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Title: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on March 01, 2008, 08:49:15 AM
List of online stations streaming "A.T. 40-The '70s"
http://tunein.com/radio/options/American-Top-40---The-70s-p117092/

Playlists of recent airings of "A.T. 40- 70's" replays:
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html
AND AT http://www.whnn.com/showdj.asp?DJID=43335

List of online stations streaming "A.T. 40- The '80s"
http://tunein.com/radio/options/American-Top-40---The-80s-p154285/
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 01, 2008, 08:53:18 AM
Well, I'll be.  Thanks for the marvy detective work!  This is really, really cool.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 01, 2008, 10:54:16 AM
Well, I'll be.  Thanks for the marvy detective work!  This is really, really cool.

indeed, thanks, Wayback! Gaz and I discuss the show each week in the "Capital Gold/other internet radio" thread, as we listen to the KFRC version which airs at 6am on Saturdays (they repeat the last 2 hours at 10pm).  It's quite the trip down memory lane.

Needless to say, being the geek that I am, I own the Joel Whitburn books that show every weekly chart for the '60s, '70s and '80s.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on March 01, 2008, 04:14:32 PM
Well, I'll be.  Thanks for the marvy detective work!  This is really, really cool.

indeed, thanks, Wayback! Gaz and I discuss the show each week in the "Capital Gold/other internet radio" thread, as we listen to the KFRC version which airs at 6am on Saturdays (they repeat the last 2 hours at 10pm).  It's quite the trip down memory lane.

Needless to say, being the geek that I am, I own the Joel Whitburn books that show every weekly chart for the '60s, '70s and '80s.

I own the 80's and 90 chart books. I just purchased the 70's. I will work on the 50's and 60's books. They're kind of expensive but it's nice to have to get a look at music chart history.

I don't care about Casey's 70's shows or any show from 1986-1988 (he left in mid 1988) but I do listen to his early 80's on the XM shows that Directv has on the audio music channels (805).

I would assume that the ones on the radio are different then the ones XM plays. The March 1st show on XM, they played the February 26, 1977 chart. How does the radio version typically chose which one it plays?? XM usually plays the chart from around that week they are playing the show (so March 1st is around Feb. 26th) unless they don't have a show around that date.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 01, 2008, 07:35:18 PM
How does the radio version typically chose which one it plays?? XM usually plays the chart from around that week they are playing the show (so March 1st is around Feb. 26th) unless they don't have a show around that date.

Terrestrial likewise targets the same date/week, selecting a show seemingly randomly between 1971 and 1977.  Maybe I'll go back and look at the old threads to see if there's any sort of pattern.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on March 05, 2008, 10:53:54 PM
Maybe somebody here could answer this if they remember. I used to listen to Casey's shows in the early 80's in SF on KCBS-FM. One Sunday morning, I turned on the radio and his show never came on. It turns out that KCBS changed formats from top 40 to rock, changing to KRQR. I never did find another Bay Area station that broadcast it. Does anybody know if Casey's shows continued out here?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: princessofcairo on March 06, 2008, 03:41:56 AM
Maybe somebody here could answer this if they remember. I used to listen to Casey's shows in the early 80's in SF on KCBS-FM. One Sunday morning, I turned on the radio and his show never came on. It turns out that KCBS changed formats from top 40 to rock, changing to KRQR. I never did find another Bay Area station that broadcast it. Does anybody know if Casey's shows continued out here?

i don't know about that. i moved to austin in '84 and listened there regularly.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on March 07, 2008, 12:22:38 PM
Here's the playlist from this weekend's airing of “Casey Kasem’s American Top 40- The 70's”-- this time from March 5, 1977:
www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)
You can listen via that website Sunday 8-11am Pacific (11am-2pm Eastern), in addition to airing Saturdays 6-9am on KFRC.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 07, 2008, 12:27:12 PM
Here's the songlist from this weekend's airing of “Casey Kasem’s American Top 40-The 70's”-- this time from March 5, 1977.  You can listen via this website on Sunday 8-11am Pacific (11am-2pm Eastern):
www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

Thanks, bub! Quite a chart -- Babs at #1, Gaz, with ONJ's "Sam" in the mix -- and worth getting up at 6 just to hear Enchantment's beautiful "Gloria".

BTW, the '80s version (via a West Virginia station) is my new Sunday morning ritual.

Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 08, 2008, 08:03:22 PM
Here's the songlist from this weekend's airing of “Casey Kasem’s American Top 40-The 70's”-- this time from March 5, 1977.  You can listen via this website on Sunday 8-11am Pacific (11am-2pm Eastern):
www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

Thanks, bub! Quite a chart -- Babs at #1, Gaz, with ONJ's "Sam" in the mix -- and worth getting up at 6 just to hear Enchantment's beautiful "Gloria".

Caught up with the first hour, thanks to a station in Wisconsin -- what a thrill to hear Jennifer Warnes' "Right Time of the Night" (written by Peter McCann, whose own version was on the B-side of his hit "Do You Wanna Make Love?") and Deniece Williams' "Free", as well as the aforementioned "Gloria" and "Sam" (they make a lovely couple). And speaking of unlikely couples, who'd'a thunk Glen Campbell and Allen Toussaint would be a winning combo on "Southern Nights"?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 09, 2008, 10:33:48 AM
Here's the songlist from this weekend's airing of “Casey Kasem’s American Top 40-The 70's”-- this time from March 5, 1977.  You can listen via this website on Sunday 8-11am Pacific (11am-2pm Eastern):
www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

Thanks, bub! Quite a chart -- Babs at #1, Gaz, with ONJ's "Sam" in the mix -- and worth getting up at 6 just to hear Enchantment's beautiful "Gloria".

Caught up with the first hour, thanks to a station in Wisconsin -- what a thrill to hear Jennifer Warnes' "Right Time of the Night" (written by Peter McCann, whose own version was on the B-side of his hit "Do You Wanna Make Love?") and Deniece Williams' "Free", as well as the aforementioned "Gloria" and "Sam" (they make a lovely couple). And speaking of unlikely couples, who'd'a thunk Glen Campbell and Allen Toussaint would be a winning combo on "Southern Nights"?

"Southern Nights" was a delight, yes, but I can't agree with you on "Right Time of the Night."  Warnes' bored delivery makes it one of my all-time least faves (several of which populate this countdown, alas).  But I tuned in for the final hour Sunday afternoon, looking forward to "Evergreen."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 09, 2008, 10:43:19 AM
"I like dweamin'."  Yeesh.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 09, 2008, 12:12:43 PM
"I like dweamin'."  Yeesh.

My college radio PD loooooved that song. And if nothing else, Mr Nolan had range and staying power -- he wrote Atlantic Starr's 1992 hit "Masterpiece".

I'm enjoying the '80s version today: March 8th 1986. And a better chart I can't've asked for. Highlights for me, all of which are either rarities or never-been-playeds in Morey '86 sets:

#10 "King for a Day", Thompson Twins
#12 "When the Going Gets Tough", Billy Ocean
#15 "Tarzan Boy", Baltimora (a bit of a shock to see this charted in '86, as I associate it with the summer of '85)
#22 "A Love Bizarre", Sheila E
#24 "Let's Go All the Way", Sly Fox
#25 "How to Be a Millionaire", ABC
#26 "Manic Monday", Bangles
#27 "Another Night", Aretha
#32 "Tender Love", Force MDs

Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on March 10, 2008, 10:51:35 PM
I tend to listen via XM but this past weekend was from March 5, 1988 so I thought to myself, "forget it". I will catch next Sunday which is March 26, 1983. For those who have XM (or Directv) the 70's show is from March 10, 1979.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on March 11, 2008, 06:54:21 AM
I tend to listen via XM but this past weekend was from March 5, 1988 so I thought to myself, "forget it". I will catch next Sunday which is March 26, 1983. For those who have XM (or Directv) the 70's show is from March 10, 1979.
FYI y'all, here's list of stations airing Casey's original 80's shows (some offer streaming audio):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_80%27s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_80%27s)
And list of stations airing his original 70's shows:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_70%27s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_70%27s)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 11, 2008, 07:31:37 AM
I tend to listen via XM but this past weekend was from March 5, 1988 so I thought to myself, "forget it". I will catch next Sunday which is March 26, 1983. For those who have XM (or Directv) the 70's show is from March 10, 1979.
FYI y'all, here's list of stations airing Casey's original 80's shows (some offer streaming audio):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_80%27s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_80%27s)
And list of stations airing his original 70's shows:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_70%27s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_70%27s)

Merci buckets!!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on March 12, 2008, 12:17:11 AM
I tend to listen via XM but this past weekend was from March 5, 1988 so I thought to myself, "forget it". I will catch next Sunday which is March 26, 1983. For those who have XM (or Directv) the 70's show is from March 10, 1979.
FYI y'all, here's list of stations airing Casey's original 80's shows (some offer streaming audio):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_80%27s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_80%27s)
And list of stations airing his original 70's shows:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_70%27s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_70%27s)

I believe the versions the radio stations play is different then the ones that is played on XM.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on March 14, 2008, 10:18:23 PM
Scroll down in here for the playlist from this weekend's “American Top 40- The 70's”-- this time from March 2, 1974:
www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119
You can listen via that website Sunday 8-11am Pacific, in addition to Saturday 6-9am on KFRC (and their 2-hr version 10pm-Midnight).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 15, 2008, 06:09:46 AM
FTR: No Casey on KFRC this morning.  Harrumph.  All the more reason to thank you, Wayback, for tipping us off to all the other stations playing these (I hadn't known they were being so actively syndicated).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on March 15, 2008, 08:35:13 AM
FTR: No Casey on KFRC this morning.  Harrumph.  All the more reason to thank you, Wayback, for tipping us off to all the other stations playing these (I hadn't known they were being so actively syndicated).
You probably noticed that KFRC did air it this morning, just not starting promptly at 6AM, but right after you posted your note, most likely due to timing considerations.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 15, 2008, 12:03:50 PM
FTR: No Casey on KFRC this morning.  Harrumph.  All the more reason to thank you, Wayback, for tipping us off to all the other stations playing these (I hadn't known they were being so actively syndicated).
You probably noticed that KFRC did air it this morning, just not starting promptly at 6AM, but right after you posted your note, most likely due to timing considerations.

Like most stations, KFRC is computer-run at that hour; a few too many songs loaded into the automation and next thing ya know, you're 10 or 15 mins behind schedule.  But having discovered the Wisconsin station

http://www.magic98.com/

that runs the show on Sat nite, I'll be listening this evening (7-10 Pacific time) while I do my taxes.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 15, 2008, 07:17:12 PM
"to get caught with Shirley'd be the death of us all!"

The countdown begins with Brownsville Station, on their way down & out. And now Gladys has to use her imagination -- well, how else could she possibly believe in the Book of Mormon?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 15, 2008, 07:17:17 PM
FTR: No Casey on KFRC this morning.  Harrumph.  All the more reason to thank you, Wayback, for tipping us off to all the other stations playing these (I hadn't known they were being so actively syndicated).
You probably noticed that KFRC did air it this morning, just not starting promptly at 6AM, but right after you posted your note, most likely due to timing considerations.

Like most stations, KFRC is computer-run at that hour; a few too many songs loaded into the automation and next thing ya know, you're 10 or 15 mins behind schedule.  But having discovered the Wisconsin station

http://www.magic98.com/

that runs the show on Sat nite, I'll be listening this evening (7-10 Pacific time) while I do my taxes.

As it happens, my Internet connection crapped out about 5 minutes after I posted that.  So I'm home tonight and I've got this playing now on Magic 98 while I do the do like Betty Boo.  Rock & roll, hootchie koo!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 15, 2008, 07:19:16 PM
And now Gladys has to use her imagination -- well, how else could she possibly believe in the Book of Mormon?

I'm still not believing this.  Where's the quid pro quo - daddy, declare!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 15, 2008, 07:40:59 PM
And now Gladys has to use her imagination -- well, how else could she possibly believe in the Book of Mormon?

I'm still not believing this.  Where's the quid pro quo - daddy, declare!

I swear to Joseph Smith. Seriously, I have "BYU TV" on my cable system and I saw her interviewed about it. I was floored.

This is a real memory-jogger tonite: I totally forgot about that worthless remake of "Last Kiss" -- the orig by J Frank Wilson had re-charted in '73 for some reason and I guess these Canadians (Wednesday) decided to try and cash in.  And I don't remember that all-British countdown Casey was plugging -- in 5 weeks, meaning the 10th Anniversary of the Beatles having the Top 5 singles.  But "Can This Be Real" by Oakland's own Natural Four -- lovely.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 15, 2008, 07:53:48 PM
Wow, I don't remember this BB King hit either -- it certainly got no love from NYC radio.

I really do have to work on my taxes, but I'll check back in towards the end of the countdown.  John Denver, Anne Murray, ONJ, Cher, Ree-Ree and Babs -- what a lineup!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 15, 2008, 08:31:21 PM
People, playlists do not get more eclectic than this:

40 - "SMOKING IN THE BOYS' ROOM" - Brownsville Station
39 - "JIM DANDY" - Black Oak Arkansas
38 - "HOOKED ON A FEELING" - Blue Swede
37 - "I'VE GOT TO USE MY IMAGINATION" - Gladys Knight & The Pips
36 - "ROCK AND ROLL HOOCHIE KOO" - Rick Derringer
35 - "CAN THIS BE REAL" - Natural Four
34 - "LAST KISS" - Wednesday
33 - "ENERGY CRISIS '74" - Dickie Goodman
32 - "BENNIE AND THE JETS" - Elton John
31 - "THE JOKER" - The Steve Miller Band
30 - "MIGHTY LOVE, PT. 1" - The Spinners
29 - "I LIKE TO LIVE THE LOVE" - B.B. King
28 - "THERE WON'T BE ANYMORE" - Charlie Rich
27 - "MIDNIGHT RIDER" - Gregg Allman
26 - "SHOW AND TELL" - Al Wilson
25 - "DOO DOO DOO DOO DOO (HEARTBREAKER)" - The Rolling Stones
24 - "COME AND GET YOUR LOVE" - Redbone
23 - "TRYING TO HOLD ON TO MY WOMAN" - Lamont Dozier
22 - "MY SWEET LADY" - Cliff DeYoung
21 - "AMERICANS" - Byron MacGregor
20 - "JET" - Paul McCartney & Wings
19 - "SEXY MAMA" - The Moments
18 - "ERES TU (TOUCH THE WIND)" - Mocedades
17 - "SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDERS" - John Denver
16 - "LAST TIME I SAW HIM" - Diana Ross
15 - "LET ME BE THERE" - Olivia Newton-John
14 - "A LOVE SONG" - Anne Murray
13 - "MOCKINGBIRD" - Carly Simon & James Taylor
12 - "I LOVE" - Tom T. Hall
11 - "YOU'RE SIXTEEN" - Ringo Starr
10 - "PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER" - The O'Jays
9 - "DARK LADY" - Cher
8 - "LOVE'S THEME" - Love Unlimited Orchestra
7 - "UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT'S WHAT I'M GONNA DO)" - Aretha Franklin
6 - "ROCK ON" - David Essex
5 - "JUNGLE BOOGIE" - Kool & The Gang
4 - "BOOGIE DOWN" - Eddie Kendricks
3 - "SPIDERS & SNAKES" - Jim Stafford
2 - "THE WAY WE WERE" - Barbra Streisand
1 - "SEASONS IN THE SUN" - Terry Jacks
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 15, 2008, 08:45:12 PM
Noting for the record that Casey said Mocedades, "Eres Tu" with extra relish.  Nice.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 15, 2008, 09:47:09 PM
People, playlists do not get more eclectic than this

"THERE WON'T BE ANYMORE" indeed!

I always thought Diana's "Last Time I Saw Him" woulda been a swell Helen Reddy follow-up to "Leave Me Alone"; I wonder if it was actually written for her. "Eres Tu" was indeed a treat. Not so "Mockingbird", which I disliked at the time, almost as much as I disliked "Bennie & the Jets".  Anne Murray should've done a whole LP of Loggins covers. And I know you hate TTH's "I Love", but he's otherwise a great songwriter and worth investigating.

Didn't Laura Nyro do a cover of the Moments' "Sexy Mama"?

Chart trivia: there were 2 versions of "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" in the Hot 100 that week; Gladys/Pips and also the Persuaders, whose take on it only got to #85. H&O's first go-round with "She's Gone" was struggling in the 70s, on its way to a #60 peak. And we just missed hearing Sister Janet Mead, who debuted the following week at #31.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 15, 2008, 09:50:34 PM
HEY!  Casey just called "Boogie Down" Eddie Kendricks' first major solo hit!  Did he forget about "Keep On Truckin'?"

ETA: And yes, I realize that I'm posting this as if it were a real-time event.  I'm geeky that way.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 15, 2008, 09:55:54 PM
HEY!  Casey just called "Boogie Down" Eddie Kendricks' first major solo hit!  Did he forget about "Keep On Truckin'?"

Eddie's love must've flooded Casey's Watergate.

I don't remember this story about the Beach Boys recording "Seasons in the Sun". Would it have ruined their reputation -- or enhanced the song's?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 15, 2008, 09:59:45 PM
pre-emptive "misty water-color mem'ries" JINX.

Maybe MWCM could become another acronym -- anytime a song makes us swoony with nostalgia.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 15, 2008, 10:08:40 PM
Dunno if you're staying up, but there's always JJ on KPOO.  Miss Mavis is feelin' like a Butterfinger.  I'm a Snickers man myself.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on March 15, 2008, 11:28:12 PM
I don't like the #1 song of that 1974 chart. Too me that's a hit from hell. I'm enjoying the XM one this week better from March 10, 1979 a lot more then the songs listed on March 2, 1974, although there was a lot of disco that chart. Top 3 were - I will Survive at 1, Do You Think I'm Sexy? at 2 and Tragedy at 3.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 16, 2008, 10:29:50 AM
Casey's '80s chart this week is March 14, 1981. Tierra's long-forgotten cover of the Intruders' "Together" was a delight, but I'm astounded to see that Fogelberg's seasonal "Same Old Lang Syne" is still in the Top 40 in mid-March.

uh-oh, Somebody's Knockin'  -- oh wait, it's just Terri Gibbs bumping into walls again.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 16, 2008, 10:32:25 AM
OMGWTFLOL! Treat of the week, hands down: the late Phil Seymour (onetime Dwight Twilley sideman) with his wonderful Framptonesque "Precious To Me".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 16, 2008, 11:33:00 AM
Cliff Richard is "A Little In Love". That's sorta like being "a little pregnant" or "a little gay", eh Cliff?

and now we enter the Moreytrina portion of our countdown: APP's "Games People Play" and Blondie's "Tide is High" back-to-back at 16 and 15, respectively.  But H&O and Streisand/Gibb are on the way.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 16, 2008, 11:56:23 AM
talk about a forgotten hit: Stevie's pseudo-country "I Ain't Gonna Stand For It", which peaked at a respectable #11 and hasn't gotten airplay since.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 16, 2008, 12:20:30 PM
"I don't wanna talk..." about ABBA's "Winner Takes it All" at #8.  I think The Streep gets to sing this in the Mamma Mia! movie.  And speaking of movies, Dolly's "9 To 5" is #1 on this chart. But not before we slog thru the AOR cheeze of Styx's "Best of Times" and REO's Keep On Loving You".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 16, 2008, 04:10:46 PM
Barry Scott kicks off tonight with Helen Reddy For The World, "Ruby Red Dress": "Leave me alone, God," as opposed to Napoleon Dynamite, "Leave me alone! God!"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 16, 2008, 05:15:32 PM
Barry Scott kicks off tonight with Helen Reddy For The World, "Ruby Red Dress": "Leave me alone, God," as opposed to Napoleon Dynamite, "Leave me alone! God!"

however, Ruby and Napoleon both "broke down to a fool".  What'd ya think of my theory that Diana's "Last Time I Saw Him" was very Reddy-esque and woulda made a fine follow-up to RRD?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 17, 2008, 07:51:51 AM
People, playlists do not get more eclectic than this

I know you hate TTH's "I Love", but he's otherwise a great songwriter and worth investigating.


TANC of the Week: someone performed Tom T Hall's "I Like Beer" on the morning show, and a Foghead called to remind Dave that TTH wrote the classic "Harper Valley PTA". Reason enuf to seek out his catalog.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 17, 2008, 08:18:34 AM
Barry Scott kicks off tonight with Helen Reddy For The World, "Ruby Red Dress": "Leave me alone, God," as opposed to Napoleon Dynamite, "Leave me alone! God!"

however, Ruby and Napoleon both "broke down to a fool".  What'd ya think of my theory that Diana's "Last Time I Saw Him" was very Reddy-esque and woulda made a fine follow-up to RRD?

It would have been a far better fit.  Or even for Tony Orlando and Dawn, if he'd ever let the gals have a lead vocal.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: urth on March 17, 2008, 09:45:11 AM
People, playlists do not get more eclectic than this

I know you hate TTH's "I Love", but he's otherwise a great songwriter and worth investigating.


TANC of the Week: someone performed Tom T Hall's "I Like Beer" on the morning show, and a Foghead called to remind Dave that TTH wrote the classic "Harper Valley PTA". Reason enuf to seek out his catalog.

Ah, I heard that last week (I think today they played a recording of that performance--it was on when my alarm went off this am). The performer was one of the bartenders (or maybe a manager?) from 21st Amendment Brewery, and he came along with one of the owners of said pub, who an occasional guest on the Morning Show discussing beer. The guy who did the TTH song did a pretty decent job of it for a non-pro.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: mshray on March 17, 2008, 10:49:06 AM
People, playlists do not get more eclectic than this

I know you hate TTH's "I Love", but he's otherwise a great songwriter and worth investigating.


TANC of the Week: someone performed Tom T Hall's "I Like Beer" on the morning show, and a Foghead called to remind Dave that TTH wrote the classic "Harper Valley PTA". Reason enuf to seek out his catalog.

Ah, I heard that last week (I think today they played a recording of that performance--it was on when my alarm went off this am). The performer was one of the bartenders (or maybe a manager?) from 21st Amendment Brewery, and he came along with one of the owners of said pub, who an occasional guest on the Morning Show discussing beer. The guy who did the TTH song did a pretty decent job of it for a non-pro.

It was the 21st Amendment manager, Lloyd*, who came in with co-founder & official Morning Show Beer Guy Shaun O' Sullivan.  Dave said on Fri that Lloyd had performed the song for them a few times before, but that time was by far the best.

*"No, I'm not a professional musician."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 17, 2008, 09:52:26 PM
TANC: A Boston pub called the 21st Amendment came up in conversation today, wholly unrelatedly.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 21, 2008, 10:24:11 AM
This week's chart -- March 13, 1976!

http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on March 21, 2008, 11:29:15 PM
For those with XM this week's chart:

70's - March 29, 1975 (Saturday at 9AM or Wednesday at 7PM)
80's - March 28, 1987 (Sunday at 9AM or Thursday at 7PM)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on March 22, 2008, 08:05:47 AM
This week's chart -- March 13, 1976!
http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119
When I woke at 6AM to listen, it was strange to hear live A's baseball! -- 9th inning of a pre-season game from Japan (A's won 4-3). KFRC then joined AT40 in progress at 6:20am at song #35.  I taped the show, as it was from my HS senior year.  Much cheese then, but some good stuff too.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on March 22, 2008, 08:08:39 AM
For those with XM this week's chart:
70's - March 29, 1975 (Saturday at 9AM or Wednesday at 7PM)
80's - March 28, 1987 (Sunday at 9AM or Thursday at 7PM)
Thanks, hmmm, I should consider getting XM. Do you have ability to record XM?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 22, 2008, 11:22:12 AM
This week's chart -- March 13, 1976!
http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119
When I woke at 6AM to listen, it was strange to hear live A's baseball! -- 9th inning of a pre-season game from Japan (A's won 4-3). KFRC then joined AT40 in progress at 6:20am at song #35. 

Ha! I forgot that game was today. Glad they won, but also glad I slept in -- I'll catch some of hour 1 tonite, I woke up in time for "Theme From 'SWAT'".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 22, 2008, 07:39:56 PM
Wow, the first hour of this week's Klassic Kasem (3/13/76) is a treasure-trove of forgotten mid-charters:

39 - Jigsaw, "Love Fire" (a soundalike follow-up to "Sky High")
36 - Carole King, "Only Love is Real" (I barely remember this one)
33 - BTO, "Take it Like a Man" (I *totally* don't recall this -- Whitburn sez Little Richard is on backing vox!)
32 - Waylon & Wille, "Good-Hearted Woman" (ah, those country-crossover days)
30 - Sweet, "Action" (damn, this is a kickass rocker -- somebody do a cover, please!)
27 - Melissa Manchester, "Just You & I" (A Carole Bayer Sager comp)
26 - Salsoul Orch - "Tangerine" (ah, those disco-remakes-of-Big Band-hits days)

Quite an hour!

Oh, and it's always fun to try and spot the songs that have been edited-for-time: the version of "Love is the Drug" I just heard was barely 2 minutes.

Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on March 22, 2008, 11:28:31 PM
For those with XM this week's chart:
70's - March 29, 1975 (Saturday at 9AM or Wednesday at 7PM)
80's - March 28, 1987 (Sunday at 9AM or Thursday at 7PM)
Thanks, hmmm, I should consider getting XM. Do you have ability to record XM?

I guess there is a way but I get XM through Directv which you could record it but it's weird to put it onto a VHS (although I've put it on DVD).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 23, 2008, 11:02:11 AM
Casey's '80s chart this week is March 22, 1980. At #40, a song called "Years" by... Wayne Newton???  Totally new to me. And Gaz will be sorry to have missed #39: "Pilot of the Airwaves".

Other interesting lost hits: Toto's "99" (will this make a comeback in the Get Smart movie?), Anne Murray's Monkees cover, and Tommy James's "3 Times in Love".   The stream's pretty crappy today, I'll have to bail before hearing Teri DeSario wth KC, Ms Ronstadt's fab "How Do I Make You?" and Rupert Holmes's "Him".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 24, 2008, 11:45:15 PM
Casey's '80s chart this week is March 22, 1980. At #40, a song called "Years" by... Wayne Newton???  Totally new to me. And Gaz will be sorry to have missed #39: "Pilot of the Airwaves".

Other interesting lost hits: Toto's "99" (will this make a comeback in the Get Smart movie?), Anne Murray's Monkees cover, and Tommy James's "3 Times in Love".   The stream's pretty crappy today, I'll have to bail before hearing Teri DeSario wth KC, Ms Ronstadt's fab "How Do I Make You?" and Rupert Holmes's "Him".

I'm sorry to have missed all of this.  "Years" is unfamiliar to me though I was aware of its chart presence.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on March 26, 2008, 11:42:21 PM
This weekend's (March 29-30) XM AT40 shows:

Saturday 70's - Mar 18, 1972
Sunday 80's - Mar 30, 1985
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 29, 2008, 06:16:36 AM
This morning on terrestrial: March 29, 1975.  One early gem on its way down the chart: Al Martino, "To the Door of the Sun (Alle Porte del Sole)."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 29, 2008, 06:26:33 AM
New to me: Helen Reddy, "Emotion."  It's a feeling she chooses over feeling numb.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 29, 2008, 06:36:01 AM
It's a miracle!  Lady Manilow and Lady Flash make their second appearance of the week.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 29, 2008, 06:47:41 AM
Another one new to me: Fanny, "Butter Boy."  Like when ONJ went rock.  And I heard recently that in British slang, "fanny" is not the rear, but the jayjay.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 29, 2008, 06:53:52 AM
Wow, I despise Leo Sayer's "Long Tall Glasses."  He sounds rather like Loudon Wainwright III on this track.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 29, 2008, 08:55:30 AM
New to me: Helen Reddy, "Emotion."  It's a feeling she chooses over feeling numb.

A cover -- originally a French song. A woman whose name escapes me did an English version with a rather diff lyric, and got prog FM play with it the year before.

I woke up just as Casey was playing "I Am Love" and "Sad Sweet Dreamer" back-to-back. Talk about TANCs upon TANCs!  Indeed, it looks like most of Dave's Monday set is in this countdown.

And you are wrong wrong wrong about "Long Tall Glasses", one of my favorite songs of that year.   ;)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 29, 2008, 09:02:21 AM
Free yo' Lady Marmalade!  Ms LaBelle talks about selling her heart to the junkman (and the confusion *those* lyrics caused), but doesn't comment on "voulez-vouz couchez avec moi"? WTF ??
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 29, 2008, 03:57:29 PM
Free yo' Lady Marmalade!  Ms LaBelle talks about selling her heart to the junkman (and the confusion *those* lyrics caused), but doesn't comment on "voulez-vouz couchez avec moi"? WTF ??

I'd never thought of "junkman" as pusherman - only as Sanford.

So I've got Casey's '80s countdown on while I spend a sick day here at home.  Some great near-forgottens - Dan Hartman's "Second Nature," Greg Kihn's "Lucky" - along with a really creepy long-distance dedication.  A woman had met a guy who was passing through town in a traveling circus (!) and in the process of trying to keep in touch with him, became close friends with his mom ... whom she came to call "Mom" despite never meeting her in 8 years (!!) and has just dedicated to her ... Lionel Richie's "Hello" (!!!).  And in my dreams, I've kissed your lips a thousand times ...
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 29, 2008, 03:58:16 PM
Free yo' Lady Marmalade!

Are you mondegreening or riffing?  I thought it was "Creole Lady Marmalade"?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: urth on March 29, 2008, 11:07:14 PM
Indeed, it looks like most of Dave's Monday set is in this countdown.

Well, as Monday's was an "on this date" set, it would follow that the chart for 3/29/75 would be pretty similar.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 30, 2008, 12:15:46 PM
Free yo' Lady Marmalade!

Are you mondegreening or riffing?  I thought it was "Creole Lady Marmalade"?

mondegreening; it's "creole" -- we've discussed this on several diff occasions, actually, which is why I posted that. So... how much pot *do* you smoke, exactly? ;)

I'm listening to the '80s chart too -- 2 tributes to Marvin Gaye in the Top 15. And special mention to Journey's "Only the Young", the only single of theirs from that period that I actually like.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 30, 2008, 12:25:02 PM
Indeed, it looks like most of Dave's Monday set is in this countdown.

Well, as Monday's was an "on this date" set, it would follow that the chart for 3/29/75 would be pretty similar.

I didn't really realize until afterward how many of the songs Dave picked tied in with the "conception" theme:

1.   Barry White - What Am I Gonna Do With You?  ("been makin' love fo' hours...")
   
2.   Labelle - Lady Marmalade ("voulez-ous coucher avec moi?")

5.   Al Green - L-O-V-E     

7.   Jackson 5 - I Am Love     

9.   David Bowie - Young Americans   ("she took his ring/took his babies... It took him minutes/took her nowhere")

10.   Blackbyrds - Walkin' in Rhythm (well, "rhythm" is a form of birth control  ;) )
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on March 31, 2008, 12:36:33 AM
Free yo' Lady Marmalade!  Ms LaBelle talks about selling her heart to the junkman (and the confusion *those* lyrics caused), but doesn't comment on "voulez-vouz couchez avec moi"? WTF ??

I'd never thought of "junkman" as pusherman - only as Sanford.

So I've got Casey's '80s countdown on while I spend a sick day here at home.  Some great near-forgottens - Dan Hartman's "Second Nature," Greg Kihn's "Lucky" - along with a really creepy long-distance dedication.  A woman had met a guy who was passing through town in a traveling circus (!) and in the process of trying to keep in touch with him, became close friends with his mom ... whom she came to call "Mom" despite never meeting her in 8 years (!!) and has just dedicated to her ... Lionel Richie's "Hello" (!!!).  And in my dreams, I've kissed your lips a thousand times ...

Where did you listen to this show? This is the chart that XM had on this week. I sleep late on Sundays so I taped it and as I type this this creepy part came up.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 31, 2008, 07:49:14 AM
Free yo' Lady Marmalade!  Ms LaBelle talks about selling her heart to the junkman (and the confusion *those* lyrics caused), but doesn't comment on "voulez-vouz couchez avec moi"? WTF ??

I'd never thought of "junkman" as pusherman - only as Sanford.

So I've got Casey's '80s countdown on while I spend a sick day here at home.  Some great near-forgottens - Dan Hartman's "Second Nature," Greg Kihn's "Lucky" - along with a really creepy long-distance dedication.  A woman had met a guy who was passing through town in a traveling circus (!) and in the process of trying to keep in touch with him, became close friends with his mom ... whom she came to call "Mom" despite never meeting her in 8 years (!!) and has just dedicated to her ... Lionel Richie's "Hello" (!!!).  And in my dreams, I've kissed your lips a thousand times ...

Where did you listen to this show? This is the chart that XM had on this week. I sleep late on Sundays so I taped it and as I type this this creepy part came up.

Gaz & I listen to the terrestrial broadcast version via a station in West Virginia

http://www.magic979.com/

that runs it Sundays from noon-to-4 Eastern time (9 to-1 Pacific).  I'm not sure how often the syndicated AT40s match the XM offerings, but this week both '80s shows were the same.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on April 03, 2008, 12:28:29 AM
XM AT40 shows for this weekend:

Saturday, April 5th - The 70's: April 9, 1977
Sunday, April 6th - The 80's: April 10, 1982
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 03, 2008, 11:58:38 AM
Toby Keith, back before he became unbearably bellicose, with "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Cryin'". And it's the country-radio version without Sting, who wrote it and orig did it as a duet with Mr Keith.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 03, 2008, 12:27:06 PM
another local commercial on this Texas country satation is for "Germania Insurance".  maybe they could get Buford T Justice to be their spokesperson...
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 03, 2008, 09:03:16 PM
XM AT40 shows for this weekend:

Saturday, April 5th - The 70's: April 9, 1977
Sunday, April 6th - The 80's: April 10, 1982

Thanks, SFG!  This week's terrestrial '70s chart is from '78:

http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119

Lots of great cheeze, disco and otherwise -- can't wait.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on April 03, 2008, 10:19:47 PM
XM AT40 shows for this weekend:

Saturday, April 5th - The 70's: April 9, 1977
Sunday, April 6th - The 80's: April 10, 1982

Thanks, SFG!  This week's terrestrial '70s chart is from '78:

http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119

Lots of great cheeze, disco and otherwise -- can't wait.

Speaking of cheeze, I was listening to the replay of the 1985 chart from this past weekend on XM and when the chart reached USA for Africa, I realized how many cheezy artist there were from the group. Sure there was Bruce and Dylan but people like Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Jeffrey Osborne, Kenny Loggins, Dionne Warwick, pure cheese.

BTW, you could listen to XM radio via AOL.com for free and no sign-up nor AOL account (thankfully for the last one) required. So you could check out their versions of AT 40 (if you don't want to listen on the weekends then Wednesday nights for the 70's and Thursday nights for the 80's at 7PM).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 04, 2008, 12:27:26 PM
make Natty shoot! make Natty shoot! Third World on CGSS.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 04, 2008, 12:39:56 PM
Todo da bien Chevrolet!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 04, 2008, 01:02:47 PM
Todo da bien Chevrolet!

and now the Chi-Lites are back-seat drivers in that Chevrolet of love. "Stoned Outa Mah Mind" -- a lost '70s gem.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 04, 2008, 01:35:02 PM
Donny H: Where is the love?

Roberta F: it's out on that window ledge....
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 04, 2008, 03:33:37 PM

PS- a good source for stations airing syndicated countdown shows:
http://radio.nenad.net/ (http://radio.nenad.net/)
Use their drop-down menu to select a syndicated show, click for list of stations airing it with links to homepages and streams.

awesome!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 05, 2008, 06:39:05 AM
This weekend's terrestrial "AT40 70's" is from April 8, 1978.
Fantastic and new to me at 32: Rubicon, "I'm Gonna Take Care of Everything," featuring Jerry Martini (formerly with Sly) and sounding a lot like 3DN/Chicago.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 05, 2008, 07:17:32 PM
This weekend's terrestrial "AT40 70's" is from April 8, 1978.
Fantastic and new to me at 32: Rubicon, "I'm Gonna Take Care of Everything," featuring Jerry Martini (formerly with Sly) and sounding a lot like 3DN/Chicago.

Just logged on to the Wisconsin version. Can't wait to hear that one.  More comments later, but I've just heard Player's forgotten follow-up to "Baby Come Back", the this-one-*doesn't*-sound-like-Hall & Oates delight "This Time I'm In It For Love". 

ooo! here's Dolly with "2 Boobs", er, "2 Doors Down".  Followed by Casey telling the KC-started-out-sweeping-floors-at-TK Records story yet again, as a lead-in for my personal fave "Boogie Shoes".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 05, 2008, 09:55:24 PM
This weekend's terrestrial "AT40 70's" is from April 8, 1978.
Fantastic and new to me at 32: Rubicon, "I'm Gonna Take Care of Everything," featuring Jerry Martini (formerly with Sly) and sounding a lot like 3DN/Chicago.

Just logged on to the Wisconsin version. Can't wait to hear that one... 

Sorry, I have to say I was underwhelmed by that Rubicon song -- completely generic to my ears. It got zero airplay in NYC and now I can see why. But I was thrilled to hear Gene Cotton's "Before My Heart Finds Out"; his hit from '77, "You Got Me Running" is a personal obscure fave (I still have the 45).  Other highlights for me:

Andrew Gold's "Thank You For Being a Friend", which would become the theme song for Golden Girls 6 years later; a couple of "goodbye" songs -- ED&JFC's "We'll Never have To say Goodbye Again" and David Gates' "Goodbye Girl"; and Andy Gibbs "Love is Thicker Than Water". Which reminds, we just missed the chart where 4 of the top 5 were Bee Gees productions, but 4 of the top 6 here are Gibb-related (3 from SNF plus "Emotion"). Samantha Sang -- and the world listened!

BTW, the Wisconsin station eliminates the just-outside-the-Top40 "extras", presumably so they can sell extra local commercials.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 05, 2008, 10:19:07 PM
From Kasem to KPOO: JJ starts his show with Raydio (who we heard on AT40 too, doing "Jack & Jill"), but this is a B-side called "Hot Stuff" -- new to me. And it's followed by War's "Galaxy", a Gaz fave iirc, and (TANC) JB's "Gimme Some Skin". And OMFG it's Ronnie Dyson's "The More You Do It (The More I Like It Done To Me)". Trivia: didya know Dyson did "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely" 6 months before Main Ingredient?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 06, 2008, 10:28:25 AM
Casey’s ‘80s this week is April 2, 1983.  Always a thrill to hear Stephen Bishop’s Tootsie tune, “It Might Be You”.  ROTFL-of-the-Day: Casey doing a feature on that “new technology”, the compact disc. “it uses a LASER BEAM!” says an astounded Casey. “But don’t worry about your vinyl LPs becoming obsolete just yet…”

Oxo’s “Whirly Girl” is also fun, and why it only got to #28 is a mystery to me. And BJ’s “Allentown” was the first MTV video to have naked MEN, as opposed to the ubiquitous scantily-clad females so familiar to MTV viewers.  Other highlights from Hour 1: DeBarge’s “I Like it” and Laura Branigan’s “Solitaire” (NOT the Sedaka/Carpenters hit).

Hour 2 kicks off with the Thompson Twins’ great “Lies”. Followed by forgotten Fogelberg, “Make Love Stay”, and even-more-forgotten Toto, “I Won’t Hold You Back”, which actually made the Top Ten and hasn’t been heard since. And wow: Bob Seger's "Even Now" contains the line "She's keepin' it real" -- in 1983!  Bob Seger, the original gangsta!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 06, 2008, 11:30:49 AM
Hour 3: great to hear EWF’s wonderful, unjustly forgotten “Fall in Love With Me”. And Mr Seger shows up again with “Shame on the Moon”, which I’m guessing is Rodney Crowell’s biggest pop hit as a songwriter. But nothing in this hour can beat Frida’s fabulous “Something Going On”, also a career-peak for producer Phil Collins. Why ABBA-loving Dave has never played this in an ’83 set is beyond baffling.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 06, 2008, 11:38:41 AM
Can’t stick around for Hour 4 , but the #1 song is “Billie Jean”, for the 5th week. And here’s MJ with his other hit in the Top 20, “Beat It”, at #14. Go EVH! "Show 'em how funky-strong is your fight!"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on April 06, 2008, 09:22:12 PM
:snipped:
And BJ’s “Allentown” was the first MTV video to have naked MEN, as opposed to the ubiquitous scantily-clad females so familiar to MTV viewers.
:snipped:

There was a story to this. I forgot whom said it but the person said for the hell of it the stuck that scene of the nude guy expecting MTV to remove it. They never did. It remained in recent memory when VH1 Classic shows videos (about 6 hours a day).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on April 06, 2008, 09:44:19 PM
XM shows for AT40:

April 12th - The 70's - April 8, 1978
April 13th - The 80's - April 11, 1981
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on April 11, 2008, 10:49:06 AM
This weekend's non-XM "AT40-The 70's" is from April 10, 1971. The playlist: www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 17, 2008, 09:16:19 AM
This weekend's non-XM "AT40-The 70's" is from April 10, 1971. The playlist: www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

wow, VERY sorry to have missed that one... fabulous early-'70s stuff from the days when Top 40 radio played LedZep side-by-side with Andy freakin' Williams!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on April 18, 2008, 11:26:40 AM
This weekend's non-XM "AT40-The 70's" will be from April 14, 1973. The playlist: www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 18, 2008, 11:36:39 AM
This weekend's non-XM "AT40-The 70's" will be from April 14, 1973. The playlist: www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

OMFG! a major flashback of a chart from my favorite year.  I'll be staying in tomorrow nite, for sure.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 19, 2008, 09:00:48 AM
This weekend's non-XM "AT40-The 70's" will be from April 14, 1973. The playlist: www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

A very fun listen: Joe Simon was new to me, as were the Judy Collins and Ronnie Dyson tracks.  Some trivia I learned at EMP: "Killing Me Softly With His Song," on its way down from #1, was arranged by Deodato (who also appears on this countdown).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 19, 2008, 10:09:06 AM
This weekend's non-XM "AT40-The 70's" will be from April 14, 1973. The playlist: www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

A very fun listen: Joe Simon was new to me, as were the Judy Collins and Ronnie Dyson tracks.  Some trivia I learned at EMP: "Killing Me Softly With His Song," on its way down from #1, was arranged by Deodato (who also appears on this countdown).

I'll be listening tonite. Looking forward to the New Seekers' take on "Pinball Wizard", which I barely recall, tho' it spent a month in the Top 40. And any week I get to hear Vicki Lawrence is a good week.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 19, 2008, 07:09:55 PM
This weekend's non-XM "AT40-The 70's" will be from April 14, 1973. The playlist: www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

A very fun listen: Joe Simon was new to me, as were the Judy Collins and Ronnie Dyson tracks.  Some trivia I learned at EMP: "Killing Me Softly With His Song," on its way down from #1, was arranged by Deodato (who also appears on this countdown).

I'll be listening tonite. Looking forward to the New Seekers' take on "Pinball Wizard", which I barely recall, tho' it spent a month in the Top 40. And any week I get to hear Vicki Lawrence is a good week.

Damn, I haven't heard the Staples' "Oh La Di Da" in decades -- am I crazy or does this sound like the Osmonds' "Down By The Lazy River"?  And it's followed by the Ohio Players' first, "Funky Worm". Like 9 cans o' shaving powder!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 19, 2008, 07:39:47 PM
wow, I'd forgotten that the J-5's "Hallelujah Day" was a the-troops-are-coming-home-from-Vietnam anthem! And the Ronnie Dyson hit Gaz mentioned ("One Man Band [Plays All Alone]"), was a Thom Bell production.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 19, 2008, 07:41:35 PM
wow, I'd forgotten that the J-5's "Hallelujah Day" was a the-troops-are-coming-home-from-Vietnam anthem! And the Ronnie Dyson hit Gaz mentioned ("One Man Band [Plays All Alone]"), was a Thom Bell production.

Several of the J5 songs of that period ("Halleljuah Day," "Corner of the Sky") are missing from the "definitive" comp I bought a few years ago.  I ought to amend.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 19, 2008, 10:14:35 PM
wow, I'd forgotten that the J-5's "Hallelujah Day" was a the-troops-are-coming-home-from-Vietnam anthem! And the Ronnie Dyson hit Gaz mentioned ("One Man Band [Plays All Alone]"), was a Thom Bell production.

Several of the J5 songs of that period ("Halleljuah Day," "Corner of the Sky") are missing from the "definitive" comp I bought a few years ago.  I ought to amend.

I still have the 3-disc vinyl "Anthology" from the mid-'70s, which made me very popular at my college radio station. It had every charted J-5 single up to 1975, as well as MJ's solo hits and a couple of Jermaine's.  "Corner..." is one of my fave forgotten J-5 hits -- few remember it's from the B'way musical Pippin (of which Motown Corp was a major investor).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 20, 2008, 10:48:53 AM
Casey's '80s chart this week is Apr 21st 1984 -- a treasure trove of some of my worst WOS's: "Sister Christian"... "Leave it"... "Oh Sherrie"...

Sadly, I tuned in too late to hear Shalimar's fab "Dancing in the Sheets", but BJ's "The Longest Time" almost makes up for it, and Weird Al's "Eat it", H&O's "Adult Education" and Tracey Ullman are yet to come. And -- OMG! -- Willie & Julio's "To All the Girls I've Loved Before"! Cheeze for brunch!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 20, 2008, 12:24:21 PM
Casey's '80s chart this week is Apr 21st 1984 -- a treasure trove of some of my worst WOS's: "Sister Christian"... "Leave it"... "Oh Sherrie"...

Sadly, I tuned in too late to hear Shalimar's fab "Dancing in the Sheets", but BJ's "The Longest Time" almost makes up for it, and Weird Al's "Eat it", H&O's "Adult Education" and Tracey Ullman are yet to come. And -- OMG! -- Willie & Julio's "To All the Girls I've Loved Before"! Cheeze for brunch!

Ms Ullman is #10, part of a Top Ten that features FIVE songs that Dave has never played:

Rick Springfield, "Love Somebody" (talk about a forgotten hit)
Rockwell, "Somebody's Watching Me"
Pointer Sisters, "Automatic"
Culture Club, "Miss Me Blind" (highlight of the day for me)
Lionel Richie, "Hello"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on April 25, 2008, 10:14:17 AM
This weekend's (4/26-27) non-XM "AT40-The 70's" will be from April 9, 1977. The playlist: www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 25, 2008, 10:34:18 AM
This weekend's (4/26-27) non-XM "AT40-The 70's" will be from April 9, 1977. The playlist: www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

OMFG! Disco Central! Haven't heard Silvetti's "Spring Rain" since '77, certainly.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 26, 2008, 06:08:18 AM
This weekend's (4/26-27) non-XM "AT40-The 70's" will be from April 9, 1977. The playlist: www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

OMFG! Disco Central! Haven't heard Silvetti's "Spring Rain" since '77, certainly.
That one was new to me.  And this is only the second time I've ever heard Ambrosia's take on "Magical Mystery Tour."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 26, 2008, 06:14:13 AM
"Hello, baby ... Are you married?"
"Sometimes ..."

Wow, I've never even heard OF Facts of Life (the R&B act) before!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 26, 2008, 11:03:44 AM
This weekend's (4/26-27) non-XM "AT40-The 70's" will be from April 9, 1977. The playlist: www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

OMFG! Disco Central! Haven't heard Silvetti's "Spring Rain" since '77, certainly.
That one was new to me.  And this is only the second time I've ever heard Ambrosia's take on "Magical Mystery Tour."

Their (then) label, 20th Century, gave that a big push, part of the ill-fated All This and WWII film.  But it still barely dented the Top 40 and of course the film was barely released after a big NYC premiere.  I cannot wait to hear this countdown tonite.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 26, 2008, 07:19:02 PM
"Hello, baby ... Are you married?"
"Sometimes ..."

Wow, I've never even heard OF Facts of Life (the R&B act) before!

I'd forgotten that one, but I recognized the song: it's a cover of a #1 country hit (Bill Anderson & Mary Lou Turner) from '76. And produced by Millie Jackson, no stranger to country covers her own damn self -- one of her biggest R&B hits was Merle Haggard's "If You're Not Back in Love By Monday".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 26, 2008, 07:38:01 PM
This has been quite mind-blowing so far; April '77 is the height of my college radio activity, I did a Top 40 show one afternoon a week and played many of these tunes. Hot's great "Angel in my Arms" is another I-can't-believe-it's-not-a-Morey-staple slice of pop, Andrea True's *other* hit, "NY NY You Got Me Dancing" is a total flashback, and hooray for Kiss' "Calling Dr Love".

And here comes Marilyn McCoo (and Billy Davis too) with their most Marvin-n-Tammi-like duet: "Your Love", which I haven't heard in ages, and which surely deserved to get higher than a #15 peak.
 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 26, 2008, 07:50:11 PM
Casey just read a letter from a Gary Schroeder of Joplin, MO: a relative of Mark's?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 26, 2008, 08:52:15 PM
OMFG, this Tom Jones hit may be the flashback-of-the-week. A #1 country single, and a major comeback for him at the time (and Englebert had a comeback hit right around then too). But Best Cheeze of Countdown goes to "Disco Lucy".

I'm not sure why Gaz calls Jennifer Warnes' vocal (on "Right Time of the Night") "lazy" -- she's doing the Best. Ronstadt. Impersonation. EVAH! And William Bell's tryin' to love two -- good luck with that.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 26, 2008, 09:19:15 PM
Chart note: we just missed hearing Shalimar's "Uptown Festival" medley, Whinyface's "Hello Stranger", and Andrew Gold's "Lonely Boy". But all will probably still be around when we get our next '77 countdown in 5 or 6 weeks.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 26, 2008, 10:00:31 PM
I'm not sure why Gaz calls Jennifer Warnes' vocal (on "Right Time of the Night") "lazy"

She's doing the anti-money note at every turn!  When given the choice, she invariably takes it down a few notes.  And that sucks.  It's like she already HAD the sex and is drifting off!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 26, 2008, 10:07:59 PM
This has been quite mind-blowing so far; April '77 is the height of my college radio activity, I did a Top 40 show one afternoon a week and played many of these tunes. Hot's great "Angel in my Arms" is another I-can't-believe-it's-not-a-Morey-staple slice of pop, Andrea True's *other* hit, "NY NY You Got Me Dancing" is a total flashback, and hooray for Kiss' "Calling Dr Love".

And here comes Marilyn McCoo (and Billy Davis too) with their most Marvin-n-Tammi-like duet: "Your Love", which I haven't heard in ages, and which surely deserved to get higher than a #15 peak.
 

Agreed on the Hot track; some great harmonies there.  But - and I say this as a Kiss fan - didn't Kiss have some of the most poorly produced records ever?  CDL was a treat to hear, but it (and most of their other pre-'78 singles) sounds recorded in a cardboard box.

Meanwhile, that Deneice Williams song, "Free," is a nice suggestion of the '90s neo-soul boom.  Easy to hear Des'ree singing that.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 26, 2008, 10:27:09 PM
This has been quite mind-blowing so far; April '77 is the height of my college radio activity, I did a Top 40 show one afternoon a week and played many of these tunes. Hot's great "Angel in my Arms" is another I-can't-believe-it's-not-a-Morey-staple slice of pop, Andrea True's *other* hit, "NY NY You Got Me Dancing" is a total flashback, and hooray for Kiss' "Calling Dr Love".

And here comes Marilyn McCoo (and Billy Davis too) with their most Marvin-n-Tammi-like duet: "Your Love", which I haven't heard in ages, and which surely deserved to get higher than a #15 peak.
 

Agreed on the Hot track; some great harmonies there.  But - and I say this as a Kiss fan - didn't Kiss have some of the most poorly produced records ever?  CDL was a treat to hear, but it (and most of their other pre-'78 singles) sounds recorded in a cardboard box.

Meanwhile, that Deneice Williams song, "Free," is a nice suggestion of the '90s neo-soul boom.  Easy to hear Des'ree singing that.

I guess the assumption was, 13-year-old boys don't care about pristine production.  The Deneice Williams escaped my notice back then, but became a "Quiet Storm" staple throughout the '90s.

If you're still awake, JJ on KPOO is doing amazing things as always -- just played the Dixie Hummingbirds' Simon-less version of "Loves Me Like Rock". And here's Esther Phillips' "Home Is Where the Hatred Is"!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 26, 2008, 10:31:44 PM
I'm not sure why Gaz calls Jennifer Warnes' vocal (on "Right Time of the Night") "lazy"

She's doing the anti-money note at every turn!  When given the choice, she invariably takes it down a few notes.  And that sucks.  It's like she already HAD the sex and is drifting off!

LOL! Blame Peter McCann (who wrote it), her version is quite similar to his, actuallly.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 26, 2008, 10:47:49 PM
OMG, an obscure J-5 LP track, "Darling Dear", followed by MJ-soundalikes Chee-Chee and Peppy, "I Know I'm In Love" -- why was this not on the Buddah box? it reached #12 R&B in '71.

And here's Lyn Collins, "Mama Feel Good" -- oh yeah, Sharon & the Dap-Kings listened to a few of Lyn's sides, ah betcha.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 27, 2008, 09:30:20 AM
OMG, an obscure J-5 LP track, "Darling Dear", followed by MJ-soundalikes Chee-Chee and Peppy, "I Know I'm In Love" -- why was this not on the Buddah box? it reached #12 R&B in '71.

And here's Lyn Collins, "Mama Feel Good" -- oh yeah, Sharon & the Dap-Kings listened to a few of Lyn's sides, ah betcha.

The Buddah liner notes mention that they had trouble getting some clearances, hence no early Charlie Daniels Band and nothing from that guy who did the Nixon impersonations.  And SJ&tDK most definitely studied Lyn Collins's oeuvre closely.  (I'm not quite as fond of their first two albums as I am of 100 Days, 100 Nights, though.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 27, 2008, 09:36:14 AM
Sexily right, in the morningtime now: Casey's 80s take us to this week in 1987, where Simply Red is at 35 with "The Right Thing."  Most fun that graden gnome ever had on disc.  And now, at 34, first time I've heard it since it was a hit: Chicago, "If She Would Have Been Faithful ..."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 27, 2008, 09:37:40 AM
1987 may be the most dreaded year on the Big Wheel, but this Klassic Kasem chart from April '87 is a treat. Highlights for me:

Simply Red, "The Right Thing"
Atlantic Starr, "Always"
Kim Wilde, "You Keep Me Hangin' On"
Breakfast Club, "Right on Track"
Poison, "Talk Dirty to Me"
Chris DeBurgh, "Lady in Red"
Expose, "Come Go With Me"
Peter Wolf, "Come As You Are"
Bangles, "Walking Down Your Street"
Prince, "Sign o' the Times"

and at #1... Ree-Ree & George! (Of course, the dreaded Crowded House are at #2.)  And I'd forgotten that World Party's "Ship of Fools" actually cracked the Top 30.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 27, 2008, 10:48:38 AM
I'd forgotten all about Donna Allen's "Serious."  Very much the Mpls robo-funk sound.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 27, 2008, 11:31:42 AM
And I had COMPLETELY forgotten that Cyndi Lauper had covered - and gone Top 20 with - "What's Going On"!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 27, 2008, 11:38:57 AM
Another one I hadn't heard in 20 years: Robbie Nevil's c'est-la-follow-up, "Domino."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 27, 2008, 11:45:53 AM
I'd forgotten all about Donna Allen's "Serious."  Very much the Mpls robo-funk sound.

I'd forgotten it too -- when it came on I thought it was Jody Watley's "Looking For a New love" (which we'll hear in the next hour).

As much as I love Ms Lauper, "What's Going On" is one of the more ill-advised covers I can think of, I'm sorry to say. Some icons shouldn't be fucked with.  And the Robbie Nevil... well, there's a reason that one's forgotten. But at least it wasn't "C'est La Vie". ;)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 27, 2008, 12:06:58 PM
yay for this bubbling-under "extra": LL&CJ, giving head to my toe. Lisa Lisa, you little toe-sucker!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 27, 2008, 12:29:23 PM
"La Isla Bonita", featuring my favorite Madonnadegreen: "Young girls with eyes like potatoes".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 27, 2008, 12:47:06 PM
before signing off, I must award Jody Watley the Best. Janet Jackson. Imitation. EVAH!

