By now, everyone knows that it’s our 44th wedding anniversary. Beth reminded me that there had been a huge snowstorm in the Midwest two days before, and I don’t think Mom has ever forgiven us. Anyway, in keeping with the general way I do things around here, I checked out Billboard Magazines Hot 100 and have a playlist with the Top 5 on the day we were married, January 28, 1978.
Paul Simon, “Slip Slidin’ Away”: Showed up on his 1977 album Greatest Hits, Etc. as one of the two “Etc.”s. This hit the charts in October 1977 and #5 is the highest it got.
Rod Stewart, “You’re In My Heart”: From his 1977 album Foot Loose and Fancy Free. #4 was the highest it got, too.
The Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive”: The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack was released about a month before the movie came out, and of course was a smash hit. This was the second single released from the album, and naturally it was destined to be #1. This was a little before that.
Randy Newman, “Short People”: Lulu, one of Mary’s bridesmaids, was 4’9″ and hated this song. It was from his album Little Criminals and, again, hit its peak by now.
Player, “Baby Come Back”: From their eponymous 1977 debut album, this was the first single and their biggest, peaking at #1.
And that’s Five For Friday for January 28, 2022.