Top Ten Tuesday: A Change of Plans

I had fully intended on presenting the #11-20 song for 1991 here, then I heard them and said "yeah…no." So I’m abandoning that project (which still gave me most of a year) and going back to the original idea of T10T, doing a radio station survey. In this case, the WCFL Big 10 survey from 1974.what I’ll do next week is as much a mystery to me as it is to you. Incidentally, I took an involuntary but badly-needed nap this afternoon, so you’re getting this now instead of 15 hours ago….

  1. Carl Carlton, “Everlasting Love”: Robert Knight did the original of this Buzz Cason-Mac Gayden song, and it reached #13 on the Hot 100. Seven years later, Carl Carlton’s version, almost a clone of Knight’s, reached #6.

  2. Carl Douglas, “Kung Fu Fighting”: A song written and sung by Jamaican singer Douglas, it took advantage of the number of martial arts films made during the period, and he had a #1 hit in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia.

  3. Harry Chapin, “Cat’s In The Cradle”: A song that tells a story by a master of story songwriting. From his 19873 album Verities & Balderdash, it was Harry’s only #1 hit.

  4. John Lennon, “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night”: No less a great backup musician than Elton John joins Beatle John in one of the highlights of the May Pang years. It reached #1 in the US, #2 in Canada, #34 in Australia, and #36 in the UK.

  5. Neil Diamond, “Longfellow Serenade”: As a teen, Neil used a poem by Longfellow to seduce a much-older woman, which is the basis for this song. It peaked at #5 for two weeks on the Hot 100 and reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart.

  6. Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”: From BTO’s Not Fragile album, it reached #1in the US and Canada and was their most-successful single in the UK, peaking at #2.

  7. Reunion, “Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me”: When WCFL ditched the Top 40 format in 1976, this was the last rock record they played. Reunion was a band made up of studio musicians led by singer Joey Lwvine. Many stations had custom versions of this song made that announced the station’s call letters, and WCFL was one of them (“Life is a rock, and CFL rolled me”). The song reacched #8 in the US and #2 in Canada.

  8. Carole King, “Jazzman”: One of my favorite songs by Carole King, she wrote the music while David {almer (of Steely Dan) wrote the lyrics. Tom Scott of the LA Express played the saxophone solos. The song reached #2 on the Hot 100, stuck behind “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” while it reached #1 in Canada.

  9. America, “Tin Man”: From America’s George Martin produced album Holiday. Dan Peek called the song “quintessential Dewey [Bunnell], easy stream-of-consciousness over a major seventh acoustic bed.” The song reached #1 on the US Adult Contemporary chart and #4 on the Hot 100, while reaching #5 on the Canadian AC chart and #7 on the Canadian AC chart.

  10. Bobby Vinton, “My Melody Of Love”: Bobby earned the nickname “The Polish Prince” after this was released. It was adapted from a German schlager song called “Herzen Haben Keine Fenster.” It became Vinton’s biggest hit since 1964’s “Mr. Lonely,” reaching #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for November 30, 2021.

18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: A Change of Plans

  1. Hmmm, 5, 8, 9 and 10 all get my vote. None of them songs I love, but ones I will sing to if they come on the radio.


  2. I had to look up what was big in 1991. I do like “Unbelievable” and that Madonna song that the name now escapes me as well as R.E.M. (again forgot the name of the song.). I love the songs you chose here as there are many more worthy songs from back in the day. Cat’s in the Cradle is great and love Bachman Turner. I do like that Bobby Vinton song because it is folk, and I danced to it in many Polish weddings (my daddy’s side) as well as Oktoberfest in Kitchener. Glad you had a good rest.


    1. There’s a really nice young woman from Germany on YouTube, “Feli From Germany,” who spoke about Oktoberfest and dressed in the traditioinal dirndl dress (kind of looks like a Catholic grammar school uniform). Do many in Kitchener do the same? And, are you familiar with “Max & Moritz”?


      1. I looked her up and she is a nice gal. I will find the one about Oktoberfest. Some of the dresses have the boobs compressed and propped up that it would be in the Britney Spears video. I actually owned 2 German Dirndl dresses, one was more a modern take on the dress. Only during Oktoberfest do the women who work in the big halls wear a traditional dress and some do wear them outside of it too. There are a couple of shops that sell them and they are not cheap. I don’t know Max & Moritz at all but I bet they are hell raisers.


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