"Hasta la vista, Bay-bee!"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on May 02, 2008, 08:18:21 PM
This weekend's (May 3-4) "AT40 -The 70's" is from May 4, 1974.  Check out the playlist courtesy of this Michigan station:
www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2625984.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2625984.pdf)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 02, 2008, 09:48:12 PM
This weekend's (May 3-4) "AT40 -The 70's" is from May 4, 1974.  Check out the playlist courtesy of this Michigan station:
www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2625984.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2625984.pdf)

OMFG! "My Girl Bill" *and* Albert Hammond's "I'm a Train" in the first segment! Thanks, Wayback, for the weekly heads-up.

But something tells me that station (WHNN -- remember when? how droll) should not be posting the actual show rundown -- on AT40/Premiere Networks stationery! -- on their website. 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on May 03, 2008, 12:53:50 AM
Sunday's XM 80's show is from May 26, 1984 at 9AM PT. As I noted before, you could listen for free via AOL.com so if you want to catch the replay of the 70's show it's on Wednesday nights at 7PM PT. 80's could be heard on Thursdays at 7PM PT
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 03, 2008, 06:11:18 AM
This weekend's (May 3-4) "AT40 -The 70's" is from May 4, 1974.  Check out the playlist courtesy of this Michigan station:
www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2625984.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2625984.pdf)

Staple Singers, "Touch a Hand, Make a Friend": I'm almost certain I saw Alabama perform this on Solid Gold in the early '80s.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 03, 2008, 06:15:57 AM
I'd never heard Billy Paul's "Thanks for Saving My Life" before.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 03, 2008, 06:27:25 AM
Casey's a sucker for Sami Jo's "Tell Me a Lie."  And so am I.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 03, 2008, 11:07:29 AM
Staple Singers, "Touch a Hand, Make a Friend": I'm almost certain I saw Alabama perform this on Solid Gold in the early '80s.

Actually, The Oak Ridge Boys had a country #1 with it in '85.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 03, 2008, 02:55:01 PM
Staple Singers, "Touch a Hand, Make a Friend": I'm almost certain I saw Alabama perform this on Solid Gold in the early '80s.

Actually, The Oak Ridge Boys had a country #1 with it in '85.

Ah, right.  Different hirsute mountaineers, same vibe.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 03, 2008, 03:32:00 PM
Lot of tracks new to me on Casey's '80s tonight - this week in May 1982: Donnie Iris's "My Girl" (not the Tempts song), John Denver's "Shanghai Breezes," and "If I Had My Wish Tonight" by David Lasley (who?).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 03, 2008, 03:33:44 PM
OMFG!  At #35, Buckner & Garcia's "Pac-Man Fever"!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 03, 2008, 03:41:27 PM
Another for the Alisons list: Rick Springfield, "Love Is Alright Tonight" (from Working Class Dog).

ETA: Oops, that was the commercial-break track.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 03, 2008, 04:29:00 PM
OMFG!  At #35, Buckner & Garcia's "Pac-Man Fever"!

This chart has it all... just like Bogie & Bacall!  I'll def check it out tomorrow morning, just for Ms Flack's "Making Love" (title song from the film), Ray Parker's "Other Woman", Manilow's 4 Seasons cover, and H&O's "Did it in a Minute". But there's some SERIOUSLY bad cheeze here: "Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk", Stars on 45 Part 3 (aaaaack!), Asia, and (gulp) Charlene.

But appropriately for Derby Weekend: Fogelberg's "Run For the Roses"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 03, 2008, 04:29:35 PM
Whoa: I had forgotten that Magnum, P.I. was a charting theme.  Mike Post really caught the year as it sounded to my ears.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 03, 2008, 04:32:56 PM
Amusing to get Dan Fogelberg's "Run for the Roses" on the day of the Kentucky Derby.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 03, 2008, 05:06:48 PM
Amusing to get Dan Fogelberg's "Run for the Roses" on the day of the Kentucky Derby.

Derby JINX!!!

And how sad about the runner-up (the filly) having to be euthanized right after the race.  RIP Eight Belles. She was supposedly Hillary's favorite in the race -- an omen?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 03, 2008, 07:18:29 PM
I still think "My Girl Bill" is pretty clever, and it was a lot more striking on Top 40 radio in '74 than it seems now.  But this Billy Paul tune -- wow. Another overlooked Gamble & Huff gem.

Albert Hammond's "I'm a Train" seems a bit sillier than I remember it, but a fine production nonetheless. And Ree-Ree's cover of Bobby Womack's "I'm in Love" (orig a hit for Wilson Pickett) is simply sublime -- has anyone else had so many superb medium-sized hits?  "yes ah ram, yes ah RAM!"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 03, 2008, 07:34:06 PM
Casey's a sucker for Sami Jo's "Tell Me a Lie."  And so am I.

Lovely. You really need to explore more Classic Country; that's the sort of well-written, matter-of-fact handling of adultery that was an everyday thing in Nashville from the '60s thru the early '90s, when songwriting was truly a craft. 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 03, 2008, 07:47:17 PM
Talk about different ways of finding god: JB on his birthday with "Payback"; and Sister Janet Mead with her "Lord's Prayer".  All this and "todo da bien Chevrolet" too!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 03, 2008, 08:11:12 PM
Oy -- as if the shamelessly treacly lyric to Helen Reddy's "Keep on Singing" isn't bad enuf, it steals its melody from BJ Thomas' "RockNRoll Lullabye". 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 03, 2008, 08:40:37 PM
ah, the days when superb MOR-pop was not a crime: Carpenters with another Paul Williams gem, followed by Mr Denver's "Sunshine".

But oh, Marvin -- bringing out the best in Diana (and vice-versa) on mah-mah-mah Mistake!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 03, 2008, 09:26:32 PM
Casey tells the how-3DN-got-their-name story yet again. And then the boys give Gaz a reason to like Leo Sayer with "The Show Must Go On".

And it's followed by the truly wondrous "Tubular Bells", which took a while to chart, considering that The Exorcist opened at Xmas.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 03, 2008, 09:41:56 PM
Don't. Look. ETHELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 04, 2008, 11:24:49 AM
OMFG!  At #35, Buckner & Garcia's "Pac-Man Fever"!

This chart has it all... just like Bogie & Bacall!  I'll def check it out tomorrow morning, just for Ms Flack's "Making Love" (title song from the film), Ray Parker's "Other Woman", Manilow's 4 Seasons cover, and H&O's "Did it in a Minute". But there's some SERIOUSLY bad cheeze here: "Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk", Stars on 45 Part 3 (aaaaack!), Asia, and (gulp) Charlene.

But appropriately for Derby Weekend: Fogelberg's "Run For the Roses"

Mick don't need the aggravation, he's a lazy slob... he hang FIE-ah!

Not only has this countdown been a delight, but I'm impressed by the range of within-the-orig-show "extras" that aren't Long Dist Deds. Both sides of a double-sided CCR hit from '69, and (OMG!) Freddy Fender's "Wasted Days & Wasted Nights". (Imagine Seacrest, or whoever hosts the current incarnation, playing a twangy country crossover hit from a decade ago in the midst of all the current hip-hop and alt-pop).

And jeez, Asia's "Heat of the Moment" was the highest-debuting song by a "new" act since America's "Horse w/No Name" 10 years earlier!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 04, 2008, 11:54:54 AM
Ray Parker, Jr grabs his, er, git-tar... and plays with it all night long. Watch out, Ray, you'll go blind.  A terrific forgotten hit -- his solo career should've been a lot more than just "Ghostbusters".

And it's followed by one of the Great Moments in Corporate Shamelessness: "The Beatles Movie Medley". Stunningly pedestrian. I considered it a small triumph of taste when this failed to make the Top Ten.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 04, 2008, 12:19:34 PM
"if 2 can be one,
who is the one 2 becomes?"

Food for thought from H&O -- talk about a forgotten hit.  Always better to leave 'em with a question than to preach insipid philosophy, like Charlene in the utterly abominable "Never Been to Me" -- UGH!  And now Paul Davis cashes in on nostalgia with the catchy but overly-obvious "'65 Love Affair" (for the record, I prefer "Cool Night"). Doo-wop diddy-wop diddy-wop doop, indeed.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: urth on May 04, 2008, 11:13:15 PM
...and "If I Had My Wish Tonight" by David Lasley (who?).

I know that name as a background singer, along with Luther Vandross and Arnold McCullers, on a couple of Todd Rundgren albums.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on May 08, 2008, 10:24:56 PM
This weekend's Casey XM shows:

Saturday at 9AM - May 14, 1977 XM description:

Here's what was going on around us in May of 1977: Patty Hearst was being released from prison, "Smoky & The Bandit" and "Star Wars" were brand new in theaters, and Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner appointed himself manager of his own team (that lasted only one game!). And when the weekend of May 14, 1977 rolled around Casey Kasem's American Top 40 countdown rolled out of your local station. That week included at least five songs about dancing ("Slow Dancin'" from Addrisi Brothers, "Ain't Gonna Bump No More With No Big Fat Woman" from Joe Tex, "Can't Stop Dancin'" from Captain & Tennille, "Lido Shuffle" from Boz Scaggs, and "Dancin' Man" from Q). Casey's original American Top 40- straight out of the 70's but this time no commercials - on the 70's on 7 on XM!

Sunday at 9AM - May 14, 1988. XM description:

On Saturday May 14, 1988 the St. Louis Cards lose to the Braves 7-5 in a "best bang?for your buck"?19 innings at Busch stadium.? Jimmy Swaggart admits to walking "the wild side," and we?began?rebuilding our personal music stash?with the hot?new, ultra-durable compact discs (CD)!? On the charts Michael Jackson moves in for the kill with?a fifth single off his record-setting album, "Bad.'??And reigning "Best New Artist" of the Grammy's is back with their second album, "Scenes from the Southside."? Can Bruce Hornsby and the Range live up to the praise?? Join Casey Kasem and relive May 14, 1988 this week, the original AT40?is always commercial-free?on XM's 80s on 8!

Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 09, 2008, 08:40:46 PM
And this week's terrestrial retro-Kasem ('70s division) is from May 20th 1972. Woo Hoo!

http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 10, 2008, 06:14:47 AM
And this week's terrestrial retro-Kasem ('70s division) is from May 20th 1972. Woo Hoo!

http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119

In at #38: Andy Williams, "Speak Softly, Love (Theme From The Godfather)" - Casey tells the now-quaint story that the film, with grosses of $22 million in its first few weeks, may break The Sound of Music's record of a $115 million domestic gross.  Sheesh, that figure would be middling now ...

And at #37, one of the worst vocal performances to ever make the Top 10, Sonny & Cher's "A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 10, 2008, 08:46:11 AM
Joe Tex's "I Gotcha" remains one of the more improbable #2 hits.  Love it, but it's got a major WTF quality.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 10, 2008, 10:38:33 AM
Joe Tex's "I Gotcha" remains one of the more improbable #2 hits.  Love it, but it's got a major WTF quality.

caught the last hour or so... note the Jacksons (individually and collectively) jumping on the '50s nostalgia bandwagon fairly early with both "Rockin' Robin'" and "Little Bitty Pretty One".

Will catch the early part of the countdown tonite before heading up to Twin Peaks for Kaboom.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 10, 2008, 07:24:32 PM
In at #38: Andy Williams, "Speak Softly, Love (Theme From The Godfather)" ...

And at #37, one of the worst vocal performances to ever make the Top 10, Sonny & Cher's "A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done."

The Godfather song has quite an awful lyric, IMHO -- "wine-colored days"? Doesn't that only happen during a nuclear holocaust?  Written after-the-fact; it isn't sung in the film, they wrote the lyrics to go with the instrumental theme after it became clear the film was going to be a hit. The song actually sung in the film, "I Have But One Heart", is quite nice, a perfect retro-'40s Italian ballad, and got stiffed at Oscar time.

You're right about the S&C, tho'. I'd forgotten about the vocal -- besides, it always struck me as a weak knockoff of "Bang Bang". But it's followed by the Moodies' lovely "Isn't Life Strange", and OMFG! Miss Millie Jackson's fabtastic "Ask Me What You Want"!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 10, 2008, 08:00:56 PM
TANC: The Carpenters, as discussed here recently, doing Ms. King's "It's Going to Take Some Time", the single that would break their streak of 6 Top Three singles in a row by peaking at #12.  And now Mrs. Barry White and Love Unltd get caught in the rain -- "oh... it feels SO good!". What a wonderful time for beautifully produced MOR pop.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 10, 2008, 08:16:58 PM
I'd forgotten that Harry Chapin-renting-the-Village Gate story.  The lovely "Taxi" on its way to a far-too-low #24 peak.

I'll have to bail in a few to get up to Twin Peaks; hope the fog holds off. But not before I hear "Me & Julio".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 10, 2008, 08:17:34 PM
I'd forgotten that Harry Chapin-renting-the-Village Gate story.  The lovely "Taxi" on its way to a far-too-low #24 peak.

I'll have to bail in a few to get up to Twin Peaks; hope the fog holds off. But not before I hear "Me & Julio".

Just tuned in.  Have fun in the boom-yard!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 10, 2008, 08:47:34 PM
I'd forgotten that Harry Chapin-renting-the-Village Gate story.  The lovely "Taxi" on its way to a far-too-low #24 peak.

I'll have to bail in a few to get up to Twin Peaks; hope the fog holds off. But not before I hear "Me & Julio".

Just tuned in.  Have fun in the boom-yard!

Welcome to the No-Kaboom Town: Twin Peaks is socked in. Couldn't see a damn thing from my usual viewing spots. So I'm home to listen to the soundtrack but it won't be the same thing -- first time this has happened to me in 7 or 8 years of driving up there to watch. Not sure what it's like down on the piers.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 11, 2008, 10:55:21 AM
Casey's '80s: May 1986.  Forgotten hits I literally haven't heard since '86:

Julian Lennon, "Stick Around"
Starship, "Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonite"
Bob Seger, "American Storm" (I still have this 45; the non-LP B-side is his cover of "Fortunate Son")
ZZ Top, "Rough Boy"
Culture Club, "Move Away"
Mr Mister, "Is it Love"
Sade, "Never as Good as the First Time"

Flashback of the Day, however, goes to the Jets' delightful "Crush on You".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on May 16, 2008, 12:39:19 PM
Hey, this weekend (5/17-18) "AT40 the 70's" is from May 17, 1975
www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 16, 2008, 12:51:28 PM
Hey, this weekend (5/17-18) "AT40 the 70's" is from May 17, 1975
www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

A good one, tho' not nearly as many "forgotten hits" as usual. I will probably miss this one due to other commitments in any case. TANC: Greg on CGSS just played the Disc-O-Texx song.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on May 16, 2008, 02:54:10 PM
XM versions this weekend.

The 70's - May 20, 1978
The 80's - May 17, 1986
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 16, 2008, 03:06:01 PM
XM versions this weekend.

The 70's - May 20, 1978
The 80's - May 17, 1986

The '80s chart above was on the terrestrial version last weekend -- and it was most excellent!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 17, 2008, 06:15:41 AM
Hey, this weekend (5/17-18) "AT40 the 70's" is from May 17, 1975
www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

A good one, tho' not nearly as many "forgotten hits" as usual. I will probably miss this one due to other commitments in any case. TANC: Greg on CGSS just played the Disc-O-Texx song.

The Tavares - "Remember What I Told You to Forget" - was delightfully sub-Spinners (they really were a versatile bunch), and nice to hear LZ's "Trampled Underfoot" at 38 (albeit truncated to what seemed like 70 seconds).  "Mama, ain't no shtick!"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 17, 2008, 06:38:05 AM
OMGWTF of set: Roger Whittaker, "Last Farewell."  (Casey: "Sounding like Brook Benton.")  "I hear there's a wicked war a-blazing ..."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 17, 2008, 10:12:22 AM
OMGWTF of set: Roger Whittaker, "Last Farewell."  (Casey: "Sounding like Brook Benton.")  "I hear there's a wicked war a-blazing ..."

Like a Hemingway story set to music. Now try to imagine his version of "Mammy Blue" (!)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 17, 2008, 10:37:26 PM
Listening to some of AT40, hour #2, via the KFRC replay. Lobo tells his girl "your hair smells like Sunday morning" -- so, her hair smells like home fries and sausages? pancakes? Wha?

I'm still amused that Alice Cooper's "Only Women Bleed" was released/labelled as "Only Women". And Casey tells the story about Barry Manilow having played piano for Bette Midler "in a bathhouse" but spares his audience any further details. And speaking of bathhouses: Neil Sedaka!  (Actually, "The Immigrant" is his crowning achievement -- lovely and heartfelt and more relevant than ever.)

I'm staying tuned to hear Herbie Mann's "Hijack" at #18 -- an early club hit that was HUGE on NY radio months before hitting the national chart. It climbed steadily, peaked at #14... and dropped out of the Top 40 completely the following week!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 18, 2008, 07:06:55 AM
Listening to some of AT40, hour #2, via the KFRC replay. Lobo tells his girl "your hair smells like Sunday morning" -- so, her hair smells like home fries and sausages? pancakes? Wha?
Oh, I thought he was saying it smelled like a newspaper.

Meantime, I've got Casey's '80s on this morning.  They're in '85 again already - more Madonna-mania - but at 40 we get the fine if forgotten "Show Some Respect" from Tina Turner.  This was the year when my AT40 listening was at its most obsessive, so I'm sure I'll reocgnize everything here.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 18, 2008, 09:37:45 AM
at 40 we get the fine if forgotten "Show Some Respect" from Tina Turner

I still have that 45 -- the B-side was a live version of Prince's "Let's Pretend We're Married"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 18, 2008, 09:58:48 AM
"the Search is Over"... but the "Never-Ending Story" is, uh, never-ending.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 18, 2008, 10:26:19 AM
Wow, I don't remember Rick Springfield's "Celebrate Youth" at ALL.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 18, 2008, 10:49:30 AM
Wow, I don't remember Rick Springfield's "Celebrate Youth" at ALL.

And this REO, "One Lonely Night", is new to me too. Another song that got zero attention from NYC radio (and with good reason, I'd say).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 18, 2008, 11:00:13 AM
Wow, I don't remember Rick Springfield's "Celebrate Youth" at ALL.
S-t-r-a-n-g-e video for that one.  YouTube it if you have time.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 18, 2008, 11:08:21 AM
The only Beverly Hills Cop hit Dave's ever played is "The Heat is On", but any of the others would be a welcome addition to an '85 set: "Neutron Dance", "Axel F"... and Patti LaBelle's "New Attitide" has TOTHK written all over it.

Oh my! DLR is Just a Gigolo, but he ain't got nobody. How ironic!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 18, 2008, 12:50:16 PM
"One Night in Bangkok" gives a humble man a hard-on. Guess it's all that banging of koks.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 18, 2008, 07:28:26 PM
The only Beverly Hills Cop hit Dave's ever played is "The Heat is On", but any of the others would be a welcome addition to an '85 set: "Neutron Dance", "Axel F"... and Patti LaBelle's "New Attitide" has TOTHK written all over it.

I have to say, given 23 years' hindsight, that "New Attitude," much as I want to like it, just wasn't a very good song.  Sloppily written but gamely performed, its slot just outside the Top 10 seems about right.  I'd MUCH rather do the Neutron Dance.

PS: "One Night in Bangkok" at No. 3 still seems one of the great chart anomalies of all time.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 18, 2008, 09:32:18 PM
I have to say, given 23 years' hindsight, that "New Attitude," much as I want to like it, just wasn't a very good song.  Sloppily written but gamely performed, its slot just outside the Top 10 seems about right.  I'd MUCH rather do the Neutron Dance.


"That was ex-treme-treme-treme-treme..."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on May 23, 2008, 10:52:55 AM
This weekend's (5/24-25) "AT40 The 70's" is from May 20, 1978. Playlist:
www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2686716.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2686716.pdf)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 23, 2008, 09:47:53 PM
This weekend's (5/24-25) "AT40 The 70's" is from May 20, 1978. Playlist:
www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2686716.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2686716.pdf)

Heh: Scroll down to Seg 8 Track 4, and read closely.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on May 24, 2008, 06:24:16 AM
This weekend's (5/24-25) "AT40 The 70's" is from May 20, 1978. Playlist:
www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2686716.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2686716.pdf)
Heh: Scroll down to Seg 8 Track 4, and read closely.
Heh heh, perhaps Jackson should consider recording that, with the last 15 years he's had.  PS- Hey, its dancing banana, diggin' the sounds of 78!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 24, 2008, 11:13:49 AM
BTW, Casey is taking part in a month-long "Flashback to the '70s" on cable Superstation WGN. He's hosting evenings of '70s shows like "Taxi" "MTM" and "Welcome Back Kotter". Up yo' nose with a rubber hose!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on May 24, 2008, 09:05:14 PM
The XM show for the 80's this weekend isn't a regular show but what they call "Top 40 Newcomers". According to the XM website, it's from May of 1988 (only a few months before Casey left the show).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 25, 2008, 11:37:18 AM
This weekend's (5/24-25) "AT40 The 70's" is from May 20, 1978. Playlist:
www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2686716.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2686716.pdf)
Heh: Scroll down to Seg 8 Track 4, and read closely.
Heh heh, perhaps Jackson should consider recording that, with the last 15 years he's had. 

MJ's version would be "Whiter Than White" ;)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 25, 2008, 04:00:26 PM
Most interesting of the '78 set was Elton John's "Ego," whose chart failure left Casey shocked - shocked!  Never mind that it's a formless track with no refrain.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 25, 2008, 05:29:41 PM
Casey's '80s went to 1980, where "Call Me" was enjoying its sixth week atop the charts, staving off "Ride Like the Wind" and "Lost in Love."  The Isley Bros. are in at 39 with what must be the s-l-o-w-e-s-t song ever to chart Top 40, "Don't Say Goodnight."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 25, 2008, 06:14:29 PM
Ew: At 30, "Should've Never Let You Go," Sedacky and his daughter Dara harmonizing about as well as your average high school theater production.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 25, 2008, 10:04:07 PM
Ew: At 30, "Should've Never Let You Go," Sedacky and his daughter Dara harmonizing about as well as your average high school theater production.

"But DADDY! I want a HIT RECORD! And I want it RIGHT! NOW!!"

And people wonder why there are J.A.P. jokes...
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on May 30, 2008, 09:38:36 AM
This weekend (5/31-6/1) AT40-The 70s visits June 8, 1974. The playlist:
www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2709898.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2709898.pdf)
or at www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 30, 2008, 09:47:45 AM
This weekend (5/31-6/1) AT40-The 70s visits June 8, 1974. The playlist:
www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2709898.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2709898.pdf)
Already looking forward to #39.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 30, 2008, 10:44:58 AM
This weekend (5/31-6/1) AT40-The 70s visits June 8, 1974. The playlist:
www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2709898.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2709898.pdf)
Already looking forward to #39.  Thanks!

I can only assume you've never heard it before? 'cause it's hideously sappy.  But I have a friend who adores #31, "Son of Sagittarius".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 30, 2008, 10:36:56 PM
This weekend (5/31-6/1) AT40-The 70s visits June 8, 1974. The playlist:
www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2709898.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2709898.pdf)
Already looking forward to #39.  Thanks!

I can only assume you've never heard it before? 'cause it's hideously sappy.  But I have a friend who adores #31, "Son of Sagittarius".
I've never heard either of those.  Once I saw there were unfamiliars I stopped reading the chart - corny me, I want to be surprised tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 31, 2008, 05:42:22 AM
#31, "Son of Sagittarius".
He rides this groove nicely - I dig.  Amazing he didn't do more in the disco era.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 31, 2008, 05:52:13 AM
Gettin' with the kissin'! Huggin' and-a lovin'!  On and on!  Gladys & the Pips gets BOS, if such a thing can be offered a Casey countdown.

And now a guilty pleasure, Mac Davis, "One Hell of a Woman."  Like a gentle, ahem, kitten in his hand.  (Mac later acknowledged that he nicked the chords from "Satisfaction" for this.)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 31, 2008, 11:04:59 AM

And now a guilty pleasure, Mac Davis, "One Hell of a Woman."  Like a gentle, ahem, kitten in his hand

So Mac had cat-scratch fever years before the Nooge!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 31, 2008, 05:29:58 PM

And now a guilty pleasure, Mac Davis, "One Hell of a Woman."  Like a gentle, ahem, kitten in his hand

So Mac had cat-scratch fever years before the Nooge!
Indeed, the original lyrics of his other big hit were "I believe in nookie / I believe in wang dang sweet poontang."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on June 01, 2008, 12:03:06 PM
Took me over an hour to get a clean connection to the Klassic Kasem ‘80s countdown of 6/4/83. But quite a lineup of forgotten hits:

39 – Pat Benatar, “Looking for a Stranger”
35- Christopher Cross, “No Time For talk”
32 – Jim Capaldi – “That’s Love”
29 – BeeGees, “The Woman in You”
27 – LRB, “We Two” (I barely remember this one, far from their best)
26 – Champaign, “Try Again”
12 – Rick Springfield, “Affair of the Heart”
9 – Laura Branigan, “Solitaire” (NOT the Sedaka/Carpenters hit)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on June 05, 2008, 11:24:15 AM
This weekend (6/7-8) AT40-The70's is from June 19, 1971. The playlist:
www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2731276.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2731276.pdf)
or at www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on June 05, 2008, 05:59:41 PM
This weekend (6/7-8) AT40-70's is from June 19, 1971. The playlist:
www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2731276.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2731276.pdf)

DAMN! Some fabulous stuff in this one -- set yer alarm, Gaz!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 07, 2008, 06:06:14 AM
This weekend (6/7-8) AT40-70's is from June 19, 1971. The playlist:
www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2731276.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2731276.pdf)

DAMN! Some fabulous stuff in this one -- set yer alarm, Gaz!
Intro'ing Carly Simon at 27, Casey quotes a source/review comparing Carly to Janis Joplin, "with Judy Collins's refinement and Grace Slick's energy."  In the words of Don Pardo - "Can I hear that again?!"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 07, 2008, 06:24:12 AM
Nassau's gone funky!  Miniskirts, maxi skirts, afro hair-do - ugh!  BOS at #23 with the Beginning of the End, with VHM votes to Gladys Knight & the Pips ("I Don't Want to Do Wrong") and the Fortunes doing the second-best Four Seasons knockoff ever ("Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again").  WOS to Tom Jones's "Puppet Man" (embarrassing, and I like the 5Ds' version).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 07, 2008, 06:30:27 AM
I'd never realized that the J5 and Isaac Hayes versions of "Never Can Say Goodbye" were contemporaneous.  I'd've thought a bigger lag between the former and the latter.

Ooh!  8th Day!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 07, 2008, 06:43:26 AM
The second JCS entry here, the near-title track, is introduced as being by Murray Head and the Trinidad Singers.  Never heard of them.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on June 07, 2008, 11:27:20 AM
I'd never realized that the J5 and Isaac Hayes versions of "Never Can Say Goodbye" were contemporaneous.  I'd've thought a bigger lag between the former and the latter.

Clifton Davis made a whole lotta residuals that year.  Fabulous stuff, and I'm looking forward to hearing Brenda & the Tabulations' Fan-Tab-Yoo-Luss "Right on the Tip of My Tongue" -- "Didn't you KNOW?? Couldn't you SEE IT???"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 07, 2008, 03:44:40 PM
The '80s set rewinds us to 1988, when Van Halen were debuting with the forgettable "Black & Blue" and Steve Winwood was debuting with the Booker-T-able "Roll With It."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 07, 2008, 05:12:17 PM
BOS 1988: S-S-Samantha Foxx, "Naughty Girls Need Love Too."  No more games in the moind!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on June 07, 2008, 09:34:36 PM
XM has added Rick Dees' show from the 80's and 90's on weekends now too as well as Casey's show.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on June 07, 2008, 10:30:48 PM
I'd never realized that the J5 and Isaac Hayes versions of "Never Can Say Goodbye" were contemporaneous.  I'd've thought a bigger lag between the former and the latter.

Clifton Davis made a whole lotta residuals that year.  Fabulous stuff, and I'm looking forward to hearing Brenda & the Tabulations' Fan-Tab-Yoo-Luss "Right on the Tip of My Tongue" -- "Didn't you KNOW?? Couldn't you SEE IT???"

Lawd, but this one was a treat.  I hadn't heard Paul Humphries' "Cool Aid" since '71 -- I was gonna call it a rip-off of "Put it Where You Want It", but then I realized it pre-dates "PIWYWI" by a year!  And 37 years later, and I still can't tell if Joe Cocker is saying "This is madness!" near the end of his semi-coherent "High Time We Went". Don't forget the lemonade lime? Wha??

Not only 2 versions of "Never Can Say Goodbye", but 2 of "I Don't Know How To Love Him" as well -- and the chart is 2 weeks away from a 2nd version of "You've Got a Friend" when Roberta and Donny debut. Other highlights: The Osmonds get the shameless-soundalike follow-up award with "Double Lovin'" (and how that one passed Mormon censorship muster I'll never know) at #15; Donny returns at #10 with "Sweet & Innocent", and is followed by the Patridges' lovely "I'll Meet You Halfway"; and Karen & Richard do right by Paul Williams once again.  Trivia: No less than 4 double-sided hits in the 40: Ms. King at #1 with "It's Too Late"/"I Feel The Earth Move", ReeRee's "Bridge Over Troubled Water"/"Brand New Me", The Guess Who's "Albert Flasher"/"Broken" and the aforementioned Zho Co-Kair's "HTWW" was backed with "Black-Eyed Blues". I've never heard the Guess Who or Cocker B-sides, and I suspect I never will.

BTW, this was the period of AT40 when Casey would play a track from the #1 LP each week -- separate and apart from any hit singles from the album that might be charting.  (One week I remember hearing "Everything's Alright" or somesuch deep cut from JCS!). Sounds like they've been editing those out of these "classics".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on June 07, 2008, 10:54:46 PM
The '80s set rewinds us to 1988, when Van Halen were debuting with the forgettable "Black & Blue" and Steve Winwood was debuting with the Booker-T-able "Roll With It."

classic late-'80s mixture of greatness (TTD's "Sign Your Name"; Eric Carmen's unfairly forgotten "Make Me Lose Control", Lita Ford's fab "Kiss Me Deadly", Brenda Russell's "Piano in the Dark" and Mr Astley's Together Forever" at #1!) and awfulness (JJ Fad's "Supersonic" -- "Stupid-sonic", as I used to call it -- as well as White Lion, Richard Marx, Cheap Trick, and of course Debbie Gibson's uber-shameless ripoff of "Careless Whisper", "Foolish Beat").
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on June 08, 2008, 11:09:22 AM
The '80s set rewinds us to 1988, when Van Halen were debuting with the forgettable "Black & Blue" and Steve Winwood was debuting with the Booker-T-able "Roll With It."

classic late-'80s mixture of greatness (TTD's "Sign Your Name"; Eric Carmen's unfairly forgotten "Make Me Lose Control", Lita Ford's fab "Kiss Me Deadly", Brenda Russell's "Piano in the Dark" and Mr Astley's "Together Forever" at #1!) and awfulness (JJ Fad's "Supersonic" -- "Stupid-sonic", as I used to call it -- as well as White Lion, Richard Marx, Cheap Trick, and of course Debbie Gibson's uber-shameless ripoff of "Careless Whisper", "Foolish Beat").

As long as we're BOS'ing AT40: BOSFRA to Casey's bi-lingual edit of Gloria Estefan's "Anything For You" -- in either language, it's still the Best. Karen Carpenter. Imitation. EVAH!  And I dug hearing EJ's "I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That" as an extra.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on June 08, 2008, 12:14:38 PM
And speaking of rarities: the version of Lita Ford's "Kiss Me Deadly" that Casey played substituted "I didn't get a break" for "I didn't get laid" in the opening line -- I don't think I was even aware there was a "radio-friendly" edit.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 08, 2008, 04:18:52 PM
And speaking of rarities: the version of Lita Ford's "Kiss Me Deadly" that Casey played substituted "I didn't get a break" for "I didn't get laid" in the opening line -- I don't think I was even aware there was a "radio-friendly" edit.
Ha, I noticed that too.  And I'd forgotten how much "Supersonic" sounded like "Cars With the Boom."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 08, 2008, 08:13:13 PM
XM has added Rick Dees' show from the 80's and 90's on weekends now too as well as Casey's show.
I'd be interested in hearing a few of those.  It was Dees's more casual and celebutastic take on the show that informed Ryan Seacrest's current embarrassment of the concept.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 08, 2008, 08:17:26 PM
Debbie Gibson's uber-shameless ripoff of "Careless Whisper", "Foolish Beat").
I remember distinctly thinking this at the time - and being 15 myself at the time, I could totally understand her urge to turn songwriting into a homework exercise: "imitate George Michael by writing a ballad of regret and using a title that appears offhandedly in a verse rather than prominently in the chorus."  She got an A for her efforts, goody two shoes that she was about it all.  The sonic equivalent of student council president, for better and for worse.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on June 12, 2008, 04:15:45 PM
This weekend (6/14-15) AT40-The 70's visits June 18, 1977. The playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2753814.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2753814.pdf)
Also see:
http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on June 13, 2008, 02:41:10 AM
XM has added Rick Dees' show from the 80's and 90's on weekends now too as well as Casey's show.
I'd be interested in hearing a few of those.  It was Dees's more casual and celebutastic take on the show that informed Ryan Seacrest's current embarrassment of the concept.

80's are on at 6AM on Saturday's and 90's are on at 6AM on Sunday's. If you are up at that time and don't have XM, you could listen on AOL's website through their radio page. AOL's website must have deal with XM.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 14, 2008, 07:10:03 AM
'70s BOS to Joe Tex, "I Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)."  OMGWTF to Babs, "My Heart Belongs to Me."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on June 14, 2008, 11:08:50 AM
'70s BOS to Joe Tex, "I Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)."  OMGWTF to Babs, "My Heart Belongs to Me."

"you done broke mah hip!"

I set the alarm for the first hour, since I didn't want to miss Dean Friedman. Went back to sleep after his delightful "Ariel" (I'll forever be disappointed by your lukewarm reaction to it; I figured it'd be right up your alley -- Fountains of Wayne should do a cover).  Nice to hear minor Carpenters, ED&JFC, the GREAT "Lukenbach, Texas", and Ms Reddy's fine Cilla Black cover. And another week with multiple versions of the same song: Maynard Ferguson's "Gonna Fly Now" is forgotten by everyone but me. I'll catch the rest on the replay tonight. The Babs is surely one of my 2 or 3 fave singles of hers.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 14, 2008, 11:16:34 AM
'70s BOS to Joe Tex, "I Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)."  OMGWTF to Babs, "My Heart Belongs to Me."

"you done broke mah hip!"

I set the alarm for the first hour, since I didn't want to miss Dean Friedman. Went back to sleep after his delightful "Ariel" (I'll forever be disappointed by your lukewarm reaction to it; I figured it'd be right up your alley -- Fountains of Wayne should do a cover).  Nice to hear minor Carpenters, ED&JFC, the GREAT "Lukenbach, Texas", and Ms Reddy's fine Cilla Black cover. And another week with multiple versions of the same song: Maynard Ferguson's "Gonna Fly Now" is forgotten by everyone but me. I'll catch the rest on the replay tonight. The Babs is surely one of my 2 or 3 fave singles of hers.
I was actually going to post on "Ariel"!  I wish I could warm up to it, but to my ears it's only Gun Hill Road's "Back When My Hair Was Short" with different period details.  But I'm on board with you on Helen Reddy For The World's great work on "You're My World" and the rare uptempo Carpenters.  "Lucille" at #5 brought back memories; it was a favorite of my dad's (he used to tell a joke whose payoff line was "you picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel").
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 14, 2008, 07:34:01 PM
Casey's '80s go to June 6, 1987 this week.  I was in and out of the room, so I missed a lot of it, but BOS to the unfairly forgotten Expose with "Point of No Return," and WOS to the meathead liberation anthem "I Know What I Like" from Huey Lewis and the News. 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 14, 2008, 07:38:21 PM
HM to Smokey's comeback hit, "Just to See Her."  Nice songwriting if a dated arrangement.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 14, 2008, 08:01:11 PM
OMG!  BOS2 to Herb Alpert's "Diamonds," which I'm not sure I've heard in 20 years.  And I'm still not clear on whether Janet Jackson actually appeared on this record.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on June 14, 2008, 09:11:43 PM
OMG!  BOS2 to Herb Alpert's "Diamonds," which I'm not sure I've heard in 20 years.  And I'm still not clear on whether Janet Jackson actually appeared on this record.

Greg plays that one quite often on CGSS. Are you joking with the Janet J remark? If so I'm not following your logic.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on June 14, 2008, 09:16:00 PM
I was actually going to post on "Ariel"!  I wish I could warm up to it, but to my ears it's only Gun Hill Road's "Back When My Hair Was Short" with different period details. 

TOTALLY different head. Totally.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: urth on June 14, 2008, 11:09:23 PM
"Lucille" at #5 brought back memories; it was a favorite of my dad's (he used to tell a joke whose payoff line was "you picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel").

Slightly off-topic (since I didn't hear the ATF Gaz is referencing), but whenever I think of  Lucille, I'll always think of Country Dick Montana and the Beat Farmers' wacky take on it, where Dick builds it into an angry, profanity-laced rant against "that goddamned ignorant kcufing c*nt Lucille--you BITCH!!!" Lowbrow, yes, but still funny as hell. I miss that band.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 15, 2008, 02:52:21 PM
OMG!  BOS2 to Herb Alpert's "Diamonds," which I'm not sure I've heard in 20 years.  And I'm still not clear on whether Janet Jackson actually appeared on this record.

Greg plays that one quite often on CGSS. Are you joking with the Janet J remark? If so I'm not following your logic.
The rumor I'd heard at the time was that it wasn't actually Janet on the record, that the female vox were solely Lisa Keith done in pure mimickry style, Janet's name being added to give the record a sales/visibility punch.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on June 15, 2008, 08:36:48 PM
OMG!  BOS2 to Herb Alpert's "Diamonds," which I'm not sure I've heard in 20 years.  And I'm still not clear on whether Janet Jackson actually appeared on this record.

Greg plays that one quite often on CGSS. Are you joking with the Janet J remark? If so I'm not following your logic.
The rumor I'd heard at the time was that it wasn't actually Janet on the record, that the female vox were solely Lisa Keith done in pure mimickry style, Janet's name being added to give the record a sales/visibility punch.

Hmm. I'd never heard that, but it seemed pretty clear to me that it was her; wasn't she in the video?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on June 20, 2008, 10:57:11 AM
This weekend (6/21-22) "AT40-The 70s" is from June 14, 1975 (didn't they just do '75 a few weeks ago?!) The playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2774539.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2774539.pdf)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on June 20, 2008, 11:09:20 AM
This weekend (6/21-22) "AT40-The 70s" is from June 14, 1975 (didn't they just do '75 a few weeks ago?!) The playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2774539.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2774539.pdf)

Damn! Country crossover RULES!  Gaz will get to hear Boomer Castleman's "Judy Mae", as well as Tanya Tucker's "Lizzie & the Rainman".  And of course Ray Stevens' fantabulous cover of "Misty" -- one of my favorite remakes EVER.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 20, 2008, 11:41:33 AM
This weekend (6/21-22) "AT40-The 70s" is from June 14, 1975 (didn't they just do '75 a few weeks ago?!) The playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2774539.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2774539.pdf)

Damn! Country crossover RULES!  Gaz will get to hear Boomer Castleman's "Judy Mae", as well as Tanya Tucker's "Lizzie & the Rainman".  And of course Ray Stevens' fantabulous cover of "Misty" -- one of my favorite remakes EVER.
I really appreciate these reminders.  This is gonna be a good weekend.  (Seeing an old friend from London tonight and seeing the Yankees with another friend on Sunday.)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 21, 2008, 06:37:22 AM
This weekend (6/21-22) "AT40-The 70s" is from June 14, 1975 (didn't they just do '75 a few weeks ago?!) The playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2774539.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2774539.pdf)

Damn! Country crossover RULES!  Gaz will get to hear Boomer Castleman's "Judy Mae"
Quite possibly the most fucked-up theme for a hit tune ever, next to "Timothy."  Yikes.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 21, 2008, 07:07:17 AM
This is indeed a treat.  I really enjoyed that Ray Stevens cover of "Misty," and I have to give a nod to Gladys's l-o-n-g opening monologue to "The Way We Were."  But BOS to Smokey Robinson's ode to spambot-preventing character sequences: "Baby That's a CAPTCHA."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 21, 2008, 07:22:58 AM
She's in control, her worries are few: Carly Simon gets her new attitude dancing at #24.  With - I didn't know that! - Carole King on the backing vox.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on June 22, 2008, 12:31:04 AM
XM has added Rick Dees' show from the 80's and 90's on weekends now too as well as Casey's show.
I'd be interested in hearing a few of those.  It was Dees's more casual and celebutastic take on the show that informed Ryan Seacrest's current embarrassment of the concept.

I had a chance to hear some of Rick Dees' old show on Saturday. It was from June 17, 1989 with guest host Michael Damian. Much different style then Casey's shows. Less serious and it is more casual. It's like a morning FM show. Interestingly, Rick Dees is still on the air with his top 40 show (on rick.com) where he has 3 different versions of the top 40, "Hit Radio", "Hot Adult" and "Rhythmic".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 22, 2008, 05:38:10 PM
In at #33 on Casey's '80s, one I haven't heard in years: "Sentimental Street."  This one tugs a nerve for me.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on June 27, 2008, 10:00:02 AM
This weekend (6/28-29) AT40-The 70's visits June 24, 1972. The playlist:
http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on June 27, 2008, 12:59:42 PM
This weekend (6/28-29) AT40-The 70's visits June 24, 1972. The playlist:
http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

can't wait for this one! Ree-Ree's "All the King's Horses" is a lost gem; the Wayne Newton is HFH cheeze personified. And ah lurves the Condoleeza Bros & Sister Rice, "Too Late To Turn Black Now" ;)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 28, 2008, 07:07:59 AM
This has been quite a listen so far.  BOS to Luther Ingram's "If Loving You Is Wrong," a debut at #19.  Numerous OMGWTFs: Wayne Newton's "Daddy Don't You Come So Fast," the Royal Scots Dragoon Guard's "Amazing Grace" (WOS; have I ever told you how much I hate the sound of bagpipes?; although a great story about how an overnight DJ turned it into a hit), and (new to me, amazingly) Cher's "Living in a House Divided."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 28, 2008, 07:37:08 AM
"He'd grab her by the hair ... You can't do that today, fellas - it might come off."  This is actually the first time I've heard "Troglodyte" in its entirety.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: urth on June 28, 2008, 09:31:06 AM
This weekend (6/28-29) AT40-The 70's visits June 24, 1972. The playlist:
http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

can't wait for this one! Ree-Ree's "All the King's Horses" is a lost gem; the Wayne Newton is HFH cheeze personified. And ah lurves the Condoleeza Bros & Sister Rice, "Too Late To Turn Black Now" ;)

No argument on the Wayne Newton, but he's got serious cheeze competition, and it's topping the chart: Sammy Davis' Candy Man!?!? The mind boggles that it actually went #1. And dig the name of the artist at #12--possibly the longest artist name ever: The Pipes & Drums & The Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

No doubt about it, '72 was a wacky year for pop.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 28, 2008, 05:41:31 PM
The '80s went back to 1986, where we have Boys Don't Cry at #13 with "I Wanna Be a Cowboy."  Mike, I know you don't care for this one, but c'mon, if it had been a Devo single people would be creaming over it.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on June 28, 2008, 05:47:13 PM
WTF? Casey just called Nu Shooz (falling 5 to 12 with the sublime "I Can't Wait") "a nine-piece band" led by the husband-wife team.  I thought it was just the two - it took nine people to create that?

Heh, and now Casey talks up Madonna's imminent Shanghai Surprise.  At least she's in with one of her best efforts, "Live to Tell" at #11.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on June 28, 2008, 06:09:55 PM
The '80s went back to 1986, where we have Boys Don't Cry at #13 with "I Wanna Be a Cowboy."  Mike, I know you don't care for this one, but c'mon, if it had been a Devo single people would be creaming over it.

If it had been Devo, it would've actually been funny.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on June 28, 2008, 10:06:58 PM
This weekend (6/28-29) AT40-The 70's visits June 24, 1972. The playlist:
http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

can't wait for this one! Ree-Ree's "All the King's Horses" is a lost gem; the Wayne Newton is HFH cheeze personified. And ah lurves the Condoleeza Bros & Sister Rice, "Too Late To Turn Black Now" ;)

No argument on the Wayne Newton, but he's got serious cheeze competition, and it's topping the chart: Sammy Davis' Candy Man!?!? The mind boggles that it actually went #1.

I've never hated "Candy Man"; it's the only decent song from the overrated Willy Wonka, and Sammy, pro that he was, gave it his all, getting a silk-purse-from-sow's-ear award from me. (The first time I heard it, I assumed it was an anti-drug metaphor!) Had it been released the previous summer (when the movie was in theaters), the song would've been guaranteed an Oscar nomination. But interesting trivia: Sammy and Wayne, both Vegas vets, were on the same label, MGM (Newton on their Chelsea subsid), hardly a world-beater in terms of chart domination -- their only consistent hitmakers were the Osmonds. And label chairman Mike Curb ended up Lieut. Governor of California.

This chart has indeed been a treat. Has Dave ever played Mouth & McNeil's delightful "How Do You Do?"  We had 3 teen idols (Donny, MJ and David Cassidy) back-to-back-to-back at #s 28-27-26. And the ROTFL of the week, is Casey's story about how Karen Carpenter used to beat the crap out of the bullies who threatened brother Richard -- and was a better softball player than him to boot. Well, er... DUH!

Didn't Casey tell this story (about how Neil Diamond realized he could never be a doctor) in another year recently?  And another bit o'trivia: Helen Reddy debuted on the Hot 100 with "I Am Woman" this week in 1972... and dropped out 3 weeks later.  She would re-chart it in Sept., and finally hit #1 in December.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on June 29, 2008, 11:42:37 AM
Wayne Newton's "Daddy Don't You Come So Fast"

Bwahahaha! I just noticed that now.  More trivia: I seem to recall hearing that "DDYWSF" landed in Newton's lap after being turned down by a bunch of singers including Tom Jones.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on July 05, 2008, 08:38:12 AM
This weekend (7/5-6) "AT40-The 70's" presents The Top 40 Disco Hits (1975-79). Originally aired July 4th weekend 1979:
http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on July 05, 2008, 09:26:58 AM
This weekend (7/5-6) "AT40-The 70's" presents The Top 40 Disco Hits (1975-79). Originally aired July 4th weekend 1979:
http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

Hope Gaz gets to hear this one. Caught the Top Ten this morning. Since this was from '79, that means it was originally a 4-hour show; the last hour didn't sound edited, so I'm not sure what they did to compress things (or if maybe KFRC just played the Top 30).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on July 05, 2008, 05:14:43 PM
This weekend (7/5-6) "AT40-The 70's" presents The Top 40 Disco Hits (1975-79). Originally aired July 4th weekend 1979:
http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

Hope Gaz gets to hear this one. Caught the Top Ten this morning. Since this was from '79, that means it was originally a 4-hour show; the last hour didn't sound edited, so I'm not sure what they did to compress things (or if maybe KFRC just played the Top 30).
I'm listening tonight: They started at #30.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on July 06, 2008, 08:16:04 AM
The '80s show was another "special" one: the 40 top new acts of the '80s.  Fairly entertaining, though to be honest, as '80s hits go, the OHWs are a lot more fun.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on July 11, 2008, 09:44:02 AM
This weekend (7/12-13), AT40-The 70's visits July 17, 1976.  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2846717.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2846717.pdf)
or at http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on July 11, 2008, 09:51:57 AM
This weekend (7/12-13), AT40-The 70's visits July 17, 1976.  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2846717.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2846717.pdf)
or at http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

quite the college radio flashback for me -- my first month doing our afternoon Top 40 show.Worth listening just for Eric Carmen's unjustly forgotten "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on July 12, 2008, 07:31:12 AM
This weekend (7/12-13), AT40-The 70's visits July 17, 1976.  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2846717.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2846717.pdf)
or at http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

quite the college radio flashback for me -- my first month doing our afternoon Top 40 show.Worth listening just for Eric Carmen's unjustly forgotten "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again"
I love that one too.  Only one new to me this week is #26, Aerosmith's "Last Child."

More interesting to me is the big deal Casey made about having three debuts in the 20s, one of which marked only the second time since the Beatles' '64 domination that an artist had 3 songs in the Top 40 (the other, which we heard a few months ago, was Melanie in '71, curiously enough).  Today. between guest appearances and iTunes chart bounces, it's outright commonplace for that to happen.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on July 12, 2008, 08:22:25 AM
Hahaha: "It's not the vocals" - Casey Kasem makes fun of the improbable success of John Travolta's swing-and-miss attempt at "Let Her In."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on July 12, 2008, 05:03:39 PM
Casey's '80s go back to July 15, 1983, from the sublime ("It's a Mistake") to the ridiculous ("Hot Girls in Love"!).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on July 12, 2008, 08:47:00 PM
Hahaha: "It's not the vocals" - Casey Kasem makes fun of the improbable success of John Travolta's swing-and-miss attempt at "Let Her In."

For some reason the Wisconsin station started their AT40 a half-hour later than usual, so I just got home in time to hear the Carpenters' most unjustly ignored single, "I Need To Be In Love" -- yes, I believe you did, Karen.  And your song deserved to get a LOT higher than its #25 peak.

And now I get to hear the rest of what Gaz was talking about a few posts back.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem AT40
Post by: Wayback on July 18, 2008, 10:12:00 AM
This weekend (7/19-20) AT40-The 70's goes wayback to July 25, 1970:
http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem AT40
Post by: RGMike on July 18, 2008, 10:14:54 AM
This weekend (7/19-20) AT40-The 70's goes wayback to July 25, 1970:
http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

OMFG! that's only the fourth show he ever did! (AT40 premiered on the 4th of July 1970.) Def looking forward to this -- Gaz will be sorry he was on the road this weekend.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem AT40
Post by: Gazoo on July 19, 2008, 05:15:59 PM
This weekend (7/19-20) AT40-The 70's goes wayback to July 25, 1970:
http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

OMFG! that's only the fourth show he ever did! (AT40 premiered on the 4th of July 1970.) Def looking forward to this -- Gaz will be sorry he was on the road this weekend.
Got back Saturday night in time to tune in on Sunny 101.5 in South Bend.  Marvelous stuff, including the l-o-n-g intro with the Three Degrees' unhinged-lead take on "Maybe."  And "Tell It All, Brother" is really something - how were the First Edition perceived culturally and critically at the time?  It was many years before I heard about them (3WS didn't have them in rotation), so I'm kinda curious.

Meanwhile, the '80s countdown goes to this week in 1980, when the Dirt Band (no more getting down to the Nitty Gritty) debuted at 40 with the anesthetized, lobotomized "Make a Little Magic."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on July 19, 2008, 05:36:21 PM
And now the original recording of Benny Mardones' "Into the Night," perhaps my guiltiest of guilty pleasures.  It's comically oversung and the "she's just 16 years old / 'leave her alone,' they said" line is the creepiest opening ever, yet I have a weird romanticization of it.  I wish I could sing like that, even if I would choose not to.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem AT40
Post by: RGMike on July 19, 2008, 10:10:18 PM
This weekend (7/19-20) AT40-The 70's goes wayback to July 25, 1970:
http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

OMFG! that's only the fourth show he ever did! (AT40 premiered on the 4th of July 1970.) Def looking forward to this -- Gaz will be sorry he was on the road this weekend.
Got back Saturday night in time to tune in on Sunny 101.5 in South Bend.  Marvelous stuff, including the l-o-n-g intro with the Three Degrees' unhinged-lead take on "Maybe."  And "Tell It All, Brother" is really something - how were the First Edition perceived culturally and critically at the time?  It was many years before I heard about them (3WS didn't have them in rotation), so I'm kinda curious.


Wow, wow, wow. Where do I begin on this one?  Maybe it's because it's the first 1970 show we've heard in this series, but the nostalgia factor (for me) is off the, er, charts. The number of "lost hits" was astounding -- the 2 you mentioned plus

"Trying to Make a Fool of Me", Delfonics (I've only ever heard this on KPOO)
"Go Back", Crabby Appleton (a great Raspberries-ish rocker 2 years before the 'berries first single; boy did we all think CA had a big career ahead)
"Mississippi", John Phillips (this was once a Morey semi-regular in '70 sets, but not in years and years)
"Love Land", Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band (boy did I LURVE ths back in the day)
"Silver Bird", Mark Lindsay (a rather shameless "Arizona" clone, it's really only half a song -- needs another verse -- but a swell flashback anyway)
"Save The Country", the 5th Dimension getting more resids for Ms. Nyro, bless 'em.
"Why Can't I Touch You?", the late great Ronnie Dyson
"Lay a Little Lovin...", Robin Macnamara (both he and Dyson were Hair vets)
"Song of Joy", Miguel Rios (One of Beethoven's biggest pre-Walter Murphy hits)

...And that was just the first half!

As to your First Edition question, Gaz... They were considered more pop than rock and therefore were ignored by "serious" prog-FM stations, but their quartet of message hits ("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love...", "Reuben James", "Tell it All" and "Heed The Call") is still impressive IMHO.

Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on July 19, 2008, 10:41:37 PM
TANC: after hearing what Casey called the "4 'O' 'O-o-h Child'" (even though it only has 2 'O's), JJ plays their earlier hit "Baby Make Me Feel So Good", when they were still The Five Stairsteps and Cubie.  And didya know the flip of "O-o-h Child" was their cover of the Beatles' "Dear Prudence"? It was orig the A-side, and it flopped, so they turned the single over and the rest, as they say...
Title: Re: Casey Kasem AT40
Post by: SFGuy on July 19, 2008, 11:01:38 PM
This weekend (7/19-20) AT40-The 70's goes wayback to July 25, 1970:
http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

OMFG! that's only the fourth show he ever did! (AT40 premiered on the 4th of July 1970.) Def looking forward to this -- Gaz will be sorry he was on the road this weekend.

Even though I hate early 1970's music, I think I would listened to his premiere show from 4th of July 1970 just to hear how his first show came off.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem AT40
Post by: RGMike on July 20, 2008, 10:57:29 AM
This weekend (7/19-20) AT40-The 70's goes wayback to July 25, 1970:
http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119 (http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119)

OMFG! that's only the fourth show he ever did! (AT40 premiered on the 4th of July 1970.) Def looking forward to this -- Gaz will be sorry he was on the road this weekend.

Even though I hate early 1970's music, I think I would listened to his premiere show from 4th of July 1970 just to hear how his first show came off.

in 1975, on AT40's 5th anniv, they re-ran the first show in its entirety. I was kinda hoping they'd run it this year. And I meant to mention last nite that hearing such an early episode, Casey is still trying to find his groove, and his voice/delivery are much faster and gruffer; it would take a few years for him to get into that trademark more-syrupy personality.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem AT40
Post by: Gazoo on July 20, 2008, 01:49:11 PM
"Song of Joy", Miguel Rios (One of Beethoven's biggest pre-Walter Murphy hits)
Truly one of the most WTF?! pop hits of all time.  "Bombastic" and "audacious" are really the only words that could describe that production.  Like they devised 6 arrangements - and then decided to use ALL of them.  So glad I finally heard it in its entirety.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on July 24, 2008, 08:57:39 PM
This week: Casey's '70s flashback is to July 22, 1978:

http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119

Get ready to boogie-oogie-oogie!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on July 26, 2008, 07:57:26 PM
This week: Casey's '70s flashback is to July 22, 1978:

http://www.mynorthwest.com/?sid=22371&nid=119

Get ready to boogie-oogie-oogie!

Highlights so far:

Bruce's "Prove it all Night" at its shamefully inadequate peak of #33, Macca's "I've Had Enough", in which he tells Linda to STFU and stop being a  back-seat driver (talk about trying to write lyrics below your class!), the always fab "King Tut", Ms Flack's long-forgotten "If Ever I see You Again" (a movie theme from the guy who wrote "You Light Up My Life"), and Babs' equally-forgotten "Songbird".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on July 26, 2008, 08:14:09 PM
#38: Quincy Jones's first Top 40 charting single under his name, with vox from Valerie Simpson and a tastefully restrained Chaka Khan: "Stuff Like That."  New to me; dug it.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on July 26, 2008, 08:29:14 PM
Also new to me: Kenny Rogers, "Love or Something Like It," sounding like "Third-Rate Rendezvous" with a touch of "Jamaica Jerk-Off."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on July 26, 2008, 08:44:21 PM
OMG! I never knew Walter Egan was from Queens! Forest Hills, in fact.

