM JONES
4. JUST MY IMAGINATION (RUNNING AWAY WITH ME) - THE TEMPTATIONS
3. FOR ALL WE KNOW - THE CARPENTERS
2. ME AND BOBBY MCGEE - JANIS JOPLIN
1. ONE BAD APPLE - THE OSMONDS
 

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Burning Bridges was written by Grammy Award-winning pianist/composer Lalo Schifrin (music) and Mike Curb (lyrics). Schifrin composed songs and scores for Bullitt, Tango, Dirty Harry, Mannix, Mission Impossible, Most Wanted, Petrocelli, Starsky & Hutch, Enter The Dragon and dozens of other films and tv series. Burning Bridges was the theme song of the 1970 movie Kelly's Heroes, which starred Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles and Carroll O'Connor as US infantrymen in Germany during World War II. They go AWOL so they can rob a bank. (Spoiler alert: They succeed.)

The Mike Curb Congregation was led by Mike Curb -- duh! -- who wrote around 400 songs and film scores, founded Sidewalk Records and Curb Records, served as president of MGM Records and Verve Records, produced records for doaens of artists and was California's Lieutenant Governor from 1979 to 1983. Remember the 1972 Sammy Davis Jr. hit The Candy Man? That was the Mike Curb Congregation singing with Sammy. The group also recorded the theme song from Disneyland/Walt Disney World's it's a small world attraction. It became a #9 hit on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart -- listen at your own risk!

 
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Kelly's Heroes is one of my favorite war movies. I can never remember that the theme song was written by Mike Curb, but it gets (pleasantly) stuck in my head for days at a time. The guy knew how to write a hook.
 

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The Mike Curb Congregation also sang on Hank Williams Jr.'s 1970 country hit All For The Love Of Sunshine. The song was penned by Curb, Schifrin and Curb Records producer/songwriter/guitarist Harley Hatcher and is heard in Kelly's Heroes playing on a radio during the tank assault on the train station. Yes, a 1970 song in a movie that takes place in 1944!

Here is Burning Bridges:

 
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1978
(I didn't get to listen to it, maybe someone can confirm I posted the correct week that was played - 3/25/78)

40. IMAGINARY LOVER - ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION
39. DISCO INFERNO - THE TRAMMPS
38. BOOGIE SHOES - K.C. & THE SUNSHINE BAND
37. THE CIRCLE IS SMALL - GORDON LIGHTFOOT
36. YOU REALLY GOT ME - VAN HALEN
35. COUNT ON ME - JEFFERSON STARSHIP
34. IT'S YOU THAT I NEED - ENCHANTMENT
33. HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE - BEE GEES
32. FEELS SO GOOD - CHUCK MANGIONE
31. NAME OF THE GAME - ABBA
30. THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND - ANDREW GOLD
29. HOT LEGS - ROD STEWART
28. THE CLOSER I GET TO YOU - ROBERTA FLACK & DONNY HATHAWAY
27. LADY LOVE - LOU RAWLS
26. BEFORE MY HEART FINDS OUT - GENE COTTON
25. SWEET TALKIN' WOMAN - ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
24. FLASHLIGHT - PARLIAMENT
23. THEME FROM "WHICH WAY IS UP" - STARGARD
22. GOODBYE GIRL - DAVID GATES
21. ALWAYS AND FOREVER - HEAT WAVE
20. RUNNIN' ON EMPTY - JACKSON BROWNE
19. EBONY EYES - BOB WELCH
18. WE'LL NEVER HAVE TO SAY GOODBYE - ENGLAND DAN & JOHN FORD COLEY
17. WONDERFUL WORLD - ART GARFUNKEL WITH JAMES TAYLOR & PAUL SIMON
16. OUR LOVE - NATALIE COLE
15. JACK & JILL - RAYDIO
14. FALLING - LEBLANC & CARR
13. DANCE, DANCE, DANCE - CHIC
12. DUST IN THE WIND - KANSAS
11. JUST THE WAY YOU ARE - BILLY JOEL
10. THUNDER ISLAND - JAY FERGUSON
9. IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU - YVONNE ELLIMAN
8. SOMETIMES WHEN WE TOUCH - DAN HILL
7. I GO CRAZY - PAUL DAVIS
6. LOVE IS THICKER THAN WATER - ANDY GIBB
5. I CAN'T SMILE WITHOUT YOU - BARRY MANILOW
4. LAY DOWN SALLY - ERIC CLAPTON
3. EMOTION - SAMANTHA SANG
2. STAYIN' ALIVE - BEE GEES
1. NIGHT FEVER - BEE GEES