And I'd forgotten what a nice record Michael Johnson's "Bluer Than Blue" is. Ditto Toby Beau's "My Angel Baby" -- one of my fave OHWs, and a song that owes more than a little to "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye"... which of course they covered a year later, after their follow-ups to MAB flopped.  They were quite an energetic bunch when I saw 'em open for Bob Seger that fall.

This has also been a good chart for forgotten disco: Love & Kisses' "Thank God It's Friday" and Peter Brown's "Dance With Me".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on July 26, 2008, 08:50:31 PM
And then the punches flew! And chairs were smashed in two! There was blood in a single gunshot -- but just Who. Shot. Who?

Damned if I know, and I don't think Mr Manilow does either.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on July 26, 2008, 10:08:32 PM
That stat about the RSO label holding the #1 spot for 29-out-of-32 weeks (!) is quite astounding.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on July 27, 2008, 07:47:24 AM
Casey's '80s take us to this week in 1981, where we find that when disco died, it took funk with it.  Just in the 20s we have John Schneider's flimsy take on "It's Now or Never," Ronnie Milsap's "There's No Getting Over Me" (he was big on Pgh radio at the time), and Rosanne Cash's sublime "Seven Year Ache."  And a lot of AC smooveness like Stanley Clarke and (name?)'s "Sweet Baby" and A Taste of Honey's quiet-stormed "Sukiyaki."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on July 27, 2008, 08:00:08 AM
I wonder if Sheena Easton's "Modern Girl" (here at #18, first time I've heard in 27 years) provided the rhythm bed for the current hit "American Boy" by Estelle with Kanye West.  Sounding similar at this blearily awake hour.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on July 27, 2008, 08:33:47 AM
For the "I didn't know that!" files: Stars on 45 (in at 12 with what Casey titled as simply "Medley") were produced by the former drummer of Golden Earring.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on July 27, 2008, 12:20:32 PM
And a lot of AC smooveness like Stanley Clarke and (name?)'s "Sweet Baby"

name: George Duke.

Indeed, not only did disco die, but '81 was the year Top 40 radio died from Adult Contemporary-itis.  It would be resurrected 2 years later by Scott Shannon, with some help from the MTV playlist.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on July 27, 2008, 03:38:51 PM
And a lot of AC smooveness like Stanley Clarke and (name?)'s "Sweet Baby"

name: George Duke.

Indeed, not only did disco die, but '81 was the year Top 40 radio died from Adult Contemporary-itis.  It would be resurrected 2 years later by Scott Shannon, with some help from the MTV playlist.
This is a fascinating subject to me - the sheer magnitude of the playlist overhauls that took place in that period.  I confess that I feel a bit cheated by a teenage upbringing on (over-)formatted radio.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on July 27, 2008, 05:59:27 PM
And a lot of AC smooveness like Stanley Clarke and (name?)'s "Sweet Baby"

name: George Duke.

Indeed, not only did disco die, but '81 was the year Top 40 radio died from Adult Contemporary-itis.  It would be resurrected 2 years later by Scott Shannon, with some help from the MTV playlist.
This is a fascinating subject to me - the sheer magnitude of the playlist overhauls that took place in that period.  I confess that I feel a bit cheated by a teenage upbringing on (over-)formatted radio.

I dunno about playlist overhauls, necessarily... the audience that had grown up with Top 40 radio were aging; their kids had gravitated to FM rock stations.  But those aging boomers were buying and requesting singles -- just not hard-rockin' ones. Thus the rise of Air Supply, for one example, and Top 40 stations began to drift. The most famous Top 40 station in the country, NYC's WABC, switched to talk (in their latter days, they were *very* A/C, even refusing to play "I Love Rock'n'Roll' when it was #1).  2 years later Scott Shannon realized that Top 40 could work on FM and (by smartly mixing some urban tracks with pop hits) he created Z-100. And then MTV's popularity did the rest. Within a year every market had a Z-100 clone.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on July 28, 2008, 07:34:56 AM
Great history, thanks.  I still wonder, though, when and how the idea arose that people didn't want to hear across-the-board Top 40 on one station (getting, say, LZ, Doobs and Aretha back to back).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on July 28, 2008, 07:55:23 AM
Great history, thanks.  I still wonder, though, when and how the idea arose that people didn't want to hear across-the-board Top 40 on one station (getting, say, LZ, Doobs and Aretha back to back).

It really was a combination of the rise of FM in the '70s (which drew younger rock fans away from AM -- "wow, we can hear Zep and Floyd without Streisand and Tony Orlando!") and the aging of the original Top 40 audience. Once somebody figured out that micro-targeting specific demographics could be more profitable than mass-appeal, the die was cast.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on July 31, 2008, 09:07:51 AM
This weekend (8/2-3) Casey's 70's show is from Aug 7, 1971
Ah yes, memories of summer camp.  The playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2914212.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2914212.pdf)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on July 31, 2008, 09:12:32 AM
This weekend (8/2-3) Casey's 70's show is from Aug 7, 1971
Ah yes, memories of summer camp.  The playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2914212.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2914212.pdf)

Wonderful, wonderful!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 02, 2008, 09:11:56 PM
This weekend (8/2-3) Casey's 70's show is from Aug 7, 1971
Ah yes, memories of summer camp.  The playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2914212.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2914212.pdf)

Wonderful, wonderful!
Tuned in @ #26, shocked that the J5 could debut at 30 with "Maybe Tomorrow," move to 24 this week - but stall at #20 after 4 #1s and a #2.  I love this song, dunno why others didn't.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 02, 2008, 09:16:40 PM
It's gonna sound weird to say this, but I find it really weird to hear the Doors on a Top 40 countdown.  Same with the Beatles - something in my head forces certain acts to exist in a frame separate from the Top 40.  "Riders on the Storm" are the big movers in this countdown, up 13 to 23 this week.

ETA: Somehow it didn't enter my head that Jim had died earlier this month - hence Casey's understated "the late Jim Morrison."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 02, 2008, 09:41:50 PM
I like how CCR pronounce "Sweet Hitch-hiker" as "Sweditch-a Hikah."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 02, 2008, 10:14:28 PM
Casey teases whatever's #9 or #8 as "the most unusual song of the year."  I love that I have no idea where he's going with this.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 02, 2008, 10:19:55 PM
This weekend (8/2-3) Casey's 70's show is from Aug 7, 1971
Ah yes, memories of summer camp.  The playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2914212.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2914212.pdf)

Wonderful, wonderful!
Tuned in @ #26, shocked that the J5 could debut at 30 with "Maybe Tomorrow," move to 24 this week - but stall at #20 after 4 #1s and a #2.  I love this song, dunno why others didn't.

I just arrived home in time to hear "MT", one of my very fave J-5 tunes and I completely agree -- I was baffled and heartbroken when it didn't go all the way.

And I also mondegreened "Sweet Hitch-hiker" at the time, tho' I heard it as "Willie the Hiker". I like yours better, ya, you betcha.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 02, 2008, 10:22:31 PM
Casey teases whatever's #9 or #8 as "the most unusual song of the year."  I love that I have no idea where he's going with this.

We're an hour apart here -- I'm hearing the KFRC pm replay -- but OMFG you're about to hear Tom Clay!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 02, 2008, 10:23:51 PM
BTW, sorry I missed the Condoleeza Bros. & Sister Rice. Treat her like a ladle -- spoon with her!

Chart trivia: this was the week Dylan's "Watching the River Flow" peaked at #41!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 02, 2008, 10:28:03 PM
Casey teases whatever's #9 or #8 as "the most unusual song of the year."  I love that I have no idea where he's going with this.

We're an hour apart here -- I'm hearing the KFRC pm replay -- but OMFG you're about to hear Tom Clay!
Yup.  The "What the World Needs Now/Abraham, Martin & John" medley is unusual - but the most so of the year?  Still, glad I heard it in its entirety.  A very foreign world to me.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 02, 2008, 10:39:08 PM
Casey teases whatever's #9 or #8 as "the most unusual song of the year."  I love that I have no idea where he's going with this.

We're an hour apart here -- I'm hearing the KFRC pm replay -- but OMFG you're about to hear Tom Clay!
Yup.  The "What the World Needs Now/Abraham, Martin & John" medley is unusual - but the most so of the year?

You mean compared to all the other hits with assassination clips in them?  ;)

Of course, "Desiderata" wouldn't chart for another few months. The Clay single was a love-it-or-hate-it proposition.  I'd like to think it was heartfelt -- Clay was a DJ on WCBS-FM for a while in 1970 (before they were Oldies) and he was a rather emotional guy. I remember being shocked one night to hear him going on about how "cute" he thought Richard Harris was (!). But many thought the record was a tasteless cash-in that in any case didn't need to be heard every 2-1/2 hours on Top 40 radio.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 02, 2008, 10:57:14 PM
Yup.  The "What the World Needs Now/Abraham, Martin & John" medley is unusual - but the most so of the year?

You mean compared to all the other hits with assassination clips in them?  ;)
I was thinking - albeit a year off - of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guard.

The Clay tune was interesting to hear, especially the opening "What does _____ mean?" queries, but no, I wouldn't want a steady radio diet of it.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 02, 2008, 11:00:00 PM
Cimarron's "Rings", another shoulda-been-bigger one, is still just lovely. The country cover by Tompall & the Glaser Bros would chart around the same time -- only they had Merle Haggard on their stereo, as I recall... and "Mario" I think became "Billy Joe".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 02, 2008, 11:05:28 PM
A Flashback-of-the-Week contender: Delaney & Bonnie's "Never-Ending Song Of Love".

BTW, in light of the Clay discussion, note the number of socially-conscious songs in the 40 -- next up is one of my faves: "Bring the Boys Home". Tell 'em 'bout it!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 02, 2008, 11:31:59 PM
The Clay tune was interesting to hear, especially the opening "What does _____ mean?" queries...

Wow. Casey played the entire 6-1/2 minute looooong version of the Clay thing -- a shorter version was serviced to radio and was heard more often than not back then. I hadn't heard it in many years (even tho' I own it, on one of those "Hard-to-Find Motown" comps -- it was released on MoWest) and I must say it's an impressive piece of montagery, if that's a word. Bookending it with the kids was a nice touch. 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on August 07, 2008, 10:07:03 AM
This weekend (8/9-10) Casey's 70's visits Aug 4, 1973:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2937548.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2937548.pdf)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 09, 2008, 07:10:06 AM
This weekend (8/9-10) Casey's 70's visits Aug 4, 1973:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2937548.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2937548.pdf)
I woke up at 10 EST, so I tuned in to the Chico, CA, countdown - and they were doing last week's 1971 set.

Fucking Chico stoners.  Ah well, nothing in positions #40-#27 from '73 is new to me, though I would have enjoyed hearing the Foster Sylvers and Gladys Knight/Pips tunes.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 09, 2008, 07:26:43 AM
This weekend (8/9-10) Casey's 70's visits Aug 4, 1973:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2937548.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2937548.pdf)
Casey goes slangy at #23, referring to the close buddies of Bloodstone as "six stone bloods."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on August 09, 2008, 07:27:44 AM
This weekend (8/9-10) Casey's 70's visits Aug 4, 1973:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2937548.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2937548.pdf)
I woke up at 10 EST, so I tuned in to the Chico, CA, countdown - and they were doing last week's 1971 set.
Fucking Chico stoners.  Ah well, nothing in positions #40-#27 from '73 is new to me, though I would have enjoyed hearing the Foster Sylvers and Gladys Knight/Pips tunes.
Yes, it's annoying when stations don't stick to schedule. I notice that Seattle station hasn't been timely in posting the weekly playlist, luckily a Michigan station is on top of it.  Well, try one of the other stations either today or tomorrow.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on August 09, 2008, 07:50:48 AM
Funny hearing Pink Floyd's "Money" on Top 40 (at #18).  I didn't realize it was released as a single and had charted that high.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 09, 2008, 07:57:55 AM
Weird to bounce from Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" to Bette Midler's "Bugle Boy" to Charlie Daniels' encounter with the Kyew Klux Klan.  But I like this kind of head-spinning.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 09, 2008, 08:11:39 AM
Most WTF of set: the reissue of "The Monster Mash."  No idea what spawned that (and in summer rather than Halloween season), but Casey sez Bobby Pickett was working as a NYC cab driver when it hit again.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on August 09, 2008, 08:44:33 AM
Weird to bounce from Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" to Bette Midler's "Bugle Boy" to Charlie Daniels' encounter with the Kyew Klux Klan.  But I like this kind of head-spinning.
Yes, and further along, going from the Carpenters "Yesterday Once More" into Deep Purple "Smoke On the Water"  :o
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 09, 2008, 07:22:02 PM
Weird to bounce from Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" to Bette Midler's "Bugle Boy" to Charlie Daniels' encounter with the Kyew Klux Klan.  But I like this kind of head-spinning.

Casey's cracking me up tonite: He gives us the story about Mac Rebbenack discovering his "Dr John" persona in prison (hmm... bet the sequins amd make-up made him VERY popular!) but when he gets to the Doobie Brothers ("who aren't -- they needed a name and someone came up with 'doobie'") he avoids the drug reference altogether. 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 09, 2008, 07:35:37 PM
Awwwww... it's Clint Holmes and the kiddies!  I know this is a HFH for many, but I still have much affection for it.

And now Casey gives a "great radio stations like..." shout-out to NYC's WPIX-FM, the station where I heard the show for years.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 09, 2008, 08:21:35 PM
Wow, I can honestly say I haven't heard Lobo's "How Can I Tell Her" since '73.

Quiet now -- Ree-Ree's gettin' a call from sistah Carolyn.  And I think the good folks of Oakland musta been surprised to hear Casey say that Tower of Power are from SF!

And from smooth soul to whiter-than-white (sorry, Thelma & Joyce): Dawn's "(Say Has Anybody Seen my) Sweet Gypsy Rose?"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 09, 2008, 09:04:50 PM
More discreetness: Casey tells us Bette Midler got her start singing in front of "naked men" but doesn't explain why they were naked.  And now someone's bleeped the phrase "pinko fags" in Charlie Daniels' "Uneasy Rider"!

Followed by another one I'm in the minority on: Gilbert O's "Get Down", a delightful slice of pop IMHO, and a fond Summer-of-'73 flashback.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 09, 2008, 10:09:34 PM
And Maureen McG is #1 -- amazing what a Best Song Oscar can do for ya.

"Nice to see Mrs McGovern paying off the Senator's campaign debt with a hit record" was a popular deejay line at the time.

Sorry, Casey, your prediction that "Live & Let Die" will hit #1 the following week did not come to pass.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 10, 2008, 07:02:16 AM
The most recent '80s countdown I've heard yet: Aug. 6, 1988.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 10, 2008, 07:20:14 AM
Hmm, I hadn't heard Peter Cetera's "One Good Woman" in the 20 years since it was a hit.  Sends me back to a Saturday morning I spent with my brother doing painting and yardwork chores for some old woman as a favor to our mom; the radio was on and this song, being new and potentially Top 10-bound, came up hourly.  My joke at the time was, "Think what FIVE or SIX good women could do!"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 10, 2008, 07:24:47 AM
Wow, I don't remember this one at all: Denise Lopez (who?), "Sayin' Sorry Don't Make It Right."  Fits in nicely with the Latina-girl boom that was hitting then with Corina, Expose, and others.

ETA: "I can take only so much.  And I have taken all I intend to take."  Great finish!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 10, 2008, 09:15:31 AM
Most. Unnecessary. Cover. EVER.: Chubby Checker and the Fat Boys, doin' the Twist, somehow at #16 this week.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 10, 2008, 12:11:44 PM
The most recent '80s countdown I've heard yet: Aug. 6, 1988.

That was Casey's final show!!!

So, did he say goodbye at the end -- I seem to remember that he did, but they may have edited it for this version.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 10, 2008, 04:02:54 PM
The most recent '80s countdown I've heard yet: Aug. 6, 1988.

That was Casey's final show!!!

So, did he say goodbye at the end -- I seem to remember that he did, but they may have edited it for this version.
Seriously?  I had no idea!  I had to leave @ #10 (George Michael's "Monkey," in which, keeping with the Doobie theme you mentioned earlier, Casey doesn't mention that definition) for a picnic; I should tune into another rebroadcast tonight to find out.

But first, Barry Scott ...
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 10, 2008, 08:59:25 PM
The most recent '80s countdown I've heard yet: Aug. 6, 1988.

That was Casey's final show!!!

So, did he say goodbye at the end -- I seem to remember that he did, but they may have edited it for this version.
No allusion to this at all, though he did plug his TV show, America's Top 10.

ETA: But Wikipedia confirms that this was indeed his last date: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Top_40
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on August 14, 2008, 11:05:41 AM
This weekend (8/16-17) Casey70's visits Aug 13, 1977. Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2959568.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2959568.pdf)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 16, 2008, 07:11:53 PM
This weekend (8/16-17) Casey70's visits Aug 13, 1977. Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2959568.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/2959568.pdf)

the countdown begins with 3 very nice forgotten hits: Glen Campbell's "Sunflower" (a Neil Diamond comp), the BeeGees' live "Edge of the Universe", and Hot Chocolate's fab "So You Win Again".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 16, 2008, 07:48:26 PM
Casey gives Elvis' terriffic "Way Down" a big intro -- this show was recorded a week before Presley's death, so following the King with "Cold as Ice" wasn't the Moreyesque seque then that it seems now.

And I'd completely forgotten that the London Symphony's version of "Star Wars" made the Top 40 several weeks before Meco's.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 16, 2008, 08:16:23 PM
Casey gives Elvis' terriffic "Way Down" a big intro -- this show was recorded a week before Presley's death, so following the King with "Cold as Ice" wasn't the Moreyesque seque then that it seems now.

And I'd completely forgotten that the London Symphony's version of "Star Wars" made the Top 40 several weeks before Meco's.
I'm listening to this now.  Loved Hot Chocolate's "So You Win Again" (the Campbell and Bee Gees, not really) and Johnny Rivers' "Slow Dancin'."  Weird to hear Elvis knowing what was just around the corner.  And OMGWTFLOL to the Floaters, who like all women of the world.  And in Charles's case, ARE like all women of the world.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 16, 2008, 09:40:29 PM
News to me: The Commodores started out backing up the Jackson 5, sez Casey.

VHMs to Helen Reddy's tour de force on "You're My World," Barry's queer grandeur on "Looks Like We Made It," and Babs's queerer grandeur on "My Heart Belongs to Me."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 17, 2008, 06:53:42 AM
Casey's '80s hit this week in 1985.  Heart of my Top 40 listening, so nothing here is unfamiliar; BOS votes to Lisa Lisa et al's "I Wonder if I Take You Home," RFTW's "Oh Sheila," and Madonna's unfairly forgotten "Dress You Up."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on August 17, 2008, 10:29:08 AM
I'm listening now to the 77 show. Unfortunately I missed the beginning and Glen Campbell (today's Chronicle Pop Quiz (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/08/15/PKAI127OHE.DTL) subject), Bee Gees and Hot Chocolate, and I just suffered through Shaun Cassidy's Da Doo Ron Ron. 

This is great stuff, but I forgot how radio (AM back in those days, of course) would rely on the sub-three minute radio edit versions of songs.  Reminds me of the K-Tel's 'Dynamite' LP I got for xmas which had 20 (!) songs on it, each less than 2 mins, I'm sure:

(http://a6.vox.com/6a00c2252085ef549d00cd9729273e4cd5-200pi)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 17, 2008, 11:27:50 AM
I'm listening now to the 77 show. Unfortunately I missed the beginning and Glen Campbell (today's Chronicle Pop Quiz (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/08/15/PKAI127OHE.DTL) subject), Bee Gees and Hot Chocolate, and I just suffered through Shaun Cassidy's Da Doo Ron Ron. 

Just read the review in EW of Glen Campbell's new CD -- he's 72! -- and he does covers of John Lennon, Jackson Browne, the Replacements (!), U2 and TP (I'll bet his version of Petty's "Walls" is dead-on perfect).

ETA: and now I just read the Chronicle piece -- rather nice, and Aidin Vaiziri kept his snark at a low level for a change.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 17, 2008, 08:44:26 PM
Casey gives Elvis' terriffic "Way Down" a big intro -- this show was recorded a week before Presley's death

Dumb question: Why didn't his death send "Way Down" way up to the Top 10?

Not so dumb question: Why isn't the BCRs' "You Made Me Believe in Magic" better remembered?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 17, 2008, 10:07:03 PM
Also meant to mention that the phrase "smoke from a distant fire" never actually appears in that song (they sing "smoke OF a distant fire").
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 18, 2008, 09:03:49 AM
Casey gives Elvis' terriffic "Way Down" a big intro -- this show was recorded a week before Presley's death

Dumb question: Why didn't his death send "Way Down" way up to the Top 10?

Well... it had pretty much peaked when he died, it was on its way down... and it did reverse course and go back up to #18, which is fairly unheard-of as it is. It hit # 1 Country, however.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on August 22, 2008, 01:37:19 PM
This weekend (8/23-24) Casey70's visits Aug 30, 1975. Playlist:
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 22, 2008, 03:21:46 PM
This weekend (8/23-24) Casey70's visits Aug 30, 1975. Playlist:
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)

coupla classic HFHs there --Austin Roberts' atrocious "Rocky" and of course "Run Joey Run". But worth tuning in for the Carpenters lovely cover of Neil Sedacky (by cracky), "Solitaire", the only Top 40 hit of theirs that's NOT on my 2-disc best-of.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 23, 2008, 05:12:16 AM
My reasons for tuning in start all the way back at #39 with, fortuitously enough, one I blogged about this week in tribute to Pervis Jackson, the Spinners' " 'They Just Can't Stop It' the (Games People Play)," which Casey calls by its subtitle.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 23, 2008, 05:13:29 AM
Austin Roberts' atrocious "Rocky"
"Rocky, I've never been loved before / Don't know if I can do it" - yikes.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 23, 2008, 05:19:38 AM
"Glass House" from the Tempts was left off their 2-disc GH comp I have.  I can hear why.

But a strong BOS candidate in New Birth's "Dream Merchant"; I've never heard the Jerry Butler original.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 23, 2008, 05:46:20 AM
I didn't know the Osmonds' "The Proud One" had initially been a Frankie Valli tune.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 23, 2008, 06:20:01 AM
Last week's Casey Countdown had a Johnny Rivers cover ("Slow Dancin'") and a cover of a Beach Boys tune (B.J. Thomas's take on "Don't Worry Baby").  Now the two great tastes taste ... well, half-decent together on JR's "Help Me Rhonda" cover.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 23, 2008, 06:30:22 AM
John Denver debuts impressively at #20 with "I'm Sorry."  My question, for those who were paying attention at the time: Was that purely on "I'm Sorry"'s sales and airplay, or was "Calypso"'s play being added in as well?  Two-sided hits always confuse me, especially since Billboard has changed its policy on them several times over the years.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 23, 2008, 07:25:43 AM
It's still amazing to me that there are people here who dislike "Why Can't We Be Friends?"  :P  It's the sound of a giant smiley face.
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/5b/War-WhyCan'tWeBeFriends.jpg/220px-War-WhyCan'tWeBeFriends.jpg)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 23, 2008, 07:39:12 AM
Janis Ian's "At Seventeen" sounding quite nice this morning.  We recently ran a good Q&A with her, timed with the publication of her memoirs, Society's Child:

http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1830208,00.html
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on August 23, 2008, 08:58:34 AM
Casey just brought me back in time -- nothing new when listening to AT40, I know, but when he said how "two weeks ago this was at Number One, and now it's slipped down a bit to Number Six.  Here's the Bee Gees ... with 'Jive Talking,' " I can picture the exact time and place back in 1975 when this happened.  I was at the Monroe County Fair in Henrietta New York on a weekend afternoon.  It was sunny and I was walking around the midway and the rip-off games (yeah, NOW I know...), and the speakers around the fair were playing AT40.  He did his usual end of the countdown build up, and when he revealed that Jive Talking was Number One, I felt a pang of regret.  You see, I had just sold my 45 copy of JT to my friend John D. I think I gave him that for 50 cents and address book for some reason.  Now I felt like I blew it.

wow, what a trip back in time in my mind... LITERALLY .


ETA off topic:  last night, the woman doing color commentary for the men's platform diving in the Olympics said how one competitor had "literally fallen apart in the preliminary rounds."  Why can't NBC show that?

Yuck, get the skimmer out!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 23, 2008, 09:14:53 AM
ETA off topic:  last night, the woman doing color commentary for the men's platform diving in the Olympics said how one competitor had "literally fallen apart in the preliminary rounds."  Why can't NBC show that?

Yuck, get the skimmer out!
OMFG!  I noticed that too, but didn't think to post it here.  Too funny!

Leprosy
Every day I lose a part of me
I'm not half the man I used to be
Oh, why did I get leprosy?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on August 23, 2008, 09:21:21 AM
ETA off topic:  last night, the woman doing color commentary for the men's platform diving in the Olympics said how one competitor had "literally fallen apart in the preliminary rounds."  Why can't NBC show that?

Yuck, get the skimmer out!
OMFG!  I noticed that too, but didn't think to post it here.  Too funny!

Leprosy
Every day I lose a part of me
I'm not half the man I used to be
Oh, why did I get leprosy?



Q: Why did they stop the Leprosy poker game?
A: Everyone threw their hands in.

Q: Why did they stop the Leprosy hockey game?
A: There was a face off in the corner.
 :-\
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 23, 2008, 11:22:21 AM
I didn't know the Osmonds' "The Proud One" had initially been a Frankie Valli tune.

indeed, and one of their finer moments, IMHO. Valli's version is on Rhino's fab "In Season" Anthology, a 2-CD set that's all the FV&4S you'll ever need. I bought it after seeing Jersey Boys and was mighty glad I did.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 23, 2008, 11:30:15 AM
John Denver debuts impressively at #20 with "I'm Sorry."  My question, for those who were paying attention at the time: Was that purely on "I'm Sorry"'s sales and airplay, or was "Calypso"'s play being added in as well?  Two-sided hits always confuse me, especially since Billboard has changed its policy on them several times over the years.

Billboard didn't start listing it as a double-sided hit until October -- right after it had peaked at #1. It spent 5 weeks at #2, the last 4 of those it was shown as "Calypso/I'm Sorry" and it remained as such for the rest of its run.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 23, 2008, 07:12:16 PM
I don't think I've heard this Doobies tune "Sweet Maxine" (spending its one and only week in the Top 40) more than 2 or 3 times in the past 33 years. And this Austin Roberts thing really is an awful piece of songwriting. Blecch.

Another week, another Helen Reddy hit: "No Way To Treat a Lady", and she really is one of the most underrated singers of all time.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 23, 2008, 08:15:54 PM
And I surely haven't heard this song about Muhammad Ali ("Black Superman") since '75!  One of the most charming novelties ever to chart.

And from sublime to ridiculous: the dreaded Geddes with "Run Joey Run"!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 23, 2008, 08:22:04 PM
Last week's Casey Countdown had a Johnny Rivers cover ("Slow Dancin'") and a cover of a Beach Boys tune (B.J. Thomas's take on "Don't Worry Baby").  Now the two great tastes taste ... well, half-decent together on JR's "Help Me Rhonda" cover.

At my college radio station we used to joke about Mr Rivers having his "bi-annual remake hit": "Rockin' Pneumonia" in '73, "Rhonda" in '75 and "Dancin'" in '77. (all 3 on different labels, BTW)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 23, 2008, 08:33:34 PM
LOL! Casey makes up for ZZTop's mis-pronunciation of "Tush" by saying it the correct (i.e., Yiddish) way!

I'd forgotten how syrupy "I'm Sorry" is -- but it occurs to me maybe JD should've given it to ONJ.

And we get our 2nd Sedaka reference of the countdown with C&T's "LWKUT", followed by Casey's engineers doing their Worst. Editing. Job. EVAH. on "Third Rate Romance".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 24, 2008, 07:55:49 AM
Casey's '80s take us to this week in 1987, where we got a couple Mike faves ("Mary's Prayer," "Back in the High Life") and a few I hadn't heard on the radio in 20 years:  "Living in a Box" (quick, can you name the other acts who charted with songs named after themselves?), Dionne Warwick and Jeffrey Osborne's "Love Power," Dan Hill and Vonda Shepard's excremental "Can't We Try" (immortal bridge: "Don't let our love fade away / No matter what people say"), and my beloved Starship, appropriately marking Grace Slick's final Top 40 showing with "It's Not Over Till It's Over."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 24, 2008, 08:09:46 AM
A criminally forgotten favorite in the Top 10: T'Pau, "Heart and Soul."  I think the Monkees' "Heart and Soul" may have been in the Hot 100 around this time, though it missed the 40.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on August 25, 2008, 01:08:59 AM
Casey's XM version is from August 20, 1983, where at the beginning of the show mentioned an error on the show from the previous week. They played Pieces of Ice by Diana Ross at #38 when it was supposed to be at #45. They missed It's Inevitable by Charlie. Casey said it was an error not caught until after the show.

Chart contained a version I forgot about: Laura Branigan's version "How am I supposed to live without you". Show also contained board "favorites"  Men at Work (It's a Mistake at 6), Taco #9, Asia (Don't Cry #23), Journey (After the Fall #24) and Madness (Our House at 39). #36 had the very forgettable Frank Stallone (Far From Over).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 25, 2008, 09:38:22 AM
Casey's XM version is from August 20, 1983, where at the beginning of the show mentioned an error on the show from the previous week. They played Pieces of Ice by Diana Ross at #38 when it was supposed to be at #45. They missed It's Inevitable by Charlie. Casey said it was an error not caught until after the show.

Chart contained a version I forgot about: Laura Branigan's version "How am I supposed to live without you". Show also contained board "favorites"  Men at Work (It's a Mistake at 6), Taco #9, Asia (Don't Cry #23), Journey (After the Fall #24) and Madness (Our House at 39). #36 had the very forgettable Frank Stallone (Far From Over).
I'd have enjoyed hearing this one.  That wrong-song gaffe is mentioned in AT40's Wikipedia entry; it's apparently the only time in AT40 history this ever happened.  (And the Charlie song is awful; listeners didn't miss anything.)

I'm probably the only fan of the Taco song here.  And I even remember his follow-up: "Let's Face the Music and Dance."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 25, 2008, 09:58:45 AM
I'm probably the only fan of the Taco song here.  And I even remember his follow-up: "Let's Face the Music and Dance."

indeed, you're the only fan of the Taco song in the world who wasn't 12 years old (or thereabouts) in 1983 ;)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 25, 2008, 10:02:42 AM
I'm probably the only fan of the Taco song here.  And I even remember his follow-up: "Let's Face the Music and Dance."

indeed, you're the only fan of the Taco song in the world who wasn't 12 years old (or thereabouts) in 1983 ;)
I was 10; close enough?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 25, 2008, 10:07:11 AM
I'm probably the only fan of the Taco song here.  And I even remember his follow-up: "Let's Face the Music and Dance."

indeed, you're the only fan of the Taco song in the world who wasn't 12 years old (or thereabouts) in 1983 ;)
I was 10; close enough?

Yup. Gawd, it's an awful beyond-cheezy production; even if that was on purpose... it's bad.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 28, 2008, 04:04:31 PM
This week Casey gives us Sept 14th 1974:

http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3002858.pdf

Some Gaz-tastic stuff there (we get Helen Reddy for the 3rd week in  a row!), and can't wait to hear that very rare Tower of Power track.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on August 28, 2008, 07:19:05 PM
Exc-O-lent, a double dose of Mac Davis, plus great '74 cheese from Paper Lace, Bo Donaldson & Heywoods, Tony Orlando, First Class, Jim Stafford, Paul Anka plus 'Earache My Eye'!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 28, 2008, 09:23:07 PM
Exc-O-lent, a double dose of Mac Davis, plus great '74 cheese from Paper Lace, Bo Donaldson & Heywoods, Tony Orlando, First Class, Jim Stafford, Paul Anka plus 'Earache My Eye'!

"featuring Alice Bowie" -- LOL!  indeed, I'm looking forward to Saturday nite.

BTW, the reason that Seattle station stopped updating their AT40 set-list page is that they switched formats (dropped oldies in favor of simulcasting an all-news AM station owned by the same company).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 30, 2008, 06:11:24 AM
The Miracles have a love that's really real at #40 with "Do It" - which I sincerely thought was Diana Ross first time I heard it.

And Mac Davis is a guilty pleasure at #38 with "One Hell of a Woman."  This would be fun at karaoke.  Mac admitted that the guitar riff is lifted from "Satisfaction."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 30, 2008, 06:26:21 AM
Son of a fucking bitch.  The player crapped out, and I can't get any of the other broadcasts.   >:(  I was looking forward to this.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 30, 2008, 07:15:33 AM
Son of a fucking bitch.  The player crapped out, and I can't get any of the other broadcasts.   >:(  I was looking forward to this.
Went with Chico's 102.1, an hour later.  Casey sounds hung over.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 30, 2008, 07:37:03 AM
And Mac Davis is a guilty pleasure at #38 with "One Hell of a Woman."

Almost a twin-spin, as he shows up again a few places later with the inferior "Delta Dawn" rewrite "Stop and Smell the Roses."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 30, 2008, 08:07:57 AM
WOS: Fancy, at #25, with "Wild Thing."  I don't have the stomach.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 30, 2008, 08:35:10 AM
The Stylistics' "Let's Put It All Together" at #20 was new to me.  Same would be true of Billy "Crash" Craddock's "Rub It In" at 22 except for those air-freshener commercials.

And a personal fave at 19: Bo Donaldson & the Haywoods' "Who Do You Think You Are?"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on August 30, 2008, 08:45:02 AM
WOS: Fancy, at #25, with "Wild Thing."  I don't have the stomach.
Most different/fun of set, at #23, Cheech & Chong 'Earache My Eye':
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwBxXLC4zUo&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwBxXLC4zUo&feature=related)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 30, 2008, 09:26:26 AM
"Clap for the Wolfman" had a clearly different voice doing the Wolfman Jack parts - was there a radio edict against other stations using his voice/character?

Ah, gangsta Helen Reddy saying "Indie or die, bitch": "You and me against the world."  Tell me AGAIN, Mommy!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 30, 2008, 09:28:32 AM
WOS: Fancy, at #25, with "Wild Thing."  I don't have the stomach.
Most different/fun of set, at #23, Cheech & Chong 'Earache My Eye':
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwBxXLC4zUo&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwBxXLC4zUo&feature=related)
Sort of speaking of which - I saw Pineapple Express last night.  Amusing if ultraviolent.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on August 30, 2008, 09:55:22 AM
And a personal fave at 19: Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods' "Who Do You Think You Are?"
I like that one too; saw BD&H last summer at county fair, on a bill with the Cowsills, Leif Garrett, Bay City Rollers and hosted by 'Greg Brady' who did a dorky song/dance number a la his 'Johnny Bravo' character on later "Bunch' episodes.  Review:
http://www.ibabuzz.com/concerts/category/cowsills/ (http://www.ibabuzz.com/concerts/category/cowsills/)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 30, 2008, 10:52:04 AM
And a personal fave at 19: Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods' "Who Do You Think You Are?"
I like that one too; saw BD&H last summer at county fair, on a bill with the Cowsills, Leif Garrett, Bay City Rollers and hosted by 'Greg Brady' who did a dorky song/dance number a la his 'Johnny Bravo' character on later "Bunch' episodes.  Review:
http://www.ibabuzz.com/concerts/category/cowsills/ (http://www.ibabuzz.com/concerts/category/cowsills/)
OMFG!  I would have loved to have seen this.

(Except for the Leif Garrett - I don't want to see "Runaround Sue" and "I Was Made for Dancin'" from someone who looks like 1994 grunge never ended.)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 30, 2008, 11:31:08 AM
The Stylistics' "Let's Put It All Together" at #20 was new to me. 

Their follow-up to the #1 "You Make Me Feel Brand New", it would peak at 18 and they would never make the Top 40 again, despite some nice work over the next few years.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 30, 2008, 11:35:35 AM
"Clap for the Wolfman" had a clearly different voice doing the Wolfman Jack parts - was there a radio edict against other stations using his voice/character?


WTF?  I'm not aware of there being any other version (if such an edict existed the song never would've been a hit).  I'll be listening closely tonite.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 30, 2008, 06:36:06 PM
Casey's '80s go back to 1982.  I tuned in at #30; highlights include Santana's "Hold On" (God does that sound like Clapton on the vox) and Jermaine Jackson's "Let Me Tickle Your Fancy."  I mean, really, WTF on the latter.  I never resolved the many sides of Jermajesty: his jealousy of Michael for taking over the leads; his free-floating artistic side that considered Devo and Pia Zadora partners of equal merit; his exceedingly queeny interviews in recent years as if auditioning to be one of the "Men on Film."  He's a complex one.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 30, 2008, 06:38:18 PM
Blech.  Billy Idol's "first pop hit," Casey explains, after "Mony Mony" had gone Top 10 on the dance chart (!) the prev year.  The half of his popularity that people remember is what mystifies me.  Give me les yeux sans visages.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 30, 2008, 06:44:00 PM
Hey Mike, this was the week Kim Wilde spent her 4th week (!) at #25 in East California!  What a great men's chorus on that one.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 30, 2008, 06:55:02 PM
Jennifer Holliday peaking at #22 with the song that gave a thousand drag queens a reason to live.  "And I am telling you ..."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 30, 2008, 07:00:17 PM
Casey's '80s go back to 1982.  I tuned in at #30; highlights include... Jermaine Jackson's "Let Me Tickle Your Fancy." 

I still have this 45; one of my fave forgotten '80s hits.  I'm just tuning in to the '70s edition as I type this.

ETA: for some unexplained reason, the stream on Wisconsin's "Magic 98" is 30 mins behind reality; the jock just now said "Casey Kasem coming up at 9 o'clock", even tho' it's 9:30 there. And their "just played" feature has been ticking off the first 6 or 7 songs in the countdown since the top o' the hour.

But -- finally -- here's the Miracles. Yeah, I can see how ya might think this was Diana.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 30, 2008, 07:38:57 PM
Carole King sings to her bra! And the Gaz-man's testifyin'.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 30, 2008, 07:49:04 PM
Mac Davis is a guilty pleasure at #38 with "One Hell of a Woman." 

"guilty" because you realize what an embarassingly awful lyric it is?  Tom Jones and Paul Anka could almost be forgiven for "She's a Lady" in '71, but sheesh, this makes "Behind Closed Doors" seem like a feminist anthem.  Of course, this *was* the year of "You're Having My Baby"...
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 30, 2008, 07:58:40 PM
Giddy-up! Giddy-up! Hi-ho Tower of Power!  VHM "Don't Change Horses...", and Casey got their city-of-origin right this time!

of course, if you change horses in the middle of the stream, you could end up with a wet willie.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 30, 2008, 08:45:56 PM
WOS: Fancy, at #25, with "Wild Thing."  I don't have the stomach.

I surely had not heard that one since '74; it got zero airplay in NYC yet still managed to peak at #14 nationally. Indeed, a pretty worthless cover.

OTOH, Blue Swede's "Never My Love" was a nice flashback, a completely forgotten Top 10 single, and a lot less gimmicky than their ooga-chucka'd "Hooked on a Feeling".  But I had forgotten it was written by the Addrisis.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on August 30, 2008, 09:57:20 PM
"Clap for the Wolfman" had a clearly different voice doing the Wolfman Jack parts - was there a radio edict against other stations using his voice/character?


WTF?  I'm not aware of there being any other version (if such an edict existed the song never would've been a hit).  I'll be listening closely tonite.

Well, I heard Wolfman Jack as always. Dunno what you heard.

And a special achievement award to Ms Reddy for making me smile 3 weeks in a row. VHM Paul Williams for writing a lovely tune.

Uh-oh, Dionne Warwick just got that urge to feel ya!  She probably thinks you've got coke on your person. Cavity search!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on August 31, 2008, 05:42:49 PM
"Clap for the Wolfman" had a clearly different voice doing the Wolfman Jack parts - was there a radio edict against other stations using his voice/character?


WTF?  I'm not aware of there being any other version (if such an edict existed the song never would've been a hit).  I'll be listening closely tonite.

Well, I heard Wolfman Jack as always. Dunno what you heard.
Reruns of old Wolfman Jack shows air after the Lost 45s on WODS, and I usually hear the intro, whose theme is CFTW; maybe it's the other way around and Wolfman re-recorded his lines for the show?  Anyway, it just sounded different from what I was expecting; sorry for the false alarm.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on September 01, 2008, 03:34:41 AM
I don't know when his show is on but Wolfman Jack is played on XM Radio's 60's channel.

Casey's XM 80's show was from September 1, 1984 which included songs I don't even remember: Rick James' 17, Only when you leave by Spandau Ballet, Donna Summer's version of There goes my baby and The Lucky One by Laura Branigan. The chart also included Cyndi Lauper's She Bop. I would of paid a lot money to hear Casey explain what the song meant on the air.

For the record the top 5 that week were - What's Love Got to do with it - Tina Turner, Missing You - John Waite, Stuck on You - Lionel Richie, Ghostbusters - Ray Parker, Jr, When Does Cry - Prince.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on September 05, 2008, 06:59:07 AM
This weekend (9/6-7) Casey70's is from Sept 2, 1972.  Playlist:
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)
PS- you can listen via that Ohio station Sat & Sun mornings and Tuesdays 7pm ET.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 05, 2008, 07:29:16 AM
This weekend (9/6-7) Casey70's is from Sept 2, 1972.  Playlist:
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)
PS- you can listen to it via this Ohio station Sat & Sun mornings and Tuesday eve's (7pm ET).

Fabulous stuff!  Rick Springfield's "Speak to the Sky"! Sonny & Cher turning the Budweiser commercial ("when you say Bud") into a hit single! and a real rarity -- "Small Beginnings" by Flash, a Yes/ELP clone.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on September 06, 2008, 06:38:39 AM
This weekend (9/6-7) Casey70's is from Sept 2, 1972.  Playlist:
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)
PS- you can listen via that Ohio station Sat & Sun mornings and Tuesdays 7pm ET.
At #40, funny to hear Bud commercial turned love song (or is it other way 'round?) by Sonny & Cher, showcasing Sonny's 'singing' voice.  Oops, Casey makes a mistake: at #39 he cites Moody Blues 'Nights In White Satin' as being from 1968 album 'In Search of the Lost Chord' when it is from their '67 LP 'Days of Future Passed.'  At #37, Streisand sure sounds Aretha-esque in latter half of that tune.  At #36, Dutchmen Mouth & MacNeal's naughty pub rocker 'How Do You Do' and at #35, it's Rick Springfield's first hit.  I understand he's got a new CD out.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on September 06, 2008, 07:09:38 AM
At #27 and #26, a couple of favorite sing-along-when-by-yourself songs from back then, Bee Gees 'Run To Me' and Bobby Vinton 'Sealed With A Kiss'.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 06, 2008, 07:13:06 AM
At #27 and #26, a couple of favorite sing-along-when-by-yourself songs from back then, Bee Gees 'Run To Me' and Bobby Vinton 'Sealed With A Kiss'.
The former appearing on - ta-dah! - Sweet & Hoffs' Under the Covers.

I woke up late, am an hour behind you, enjoying some NTM Staple Singers.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on September 06, 2008, 07:21:19 AM
At #27 and #26, a couple of favorite sing-along-when-by-yourself songs from back then, Bee Gees 'Run To Me' and Bobby Vinton 'Sealed With A Kiss'.
The former appearing on - ta-dah! - Sweet & Hoffs' Under the Covers.
I woke up late, am an hour behind you, enjoying some NTM Staple Singers.
'morning, Gaz.  I was up at 5:45 on a Sat, so enjoying all of AT40.  Yes, I have that 'Under the Covers' CD, a fun project.  Yes, also NTM today were that Staples tune, Babs tune, Flash, and at #24 the Detroit Emeralds, sounding like the Temp's.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on September 06, 2008, 07:32:26 AM
Didn't know the cover of Raspberries LP was scratch'n sniff!  What a great rocker at #20, the McCartney-esque 'Go ALL the Way!'
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on September 06, 2008, 07:56:16 AM
At #18 and #17, a couple more tunes we used to sing along with back in the 70's, Daniel Boone's 'Beautiful Sunday' and Nilsson's 'Coconut'!   I don't remember #16, the J5's 'Lookin' Thru The Windows'.  Speaking of the J5, this news item yesterday:
Jackson reunite at awards show
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jWjWP95HkbjJYJPEhk5yF_74Fo3AD930FDU02 (http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jWjWP95HkbjJYJPEhk5yF_74Fo3AD930FDU02)
But where was Michael?
"I don't know," Marlon told The Associated Press before the show. "I think he's in Egypt riding a camel or something."  (is that code for he's off humping a 10-yr-old boy?)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 06, 2008, 08:52:09 AM
Don't often hear the "Never Can Say Goodbye" rewrite "Looking Through the Windows," but here it is in the Top 20.   A shocking number of these songs are new to me, including Bobby Vinton's unnecessary xerox of "Sealed With a Kiss."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 06, 2008, 09:07:03 AM
Many worthy BOS candidates, but I'll give mine to Luther Ingram's "If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right."  I've heard 4 excellent versions of this song and no bad ones.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 06, 2008, 09:10:32 AM
WOS to Sailcat; I can't harley listen to "Motorcycle Mama."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 06, 2008, 09:32:28 AM
Mac Davis and his hot-blooded woman-child at #6.  Beats having a Faulknerian man-child, I suppose.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 06, 2008, 05:09:42 PM
This weekend (9/6-7) Casey70's is from Sept 2, 1972.  Playlist:
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)
PS- you can listen via that Ohio station Sat & Sun mornings and Tuesdays 7pm ET.
At #40, funny to hear Bud commercial turned love song (or is it other way 'round?) by Sonny & Cher, showcasing Sonny's 'singing' voice.
When you curr enough to sund yer vurry best ...
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 06, 2008, 07:22:05 PM
At #37, Streisand sure sounds Aretha-esque in latter half of that tune. 

And it made her one of the few artists to chart with diff versions of the same tune; her original studio version of "Where You Lead" hit #40 the previous summer, and this live medley version peaked here at 37. And didya know she charted with "Sing" 4 months before the Carpenters did?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 06, 2008, 07:30:00 PM
At #36, Dutchmen Mouth & MacNeal's naughty pub rocker 'How Do You Do'

Once I said "I want a shoe"... I don't remember why.

But I do remember loving "Speak to the Sky" -- one of the best of the "Jesus rock" hits of the era.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 06, 2008, 07:41:50 PM
Casey always has a great Neil Diamond anecdote, it seems. And "Play Me" is one of my faves from his incredible period on the Uni label.

"Where is the love?" asks Donny.

"Out on that window ledge", replies Roberta...
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 06, 2008, 07:55:29 PM
wow, I'd forgotten just how shamelessly derivative Flash's "Small Beginnings" was -- "Yours is No Disgrace" meets "Pinball Wizard"! LOL!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 06, 2008, 08:25:25 PM
WOS to Sailcat; I can't harley listen to "Motorcycle Mama."

no argument there; it's easily one of the worst hit singles of the '70s. But I'd put it in a WOS tie with Donna Fargo. The Sailcat is dreadful; the Fargo is dreadful and saccharine. Skip-a-dee-doo-dah my ass.

BTW, Gaz, were you the one who told me "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" was orig done by Daniel "Beautiful Sunday" Boone?  (Boone's hit is here today at #16.)  I still say Tom Jones woulda sang the hell out of it.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 06, 2008, 09:03:20 PM
Don't often hear the "Never Can Say Goodbye" rewrite "Looking Through the Windows"

The similarity had never occurred to me, but you're certainly right. It's one of my favorite "lesser" J-5 hits from that period between "Maybe Tomorrow" and "Dancing Machine", along with "Corner of the Sky".

It's funny how many of these songs I think of as Summer-of-'72 hits, when in fact they didn't peak, chart-wise, until fall: "Saturday in the Park", "Go All the Way", "Black & White", and of course a pre-kiddieporn Gary Glitter with "Rock'n'Roll, Pt. 2"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 06, 2008, 10:09:06 PM
#1 again, naturally: I'd forgotten about Gilbert O dropping out of the top slot and then moving back up.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 07, 2008, 06:18:37 AM
#1 again, naturally: I'd forgotten about Gilbert O dropping out of the top slot and then moving back up.
I almost posted about that yesterday: that knowledge was NTM.

Meanwhile, Casey's '80s take us to Sept. 20, 1986, where Art of Noise and Max Headroom have an improbable #40 with "Paranoimia."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 07, 2008, 06:26:28 AM
TANC: Nu Shooz' "Point of No Return" at 35.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 07, 2008, 07:49:39 AM
Paul McCartney appears twice in proximity: up to 26 with the Beatles and "Twist & Shout," and peaking at 21 with the (underappreciated, to my ears, though he himself doesn't think much of it) "Press."

And now the OMGWTFLOL of set: Don Johnson's "Heartbeat," as Casey explains how he made stubble fashionable.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 07, 2008, 08:04:36 AM
Tina Turner's sadly forgotten "Typical Male" appears at 19: a #2 hit, it doesn't appear on her forthcoming (yet another) GH comp.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 07, 2008, 08:46:51 AM
Here's one I haven't heard since it was on the charts: Billy Ocean, "Love Zone."  He ran off a string of ballads around this time that were all nice and are now all forgotten.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 07, 2008, 09:43:09 AM
Casey tells a good story about how Carl Anderson landed the Judas role in JCS, before playing him and Gloria Loring (first time I heard this song, it was on the radio, and I initially misunderstood her name to be Glory Alluring!) on "Friends & Lovers."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 07, 2008, 11:56:11 AM
Gloria Loring (first time I heard this song, it was on the radio, and I initially misunderstood her name to be Glory Alluring!)

ROTFL -- even in your teens, you were scoping out drag names!

And totally agreed on the Tina Turner -- one of her best post-comeback singles IMHO.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on September 11, 2008, 10:46:04 AM
This weekend (9/13-14) Casey70's visits Sept 18, 1976.  The playlist:
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html) or
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3043998.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3043998.pdf)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 11, 2008, 10:58:56 AM
This weekend (9/13-14) Casey70's visits Sept 18, 1976.  The playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3043998.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3043998.pdf)

OMGWTFLOL! Gaz! Lady Flash!!!

(http://www.barrymanilow.de/media/DIR_436838/Lady$20Flash.jpg)

another fab lineup from Casey
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 13, 2008, 06:07:40 AM
Early BOS for Eric Carmen at #40 with the Brian Wilson meets Todd Rundgren "Sunrise."

ETA: And speaking of Brian Wilson, here are the Beach Boys, NTM at 39 with "It's OK."  (I didn't look at the setlist in advance.)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 13, 2008, 06:14:24 AM
APP's "Dr. Tarr and Professor Feather" is also NTM.  Really enjoying this countdown already.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 13, 2008, 06:52:06 AM
The backing vocalist sounds a lot better than Diana Ross on (yet another NTM) "One Love in My Lifetime."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 13, 2008, 07:53:18 AM
"When your body's had enough of me ... I'm gonna love you a little bit more."  What a revolting sentiment from Dr. Hook.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 13, 2008, 08:27:46 AM
"Summer" hit the Top 10 ... in mid-September?   ???
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 13, 2008, 08:38:10 AM
Cliff Richard gets taken from behind: Of course she's a devil, woman; why do you think they call it Satan's Alley back there?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 13, 2008, 08:43:23 AM
I Didn't Know That: that's Sweet Lou Rawls singing the harmony vocal with Sam Cooke on "Bring It On Home to Me."  Is this common knowledge?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 13, 2008, 08:49:41 AM
#1 Country this week in '76: "I Don't Want to Have to Marry You," by Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius.  WTFF is this???
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 13, 2008, 11:21:11 AM
"Summer" hit the Top 10 ... in mid-September?   ???

it happened a LOT. (See: Sly, First Class...)

Glad you're digging this and it's amazing how many NTMs you're getting -- the APP Edgar Allen Poe LP was quite good, but on 20th Century Records it could only go so far. But it made Clive Davis prick up his ears and the rest is history.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 13, 2008, 11:50:08 AM
"When your body's had enough of me ... I'm gonna love you a little bit more."  What a revolting sentiment from Dr. Hook.

When your body's had enough of me... it's no longer hard!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 13, 2008, 07:07:29 PM
Early BOS for Eric Carmen at #40 with the Brian Wilson meets Todd Rundgren "Sunrise."

with a healthy dollop of EJ's "Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" at the end!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 13, 2008, 07:21:24 PM
"For 6.98/Boy, ya sound so great"

Wow, I'd *completely* forgotten about "Superstar", Paul Davis' pre-"I Go Crazy" hit, a love letter to Elton and Stevie (and Linda and Joni, tho' this edit omits their verse).

Ditto Helen Reddy's disco-y "I Can't Hear You No More"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 13, 2008, 08:22:48 PM
the "faceless" Steve Miller is followed by an energyless James Taylor, who wants to golden-shower the people. "That'll Be The Day", sez Ms Ronstadt.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 13, 2008, 08:37:33 PM
Perhaps the 2 most unjustly forgotten Top 20 hits in this countdown appear back-to-back:  Silver's delightful "Wham Bam" (which lost its "Shang-A-Lang" several weeks earlier when Arista changed the title on later pressings) at 19; and the Ohio Players' great "Who'd She Coo?" at 18. Would that the latter got half as much airplay as "Fire" or "Love Rolly-coaster".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 13, 2008, 08:57:12 PM
"When your body's had enough of me ... I'm gonna love you a little bit more."  What a revolting sentiment from Dr. Hook.

While that line does seem a bit, er, unappetizing -- especially if you know what Ray Sawyer looked like -- this song really isn't all that far removed from the blue-collar reverie of Alice Cooper's "You & Me".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 13, 2008, 09:57:52 PM
I'm not talkin' 'bout the linen -- I'm talkin' 'bout ED&JFC and one of the Greatest. Mondegreens. EVAH!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 14, 2008, 10:36:18 AM
Casey's '80s went back to 1980, where Diana Ross held #1 for a third week respectfully with "Upside Down."  I had forgotten who did "Lookin' for Love" (Johnny Lee, in at #5).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on September 18, 2008, 10:17:28 AM
This weekend (9/20-21) Casey70's visits Sept 12, 1970 (includes "Rubber Duckie")! The playlist: http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)
And for those new to these "AT40" replays, a list of stations around the country airing "AT40-The 70s" so you can listen on air or online at a time convenient for you:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem's_American_Top_40:_The_70's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem's_American_Top_40:_The_70's)
And list of stations airing his original '80's countdown shows:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_80%27s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_80%27s)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 18, 2008, 10:19:34 AM
This weekend (9/20-21) Casey70's visits Sept 12, 1970 (includes "Rubber Duckie")! The playlist: http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)

Damn, that is one fabulous collection of hits and semi-hits.  I have theater tix Sat nite and may have to miss most of it, unless I set the alarm for 6AM Sat morning.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on September 18, 2008, 10:25:05 AM
This weekend (9/20-21) Casey70's visits Sept 12, 1970 (includes "Rubber Duckie")! The playlist: http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)
Damn, that is one fabulous collection of hits and semi-hits.  I have theater tix Sat nite and may have to miss most of it, unless I set the alarm for 6AM Sat morning.
Listen at 6AM!  Pretend you're up early to go fishing (for great oldies)!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 18, 2008, 06:53:34 PM
This weekend (9/20-21) Casey70's visits Sept 12, 1970 (includes "Rubber Duckie")! The playlist: http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)
Damn, that is one fabulous collection of hits and semi-hits.  I have theater tix Sat nite and may have to miss most of it, unless I set the alarm for 6AM Sat morning.
Listen at 6AM!  Pretend you're up early to go fishing (for great oldies)!
Exactly.  Even if you spend that first hour lying on your couch half-awake with a coffee mug in your hands, it's a wonderful reason to start the weekend at that painful hour.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 20, 2008, 10:42:52 AM
This weekend (9/20-21) Casey70's visits Sept 12, 1970 (includes "Rubber Duckie")! The playlist: http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)
Damn, that is one fabulous collection of hits and semi-hits.  I have theater tix Sat nite and may have to miss most of it, unless I set the alarm for 6AM Sat morning.
Listen at 6AM!  Pretend you're up early to go fishing (for great oldies)!
Exactly.  Even if you spend that first hour lying on your couch half-awake with a coffee mug in your hands, it's a wonderful reason to start the weekend at that painful hour.

Well, I did indeed set the alarm for 6, and it was worth it (spent the entire show in bed, about 80% conscious, but still). Highlights:

#39 - Chairmen of the Board, "Everything's Tuesday", which Casey called a "smash" -- little did he know it would peak at 38.
#31 - "Long Long Time", Ms. Ronstadt's lovely first Top 40 solo hit.
#30 - Mike Nesmith's "Joanne", his ONLY solo hit.
#29 - "Neanderthal Man" by Hotlegs, who would morph into 10cc.
#27 - the post-Diana Supes' forgotten "Everybody's Got the Right To Love"
#15 - Tom Jones' histrionic "I (Who Have Nothing)"
#11 - "Candida", Dawn (before Mr Orlando got top billing) with a most glorious hommage to the Brill Building in general and the Drifters in particular.
#7 - "Julie Do Ya Love Me?", which provided the "WTF?" anecdote of the week: Bobby Sherman was, er, "discovered" singing at a Malibu party by... Sal Mineo! Knowing what we know now, it makes ya go "Hmmm..."

But the biggest treat was indeed "Rubber Duckie" -- despite being a Top 20 single, none of NYC's 3 Top 40 stations ever played it.



Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 21, 2008, 08:18:28 AM
Yeah, truly a shame that "Tuesday" didn't go higher.  Guess it was feeling woozy.

But speaking of Higher, Ike & Tina's rushed-through take on "I Want to Take You Higher" slips to 38.  I'm amazed that it outcharted the original.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 21, 2008, 08:58:33 AM
I'd been aware of Hot Legs but had never actually heard "Neanderthal Man" until now.  Instantly in my WOAT list.  Dumb, dumb, dumb.  And the vocals were poorly recorded on that home production.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 21, 2008, 09:10:22 AM
I liked that Casey took a break from the countdown to play Carole King's only hit to that point: "It Might as Well Rain Until September."  Wonder if he had any inkling what Tapestry was to do.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 21, 2008, 09:47:13 AM
Ernie's bathtub friend is yellow and chubby?  You don't say.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 21, 2008, 09:57:55 AM
Tom Jones' rendition of "I (Who Have Nothing)" is truly a show-stopper.  Amazing perf.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 21, 2008, 11:04:59 AM
Nice to get Edwin Starr's "War" at #1 the week of Norman Whitfield's departure.  More heights of audaciousness, along with the esteemed Ms. Ross at #2.

And now, just switched over to Casey's '80s, where Juice Newton does a weird electro take on "Tell Her No" that I don't remember and Sheena Easton goes transatlantic for "Telefon."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 21, 2008, 11:41:31 AM
Ernie's bathtub friend is yellow and chubby?  You don't say.

Bwahahaha! I had the same thought! 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 21, 2008, 11:46:58 AM
Juice Newton does a weird electro take on "Tell Her No" that I don't remember

Damn -- I've never heard that!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on September 25, 2008, 10:42:01 AM
This weekend (9/27-28) Casey70's visits Sept 30, 1978
I notice a Long Distance Dedication at #11, we haven't heard LDDs in these replays.
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3084307.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3084307.pdf)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 25, 2008, 10:46:24 AM
This weekend (9/27-28) Casey70's visits Sept 30, 1978
I notice a Long Distance Dedication at #11, we haven't heard LDDs in these replays.
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3084307.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3084307.pdf)

LDDs didn't come in until '78, iirc -- I'm wondering if this is a 4-hour show edited to fit into 3 hours?

"I Will Still Love You" by Stonebolt (who??) is NTM.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on September 25, 2008, 10:49:56 AM
This weekend (9/27-28) Casey70's visits Sept 30, 1978
I notice a Long Distance Dedication at #11, we haven't heard LDDs in these replays.
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3084307.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3084307.pdf)
LDDs didn't come in until '78, iirc -- I'm wondering if this is a 4-hour show edited to fit into 3 hours?
It appears that the LDD just happened to be a current hit in that week's Top 40.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 25, 2008, 10:50:12 AM
This weekend (9/27-28) Casey70's visits Sept 30, 1978
I notice a Long Distance Dedication at #11, we haven't heard LDDs in these replays.
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3084307.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3084307.pdf)

Casey's '80s always include LDDs.

This set has a number of flashback moments for me; I was definitely engaged with some pop at this point (age 5).  Three songs from the "Sgt. Pepper" debacle of a movie!  Alas, I'll miss the set: I'll be spending the weekend in DC and in Frederick, MD, celebrating Oktoberfest with an old friend.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 27, 2008, 07:06:39 PM
Gearing up for AT40 and I must say that Magic 98 in Madison, WI does a fine job with their "Saturday at the '70s", which precedes Casey; all-'70s, all day Saturday, and every hit you could possibly hope to hear. Just before Casey tonite: "Billy Don't Be a Hero" and "JC Superstar" back-to-back.

www.magic98.com

And the countdown begins with Casey introducing "the San Francisco artist who calls himself Sylvester", "Dance (Disco Heat)".

and at #39, NTM: the Vancouver band Stonebolt, "I Will Still Love You", a fairly generic ballad.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 27, 2008, 07:30:04 PM
TANC: after praising Michael Johnson's "Bluer Than Blue" on 10@10 last week, I'm astounded to hear (at #35) the completely forgotten follow-up, a sly remake of the old Lerner & Loewe chestnut "Almost Like Being in Love" -- paging Michael Buble!   Don't remember this at all; it ended up peaking at #32.

And a few songs later, here's H&O's truly wonderful "It's a Laugh". Great sax work.

And a few more songs later, "5-7-0-5", City Boy, who I saw as H&O's opening act that fall.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 27, 2008, 08:20:28 PM
TANC: after hearing the 4 Tops' version of "MacArthur Park" yesterday, we get Ms Summer, whose disco take is the week's highest debut at #25.  And Toni & Daryl make a comeback of sorts with "You Never Done it Like That".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 27, 2008, 08:27:04 PM
Here come Steve Tyler, he come groovin' up slow-LAH! "Come Together" is one of 3 (!) Sgt Pepper movie hits in this week's chart. We heard EWF earlier, and Robin Gibb's fairly worthless version of "Oh Darling" is yet to come. I wish Dave would dig out Robin's "Boys Do Fall in Love" in an '84 set.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 27, 2008, 08:38:47 PM
Babs, whatever were you thinking? "Prisoner", the theme from Eyes of Laura Mars is borderline awful, but her then-boyfriend Jon Peters produced the movie, so...
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 27, 2008, 08:54:45 PM
Gem of the Week: Chris Rea's original hit 45 version of "Fool If You Think It's Over", still wonderful and sadly out-of-print. He's re-recorded it for Best-of albums on other labels, but its not the same.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 27, 2008, 09:23:03 PM
This weekend (9/27-28) Casey70's visits Sept 30, 1978
I notice a Long Distance Dedication at #11, we haven't heard LDDs in these replays.
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3084307.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3084307.pdf)
LDDs didn't come in until '78, iirc -- I'm wondering if this is a 4-hour show edited to fit into 3 hours?
It appears that the LDD just happened to be a current hit in that week's Top 40.

And quite a stunning LDD it was: a young woman dedicated "You Needed Me" to her fiance who was killed in a car accident.  Nonetheless, I must give a VHM to Randy Goodrum, who wrote the song, one of the loveliest ballads of that era, and perhaps Anne Murray's finest hour.

And here's Andy Gibb, who's been here on your line -- your phone line? the line to get in to see you? Wha?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 27, 2008, 09:31:45 PM
Gem of the Week 2: "Love is In The Air", John Paul Young's feel-good disco classic. 30 years later and I'm still amazed that Vanda & Young (of Easybeats and Flash & the Pan fame) masterminded this one.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on September 27, 2008, 11:27:40 PM


And quite a stunning LDD it was: a young woman dedicated "You Needed Me" to her fiance who was killed in a car accident.  ...

And here's Andy Gibb, who's been here on your line -- your phone line? the line to get in to see you? Wha?

men's room line? ...  line of coke?  (sorry...)

my highlights: agree, Chris Rea's song was great! forgot how good that sounded.   Ambrosia and Exile added to the cheese factor .. in a very good way.  Also, I found myself tapping the feets to The Cap'n and Tennille's "YOU NEVER DONE IT LIKE THAT.”  Rick James' "You and I." Foreigner had two hits!   That LDD woman and her fiance were from Rochester, NY (my hometown), I wonder if that accident registered w me back then. 

 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on September 29, 2008, 08:46:45 PM
Gem of the Week: Chris Rea's original hit 45 version of "Fool If You Think It's Over", still wonderful and sadly out-of-print. He's re-recorded it for Best-of albums on other labels, but its not the same.

Wish I could find that somewhere; I assume the version I own to be a re-recording.

And I agree that "You Needed Me" was Anne's finest hour, though there's a nice vanilla sweetness to her recordings of "Danny's Song" and "Walk Right Back" and a much later effort, "A Little Good News."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on September 30, 2008, 07:35:15 AM
Gem of the Week: Chris Rea's original hit 45 version of "Fool If You Think It's Over", still wonderful and sadly out-of-print. He's re-recorded it for Best-of albums on other labels, but its not the same.

Wish I could find that somewhere; I assume the version I own to be a re-recording.

And I agree that "You Needed Me" was Anne's finest hour, though there's a nice vanilla sweetness to her recordings of "Danny's Song" and "Walk Right Back" and a much later effort, "A Little Good News."

Well of course I love her voice, period. And her Beatles covers are legendary.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 02, 2008, 09:51:48 AM
This week Casey visits Sept 29th 1973!

http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3106984.pdf

any opportunity to hear "Basketball Jones" *and* Millie Jackson in the same show is golden.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 02, 2008, 09:52:44 AM
This weekend (10/4-5) Casey70's visits Sept 29, 1973.  Some interesting hits including Cheech & Chong's "Basketball Jones" (featuring Tyrone Shoelaces) at #26, and at #18, "Theme from Cleopatra Jones".  The playlist:
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 04, 2008, 07:44:13 AM
This was the cognitive-dissonance portion of this weekend's program:

#26 “BASKETBALL JONES” – Cheech & Chong f/ Tyrone Shoelaces

#25 “IF YOU WANT ME TO STAY” – Sly & The Family Stone

#24 “YOU’VE NEVER BEEN THIS FAR BEFORE” – Conway Twitty

#23 “WHY ME” – Kris Kristofferson

And that Joe Simon track was, um, kind of a mess.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 04, 2008, 10:23:13 AM

#24 “YOU’VE NEVER BEEN THIS FAR BEFORE” – Conway Twitty


Ah, the days when a #1 country single gave you a better-than-even chance of a Top 40 crossover. I'd forgotten Conway got, er, that far.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 04, 2008, 07:51:39 PM
Gobs of forgotten soul in Casey's first hour:

The Tempts at #35 with "Hey Girl (I Like Your Style)", followed by the Ohio Players' "Ecstasy" debuting at 34 -- it will drop to 42 the next week, then pop back up to 35! Most unusual. The Chi-Lites are back-seat drivers in a car of love with their fantabulous "Stoned Out of My Mind" at 30. And the J-5 leap from 40 to 29 with "Get it Together" -- but they'll end up peaking at 28. "Get up off your high horse", indeed. And Johnny Taylor (the natch'ral wailer) gives us the lovely "I Believe in You (You Believe in Me)".

But it's pseudo-soul that provides the biggest "WTF?" of the show: Cross Country (who?) doing a teeth-grindingly white cover of "In the Midnight Hour". I totally don't remember this one; per Whitburn they're all former members of the Tokens. (Gaz, if you've never heard the Tokens' "She Lets Her Hair Down", seek it out -- a fine Four Seasons imitation and another song that began as a commercial; shampoo iirc).

Couple of "bubbling under" notes: We just missed hearing both Gaz fave "Summer (The First Time)" and Art Garfunkel's sublime "All I Know", which will debut next week, and Deodato's "Rhapsody in Blue", just-missing the 40 at its peak of #41.  And debuting at #99, Jackson Browne's "Redneck Friend"; about six weeks ahead of the For Everyman LP, it would only get to #85, and Jackson wouldn't chart another single until "Here Come Those Tears" in early '77.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 04, 2008, 09:48:32 PM
Sonny wouldn't let Cher do "The Night The Lights Went Out in GA" for fear of offending Southerners, but here she is offending everyone else with "Hayuf Breed".  Give her a fethuh!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 05, 2008, 05:19:43 AM
Casey's '80s takes us to 1984, where - TANC, Mike - debuting at #38 is H&O's "Out of Touch"!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 05, 2008, 05:21:00 AM
And at #37 is one I haven't heard since it came out: Barry Gibb, "Shine Shine."  Mike, I'm with you in that I'd rather have gotten frere Robin's "Boys Do Fall in Love."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 05, 2008, 06:13:58 AM
Two other curiosities had preceded: at 40, Joyce Kennedy and Jeffrey Osborne on "The Last Time I Made Love" (written by Mann/Weil with Jeff Barry; and how often does someone's sole chart hit peak at exactly #40?), and at 39, the sadly forgotten "What in the Name of Love" from Naked Eyes.  I think their work holds up better than most other synth-pop of the period.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 05, 2008, 06:30:00 AM
Don't stop til you get what you want: Rick Springfield bops til he drops at #25, after Diana Ross had been swept away at #26.  Two weird ones from megastars on hit streaks.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 05, 2008, 12:50:02 PM
Casey's '80s takes us to 1984, where - TANC, Mike - debuting at #38 is H&O's "Out of Touch"!

"Manic moves and drowsy dreams"!

I spent a weekend in Minn/St Paul in Oct of '84 -- following Mondale/Ferraro around for ABC -- and remember hearing that H&O tune and "Purple Rain" repeatedly.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 06, 2008, 10:04:30 AM
And that Joe Simon track was, um, kind of a mess.
I suppose I mentioned "Theme from Cleopatra Jones" not so much for the tune but more for the movie, a prime example of early 70's Blaxploitation.  Right on, brutha!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 06, 2008, 10:29:23 AM
And that Joe Simon track was, um, kind of a mess.
I suppose I mentioned "Theme from Cleopatra Jones" not so much for the tune but more for the movie, a prime example of early 70's Blaxploitation.  Right on, brutha!

indeed 2 hits from that sndtk were in the 40: Millie Jackson's "Hurt so Good" is also from CJ.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 09, 2008, 11:44:05 AM
This weekend (10/11-12) Casey70's goes back to Oct 14, 1972! The playlist:
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html) or at
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3128686.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3128686.pdf)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 09, 2008, 11:56:49 AM
This weekend (10/11-12) Casey70's goes back to Oct 14, 1972! The playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3128686.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3128686.pdf)

great stuff as always: The Band's forgotten Marvin Gaye cover; completely obscure David Cassidy; Gallery covering Mac Davis, and -- paging the princess -- Sam "Jesus" Neely!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 09, 2008, 10:11:13 PM
Is it too early to start hoping that we get this-week-in-1972 the week of my birthday (12/15)?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 11, 2008, 06:13:54 AM
My first time hearing those David Cassidy ("Rock Me Baby") and Michael Murphy ("Geronimo's Cadillac") tracks.  And, I hope, my last.  Yikes.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 11, 2008, 06:30:42 AM
paging the princess -- Sam "Jesus" Neely!

Are you thinking of Ted Neeley (JCS)?  Totally different head.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 11, 2008, 06:36:37 AM
I was unaware that Ze Co-Kair had done "Midnight Rider," but here it is, almost unrecognizable, at #31.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 11, 2008, 08:34:01 AM
Chuck Berry is up to #7 with a future #1, playing with his dick and getting away with it on "My Ding-a-Ling."

Mac Davis falls out of the top spot to #6, being a dick and getting away with it on "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 11, 2008, 10:16:35 AM
paging the princess -- Sam "Jesus" Neely!

Are you thinking of Ted Neeley (JCS)?  Totally different head.

Ooops, yer right! No relation, apparently.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 11, 2008, 10:20:22 AM
Apparently today KFRC is doing a "Casey Kasem Amer Top 40" marathon, currently in the middle of a replay from July 17, 1976!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 11, 2008, 10:30:02 AM
Apparently today KFRC is doing a "Casey Kasem Amer Top 40" marathon, currently in the middle of a replay from July 17, 1976!

OMFG! That's great! Thanks, Wayback!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 11, 2008, 11:13:56 AM
My first time hearing those David Cassidy ("Rock Me Baby") and Michael Murphy ("Geronimo's Cadillac") tracks.  And, I hope, my last.  Yikes.

"Geronimo's Cadillac"? Really? I'm surprised -- a lost classic (from before Murphy "went country") about the mistreatment of Native Americans. Hardly a song to hate. The Cassidy I don't remember at all; I'll get back to you after I hear it tonite.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 11, 2008, 12:25:38 PM
Apparently today KFRC is doing a "Casey Kasem Amer Top 40" marathon, currently in the middle of a replay from July 17, 1976!

OMFG! That's great! Thanks, Wayback!

And now we're into Feb 24th 1973! The Tops sing about the One-Eyed Gott, America debates "row" vs. "wade" in "Don't Cross the River", and Casey gushes over the first hit by David "boo-ee", "Space Oddity".

Chart oddity: Austin Roberts is at #60 with the orig flop version of "Keep On Singin'", which Helen Reddy would later re-do. But Lawd! Barbara Mason with Curtis Mayfield's fab "Give Me Your Love", a forgotten hit from Superfly.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 11, 2008, 05:12:05 PM
Feb '73 was followed by July 22, 1978. We're in the last hour; at #12 Miss BonnieTyler says "it ain't wite" to need someone. As much as I depended on. You.

Oddly there is no mention of this Kasemarathon on KFRC's website -- why do something like this and not tell anybody?   If memory serves, this weekend is the one-year anniv of when they started running the show.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 11, 2008, 06:12:50 PM
after 1978 ("Shadow Dancing" at #1 for the 6th week) we get a Sept '74 show we just heard last month. The Gaz-man would be testifyin' if he could hear Carole King sing to her bra!

Since this is so recent, I'll bail to hear the '72 set on Magic 98 at 7:00; I assume KFRC is repeating that same show at 9, but I could be wrong.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 11, 2008, 07:17:54 PM
My first time hearing those David Cassidy ("Rock Me Baby") and Michael Murphy ("Geronimo's Cadillac") tracks.  And, I hope, my last.  Yikes.

"Geronimo's Cadillac"? Really? I'm surprised -- a lost classic (from before Murphy "went country") about the mistreatment of Native Americans. Hardly a song to hate. The Cassidy I don't remember at all; I'll get back to you after I hear it tonite.

Well, I do concur about the Cassidy ("some raw rock'n'roll" sez Casey -- what was he smoking that day?).  Guess that's why I didn't remember it.  And I guess I can see how the Michael Murphy vocal might be off-putting. Still, a "very important record in its time" as Dave would say. And it's been covered by a number of folks.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 11, 2008, 07:30:49 PM
Ms Reddy spreads her lovin', er, arms across the land. Casey calls it "the first women's lib song to chart". And of course there were so many others after it... like... um...
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 11, 2008, 07:38:29 PM
I had no recollection of that Sam Neeley song either; but I kinda liked -- it was rather Kristofferson-esque. Not much of a career; 3 diff labels in 5 years and only one other Top 40 appearance.

And after hearing Mac Davis twice in the first hour of that '74 set over on KFRC, here's Gallery covering his "I Believe in Music", featuring the cheeziest synthesizer this side of Nu Shooz (but hey, at least synths were relatively new in '72).  Followed by the 5th D's gorgeous "If I Could Reach You" -- BOS.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 11, 2008, 09:08:21 PM
I'll bail to hear the '72 set on Magic 98 at 7:00; I assume KFRC is repeating that same show at 9, but I could be wrong.

And indeed, I am wrong: KFRC is giving us the 1970 set we heard recently -- but the first half of that one is more interesting than 1972's Top 10, so I'll switch over for another opportunity to hear "Rubber Duckie" and "Sex Machine", among others (I've heard JB 3 times today in various early-'70s sets).  Casey's delivery was so much faster and gruffer in 1970!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 12, 2008, 05:58:07 AM
My first time hearing those David Cassidy ("Rock Me Baby") and Michael Murphy ("Geronimo's Cadillac") tracks.  And, I hope, my last.  Yikes.

"Geronimo's Cadillac"? Really? I'm surprised -- a lost classic (from before Murphy "went country") about the mistreatment of Native Americans. Hardly a song to hate. The Cassidy I don't remember at all; I'll get back to you after I hear it tonite.

Well, I do concur about the Cassidy ("some raw rock'n'roll" sez Casey -- what was he smoking that day?).  Guess that's why I didn't remember it.  And I guess I can see how the Michael Murphy vocal might be off-putting. Still, a "very important record in its time" as Dave would say. And it's been covered by a number of folks.

Heh, the vocal put me off so much that I didn't even notice the lyrics.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 12, 2008, 06:09:38 AM
Casey's '80s take on Oct. 17, 1981.  Songs that peak at #40 are almost as interesting to me as songs that peak at #41, and here's Blue Oyster Cult spending their third week at the anchor with "Burnin' for You."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 12, 2008, 06:38:09 AM
A NTM Beach Boys medley, presumably inspired by "Stars on 45," falls from 12 to 34.  Not terribly well done.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 12, 2008, 06:46:21 AM
The Bee Gees' "He's a Liar" is an utter train wreck at 32.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 12, 2008, 07:07:36 AM
At 29, one I haven't heard in many years: Marty Balin's "Hearts" follow-up, "Atlanta Lady (Something About Your Love)."  Of its time and pretty forgettable.  I hope its video wasn't as icky as the one for "Hearts."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 12, 2008, 07:16:06 AM
Sunday 7am PT KFRC rejoined the weekend Casey70's Marathon with June 8, 1974 for the last two hours of that show, starting at #26 Elton "Bennie & the Jets."  Coming up at #20, Anne Murray covers the Beatles.
http://kfrc.com/pages/3104995.php?contentType=33&contentId=57053 (http://kfrc.com/pages/3104995.php?contentType=33&contentId=57053)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 12, 2008, 08:11:18 AM
Mike: "Hill Street Blues" theme at #21!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 12, 2008, 08:13:23 AM
Jarreau Hands are in this love together at 19!

(http://www.pulitzer.com/thecyberscene/uploaded_images/aljarreau-757264.jpg)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 12, 2008, 08:20:37 AM
This has been a great countdown.  Lulu's comeback record "I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do)" is in at 18.  I'm sure I didn't hear it at the time.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 12, 2008, 08:34:13 AM
Another comeback record - the Four Tops' "When She Was My Girl," followed by a Mike fave IIRC, Kenny Rogers' take on "Share Your Love With Me."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 12, 2008, 09:08:40 AM
Another comeback record - the Four Tops' "When She Was My Girl," followed by a Mike fave IIRC, Kenny Rogers' take on "Share Your Love With Me."

indeed -- a lovely version, with Gladys Knight on harmony vox. Maybe his best single ever.

I'm still doing the '70s AT40 marathon on KFRC: just caught the tail end of a June '74 show ("Band on the Run" at #1) and now it's Aug 1971 -- Ashton Gardner & Lesbian doin' the heavy-leather "Resurrection Shuffle"!

Followed by the 45 of "Won't Get Fooled Again" -- one of the worst single-edit versions ever. And Tony & Dawn are frolicking in the "Summer Sand", which deserved to be a bigger hit.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 12, 2008, 09:11:35 AM
The KFRC Casey70's Marathon continues with Aug 7, 1971 (from 9am to noon PT). Good set, includes the Who, Rare Earth, Dramatics, Chase, J5, the Doors, 3DN, CCR, James Brown, Marvin Gaye and "the Tom Clay record"
http://kfrc.com/pages/3104995.php?contentType=33&contentId=57053 (http://kfrc.com/pages/3104995.php?contentType=33&contentId=57053)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 12, 2008, 09:23:16 AM
The KFRC Casey70's Marathon continues with Aug 7, 1971 (from 9am to noon PT). Good set, includes the Who, Rare Earth, Dramatics, Chase, J5, the Doors, 3DN, CCR, James Brown, Marvin Gaye and "the Tom Clay record"
http://kfrc.com/pages/3104995.php?contentType=33&contentId=57053 (http://kfrc.com/pages/3104995.php?contentType=33&contentId=57053)

Thanks for that link, Wayback -- I *swear* it wasn't there yesterday ;)  This '71 set is quite awesome.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 12, 2008, 09:34:48 AM
Chart trivia: Eddie Rabbitt's "Step By Step" moved 10-9-8-7-6-5.  Geat coincidence, even if I dislike the song.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 12, 2008, 10:15:18 AM
This '71 chart is a cavalcade of soul: "Funky Nassau", Roberta & Donny's "You've Got a Friend", The Isley's "Love the One You're With", Dramatics, Ree-Ree, Cornelius Bros, Undisputed Truth, JB, the J-5's fabulous "Maybe Tomorrow"... and it occurs to me that Glady's gut-wrenching "I Don't Wanna Do Wrong" is another Vietnam record that doesn't mention Vietnam: he's been gone "for so long" and she's awfully, er, lonely.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 12, 2008, 10:23:36 AM
from the incredibly soulful to the delightfully white: the Fortunes' "Cruel to be Kind" "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again". And 3DN cover Argent in one of their most-underrated singles.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 12, 2008, 11:54:39 AM
A 1971 "extra": Donny Osmond's "Go Away Little Girl" which debuted on the Hot 100 that week at #89. I note that right behind it at #90 was ShaNaNa's "Top 40 of the Lord", a lost gem that sadly didn't make it onto the Buddah Box.

At #2, interesting to hear the Raiders' "Indian Reservation", after hearing the amazingly similar Don Fardon original on CG last week. And the Bros. Gibb begin their 4-week run at #1 with "HCYMABH".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 12, 2008, 12:00:43 PM
Next up: Nov 20, 1976. If "Dazz" is disco-jazz, then Brick must be... a bitchy prick?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 12, 2008, 12:35:16 PM
Gaz's favorite "Wide Receiver", Michael Henderson, sings lead on Norman Connors' "You Are My Starship" at #35. "...and don't you come too soon" indeed!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 12, 2008, 12:42:13 PM
Trainwreck Segues R Us: The Salsoul Orch's (justifiably) forgotten clubber "Nice'N'Nasty" is followed by (TANC) Englebert's big comeback, "After the Lovin'".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 12, 2008, 01:33:56 PM
Trainwreck Segues R Us: The Salsoul Orch's (justifiably) forgotten clubber "Nice'N'Nasty" is followed by (TANC) Englebert's big comeback, "After the Lovin'".
Yeah, that was something.  Now some Ritchie Family fun.

A bit earlier, I chuckled at the "bonus" track - Mary McGregor's cruel cuckoldry on "Torn Between Two Lovers."  Seriously, that's kinda messed up for her to tell her guy she's been screwing around on him b/c he can't satisfy her - oh, and by the way, she'd like to keep doing it.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 12, 2008, 03:12:47 PM
Just finished Nov 20, 1976 (#2 was Gordon Lightfoot "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and at #1 Rod Stewart "Tonight's the Night"--- #1 for 8 weeks).  Just starting Nov 11, 1972 with #40 Bill Withers "Use Me", #38 Johnny Rivers "Rockin' Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu", #37 Mott the Hoople "All the Young Dudes", #36 Gilbert O'Sullivan "Clair" and #35 Grand Funk "Rock and Roll Soul"!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 12, 2008, 05:00:46 PM
Just finished Nov 20, 1976 (#2 was Gordon Lightfoot "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and at #1 Rod Stewart "Tonight's the Night"--- #1 for 8 weeks).  Just starting Nov 11, 1972 with #40 Bill Withers "Use Me", #38 Johnny Rivers "Rockin' Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu", #37 Mott the Hoople "All the Young Dudes", #36 Gilbert O'Sullivan "Clair" and #35 Grand Funk "Rock and Roll Soul"!

Arrived home in time for the tail end of the Tempts' "Papa", dadgummit. But I get to hear Marilyn McCoo cooing "If I Could Reach You" again -- I truly love that one. What a superb piece of songwriting (and their final Top Ten single, BTW). Too bad Diana beat them to the punch on "Love Hangover".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 12, 2008, 05:12:30 PM
I dearly love "Convention '72" -- one of the cleverest "flying saucer" records ever -- but the flamingly femmy "Sidney Bruntly" character might not make it if the record were made today.  Unless he was played by Carson Kressly.

And now Helen spreads 'em again. Interesting that a feminist anthem contains the line "I'm still an embryo/With a long long way to go".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 12, 2008, 05:25:38 PM
Chuck Berry gives a shout-out to some girl-on-girl action in the audience -- no wonder his ding-a-ling's gettin' a workout!

What a shame Rick Nelson wasn't able to maintain some chart momentum after "Garden Party".  Has everyone here heard his Dylan cover ("She Belongs to Me") from late '69/early '70? It actually made the Top 40, and was quite lovely.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 12, 2008, 05:37:52 PM
When I heard that Lobo wrote the Total Cereal jingle... I 'bout fell off my chair. 

Sorry I missed the first part of this chart -- Cashman & West (who actually sang the Total jingle) did "American City Suite" earlier.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 12, 2008, 05:58:46 PM
And now we get Aug 13, 1977. I know I'm in the minority in liking both Glen Campbell's "Sunflower" and the BeeGees' "Edge of the Universe", even if the latter was an RSO placeholder while they waited to release "How Deep Is Your Love".

But all hail Hot Chocolate's "So You Win Again", yet another fab Russ Ballard composition.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 12, 2008, 06:04:39 PM
Mac MacAnnally's "It's a Crazy World" gets my "most interesting lyric of the marathon" award.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 12, 2008, 09:25:55 PM
The Kasemarathon closes with a Dec 3, 1973 chart. My fave year, as we know, but not many OMGWTF selections, other than The 4 Tops' "Sweet Understanding Love" which leads off at #40 (on its way down & out). Not enuf incentive here to pass up Little Steven's salute to the 36th anniversary of the release of Nuggets.       
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 16, 2008, 06:51:25 AM
This weekend (10/18-19) Casey70's visits Oct 29, 1977. The playlist:
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 17, 2008, 08:19:48 PM
This weekend (10/18-19) Casey70's visits Oct 29, 1977. The playlist:
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)

I'm gonna miss this, but a lot of entertaining entries, including the start of Paul Davis's record-setting run with "I Go Crazy," some delightfully corny Manilow ("Daybreak"), and a new generation of vaguely Frampton-looking teen idols (Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett).  Might want to leave before #1, though.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 18, 2008, 07:55:20 AM
This weekend (10/18-19) Casey70's visits Oct 29, 1977. The playlist:
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)

I'm gonna miss this, but a lot of entertaining entries, including the start of Paul Davis's record-setting run with "I Go Crazy," some delightfully corny Manilow ("Daybreak"), and a new generation of vaguely Frampton-looking teen idols (Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett).  Might want to leave before #1, though.

Coming in at number 21 is Linda Ronstadt's remake of "Blue Bayou," and I gotta say, I really dislike her take on it.  Her voice sounds like its absolutely YELLING in the upper register parts of the song.  oh man.  Who's responsible for that? 

15 year old Leif sounded really cute doing "Surfin' USA," but talk about novelty acts, heh..!

... and a tip o' the hat to the Baby's "Isn't It Time?" which debuts this week at number 31. 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 18, 2008, 08:06:57 AM
omg: lucky number thirteen is “THE KING IS GONE” by Ronnie McDowell ... now THAT is some good cheese (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_tv-_3UtjU).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 18, 2008, 08:13:01 AM
number 12 -> “HEAVEN ON THE 7th FLOOR” – Paul Nicholas

Casey says that Paul thinks the song would've charted higher in his native England (not sure how high it got there, but it hit #6 in the US) if he had used the word "lift" instead of "elevator."

remember, kids, poetry is the best words in the best order!

Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 18, 2008, 09:57:31 AM
Coming in at number 21 is Linda Ronstadt's remake of "Blue Bayou," and I gotta say, I really dislike her take on it.  Her voice sounds like its absolutely YELLING in the upper register parts of the song.  oh man.  Who's responsible for that? 


Actually, she did that a lot. Check out her cover of "Hurts so Bad" a few years later. I suspect some people liked it and considered it a "rock chick" thing to do.  She did take singing lessons in the '80s (seriously) so that she could understand the technical aspects of her craft; it helped her delivery when she did "La Boheme" in NY and then the Nelson Riddle standards albums.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 19, 2008, 10:59:00 AM
Music Geek Conundrum:  Casey announced, as he intro-ed "Blue Bayou", that it was the first of "five remakes in a row!" (Yes, he was extremely excited)

21 "Blue Bayou", Ronstadt
20 "Surfin USA", Lief Garrett
19 "Slow Dancin'", Johnny Rivers
18 "Signed Sealed Delivered", Frampton
17 "We're All Alone", Rita Coolidge

But does a hit really qualify as a "remake" (for AT40 purposes) if the original never made the Top 40? The Funky Kings' "Slow Dancin'" peaked at #61. And I never even *knew* that Frankie Valli did "We're All Alone" in 1976 (a #78 peak) -- I'll wager Ms. Coolidge had never heard his version either. Casey doesn't even mention that it's a Boz Scaggs tune.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on October 20, 2008, 02:00:03 AM
The XM 80's Casey show was from October 24, 1981 which included the Four Tops last big hit "When She was My Girl" (peaking at #11 three weeks later, #13 on the 24th. The Four Tops did have one more top 40 hit but that peaked at #35 in 1988). I noticed a ton of what would be considered light rock/pop: Christoper Cross (Arthur's Theme), Endless Love, For Your Eyes Only, Hard to Say - Dan Fogelberg, Air Supply, Commordores, Quincy Jones featuring James Ingram among others.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 20, 2008, 08:14:58 AM
Music Geek Conundrum: Casey announced, as he intro-ed "Blue Bayou", that it was the first of "five remakes in a row!" (Yes, he was extremely excited)
21 "Blue Bayou", Ronstadt
20 "Surfin USA", Leif Garrett
19 "Slow Dancin'", Johnny Rivers
18 "Signed Sealed Delivered", Frampton
17 "We're All Alone", Rita Coolidge
But does a hit really qualify as a "remake" (for AT40 purposes) if the original never made the Top 40? The Funky Kings' "Slow Dancin'" peaked at #61. And I never even *knew* that Frankie Valli did "We're All Alone" in 1976 (a #78 peak) -- I'll wager Ms. Coolidge had never heard his version either. Casey doesn't even mention that it's a Boz Scaggs tune.
That AT40 was the least memorable set I've heard this year.  I too didn't realize Frankie Valli had done "We're All Alone", but as you know, Casey's definition of a charted record is if it made the Billboard Top 100.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 20, 2008, 08:20:15 AM
The XM 80's Casey show was from October 24, 1981 which included the Four Tops last big hit "When She was My Girl" (peaking at #11 three weeks later, #13 on the 24th. The Four Tops did have one more top 40 hit but that peaked at #35 in 1988). I noticed a ton of what would be considered light rock/pop: Christopher Cross (Arthur's Theme), Endless Love, For Your Eyes Only, Hard to Say - Dan Fogelberg, Air Supply, Commodores, Quincy Jones featuring James Ingram among others.
While those hits are all very pleasant, the early 80's shift of Top 40 to light rock is the reason many of us prefer the charts of the '60's up to about '75.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on October 21, 2008, 12:19:10 AM
The XM 80's Casey show was from October 24, 1981 which included the Four Tops last big hit "When She was My Girl" (peaking at #11 three weeks later, #13 on the 24th. The Four Tops did have one more top 40 hit but that peaked at #35 in 1988). I noticed a ton of what would be considered light rock/pop: Christopher Cross (Arthur's Theme), Endless Love, For Your Eyes Only, Hard to Say - Dan Fogelberg, Air Supply, Commodores, Quincy Jones featuring James Ingram among others.
While those hits are all very pleasant, the early 80's shift of Top 40 to light rock is the reason many of us prefer the charts of the '60's up to about '75.

I think most of you prefer those days to the 80's is because you folks grew up with that and so it's in your heart as the 80's (well up to about 1985, I don't like the late 80's much) is in my heart as I grew up with that period. I was in middle/high school during this period.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 21, 2008, 08:58:12 AM
The XM 80's Casey show was from October 24, 1981 which included the Four Tops last big hit "When She was My Girl" (peaking at #11 three weeks later, #13 on the 24th. The Four Tops did have one more top 40 hit but that peaked at #35 in 1988). I noticed a ton of what would be considered light rock/pop: Christopher Cross (Arthur's Theme), Endless Love, For Your Eyes Only, Hard to Say - Dan Fogelberg, Air Supply, Commodores, Quincy Jones featuring James Ingram among others.
While those hits are all very pleasant, the early 80's shift of Top 40 to light rock is the reason many of us prefer the charts of the '60's up to about '75.

I think most of you prefer those days to the 80's is because you folks grew up with that and so it's in your heart as the 80's (well up to about 1985, I don't like the late 80's much) is in my heart as I grew up with that period. I was in middle/high school during this period.

I think SFGuy has a great point.  Every era produces "light" pop/rock (today the AT40 equivalents would be smo-o-ove ballads, I suppose?), but the stuff that imprinted on us at those impressionable ages tastes like like better cheese.

also, I blame Reagan!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 21, 2008, 10:29:05 AM
The XM 80's Casey show was from October 24, 1981 which included the Four Tops last big hit "When She was My Girl" (peaking at #11 three weeks later, #13 on the 24th. The Four Tops did have one more top 40 hit but that peaked at #35 in 1988). I noticed a ton of what would be considered light rock/pop: Christopher Cross (Arthur's Theme), Endless Love, For Your Eyes Only, Hard to Say - Dan Fogelberg, Air Supply, Commodores, Quincy Jones featuring James Ingram among others.
While those hits are all very pleasant, the early 80's shift of Top 40 to light rock is the reason many of us prefer the charts of the '60's up to about '75.
I think most of you prefer those days to the 80's is because you folks grew up with that and so it's in your heart as the 80's (well up to about 1985, I don't like the late 80's much) is in my heart as I grew up with that period. I was in middle/high school during this period.
I think SFGuy has a great point.  Every era produces "light" pop/rock (today the AT40 equivalents would be smo-o-ove ballads, I suppose?), but the stuff that imprinted on us at those impressionable ages tastes like like better cheese.
also, I blame Reagan!
I agree its a fact that people consider the music closest to their heart to be the hits of their youth.  My point is if you look at the Billboard Top 40 charts over the decades, there was a shift in early 80's where majority of tunes on chart were light rock/pop, that's why for last 30 years the "classic hits" format was Top 40 hits of 60's thru mid-70's.  Unfortunately that format doesn't bring ratings, as evidenced by today's news that KFRC is dropping its classic hits format to simulcast KCBS newsradio:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/10/21/DDLB13L3PG.DTL
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 21, 2008, 11:17:01 AM
The XM 80's Casey show was from October 24, 1981 which included the Four Tops last big hit "When She was My Girl" (peaking at #11 three weeks later, #13 on the 24th. The Four Tops did have one more top 40 hit but that peaked at #35 in 1988). I noticed a ton of what would be considered light rock/pop: Christopher Cross (Arthur's Theme), Endless Love, For Your Eyes Only, Hard to Say - Dan Fogelberg, Air Supply, Commodores, Quincy Jones featuring James Ingram among others.
While those hits are all very pleasant, the early 80's shift of Top 40 to light rock is the reason many of us prefer the charts of the '60's up to about '75.
I think most of you prefer those days to the 80's is because you folks grew up with that and so it's in your heart as the 80's (well up to about 1985, I don't like the late 80's much) is in my heart as I grew up with that period. I was in middle/high school during this period.
I think SFGuy has a great point.  Every era produces "light" pop/rock (today the AT40 equivalents would be smo-o-ove ballads, I suppose?), but the stuff that imprinted on us at those impressionable ages tastes like like better cheese.
also, I blame Reagan!
I agree its a fact that people consider the music closest to their heart to be the hits of their youth.  My point is if you look at the Billboard Top 40 charts over the decades, there was a shift in early 80's where majority of tunes on chart were light rock/pop, that's why for last 30 years the "classic hits" format was Top 40 hits of 60's thru mid-70's.  Unfortunately that format doesn't bring ratings, as evidenced by today's news that KFRC is dropping its classic hits format to simulcast KCBS newsradio:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/10/21/DDLB13L3PG.DTL

I haven't seen the charts, but you're right:  Music does go through trends, and I do recall thinking a lot of stuff I heard on the air back then was crappy -- Air Supply sums it up. and I recall being pretty bored w radio rock back in the early 80s, until I discovered the Pretenders other than Brass In Pocket. but maybe I was just a cranky moody teen. 

But judging from your handle I would say you do prefer the older stuff anyway, like most of us.   ;)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on October 21, 2008, 10:26:00 PM
The XM 80's Casey show was from October 24, 1981 which included the Four Tops last big hit "When She was My Girl" (peaking at #11 three weeks later, #13 on the 24th. The Four Tops did have one more top 40 hit but that peaked at #35 in 1988). I noticed a ton of what would be considered light rock/pop: Christopher Cross (Arthur's Theme), Endless Love, For Your Eyes Only, Hard to Say - Dan Fogelberg, Air Supply, Commodores, Quincy Jones featuring James Ingram among others.
While those hits are all very pleasant, the early 80's shift of Top 40 to light rock is the reason many of us prefer the charts of the '60's up to about '75.
I think most of you prefer those days to the 80's is because you folks grew up with that and so it's in your heart as the 80's (well up to about 1985, I don't like the late 80's much) is in my heart as I grew up with that period. I was in middle/high school during this period.
I think SFGuy has a great point.  Every era produces "light" pop/rock (today the AT40 equivalents would be smo-o-ove ballads, I suppose?), but the stuff that imprinted on us at those impressionable ages tastes like like better cheese.
also, I blame Reagan!
I agree its a fact that people consider the music closest to their heart to be the hits of their youth.  My point is if you look at the Billboard Top 40 charts over the decades, there was a shift in early 80's where majority of tunes on chart were light rock/pop, that's why for last 30 years the "classic hits" format was Top 40 hits of 60's thru mid-70's.  Unfortunately that format doesn't bring ratings, as evidenced by today's news that KFRC is dropping its classic hits format to simulcast KCBS newsradio:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/10/21/DDLB13L3PG.DTL

I haven't seen the charts, but you're right:  Music does go through trends, and I do recall thinking a lot of stuff I heard on the air back then was crappy -- Air Supply sums it up. and I recall being pretty bored w radio rock back in the early 80s, until I discovered the Pretenders other than Brass In Pocket. but maybe I was just a cranky moody teen. 

But judging from your handle I would say you do prefer the older stuff anyway, like most of us.   ;)

These days the early 80's are considered "older" stuff much to my chagrin (makes me feel old).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 23, 2008, 08:01:40 AM
This weekend (10/25-26), our last Casey70's over the air on KFRC is from Oct 19, 1974.  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3167668.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3167668.pdf)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 23, 2008, 08:06:10 AM
This weekend (10/25-26), our last Casey70's over the air on KFRC is from Oct 19, 1974.  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3167668.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3167668.pdf)

Kiki's got the music; Wolfman's got the clap. And Gaz & I finally get to hear Steppenwolf's "Straight-Shootin' Woman"!

Not to mention the Osmonds' lovely "Love Me For a Reason", John Denver and Bobby Vinton.  Great cheezy stuff.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 23, 2008, 09:39:04 AM
This weekend (10/25-26), our last Casey70's over the air on KFRC is from Oct 19, 1974.  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3167668.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3167668.pdf)

Kiki's got the music; Wolfman's got the clap. And Gaz & I finally get to hear Steppenwolf's "Straight-Shootin' Woman"!

Not to mention the Osmonds' lovely "Love Me For a Reason", John Denver and Bobby Vinton.  Great cheezy stuff.

Thanks for the reminder.  I'll be up early for this one.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 23, 2008, 12:43:19 PM
This weekend (10/25-26), our last Casey70's over the air on KFRC is from Oct 19, 1974.  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3167668.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3167668.pdf)

Kiki's got the music; Wolfman's got the clap. And Gaz & I finally get to hear Steppenwolf's "Straight-Shootin' Woman"!

Not to mention the Osmonds' lovely "Love Me For a Reason", John Denver and Bobby Vinton.  Great cheezy stuff.

Thanks for the reminder.  I'll be up early for this one.

and I'll be up REALLY early (6 am-ish) for this.  prolly.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 23, 2008, 07:51:53 PM
This weekend (10/25-26), our last Casey70's over the air on KFRC is from Oct 19, 1974.  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3167668.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3167668.pdf)
Thanks for the reminder.  I'll be up early for this one.
and I'll be up REALLY early (6 am-ish) for this.  prolly.
Well, if you're gonna be up early for Casey with "6 Amish", I can be up early too! ;)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 24, 2008, 11:47:03 AM
Other playlist source for this weekend's Oct '74 45-rpm party:
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 24, 2008, 10:38:28 PM
This weekend (10/25-26), our last Casey70's over the air on KFRC is from Oct 19, 1974.  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3167668.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3167668.pdf)
Thanks for the reminder.  I'll be up early for this one.
and I'll be up REALLY early (6 am-ish) for this.  prolly.
Well, if you're gonna be up early for Casey with "6 Amish", I can be up early too! ;)

I'll be listening @ work, so copmany is encouraged.  :)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 06:03:05 AM
It occurs to me that KFRC is not going to air Casey, they've suspended all old programming and will just continue with what they've aired all week: music, liners, and top of the hour network news.  Damn.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 06:09:48 AM
It occurs to me that KFRC is not going to air Casey, they've suspended all old programming and will just continue with what they've aired all week: music, liners, and top of the hour network news.  Damn.

I checked to be sure - nope, they're doing news now.  And I can't listen live to the unfortunately named KOKZ.  So I'll be on Chico's KCEZ in 50 minutes.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 07:04:23 AM
Oooh, aaah [and now reverse!]  Aaah, oooh!  Precious moments at #40.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 07:11:11 AM
I have the Tim Moore version of "Second Ave" on a 70's soft rock compilation (on LP), but I do recall the Art Garfunkel version.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 07:11:29 AM
"Second Avenue" is new to me.  Casey seems to adore it.  I think it almost out-Breads Bread.  Almost.

(Hey, I live just off Second Ave!)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 07:14:25 AM
I grew up in NJ but do not recall Kool's "Higher Plane"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 07:14:43 AM
i got here in the middle of Neil's "Longfellow Serenade" -- sounds dirty
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 07:16:51 AM
I grew up in NJ but do not recall Kool's "Higher Plane"

It's new to me too.  Do I get points for hearing "Jersey City" and immediately knowing it was Kool & the Gang?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 07:17:26 AM
i got here in the middle of Neil's "Longfellow Serenade" -- sounds dirty

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51XWaVyyNnL._SL500_AA280_.jpg)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 07:22:17 AM
i got here in the middle of Neil's "Longfellow Serenade" -- sounds dirty
Sure, there were many double-entendre jokes about that song back then.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 07:23:22 AM
Hold on to your hat, honey!  Sing, sing, sing, SING!  BOS contender from Ms. Dee.  (And I fall for that false ending every time.)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 07:24:30 AM
Kiki, making her case to duet with Elton in '76
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 07:25:40 AM
Wolfman Jack's real name is Robert Smith!

(http://www.southparkstuff.com/content/images/epiguid/season1/episode112.jpg)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 07:27:37 AM
great anecdote about Wolfman Jack's tenure on that Mexican Radio Station:  "The station was so powerful -- 250,000 watts - that you could drive from NYC to LA and never lose the signal."

Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 07:32:03 AM
wow, I'm in a sugar coma with ABBA's Honey Honey.  Not their best, kinda blah for me, but what a formula they hit on!

(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/worst-album-covers/99-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 07:33:25 AM
wow, I'm in a sugar coma with ABBA's Honey Honey.  Not their best, kinda blah for me.  But what a formula they hit on!
I see you've been visiting the Worst Album Covers site!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 07:35:01 AM
wow, I'm in a sugar coma with ABBA's Honey Honey.  Not their best, kinda blah for me.  But what a formula they hit on!
I see you've been visiting the Worst Album Covers site!

Your'e no fun!  That cover is great!

(Hey, someone wanna give Mike a wake-up call?  He's missing all the fun.)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 07:39:41 AM
Carl Carlton performing "Everlasting Love" on PBS special in 2004:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIqEtGz8EFY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIqEtGz8EFY)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 07:41:21 AM
I didn't know Brownsville Station had followed up "Smokin' in the Boys Room" - I thought they were a OHW.

A bit long in the intro, no?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 07:43:28 AM
wow, I'm in a sugar coma with ABBA's Honey Honey.  Not their best, kinda blah for me.  But what a formula they hit on!
I see you've been visiting the Worst Album Covers site!
Your'e no fun!  That cover is great!
(Hey, someone wanna give Mike a wake-up call?  He's missing all the fun.)
But that Swede LP cover and Tinka's avatar are from the Worst Album Covers website!  Yes, hit Mike with a joy-buzzer wake-up alarm in time for the Steppenwolf track!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 07:44:39 AM
Carl Carlton ... "Everlasting Love" ...

I've always loved this song.... thanks for the link. 

Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 07:45:51 AM
wow, I'm in a sugar coma with ABBA's Honey Honey.  Not their best, kinda blah for me.  But what a formula they hit on!
I see you've been visiting the Worst Album Covers site!
Your'e no fun!  That cover is great!
(Hey, someone wanna give Mike a wake-up call?  He's missing all the fun.)
But that Swede LP cover and Tinka's avatar are from the Worst Album Covers website!  Yes, hit Mike with a joy-buzzer wake-up alarm in time for the Steppenwolf track!
wayback is correct. lots of good covers on that site  http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/worst-album-covers
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 07:46:28 AM
I gotta find a copy of that Raspberries LP with the scented sticker!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 07:47:32 AM
so the raspberries' aroma-enhanced sticker affixed to the album cover caused a woman to faint?  Makes you wonder what kinds of toxic chemicals they used back then to create that smell....     :-\
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 07:53:33 AM
OMGWTFLOL: Jim Weatherly fulfills the need to be at #28.

(I really dug that Steppenwolf song!  Honkin' sax!)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 07:54:18 AM
No memories of the Steppenwolf and Jim Weatherly tracks ???
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 07:57:00 AM
No memories of the Steppenwolf and Jim Weatherly tracks ???

I only know the Weatherly b/c it's on the Buddah Box (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:kiftxqwhldje).  (I probably had more fun writing that review than any other I did for AMG.)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 08:02:15 AM
No memories of the Steppenwolf and Jim Weatherly tracks ???

I only know the Weatherly b/c it's on the Buddah Box (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:kiftxqwhldje).  (I probably had more fun writing that review than any other I did for AMG.)


wait.. you write reviews for allmusic?  cool... love that site!  is your real name on that review?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 08:05:42 AM
Boy, I remember we'd turn the dial upon hearing this Bobby Vinton tune :P
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 08:07:29 AM
No memories of the Steppenwolf and Jim Weatherly tracks ???

I only know the Weatherly b/c it's on the Buddah Box (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:kiftxqwhldje).  (I probably had more fun writing that review than any other I did for AMG.)


wait.. you write reviews for allmusic?  cool... love that site!  is your real name on that review?

That is indeed my real name.  I used to write for AMG pretty regularly, but barely in the past two years.  I haven't made the time to seek out stuff I know that's still unreviewed (not a lot of incentive as I've moved away from rock journalism and AMG pays poorly).

PS: BOS to Bobby Vinton - Pittsburgh pride!  We heard a lot of polkas at my grandmother's growing up.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 08:09:02 AM
Ladies and gentlemen ... the L-O-N-G version!  (I hadn't known "Beach Baby" was a fall hit.)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 08:09:30 AM
Boy, I remember we'd turn the dial upon hearing this Bobby Vinton tune :P

You can take the nice Polish boy out of the Nation's steel belt, but you can't take the polka out of him!

Polka is forever.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 08:10:53 AM
Unfortunately, that was the short version of "Beeeyotch Baby," wasn't it.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 08:12:19 AM
Boy, I remember we'd turn the dial upon hearing this Bobby Vinton tune :P
You can take the nice Polish boy out of the Nation's steel belt, but you can't take the polka out of him! Polka is forever.
True, but you can understand that when a teenager in '74 it wasn't cool with your friends to be diggin' many of the syrupy pop or more adult/mature songs. 

Now let's get our groove on with da funky "Do It..."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 08:16:11 AM
This kind of surreal coexistence is what I adore about these replays:

Quote
#29 “STRAIGHT SHOOTIN’ WOMAN” – Steppenwolf

#28 “THE NEED TO BE” – Jim Weatherly

#27 “MY MELODY OF LOVE” – Bobby Vinton

#26 “BEACH BABY” – First Class

#25 “ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT” – Cat Stevens

#24 “DO IT (‘TIL YOU’RE SATISFIED)” – B.T. Express

#23 “EARACHE MY EYE FEATURING ALICE BOWIE” – Cheech & Chong
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 08:17:31 AM
Here's "Earache" live on stage (pretty amusing):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bwEy8BQBfk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bwEy8BQBfk)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 08:18:21 AM
Boy, I remember we'd turn the dial upon hearing this Bobby Vinton tune :P
You can take the nice Polish boy out of the Nation's steel belt, but you can't take the polka out of him! Polka is forever.
True, but you can understand that when a teenager in '74 it wasn't cool with your friends to be diggin' many of the syrupy pop or more adult/mature songs. 

Now let's get our groove on with da funky "Do It..."

I hear ya, bro.  I personally don't like that Vinton song that much myself.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 08:19:57 AM
This kind of surreal coexistence is what I adore about these replays:
Exactly. Damn CBS for taking away my opportunity to tape these replays >:(
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 08:26:38 AM
Gordon Lightfoot is one of three Canadian acts (or partially Canadian) I can name so far. 

can you name the other two?

.. and maybe there's more..
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 08:27:37 AM
As we discussed on a recent 10at10, here's info on "Life Is a Rock", with list of all names mentioned in the tune:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_is_a_Rock (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_is_a_Rock)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 08:29:22 AM
Gordon Lightfoot is one of three Canadian acts (or partially Canadian) I can name so far.  can you name the other two? .. and maybe there's more..
The Guess Who and BTO
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 08:29:28 AM
I had no idea of the existence of this Righteous Brothers song - whoa.  Was this before or after "Rock & Roll Heaven"?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 08:31:45 AM
Gordon Lightfoot is one of three Canadian acts (or partially Canadian) I can name so far.  can you name the other two? .. and maybe there's more..
The Guess Who and BTO

forgot abt BTO, so there's one more that I'm thinking of (partially Canadian)...
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 08:32:52 AM
I had no idea of the existence of this Righteous Brothers song - whoa.  Was this before or after "Rock & Roll Heaven"?
This came on heels of "Rock & Roll Heaven."  Too bad Bobby Hatfield OD'd on coke.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 08:34:59 AM
Gordon Lightfoot is one of three Canadian acts (or partially Canadian) I can name so far.  can you name the other two? .. and maybe there's more..
The Guess Who and BTO
forgot abt BTO, so there's one more that I'm thinking of (partially Canadian)...
Dunno, I assume its a group, not an individual.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 08:36:56 AM
Too bad Bobby Hatfield OD'd on coke.

Sayeth Wikipedia: The Sun, a UK-based tabloid daily newspaper, caused controversy with its reporting of Hatfield's death, namely with the front page headline of: You've lost that livin' feeling
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 08:37:09 AM
I had no idea of the existence of this Righteous Brothers song - whoa.  Was this before or after "Rock & Roll Heaven"?
This came on heels of "Rock & Roll Heaven."  Too bad Bobby Hatfield OD'd on coke.

great song!  great voices...   he was getting coked up before a show (I just read on wikipedia).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 08:38:18 AM
I had no idea of the existence of this Righteous Brothers song - whoa.  Was this before or after "Rock & Roll Heaven"?
This came on heels of "Rock & Roll Heaven."  Too bad Bobby Hatfield OD'd on coke.

great song!  great voices...   he was getting coked up before a show (I just read on wikipedia).


Wikipedia JINX!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 08:38:49 AM
Gordon Lightfoot is one of three Canadian acts (or partially Canadian) I can name so far.  can you name the other two? .. and maybe there's more..
The Guess Who and BTO
forgot abt BTO, so there's one more that I'm thinking of (partially Canadian)...
Dunno, I assume its a group, not an individual.

Half of a group:  Tommy Chong was born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Dave's not here, you hoser!

(http://www.cbc.ca/arts/images/pics/chong1.jpg)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 08:41:18 AM

Half of a group:  Tommy Chong was born in Edmonton, Alberta.


Aha!  Hence the linking up with Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 08:42:52 AM
and too bad John Denver had to fly his Rocky Mtn ass into the ocean off Monterey in '95. :-[   But yea for John Lennon with Elton John on backing vocals!  For hitting #1 in a few weeks, Lennon had to honor bet with Elton to appear with him at Thanksgiving concert at Madison Square Garden.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 08:46:37 AM
America was always one of my sentimental faves
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 08:52:51 AM
America was always one of my sentimental faves

yeah, me, too.  Never a critical fave, I hear, but they made some good songs.

ooh, Skeenerd! 

Turn It Up!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 08:57:12 AM
America was always one of my sentimental faves
yeah, me, too.  Never a critical fave, I hear, but they made some good songs.
I saw them a couple years ago at Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton. Fun to see 'em up close. They were so young when they hit it big (1972 Grammy for Best New Artist) that they're still relatively young (late 50s).  A fun show, I especially dig long version of Sandman from first album.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 09:03:08 AM
America was always one of my sentimental faves
yeah, me, too.  Never a critical fave, I hear, but they made some good songs.
I saw them a couple years ago at Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton. Fun to see 'em up close. They were so young when they hit it big (1972 Grammy for Best New Artist) that they're still relatively young (late 50s).  A fun show, I especially dig long version of Sandman from first album.

seeing bands-well-past-their-prime-at-county-fairs is one of my favorite hobbies!

this past year I saw a few:
Joan Jett @ Marin
Boys II Men @ Alameda (although that was not planned, we just went to the Fair and sat for a few songs; loved the Alameda Fair, btw!);
Village People and KC & The Sunshine Band @ San Mateo

Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 09:07:12 AM
America was always one of my sentimental faves
yeah, me, too.  Never a critical fave, I hear, but they made some good songs.
I saw them a couple years ago at Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton. Fun to see 'em up close. They were so young when they hit it big (1972 Grammy for Best New Artist) that they're still relatively young (late 50s).  A fun show, I especially dig long version of Sandman from first album.
seeing bands-well-past-their-prime-at-county-fairs is one of my favorite hobbies!
this past year I saw a few:
Joan Jett @ Marin
Boys II Men @ Alameda (although that was not planned, we just went to the Fair and sat for a few songs; loved the Alameda Fair, btw!);
Village People and KC & The Sunshine Band @ San Mateo
I live in Pleasanton so hit that fair a couple times during its run. You may have seen my annual exhibit on history of rock music in the Hobby Building.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 09:12:47 AM
"Don't love me for fun," beg the Osmonds.  Hey, no problem there.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 09:14:11 AM
America was always one of my sentimental faves
yeah, me, too.  Never a critical fave, I hear, but they made some good songs.
I saw them a couple years ago at Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton. Fun to see 'em up close. They were so young when they hit it big (1972 Grammy for Best New Artist) that they're still relatively young (late 50s).  A fun show, I especially dig long version of Sandman from first album.
seeing bands-well-past-their-prime-at-county-fairs is one of my favorite hobbies!
this past year I saw a few:
Joan Jett @ Marin
Boys II Men @ Alameda (although that was not planned, we just went to the Fair and sat for a few songs; loved the Alameda Fair, btw!);
Village People and KC & The Sunshine Band @ San Mateo
I live in Pleasanton so hit that fair a couple times during its run. You may have seen my annual exhibit on history of rock music in the Hobby Building.
yes, I think I did...  can't recall specifics, but we did spend some time in that pavilion.  got any pics you could post here?

I liked the model train setup, too.  I've always wanted to see that display... 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 09:18:54 AM
America was always one of my sentimental faves
yeah, me, too.  Never a critical fave, I hear, but they made some good songs.
I saw them a couple years ago at Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton. Fun to see 'em up close. They were so young when they hit it big (1972 Grammy for Best New Artist) that they're still relatively young (late 50s).  A fun show, I especially dig long version of Sandman from first album.
seeing bands-well-past-their-prime-at-county-fairs is one of my favorite hobbies!
this past year I saw a few:
Joan Jett @ Marin
Boys II Men @ Alameda (although that was not planned, we just went to the Fair and sat for a few songs; loved the Alameda Fair, btw!);
Village People and KC & The Sunshine Band @ San Mateo
I live in Pleasanton so hit that fair a couple times during its run. You may have seen my annual display on history of rock music in the Hobby Building.
yes, I think I did...  can't recall specifics, but we did spend some time in that pavilion.  got any pics you could post here?
I liked the model train setup, too.  I've always wanted to see that display... 
Since my pics are not on a website, I can't link 'em here.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 09:20:24 AM
WOS: "Steppin' Out (Gonna Boogie Tonight)"; TO&Dawn's post-"Oak Tree" vaudeville kick had really run its course by now.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 25, 2008, 09:22:24 AM
WOS: "Steppin' Out (Gonna Boogie Tonight)"; TO&Dawn's post-"Oak Tree" vaudeville kick had really run its course by now.
Agreed  :P  Thankfully here's Bad Co to cleanse the palate
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 09:23:28 AM
WOS: "Steppin' Out (Gonna Boogie Tonight)"; TO&Dawn's post-"Oak Tree" vaudeville kick had really run its course by now.
Agreed  :P
same here...  :(
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 09:26:25 AM
I quite like all three big-hit versions of "Never My Love."  Anyone heard the Sandpebbles version Csaey mentioned?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 09:27:53 AM
Understand Your'e Blue Swede!

(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/worst-album-covers/99-1.jpg)

I like this cover of "Never My Love" -- charted here at number seven, but it's NTM.

Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 09:29:28 AM
I quite like all three big-hit versions of "Never My Love."  Anyone heard the Sandpebbles version Csaey mentioned?

I have not, but may go mining for it on the net. 

btw, I saw some DVD somewhere with footage of The Association doing a live gig: they were GREAT. 

eta: I think the DVD was part of the Monterey Pop Festival DVD set, btw.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 09:56:50 AM
Well, guys, this has been a lot of fun.  Someone should print this thread out and send it to KFRC with a note: This could have been YOUR audience!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!  I'm off, you know ...
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 25, 2008, 10:13:08 AM
Bye Gaz, bye Wayback. 

Until next time, keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.


Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 25, 2008, 10:57:12 AM
Wow, I've enjoyed this lengthy thread! I'll hear the show tonite in its Madison, Wisconsin incarnation (7-10pm PDT) and I'm looking forward to it. And too bad about KFRC not airing the show -- the station will continue to exist (without jocks) at kfrc.com and there was some hope they'd continue with Casey until the contract runs out. Maybe that's what the marathon 2 weeks ago was about -- meeting some kind of quota.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 25, 2008, 05:40:43 PM
and too bad John Denver had to fly his Rocky Mtn ass into the ocean off Monterey

Ah, yes, a sad day.  If I recall correctly, it was in October 1997 and I was attending a "summer of love" anniversary festival in Golden Gate Park (with performing bands including a Kantner variant on the Airplane and the Sons of Champlin) when I heard the news, amidst the sounds of those awful military planes buzzing above us.  I remember writing a bitter poem called "If 67 Were 97" that night, and I'm pretty sure the news of the crash circulated among us that afternoon.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 25, 2008, 06:39:08 PM
"Second Avenue" is new to me.  Casey seems to adore it.  I think it almost out-Breads Bread.  Almost.

(Hey, I live just off Second Ave!)

I'd swear I played the orig Tim Moore version for you a couple years ago when you were here. His was a big "turntable hit" on NYC prog-FM radio. 'tis a lovely song, IMHO, and a perfect fit for Garfunkel.  I hope we get a '73 set in the next few weeks, so we can hear his wonderful "All I Know".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 25, 2008, 07:07:59 PM
i got here in the middle of Neil's "Longfellow Serenade" -- sounds dirty
Sure, there were many double-entendre jokes about that song back then.

The Billboard chart that week shows it as "Longfellow's Serenade" -- it would take several weeks for them to correct it. They also listed Helen Reddy's new hit as "Angie Babe"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 25, 2008, 07:37:38 PM
wow, I'm in a sugar coma with ABBA's Honey Honey.  Not their best, kinda blah for me, but what a formula they hit on!


I've grown to love "Honey Honey" over the years, just 'cause it's one you rarely hear -- even Dave ignores it. One reason it only got to a #27 peak is, there was a cover battle going on -- a Brit group called Sweet Dreams (feat. Polly Brown of Pickettywitch) had a version that charted first and got to #69.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 25, 2008, 07:45:58 PM
I didn't know Brownsville Station had followed up "Smokin' in the Boys Room" - I thought they were a OHW.


They were a THW, and this gets my WOS hands down. Man, that's an awful single. But EWF's "Devotion" gets my first Lost Gem of the Week award. I love them in that mode.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 25, 2008, 07:58:56 PM
OMGWTFLOL: Jim Weatherly fulfills the need to be at #28.

(I really dug that Steppenwolf song!  Honkin' sax!)

Mr Weatherly's delivery's a bit wimpy, but I'd've LURVED to have heard Gladys do that one.  And I dig the Steppenwolf too -- can't believe NY prog-FMers ignored that one.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 25, 2008, 08:35:28 PM
I had no idea of the existence of this Righteous Brothers song - whoa.  Was this before or after "Rock & Roll Heaven"?
This came on heels of "Rock & Roll Heaven."  Too bad Bobby Hatfield OD'd on coke.

Too bad he didn't OD before "RnRH" and this turkey -- WOS2. "I made a deal with the Angel of Music"?? Yeesh.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 25, 2008, 09:20:37 PM
The Ohio Players with another example of lyrics that could've rhymed but didn't: if those "bad bad misses" had been "bad bad bitches", they'd've rhymed with "britches" and "stitches". Wonder if they make it rhyme in their live show.
 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 25, 2008, 09:29:17 PM
"Don't love me for fun," beg the Osmonds.  Hey, no problem there.

Oh, like you wouldn't want to see Donny in his magic Mormon underwear! ;)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 25, 2008, 09:38:01 PM
I quite like all three big-hit versions of "Never My Love."  Anyone heard the Sandpebbles version Csaey mentioned?

Nope, but didya know that Blue Swede didn't originate the "ooga-chukka" arrangement of "Hooked on a Feeling"?  Jonathan King (of "Everyone's Gone to the Moon" and "Beach Baby" fame) did it in 1971 and had a UK hit.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 25, 2008, 10:00:44 PM
Dionne W's got that urge to feel ya!  But she'll back off if you give her some coke.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 26, 2008, 09:02:52 AM
Casey's '80s are in 1986 this week.  Not a lot of note, but the lovely Anita Baker is in with the fab "Sweet Love."  And in the Top 10: "I saw you - and HIM! - walking in the rain!"  BOS to Oran, flat-blastin' both-a ya.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 26, 2008, 09:24:46 AM
"I feel a hunger."  (What kind?)  "It's a hunger."  Chartwise I remember this period very well.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 26, 2008, 10:58:16 AM
"I feel a hunger."  (What kind?)  "It's a hunger." 

er, per the Top40db, the lyric is:

"I feel hungry
It's a hunger
That tries to keep a man awake at night"

So there IS a complete thought there.  But that's a funny TANC, because when Dave played the Kid Rock tune the other day, 3 diff Fogheads called to say "he's rhyming 'things' with... 'things', Dave! Talk about crappy songwriting!"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 26, 2008, 04:22:56 PM
too bad about KFRC not airing the show -- the station will continue to exist (without jocks) at kfrc.com and there was some hope they'd continue with Casey until the contract runs out. Maybe that's what the marathon 2 weeks ago was about -- meeting some kind of quota.
Unfortunately it sounds like what CBS meant by "you can still hear KFRC's classic hits on kfrc.com" is what we've been getting all week, just automated hits with top of hour network news.  Yesterday they didn't run Casey or Beatles Brunch and this morning no "Backstage with Ben Fong-Torres."  Yes, maybe that Caseython weekend was to fulfill obligations.  Who's really going to listen to this kind of KFRC thru their PC anyway?  Oh well.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on October 30, 2008, 11:22:37 AM
This weekend (11/1-2) Casey70's visits Nov 8, 1975. Playlist:
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html) or here:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3189307.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3189307.pdf)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on October 31, 2008, 01:24:13 PM
This weekend (11/1-2) Casey70's visits Nov 8, 1975. Playlist:
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html) or here:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3189307.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3189307.pdf)

Woo-hoo!  My all-time #1 favorite song, "Miracles," in the Top 10!  I'll be listening to this one in toto, prolly from home.  Let me know if anyone else will be listening in real time (the Chico 10am ET/7am PT airing?).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on October 31, 2008, 01:29:22 PM
This weekend (11/1-2) Casey70's visits Nov 8, 1975. Playlist:
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html) or here:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3189307.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3189307.pdf)

Woo-hoo!  My all-time #1 favorite song, "Miracles," in the Top 10!  I'll be listening to this one in toto, prolly from home.  Let me know if anyone else will be listening in real time (the Chico 10am ET/7am PT airing?).

I don't DO 7am on Saturday anymore  ;) But I'll be listening Sat nite 7-10pm Pacific. A rainy weekend in SF; a good time to stay in, cook, and "get a taste of the real world".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on October 31, 2008, 01:49:02 PM
This weekend (11/1-2) Casey70's visits Nov 8, 1975. Playlist:
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html) or here:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3189307.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3189307.pdf)

Woo-hoo!  My all-time #1 favorite song, "Miracles," in the Top 10!  I'll be listening to this one in toto, prolly from home.  Let me know if anyone else will be listening in real time (the Chico 10am ET/7am PT airing?).

I don't DO 7am on Saturday anymore  ;) But I'll be listening Sat nite 7-10pm Pacific. A rainy weekend in SF; a good time to stay in, cook, and "get a taste of the real world".

I'll try to get online for the Chico show, but cannot promise that Hallowe'en won't take its toll and force me to sleep in. 

MWAA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HAHHA!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 07:35:54 AM
Casey was glad to see Joan Baez return to the chart (in a crummy hotel over Washington Square).  And I am glad to hear Leon Haywood, wanting to do something freaky to you - pimptastic!

Could've done without Frankie Valli's unemotional cover of "Our Day Will Come," though - it lacks Ruby & the Romantics' elegance.

This Melissa Manchester is new to me: "Just Too Many People."  I have to imagine this was offered to Diana Ross first.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 07:42:11 AM
"Put it in your peace pipe!"  B.T. Express are smokin', with a hit whose flip side had hit the Top 40 a few months prior, sez Casey.  Lead vocalist was listening to Gladys Knight & the Pips' "Friendship Train" for inspiration, I bet.  Very similar groove.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 01, 2008, 07:51:09 AM
I was out in kitchen last 15 min's, PC is in den, but I can hear it.  I was in senior year HS in Nov 75, but don't recall 35, 33, 32, 31, 29, the rest of this chart is familiar.  I'm meeting mshray 10am-12 today at Peet's Coffee in Walnut Creek where Dave Morey will be pushing new Live from Archives CD.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 08:00:36 AM
I'm not a fan of "18 With a Bullet," but I would have enjoyed getting it in the week when it actually hit #18.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 08:06:43 AM
It's an Art Garfunkel twin-spin!  Back to back solo ("I Only Have Eyes for You," which the fastidious copy editors at Time would correct to "I Have Eyes for Only You") and with Rhymin' Simon (the beautifully bitter "My Little Town").
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 01, 2008, 08:07:15 AM
I'm not a fan of "18 With a Bullet," but I would have enjoyed getting it in the week when it actually hit #18.
It hit #18 on 11-22-75 Hot 100, got as high as #15.  Meanwhile, at #25, Art Garfunkel's lovely version of "I Only Have Eyes For You" got as high as #18.  I remember winning Art's new at that time LP "Breakaway" from our local radio station, and it also includes S&G's "My Little Town."  Funny to have that song follow at #24 on this chart!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 01, 2008, 08:10:29 AM
26-yr-old Bruuuuuuce at #23 with BTR!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 01, 2008, 08:19:41 AM
You know the only lyrics in this Silver Convention hit are "Fly Robin Fly, up up to the sky"!  Perhaps that's why Casey played just one-minute of the song, shortest edit I think I've ever heard on AT40.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 08:23:31 AM
"What a Difference a Day Makes" in its disco incarnation would be an utter travesty if Esther Phillips didn't have such an attractive voice.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 08:24:13 AM
You know the only lyrics in this Silver Convention hit are "Fly Robin Fly, up up to the sky"!  Perhaps that's why Casey just played only one-minute of the song, shortest edit I think I've ever heard on AT40.

Haha, thisclose to a jinx on the entire comment!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 08:25:41 AM
You know the only lyrics in this Silver Convention hit are "Fly Robin Fly, up up to the sky"!  Perhaps that's why Casey just played only one-minute of the song, shortest edit I think I've ever heard on AT40.

Not many more lyrics than that in George Harrison's "You," which I nonetheless love.  The sound of jubilation.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 01, 2008, 08:28:13 AM
You know the only lyrics in this Silver Convention hit are "Fly Robin Fly, up up to the sky"!  Perhaps that's why Casey just played only one-minute of the song, shortest edit I think I've ever heard on AT40.
Not many more lyrics than that in George Harrison's "You," which I nonetheless love.  The sound of jubilation.
Agreed.  Have you ever heard that entire solo LP, "Extra Texture"?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 01, 2008, 08:29:19 AM
KC's "That's the Way" is one of few tunes to hit #1, drop, then back to #1
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 08:37:05 AM
You know the only lyrics in this Silver Convention hit are "Fly Robin Fly, up up to the sky"!  Perhaps that's why Casey just played only one-minute of the song, shortest edit I think I've ever heard on AT40.
Not many more lyrics than that in George Harrison's "You," which I nonetheless love.  The sound of jubilation.
Agreed.  Have you ever heard that entire solo LP, "Extra Texture"?

No - is it as happy and bouncy?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 08:42:03 AM
By cracky!  Squealin' Neil is on his way down with "Bad Blood," astonishingly his biggest hit.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 01, 2008, 08:45:31 AM
You know the only lyrics in this Silver Convention hit are "Fly Robin Fly, up up to the sky"!  Perhaps that's why Casey just played only one-minute of the song, shortest edit I think I've ever heard on AT40.
Not many more lyrics than that in George Harrison's "You," which I nonetheless love.  The sound of jubilation.
Agreed.  Have you ever heard that entire solo LP, "Extra Texture"?
No - is it as happy and bouncy?
Yes, with guests like Tom Scott on sax, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Gary Wright.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 01, 2008, 08:48:21 AM
This section of chart --with KC, Bee Gees, Jigsaw, Sedaka, Abba, Leon -- really takes me back to fall '75!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 08:57:15 AM
This ONJ track at #13, "Something Better to Do," is NTM!  Nice fluff stuff.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on November 01, 2008, 09:03:39 AM
hey mangs, just woked up ..   to Low Rider.

I missed a buncha of good stuff, maybe I'll have to catch another time zone's replay later to experience the Full Forty. 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 09:04:20 AM
"Do It Any Way You Wanna" from People's Choice is the third song in this set - after "Brazil" and "Fly, Robin, Fly" - that isn't technically an instrumental but more or less is.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 09:08:08 AM
You are sunshine; you are shadow.  You are Captain; you are Dragon.  And Toni wants to touch you.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 01, 2008, 09:09:05 AM
"Feelings"!  Yeah, crank it up, woooo, rock and roll!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 09:09:55 AM
"Feelings"!  Yeah, crank it up, woooo, rock and roll!

For years I only knew this song through Carol Burnett.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on November 01, 2008, 09:13:41 AM
"Feelings"!  Yeah, crank it up, woooo, rock and roll!

For years I only knew this song through Carol Burnett.

OMG, this song was everywhere  --- I recall watching the Gong Show back then and EVERY act came out and did version of "Feelings."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on November 01, 2008, 09:14:32 AM
You are sunshine; you are shadow.  You are Captain; you are Dragon.  And Toni wants to touch you.

Go Tonnille!  Pretty racy.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 09:15:32 AM
I hate this "I Get Around" segment they often play during commercial breaks - Mike Love is such a fucking dick.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 09:16:09 AM
"Feelings"!  Yeah, crank it up, woooo, rock and roll!

For years I only knew this song through Carol Burnett.

OMG, this song was everywhere  --- I recall watching the Gong Show back then and EVERY act came out and did version of "Feelings."

Y'know, now that you mention it, I'm sure I saw a few renditions (or attempted renditions) on the Gong Show as well.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 09:16:57 AM
"This Will Be" an eHarmony ad someday.  I still love the opening, though I think Natalie oversells it at the end.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on November 01, 2008, 09:21:09 AM
"This Will Be" an eHarmony ad someday.  I still love the opening, though I think Natalie oversells it at the end.

I think you're right about the ending.  It turns the song off for me.  I've never really dug it... but this Spinnners' tune was always a fave!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 01, 2008, 09:21:16 AM
For the longest time I thought the high voice in this Spinners tune was a woman!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 09:22:43 AM
For the longest time I thought the high voice in this Spinners tune was a woman!

I just learned that it is!  Apparently the Spinners hadn't recorded that bridge, and they were out of the country when the producer wanted to finish, so he used someone else.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 01, 2008, 09:22:55 AM
I hate this "I Get Around" segment they often play during commercial breaks - Mike Love is such a fucking dick.
I know, who does he think he is, the best tambourine player around??
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 09:23:28 AM
For the longest time I thought the high voice in this Spinners tune was a woman!

I just learned that it is!  Apparently the Spinners hadn't recorded that bridge, and they were out of the country when the producer wanted to finish, so he used someone else.

That someone else was Barbara Ingram.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 01, 2008, 09:24:05 AM
For the longest time I thought the high voice in this Spinners tune was a woman!
I just learned that it is!  Apparently the Spinners hadn't recorded that bridge, and they were out of the country when the producer wanted to finish, so he used someone else.
Whew, thanks!  Glad to know I wasn't crazy.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 09:26:46 AM
For the longest time I thought the high voice in this Spinners tune was a woman!
I just learned that it is!  Apparently the Spinners hadn't recorded that bridge, and they were out of the country when the producer wanted to finish, so he used someone else.
Whew, thanks!  Glad to know I wasn't crazy.
No, the mustachioed guy lip-syncing the part on Soul Train (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGxYKJXOxFk) is crazy.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on November 01, 2008, 09:27:35 AM
I hate this "I Get Around" segment they often play during commercial breaks - Mike Love is such a fucking dick.
I know, who does he think he is, the best tambourine player around??

LOL -- Good one!

(http://www.cokemachineglow.com/images/7869.jpg)
Top 22 Pictures of Mike Love Looking Like a Douche  (http://www.cokemachineglow.com/feature/3654/pictures-of-mike-love-looking-like-a-douche)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 09:29:12 AM
I assume we'll get the 3-minute single edit of "Miracles" - oh well.

WOS to La Ronstadt, in what I'm sure Mike would agree is an even more unnecessary remake than "Our Day Will Come."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on November 01, 2008, 09:36:28 AM
I assume we'll get the 3-minute single edit of "Miracles" - oh well.

WOS to La Ronstadt, in what I'm sure Mike would agree is an even more unnecessary remake than "Our Day Will Come."

That's the one thing I'd like to change about these AT40 shows: give us the full versions!

When I started re-listening to them, I realized how the show -- and AM radio in general -- uses the radio edits (maybe they even make their own edits when necessary..?). 

... and agree about Linda, there she is YELLING again -- "YEAH, YEAH!!"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 01, 2008, 09:40:15 AM
That's the one thing I'd like to change about these AT40 shows: give us the full versions!
When I started re-listening to them, I realized how the show -- and AM radio in general -- uses the radio edits (maybe they even make their own edits when necessary..?). 
Yes, I'm sure Casey cut down songs even further, for "time considerations".
BYOS (Best Yodeling of Set) to John Denver!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 01, 2008, 09:51:00 AM
Okay, Mshray just called, so I'm out the door now to meet him and Dave Morey at Peet's Walnut Creek.  Later ...
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 09:53:27 AM
Okay, Mshray just called, so I'm out the door now to meet him and Dave Morey at Peet's Walnut Creek.  Later ...

Have fun!  Give Mark (and Dave) my best!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 09:55:23 AM
Wincing at "Island Girl" at #1, a rare displeasure in a triff set from my second-favorite year in pop music.

Tinka, have a good weekend!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on November 01, 2008, 10:03:32 AM
Wincing at "Island Girl" at #1, a rare displeasure in a triff set from my second-favorite year in pop music.

Tinka, have a good weekend!

see y'all later....  wish I was in Walnut Creek to say hi to Davey.

Oh "Island Girl,"  I played this 45 to death.  When I eventually got bored of it and flipped the record over, I found I liked the B-side:   "Grow Some Funk of Yer Own."  Who knew that records had two playable sides?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 01, 2008, 06:15:29 PM
Who knew that records had two playable sides?

I certainly didn't on first discovery of 45s.  I was introduced to the medium in '77 when I was 4 via my mom's collection, to which I gravitated "Convoy" and "Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko Bop."  (This should go a long way to explaining my tastes.)  I have no idea what was on the flip of either of those.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 01, 2008, 07:49:19 PM
"Diamonds & Rust" is still quite amazing -- I remain astounded that it made the Top 40 at all.  No idea who the woman duetting with Frankie Valli is; guess they thought she'd be his Odia Coates.

Anyone else notice that Casey never actually named the Elvis song that debuted at #10 and peaked at #3?  I've scoured Billboard and can't find the answer!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 01, 2008, 07:54:32 PM
"Get a lay! Get a lay!" advises John Fogerty. Er... OK!

And appropriately, he's followed by Leon Haywood, who wants to slide into somebody's canyon. Sounds like he needs a "Wide Receiver".

Gaz, I'd never considered that Diana Ross comparison regarding Ms Manchester's "Just Too Many People", but you're dead on. La Ross shoulda done it instead of "Last Time I Saw Him", which I've always thought would've been an ideal "Ruby Red Dress" follow-up for Helen Reddy.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 01, 2008, 08:14:08 PM
The second-oddest white-gospel hit of 1975 (after the Simon/Snow "Gone at Last"): Manhattan Transfer's "Operator".

Miss Mavis feels like a Butterfinger. I'm a Snickers guy myself.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 01, 2008, 08:25:19 PM
The local ads on this Madison, WI station are always colorful, but this floored me: The NYC Board of Education is running spots (voiced by the great Cynthia Nixon) recruiting for teachers in Wisconsin!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 01, 2008, 09:11:48 PM
OMG -- this Wisconsin station censored the word "bitch" in Sedaka's "Bad Blood". Oh by cracky!

But Leon Russell's lady blew, and they let that thru. 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on November 02, 2008, 01:46:16 AM
I hate this "I Get Around" segment they often play during commercial breaks - Mike Love is such a fucking dick.
I know, who does he think he is, the best tambourine player around??

LOL -- Good one!

(http://www.cokemachineglow.com/images/7869.jpg)
Top 22 Pictures of Mike Love Looking Like a Douche  (http://www.cokemachineglow.com/feature/3654/pictures-of-mike-love-looking-like-a-douche)

His nephew is playing in the NBA. Actually he looks like a douche as well.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on November 02, 2008, 01:51:43 AM
Who knew that records had two playable sides?

I certainly didn't on first discovery of 45s.  I was introduced to the medium in '77 when I was 4 via my mom's collection, to which I gravitated "Convoy" and "Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko Bop."  (This should go a long way to explaining my tastes.)  I have no idea what was on the flip of either of those.

Records had two playable sides?? No, that's not true.

I remember 45s in the early 70s. I guess these records belonged to my siblings at the time. I just remember playing "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" over and over on my toy record player (it did play real records). I also remember a few of the Beatles 45s my brother and sisters owned (I remember the Apple label).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 02, 2008, 05:21:16 AM
"Diamonds & Rust" is still quite amazing -- I remain astounded that it made the Top 40 at all.  No idea who the woman duetting with Frankie Valli is; guess they thought she'd be his Odia Coates.

Anyone else notice that Casey never actually named the Elvis song that debuted at #10 and peaked at #3?  I've scoured Billboard and can't find the answer!

Good call on the Valli co-lead.

And even better call on the Presley; I hadn't noticed that he didn't name the song.  Elvis didn't have a song peak at #3 in '58, so I can't tell what he was thinking of.  Maybe he blew the year and it was "Devil in Disguise"?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 02, 2008, 05:22:25 AM
Casey's '80s reach all the way back to 1980, where Billy Joel is in at 40 with "Sometimes a Fantasy" and Waylon Jennings at 39 with the theme from "The Dukes of Hazzard."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 02, 2008, 05:34:39 AM
Al Stewart NTM and on his way down with "Midnight Rocks."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 02, 2008, 05:36:53 AM
Also NTM, Jimmy Hall, formerly of Wet Willie, with the McDonald-esque "I'm Happy That Love Has Found You."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 02, 2008, 05:54:37 AM
Two Hot 100 debuts all the way up in the 40 this week: John Lennon at 38 with "(Just Like) Starting Over," and Neil Diamond at 32 with "Love on the Rocks."  The latter's one of my favorite Neil songs, and I probably would have heard it had I gone to the Super Diamond show in my hood last night.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 02, 2008, 06:33:37 AM
Maybe it's mean to criticize a 13-year-old, but I never cared for the thin voice of Stacy Lattisaw, here with "Let Me Be Your Angel."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 02, 2008, 06:50:04 AM
I hadn't heard Irene Cara's "Out Here on My Own" in 25 years.  IIRC this was (co-?)written by Leslie Gore.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 02, 2008, 07:18:17 AM
I vividly recall small pieces of this survey.  The autumn of 1980, I was in second grade, and was enrolled in a gifted-kids class in another school; once a week one of the mothers (I suppose because they didn't want to shell out for a bus) would drive me and a couple other kids to and from these classes.  She always had on a station playing what we'd now call secretary rock; I got a very steady diet of Leo Sayer's "More Than I Can Say" and Barbra Streisand's "Woman in Love."  (Meanwhile, at the bus stop, I was hearing Michael Jackson and Queen.)

ETA: And very much "Upside Down" from that radio station - so maybe "secretary rock" isn't so apt.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 02, 2008, 11:21:59 AM
I hadn't heard Irene Cara's "Out Here on My Own" in 25 years.  IIRC this was (co-?)written by Leslie Gore.

Co-written with her brother, Michael Gore, in fact.

And I for one loved Stacy Lattisaw: I called her "the black Rachel Sweet" at the time.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 06, 2008, 02:45:36 PM
This weekend (11/8-9) Casey70's visits Nov 14, 1970.  Playlist:
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)  and here:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3213889.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3213889.pdf)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 06, 2008, 02:59:12 PM
This weekend (11/8-9) Casey70's visits Nov 14, 1970.  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3213889.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3213889.pdf)

Damn -- Mashmakan! Teegarden & Van Winkle! Candi Staten Island's fab cover of "Stand By Your Man"! I'm probably gonna miss this one, I won't be home Sat nite.  But could you post the URL for that Chico station? -- I'll try (probably in vain) to get their player to work on my ancient home computer (I think I tried once before to no avail).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 06, 2008, 03:26:38 PM
This weekend (11/8-9) Casey70's visits Nov 14, 1970.  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3213889.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3213889.pdf)
Damn -- Mashmakan! Teegarden & Van Winkle! Candi Staten Island's fab cover of "Stand By Your Man"!  I'm probably gonna miss this one, won't be home Sat nite.  But could you post the URL for that Chico station? -- I'll try (probably in vain) to get their player to work on my ancient home computer (I think I tried once before to no avail).
Here 'tis: http://www.chicooldies.com (http://www.chicooldies.com), Sat's 7-10am PT.  BTW, links to stations streaming AT40 70's & 80's is at first post of this thread.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 06, 2008, 03:40:42 PM
This weekend (11/8-9) Casey70's visits Nov 14, 1970.  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3213889.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3213889.pdf)
Damn -- Mashmakan! Teegarden & Van Winkle! Candi Staten Island's fab cover of "Stand By Your Man"!  I'm probably gonna miss this one, won't be home Sat nite.  But could you post the URL for that Chico station? -- I'll try (probably in vain) to get their player to work on my ancient home computer (I think I tried once before to no avail).
Here 'tis: http://www.chicooldies.com (http://www.chicooldies.com), Sat's 7-10am PT.  BTW, links to stations streaming AT40 70's & 80's is at first post of this thread.

Thanks -- I've tried a number of those stations and sadly the "newfangled" players won't work at home with dial-up. I suspect this Chico player won't either.

ETA: I can't even get it to work here at the office (!?) so I'm sure trying it at home is pointless.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 07, 2008, 08:57:18 AM
This weekend (11/8-9) Casey70's visits Nov 14, 1970.  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3213889.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3213889.pdf)
Damn -- Mashmakan! Teegarden & Van Winkle! Candi Staten Island's fab cover of "Stand By Your Man"!  I'm probably gonna miss this one, won't be home Sat nite.  But could you post the URL for that Chico station? -- I'll try (probably in vain) to get their player to work on my ancient home computer (I think I tried once before to no avail).
Here 'tis: http://www.chicooldies.com (http://www.chicooldies.com), Sat's 7-10am PT.  BTW, links to stations streaming AT40 70's & 80's is at first post of this thread.

Thanks -- I've tried a number of those stations and sadly the "newfangled" players won't work at home with dial-up. I suspect this Chico player won't either.

ETA: I can't even get it to work here at the office (!?) so I'm sure trying it at home is pointless.

UPDATE: I've tried several diff stations who use a "Liquid Compass" player to stream and none of them work here at the office -- odd, no? We're up-to-date with the latest versions of Windows. Flash, etc and yet I get no sound from these players after the initial local commercial video plays.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 07, 2008, 09:07:10 AM
This weekend (11/8-9) Casey70's visits Nov 14, 1970.  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3213889.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3213889.pdf)
Damn -- Mashmakan! Teegarden & Van Winkle! Candi Staten Island's fab cover of "Stand By Your Man"!  I'm probably gonna miss this one, won't be home Sat nite.  But could you post the URL for that Chico station? -- I'll try (probably in vain) to get their player to work on my ancient home computer (I think I tried once before to no avail).
Here 'tis: http://www.chicooldies.com (http://www.chicooldies.com), Sat's 7-10am PT. 
Thanks -- I've tried a number of those stations and sadly the "newfangled" players won't work at home with dial-up. I suspect this Chico player won't either.
ETA: I can't even get it to work here at the office (!?) so I'm sure trying it at home is pointless.
UPDATE: I've tried several diff stations who use a "Liquid Compass" player to stream and none of them work here at the office -- odd, no? We're up-to-date with the latest versions of Windows. Flash, etc and yet I get no sound from these players after the initial local commercial video plays.
Hmmm, and you get KFOG okay?  Did you try all AT40 stations that use other types of streamers?  Perhaps your work has their PCs set so folks can't stream??
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 07, 2008, 09:18:29 AM
This weekend (11/8-9) Casey70's visits Nov 14, 1970.  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3213889.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3213889.pdf)
Damn -- Mashmakan! Teegarden & Van Winkle! Candi Staten Island's fab cover of "Stand By Your Man"!  I'm probably gonna miss this one, won't be home Sat nite.  But could you post the URL for that Chico station? -- I'll try (probably in vain) to get their player to work on my ancient home computer (I think I tried once before to no avail).
Here 'tis: http://www.chicooldies.com (http://www.chicooldies.com), Sat's 7-10am PT. 
Thanks -- I've tried a number of those stations and sadly the "newfangled" players won't work at home with dial-up. I suspect this Chico player won't either.
ETA: I can't even get it to work here at the office (!?) so I'm sure trying it at home is pointless.
UPDATE: I've tried several diff stations who use a "Liquid Compass" player to stream and none of them work here at the office -- odd, no? We're up-to-date with the latest versions of Windows. Flash, etc and yet I get no sound from these players after the initial local commercial video plays.
Hmmm, and you get KFOG okay?  Did you try all AT40 stations that use other types of streamers?  Perhaps your work has their PCs set so folks can't stream??

No, all sorts of players work here at the office ... except Liquid Compass. No idea why.  (at home almost nothing works but that's because (a) my home PC is 10 years old and (b) I still have dial-up)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 08, 2008, 07:35:36 AM
'Morning gentlemen, I tuned in at #36, "God, Love & Rock & Roll," a song I don't remember.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on November 08, 2008, 07:38:19 AM
Check out what Casey says to introduce Clapton's "After Midnight" (#35):

"If you dig the proverb that a man is known by the company he keeps, then you're going to find this next artist very heavy."     Then he lists Clapton's music pedigree, etc...  So awesomely dated, I love it!

I love the early part of the AT40 shows, because often you'll hear things that just slipped into the charts and then fell back out, so they're hardly ever in heavy rotation in those "oldies" stations (that still exist).   My knowledge of pop from this date is pretty limited, so there's a lot of things that aren't that familiar.

 good stuff!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 08, 2008, 07:45:50 AM
Check out what Casey says to introduce Clapton's "After Midnight" (#35):
"If you dig the proverb that a man is known by the company he keeps, then you're going to find this next artist very heavy."  Then he lists Clapton's music pedigree, etc...  So awesomely dated, I love it!
I love the early part of the AT40 shows, because often you'll hear things that just slipped into the charts and then fell back out, so they're hardly ever in heavy rotation in those "oldies" stations (that still exist).   My knowledge of pop from this date is pretty limited, so there's a lot of things that aren't that familiar.  good stuff!
Yes, my sentiments exactly.  I've deepened my knowledge of hits from certain years listening this past year to these AT40 replays, plus 10at10 since moving out here in Jan 1989.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on November 08, 2008, 07:55:34 AM
'Morning gentlemen, I tuned in at #36, "God, Love & Rock & Roll," a song I don't remember.

Hi Wayback -  so you debuted at Number 36 this week...? nice.  You got here just in time for this block of staple tunes:
#35 “AFTER MIDNIGHT” – Eric Clapton
#34 “OUR HOUSE” – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
#33 “EL CONDOR PASA” – Simon & Garfunkel

.. but I loved the Presidents' 5-10-15-20!  and the honky-tonk chanson of the New Seekers was unique but a little grating. I can see why it's on the way out.

The Guess Who's "Share The Wealth Land" is another gospel-tinged song I've noted.  The other is where you came in ( “GOD, LOVE & ROCK & ROLL” – Teegarden & Van Winkle) where you came in.

Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on November 08, 2008, 08:01:45 AM
funny, the "extra" song by Dodie Stevens mentions how impressed she is with her boyfriend who sports "Tan Shoes & Pink Shoelaces" -- She sings "He has a twelve foot yacht!" 

hubba-hubba, Sugar Daddy!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 08, 2008, 08:12:26 AM
Hi Wayback -  so you debuted at Number 36 this week...? nice.  You got here just in time for this block of staple tunes:
#35 “AFTER MIDNIGHT” – Eric Clapton
#34 “OUR HOUSE” – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
#33 “EL CONDOR PASA” – Simon & Garfunkel
.. but I loved the Presidents' 5-10-15-20!  and the honky-tonk chanson of the New Seekers was unique but a little grating. I can see why it's on the way out. The Guess Who's "Share The Wealth Land" is another gospel-tinged song I've noted. 
On this chart I don't recall hearing back in the day #36, 32, 30, 27, 21, and since I came in at #36 today, I can't recall how #38-40 sound.  Then again, that's why we listen to these replays!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 08, 2008, 08:18:38 AM
I'm listening to AT40 thru my PC and have an ear on the 10at10 replays from my stereo.  I notice on KFOG's 10at10 page that the intern didn't post yesterday's 1969 set.  Just cuz Dave's leaving doesn't mean they can get lazy!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on November 08, 2008, 08:18:52 AM
is it me, or did Casey get a little fun-kay when he back announced Candi Stanton by calling it "Stand By YO man?"  and then he intro'd Charles Wright tune by saying "Express YO-self?"

did anyone catch that?  ponderous, man...
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 08, 2008, 08:26:00 AM
is it me, or did Casey get a little fun-kay when he back announced Candi Stanton by calling it "Stand By YO man?"  and then he intro'd Charles Wright tune by saying "Express YO-self?"
did anyone catch that?  ponderous, man...
Yes, I've noticed Casey sometimes tries to be hip or gets overly excited (especially in '70-71 shows) which sounds funny compared to his regular style. In a 1970 replay from Sept, he sounded like a wild TOP 40 DJ with "Here's Free and ALL RIGHT NOW!"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 08, 2008, 08:34:23 AM
Re #19, I'll never forget seeing Wilson Pickett up close at the famous Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, around 1988.  The Wicked Pickett was cookin'!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 08, 2008, 09:21:58 AM
Brian Hyland's big hit ten years before #9 "Gypsy Woman" was "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini"!  Also "Sealed With A Kiss" in '62.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 08, 2008, 09:31:22 AM
Smokey & Miracles "Tears Of A Clown" and earlier this week we heard The English Beat's version in a 1980 10at10.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on November 08, 2008, 09:32:17 AM
I just went back into my online buffer and listened to a few tunes I wasn't familiar with:

#39 “I AM SOMEBODY, PART II” – Johnnie Taylor - Great socially conscious soul

#36 “GOD, LOVE & ROCK & ROLL” – Teegarden & Van Winkle

#32 “AS THE YEARS GO BY” – Mashmakhan - this one is interesting, it's infused w a definite and insistent polka feel for most of it (the chirpy organ, the sing-songy sound) and I hear Eastern European influences, too. Then it gets pretty rocking with a riff to give the kids something heavier to ponder musically.  And speaking of something heavy, the lyrics are really good & insightful. An excerpt:
 
Now you're asking me if I love you
And it really means will I marry you
And I answer yes I love you
But it really means that I won't be untrue


how true!  oh, the game we play.

#30 “5-10-15-20 (25-30 YEARS OF LOVE)” – Presidents - liked this one, too.
#29 “LOOK WHAT THEY’VE DONE TO MY SONG MA” – New Seekers - I do know this one, of course. The honky tonk piano, the French Edith Piaf-y section, and that annoying hook, make me realize why this was on the way out this week -- although I don't know how high it charted.

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there are a few others, but I have to write this while I can recall it:

Casey intros Bread's "It Don't Matter To Me" by saying some interesting things:

"This is probably the most non-uptight love song in the countdown... the singer's attitude toward the girl is totally non-possessive, really loose... "  (he must be referring to "As The Years Go By" by Mashmakhan.

Free love, baby!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 08, 2008, 09:37:17 AM
Ahh, I missed most of the countdown as I met a friend who's in town from London.  Here for "Indiana Wants Me" at #5.  This was a 3WS favorite, and I too loved its melodrama.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 08, 2008, 09:41:10 AM
Sometime in late 1996 or early 1997, when I was still new to SF, I heard about (probably through the Bay Guardian, which I immediately became a fan of, though I read the SF Weekly too) auditions for a campy musical whose title was some mix of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Rocky Horror PIcture Show," I forget the exact riff.  Anyway, I went - not so much because I wanted to be in it, but because I wanted to meet the kind of people who would want to be in it.  So we were asked to bring something to lip-synch to as our audition.  I, embarrassingly, chose the rap section of "Rapture."  But I dearly remember a guy with an exact Henry Rollins build who performed "I Think I Love You" with a blow-up doll.  Ah, memories.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 08, 2008, 09:47:15 AM
They just played that damn Mike Love clip again.  I mean, the exasperated tone he takes with "Bri-an ..." drives me up a damn wall.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 08, 2008, 09:51:00 AM
OK, going from the bonus track "Immigrant Song" into "We've Only Just Begun" is about as extreme as it gets in Top 40-ville.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on November 08, 2008, 09:51:19 AM
They just played that damn Mike Love clip again.  I mean, the exasperated tone he takes with "Bri-an ..." drives me up a damn wall.

(http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/content_images/turban_love.jpg)
"... that was my contribution.  And some of the lyrics, as well.  Also, I'm an ass."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 08, 2008, 09:51:35 AM
Re #4, I ran into David Cassidy around '91, actually he ran into me (literally).  I was browsing books by top of escalator at SF bookstore when he came up the escalator, playfully hid behind me for a minute so throng of crazed lady fans at front of store might not see him, before emerging to walk to table for a book signing.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 08, 2008, 09:51:59 AM
"He has a twelve foot yacht!" 

Gaz contemplates: 12-foot yacht or long black limousine?  Hmm...
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 08, 2008, 09:53:45 AM
I always thought the line was "a kiss for LUCK, and we're on our way."  Casey says it's "a kiss for LOVE."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 08, 2008, 09:55:06 AM
I just went back into my online buffer

Is this buffer app available for PCs?  I can't remember what thread you discussed it on - can you refresh me on any deets?  Mthx!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 08, 2008, 09:59:59 AM
OK, going from "Immigrant Song" into "We've Only Just Begun" is about as extreme as it gets in Top 40-ville.
Yeah, isn't it great!  ;D
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on November 08, 2008, 10:12:13 AM
I just went back into my online buffer

Is this buffer app available for PCs?  I can't remember what thread you discussed it on - can you refresh me on any deets?  Mthx!
dunno about PC.  I'm on a Mac and I think it's my QT plugin called Flip4Mac that comes into play when I hear a KFOG stream: it handles wmv or aspx streams with a online browser player that has a scroll bar, so I can scroll around back and forth to hear this or that.  I don't have full knowledge  over how to configure it, though. It was a pleasant surprise when I first discovered this buffering thing. Do a google search for tips, yo!

When I go the Chico station (chicooldies.com) to "listen live" to at40, my firefox browser starts a separate popup window for the player, but this also has a scroll bar.  Unfortunately, the Chico station kicks you off after two hours of streaming (the stream cannot be stopped, it just goes on..  but after being booted you can get right back on).  So I can't go back and listen to the early part after two hours have passed.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 08, 2008, 10:23:16 AM
I just went back into my online buffer
Is this buffer app available for PCs?  I can't remember what thread you discussed it on - can you refresh me on any deets?  Mthx!
dunno about PC.  I'm on a Mac and I think it's my QT plugin called Flip4Mac that comes into play when I hear a KFOG stream: it handles wmv or aspx streams with a online browser player that has a scroll bar, so I can scroll around back and forth to hear this or that.  I don't have full knowledge  over how to configure it, though. It was a pleasant surprise when I first discovered this buffering thing. Do a google search for tips, yo!
When I go the Chico station (chicooldies.com) to "listen live" to at40, my firefox browser starts a separate popup window for the player, but this also has a scroll bar.  Unfortunately, the Chico station kicks you off after two hours of streaming (the stream cannot be stopped, it just goes on..  but after being booted you can get right back on).  So I can't go back and listen to the early part after two hours have passed.
Thx for the buffering info, will have to investigate if it works on PC.  Yes, at two hour mark I get a pop up msg in the player saying "You've reached two hour max, click if you'd like to keep listening" which when I do doesn't interrupt stream at that point.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 08, 2008, 10:41:38 AM
"He has a twelve foot yacht!" 
Gaz contemplates: 12-foot yacht or long black limousine?  Hmm...
12-ft is a pretty short limo, especially by 1970 car lengths!

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.  So to speak.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 08, 2008, 12:58:56 PM
I just went back into my online buffer and listened to a few tunes I wasn't familiar with:

32 “AS THE YEARS GO BY” – Mashmakhan - this one is interesting, it's infused w a definite and insistent polka feel for most of it (the chirpy organ, the sing-songy sound) and I hear Eastern European influences, too. Then it gets pretty rocking with a riff to give the kids something heavier to ponder musically.  And speaking of something heavy, the lyrics are really good & insightful. An excerpt:
 
Now you're asking me if I love you
And it really means will I marry you
And I answer yes I love you
But it really means that I won't be untrue



That one's a Morey fave, he's played it a number of times over the years, and I've always said that it seems to me to have been a clear influence on Fastball's "The Way".

I did find another station whose player actually works here at home: a Boise, Idaho station that plays the show on Sun morning (8-11 PST), so I'll catch up tomorrow (I'll be at the Sharks game tonite). 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 08, 2008, 06:14:59 PM
is it me, or did Casey get a little fun-kay when he back announced Candi Stanton by calling it "Stand By YO man?" 

Haha, I noticed it in a replay tonight!  Loves it.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 08, 2008, 06:24:27 PM
Sorry, but this Elvis karaoke of "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" is justly forgotten.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 08, 2008, 06:28:13 PM
Wow, Glen Campbell's bombast on "It's Only Make Believe" and Stevie Wonder's stormy "Heaven Help Us All" are a powerful one-two punch.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 08, 2008, 07:23:42 PM
'Morning gentlemen, I tuned in at #36, "God, Love & Rock & Roll," a song I don't remember.
This was the first time I heard it.  Wow.  Words fail.  (I've just rewinded and am now hearing #40-30 after just hearing the 20s and 10s.)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 09, 2008, 10:05:32 AM
Casey's '80s take us to Nov. 8, 1982, with La Ronstadt (again, yelling) her way through "Get Closer."  Earlier, Dionne Warwick had debuted with "Heartbreaker," which would become her last Top 10 solo.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 09, 2008, 11:19:01 AM
Sorry, but this Elvis karaoke of "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" is justly forgotten.

Chart trivia: this was not the only Dusty Springfield cover on the Hot 100 that week: at #62 was Gary Puckett (!) doing "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself" (!!) produced by Richard Perry (!!!).

Stevie's "Heaven Help us All" is one of my very favorite songs of his... the line

Heaven help the boy who won't reach 21
Heaven help the man who gave that boy a gun


still gives me chills. Dunno if there are covers of that one but I'd love to hear Patti LaBelle chew on it.

And Teegarden & Van Winkle -- it's been decades since I'd heard that. The melody is a complete rip-off of "Amen", the gospel tune from Lillies of the Field that was a hit for the Impressions.

Other highlights for me: Ray Price's now-standard "For the Good Times", she-took-2-Tylenol-and-now-she's Freda Payne's "Deeper & Deeper", the aforementioned Candi Staton, and Dawn's glorious "Candida", which it occurs to me was a record ahead of its time by 2 or 3 years -- nobody was really doing late-50s/early '60s nostalgia yet in 1970; in '72 Grease would open Off-B'way and the floodgates would open.

Oh, and I loved hearing Casey being shocked! SHOCKED, I tells ya! that wholesome Shirley Jones won an Oscar for playing a hooker. LOL!  A fabulous chart all around.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 09, 2008, 11:21:19 AM
Casey's '80s take us to Nov. 8, 1982, with La Ronstadt (again, yelling) her way through "Get Closer."  Earlier, Dionne Warwick had debuted with "Heartbreaker," which would become her last Top 10 solo.

BOS: "Pressure," "Stepping Out"
VHM: "What's Forever For?" (in its 5th week at #19!), "Nobody"
WOS: Steel Breeze, "You Don't Want Me Anymore"
OMGWTFLOL: Survivor, "American Beat" (the hot cheese, it burns)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 10, 2008, 12:35:01 PM
Hey kids -- per a posting on the Radio-info.com SF message board, Classic Casey '70s is now being run on Sundays from noon-to-3 on KYCY 1550AM -- not clear if this is forever or just until the contract runs out (KYCY and KFRC have the same owners). but for now it's there. And they do stream, for you out-of-towners.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 13, 2008, 08:34:40 PM
Hey kids -- per a posting on the Radio-info.com SF message board, Classic Casey '70s is now being run on Sundays from noon-to-3 on KYCY 1550AM -- not clear if this is forever or just until the contract runs out (KYCY and KFRC have the same owners). but for now it's there. And they do stream, for you out-of-towners.
Nice to have a local airing, but I don't receive KYCY clearly, do you?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 13, 2008, 08:36:04 PM
This weekend (11/15-16) Casey70's visits Nov 13, 1971.  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3234839.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3234839.pdf)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 13, 2008, 08:50:53 PM
This weekend (11/15-16) Casey70's visits Nov 13, 1971.  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3234839.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3234839.pdf)

Great stuff! Dawn's forgotten "What Are You Doing Sunday?", Coven's "One Tin Soldier" in its first chart go-round, 8th Day's "other" hit (and the 5 Man Electrical Band's too), The 5-D's version of "Never My Love", Denise LaSalle, Lighthouse, Free Movement, and -- say hallelujah! -- "The Desiderata"!  Can't wait!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 13, 2008, 09:33:34 PM
This weekend (11/15-16) Casey70's visits Nov 13, 1971.  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3234839.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3234839.pdf)

This is reassuring: it's rather likely that we'll get a set close to Dec. 15, 1972.  I'm actually excited about this.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 15, 2008, 07:17:19 AM
Love the line in "Respect Yourself" where Mavis tells the white-sheeter he's got his head up his ass.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 15, 2008, 07:22:12 AM
NTM and promptly forgotten: James Taylor, "Long Ago and Far Away."  Just the kind of blandness one might write in the family compound while Daddy's off in the Andes and the servants have baked nice pies for everyone.   :-\
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 15, 2008, 07:29:37 AM
Oh, honny, honny!  Sonny and Cher return to the charts with a bang, in at #33 with "All I Ever Need Is You."

(I once pissed off a drag queen by performing this song at a gay bar's karaoke night - had no idea the gal had planned her own Cher-manship.)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 15, 2008, 07:40:49 AM
"It's a new day, baby!"  BOS to Sweet Lou Rawls and the Bobby Hebb-penned "Natural Man."  I'll be singing this at City Hall this afternoon as I decry Prop. 8 and other similar measures.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 15, 2008, 07:52:03 AM
8th Day NTM with "You Gotta Crawl Before You Walk."  Sounds like they've been riding the Westbound #9 with the Chairmen of the Board and the Winstons also on the train.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 15, 2008, 07:56:01 AM
HM to "Two Divided by Love," a gift from the Lambert-Potter team to the Grass Roots as apology for not saving "Don't Pull Your Love" for them.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 15, 2008, 07:58:27 AM
Is anyone else bothered by what sounds to me like a cat's yowl during Casey's pre-commercial bumper music?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 15, 2008, 08:09:49 AM
One from my all-time Top 10, though it's been replaced in my Top 5 by "Pretty Lady": "One Fine Morning."  You'd think I'd be rushing to track down more Lighthouse, but live stuff I've watched on YouTube just didn't wow me like those two songs do (and I'm not all that keen on "Sunny Days").
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 15, 2008, 08:13:59 AM
The white, it blinds: WOS to Donny Osmond's "Go Away Little Girl," on its way down after becoming the first cover of a #1 hit to also reach the peak.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 15, 2008, 08:44:32 AM
I'm baffled as to how Freddie Hart's "Easy Loving" crossed over to Top 40.  WOS2.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 15, 2008, 11:11:17 AM
8th Day NTM with "You Gotta Crawl Before You Walk."  Sounds like they've been riding the Westbound #9 with the Chairmen of the Board and the Winstons also on the train.

LOL! Nicely phrased!  I love that one, actually, as I do a lot of mid-charting R&B follow-up hits (the Chi-Lites' "Stoned Out of My Mind" come to, er, mind)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 15, 2008, 11:14:18 AM
I'm baffled as to how Freddie Hart's "Easy Loving" crossed over to Top 40.  WOS2.

"Evvahday's Thanksgiving!" Mass-appeal country #1s did it quite frequently back then -- look for Charley Pride's "Kiss an Angel Good Morning" in our next visit to '71.  (I don't mind Mr Hart's ballad, but I feel that way about the Donna Fargo hits -- fingernails on a blackboard for me.)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 15, 2008, 07:34:45 PM
Meant to say earlier, for the edification of our newer friends, that "Thin Line Between Love and Hate" is one of those very rare cases of a song that I adore and Mike can't stand.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 15, 2008, 10:02:35 PM
Meant to say earlier, for the edification of our newer friends, that "Thin Line Between Love and Hate" is one of those very rare cases of a song that I adore and Mike can't stand.

To my 16-year-old white-boy-from-Queens ears, it was a preposterous lyric -- she's "the sweetest woman in the world" and he pisses her off, so he ends up "in the hospital, bandaged from feet to head, in a state of shock, just that much from bein' dead" ?  It strikes me as a completely laughable image, but their delivery indicates they're dead serious. 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 16, 2008, 05:46:29 AM
Casey's '80s take us to Nov. 3, 1984, where debuts include the NTM (Dan Hartman, "We Are the Young"), the totally forgotten (Tommy Shaw, "Girls With Guns"), the sublime (Pat Benatar's "We Belong"), Duran Duran at their gayest ("Wild Boys"), and Sam Harris at his ... well, you know, "Sugar Don't Bite" (on the Motown label!).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 16, 2008, 06:02:51 AM
Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, and Mike - and Ralph Tresvant on lead - bring the fun on "Cool It Now" at #30.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 16, 2008, 06:22:01 AM
I'd forgotten how much I'd enjoyed Survivor's "I Can't Hold Back," which in hindsight seems like a string of pre-choruses strung together.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 16, 2008, 08:13:57 AM
Amusing coincidence: After hearind the Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited" in its first chart go-round in 1982 last week, we got it again today in its more successful re-release.  Whoever had the idea to reissue it must've gotten a nice bonus check.

And now Chakakhanletmerockyouletmerockyouchakakhan, one of many BOS contenders in this lightweight but pleasant set.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 16, 2008, 08:16:03 AM
Better be good to Tina, whom Casey introduces with a quote from rock writer Jon Pareles - who's still going strong with the NY Times, and with whom I've had a brief email exchange or two.  Great guy with a great mind, from everything I've seen.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 16, 2008, 11:05:59 AM
NTM and promptly forgotten: James Taylor, "Long Ago and Far Away."  Just the kind of blandness one might write in the family compound while Daddy's off in the Andes and the servants have baked nice pies for everyone.   :-\

OK, we know you hates you some JT, but (a) I thought that story about his dad going to the South Pole with Admiral Byrd was pretty amazing, and (b) it'sa lovely tune, especially Joni's backing vox. (I'd forgotten James is a Carolina boy, I so associate him with Martha's Vineyard.)

Other observations:

All hail Dennis Coffey's "Scorpio"!

Note that 8th Day's "You Gotta Crawl" and the 5MEB's "Absolutely Right" -- both mid-charting follow-ups to big hits -- are about guys admitting they were wrong.

I sure wish I could hear Lampoon's "Deteriorata" after "Desiderata". Dave once did a megamix that was brilliant; one of the best things I've ever heard in 16 years of listening to 10@10.

I'll bet the 5-D wish they coulda gotten their hands on "I've Found Someone of my Own" before Free Movement did. Their cover of "Never My Love", at its peak of #12 is nice, but seems secondhand in comparison. But interesting that both Association covers on the chart (the other being David Cassidy's "Cherish") are on the same label -- Bell, which would become Arista in a couple of years.

I had fond memories of "Yo-Yo", but Donny and his brothers are screaming like Linda Ronstadt on a bender!

And we close with Cher in her 2nd week at #1. What a weekly TV show can do for ya.

Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 16, 2008, 03:54:20 PM
NTM and promptly forgotten: James Taylor, "Long Ago and Far Away."  Just the kind of blandness one might write in the family compound while Daddy's off in the Andes and the servants have baked nice pies for everyone.   :-\

OK, we know you hates you some JT, but (a) I thought that story about his dad going to the South Pole with Admiral Byrd was pretty amazing

Theoretically I might be impressed, but I tend not to be enamored of those who come from money, and so when someone from JT's family sends his Lear jet up to Nova Scotia, I'm less than impressed.  In my book, families of money need to earn respect more than those who don't.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 21, 2008, 09:58:55 AM
This site has this weekend's Casey70's as "Christmas At the Movies" ??
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)

The WHNN site sez he's "on vacation" til Dec 28:
http://www.whnn.com/showdj.asp?DJID=43335 (http://www.whnn.com/showdj.asp?DJID=43335)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 21, 2008, 10:00:22 AM
This site has this weekend's Casey70's as "Christmas At the Movies" ??
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)

The WHNN site sez he's "on vacation" til Dec 28:
http://www.whnn.com/showdj.asp?DJID=43335 (http://www.whnn.com/showdj.asp?DJID=43335)

Hrm... I suspect both these staions have gone all-Xmas-music from now until Dec 25th. So I'll see what the Wisconsin and Idaho stations (and our own KYCY 1510AM) do this weekend.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 21, 2008, 06:41:33 PM
This weekend its Nov 17, 1973; A Seattle station airs it Sundays 8-11am. Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 22, 2008, 07:05:16 AM
Good morning Chico!  I was actually up impossibly early (by my standards) this morning, so I caught #13-1 on a Philly station that airs the countdown 6-9am ET.  (#[strike]13[/strike]12 was Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross's "You're a Special Part of Me," which is shockingly absent from the Marvin Gaye box set I own.)  Now I've got the Chico station on for the first two hours.  Barry White kicks things off nicely with the indulgently titled "Never NEVER Gonna Give You Up."

NTM: Four Tops at #38 with "Sweet Understanding Love."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 22, 2008, 07:53:31 AM
Big ol' Ruby Red Dress!  One can wildly speculate as to what the song's really about (I think she had an abortion).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 22, 2008, 08:01:17 AM
Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Ooh Baby" is NTM.  I've now heard all 5 of his Top 40 hits, and he bats a healthy .800 in my book.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 22, 2008, 08:28:05 AM
BOS to Charlie Rich's "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," which would go on to reach #1 on my 1st birthday.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 22, 2008, 08:53:28 AM
Casey calls out "Why Me"'s approach of the weeks-on-the-chart record, held at the time by Johnny Mathis with 40 weeks for "Wonderful, Wonderful."  Kris Kristofferson would fall one week short of the mark, and the record would last until Paul Davis's "I Go Crazy."  (For five frink points, what song broke his record?)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on November 22, 2008, 08:56:41 AM
Big ol' Ruby Red Dress!  One can wildly speculate as to what the song's really about (I think she had an abortion).

I think you're right on about that.  Or maybe she just is preggers..?  This verse has some clues:


Some folks say some farm boy
Oh, from Tennessee
Taught it all to ruby
Then just let her be
Her daddy tried to hide it
Tried to keep things cool
...


Such a rollicking tune, too.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 22, 2008, 09:03:18 AM
BOS2 to "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," for which Casey confers a more innocent interpretation that Mike does.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on November 22, 2008, 09:08:26 AM
Casey recounts the woes of klutzy Bobby Goldsboro, who cut his big toe when he walked barefoot over some breakfast cereal that had spilled -- and then hardened overnight -- into the carpet.

What the hell is he eating?

(http://www.taquitos.net/im/sn/KrustyOs.jpg)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on November 22, 2008, 09:20:14 AM
BOS2 to "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," for which Casey confers a more innocent interpretation that Mike does.
I'm looking around the board for Mike's interpretation, but didn't find anything except a mention that the song is very gay. 

I was really into EJ back in the 70s (who wasn't?  he was huge.), but I didn't know from gay back then -- or bi as EJ first publicly claimed, haha -- but now some songs seem very obvious and clear: Someone Saved My Life Tonight is one of the clearest and best examples -- how "Long John" Baldry brought EJ to his senses before he got trapped in a sham marriage.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on November 22, 2008, 09:32:32 AM
dangit, my online player was buffering the Chico show and I was only up to Charlie Rich (#20) when it kicked me off b/c I maxed out my streaming time.  I hit OK and it picked up again w the Carpenters (#7). I'm really curious about these, which I can't recall:

#18 “CHEAPER TO KEEP HER” – Johnnie Taylor
#17 “WHY ME” – Kris Kristofferson
...
#12 “YOU’RE A SPECIAL PART OF ME” – Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye
#11 “ALL I KNOW” – Garfunkel

But I got to hear Arts & Crafts (aka – Seals & Crofts)  #21 “WE MAY NEVER PASS THIS WAY (AGAIN),” which I think accurately describes this song's AT40 charting journey.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on November 22, 2008, 09:39:32 AM
Billy Preston's "Space Race" is cute, but it's no "Outa Space," that is FO SHO.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 22, 2008, 10:00:09 AM
and at # 1 ...
(http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/keep_on_truckin.jpg)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 22, 2008, 10:31:29 AM
Well, it's nice to know not EVERYBODY is doing all-Xmas.  I look forward to hearing this via Idaho Sunday morning (I'll be at the Sharks game tonite).

As to "GYBR", it's clearly about a "rent boy" (who came to the big city straight from the farm) being kept by a rich old queen. Whether the boy is gay or just "gay for pay" is open to interpretation.

And I agree about "Ruby Red Dress" -- either she had an abortion or was forced to give the child up. And wouldn't Diana Ross' "Last Time I Saw Him" have made the ideal follow-up to "Ruby" for Ms. Reddy?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 22, 2008, 08:44:54 PM
I'm really curious about these, which I can't recall:

#18 “CHEAPER TO KEEP HER” – Johnnie Taylor
#17 “WHY ME” – Kris Kristofferson
...
#12 “YOU’RE A SPECIAL PART OF ME” – Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye
#11 “ALL I KNOW” – Garfunkel


18: clever languid blues shuffle
17: Calvinist minimal gospel
12: bloody mess with no direction but predictably great vox
11: oversung mild-lyric ballad with astonishingly overblown outro that gets away with it b/c it's Art Fucking Garfunkel and Jimmy Fucking Webb
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 22, 2008, 09:13:47 PM
11: oversung mild-lyric ballad with astonishingly overblown outro that gets away with it b/c it's Art Fucking Garfunkel and Jimmy Fucking Webb

To be clear: They DESERVE to get away with this.  I applaud.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 23, 2008, 08:08:23 AM
Barry White kicks things off nicely with the indulgently titled "Never NEVER Gonna Give You Up."


Quittin' just ain't his "stick" -- and neither is Yiddish, obviously.

Glad you finally got to hear "All I Know", which I adore, and glad you, er, liked it (?). The whole LP is worth a listen. Instant BOS to Marvin's sublime "Come Get to This". He wanted "to do somethin' freaky to you" years before Leon Haywood did.

BTW this 11/17/73 show is a rerun (yes, I know, they'll all technically reruns, but we heard it during the KFRC "marathon" last month). And your sig quote reminds me of another childhood joke: "What's brown and lays in the street?" Gomer's Pyle.


Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 23, 2008, 09:29:27 AM
Casey recounts the woes of klutzy Bobby Goldsboro, who cut his big toe when he walked barefoot over some breakfast cereal that had spilled -- and then hardened overnight -- into the carpet.

What the hell is he eating?

(http://www.taquitos.net/im/sn/KrustyOs.jpg)

"KRUSTY-Os -- they'll chase the boy in you away!"

WRIH (Worst Rhyme in History) to that "julep/two lips" travesty.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 23, 2008, 10:18:23 AM
11: oversung mild-lyric ballad with astonishingly overblown outro that gets away with it b/c it's Art Fucking Garfunkel and Jimmy Fucking Webb

To be clear: They DESERVE to get away with this.  I applaud.

"The ending always comes at last
Endings always come to pass
They come too fast
But they pass too slow"

It's worth noting that this is something of a sledgehammer for me; it was released in late August and instantly got lots of NYC radio play. And I was saying goodbye then to high school friends who were going off to college for the first time, so the above lyric had serious impact.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 23, 2008, 10:37:05 AM
Chart Oddity of the Week (and TANC, since he figured into the Kristofferson story): at #77 is a version of the Thom Bell/Linda Creed comp "I'm Comin' Home" by... Johnny Mathis! -- a year before the Spinners took it to the Top 40!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 23, 2008, 11:04:28 AM
Bwahahaha! This was the week Casey swore off predicting the next week's #1 song!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on November 25, 2008, 03:47:17 PM
This weekend Casey70's visits Nov 27, 1976. Scroll in here for the playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 25, 2008, 04:05:29 PM
This weekend Casey70's visits Nov 27, 1976. Scroll in here for the playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)

the gales of November, remembered.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 29, 2008, 07:12:22 AM
I heard half of this set on that Philly station, which condenses the countdown to 2:30 instead of a full 3:00.  But Chico is playing the '73 set again!   >:( 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 29, 2008, 07:15:19 AM
BOS: "Nadia's Theme," just for it striking out-of-placeness and the vividness with which I remember it

WOS: Ritchie Family, "The Best Disco in Town" (if it is, I'm moving)

OMGWTFLOL: Commodores, "Just to Be Close to You" (that spoken-word stuff is SO over the top)

OMGWTFLOL^2: didn't get to hear it here, but Travolta's pathetically sung "Whenever I'm Away From You"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 29, 2008, 06:13:14 PM
Travolta's pathetically sung "Whenever I'm Away From You"

I've got chills. They're multiplyin'. And I'm losing my lunch.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 29, 2008, 08:44:58 PM
Casey plays LRB's "It's a Long Way There" at #32 and says "this is a big one" -- so of course 2 weeks later it peaked at #28.

Best flashbacks of the week: "Love Me", Whinyface Elliman's fine BeeGees cover, and Alice Cooper's "I Never Cry".

Last week on CG I head the Barron Knights' silly parody of "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing": "The Tailor Took My Pants In".  Weird Al would be jealous.  But here's the original. I say "leo" all the time -- does that make me a leo sayer?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 29, 2008, 08:55:39 PM
Whose wine? What wine? Whythehell must Frampton whine?

OMG! Casey actually said "Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis too"! And here's another fine forgotten hit: ED&JFC's "Nights are Forever", even if it's one of Casey's patented 90-second edits.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 29, 2008, 09:08:25 PM
Firefall: "You are the woman!"

"No! it's your turn to be the woman! I was the woman last time!"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 29, 2008, 09:20:55 PM
BOS: "Nadia's Theme," just for it striking out-of-placeness and the vividness with which I remember it


(http://www.sportinglife.com/pictures/general/050900allsportnadiacomaneci.jpg)

Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on November 30, 2008, 09:35:16 AM
OMGWTFLOL: Commodores, "Just to Be Close to You" (that spoken-word stuff is SO over the top)

heh, those smooth words sound almost like a parody. Lionel Richie's southern accent is really prominent:  "I learnt that muh-tair-eel thangs .. haive no val-yuh."

eta: he's preaching here, and I mean that sorta literally: his cadence and pronunciation are very preacher-like.

Rick Dees and his Disco Duck should go duck hunting w Dick Cheney.  (Say that five times fast.)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on November 30, 2008, 02:13:45 PM
Firefall: "You are the woman!"

"No! it's your turn to be the woman! I was the woman last time!"

Congratulations, you've just ruined this song for me!   :D
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on November 30, 2008, 05:40:52 PM
Firefall: "You are the woman!"

"No! it's your turn to be the woman! I was the woman last time!"

Congratulations, you've just ruined this song for me!   :D

Tee hee. WABC's Dan Ingram used to do that joke every time he played the song -- replete with exaggerated drag-queeny voice. Oh, the '70s...
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 01, 2008, 07:05:57 AM
Meant to mention yesterday: Casey's '80s went to 1985.  Since I was listening to AT40 ardently at this period, nothing was NTM.  We missed by one week a near-forgotten (Ray Parker Jr.'s "Girls Are More Fun" dropped out) but the only tune that seemed close to obscure was the Thompson Twins' "Lay Your Hands on Me."

I assume this week will take us to the late end of the '70s, giving me hope that the following week will be '72.  If every oldies station in America doesn't take a Christmas hiatus, that is.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 04, 2008, 07:35:47 PM
This weekend (12/6-7) Casey70's has Nov 18, 1972. Playlist in here:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)

Gaz, here's a chart for you:
http://www.oldradioshows.com/at40/121672.html (http://www.oldradioshows.com/at40/121672.html)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on December 05, 2008, 02:47:26 PM
This weekend (12/6-7) Casey70's has Nov 18, 1972. Playlist in here:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)


not sure why we're getting a mid-Nov chart in Dec, but this kinda screws up Gaz's hopes for a chart closer to his B-Day.
Good stuff here, tho': Nilsson, Cashman & West's superb "American City Suite", the J-5's "Corner of the Sky" (a song from the B'way show Pippin, which Motown had a major investment in) and my fave Fifth D ballad. But I really don't need the hear "All the Young Dudes" again this week, and (sorry Gaz) Donna Fargo's "Funny Face" is an all-time HFH for me.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on December 07, 2008, 12:10:38 PM
This weekend (12/6-7) Casey70's has Nov 18, 1972. Playlist in here:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)


not sure why we're getting a mid-Nov chart in Dec, but this kinda screws up Gaz's hopes for a chart closer to his B-Day.
Good stuff here, tho': Nilsson, Cashman & West's superb "American City Suite", the J-5's "Corner of the Sky" (a song from the B'way show Pippin, which Motown had a major investment in) and my fave Fifth D ballad. But I really don't need the hear "All the Young Dudes" again this week, and (sorry Gaz) Donna Fargo's "Funny Face" is an all-time HFH for me.

A very entertaining chart overall, and the absolute highlight was Casey's playing the full 8-minute version of "American City Suite", a small masterpiece. Sadly, the local airing at noon on KYCY is being pre-empted by college hoops.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 11, 2008, 09:57:53 AM
This weekend (12/6-7) Casey70's has Nov 18, 1972. Playlist in here:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)

Gaz, here's a chart for you:
http://www.oldradioshows.com/at40/121672.html (http://www.oldradioshows.com/at40/121672.html)

Wayback, thanks for providing my b-day chart.  Sorry to have missed this one, but ah well.  Every 1's a winner, even if it's the wrong year, don'tcha know.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 11, 2008, 11:14:44 AM
This weekend (12/13-14) Casey70's visits Dec 10, 1977. Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on December 11, 2008, 11:21:46 AM
This weekend (12/13-14) Casey70's visits Dec 10, 1977. Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)

speaking of Dave Mason...

Great stuff there (Ms Ronstadt back-to-back with her own self!), Debbie Boone notwithstanding.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 13, 2008, 07:09:24 AM
I'm up at 10am for the '77 countdown.

And there are three men in full Santa suits standing in my hallway.

Is it the hash?

Anyway.  Off to a nice start with "As" at 40 (not the full song, alas) and the weird "Love Is Thicker Than Water" debuting at 39.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 13, 2008, 08:07:06 AM
Off to a nice start with "As" at 40

Meant to add: TANC - while in SF, I caught the episode of The Jeffersons in which George is managing Sister Sledge (here as "the Satin Sisters") and gets them a gig at a redneck bar.  They end up doing a verse and a half of "As" and make the cowboys cry.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 13, 2008, 08:08:13 AM
BOS to Paul Davis, "I Go Crazy."  Mopey barroom pop that sends me back to the Thunderbird Lounge, where a 5-year-old had no business hanging out in 1978, but there you have it.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 13, 2008, 08:20:10 AM
I'm up at 10am for the '77 countdown. And there are three men in full Santa suits standing in my hallway. Is it the hash?
Hey Gaz, perhaps those Santas in your hallway were ZZ Top  ;)
I joined in today's countdown on chicooldies.com at #30, Elvis "My Way."  For the AT40 Extra going into top of the hour, Casey took the time to tell the real backstory of "Rhiannon."  Then, big memories of winter '77 hearing back-to-back "She's Not There" and "We Are the Champions" followed by the continuing chart run of "I Go Crazy."  Sorry to have missed meeting you, Urth, Alicat, etc last Sat but I really did have a cold from Thurs thru Tues.  Sounds like y'all had a nice time!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 13, 2008, 08:29:42 AM
Shaun Cassidy with another cover of an Eric Carmen tune, "Hey Deanie." He hit earlier in '77 with Carmen's "That's Rock and Roll" as follow-up to his #1 cover of "Da Do Ron Ron."  Guess we got that covered.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 13, 2008, 08:39:13 AM
"Biggest mover on the chart" Rod Stewart jumps up to #19.
(http://i.rollingstone.com/assets/rs/8/239/images/22685_lg.jpg)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on December 13, 2008, 08:41:17 AM
speaking of covers, you have to hear Cartman doing "Come Sail Away"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOWK7Tam01M
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 13, 2008, 08:46:42 AM
speaking of covers, you have to hear Cartman doing "Come Sail Away"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOWK7Tam01M
Ha!  Which episiode was that from?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 13, 2008, 08:50:24 AM
Casey plays a bit of Simon & Garfunkel's '57 song "Little Schoolgirl" (then billed as Tom & Jerry) as intro to #15, Paul Simon's "Slip Slidin' Away"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 13, 2008, 08:52:11 AM
Casey plays a bit of Simon & Garfunkel's '57 song "Little Schoolgirl" (then billed as Tom & Jerry) as intro to #15, Paul Simon's "Slip Slidin' Away"

I'd never heard "Hey Schoolgirl" before!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 13, 2008, 08:53:06 AM
OMGWTF to the enervative spelling of High Inergy, "You Can't Turn Me Off."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 13, 2008, 08:58:25 AM
OMGWTF to the enervative spelling of High Inergy, "You Can't Turn Me Off."
And now the AT40 Extra: Kansas "Point of Know Return"
Followed by nice TOTHC at #14, Heatwave "Boogie Nights"!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 13, 2008, 09:01:13 AM
BTW, nice to see that you've caught on to our Santa-hat tradition.  :)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 13, 2008, 09:28:54 AM
WOS to "Heaven on the 7th Floor."  That kind of rapey-creepy deserved an answer record.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on December 13, 2008, 09:38:57 AM
uh oh --- double shot from Linda Ronstadt. 

(http://www.nypost.com/seven/05202007/photos/sports091.jpg)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 13, 2008, 09:46:36 AM
Well, like many guys, I dug Linda in the 70's, even had that "over the shoulder" poster on the back of my bedroom door back then!
(http://www.marksonderproductions.com/headline/images/LindaRonstadt.jpg)(http://marvin.ibest.uidaho.edu/~heckendo/Pictures/linda_ronstadt_black.jpg)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on December 13, 2008, 11:08:27 AM
the weird "Love Is Thicker Than Water" debuting at 39.

Andy's "love" was thicker than anybody's, if you catch my drift  ;)

Looking forward to hearing this chart tonite, as I write my Xmas cards.  I *love* that High Inergy song, BTW; one of the great forgotten soul records of the decade IMHO. Too bad Motown wasn't able to turn them into consistent hitmakers.

If you SF folks are able to catch JJ on KPOO tonite I highly recommend; heard his Friday afternoon '70s "preview" and he played Marvin Gaye's "You Sure Love to Ball", which you NEVER hear on the radio.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: urth on December 13, 2008, 05:58:59 PM
I'm up at 10am for the '77 countdown.

And there are three men in full Santa suits standing in my hallway.

Is it the hash?


Were any of them packing flasks? Perhaps three Santas heading off to the annual Cacaphony Society "drunken Santa" parade.

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Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on December 13, 2008, 10:46:50 PM
I'm up at 10am for the '77 countdown.

And there are three men in full Santa suits standing in my hallway.

Is it the hash?


Were any of them packing flasks? Perhaps three Santas heading off to the annual Cacaphony Society "drunken Santa" parade.


It's actually a worldwide event at this point... what started as "Santarchy" is now called "SantaCon":

http://www.santacon.com/
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 13, 2008, 11:53:57 PM
I'm up at 10am for the '77 countdown.

And there are three men in full Santa suits standing in my hallway.

Is it the hash?


Were any of them packing flasks? Perhaps three Santas heading off to the annual Cacaphony Society "drunken Santa" parade.


It's actually a worldwide event at this point... what started as "Santarchy" is now called "SantaCon":

http://www.santacon.com/

"NEW YORK FUCKIN CITY: Saturday, December 13 - Don't fucking email santa. check the damn website in the morning. love, santa!"

Well then.  Carry on!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 14, 2008, 06:09:51 AM
Casey's '80s land on Dec. 24, 1983.  NTM at 39: Deborah Allen, "Baby I Lied."  Not the Fame actress; a C-W singer.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 14, 2008, 09:01:04 AM
BOS votes to Manilow-does-Meatloaf, "Read 'em and Weep," Culture Club's near-twin-spin of "Church of the Poison Mind" and "Karma Chameleon," and Elton John's return to the Top 10, "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues," the latter of which I enjoy performing at karaoke.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on December 14, 2008, 06:44:00 PM
speaking of covers, you have to hear Cartman doing "Come Sail Away"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOWK7Tam01M
Ha!  Which episiode was that from?

dunno, but it's a classic -- (check out his rendition of "O Holy Night," too)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 19, 2008, 11:14:01 AM
This weekend (12/20-21) Casey70's has Dec 20, 1975. The Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on December 19, 2008, 11:17:17 AM
This weekend (12/20-21) Casey70's has Dec 20, 1975. The Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)

very cool -- wonder if we're getting one of those 2-part "Top 100 of then Year" thingys next week and the week after.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: mshray on December 19, 2008, 11:24:07 AM
This weekend (12/20-21) Casey70's has Dec 20, 1975. The Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)

very cool -- wonder if we're getting one of those 2-part "Top 100 of then Year" thingys next week and the week after.

HOLEE SHIT!

#18 “THE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON (A BLIND MAN IN THE BLEACHERS)” – David Geddes

I might have tune in just for this one.  When does it start?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on December 19, 2008, 11:30:50 AM
This weekend (12/20-21) Casey70's has Dec 20, 1975. The Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)

very cool -- wonder if we're getting one of those 2-part "Top 100 of then Year" thingys next week and the week after.

HOLEE SHIT!

#18 “THE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON (A BLIND MAN IN THE BLEACHERS)” – David Geddes

I might have tune in just for this one.  When does it start?

you have your choice -- check back in the thread for the MANY various links to stations that carry it. Gaz & Wayback listen Sat mornings to a station in Chico; I usually catch it Sat nite from Madison, WI or Sun morning from Boise, ID. And locally, over-the-air KYUU 1550 AM runs it Sunday at noon.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 19, 2008, 12:00:29 PM
This weekend (12/20-21) Casey70's has Dec 20, 1975. The Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)
#18 “THE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON (A BLIND MAN IN THE BLEACHERS)” – David Geddes. I might have tune in just for this one.  When does it start?
Here's a list of stations streaming Casey's "A.T.40-The 70s", so you can listen online at a time convenient for you:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem's_American_Top_40:_The_70's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem's_American_Top_40:_The_70's)
I listen online either Sat's 7am-10am on www.chicooldies.com (http://www.chicooldies.com) or Sundays 8-11am on KJR Seattle (the playlist link), or over the air Sunday's 12-3pm on SF's 1550AM (thou not a good clear signal).  Mark, since you're in Dublin, you can also hear it over air Sundays 10am-1pm on 97.5 KABX Modesto, which I get fine in my car in the Tri-Valley, but not at home (stupid hills).  Unfortunately they don't stream:
http://www.975kabx.com/articles/Casey%20Casem.shtml (http://www.975kabx.com/articles/Casey%20Casem.shtml)
And here's list of stations running Casey's '80's "A.T.40" shows:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_80%27s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_80%27s)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: mshray on December 19, 2008, 12:18:02 PM
This weekend (12/20-21) Casey70's has Dec 20, 1975. The Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)
#18 “THE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON (A BLIND MAN IN THE BLEACHERS)” – David Geddes. I might have tune in just for this one.  When does it start?
Here's a list of stations streaming Casey's "A.T.40-The 70s", so you can listen online at a time convenient for you:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem's_American_Top_40:_The_70's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem's_American_Top_40:_The_70's)
I listen online either Sat's 7am-10am on www.chicooldies.com (http://www.chicooldies.com) or Sundays 8-11am on KJR Seattle (the playlist link), or over the air Sunday's 12-3pm on SF's 1550AM (thou not a good clear signal).  Mark, since you're in Dublin, you can also hear it over air Sundays 10am-1pm on 97.5 KABX Modesto, which I get fine in my car in the Tri-Valley, but not at home (stupid hills).  Unfortunately they don't stream:
http://www.975kabx.com/articles/Casey%20Casem.shtml (http://www.975kabx.com/articles/Casey%20Casem.shtml)
And here's list of stations running Casey's '80's "A.T.40" shows:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_80%27s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_80%27s)

Thanks Dave!

So who's listening when this weeekend?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 19, 2008, 12:45:11 PM
This weekend (12/20-21) Casey70's has Dec 20, 1975. The Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)
#18 “THE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON (A BLIND MAN IN THE BLEACHERS)” – David Geddes. I might have tune in just for this one.  When does it start?
Here's a list of stations streaming Casey's "A.T.40-The 70s", so you can listen online at a time convenient for you:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem's_American_Top_40:_The_70's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem's_American_Top_40:_The_70's)
I listen online either Sat's 7am-10am on www.chicooldies.com (http://www.chicooldies.com) or Sundays 8-11am on KJR Seattle (the playlist link), or over the air Sunday's 12-3pm on SF's 1550AM (thou not a good clear signal).  Mark, since you're in Dublin, you can also hear it over air Sundays 10am-1pm on 97.5 KABX Modesto, which I get fine in my car in the Tri-Valley, but not at home (stupid hills).  Unfortunately they don't stream:
http://www.975kabx.com/articles/Casey%20Casem.shtml (http://www.975kabx.com/articles/Casey%20Casem.shtml)
And here's list of stations running Casey's '80's "A.T.40" shows:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_80%27s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_80%27s)
Thanks Dave!  So who's listening when this weeekend?
Try Sat 7-10am via that Chico station and check this thread at that time to see who's here.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on December 19, 2008, 01:20:38 PM
This weekend (12/20-21) Casey70's has Dec 20, 1975. The Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)
#18 “THE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON (A BLIND MAN IN THE BLEACHERS)” – David Geddes. I might have tune in just for this one.  When does it start?
Here's a list of stations streaming Casey's "A.T.40-The 70s", so you can listen online at a time convenient for you:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem's_American_Top_40:_The_70's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem's_American_Top_40:_The_70's)
I listen online either Sat's 7am-10am on www.chicooldies.com (http://www.chicooldies.com) or Sundays 8-11am on KJR Seattle (the playlist link), or over the air Sunday's 12-3pm on SF's 1550AM (thou not a good clear signal).  Mark, since you're in Dublin, you can also hear it over air Sundays 10am-1pm on 97.5 KABX Modesto, which I get fine in my car in the Tri-Valley, but not at home (stupid hills).  Unfortunately they don't stream:
http://www.975kabx.com/articles/Casey%20Casem.shtml (http://www.975kabx.com/articles/Casey%20Casem.shtml)
And here's list of stations running Casey's '80's "A.T.40" shows:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_80%27s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_that_air_Casey_Kasem%27s_American_Top_40:_The_80%27s)
Thanks Dave!  So who's listening when this weeekend?
Try Sat 7-10am via that Chico station and check this thread at that time to see who's here.

I'll try to be up that early, too!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 19, 2008, 03:16:08 PM
So who's listening when this weeekend?
I expect I'll be listening to the Chico broadcast.  Funny how Saturday's now the one day of the week when I wake up early.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: mshray on December 19, 2008, 03:17:02 PM
So who's listening when this weeekend?
I expect I'll be listening to the Chico broadcast.  Funny how Saturday's now the one day of the week when I wake up early.

Now that I have to walk Kenai every day at 6:30 it part of routine too!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on December 19, 2008, 05:16:07 PM
So who's listening when this weeekend?
I expect I'll be listening to the Chico broadcast.  Funny how Saturday's now the one day of the week when I wake up early.

Now that I have to walk Kenai every day at 6:30 it part of routine too!

the 10@10 marathon and AT40 have been great early rising motivators for me in recent weeks...
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 20, 2008, 07:14:30 AM
Early WOS: the Wing & a Prayer Fife & Drum Corps, perhaps the nadir of old-time-Hollywood discofication with "Baby Face" (it's several notches below "Disco Lucy," at any rate).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 20, 2008, 07:22:34 AM
Average White Band's "Schoolboy Crush" was NTM.  Don't really need to hear it again - it was earthy and windy, but lacked fire.

And now "Venus and Mars/Rock Show" plummets from its #12 peak all the way to #36.  I'm sure Paul cried to Mme. Kitty.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 20, 2008, 07:30:50 AM
BOS1 to "Winners & Losers," which I had stuck in my head for a large portion of my SF vacation.  Really love the piano work on this, which I wish I'd mentioned when I blogged about it months ago.  Casey IDs as Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, though Reynolds was by this point Denison (and indeed, that's how my iTunes MP3 credits it).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 20, 2008, 07:37:46 AM
Early WOS: the Wing & a Prayer Fife & Drum Corps, perhaps the nadir of old-time-Hollywood discofication with "Baby Face" (it's several notches below "Disco Lucy," at any rate).

I may have to eat my words: Al Martino's take on "Volare," NTM, is even worse discofication of a standard.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 20, 2008, 07:51:26 AM
BOS2: Al Green gettin' his dance on in "Full of Fire."  Also NTM!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 20, 2008, 08:04:40 AM
I'm here, had a late night, threw off waking up at 7am!  "Here's newcomer Donna Summer, aaaaaaaaaaa luv to luv yaaaaaaa baybay"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 20, 2008, 08:10:33 AM
KISS before they made enough money to master their records.  "Rock & Roll All Nite" is a great song, but man, what a terrible recording.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 20, 2008, 08:14:10 AM
Here comes the KISS Army, "Rock and Roll All Nite and Par-tay every day!"  This raw recording charged up those cold nights of winter 75-76!  Appropriately followed up by some Hot Chocolate, "You Sexy Thang"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 20, 2008, 08:19:07 AM
Yet another NTM - I'm glad I got up for this one! - Gladys Knight & the Pips' "Part-Time Love."  Few others did both ballads and dance numbers so equally well.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 20, 2008, 08:24:34 AM
Hey, Mike Love talks about his contributions to "I Get Around." Fascinating! ;)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 20, 2008, 08:29:36 AM
BOS3 to "Walk Away From Love," a simply astonishing David Ruffin vocal effort.  When biographer David Ritz spoke at last year's EMP Pop Conference, he closed his talk by playing this song at top volume.  Wish more of us had taken the cue to get up and dance!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 20, 2008, 08:32:41 AM
Like a Rhinestone Remake, Glen Campbell's a country boy who got his feet in L.A.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 20, 2008, 08:37:10 AM
BOS3 to "Walk Away From Love," a simply astonishing David Ruffin vocal effort.  When biographer David Ritz spoke at last year's EMP Pop Conference, he closed his talk by playing this song at top volume.  Wish more of us had taken the cue to get up and dance!
Agreed, good to hear it again! 
Where's mshray, he's gonna miss the David Geddes tune he mentioned.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on December 20, 2008, 08:50:58 AM
wow, David Geddes and Paul Anka: a back to back Kodak Moment twin spin twofer.

don't recall that maudlin Geddes song, but when Casey mentioned his ptherr hit (Run Joey Run) i got the shivers. 

Kodak used that Paul Anka song for mktg, and when we moved from our house in 76, I remember getting teary-eyed as I walked around the empty house singing that song. 

Gawd, I was like 11 years old and, obviously, I watched too much TV.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 20, 2008, 08:51:06 AM
Paul Anka's "Times of Your Life" was our prom theme the following May (and used in a Kodak commercial then).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 20, 2008, 08:55:09 AM
"All 12 positions of the Zodiac sign": Leon Haywood clearly knows Rudy Ray Moore's Zodiac album (I won't post, as NSFW).  And the Kama Sutra.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 20, 2008, 08:57:20 AM
It's a good thing Casey had a story to tell about what a convoy is, because you can NOT transition from "I Wanta Do Something Freaky to You" into "Convoy."

BTW: "Convoy" probably is the first song I remember hearing.  Yikes.  I'd run rings around the dining room table (usually holding my cat Roscoe, to my mom's chagrin) singing this chorus.  I was 3.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 20, 2008, 09:00:18 AM
OK, this is weird: I hit the 2-hour limit on the station and was prompted to reconnect.  Did so - and they've rewound me back to the Geddes track!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 20, 2008, 09:00:24 AM
It's a good thing Casey had a story to tell about what a convoy is, because you can NOT transition from "I Wanta Do Something Freaky to You" into "Convoy."
BTW: "Convoy" probably is the first song I remember hearing.  Yikes.  I'd run rings around the dining room table (usually holding my cat Roscoe, to my mom's chagrin) singing this chorus.  I was 3.
"That's a big 10-4, good buddy" 
Oops, back to #18 again?? Somebody just miscued the show!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 20, 2008, 09:02:11 AM
OK, this is weird: I hit the 2-hour limit on the station and was prompted to reconnect.  Did so - and they've rewound me back to the Geddes track!
No, your reconnect is not the problem.  I think mshray called 'em to replay the Geddes track! ;)  The board op must've miscued the CD to wrong segment!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 20, 2008, 09:07:31 AM
OK, this is weird: I hit the 2-hour limit on the station and was prompted to reconnect.  Did so - and they've rewound me back to the Geddes track!
No, your reconnect is not the problem.  I think mshray called 'em to replay the Geddes track! ;)  The board op must've miscued the CD to wrong segment!
Ha, that's funny.  Happy to hear Leon Haywood a second time!  (And the Jackie Wilson words - Casey seemed choked up at the end.)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 20, 2008, 09:11:09 AM
Wonder if we'll hear the entire countdown, since this repeated segment throws off the timing??  We shall see ...
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 20, 2008, 09:13:34 AM
As Casey stated, truckers using "CB's --- modern technology"  :D
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 20, 2008, 09:15:01 AM
"CB's --- modern technology"  :D
So many lines, especially the "Illi-NOISE Nash'nl Guard" - but my favorite is "7 long-haired Friends of Jesus in a chartreuse microbus."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 20, 2008, 09:16:23 AM
"CB's --- modern technology"  :D
So many lines, especially the "Illi-NOISE Nash'nl Guard" - but my favorite is "7 long-haired Friends of Jesus in a chartreuse microbus."

And although the crowd singing along at the end is supposed to be rowdy truckers, they sound a whole lot more like Muppets.  Which of course aided my love of the song.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 20, 2008, 09:20:56 AM
Oop, makin' up time from the cueing mistake by skipping S&G's "My Little Town" and O'Jays "I Love Music" to jump to #11, "Our Day Will Come" Frankie Valli.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on December 20, 2008, 09:25:00 AM
Oop, makin' up time from the cueing mistake by skipping S&G's "My Little Town" and O'Jays "I Love Music" to jump to #11, "Our Day Will Come" Frankie Valli.

oh well, never was a fan of My Little Town anyway.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 20, 2008, 09:27:34 AM
Oop, makin' up time from the cueing mistake by skipping S&G's "My Little Town" and O'Jays "I Love Music" to jump to #11, "Our Day Will Come" Frankie Valli.
oh well, never was a fan of My Little Town anyway.
We heard it last month anyway when they aired 11-8-75 countdown.
Did Casey just give it away when he said that in some TV show he "plays the part of a conniving DJ who gets killed in the end"?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on December 20, 2008, 09:34:43 AM
Casey, wtf...?

he was in a made for tv movie called "Mr. & Ms. and the Bandstand Mystery" and he tells us they filmed it in the actual American Bandstand set -- "At least the part where my character gets killed..."

maybe he gets pushed off one of the featured dancer risers...??

ponderous.

Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on December 20, 2008, 09:37:38 AM
Oop, makin' up time from the cueing mistake by skipping S&G's "My Little Town" and O'Jays "I Love Music" to jump to #11, "Our Day Will Come" Frankie Valli.
oh well, never was a fan of My Little Town anyway.
We heard it last month anyway when they aired 11-8-75 countdown.
Did Casey just give it away when he said that in some TV show he "plays the part of a conniving DJ who gets killed in the end"?

heh, I know!  then again, if it was a murder mystery movie, the process of solving the crime is the major plot -- think Colombo, McMillan and Wife,.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on December 20, 2008, 09:50:12 AM
the chico oldies station stream seems to have stopped for me, in the middle of Diana Ross' "THEME FROM MAHAGONY (DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO).”   I'll prob bail on this and may listen to some other stream this weekend. 

too bad, I like that song...
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 20, 2008, 10:00:54 AM
the chico oldies station stream seems to have stopped for me, in the middle of Diana Ross' "THEME FROM MAHAGONY (DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO).”   I'll prob bail on this and may listen to some other stream this weekend. 
too bad, I like that song...
Hmmm, odd. Were you listening for two hours where you have to hit pop-up to continue stream?  Anyway, after #3 Fly Robin Fly, he threw in Jose F's "Feliz Navidad"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 20, 2008, 10:27:17 AM
the chico oldies station stream seems to have stopped for me, in the middle of Diana Ross' "THEME FROM MAHAGONY (DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO).”   I'll prob bail on this and may listen to some other stream this weekend. 

too bad, I like that song...

Stream finished out just fine for me - though I'm sorry to have missed the O'Jays' "I Love Music," which for my money invented the house genre.

And I had the same reaction about Casey's spoiler!  I imagine the show was about on par with "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on December 20, 2008, 11:34:59 PM
BOS1 to "Winners & Losers," which I had stuck in my head for a large portion of my SF vacation. 

I always thought they should've pronounced it "Winners & Woozers", for consistency's sake if nothing else.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 21, 2008, 06:03:50 AM
Casey's '80s take us to 1987, where Whitney Houston ("So Emotional") is trying to dislodge George Michael ("Faith") from the throne.  Debuting at 40 - "the first all-female rap hit," sez Casey - Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 21, 2008, 06:06:58 AM
One of the very best collaborations of the decade is in at 39: PSB and Dusty, "What Have I Done to Deserve This?"  (Two songs dropped out that I would have enjoyed hearing, though: Stevie Wonder's "Skeletons" and the Jets' "I Do U.")
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 21, 2008, 06:15:20 AM
Nothing in this set should be NTM, but I don't remember "Motortown" by the Kane Gang at all.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on December 21, 2008, 11:02:15 AM
Nothing in this set should be NTM, but I don't remember "Motortown" by the Kane Gang at all.

I *love* that record and still own the 45.

Heard the '75 show this morning -- the Idaho station always lets the closing theme run out to the very end, and I'd forgotten Casey's mid-'70s theme music with the flute solo (!) and the chorus suddenly punctuating things by blurting out "Shaka-TOO!" I mean.. HUH?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on December 21, 2008, 01:51:05 PM
And although the crowd singing along at the end is supposed to be rowdy truckers, they sound a whole lot more like Muppets.

ROTFL -- i just heard the song again -- The Muppets description is perfect!

Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on December 23, 2008, 07:27:02 PM
This weekend, 12/27-28, Casey70's does Jan 1, 1972. The Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on December 23, 2008, 09:25:34 PM
This weekend, 12/27-28, Casey70's does Jan 1, 1972. The Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)

Awesome -- it's the Top 40 Singles of the YEAR for 1971! This was before Casey started doing 2-part "Top 80" or "Top 100" year-enders. Too bad they don't replay his "Top 40 Xmas Songs" countdowns (he did several of those in the '70s).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 27, 2008, 07:20:21 AM
This weekend, 12/27-28, Casey70's does Jan 1, 1972. The Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)

Awesome -- it's the Top 40 Singles of the YEAR for 1971! This was before Casey started doing 2-part "Top 80" or "Top 100" year-enders. Too bad they don't replay his "Top 40 Xmas Songs" countdowns (he did several of those in the '70s).

Chico is replaying a '77 set from a few weeks ago.  Ah well.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on December 27, 2008, 07:28:25 AM
This weekend, 12/27-28, Casey70's does Jan 1, 1972. The Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)

Awesome -- it's the Top 40 Singles of the YEAR for 1971! This was before Casey started doing 2-part "Top 80" or "Top 100" year-enders. Too bad they don't replay his "Top 40 Xmas Songs" countdowns (he did several of those in the '70s).

Chico is replaying a '77 set from a few weeks ago.  Ah well.
Weird: At 10:30 it switched over to the correct countdown.  Here's Daddy Dewdrop, beating out the Carpenters' lovely (if refrainless) "For All We Know."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on January 02, 2009, 05:59:06 PM
Casey70's starts the new year with the "Top 40 Singles Acts of the '70's" (this show is from July 4th weekend 1974):
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 03, 2009, 07:54:00 AM
Casey70's starts the new year with the "Top 40 Singles Acts of the '70's" (this show is from July 4th weekend 1974):
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)

These special countdown shows are far less interesting to me - for me, it's all about the NTMs, and this week it's all big hits from big artists.  Still fine tunes, though.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on January 03, 2009, 09:33:09 AM
Casey70's starts the new year with the "Top 40 Singles Acts of the '70's" (this show is from July 4th weekend 1974):
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)

These special countdown shows are far less interesting to me - for me, it's all about the NTMs, and this week it's all big hits from big artists.  Still fine tunes, though.

agree 100%.  My favorite parts of the AT40s are usually the early sections, which often give us songs that just jumped into the charts for s brief period, only to fall right out again.   The regular weekly countdowns also "transport" me back in time more effectively than the special countdowns can, which I dig (probably too much, actually... ;)  )
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 03, 2009, 09:43:59 AM
Top 2's some combination of Carpenters, CCR, Bee Gees, and Elvis.  I'm guessing Carps @ 2 and Elvis @ 1.  (3DN came in at #3.)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 03, 2009, 09:47:07 AM
Top 2's some combination of Carpenters, CCR, Bee Gees, and Elvis.  I'm guessing Carps @ 2 and Elvis @ 1.  (3DN came in at #3.)

OMG!  I spaced on the J5!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 03, 2009, 09:50:55 AM
The Carpenters are indeed the top act of the first half of the '70s.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on January 03, 2009, 11:25:21 AM
Top 2's some combination of Carpenters, CCR, Bee Gees, and Elvis.  I'm guessing Carps @ 2 and Elvis @ 1.  (3DN came in at #3.)

OMG!  I spaced on the J5!

and Elvis was nowhere to be found -- no surprise, really, he only had 3 top ten singles betw '70 and '75, one of which was a '69 leftover.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on January 04, 2009, 01:41:09 AM
Casey70's starts the new year with the "Top 40 Singles Acts of the '70's" (this show is from July 4th weekend 1974):
http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html (http://www.wbbgfm.com/pages/pp_caseykasem.html)

These special countdown shows are far less interesting to me - for me, it's all about the NTMs, and this week it's all big hits from big artists.  Still fine tunes, though.

On the Sirius/XM version of Casey's 70's show last weekend (in between Christmas and New Years), they had the top 40 songs of 1973. The #2 song of the year was a song that only hit #16 (Why Me by Kris Kristofferson). Casey said it was because it was on the chart so long (38 weeks on the Hot 100).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 04, 2009, 06:15:00 AM
SFGuy!  Welcome back - it's been a while since I've seen you here on the board; I hope you had a great holiday season and a triff New Year's.

Casey's '80s leap to Jan. 23, 1982, as ONJ tries (and fails) for week #10 at No. 1, which would have tied the then record for length of stay at the throne.  (The record is currently held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, with 16 weeks at the top for "One Sweet Day.")
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 04, 2009, 06:20:29 AM
Early WOS vote for Del Shannon's cover of "Sea of Love."  This phone-in was his Big Comeback?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 04, 2009, 06:22:05 AM
NTM: Eddie Schwartz, "All Our Tomorrows."  Roses are red; violets are blue; I'm unimpressed with the Doobie-ing Canadian Jew.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 04, 2009, 06:37:58 AM
Also NTM: Sneaker, "More Than Just the Two of Us."  Was this later covered by someone else?  Refrain sounds vaguely familiar.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 04, 2009, 08:42:30 AM
Most OMGWTF of set: Barbra Streisand, "Comin' In and Out of Your Life" at #12.
Most OMGWTFLOL: "Hooked on Classics" at #11 (which Casey helpfully identifies the components of).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 04, 2009, 09:47:37 AM
Casey's '80s leap to Jan. 23, 1982, as ONJ tries (and fails) for week #10 at No. 1

I completely misremembered this count: ONJ does indeed make week #10 with "Physical," which tied "You Light Up My Life" for longest reign in the rock era - Elvis's "Hound Dog"/"Don't Be Cruel" had 11 weeks, but was apparently considered pre-rock era.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on January 04, 2009, 11:29:29 AM
Early WOS vote for Del Shannon's cover of "Sea of Love."  This phone-in was his Big Comeback?

ah, the year of the '50s/early '60s-star-produced-by-'80s-star comeback avalanche: Gary US Bonds (Springsteen/Van Zandt); Mitch Ryder (Mellencamp); and the Shannon LP was a Petty project, iirc.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 04, 2009, 11:47:42 AM
the Shannon LP was a Petty project, iirc.

Yup, and Casey actually mentioned that.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on January 05, 2009, 05:35:04 PM
SFGuy!  Welcome back - it's been a while since I've seen you here on the board; I hope you had a great holiday season and a triff New Year's.

Actually I've been around. I was the one who put the story on the death of the Capt. from Starsky and Hutch. Same old holiday season for me meaning boring but OK.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on January 08, 2009, 10:16:44 AM
This weekend (1/10-11) Casey70's visits Jan 5, 1974. The playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on January 08, 2009, 10:24:22 AM
This weekend (1/10-11) Casey70's visits Jan 5, 1974. The playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3381028.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3381028.pdf)

yay -- back to regular charts.  Don't miss Merle Haggard's great "If We Make it Thru December" at #40
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on January 10, 2009, 07:15:44 AM
Amazing that Kool & the Gang's sound of "Jungle Boogie" (debuting at #37 on this chart) and "Hollywood Swinging" would evolve into the soft "Cherish" and "Joanna."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on January 10, 2009, 07:20:55 AM
NTM #36 Ian Thomas "Painted Ladies." The vocals sound like America tho' the melody is funkier.  You can listen now via chicooldies.com
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on January 10, 2009, 07:39:42 AM
I'm here, missed Merle Haggard, dangit. Don't know if that one was a-comin' or a-goin' in the charts.

Painted Ladies is NTM, too.

How about the old-timey cheesey sounds of Tony Orlando and Dawn's "WHO’S IN THE STRAWBERRY PATCH WITH SALLY"  at #33?  and then Ringo's great single "Photograph" at #32 right after that?  what a difference...!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on January 10, 2009, 07:44:05 AM
I'm here, missed Merle Haggard, dangit. Don't know if that one was a-comin' or a-goin' in the charts.
Painted Ladies is NTM, too.
How about the old-timey cheesey sounds of Tony Orlando and Dawn's "WHO’S IN THE STRAWBERRY PATCH WITH SALLY"  at #33?  and then Ringo's great single "Photograph" at #32 right after that?  what a difference...!
Yeah, I missed Haggard, joined in on "Jungle Boogie."  Will have to hear it on another replay this weekend.  Yeah, Dawn got some mileage out of the vaudeville sound.  Now some comedy with "Spiders and Snakes" and "Sister Mary Elephant."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on January 10, 2009, 07:48:13 AM
browsing ahead in the chart, I see that Ringo has another song at #16. 
Jim Croce has two in this week, too.

I picture Casey shaking his head and sneering in slight disgust when he back announced Jim Stafford's "Spiders and Snakes."   

I think AT40's edits on Cheech and Chong are evident right before Sister Mary Elephant screams "SHADDDUP!" IIRC, that "Class..?  class?  class?" section was drawn out for a longer time. 

Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on January 10, 2009, 07:57:41 AM
browsing ahead in the chart, I see that Ringo has another song at #16. 
Jim Croce has two in this week, too.
I picture Casey shaking his head and sneering in slight disgust when he back announced Jim Stafford's "Spiders and Snakes." 
I think AT40's edits on Cheech and Chong are evident right before Sister Mary Elephant screams "SHADDDUP!" IIRC, that "Class..?  class?  class?" section was drawn out for a longer time. 
Having multiple songs on one chart is an accomplishment. Croce had died the previous Sept (I have a clear memory of hearing about that while on school bus that morning), and Ringo had his biggest and best album then with "Ringo" which yielded a third hit "Oh My My." It was a Beatles reunion of sorts, with separate contributions by John, Paul and George.
PS - Haven't heard this AT40 Extra "Jim Dandy" since its inclusion in the film "Dazed and Confused"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on January 10, 2009, 08:05:41 AM
PS - Haven't heard this AT40 Extra "Jim Dandy" since its inclusion in the film "Dazed and Confused"

love that soundtrack! 

I just saw another Richard Linklater movie the other day: "Before Sunset" with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, which was the sequel to "Before Sunrise," which I haven't seen yet...   I liked Sunset a lot, but I'm sure it would've been an even better experience if I had seen Sunrise. 

btw, did Casey pronounce D'yer Mak'er as "Dee-urr maker?"  I suppose the proper LZ phonetic instructions had not circulated among jocks and the public yet.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on January 10, 2009, 08:22:54 AM
PS - Haven't heard this AT40 Extra "Jim Dandy" since its inclusion in the film "Dazed and Confused"
love that soundtrack! 
I just saw another Richard Linklater movie the other day: "Before Sunset" with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, which was the sequel to "Before Sunrise," which I haven't seen yet...   I liked Sunset a lot, but I'm sure it would've been an even better experience if I had seen Sunrise.
btw, did Casey pronounce D'yer Mak'er as "Dee-urr maker?"  I suppose the proper LZ phonetic instructions had not circulated among jocks and the public yet.
Yep, we've noticed Casey's mispronunciations at other times as well. That's part of the charm of AT40 I suppose, but surprising, considering he's such a perfectionist.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on January 10, 2009, 08:25:45 AM
Casey said War had the most popular LP of 1973??  I thought it'd be Led Zep, Elton John, the Stones, Chicago, or even the Carpenters!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on January 10, 2009, 08:45:08 AM
ah yes.. the weekly dose of Mike Love recounted how he masterminded the opening of "I Get Around."

(http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/content_images/turban_love.jpg)

btw, I really enjoyed that youtube clip (posted in the youtube thread (http://10at10club.com/forum/index.php?topic=2505.msg93662#msg93662)) of Matthew Sweet and Darius Rucker singing "Sail On Sailor."  Not yet a devoted fan of either guy, but what a great song.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on January 10, 2009, 09:01:28 AM
browsing ahead in the chart, I see that Ringo has another song at #16. 
Jim Croce has two in this week, too.
Also with two on this chart, Barry White, at #17 and #8. And three Beatles, Ringo at #32 and #16, John at #25 and Paul at #12.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 10, 2009, 09:10:33 AM
I've been listening to this in bed all morning, just now stirring to post.  BOS to GK and the Pips, "I've Got to Use My Imagination."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 10, 2009, 09:27:32 AM
BOS2 to "GYBR," still one of the saddest melodies I've ever heard (used to make me cry when I was a little kid).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on January 10, 2009, 09:39:08 AM
BOS2 to "GYBR," still one of the saddest melodies I've ever heard (used to make me cry when I was a little kid).
Another that would make my tears well up... "Smokin' in the Boys Room"... from all the second-hand smoke.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on January 10, 2009, 09:46:43 AM
We get to hear David Essex "Rock On" for second time today as the AT40 Extra. They were supposed to have played Greg Allman "Midnight Rider" last hour.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 10, 2009, 09:49:15 AM
WOS "The Joker."  I will always find this song's success unfathomable.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on January 10, 2009, 09:52:41 AM
WOS "The Joker."  I will always find this song's success unfathomable.
As a teen then, it was fun to sing in the car with your friends the line, "really love your peaches, wanna shake your tree. WHAAA WHAAA!"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on January 10, 2009, 10:00:04 AM
WOS "The Joker."  I will always find this song's success unfathomable.
As a teen then, it was fun to sing in the car with your friends the line, "really love your peaches, wanna shake your tree. WHAAA WHAAA!"

there's always an audience for stoner tunes, dude.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on January 10, 2009, 10:27:35 AM
NTM #36 Ian Thomas "Painted Ladies." The vocals sound like America tho' the melody is funkier.  You can listen now via chicooldies.com

A great lost OHW, and yes it does sound very America-ish.  Ian Thomas is the brother of Dave Thomas of SCTV/MacKenzie Bros fame.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 11, 2009, 08:31:38 AM
Casey's '80s land on Dec. 24, 1983.  NTM at 39: Deborah Allen, "Baby I Lied."  Not the Fame actress; a C-W singer.

This weekend we land in January 1984 - so it's mostly this countdown all over again.  :(  Nothing to see here, move along ...
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 11, 2009, 08:44:57 AM
Amazing that Kool & the Gang's sound of "Jungle Boogie" (debuting at #37 on this chart) and "Hollywood Swinging" would evolve into the soft "Cherish" and "Joanna."

Funnily enough, "Joanna" (which I prefer to sing as "Joe Mama") appears in this week's Casey's '80s countdown.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on January 11, 2009, 11:04:28 AM
I'm here, missed Merle Haggard, dangit. Don't know if that one was a-comin' or a-goin' in the charts.
Painted Ladies is NTM, too.
How about the old-timey cheesey sounds of Tony Orlando and Dawn's "WHO’S IN THE STRAWBERRY PATCH WITH SALLY"  at #33?  and then Ringo's great single "Photograph" at #32 right after that?  what a difference...!
Yeah, I missed Haggard, joined in on "Jungle Boogie."  Will have to hear it on another replay this weekend.  Yeah, Dawn got some mileage out of the vaudeville sound.  Now some comedy with "Spiders and Snakes" and "Sister Mary Elephant."

I posted the Haggard tune in my "Christmas Countdown" thread if you've never heard it.  Hearing it back-to-back with Paul Simon's "American Tune" was quite a one-two punch, given that the economy is in even sadder shape now than in the "Nixon recession" of '73-'74 that inspired the Haggard song.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on January 15, 2009, 07:26:28 PM
This weekend (1/17-18) Casey70's visits Jan 14, 1978. Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3399801.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3399801.pdf)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on January 15, 2009, 10:01:05 PM
This weekend (1/17-18) Casey70's visits Jan 14, 1978. Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3399801.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3399801.pdf)

thanks for posting this!  I look fwd to AT40 all the time now, but a lot of this seems very familiar. We heard a similar one  (Dec 77) last month: http://10at10club.com/forum/index.php?topic=4243.msg91825#msg91825
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on January 16, 2009, 01:27:02 AM
I was disappointed that the Sirius/XM 80's version on Jan. 11th still have the year-end countdown from 1984 while the 70's went back to the weekly show on Jan. 10th (from Jan. 11, 1975).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 17, 2009, 07:08:49 AM
Most unnecessary of set: Donny & Marie giving the karaoke treatment to "(You're My) Soul & Inspiration."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 17, 2009, 07:31:42 AM
NTM: Wings' "Girls' School."  Perhaps should have stayed that way.  Cringe.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 17, 2009, 08:27:59 AM
WOS: Neil Diamond, "Desiree."  He makes a deflowering ick-fest even worse by placing the third of June in summer.  Does he work off a different calendar?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 17, 2009, 09:02:32 AM
"Smack dab in the middle!" "Ready to learn, ready to learn!"  You can't turn off High Inergy's inspired outro.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on January 17, 2009, 09:16:43 AM
WOS: Neil Diamond, "Desiree."  He makes a deflowering ick-fest even worse by placing the third of June in summer.  Does he work off a different calendar?

Jewish calendar...  Didn't you see The Jazz Singer remake?  ;)

I'm an honorary Jew: I lived in Brooklyn for 3.5 years.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 17, 2009, 09:22:12 AM
BOS Eric Carmen Shaun Cassidy, "Hey Deanie."  I'm not convinced that isn't actually Eric singing.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 17, 2009, 09:36:29 AM
BOS2 "You're in My Heart."  Say what you want about the lyrics, at least it's imaginative; and the violin and electric piano are gorgeous to my ears.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on January 17, 2009, 09:38:51 AM
BOS Eric Carmen Shaun Cassidy, "Hey Deanie."  I'm not convinced that isn't actually Eric singing.

I think it sounds like brother David Cassidy singing. 

And is Deanie a boy or girl? 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 17, 2009, 09:41:39 AM
I hadn't realized "Here You Come Again" (unh! unh!) was a Mann/Weill composition.  Mike has often referred to this as a Petula Clark homage, and I can really hear that today.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 17, 2009, 09:56:57 AM
BOSs 3 and 4 to Dolly and the new #1, Player, "Baby Come Back."  Phenom production, great hook.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on January 17, 2009, 10:27:31 AM
I hadn't realized "Here You Come Again" (unh! unh!) was a Mann/Weill composition.  Mike has often referred to this as a Petula Clark homage, and I can really hear that today.

Indeed, I heard Ms Clark's "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love" on 'LNG recently and the Dolly tune immediately came to mind.

Regarding the Wings tune: "Girls School" was the A-side and "Mull of Kintyre" was the flip -- Capitol thought "Mull" was too British for US consumption, so "School" (one of Paul's more worthless throwaway rockers) was promoted in the US. "Mull", of course, was the biggest-selling UK single ever, at the time.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on January 17, 2009, 10:41:22 AM
WOS: Neil Diamond, "Desiree."  He makes a deflowering ick-fest even worse by placing the third of June in summer. 

Clearly, it's an hommage to "Ode to Billie Joe".  At least Desiree didn't have a julep in her two lips.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on January 17, 2009, 07:25:46 PM
Most unnecessary of set: Donny & Marie giving the karaoke treatment to "(You're My) Soul & Inspiration."

I hadn't heard that one since '78 and it's truly worthless. Marie's NutraSystem commercials are more sincere. Speaking of karaoke, Elvis' "My Way" is another completely unnecessary cover.

And did anyone else find it odd that Casey was gushing over Stevie Wonder with "not since the Beatles has any act so dominated the music business" (!) on the very week that the BeeGees are about to, y'know, actually achieve that -- 2 singles in the Top 20 and another not far off, not to mention the "SNF" LP and producing/writing credit on Samantha Sang's "Emotion" and brother Andy's "Love is Thicker than My Penis".

ETA: I also note that they seem to have replaced announcer Ed McMann with someone named Mike Kasem. Hmmm... d'ya think?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 18, 2009, 09:17:40 AM
Casey's '80s go back to this week in January 1983.  Two NTM (Ray Parker Jr. at 40 with "Bad Boy" and Kim Carnes at 36 with "Does It Make You Remember?"), some period faves of mine ("Goody Two Shoes," "Steppin' Out," "Pass the Dutchie") but Best Flashback of Set goes to Patti Austin and James Ingram, "Baby, Come to Me," one I hadn't heard in years.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on January 24, 2009, 07:49:34 AM
This weekend (1/24-25) Casey70's visits Jan 22, 1972. The Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3417161.pdf
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on January 24, 2009, 09:14:44 AM
off to a good start

#40: White Lies, Blue Eyes by Bullet, great harmonies!
#39: Looking for  a love by J Geils. Casey cites a a SF Chron critic from back in the day who called them the "grubbiest" band since the Stones.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 24, 2009, 09:23:03 AM
Too many great songs in this set to give BOS votes.  But OMGWTFLOL to the two competing versions of "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" in the top 13.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 24, 2009, 09:25:08 AM
Ah, dammit, the stream's crapped out after "You Are Everything."   >:(
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on January 24, 2009, 10:26:27 PM
This weekend (1/24-25) Casey70's visits Jan 22, 1972. The Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3417161.pdf

OMG! Beverly Bremers! Best. Lesley Gore. Imitation. EVAH -- until Tracey Ullman came along 12 years later with "They Don't Know". Also looking forward to Gladys' fab forgotten "Make Me The Woman You Go Home To". Hope Gaz got a charge out of Think's dreadful "Once You Understand"; anxious to see if it's the truncated version or if we get the full histrionics at the end. And speaking of edits, will it be the "sooky/suck you" version of Honey Cone's "One Monkey..."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 24, 2009, 11:41:19 PM
Hope Gaz got a charge out of Think's dreadful "Once You Understand"; anxious to see if it's the truncated version or if we get the full histrionics at the end.

Mr. Kirk?  Do you have a son, Robert Kirk, age 17?

Yes ...?

We had full histrionics.  There is indeed something fascinating about that record.

As for Beverly Bremers, I meant to mention that Casey compared her to *Karen Carpenter*!  Would you believe.  The Lesley Gore is far more apt.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on January 25, 2009, 01:45:14 AM
I noticed listening to the early 70's as compared to late 70's to 80's, how different Casey put his show on the air. The early ones mainly had no story. He just said at number 40, at number 39 and just intro'd the songs as compared to giving trivia later on. Listening to the later shows make his early ones pretty boring.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 25, 2009, 10:25:23 AM
I noticed listening to the early 70's as compared to late 70's to 80's, how different Casey put his show on the air. The early ones mainly had no story. He just said at number 40, at number 39 and just intro'd the songs as compared to giving trivia later on. Listening to the later shows make his early ones pretty boring.

I think that development was partly him refining his shtick, and partly him needing to fill the space as the show expanded from 3 to 4 hours.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 25, 2009, 10:27:16 AM
Casey's '80s hit Jan. 23, 1988, this week.  He played a version of "True Faith" mixed noticeably differently from the version I own.  This set is mostly superstars in the heart of the six-hits-from-an-album era, so boring in spots.  But at #3 is Tiffany's "Could've Been," perhaps the most thoroughly forgotten of all #1 hits.

BOS to the Bangles at #5 with "Hazy Shade of Winter," that rarest of examples of a cover of a good song utterly trouncing the original.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on January 25, 2009, 10:37:43 AM
PS: This chart got rickrolled!  NGGYU debuted at #34.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on January 25, 2009, 11:12:07 AM
Hope Gaz got a charge out of Think's dreadful "Once You Understand"; anxious to see if it's the truncated version or if we get the full histrionics at the end.

Mr. Kirk?  Do you have a son, Robert Kirk, age 17?

Yes ...?

We had full histrionics.  There is indeed something fascinating about that record.


There was a version (not sure if it was official, or just an edit made by WPIX (the only NY station that played it) that completely deleted the sobbing. Either way the ending always struck me as heavy-handed, and at the time most people I know considered it a rather Nixonian record (more anti-drug than pro-parent/teen communication).

Speaking of Nixon, one of his favorite black people, Charley Pride, gets a BOS from me with "Kiss an Angel Good Morning".  And I never noticed the similarities between "Precious & Few" and "Cherish", melodically speaking.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on January 29, 2009, 06:48:51 AM
This weekend (1/31) Casey70's visits Jan 27, 1973.  The Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3436621.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3436621.pdf)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on January 29, 2009, 09:46:41 AM
This weekend (1/31) Casey70's visits Jan 27, 1973.  The Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3436621.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3436621.pdf)

some fine forgotten stuff there (the time period is quite sledgehammery for me personally): 3DN's "Pieces Of April", maybe their least-played oldie; Bobby W's "Harry Hippie", which I always interpreted as a black man calling a white guy "lazy and shiftless" (until I heard the true-life story behind it), and Blue Haze, Elvis and Lobo.  Also 2 of my all-time WOS's: "Love Jones" and "Funny Face".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on January 31, 2009, 08:05:43 PM
The first hour of this '73 chart is really bringing it all back for me. I'd forgotten Luther Ingram's "I'll Be Your Shelter" and the Partridges' "Looking Thru the Eyes of Love" -- a Gene Pitney cover, sez Casey, tho' it's not on the Pitney best-of I have. The Cat Man's "Sitting" is a favorite of mine, and Chuck Berry's remake of his own "Reelin' & Rockin'" is infinitely better than "My Ding-a-Ling", and amazingly off-color (sexual innuendo-wise) for '73.

And oh, Bette Midler's "Do You Wanna Dance" is a fabulous performance, Joni's "You Turn Me On" one of my very fave "radio" songs, and I recently expounded on "Dreidel" in my Xmas thread.  But Blue Haze's "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" is one of the more worthless remakes ever -- another for the "oh those wacky Brits" file, as the '50s revival was reaching fever pitch in the UK at that time.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on January 31, 2009, 08:40:45 PM
HA! Casey intros Elvis' "Separate Ways" with a Mae West anecdote (!) and then says the King has been making the charts for 17 years... "and considering how well he takes care of himself, and how well he's taken care of by the Colonel, there's no reason to believe he won't still be around 17 years from now."

Oh Casey, if you'd only known.

Lobo's "Don't Expect Me to Be Your Friend" is another lost gem, but OMFG, here's 2 of my all-time HFHs back-to-back: "Funny Face" and "Love Jones".

"ah don' wanna bore you with a long irrevelent (sic) conversation..."

Er, then DON'T, dude.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on January 31, 2009, 09:20:12 PM
Casey intros "Do It Again" by naming all 6 members of Steely Dan!  And then Paul tries to give Linda his sweet banana -- er... ewww.

Now here's Johnny Rivers with what would be the second of his bi-annual remakes of the '70s: "Rockin' Pneumonia". (There was also "Sea Cruise" in '71, "Help Me Rhonda" in '75 and "Slow Dancin'" in '77.)  I just finally got my hands on Rhino's fab (and, sadly, out-of-print) 2-disc Rivers anthol.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on January 31, 2009, 09:49:18 PM
"Ken Loggins and Jim Messina" is how L&M are identified on the Billboard chart in Jan '73. Your mama don't dance, and your daddy don't crocodile rock.

And now Carly's gonna gavotte. On a yacht. In apricot.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 01, 2009, 08:28:31 AM
HA! Casey intros Elvis' "Separate Ways" with a Mae West anecdote (!) and then says the King has been making the charts for 17 years... "and considering how well he takes care of himself, and how well he's taken care of by the Colonel, there's no reason to believe he won't still be around 17 years from now."

Oh Casey, if you'd only known.

I just heard this now.  Wow, the irony.  The song is NTM and pretty inconsequential, but I'm glad I heard it.  Is there any '70s Elvis that's really really worth seeking out?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 01, 2009, 10:41:10 AM
Casey's '80s land us in 1985 this week.  John Parr's forgotten "Naughty Naughty" was nice to hear.  And who woulda thunk that Jermaine Jackson would appear in both the '70s and '80s countdowns this week?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 01, 2009, 10:42:31 AM
BOS, though, goes to Culture Club's COMPLETELY forgotten "Mistake No. 3" (which doesn't even appear on my CC GH comp).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 01, 2009, 10:47:11 AM
HA! Casey intros Elvis' "Separate Ways" with a Mae West anecdote (!) and then says the King has been making the charts for 17 years... "and considering how well he takes care of himself, and how well he's taken care of by the Colonel, there's no reason to believe he won't still be around 17 years from now."

Oh Casey, if you'd only known.

I just heard this now.  Wow, the irony.  The song is NTM and pretty inconsequential, but I'm glad I heard it.  Is there any '70s Elvis that's really really worth seeking out?

Funny you should ask, as this week on 'LNG I heard both the original version of "The Wonder of You" by Ray Peterson (who?) whose version actually charted twice (in '59 and '64). Elvis' take is a fave of mine and an improvement on the orig. 'LNG also played "Don't Cry Daddy", a sappy Mac Davis comp (the wife dies, the kids comfort dad) that hit #6 right before "Kentucky Rain". "I've Lost You" (#32 later in 1970) is a decent ballad, but there really isn't much that I'd call essential in the decade (pre-'77)besides "Burning Love" and his 1974 cover of Chuck Berry's "Promised Land" (def better than JT's version the same year). "My Boy" (#20 in '75) pales in comparison to the Richard Harris orig (which, TANC, we just missed hearing on last week's chart, where it peaked at #41). I happen to like "Moody Blue" and "Way Down", tho' they're permanently linked to his death in my head.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 01, 2009, 11:49:14 AM
This '80s countdown is actually really great.  BOS votes to General Public's "Tenderness," Kool & the Gang's "Misled" (my favorite of their songs), and New Edition at their Raydio-est with "Mr. Telephone Man."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 01, 2009, 05:28:07 PM
Kool & the Gang's "Misled" (my favorite of their songs

Misled married Mr. Wood and they had lots of little pencils together.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 01, 2009, 10:14:26 PM
3DN's "Pieces Of April", maybe their least-played oldie

Back in the early '90s, I participated in a few Usenet music-discussion boards, including one called rec.music.misc.  One day someone started a thread on songs about murders ("Hey Joe," "Down by the River," and the like).  I chimed in, "I've got pieces of April," thinking myself clever.

Without missing a beat, someone immediately replied: "Is that why there was a mourning in May?"  He won.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 05, 2009, 09:08:49 PM
This week Casey's in Feb 1976 -- a "sweet" Valentine's Day chart that features "Sweet Love" and "Sweet Thing", as well as 7 songs with "Love" in the title, and Ms Ronstadt's fab forgotten cover of "Tracks of My Tears".

http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3459244.pdf

OTOH, we also get "White Knight", a CB-themed record so awful it makes "Convoy" seem like Dylan.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on February 06, 2009, 02:26:41 AM
If you have XM, they will have Feb 1974 this weekend.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 07, 2009, 07:12:52 AM
Wow, Lionel Richie's close to unhinged near the end of the Commodores' "Sweet Love," new at #39.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 07, 2009, 07:48:02 AM
OMGWTFLOL of the week has to go to Donny & Marie, "Deep Purple."  Hush!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 07, 2009, 08:09:18 AM
OTOH, we also get "White Knight", a CB-themed record so awful it makes "Convoy" seem like Dylan.

Oh sweet lord, this is abominable.  NTM and I wish it'd stayed that way.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 07, 2009, 08:32:42 AM
Ooh, a favorite of mine at #19: Helen Reddy's "Somewhere in the Night."  Barry Manilow would do slightly better 3 years later, changing the lyric slightly (from "music to magic to end" to "music to my gentle wind") and aiming squarely for payoff notes.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 07, 2009, 08:33:57 AM
As an aside: This week's Chart Beat Chat from billboard.com had this interesting tale:

Quote
Dear Fred:

Andy Ray's query concerning Casey Kasem's show for the week ending March 12, 1977 reminded me of an earlier incident. For the week ending June 9, 1973, Casey apparently didn't have the Hot 100 by recording time. Instead, Casey (and his staff, I presume) estimated the positions.

Only four positions turned out to be correct:

No. 1:  "My Love" by Paul McCartney & Wings
No. 2:  "Frankenstein" by the Edgar Winter Group
No. 28:  "Leaving Me" by the Independents
No. 31, "No More Mr. Nice Guy" by Alice Cooper.

Most of Casey's estimated positions were way off, with many moving in the opposite direction from what actually happened. I wonder if anyone could shed some light on this mystery.

David Dana-Bashian
Garden Grove, Calif.


Dear David,

The Hot 100 for the week-ending June 9, 1973 is a memorable chart because Billboard changed chart methodology that week. It was such a radical change that "Last Week" numbers were omitted, as there was not much connection to the prior week's chart. I remember that Hot 100 because suddenly "Bad Weather," a Stevie Wonder composition recorded by the Supremes, debuted after being available for weeks. But then it was gone the following week, never to return.

That doesn't answer your question, but it's why I remember that chart. As I did last week, I turned to "American Top 40" expert, Rob Durkee, who worked with Casey Kasem on the show and who has written a book about the series.

Rob replied that he didn't work on the show in 1973 but promised to check with Pete Battistini, who wrote a book about the series' '70s years. Pete responded that the AT40 staff received the new Billboard chart on May 30, 1977, and recorded that week's show. It was sent to stations the next day and then Billboard called Tom Rounds at the Watermark production company to let him know that the chart had been revised. It was too late to re-record that week's AT40, so the numbers you heard were from the original chart that was discarded.

I can't ask the folks who compiled the June 9, 1973 chart for Billboard what happened because they are no longer with us. I don't mean they don't work for the magazine anymore, I mean they are no longer with us, physically. But I thank Rob and Pete for their expertise.

Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 07, 2009, 08:42:46 AM
"Oh, he's so macho": Had Elton come out as bi in Rolling Stone by the time this charted?  I haven't heard "Grow Some Funk of Your Own" in years.  Used to skip over it on his GH comp.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 07, 2009, 08:49:18 AM
BOS: "Wake Up Everybody."  I have probably said this here before, but I have a very fond, vivid memory of, shortly after my arrival in SF in fall '96, recording this off one of Dave's 10@10s and then listening to it while walking through the Tenderloin famers' market.  (And you thought it was impossible to have fond memories of the Tenderloin.)  The song was NTM and I was already grateful to Dave for what he was fast turning me on to - '70s soul, mostly.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 07, 2009, 09:26:28 AM
Neil Sedaka's in at #9 with his "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" revamp.  Great arrangement; the vocal, not so much.  At least he sings better than that twit Anka.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on February 07, 2009, 09:57:05 AM
BOS: "Wake Up Everybody."  ...  Dave's 10@10s ... while walking through the Tenderloin famers' market.  (And you thought it was impossible to have fond memories of the Tenderloin.)

I credit Dave w turning me on to Harold Melvin, too!

Tenderloin Farmer's Market?  You mean the one in Urine Plaza on Market Street?



Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 07, 2009, 11:02:12 AM
As an aside: This week's Chart Beat Chat from billboard.com had this interesting tale:


I remember listening to the show that week; it was one "WTF?" after another, as songs that were on the way up suddenly dropped back and vice-versa. I particularly remember "Kodachrome", a huge fave of mine at that moment, suddenly stopping its upward momentum -- "That can't be POSSIBLE!" I screamed to an empty room. (Yeah, I was a hopeless chart geek.)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 07, 2009, 11:51:53 AM
Ooh, a favorite of mine at #19: Helen Reddy's "Somewhere in the Night."  Barry Manilow would do slightly better 3 years later, changing the lyric slightly (from "music to magic to end" to "music to my gentle wind") and aiming squarely for payoff notes.

I don't recall the lyric change -- I'll have to dig out the Manilow version (I'll assume you've got a typo there: Helen's was "music too magic to end"). But if Barry has a "gentle wind" problem, he should try Bean-O.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 07, 2009, 07:56:30 PM
"Yeah... she's at home..." Big Barry lets the music play OWN! One of my faves of his; shame it only got to #32. Followed by Chaka -- love her now, or she'll go crazy. And you do NOT want that.

But OMG: "Junk Food Junkie" is the flashback of the week for me.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 07, 2009, 08:32:44 PM
The Brothers Gibb say "Love, be tender with my fanny"; I suspect Toni Tenille's fanny got rougher treatment from Daryl D. And -- awwww! -- it's their 2nd wedding anniv. But "Lonely Night (Angel Face)" always struck me as an odd song.

And from "Angel Face" to "Baby Face " -- middle-aged gay men, rejoice!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 08, 2009, 06:48:44 AM
"Lonely Night (Angel Face)" always struck me as an odd song.

Know what you mean - Sedacky basically pasted two unrelated tunes together to create that song.  C&T got away with one.

Casey's '80s are in 1981 this week.  Blondie debuts at 32 with "Rapture" while Andy Gibb staggers through one of his last chart efforts, "Time Is Time."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 08, 2009, 07:09:32 AM
Someone just sent out "Freebird" as a LDD.  Excuse me while I go gag.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 08, 2009, 07:24:44 AM
"Love on the Rocks" may be one of Neil Diamond's most underappreciated efforts.  For all his bad lyrics - and he's had a few - these are quite good: "Pour me a drink, and I'll tell you some lies" ... "And when they know they have you, then they really have you; nothing you can do or say, you've got to leave, just get away.  We all know the song ..."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 08, 2009, 08:31:13 AM
BOS to the infinite sadness of ABBA's "The Winner Takes It All."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 08, 2009, 08:50:17 AM
Proxy Mike BOS to Dan Fogelberg, "Same Old Lang Syne," I'm guessing.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 08, 2009, 09:22:21 AM
Wow, hearing the wishing-bell opening to John Lennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over" at #7 in this context was like a punch in the gut.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 08, 2009, 11:48:18 AM
"Love on the Rocks" may be one of Neil Diamond's most underappreciated efforts.  For all his bad lyrics - and he's had a few - these are quite good: "Pour me a drink, and I'll tell you some lies" ... "And when they know they have you, then they really have you; nothing you can do or say, you've got to leave, just get away.  We all know the song ..."

Amazingly, I've never seen his Jazz Singer remake, but I agree, the songs hold up well -- and that none of 'em was Oscar-nommed is yet another Academy scandal.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 08, 2009, 08:29:37 PM
Ooh, a favorite of mine at #19: Helen Reddy's "Somewhere in the Night."  Barry Manilow would do slightly better 3 years later, changing the lyric slightly (from "music to magic to end" to "music to my gentle wind") and aiming squarely for payoff notes.

I don't recall the lyric change -- I'll have to dig out the Manilow version (I'll assume you've got a typo there: Helen's was "music too magic to end"). But if Barry has a "gentle wind" problem, he should try Bean-O.

Well, I listened to my double-vinyl Barry Manilow's Greatest Hits earlier, and dude, you totally mondegreened that "gentle wind" thing.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on February 12, 2009, 09:21:58 PM
This weekend (2/14-15) Casey70's visits Feb 18, 1978.  Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 14, 2009, 07:07:11 AM
BOS to War's last visit to the Top 40, my beloved "Galaxy" at #39 (its peak position, alas).

Before that we had Tom Petty, also at his peak position with "Breakdown" at #40.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 14, 2009, 07:49:19 AM
Eww, back-to-back WOS votes to two snoozy covers: Art Garfunkel, James Taylor and Paul Simon's predictable take on "Wonderful World" (a song I hate in any incarnation), and Rita Coolidge's sleepwalk through "The Way You Do the Things You Do."  Also a WOS to Heatwave's "Always and Forever"; much as I love their disco songs, here they just sound like they're missing notes.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 14, 2009, 07:58:12 AM
How did the "Yacht Rock" folks not think to incorporate a Little River Band plot?  VHM to "Happy Anniversary."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 14, 2009, 08:01:48 AM
OMGWTFLOL of the week: Meco, "Theme From 'Close Encounters'"!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 14, 2009, 09:30:44 AM
WOS4 (!): Canadian Dan Hill gives America the bad "Touch."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 14, 2009, 10:41:50 AM
WOS4 (!): Canadian Dan Hill gives America the bad "Touch."

Your honesty's too much!  Someone did a dance cover of that in the late '90s, no idea who.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 14, 2009, 11:02:12 AM
Also a WOS to Heatwave's "Always and Forever"; much as I love their disco songs, here they just sound like they're missing notes.

Wow, you've just dissed one of the most beloved ballads of the last 35 years. It even got a mention on KFOG the other morning when they were discussing love songs.

I'm looking forward to the Meco and John Williams versions of "CEOTTK" (I forgot Williams' got as high as #13!), ConFunkShun's "Ffun", and "Urine My Heart". And I love love LOVE the fact that the BeeGees stayed at #10 for 4 weeks with "How Deep Is Your Love" -- even tho' it was on its way down -- because Sat Nite Fever-mania gave it a second wind at radio.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on February 14, 2009, 04:39:37 PM
I didn't mention this last week but XM's version was Feb of 1974 and on the chart was the worst Top 40 song in Casey's era: Gordon Sinclair's spoken record of The Americans (A Canadian's Opinion). He is the oldest person to hit the top 40 ever (not posthumously) but still a very boring record.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 14, 2009, 06:38:20 PM
Also a WOS to Heatwave's "Always and Forever"; much as I love their disco songs, here they just sound like they're missing notes.

Wow, you've just dissed one of the most beloved ballads of the last 35 years.

Surely you know by now that public consensus rarely influences my more strident opinions.  ;)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 14, 2009, 10:20:22 PM
I didn't mention this last week but XM's version was Feb of 1974 and on the chart was the worst Top 40 song in Casey's era: Gordon Sinclair's spoken record of The Americans (A Canadian's Opinion). He is the oldest person to hit the top 40 ever (not posthumously) but still a very boring record.

and of course there were two version of "Americans" in the Top 40 at the same time (Byron MacGregor had the bigger hit, reaching #4; Sinclair only made it to 24). It's the only "cover battle" I know of involving a spoken-word composition.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 15, 2009, 09:36:26 AM
Casey's '80s hit this week in February 1986.  Two songs I hadn't heard since then: Aretha's "Another Night" (not very memorable, though she throws in a few "yes ah ram"s) and Charlie Sexton's enjoyable "Beat's So Lonely" (shockingly, sez Casey, this was the first hit by a teen solo act since Stacey Lattisaw).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 15, 2009, 10:04:28 AM
One of this week's extras is the video/Euro version of "Rock Me Amadeus" (that is, the one with sung German verses instead of the timeline recitation).  I enjoyed both versions equally at the time (and I LOVED this song when it came out).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 15, 2009, 10:12:18 AM
Best Flashback of Set to another one I haven't heard since 1986, I don't think: Jellybean (avec Madonna), "Sidewalk Talk."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 15, 2009, 10:48:34 AM
BOS to RFTW's forgotten follow-up to "Oh Sheila," "Digital Display."  Predictor of cyberlove!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 15, 2009, 11:02:19 AM
How did the "Yacht Rock" folks not think to incorporate a Little River Band plot?  VHM to "Happy Anniversary."

And did you hear Casey's story about David Gates taking "yacht rock" literally? LOL!

I also loved that the segue from Odyssey to Foreigner was a segue from "Native New Yorker" to "the Apple in decay". 

"Samantha Sang... and the world listened!" But I didn't -- I lost my connection right before Samantha, er, sang.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on February 15, 2009, 06:30:30 PM
The XM 70's version was from Feb 12, 1972 where two versions of I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (in Perfect Harmony) was in the top 40.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on February 18, 2009, 09:05:23 PM
This weekend (2/21-22) Casey70's visits Feb 22, 1975. Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 20, 2009, 10:27:32 PM
This weekend (2/21-22) Casey70's visits Feb 22, 1975. Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3495943.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3495943.pdf)

Woo Hoo! "Sad Sweet Dreamer"! "Up in a Puff of Smoke"! "Doctor's Orders"! "I am Love"! plus fabulous '70s cheese from Al Martino, TO & Dawn, and ONJ.  Not to mention Macca's incredibly forgettable "Sally G" in its one and only week in the Top 40. Not to be missed.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 21, 2009, 07:25:41 AM
A lot of bad stuff too, in the early reaches.  Ringo's "Snookeroo" was OK, but man, "Sally G" SUCKS!  Also the Carpenters' antiseptic take on "Please Mr. Postman," and now debuting at #35, the horridly sung "Shame, Shame, Shame."  "Put on your shaggy wig, woman, or I ain't comin' back!"

A curiosity: I new about Scott English's "Brandy," of course, but Casey played a clip by a New Zealand artist named Bunny Walters before playing Mandy Manilow style.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 21, 2009, 07:33:00 AM
OTOH, one of several BOS votes to come for "Laughter in the Rain."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 21, 2009, 07:47:03 AM
It's Mike's least favorite lucky Puerto Rican hairdresser!  Disco Tex, "Ted Danson."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 21, 2009, 08:01:32 AM
Wow, I really love the melody on the chorus of "My Boy."  Elvis shoots and scores!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 21, 2009, 09:10:50 AM
Best Forgotten Track of Set: Carole King's "Nightingale."  I really should own this.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on February 21, 2009, 09:18:29 AM
A lot of bad stuff too, in the early reaches.  Ringo's "Snookeroo" was OK, but man, "Sally G" SUCKS!
In this countdown we heard Ringo, Paul, and now John at #9 with "#9 Dream."  George just missed being here when his single "Ding Dong, Ding Dong" had peaked at #36 in early 2/75, in the Top 40 for just two weeks.  I wonder if all four had solo hits on AT40 at the same time??
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 21, 2009, 09:24:27 AM
A lot of bad stuff too, in the early reaches.  Ringo's "Snookeroo" was OK, but man, "Sally G" SUCKS!
In this countdown we heard Ringo, Paul, and now John at #9 with "#9 Dream."  George just missed being here when his single "Ding Dong, Ding Dong" had peaked at #36 in early 2/75, in the Top 40 for just two weeks.  I wonder if all four had solo hits on AT40 at the same time??

Haha, I was just wondering this very thing!  Mike, you don't have the week-by-week Billboard books, do ya?

Meanwhile, another sentimental BOS vote to "My Eyes Adored You," originally to be titled "Brown Eyes in Georgia," IIRC.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 21, 2009, 09:29:08 AM
Man, the "That's so gay" ad campaign has got to be the most unpersuasive thing ever.  Geesh.

Followed shortly by "Asterisk! Asterisk! Mark of the Fraud!"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 21, 2009, 10:36:57 AM
Wow, I really love the melody on the chorus of "My Boy."  Elvis shoots and scores!

But his version is rather sappy compared to the Richard Harris orig.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 21, 2009, 10:41:10 AM
Man, the "That's so gay" ad campaign has got to be the most unpersuasive thing ever.  Geesh.

Followed shortly by "Asterisk! Asterisk! Mark of the Fraud!"

OK, I have No. Fucking. Clue. what either of those references are.  ???

And yes, I have the Billboard chart books ('60s, '70s and '80s). And I'm sure all four Fabs were in the 40 at one time (I believe it was a question answered by Casey at one point) but It'll take a while to tell you specifics.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on February 21, 2009, 10:43:24 AM
A lot of bad stuff too, in the early reaches.  Ringo's "Snookeroo" was OK, but man, "Sally G" SUCKS!
In this countdown we heard Ringo, Paul, and now John at #9 with "#9 Dream."  George just missed being here when his single "Ding Dong, Ding Dong" had peaked at #36 in early 2/75, in the Top 40 for just two weeks.  I wonder if all four had solo hits on AT40 at the same time??
Other Beatle-related hits that week, #19 "Don't Call Us We'll Call You" by Sugarloaf, includes the lyric "You ain't bad, but we've heard it all before. Yeah, it sounds like John, Paul and George" followed by the guitar riff from "I Feel Fine."  Video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4njPe2_rho

At #15 is ELO's "Can't Get It Out of My Head." Of course Jeff Lynne was part of the Traveling Wilburys with George.  ELO bassist Kelly Groucutt died 2/20/09 at 63 (heart attack).  You can see him here in 1974 as ELO covers the Beatles "Day Tripper" (give 'em a minute to get rockin'):
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfesIhEboi8&feature=related

And, the #1 song that week, Average White Band's "Pick Up the Pieces" -- guitarist Hamish Stuart went on to be part of Paul's band during the 90's. AWB's biggest hit:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgKz_pCVaOc
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 21, 2009, 10:49:11 AM
I'm sure all four Fabs were in the 40 at one time (I believe it was a question answered by Casey at one point) but It'll take a while to tell you specifics.

well, this didn't take too long:  Dec 14, 1974:

#10 Macca, "Junior's Farm"
#18 Ringo "Only You"
#32 George, "Dark Horse"
#40 John, "Whatever Gets You Thru..."

I'm sure it's not the only example.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 21, 2009, 01:33:44 PM
Man, the "That's so gay" ad campaign has got to be the most unpersuasive thing ever.  Geesh.

Followed shortly by "Asterisk! Asterisk! Mark of the Fraud!"

OK, I have No. Fucking. Clue. what either of those references are.  ???

Two of the ads that air regularly during the Chico broadcast.  Would only make sense to those listening with me in real time.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on February 21, 2009, 02:24:04 PM
Man, the "That's so gay" ad campaign has got to be the most unpersuasive thing ever.  Geesh.

Followed shortly by "Asterisk! Asterisk! Mark of the Fraud!"

OK, I have No. Fucking. Clue. what either of those references are.  ???

Two of the ads that air regularly during the Chico broadcast.  Would only make sense to those listening with me in real time.
missed the Chico broadcast.  Love the company I usually find with that one (typically Gaz and Waybeack), but it's often too early and the fidelity is suck-y.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 21, 2009, 07:51:29 PM
Man, the "That's so gay" ad campaign has got to be the most unpersuasive thing ever.  Geesh.

Followed shortly by "Asterisk! Asterisk! Mark of the Fraud!"

OK, I have No. Fucking. Clue. what either of those references are.  ???

Two of the ads that air regularly during the Chico broadcast.  Would only make sense to those listening with me in real time.
missed the Chico broadcast.  Love the company I usually find with that one (typically Gaz and Waybeack), but it's often too early and the fidelity is suck-y.

I've been attempting to listen to the Madison, WI version, which usually starts at 7 PDT, but their player is running waaay behind their air product (the "now playing" feature is listing the AT40 songs in sequence, but I'm hearing other stuff).

OK -- here's Casey, nearly 45 mins behind what's airing live.  I'd forgotten how much I liked "Snookeroo"; this was intended as a double-sided single, tho' "No No Song" got most of the airplay. "Snookeroo" was an Elton John compo, iirc.  And Casey idenitifes "Sally G" as a re-entry, but it was actually the B-side of the great "Junior's Farm". Macca and country do NOT mix.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 21, 2009, 08:17:27 PM
another sentimental BOS vote to "My Eyes Adored You," originally to be titled "Brown Eyes in Georgia," IIRC.

Yes -- and written by Kenny "I Wike Dweamin'" Nolan, also in the 40 this week with co-writer credit on "Lady Marmalade", and he'd still be hitting the charts in the '90s with stuff like Atlantic Starr's "Masterpiece".

Here's MJ & his brothers with the great "I Am Love" -- he wants to sprinkle himself around me. Er... ewww!
 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 21, 2009, 08:24:30 PM
David Gates' "Never Let Her Go", his first solo hit, is decidedly Bread-like; Gladys & the Pips would chart in '75 with his "Part Time Love". Fun fact: he wrote "Popsicles, Icicles" for the Murmaids!

oo-wah-wah-oo-wah-wah-oo! BOS the heavenly "Sad Sweet Dreamer"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 21, 2009, 09:02:30 PM
BOS2 Polly Brown (erstwhile lead singer of Pickettywitch) with the sadly forgotten "Up in a Puff of Smoke", her only solo hit.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 21, 2009, 09:20:57 PM
BOS3 Carol Douglas' "Doctor's Orders", another gem from the Cook/Greenaway/Cook factory. This will always represent (for me) early-disco-at-its-best: catchy hook, clever Motown-meets-the-Brill-Bldg lyrics -- a good pop record that you can also dance to. Kudos to Casey for playing the long(ish) version.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on February 22, 2009, 08:08:48 AM
Did you know that Casey70's is on the new 1550AM, KFRC, SF, Sundays 7-10am?  I just stumbled upon it.  But depending on when I wake up, I listen either Sat's 7-10AM on www.chicooldies.com or Sundays 8-11AM on www.957KJRfm.com Seattle.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on February 22, 2009, 09:51:36 AM
This morning I'm listening to Casey's 80s: Feb. 23, 1980.  The sea change is palpable - this set is very white, very adult.  Two songs in the Top 10 I have no memory of hearing at the time: Andy Gibb's "Desire" (which somehow made it to #4 despite not having a decent hook or a strong vocal) and Kenny Rogers's "Coward of the County" (surprising, given that I heard plenty of other KR around the house; my father in particular loved "Lucille").

And now, Most Unnecessary of Set: Teri DeSario with KC, "Yes, I'm Ready."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 22, 2009, 10:07:47 AM
Did you know that Casey70's is on the new 1550AM, KFRC, SF, Sundays 7-10am?  I just stumbled upon it. 

TANC: I accidentally discovered it this morning too!  I had emailed KFRC weeks ago to ask when/if they were playing it; never got an answer.  I happened to turn them on this morning because their "True Oldies Channel" format is doing a "Rock'n'Roll Remake Weekend", playing the orig and the cover of songs that were hits multiple times. And much to my chagrin, at 7:50 or so I worke up to... Disc-O-Texx from Casey.

Meant to point out last nite that this was the week in '75 that "#9 Dream" was actually #9.

And Gaz I can't believe you've lived 36 years without ever hearing "Coward of the County"!  A huge capturing-the-zeitgeist hit, it was interpreted as being about America and Iran, tho' it was probably written before the hostages were seized.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: urth on February 22, 2009, 11:02:48 AM
Did you know that Casey70's is on the new 1550AM, KFRC, SF, Sundays 7-10am?  I just stumbled upon it.  But depending on when I wake up, I listen either Sat's 7-10AM on www.chicooldies.com or Sundays 8-11AM on www.957KJRfm.com Seattle.

I just discovered yesterday that K-HITS (106.7) in Portland also runs it from 7 to 10 Sunday Mornings. Of course, today I didn't get up until 9:30 so that was a bust. But it's there.
http://khits1067.com/

Apparently Casey is doing well signing up affiliates among the oldies radio community.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on February 22, 2009, 06:12:28 PM
Did you know that Casey70's is on the new 1550AM, KFRC, SF, Sundays 7-10am?  I just stumbled upon it.  But depending on when I wake up, I listen either Sat's 7-10AM on www.chicooldies.com or Sundays 8-11AM on www.957KJRfm.com Seattle.

I thought you folks knew that. I remember reading Ben Fong-Torres' column one Sunday last month and he mentioned that Casey's show on KFRC-AM.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 22, 2009, 07:05:16 PM
Did you know that Casey70's is on the new 1550AM, KFRC, SF, Sundays 7-10am?  I just stumbled upon it.  But depending on when I wake up, I listen either Sat's 7-10AM on www.chicooldies.com or Sundays 8-11AM on www.957KJRfm.com Seattle.

I thought you folks knew that. I remember reading Ben Fong-Torres' column one Sunday last month and he mentioned that Casey's show on KFRC-AM.

Ben didn't say when, however; they had been running it at noon, but when "True Oldies Channel" took over, it was moved, and the KFRC website gave no clue. Glad to have another option in the weekend, in any case.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on February 23, 2009, 01:32:46 AM
This morning I'm listening to Casey's 80s: Feb. 23, 1980.  The sea change is palpable - this set is very white, very adult.  Two songs in the Top 10 I have no memory of hearing at the time: Andy Gibb's "Desire" (which somehow made it to #4 despite not having a decent hook or a strong vocal) and Kenny Rogers's "Coward of the County" (surprising, given that I heard plenty of other KR around the house; my father in particular loved "Lucille").

And now, Most Unnecessary of Set: Teri DeSario with KC, "Yes, I'm Ready."

This is probably due to "Disco hangover". People were tired of the disco era at this point.

The XM version was pretty close to this show. They have Feb 16, 1980.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on February 26, 2009, 06:57:09 PM
This weekend (2/28) Casey70's visits Feb 23, 1974!  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3518024.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3518024.pdf)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on February 26, 2009, 08:51:38 PM
This weekend (2/28) Casey70's visits Feb 23, 1974!  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3518024.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3518024.pdf)

Thanks for always being on top of this, Wayback!

Some fine forgotten goodies here, like Smokey's "Baby Come Close", Natural Four's "Can This Be Real", Lamont Dozier's "Tryin' to Hold On to My Woman", and Mocedades' "Eres Tu".  On the WOS side, there's Wednesday's unnecessary remake of "Last Kiss". And the weird juxtaposition (thanks to the TV-movie Sunshine) of John Denver's "Sunshine on My Shoulders" with (actor and star of that film) Cliff DeYoung covering Denver's "My Sweet Lady". Plus I get another chance to say that Diana's "Last Time I Saw Him" shoulda been done by Helen Reddy.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on February 28, 2009, 07:16:17 AM
Kickin' off this week's replay from 2/23/74, at #40, is the debut of Dickie Goodman's "Energy Crisis '74."  In 2008 his son Jon updated that hit with "Economy Crisis" substituting newer songs.  Hear it at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwEhA4lkTwQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwEhA4lkTwQ).
That's followed by Barry White's "Never Never Gonna Give You Up," about to slide off the chart after 15 weeks.  At #37 is the debut of the Spinners "Mighty Love (Pt. 1)"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on March 01, 2009, 10:31:09 AM
This weekend (2/28) Casey70's visits Feb 23, 1974!  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3518024.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3518024.pdf)

I'll echo Mike and say Thanks to Wayback for posting the AT40 list each week -- I always check it out w anticipation before the weekend arrives. 

btw, there are a lot of online listening options listed here: http://radiotime.com/ListeningOptions.aspx?ProgramId=117092  ...So right now I'm listening to the 105.5 FM kqxx.net, which starts at 10 am Sunday

I used to love Dickie Goodman's "Jaws" when I was a kid --  but his voice is def NOT professional performer quality, which I kinda like.  He doesn't change his modulation that much and he's almost yelling his lines.   ha!  He's got a slight regional accent.  sounds like a regular dude from New Yawk (?).

That BB King tune was kinda weak, I thought.  But here's the Smokey tune.  nice!

then the 1:30 edit version of Stevie Wonder's Living for the City.  pfft.  I guess Casey would never play the loong version with its narrative interlude.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 01, 2009, 10:34:35 AM
Proxy of GazWOS to Tom T Hall's "I Love", tho' I personally think it's rather sweet. Who can argue with little baby ducks?

VHM to ONJ's "Let Me Be There". TANC: an hour later, KFRC played "If You Love Me Let Me Know" -- followed by JS's "Miracles". (They rarely play 2 '70s songs back-to-back.) And BOS Ree-Ree's always fabulous "Until You Come Back to Me".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 01, 2009, 10:37:08 AM
I used to love Dickie Goodman's "Jaws" when I was a kid --  but his voice is def NOT professional performer quality, which I kinda like.  He doesn't change his modulation that much and he's almost yelling his lines.   ha!  He's got a slight regional accent.  Just just a dude from New Yawk (?)


You are correct -- he's from Hewlett (which is on Lawn Guyland).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on March 01, 2009, 11:42:08 AM
i really liked #22 “ERES TU (TOUCH THE WIND)” by Mocedades.  Now that scene in the movie "Tommy Boy" is so much more meaningful.

Never was a fan of Carly Simon and JT doing "Mockingbird," though.  His voice grates in this one.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 01, 2009, 04:47:43 PM
WOS to Cliff DeYoung (my sweet lord, the guy can't sing).  BOS to the NTM Lamont Dozier "Tryin' to Hold On to My Woman."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 01, 2009, 09:19:35 PM
WOS to Cliff DeYoung (my sweet lord, the guy can't sing). 

I won't disagree about his voice, but by way of explanation, he played a songwriter in that film (not a singer), and the songs his character "wrote" were John Denver's. They were trying to milk the soundtrack, I guess, and Denver's "Sunshine" was already charting.

And it was Lamont Dozier's peak year -- "TTHOTMW" would get to #15, and his great political screed "Fish Ain't Bitin' ("Tricky Dick, stop yo' shit!") would hit the Top 40 that summer.

BTW, I guess you made it back to NYC in spite of the snow? The Weather Channel is wall-to-wall "Mega-Storm 2009" coverage.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 01, 2009, 09:38:47 PM
BTW, I guess you made it back to NYC in spite of the snow? The Weather Channel is wall-to-wall "Mega-Storm 2009" coverage.

Yes, I made a point of beating the storm.  Watching it accumulate from my front window now.  Good thing I'm off tomorrow (although I have to go across town for a doctor's appt).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on March 05, 2009, 07:28:00 PM
This weekend (3/7-8) Casey70's goes back to March 6, 1971 !  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3535656.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3535656.pdf)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 05, 2009, 08:30:20 PM
This weekend (3/7-8) Casey70's goes back to March 6, 1971 !  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3535656.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3535656.pdf)

Fab. Yoo. LUSS!  This chart is from right before AT40 got picked up in NYC, so it's one I truly have never heard before. Forgotten 4 Tops, Bloodrock (who?), Bobby Sherman, and Rufus Thomas; Johnny Taylor singing about "Jody" (Gaz take note!); no less than three versions of the Theme from Love Story (!!) and the mighty Mike Curb Congregation, before he became Lt. Gov. of Calif.  Wow.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 05, 2009, 09:51:10 PM
This weekend (3/7-8) Casey70's goes back to March 6, 1971 !  Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3535656.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3535656.pdf)

Fab. Yoo. LUSS!  This chart is from right before AT40 got picked up in NYC, so it's one I truly have never heard before. Forgotten 4 Tops, Bloodrock (who?), Bobby Sherman, and Rufus Thomas; Johnny Taylor singing about "Jody" (Gaz take note!); no less than three versions of the Theme from Love Story (!!) and the mighty Mike Curb Congregation, before he became Lt. Gov. of Calif.  Wow.

Bloodrock was a shitty rock band that did a horrible death song called "D.O.A." about the last painful thoughts during and after a plane crash.

No need for me to take note of the "Jody" thing; that was rejected and I've dropped the topic.

Nothing "mighty" about Mike Curb, though I did get smatterings of applause when I sang "The Candy Man" at a gay karaoke bar in D.C. last weekend.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on March 06, 2009, 12:20:09 AM
Unlike Mike, I hate the early 70s music to a point where if I want to take a nap, I would put on this period's light rock music. However, I would love to hear the very first American Top 40. I hope somebody broadcast the first show during 4th of July weekend.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 06, 2009, 07:13:22 AM
Unlike Mike, I hate the early 70s music to a point where if I want to take a nap, I would put on this period's light rock music. However, I would love to hear the very first American Top 40. I hope somebody broadcast the first show during 4th of July weekend.

It was broadcast last summer, right?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 06, 2009, 07:23:43 AM
Bloodrock was a shitty rock band that did a horrible death song called "D.O.A." about the last painful thoughts during and after a plane crash.

No need for me to take note of the "Jody" thing; that was rejected and I've dropped the topic.

Nothing "mighty" about Mike Curb, though I did get smatterings of applause when I sang "The Candy Man" at a gay karaoke bar in D.C. last weekend.

Wow, somebody's wearing the crankypants!

Obviously, my "mighty" Mike Curb comment was ironic -- he was a classic hypocritical Repug.

We got a July 1970 show last year, but not the very first one.

ETA: TANC, I just started listening to one of those "Marshmallow Dimension" podcasts at WNYU.org, and one of the songs on this show (from 2/23/09) is ...  Bloodrock, "I'm a Dier Not A Lover" (!)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 06, 2009, 10:49:35 AM
This WNYU "marshmallow" thing is great, music-wise (lots of obscurities, plus new psych/garage type stuff (just like Little Steven's show). But the heavy echo-effect thing the jock ("Baron Saturday") is using for his backannounce segments is way cheezy.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 06, 2009, 11:57:15 AM
This WNYU "marshmallow" thing is great, music-wise (lots of obscurities, plus new psych/garage type stuff (just like Little Steven's show). But the heavy echo-effect thing the jock ("Baron Saturday") is using for his backannounce segments is way cheezy.

Well, I loved this show, musically -- but there's not much in the way of context from the host (compared to, say Little Steven, who contexualizes constantly). Which is no small thing, considering how obscure most of the music is. And as i said, the echo-chamber delivery is annoyingly hokey. Kudos on playing Diamanda Galas with John Paul Jones (!)

But Gaz will be pleased to hear that they played Free Design's "A Leaf Has Veins", from the Kites Are Fun LP.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on March 06, 2009, 12:48:40 PM
This WNYU "marshmallow" thing is great, music-wise (lots of obscurities, plus new psych/garage type stuff (just like Little Steven's show). But the heavy echo-effect thing the jock ("Baron Saturday") is using for his backannounce segments is way cheezy.

Well, I loved this show, musically -- but there's not much in the way of context from the host (compared to, say Little Steven, who contexualizes constantly). Which is no small thing, considering how obscure most of the music is. And as i said, the echo-chamber delivery is annoyingly hokey. Kudos on playing Diamanda Galas with John Paul Jones (!)

But Gaz will be pleased to hear that they played Free Design's "A Leaf Has Veins", from the Kites Are Fun LP.

yesh, not much musical edu-ma-catin' going on here.  I noticed a couple warpy sounds coming from the podcast (I listened to the same one you did, with Free Design and Diamanda),   I'm hoping they're actually vinyl-induced.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 07, 2009, 07:00:46 AM
Shucks: just missed a chance to hear "Remember Me" again; it and 6 other songs drop out this week.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 07, 2009, 07:01:49 AM
OTOH, this was one of only two weeks in the Top 40 for the Four Tops' "Just Seven Numbers (Can Straighten Out My Life)."  It's no Rooms of Gloom, but it'll do.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 07, 2009, 07:27:23 AM
Obviously, my "mighty" Mike Curb comment was ironic -- he was a classic hypocritical Repug.

Wow.  "Burning Bridges" is undoubtedly the OMGWTFLOL of the week.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 07, 2009, 07:29:45 AM
Gladys crushes me when she sings "Still, you beg her to love you," with that aching husk of hers.  BOS.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 07, 2009, 08:09:56 AM
Holy shit!  I don't think I'd ever heard Andy Williams' vocal take on Love Story, "Where Do I Begin": I had no idea he was capable of singing with this much feeling.  Clearly he was paying attention to what Elvis was doing with ballads at this point?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 07, 2009, 08:20:13 AM
BOS2 to the Grass Roots' "Temptation Eyes," validating Grace Slick's assertion that the piano is a percussion instrument.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 07, 2009, 09:24:03 AM
Proxy of the Princess for Jerry Reed in the Top 10 with "Amos Moses."  Love that laugh of his.

(http://foxiedoll.com/4612a750.jpg)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on March 07, 2009, 09:53:07 AM
got here late, and listening to a canadian stream: http://radiotime.com/station/s_31245/The_HAWK_1039.aspx

came in right before one of the schmaltziest songs in the chart this week,  the orchestrated version of Francis Lai's Theme from Love Story, but that is rinsed out with a triple soul shot of Rufus Thomas, Marvin Gaye and Johnny Taylor.  phew!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 07, 2009, 10:42:07 AM
Obviously, my "mighty" Mike Curb comment was ironic -- he was a classic hypocritical Repug.

Wow.  "Burning Bridges" is undoubtedly the OMGWTFLOL of the week.

It was (in case Casey didn't mention) the theme song from the move Kelly's Heroes with Clint Eastwood, a sort of poor man's Dirty Dozen. Curb later became Lt Gov of Calif, running as a Reaganesque Repug, talkin' 'bout how the music business needed cleaning up to rid it of all those sex and drugs lyrics.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 07, 2009, 12:50:57 PM
Holy shit!  I don't think I'd ever heard Andy Williams' vocal take on Love Story, "Where Do I Begin": I had no idea he was capable of singing with this much feeling.  Clearly he was paying attention to what Elvis was doing with ballads at this point?

Williams is underrated IMHO; he gets lumped in with the middle-of-the-road acts who were identifed with TV shows your grandparents might watch.  (Not to mention he discovered the Osmonds.) He had the hit version of the Godfather theme too, the following year. But he made a lot of good "easy-listening" records in the '60s -- his "Can't Get Used to Losing You" (a #2 pop hit later given the ska treatment by the English Beat) was my favorite song when I was 7; one of the the first songs that made me aware of verse structure and the art of moving a narrative forward within a 3-minute song. (Yes, I was a precocious child.) 

'71 was a good year for MOR singers having their biggest hits in years; we just missed Perry Como's top-10 "It's Impossible", which fell out of the 40 this week. Williams' "Love Story" would be the biggest of the 3 versions, peaking at #9.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 07, 2009, 01:12:09 PM
Shucks: just missed a chance to hear "Remember Me" again; it and 6 other songs drop out this week.

I find this an interesting bit of chart trivia: of the 7 songs that fell out of the 40 that week, only 2 remained on the Hot 100 -- the BeeGees' "Lonely Days" and Como's "It's Impossible". The other 5 (including Diana, the 5-D's "One Less Bell...", "Stoney End", "My Sweet Lord", and  EJ's "Your Song") dropped off completely!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 07, 2009, 07:22:23 PM
Covering Marvin & Tammi is a dicey proposition; Ree-Ree sorta pulls it off but this is one of her lesser moments, IMHO.

However, Jackie Moore's "Precious Precious" is a lost gem; I'd never heard it until I moved to SF -- it was a favorite at the late lamented KDIA. Ms Moore's only Top 40 single; she'd make a semi-comeback at the end of the decade with the dance club fave "This Time Baby" in '79.

Oh lord here's that "DOA" thing by Bloodrock. This single is an edit of a much longer LP cut, BTW. And even this version seems endless. What Top 40 station in '71 would've played this? Yikes.

Amusing to hear Casey pondering the new-to-Americans-yet-a-UK-chart-veteran, Cat Stevens.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 07, 2009, 08:50:13 PM
Anyone else notice Casey promo the track "from the #1 LP of the Week, the most unconventional prayer I've ever heard" ... it was Janis doing "Mercedes Benz". A cut from the #1 LP was a weekly feature in the early days of the show; it disappeared by the end of '71 iirc, and this is the first time I've heard it pop up on one of these remastered shows.

Speaking of "unconventional prayers", Judy Collins' "Amazing Grace" always sounded strange on Top 40 radio.

Holy crap! this commercial for "Paul Frees and the Poster People" is NTM. Frees was a famous cartoon voice guy (Boris Badenov and many others) and he apparently did an LP of then-current songs using various celebrity voices. Weird stuff.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on March 08, 2009, 12:11:53 AM
The thing I like about any of these shows is when Casey gives answers people's questions like the most #1 by a female or the highest debut for a song. Then go forward after that show and figure out when (if, sometimes it doesn't change) an artist does those things.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 08, 2009, 06:07:19 AM
Casey's '80s is March 3, 1984.  After Culture Club debut on the Hot 100 at #40 with the infectious "Miss Me Blind," we have an I Didn't Know That! moment at #39: that's Tom Petty singing with Dwight Twilley on "Girls."  Now that Casey says it, I can totally hear it.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 08, 2009, 11:52:17 AM
Less than an hour after Casey played "Sweet Mary" by Wadsworth Mansion this morning, True Oldies Channel (which is doing songs with girl's names all weekend) played it again. So you could say I got my, uh, wad's worth.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 08, 2009, 08:36:34 PM
Less than an hour after Casey played "Sweet Mary" by Wadsworth Mansion this morning, True Oldies Channel (which is doing songs with girl's names all weekend) played it again. So you could say I got my, uh, wad's worth.

Well played.  As for Sweet Mary Cheney: Man? Shun!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on March 12, 2009, 08:41:09 PM
This weekend (3/14-15) Casey70's does March 18, 1972.  The Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3548497.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3548497.pdf)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 13, 2009, 07:51:25 AM
This weekend (3/14-15) Casey70's does March 18, 1972.  The Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3548497.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3548497.pdf)

Wow wow wow. Fab forgotten stuff. These early-'70s charts really are the best. The English Congregation RULES!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 14, 2009, 07:21:59 AM
The Temptations and Dennis Coffey tracks were new to me.  Don't think I'll seek either out again anytime soon.

But big ol' BOS to the aforementioned English Congregation, how I adore the declamatory "Softly Whispering I Love You."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on March 14, 2009, 08:34:00 AM
Don MacLean's American Pie (8:33) broke a three year old record for the longest running time for a number one song, beating Hey Jude (7:05) which hit #1 in 1968. This is probably the last week Amer Pie will be in the AT40, so Casey plays the loooong version, acknowledging that they usually just play the commercial radio edit because "well, we just wouldn't have time" time to cover the entire Top 40 if they played the real versions. 

yay!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 14, 2009, 09:00:00 AM
I suppose Beverly Bremers is one of the reasons Mike's looking forward to this one.  But me, I gotta give a BOS vote to the Dramatics' "In the Rain."  Love the production touches.

And a VHM to Joe Tex's "I Gotcha," later covered by Sophie B. Hawkins.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 14, 2009, 09:07:08 AM
Carpenters' "Hurting Each Other" is going nicely with my recent Saturday a.m. ritual: a bowl hit, followed by a few big gulps of Monster Mean Bean coffee, then a bowl of strawberries and bananas.  I love Saturdays.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 14, 2009, 09:13:21 AM
Ay, que fievre!

But it's pronounced CHA-ka-CHAS?  I'd always thought it was pronounced cha-KA-chas.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 14, 2009, 09:18:40 AM
WOS to Donny Osmond, on top of his brothers with "Puppy Love." His karaoke career bores me for the most part.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on March 14, 2009, 09:27:46 AM
But big ol' BOS to the aforementioned English Congregation, how I adore the declamatory "Softly Whispering I Love You."

wow, I just hear this one (on a Canadian stream that started at 9 AM locally) --  very nice!  The guy has got a great voice.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on March 14, 2009, 09:29:10 AM
Ay, que fievre!

But it's pronounced CHA-ka-CHAS?  I'd always thought it was pronounced cha-KA-chas.

Casey was just guessing on the pronunciation, and he got it wrong.  I'm going with Dave Morey's pronunciation.

ponderous, man.. ponderous.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 14, 2009, 09:30:29 AM
Man, Sonny Geraci is hanging on for dear life to some of those "Precious and Few" payoff notes.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 14, 2009, 09:36:35 AM
"Everything I Own," here at #5, appears on this actual week's Adult Contemporary tally in a new version by Reno lounger Greg London.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on March 14, 2009, 10:45:29 AM
I suppose Beverly Bremers is one of the reasons Mike's looking forward to this one.

I just heard this one, and I swear to god I thought it was Donny Osmond.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 14, 2009, 10:53:31 AM
I suppose Beverly Bremers is one of the reasons Mike's looking forward to this one.

I just heard this one, and I swear to god I thought it was Donny Osmond.

Bwhahaha! that never occurred to me, but I can totally understand you thinking that.  1972 was a bit too soon for a Lesley Gore hommage to be fully appreciated, but it was the best LG imitation since Patty Duke's "Don't Just Stand There" and would stand until Tracey Ullman's "They Don't Know" came along in '84.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 14, 2009, 11:34:50 AM
And a VHM to Joe Tex's "I Gotcha," later covered by Sophie B. Hawkins.

We covered that covering last week when Dave played the Tex version and I pointed out that Sophie B. did it without adjusting the gender references ("the day you quit your boyfriend" -- is she singing to a bisexual woman? or a bisexual man?)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on March 15, 2009, 08:14:41 AM
Crazy KFRC 1550AM has shifted its start of AT40 from 7AM to 8AM Sunday morning.  I wish AT40 would air on FM in Bay Area for better signal quality, as I like to tape the show.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 15, 2009, 09:53:20 AM
Crazy KFRC 1550AM has shifted its start of AT40 from 7AM to 8AM Sunday morning.  I wish AT40 would air on FM in Bay Area for better signal quality, as I like to tape the show.

indeed, if I'd known i wouldn't've set my alarm for 7. Hard to tell if this is a permanent switch or a techie error.

But what a treasure-trove this chart is. Highlights for me not previously mentioned:

The BeeGees' melodically lovely (if lyrically inconsequential) "My World"
Melanie's forgotten "Ring the Living Bell"
The Addrissi's "Got To Get it on Again"
JB, "Talkin' Loud"
Supes "Floy Joy"
BJ Thomas' gorgeous "R'n'R Lullabye"
Ms. King's "Sweet Seasons"

I am totally transported to a Sunday morning in '72 -- I actually remembered that Bobby Vinton anecdote; too bad the song is completely forgettable.WOS.

But Super Duper BOS to Cher's exquisite "The Way of Love"

Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 15, 2009, 10:16:00 AM
Segue of the Week: from the wanton lust of "Jungle Fever" to an Osmonds twin-spin. "Come as you please" indeed!

Wacky Chart stat of the Week: EJ's "Tiny Dancer" is one of those luckless singles that peaked at #41!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 15, 2009, 10:43:36 AM
"Everything I Own," here at #5, appears on this actual week's Adult Contemporary tally in a new version by Reno lounger Greg London.

I still love the Boy George version. Arguably David Gates' most heartfelt lyric, since it's about his late dad.

But Gawd! Robert John's "Lion Sleeps Tonite" is easily near the top of my list of most worthless covers evah.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 15, 2009, 06:06:40 PM
Segue of the Week: from the wanton lust of "Jungle Fever" to an Osmonds twin-spin. "Come as you please" indeed!

Wacky Chart stat of the Week: EJ's "Tiny Dancer" is one of those luckless singles that peaked at #41!

TANC: Tonight at 11pm ET, Barry Scott's doing an hour of songs that peaked at #41!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on March 20, 2009, 03:02:53 AM
Segue of the Week: from the wanton lust of "Jungle Fever" to an Osmonds twin-spin. "Come as you please" indeed!

Wacky Chart stat of the Week: EJ's "Tiny Dancer" is one of those luckless singles that peaked at #41!

TANC: Tonight at 11pm ET, Barry Scott's doing an hour of songs that peaked at #41!

I think this would make a good 10@10 set. Ten songs that peaked at #41.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on March 20, 2009, 05:46:22 AM
This weekend (3/21-22) Casey70's visits March 19, 1977. The Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3560765.pdf
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 20, 2009, 01:47:40 PM
This weekend (3/21-22) Casey70's visits March 19, 1977. The Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3560765.pdf

A chart, ageless and evergreen...

2nd one in a month to have Babs at #1, but with lots of gems (Barry M in New England, Glenn C in the South) and more than a few WTF? moments ("Disco Lucy", anyone?).  And it all begins with Rose Royce's great "I wanna Get Next To You", which i always assumed Whitfield had sitting in a drawer since '71 or so -- it's got follow-up-to-"Just My Imagination" written all over it.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 21, 2009, 07:30:38 AM
got here late, and listening to a canadian stream: http://radiotime.com/station/s_31245/The_HAWK_1039.aspx

Chico stream is crapping out this morning, so I guess I'll be listening to this stream today.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on March 21, 2009, 09:57:19 AM
amusing anecdote about Jeff Lynne despising working w union string players.  They were only concerned about the hourly wage, not the music.  I bet many of them thought Lynne's music was crap, too. (I spent years at conservatory to play for this hairy hippie?)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 21, 2009, 10:40:44 AM
I had forgotten that the Eagles hit #1 with "New Kid in Town."  Not exactly one of the band's best-remembered songs.  I read somewhere that they wrote it in a bitter fit about Bruce Springsteen.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 21, 2009, 10:50:55 AM
I had forgotten that the Eagles hit #1 with "New Kid in Town."  Not exactly one of the band's best-remembered songs.  I read somewhere that they wrote it in a bitter fit about Bruce Springsteen.

"Another commentary on the music business disguised as a love song", as Glenn Frey famously said.  We've discussed that here before... dunno if I'd call it a "bitter fit" but they were annoyed that they'd had a couple of #1 singles and a #1 LP by late summer '75, and yet there was Broooooce (who'd had neither) on the covers of Time and Newsweek. 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on March 21, 2009, 10:54:17 AM
another Eagles anecdote Casey relays is how the band liked to wander among the crowd before shows to establish a connection with their fans that is normally lacking in large venues.  I think what they really wanted to establish were connections to hot and willing groupies.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 21, 2009, 11:36:56 AM
I can't get over the brazenness of Mary McGregor's cuckoldry anthem, "Torn Between Two Lovers": she dismisses her husband's manhood, acknowledges the affair - and wants it to be an ongoing thing with his consent.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 21, 2009, 11:38:25 AM
TBTL was bracketed by "Don't Give Up on Us" and "I Like Dweamin'."  Yikes.  Lot of unsteady vocals in this set.  (cf Travolta earlier in set with "All Strung Out")
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 21, 2009, 11:49:25 AM
I can't get over the brazenness of Mary McGregor's cuckoldry anthem, "Torn Between Two Lovers": she dismisses her husband's manhood, acknowledges the affair - and wants it to be an ongoing thing with his consent.

LOL! Especially since, vocally speaking, she sounds like such a little wimpette. Imagine a cover by Candi Staton or Martha Wash!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on March 21, 2009, 02:00:05 PM
I can't get over the brazenness of Mary McGregor's cuckoldry anthem, "Torn Between Two Lovers": she dismisses her husband's manhood, acknowledges the affair - and wants it to be an ongoing thing with his consent.
LOL! Especially since, vocally speaking, she sounds like such a little wimpette. Imagine a cover by Candi Staton or Martha Wash!

Let's give equal time to another two-timing sleazebag in this week's AT40, William Bell, who is “TRYING TO LOVE TWO” in the #33 slot.  I suppose he's more of a sleaze, b/c he's trying to keep it hidden, whereas wimpy Mary wants to be openly polygamous.   :-*
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 21, 2009, 07:13:10 PM
I can't get over the brazenness of Mary McGregor's cuckoldry anthem, "Torn Between Two Lovers": she dismisses her husband's manhood, acknowledges the affair - and wants it to be an ongoing thing with his consent.
LOL! Especially since, vocally speaking, she sounds like such a little wimpette. Imagine a cover by Candi Staton or Martha Wash!

Let's give equal time to another two-timing sleazebag in this week's AT40, William Bell, who is “TRYING TO LOVE TWO” in the #33 slot.  I suppose he's more of a sleaze, b/c he's trying to keep it hidden, whereas wimpy Mary wants to be openly polygamous.   :-*

a 2-timer in more ways than one, as the song's melody is a ripoff of David Ruffin's "Walk Away from Love" from the year before.

Sylvetti's "Spring Rain" was a flashback for me, as there was a Top 40 station in NY (WPIX-FM) that would play nonstop disco every night from 10p-2a, and I heard it many times in that venue. But boy is it a forgettable instrumental.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 21, 2009, 07:31:57 PM
Casey sez "Disco Lucy" is "one of 6 disco records" in the 40, but I only see 4: this, "Spring Rain", "Boogie Child" and "Don't Leave Me This Way".  Is he actually counting ABBA's "Dancing Queen"? and... what else?

Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 21, 2009, 07:52:09 PM
Casey sez "Disco Lucy" is "one of 6 disco records" in the 40, but I only see 4: this, "Spring Rain", "Boogie Child" and "Don't Leave Me This Way".  Is he actually counting ABBA's "Dancing Queen"? and... what else?


And now Casey sez "First Cut..." is Rod the Mod's 4th Top 40 hit; guess those Faces hits don't count.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on March 22, 2009, 09:14:30 AM
Casey sez "Disco Lucy" is "one of 6 disco records" in the 40, but I only see 4: this, "Spring Rain", "Boogie Child" and "Don't Leave Me This Way".  Is he actually counting ABBA's "Dancing Queen"? and... what else?
The five you mentioned, plus (by process of elimination) #35, "At Midnight" by Rufus (?)

I'm listening right now on KFRC 1550AM (8-11AM Sundays).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 22, 2009, 10:03:42 AM
Casey's '80s were this week in 1988, with Rickroll at #1.  The annoying aspect to this period in chart history was how almost every song in the Top 10 was from a blockbuster album that yielded 4+ hits: Debbie Gibson, George Michael, Michael Jackson, Richard Marx, etc.  Tells me a lot about the adventurousness of programming at the time.  (Not that those weren't fine singles in many cases.)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 22, 2009, 10:50:41 AM
Casey sez "Disco Lucy" is "one of 6 disco records" in the 40, but I only see 4: this, "Spring Rain", "Boogie Child" and "Don't Leave Me This Way".  Is he actually counting ABBA's "Dancing Queen"? and... what else?


And now Casey sez "First Cut..." is Rod the Mod's 4th Top 40 hit; guess those Faces hits don't count.

And another error: Casey answers a letter about Dutch acts hitting the Top 40, and he says there were 4 -- Shocking Blue, Golden Earring, Mouth & MacNeil and George Baker Selection -- but fails to mention the Tee Set!  Casey's producer was really asleep at the switch that week.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on March 26, 2009, 08:14:16 PM
This weekend (3/28-29) Casey70's does March 17, 1973!  The Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3574719.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3574719.pdf)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 26, 2009, 08:42:25 PM
This weekend (3/28-29) Casey70's does March 17, 1973!  The Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3574719.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3574719.pdf)

Woo Hoo! A memorably sledgehammery period of my life produces some lost delights including Judy Collins' lovely "Cook With Honey", Ms. Reddy's "Peaceful" (seek out the British version by Georgie Fame of all people!), Jim Croce's "One Less Set of Footsteps", Bill Withers' "Kissing My Love" and Barbara Mason's written-and-produced-by-Curtis Mayfield "Give Me Your Love". And the Top 40 debuts of "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" and "Night The Lights Went Out in GA" to boot! 
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on March 26, 2009, 11:10:53 PM
I've never heard of the Mason track, nor of Joe Stampley's "Soul Song" at #38.  And I realized I forgot to include this week's #2 in my Hits from Hell blog posts!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 28, 2009, 07:37:48 PM
I've never heard of the Mason track, nor of Joe Stampley's "Soul Song" at #38. 

Quelle irony! "Soul Song" turns out to have been a #1 Country song. I'd completely forgotten this one. Ree-Ree's "Master of Eyes" is another of her minor ones, IMHO. And while Diana Ross is no Billie Holliday (even tho' Motown spent millions to get her that Oscar nom), her version of "Good Morning Heartache" is quite lovely on its own terms.

But all hail 2 great lost soul singles back-to-back: Mr Withers' "When I'm Kissin' My Love" -- put ya foot on the rock! -- and Barbara Mason's cover of "Give Me Your Love", one of the great forgotten songs from Superfly.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 28, 2009, 08:01:41 PM
Johnny Nash lights a fire by, er, pushing his wood.  Nice euphemism, bub.

Earlier, Casey played Alice Cooper and called him "one of the 2 strangest acts in music -- and they're both in the countdown this week!" So... who's the other one? Bowie? Elton? Dr Hook?

Yeah, Bowie, I guess.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 28, 2009, 09:00:18 PM
Cute, Casey, cute: He intros "Ain't No Woman Like the One-Eyed Gott" as being by... The Four Dreidels. Which reminds that we just missed hearing Don McLean's "Dreidel" as it fell out of the 40 this week -- indeed it fell completely off the Hot 100 from #29.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on March 29, 2009, 10:59:07 AM
I realized I forgot to include this week's #2 in my Hits from Hell blog posts!

What's not to like about banjos??  ::)  Have you ever heard the Martin Mull parody, "Dueling Tubas"? Hilarious.

Meant to mention last nite that (back-to-back at #s 1 & 2) Casey played the looooong versions of both "Dueling Banjos" and Ms Flack's ode to Don McLean.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on April 01, 2009, 08:22:15 PM
This weekend (4/4-5) on Casey70's its April 8, 1978; includes some dearly departed such as England Dan, two from Chuck Mangione's band (recent Buffalo NY jet crash), the bassist for ELO, plus Paul Davis, Lou Rawls, Donnie Hathaway, Andy Gibb.  The Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 02, 2009, 08:42:59 AM
some dearly departed such as ... two from Chuck Mangione's band (recent Buffalo NY jet crash)

Yikes - I hadn't heard about this!  But indeed:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29183838/
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 02, 2009, 09:10:36 PM
This weekend (4/4-5) on Casey70's its April 8, 1978

Some forgotten gems like Player's lost follow-up, "This Time I'm In It For Love", Dolly's "2 Doors Down", Lou Rawls' shoulda-been-a-Spinners-record, "Lady Love", KC's "Boogie Shoes" (later revived in Boogie Nights) and the aforementioned Dan Seals with JFC on "We'll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again". Can't wait!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on April 04, 2009, 09:53:56 AM
I tuned into a Canadian stream at 9 AM to listen, but I didn't hear the first four tunes:

#40 “BABY HOLD ON” – Eddie Money
#39 “JUST THE WAY YOU ARE” – Billy Joel
#38 “FANTASY” – Earth, Wind & Fire
#37 “THIS TIME I’M IN IT FOR LOVE” – Player

Maybe the metric conversion reduces the AT40 to the AT36?

-Styx's Fooling Yourself was about 90 seconds long.  No one is fooling anyone w that edit. The Trammps' Disco Inferno was about 2:30. Not even enough time to get my leisure suit even slightly sweaty from dancing.
-The Rubicon tune vocalist sounds a lot like the Doobies' Tom Johnston.  nice OHW
-Casey says Paul Davis' I Go Crazy is the slowest upward moving hit in AT40 history, "literally inching its way up the charts." ugh

 
Lots to enjoy here: Sat Night Fever tunes, Andrew "AM" Gold, Chuck Mangione  as was mentioned earlier (a Rochester NY native!).  oh yeah..!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 04, 2009, 10:29:32 AM

-Casey says Paul Davis' I Go Crazy is the slowest upward moving hit in AT40 history, "literally inching its way up the charts." ugh


For a number of years it was one of (if not *the*) single with the most weeks on the Hot 100. I think "Tainted Love" may have beaten it later on (and then someone else even later) -- Gaz knows the deets on this one.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 04, 2009, 12:40:30 PM

-Casey says Paul Davis' I Go Crazy is the slowest upward moving hit in AT40 history, "literally inching its way up the charts." ugh


For a number of years it was one of (if not *the*) single with the most weeks on the Hot 100. I think "Tainted Love" may have beaten it later on (and then someone else even later) -- Gaz knows the deets on this one.

Mike is correct: "Tainted Love" beat "I Go Crazy"'s weeks streak.  They were overtaken, I think, by Synch's "Where Are You Now" if you count its two separate chart runs together; either way, the mark was later topped by, IIRC, Sophie B. Hawkins' "As I Lay Me Down," Savage Garden's "Truly Madly Deeply," and maybe "Macarena."  The record is now held by either LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" or Jewel's double-sided hit "You Were Meant for Me"/"These Foolish Games."  I think LeAnn has the lead - something like 71 weeks.

And I'm willing to give Casey a pass on "literally" IF the physical Billboard chart at the time spaced its entries an inch apart.  :)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 04, 2009, 07:52:35 PM
I'd forgotten what a nice lyric that Gordon Lightfoot "Circle is Small" tune had. Glad we got to hear it during its brief stay in the Top 40.

And now Olivia N-J says she needs a man. Sorry, Livvy -- that's not what *I've* heard.  In any case Travolta's not the best choice (unless your Thetan levels are thru the roof).  A fab first hour!

But how sad is it that "the highest-debuting record in the history of AT40" is Wings' "With a Little Luck"?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 05, 2009, 10:27:34 AM
-Styx's Fooling Yourself was about 90 seconds long.  No one is fooling anyone w that edit. The Trammps' Disco Inferno was about 2:30. Not even enough time to get my leisure suit even slight sweaty from dancing.


By 1978 there were a LOT more edits than in, say, 1972. And *bad* edits at that. Which is why the show went to 4 hours later in the year. I lost count of how many there were today; they really butchered "Always & Forever".

The closer Roberta gets to Donny
The more he wants to jump...


BDPOW (Best dead person of week): Dan Seals.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 05, 2009, 10:37:43 AM
Samantha Sang... and the world listened! (sorry, I can never resist that one)

Overall BOS: Whinyface Elliman and the Magician's Assistant's Theme: "If I Can't Halve You"

(http://www.cartoonstock.com/lowres/epa1150l.jpg)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 05, 2009, 02:29:26 PM
-Styx's Fooling Yourself was about 90 seconds long.  No one is fooling anyone w that edit. The Trammps' Disco Inferno was about 2:30. Not even enough time to get my leisure suit even slight sweaty from dancing.


By 1978 there were a LOT more edits than in, say, 1972. And *bad* edits at that. Which is why the show went to 4 hours later in the year.

And which is why 1979 is the great ignored year in these rebroadcasts.

BTW, Casey's '80s this week goes to 1983.  A lot of what we would call Katrinas from Dave, no real OMG moments.  Good story about Rodney Crowell having written Seger's hit "Shame on the Moon" and other people's hits but as yet unable to chart on his own.  Little did they know he'd score 5 C/W #1s off his next solo album.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on April 05, 2009, 10:49:26 PM
The XM version had April 2, 1983 where Casey discussed what "may or may not be the wave of the future": the laser read compact digital audio disc. Then cost $1000 with the disc costing $17.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on April 05, 2009, 10:58:11 PM
-Styx's Fooling Yourself was about 90 seconds long.  No one is fooling anyone w that edit. The Trammps' Disco Inferno was about 2:30. Not even enough time to get my leisure suit even slight sweaty from dancing.


By 1978 there were a LOT more edits than in, say, 1972. And *bad* edits at that. Which is why the show went to 4 hours later in the year.

And which is why 1979 is the great ignored year in these rebroadcasts.

BTW, Casey's '80s this week goes to 1983.  A lot of what we would call Katrinas from Dave, no real OMG moments.  Good story about Rodney Crowell having written Seger's hit "Shame on the Moon" and other people's hits but as yet unable to chart on his own.  Little did they know he'd score 5 C/W #1s off his next solo album.

This might be the same show I heard on XM. Unlike just about all of you, the 1982-1983 is my favorite era in Casey's countdown. These are to me like 1974 is to Mike.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on April 09, 2009, 07:33:49 PM
This weekend (4/11-12) Casey70's does April 17, 1976 !  The Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995 (http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995) or at
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3600766.pdf (http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3600766.pdf)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 09, 2009, 08:38:52 PM
This weekend (4/11-12) Casey70's does April 17, 1976

Dead Dogs! Dead Carpenters! Dead Disco Singers! All this plus Strange Madge (ick!) and ABBA with the Best Connie Francis Record EVAH!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 12, 2009, 09:18:41 AM
I enjoyed the forgotten disco-R&B of that '76 set: Blackbyrds, Cate Bros., O'Jays.

Casey's '80s hit April 19, 1986, where BOS goes to Sade, debuting at 37 with "Never as Good as the First Time."  Before that was a New Edition minor charter I'd totally forgotten, "A Little Bit of Love (Is All It Takes)."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 12, 2009, 10:06:09 AM
I enjoyed the forgotten disco-R&B of that '76 set: Blackbyrds, Cate Bros., O'Jays.


Sadly, KFRC moved the show (again) and started it at 7am so I missed the first hour.

But VHMs to Barry M, tryin' to get the feelin' again (several decades before Viagra); Sweet at their Queen-iest with "Action", and John Sebastian's very "Welcome" comeback hit.

And in the Top 10: She was "Only Sixteen" but Ray Sawyer was too stoned to know. And I wonder how Daryl Dragon felt about being called "little man" in front of the whole world. Another VHM the Bellamy Bros, taking a rather Christmassy lyric to the top in April. (It had never really occurred to me until Safeway used it in their Xmas commercials last year -- "it's the season!")
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on April 12, 2009, 10:33:04 AM
I enjoyed the forgotten disco-R&B of that '76 set: Blackbyrds, Cate Bros., O'Jays.
Sadly, KFRC moved the show (again) and started it at 7am so I missed the first hour.

But VHMs to Barry M, tryin' to get the feelin' again (several decades before Viagra); Sweet at their Queen-iest with "Action", and John Sebastian's very "Welcome" comeback hit.

And in the Top 10: She was "Only Sixteen" but Ray Sawyer was too stoned to know. And I wonder how Daryl Dragon felt about being called "little man" in front of the whole world. Another VHM the Bellamy Bros, taking a rather Christmassy lyric to the top in April. (It had never really occurred to me until Safeway used it in their Xmas commercials last year -- "it's the season!")
Yes, KFRC keeps screwing with the schedule. Guess for future, we should just plan on 7am, just in case.  The Bellamy Bros was definitely a springtime hit, "it's the season to let your love flow"... everyone make like the birds and the bees!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on April 16, 2009, 07:39:42 PM
This weekend on Casey70's its April 19, 1975 !  The Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3613300.pdf
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 18, 2009, 07:53:10 PM
This weekend on Casey70's its April 19, 1975

Quite a first hour, including 2 of the biggest "WTF?" hits of the '70s (which is saying something). First, Benny Bell at #37 with the grandpappy of all novelty records, "Shaving Cream" -- a 1946 song that owed its revival to WNBC radio in NY, which started playing it as a kind of joke, and quickly saw it become their most-requested tune. (And they weren't even a traditional Top 40 station; they were what was known back then as "chicken rock", Top 40 without loud rock songs.)

And then there's Bobby Vinton's cover of the even-older "Beer Barrel Polka" -- the highest-debuting song that week (!) at #33, tho' it would never get higher than that. Zing! Boom! Tah-rarrel! ("tah-rarrel"?)

All this plus debuts by "Bad Time" and "Young Americans"; The Tempts underrated "Shaky Ground", later covered by Phoebe Snow (who's here with "Poetry Man"); Major Harris' ode to premature ejaculation, "Love Won't Let Me Wait"; and -- as if Mr Vinton's Polishness wasn't enuf -- real Germans: Kraftwerk fahr'n' fahr'n' fahr'n' auf der "Autobahn". I was taking German in college at the time, but the song was no help.

And best castanets of the week: The Carpenters' "Only Yesterday".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 18, 2009, 08:40:24 PM
WOS: "Bertha Butt Boogie (Pt. 1)" -- I'd forgotten how dreadful that record is.

But BOS Barry Manilow's "It's A Miracle", one of his rare upbeat outings. Meanwhile, Paul Anka sez "I Don't Like to Sleep Alone". Er... well, Mr A., maybe if you weren't such a Male Chauvinist Pig...

And kudos on the looooong version of Rufus' "Once You Get Started" -- the edit usually omits the verse sung by the male vocalist.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 18, 2009, 09:29:08 PM
WOS2: Hot Chocolate's atrocious "Emma" -- admittedly, death songs are for me what loss-of-virginity songs are for Gaz, but this one is quite badly written, and the vocal histrionics at the end are laughable. A rare miss for a band I normally love.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 19, 2009, 10:45:33 AM
And at #1: The whipporwill of freedom zaps EJ right between the eyes. That's gotta hurt.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on April 23, 2009, 08:44:35 PM
This weekend Casey70's does April 20, 1974.  The Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3626154.pdf
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 24, 2009, 08:18:11 AM
This weekend Casey70's does April 20, 1974.  The Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3626154.pdf

a fine way to celebrate Casey's Birthday -- he'll be 77 (!) on Monday.

a much younger Casey:

(http://www.mediasharx.com/Portals/4/episodes/tbr69_thumb.jpg)
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 24, 2009, 09:24:18 AM
Some fine stuff in this week's chart, good forgotten soul from Billy Paul, Bloodstone, JB and The Staples, country crossover from Charlie Rich and Sammy Jo, 3DN giving Leo Sayer his first chart credit, the Helen Reddy version of "Keep on Singin", and my beloved Marvin/Diana duet, "mah mah mahma-stake"!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 25, 2009, 07:30:39 AM
This weekend on Casey70's its April 19, 1975 !  The Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3613300.pdf

This is the one Chico Oldies is playing *this* morning.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on April 25, 2009, 08:21:10 AM
This weekend on Casey70's its April 19, 1975 !  The Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3613300.pdf

This is the one Chico Oldies is playing *this* morning.

I get file not found. Interns everywhere either must be on strike or drugs.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 25, 2009, 08:37:43 AM
Odia Coates, soothes, relieves Paul Anka from having to sleep alone.

John, what time does that Canadian station start its countdown?
http://radiotime.com/station/s_31245/The_HAWK_1039.aspx
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 25, 2009, 09:08:33 AM
Odia Coates, soothes, relieves Paul Anka from having to sleep alone.

John, what time does that Canadian station start its countdown?
http://radiotime.com/station/s_31245/The_HAWK_1039.aspx

It started noon my time.  So now I've got both Hot Chocolate's "Emma" playing in the '75 set in Chicao and Billy Paul's underrated "Thanks for Saving My Life" on the '74 in Canada.  Great songs (yeah Mike), not so great as a mashup.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on April 25, 2009, 09:09:34 AM
Odia Coates, soothes, relieves Paul Anka from having to sleep alone.

John, what time does that Canadian station start its countdown?
http://radiotime.com/station/s_31245/The_HAWK_1039.aspx

it just started at 9 AM pacific time -- noon for you.  I heard the last part of #39, The Guess Who.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 25, 2009, 09:20:35 AM
'75 BOS: Ben E. King, "Supernatural Thing" (those backing vox = !!!); VHM to "Before the Next Teardrop Falls."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on April 25, 2009, 09:33:15 AM
OMG, Albert Hammond's "I'm A Train" is a earwormy blast from the past.  I used to sing this all the time...  I'm sure I sounded as annoying as the song itself!   
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 25, 2009, 10:18:11 AM
I've got both Hot Chocolate's "Emma" playing in the '75 set in Chicao and Billy Paul's underrated "Thanks for Saving My Life" on the '74 in Canada.  Great songs (yeah Mike).

She kills herself because ... she couldn't get acting/modeling work, even tho' everyone told her she would be a star? Bleccch. It's "Honey" with a better backbeat.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 25, 2009, 10:25:09 AM
'75 BOS: Ben E. King, "Supernatural Thing" (those backing vox = !!!)

A song I didn't think much of at the time; I appreciate it more now as part of the BEK oeuvre and as classily-produced early disco. But those lyrics...  "I break out/In little bitty green spots"?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 25, 2009, 10:27:45 AM
OMG, Albert Hammond's "I'm A Train" is a earwormy blast from the past.  I used to sing this all the time...  I'm sure I sounded as annoying as the song itself!   

It still astounds me that this silly thing got to the Top 40, but "Free Electric Band" didn't.  ???  ???  ???  And if you've never heard his "Air Disaster", check it out.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on April 25, 2009, 11:56:44 AM
it was cool to hear the orig Ooga-chaka-Ooga-Ooga-chaka- arrangement of Hooked On A Feeling by England's Jonathan King. 

"I can't stop this feeling deep inside of me," he sang.  I'll bet he couldn't, b/c he was eventually convicted of having the sex with some young lads: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_King
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 25, 2009, 07:16:14 PM
I've got both Hot Chocolate's "Emma" playing in the '75 set in Chicao and Billy Paul's underrated "Thanks for Saving My Life" on the '74 in Canada.  Great songs (yeah Mike).

She kills herself because ... she couldn't get acting/modeling work, even tho' everyone told her she would be a star? Bleccch. It's "Honey" with a better backbeat.

But I will agree on the Billy Paul -- the man deserved far more pop success than he ever got. "Me & Mrs. Jones"... and this, which peaked at 37? Criminal. His fab disco rework of "Only The Strong Survive", which I've come to love thanks to CG, never even charted pop in the US.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 25, 2009, 07:36:21 PM
OMG, Albert Hammond's "I'm A Train" is a earwormy blast from the past.  I used to sing this all the time...  I'm sure I sounded as annoying as the song itself!   

It still astounds me that this silly thing got to the Top 40, but "Free Electric Band" didn't.  ???  ???  ???  And if you've never heard his "Air Disaster", check it out.

And hearing this tonite, I realize it owes more than a bit to Cat Stevens' "Tuesday's Dead", but the Cat Man would in turn write "Banapple Gas" the following year, which sounds kinda like "I'm a Train".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 25, 2009, 08:38:45 PM
Sammi Jo's "Tell Me A Lie" is a nice bit of country songwriting, "cheatin'" division.  Got no NYC airplay at all, but still got to #21 nationally; amazingly, it only got to #52 on the C&W chart -- but Janie Fricke's 1983 remake would be a country #1.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 25, 2009, 08:45:42 PM
Is Carly'n'James' "Mockingbird" my WOS this week? Yes, indeed-o!

And shame on Helen Reddy's "Keep on Singin'" for ripping off the melody of BJ Thomas' far superior "Rock'N'Roll Lullabye".  I've never heard the Austin Roberts orig of "KOS", BTW. And... I'm good with that.

But BOS the fantabulous Bobby W, "Lookin' For A Love".  Hugs'n'kisses!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on April 25, 2009, 10:02:18 PM
I found this amusing: the #1 LP that week in 1974 was John Denver's Greatest Hits -- he'd only had 3 "hits" up to that point.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 26, 2009, 03:09:17 PM
Sammi Jo's "Tell Me A Lie" is a nice bit of country songwriting, "cheatin'" division. 

I loved it.

Meanwhile, Casey's '80s visit 1985 and #39 with a nice song on awful vinyl: New Edition's forgotten ballad "Lost in Love."

And then at #38, a BOS candidate, Loofa and "Til My Baby Comes Home."  I loved this one when it came out.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on April 26, 2009, 04:34:10 PM
Some interesting tunes and fond memories in this set.  The original Katrina is here - and untrue to its name, I think it's been more than a year since I heard it last - as are REO Speedwagon's sappy but effective "Can't Fight This Feeling" and what may be the most overproduced single in history, Kenny Loggins' "Vox Humana."  Best funk of set is a battle between the MJ Girls' "In My House" and Teena Marie's "Lovergirl."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on April 29, 2009, 11:26:35 PM
This weekend Casey70's is from May 6, 1972.  The Playlist:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://images.radcity.net/5874/3640499.pdf
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 02, 2009, 10:21:08 AM
This was a good '72 set.  Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Mister Can't You See" was new to me - her only Top 40 hit!  VHM to "The Candy Man," which I love doing at karaoke; BOS to the flawless "I Saw the Light."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 02, 2009, 10:41:43 AM
This was a good '72 set.  Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Mister Can't You See" was new to me - her only Top 40 hit! 

I *loved* Ms. Sainte-Marie back then, but she's goaty-throatier than Stevie Nicks with strep! You're familiar (I hope) with her "Magic is Afoot"?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on May 02, 2009, 10:53:34 AM
This was a good '72 set.  Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Mister Can't You See" was new to me - her only Top 40 hit! 

I *loved* Ms. Sainte-Marie back then, but she's goaty-throatier than Stevie Nicks with strep! You're familiar (I hope) with her "Magic is Afoot"?

It sounded like she was running in place..!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 02, 2009, 05:05:07 PM
Jeez, are the syndicators deliberately picking every single countdown in which Bobby Vinton appears??  He's at #39 with "Every Day of My Life", which amazingly got as high as 24 but which I have no recollection of. Kind of amazing that he'd have a Top 40 hit that didn't get any NYC airplay.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 02, 2009, 07:40:27 PM
This was a good '72 set.  Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Mister Can't You See" was new to me - her only Top 40 hit! 

I *loved* Ms. Sainte-Marie back then, but she's goaty-throatier than Stevie Nicks with strep! You're familiar (I hope) with her "Magic is Afoot"?

It sounded like she was running in place..!

LOL! great production, tho' -- wouldn't've been out-of-place on All Things Must Pass.

"Please, Mrs. Avery, tell Gaz that 'Sylvia's Mother' is a small masterpiece of economical story-songwriting, whatever he may think of Ray Sawyer's admittedly creepy voice."

(speaking of, True Oldies Channel is doing a "storytellers weekend", featuring story songs -- "Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town", for one)

OMG! I don't think I've ever heard that spoken intro to Gladys' cover of "Help Me Make it Thru the Night" before!  But I got a chuckle from the 45 edit of "Roundabout". They got in and out of the valley rather quickly. But that left room for Casey to play the looong version of "Taxi".

BOS Nilsson's fantabulous "Jump Into The Fire".
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 02, 2009, 08:19:02 PM
'50s nostalgia begins to take hold: the J-5 do their underrated cover of "Little Bitty Pretty One" at #26, MJ will be along later with "Rockin' Robin", Donny O covers Paul Anka in a bit. And it was right around this time in '72 that I saw the Off-B'way production of Grease (a class trip, amazingly).

Man, that Sammy Davis Jr makes a groovy lemon pie! Must be all that Maneschewitz Cream White Concord.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 02, 2009, 08:31:14 PM
This was a good '72 set.  Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Mister Can't You See" was new to me - her only Top 40 hit! 

I *loved* Ms. Sainte-Marie back then, but she's goaty-throatier than Stevie Nicks with strep! You're familiar (I hope) with her "Magic is Afoot"?
Sadly, not at all.  I'll YouTube it now.

"Please, Mrs. Avery, tell Gaz that 'Sylvia's Mother' is a small masterpiece of economical story-songwriting, whatever he may think of Ray Sawyer's admittedly creepy voice."

LOL, but BLAHBLAHBLAH (sticks fingers in ears) ... I think it's the "next three minutes" conceit that really bugs me.

OMG! I don't think I've ever heard that spoken intro to Gladys' cover of "Help Me Make it Thru the Night" before! 

I love that bit!  About 10 years ago I made a mix tape for a few friends, using that as the intro; I titled the mix "Gladys Imagines Happy People."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 02, 2009, 08:33:33 PM
OMG! I don't think I've ever heard that spoken intro to Gladys' cover of "Help Me Make it Thru the Night" before! 

Also perhaps worth noting that the single is credited "Gladys Knight & the Pips" - but no Pips appear on the track.  It's Gladys solo.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 02, 2009, 09:17:15 PM
Surprise BOS2: Don McLean's lovely "Castles in the Air", a track from his first, pre-"Pie" LP, on the small Mediarts label. But UA put it on the flip of "Vincent" and it charted as a double-sided hit. "Castles" was a big prog-FM "turntable hit" in NYC when that first LP was orig released. Hearing it here was an unexpected treat.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 02, 2009, 09:25:45 PM
OMG! I don't think I've ever heard that spoken intro to Gladys' cover of "Help Me Make it Thru the Night" before! 

Also perhaps worth noting that the single is credited "Gladys Knight & the Pips" - but no Pips appear on the track.  It's Gladys solo.

you mean Casey LIED??

WOS Ringo's "Back-off Booglaoo" -- My least fave of all his solo hits; hard to believe George produced this. "Wake up, meathead/Don't pretend that you were dead"? Huh?And "back-off" from *what*, exactly?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 02, 2009, 09:55:57 PM
Grammarians and Spelling teachers must've had conniptions when they saw "Betcha By Golly Wow" and "I Gotcha" back-to-back at #3 and #2, respectively.

And at #1 for the 4th of what would be 6 weeks at the top, Ms Flack's "First Time Ever..." -- and she owed it all to Clint. I've said this before, but the single version of this lengthy LP cut is one of the most intricate and inventive 45 edits I've ever heard.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 03, 2009, 05:16:28 AM
Casey's '80s this week give us May April 28, 1984 and dubious moral advice from Laid Back: don't do heroin; do coke instead!  And yes, it's the chickenshit "got to be a b____" edit.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 03, 2009, 05:30:53 AM
Best High Drama Of Set, if not BOS outright: Bonnie Tyler needing her Greek fix, holding out for a gyro.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 03, 2009, 07:16:36 AM
BOS (and one of my favorite videos ever (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUHKJ5n_SMw)), Alan Parsons Project, "Don't Answer Me."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 03, 2009, 07:55:27 AM
OMGWTFLOL of the month has to go to Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson, "To All the Girls I've Loved Before," somehow cracking the Top 10 this week 25 years ago.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 03, 2009, 11:05:49 AM
OMGWTFLOL of the month has to go to Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson, "To All the Girls I've Loved Before," somehow cracking the Top 10 this week 25 years ago.

We've talked before about how in the early '80s, Top 40 radio became very Adult Contempo; here's one of those A/C holdovers (it got to #5!), but it's doing battle with the MTV acts like the Thompson Twins and the Footloose sndtk.  It reminds me of the '60s when the Beatles and the Airplane were sharing the Top Ten with Sinatra.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on May 07, 2009, 09:55:37 PM
This weekend's Casey70's is from May 8, 1971. The Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995

This station normally airs Casey70's, but this weekend its May 3, 1980:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://www.whnn.com/Article.asp?id=583277&spid=
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: SFGuy on May 07, 2009, 11:04:56 PM
OMGWTFLOL of the month has to go to Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson, "To All the Girls I've Loved Before," somehow cracking the Top 10 this week 25 years ago.

We've talked before about how in the early '80s, Top 40 radio became very Adult Contempo; here's one of those A/C holdovers (it got to #5!), but it's doing battle with the MTV acts like the Thompson Twins and the Footloose sndtk.  It reminds me of the '60s when the Beatles and the Airplane were sharing the Top Ten with Sinatra.

Funny. I hate early 70's Adult Contempo (as Mike calls it) but I don't mind early 80's Adult Comtemp.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 08, 2009, 07:21:15 AM
This weekend's Casey70's is from May 8, 1971. The Playlist:
http://www.957kjrfm.com/pages/events.html?feed=111843&article=4192995

This station normally airs Casey70's, but this weekend its May 3, 1980:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://www.whnn.com/Article.asp?id=583277&spid=

interesting -- the '70s and '80s packages are supposed to be mutually exclusive; maybe WHNN is switching formats?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 09, 2009, 07:15:53 AM
Oh GAWD, it's my first time hearing "The Battle Hymn of Lt. Calley."  WOS, Worst of Week, maybe Worst of Year.

Before it, the Chi-Lites' "For God's Sake (Give More Power to the People)" was a BOS candidate.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 09, 2009, 08:25:24 AM
Mike, you called it!

** WHICH MEANS **

Fuzz are in at #22 with "I Love You for All Seasons."
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 09, 2009, 09:40:46 AM
This was the week WPIX in NYC added the Top 40 Countdown.  A few WOS candidates ("I Play and Sing" and dub in terrible canned applause; the Bells' wimpy "Stay Awhile"), but OTOH we get 3/4 of the Beatles (only George is missing) plus 2 Beatles covers; and a whole mess o' Jesus.  I had no idea "Superstar" had ridden the Hot 100 for 24 weeks in two previous chart runs before finally making the Top 40 this week.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 09, 2009, 10:55:42 AM
This was the week WPIX in NYC added the Top 40 Countdown. 

I remember it vividly -- I'd always been a local chart geek, keeping lists of WMCA and WABC's weekly countdowns. I knew Billboard existed but had never actually seen a copy.  The idea of a weekly national chart show blew my mind, and I was glued to the radio that Sunday morning.  I am *so* looking forward to this.

I've mentioned before that in those days, Casey played a (non-45) cut from the #1 LP every week, and that feature seems to have disappeared from these replays. I recall hearing several deep tracks from JC Superstar, for example. He'd stopped doing it by the end of '71.

Yeah, the "Lt Calley" thing is godawful -- but it went gold despite only spending a couple weeks in the lower part of the 40. The "silent majority" bought lots of copies, I guess.  But thrilled to see Fuzz in there, as well as Brenda & the Tabulations ("didn't you KNOW?? Couldn't you SEE IT??") and that fab Chi-Lites hit -- one of TWO songs with the phrase "Power to the People" in the title that week! Ah, the '70s...

ETA: I note this is one of the rare charts from that period that doesn't feature a James Brown single. But Smokey's "I Don't Blame You at All" is one of my fave lesser-known Miracles hits.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 09, 2009, 07:17:53 PM
Given that this was my first-ever AT40, and it was "Don't Change on Me"s last week in the 40... that makes this only the 2nd time in my entire life that I've heard this fair-to-middling Ray Charles single. Amazing that he was still having Top 40 hits in '71; more amazing that he wouldn't hit the 40 with a vocal again until late '89 with the Quincy Jones remake of "I'll Be Good to You".

GAWD! This "Lt. Calley" thing makes "The Ballad of the Green Berets" sound like "Give Peace a Chance". I feel like I need a shower.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 09, 2009, 07:37:57 PM
A few WOS candidates ("I Play and Sing" and dub in terrible canned applause...)

Yeah, the applause effect is way cheezy, and the rip-off of "Spanish Harlem" is shameless, but I'm a sucker for the homage-to-the-Brill Building groove they were stuck in at that time. A rut, undeniably, but a pleasant one, tho' it produced diminishing returns (they finally moved on after "What Are You Doing Sunday?" peaked at 39 later that year).

Am I crazy, or is Casey promoting AT40 Extras "coming up" that we're not actually hearing? Something about the first million seller in history?

This forgotten BJ Thomas hit ("No Love At All") actually got as high as #16? Completely ignored by NY radio. But here's the late great Brenda Payton and her Tabs. Gawd I love this song. "wait a minute, wait a minute!"
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 09, 2009, 08:03:15 PM
Helen Reddy is "no lover's fool" -- she beat Whinyface to the 40 with her cover of "I Don't Know How To Love Him". (The Elliman orig would enter 2 weeks later.) And she's back-to-back on the chart with Murray Head.

It's gonna be tough to tear myself away from this to go watch fireworks. Good thing there's the KFRC version on Sunday morning.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 09, 2009, 08:22:32 PM
Jeezus H Christ! Bobby Vinton extends his streak, and he's not even on this chart! But we hear him for, like, the 4th week in a row, thru an AT40 Extra, "There, I've Said It Again". Coincidence?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 09, 2009, 10:07:00 PM
"Bubbling Under" fun fact of the week: Bobby Goldsboro debuts at #99 with Don McLean's "And I Love You So" -- 2 years before the Perry Como hit version!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 09, 2009, 10:46:56 PM
A few WOS candidates ("I Play and Sing" and dub in terrible canned applause...)

Yeah, the applause effect is way cheezy, and the rip-off of "Spanish Harlem" is shameless, but I'm a sucker for the homage-to-the-Brill Building groove they were stuck in at that time. A rut, undeniably, but a pleasant one, tho' it produced diminishing returns (they finally moved on after "What Are You Doing Sunday?" peaked at 39 later that year).

Am I crazy, or is Casey promoting AT40 Extras "coming up" that we're not actually hearing? Something about the first million seller in history?

This forgotten BJ Thomas hit ("No Love At All") actually got as high as #16? Completely ignored by NY radio. But here's the late great Brenda Payton and her Tabs. Gawd I love this song. "wait a minute, wait a minute!"

The "first million seller" was "My Blue Heaven"; I forget who the artist was who sold a million of it in 1925, but Casey played Fats Domino's later cover on the edition I listened to.

"No Love at All" was NTM; I found it forgettable bubblegum that should've been passed off to Andy Kim or Robin McNamara.  (The Ray Charles was also NTM.  Deserved better, I think.)

With you on the Tabs.  Don't you understand?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 09, 2009, 11:03:43 PM

Am I crazy, or is Casey promoting AT40 Extras "coming up" that we're not actually hearing? Something about the first million seller in history?


The "first million seller" was "My Blue Heaven"; I forget who the artist was who sold a million of it in 1925, but Casey played Fats Domino's later cover on the edition I listened to.


wow, the Wisconsin station totally edited that out. They also delete the optional extras of then-current "bubbling under" tunes that usually play at the end of the hour, in favor of running more local commercials.  But they left in the aforementioned Bobby Vinton extra -- large Polish community in Madison, I guess.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 10, 2009, 08:07:30 AM
Listening to Casey's '80s - May 1980 - where he tells the story of Boz Scaggs not licensing "Lowdown" to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.  Instead, he licensed it to Looking for Mr. Goodbar and made a fraction of the money.  D'oh!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Gazoo on May 10, 2009, 09:42:28 AM
Bob Seger in the Top 10 with "Fire Lake" was actually NTM.

With Billy Preston and Syreeta I'm bored again.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 10, 2009, 10:57:59 AM
This was the week WPIX in NYC added the Top 40 Countdown. 

I remember it vividly ...

I've mentioned before that in those days, Casey played a (non-45) cut from the #1 LP every week, and that feature seems to have disappeared from these replays. I recall hearing several deep tracks from JC Superstar, for example. He'd stopped doing it by the end of '71.


And sure enuf, Casey promo-ed as an Extra "a song from the #1 album this week" -- but we never heard it (I'm guessing it woulda been JCS). However, KFRC this morning did play that Fats Domino "My Blue Heaven", but they tacked it onto the end of the 2nd hour rather than playing it within the body of the show.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 10, 2009, 11:04:28 AM
Bob Seger in the Top 10 with "Fire Lake" was actually NTM.

With Billy Preston and Syreeta I'm bored again.

TANC, I heard "Fire Lake" on 'LNG the other day, but it's one that you almost NEVER hear any more. Several Iggles -- Henley, Frey, and little Timmy Schmidt (without his old man's van) -- on backing vox there.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Wayback on May 13, 2009, 08:06:24 PM
This weekend (5/16-17) Casey70's visits May 14, 1977:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://www.whnn.com/Article.asp?id=583277&spid=
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 14, 2009, 10:35:41 AM
This weekend (5/16-17) Casey70's visits May 14, 1977:
http://www.whnn.com/goout.asp?u=http://www.whnn.com/Article.asp?id=583277&spid=

always a treat to hear Tavares' "Whodunit"!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 16, 2009, 07:19:42 PM
Damn the timing of this chart -- we just miss (by a week) the debuts of "Ariel", "Do You Wanna Make Love", and the Sylvers' "High School Dance". Instead we get Kenny Nowwan doing "Wuv's Gwown Deep", his even-sappier follow-up to "I Wike Dweamin'".

However, there are plenty of forgotten faves nonetheless: The Addrissis' "Slow Dancin' (Don't Turn Me On)", Firefall's lovely "Cinderella", the Jacksons' great "Show You the Way to Go" (which shockingly got no higher than #28), cheezeball classic "Undercover Angel" and Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis too at their Marvin-n-Tammi-est with the overlooked "Your Love", which I always preferred to "You Don't Have to be a Tar Baby (To Be My Jim Crow)".

But I'm still trying to remember the reason that John Denver's 1971 "My Sweet Lady" was re-released as a 45 in '77.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 16, 2009, 08:15:43 PM
Hour 2 provides more delights: the aforementioned Tavares, MTB, Morey fave Q (TANC) dancin' at their peak position of #23, Joe Tex with a disco novelty that's actually funny, Hot's splendiferous "Angel in Your Arms", Whinyface herself with "Hello Stranger", KISS doing the recently revived "Calling Dr. Pepper Love", and Andrew Gold with one of Gaz's all-time HFHs.  Good times, good times.

Chart Fun-fact of the Week: there are 3 versions of "Gonna Fly Now" on the 5/14/77 Hot 100 -- Bill Conti's headed-for-#1 orig, cashing in on Rocky's Oscar win; Maynard Ferguson's cover (which would also make the Top 40 and peak at 28); and a disco version by a studio outfit called Current, who would only make it to #94 -- one of the few acts to chart on the short-lived Playboy Records imprint.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 16, 2009, 09:11:09 PM
WOS: Captain & Tenille's "Can't Stop Dancin'" -- even 30+ years later, WTF? Was this somebody's idea of disco? It sounds like a production number written for an especially awful TV variety show (or maybe a beauty pageant). A total misfire. Ray Stevens wrote this?? Jeezus.

But it's back-to-back with my BOS: "Lucille", by the original man-who-looks-like-Kenny Rogers.  Country story-songwriting don't get much better than this.

And VHM to Rose Royce's "I Wanna Get Next To You" -- the late great Norman Whitfield ripping off his own "Just My Imagination" with style.  Wonder if he had this one left-over from his Tempts days or if he wrote it fresh.

Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 16, 2009, 09:39:32 PM
We missed out on Peter McCann's "Do You Wanna Make Love?" but here's Jennifer Warnes doing his "Right Time Of the Night", another Gaz HFH but a personal fave of mine (McCann's version of "RTOTN" is on the flip of "DYWML").  If nothing else, Ms Warnes is doing the Best. Ronstadt. Imitation. EVAH -- and she does it without shouting.

Oh BTW: we finally broke the Bobby Vinton curse this week!
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on May 17, 2009, 10:40:43 AM
plenty of forgotten faves nonetheless: The Addrissis' "Slow Dancin' (Don't Turn Me On)", Firefall's lovely "Cinderella",

But I'm still trying to remember the reason that John Denver's 1971 "My Sweet Lady" was re-released as a 45 in '77.

Slow Dancin and Cinderella are pretty nice.

I wonder if My Sweet Lady's re-release was due to JD's Greatest Hits Vol 2 in this year..?  Casey notes that it's a "remake" of a song Cliff DeYoung had in 1974.  who?
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on May 17, 2009, 10:46:15 AM
just realized that #40 song (“SLOWDOWN” – John Miles) is sorta what Foghat doing disco (w special guest Peter Frampton on voicebox'd guitar and some guy who just discovered the note-bending button on his synth) would sound like.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 17, 2009, 10:57:46 AM
I wonder if My Sweet Lady's re-release was due to JD's Greatest Hits Vol 2 in this year..?  Casey notes that it's a "remake" of a song Cliff DeYoung had in 1974.  who?

We heard that one a few weeks ago when Casey did '74 -- obviously it was not exactly memorable ;)  Cliff DeYoung was an actor; he sang the song in the TV movie Sunshine, which featured Denver's songs (and was the reason "Sunshine on My Shoulders" was a hit for JD at that time).
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: Tinka Cat on May 17, 2009, 11:13:11 AM
 I seem to have forgotten Tavares' Who Dunnit ... it seemed NTM.  I love all the name checks, esp this one:

Ellery Queen if you're so keen
Won't you help me find my sweet thing (Yeah, yeah)


Remember the Ellery Queen TV show? the viewer was given clues as the show progressed before the conclusion, Ellery would break the fourth wall and directly address the audience w something like "Ok, you have the clues, can you solve it?"  then after teh commercial break, he would solve the crime and get the bad guy.
Title: Re: Casey Kasem American Top 40
Post by: RGMike on May 17, 2009, 11:29:12 AM
I seem to have forgotten Tavares' Who Dunnit ... it seemed NTM.  I love all the name checks, esp this one:

Ellery Queen if you're so keen
Won't you help me find my sweet thing (Yeah, yeah)


Remember the Ellery Queen TV show? the viewer was given clues as the show progressed before the conclusion, Ellery would break the fourth wall and directly address the audience w something like "Ok, you have the clues, can you solve it?"  then after teh commercial break, he would solve the crime and get the bad guy.

"Ellery Queen" -- Gayest. Name. EVAH.

Around that same time,