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.

Share Your World For 29 Nov 2021

This week, Melanie got the questions for SYW from Evil Squirrel. You have been warned.

If you had the power to strike one person in your life permanently speechless, who would it be? That’s a tough one, because there aren’t that many people in my life these days, and the ones that are there are not the kind that I would want to shut up permanently. Maybe me?

If you could relive your childhood over again, what’s one thing from this modern world today you’d want to take back with you? Only thing I can think of is that the guitar picks back then were really brittle and the thin ones would rip when you used them, and the tips of the heavier ones would break off. So I’d want to have the more modern picks available.

Dunlop Tortex poicks in .46, .60, .73, .88, 1, and 1.14 mm sizes. You’re about to see these colors again…

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple (violet, actually) are the standard colors of the rainbow. Name something you love (or greatly admire/appreciate) for all six major colors of the rainbow! How about: "Red Sails In The Sunset," "Oranges On Apple Trees," "Yellow Bird," "Green Eyes," "Blue Bird," and "Violets"? (You knew I’d turn it into a playlist, didn’cha?)

Your favorite Internet DJ!

If you were to open the world’s most accurate fortune cookie, what would your fortune inside it read? BOHICA! (Bend over, here it comes again!)

Santa’s tired of people leaving him out cookies and milk on Christmas Eve night! If you really wanted to get on Santa’s good side, what would you leave out for him to eat/drink instead? A bottle of Laphroaig (single-malt Scots whiskey) with all the accoutrements (Royal Scot crystal "Scottish Thistle" on-the-rocks glass, bottle of club soda, full ice bucket) and a Royal Scot crystal "Flower of Scotland" bowl filled with Chex Mix. Do I know how to party, or what?

PAR-TEE! PAR-TEE PAR-TEE!

What plans do you have for the upcoming holiday/celebration/festival season? None! Ain’t it great?

MMMM: “A Pentatonix Christmas”

It’s not December yet, but yesterday was the First Sunday of Advent, so I’m starting with the Xmas Music Xtravaganza! I found this "Pentatonix Christmas (Deluxe)" playlist, featuring the kids singing traditional carols and Christmas songs in their own inimitable style. They’re joined on "White Christmas" by the fantastic Manhattan Transfer, on "How Great Thou Art" by the great Jennifer Hudson, and on the second play of Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah" by The String Mob. There’s about an hour of music here. Enjoy!

  1. O Come, All Ye Faithful
  2. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
  3. White Christmas (with The Manhattan Transfer)
  4. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  5. Up On The Housetop
  6. The Christmas Sing-Along
  7. Coventry Carol
  8. Hallelujah
  9. Coldest Winter
  10. Good To Be Bad
  11. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
  12. Deck The Halls
  13. How Great Thou Art (with Jennifer Hudson)
  14. Away In A Manger
  15. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  16. Hallelujah (with The String Mob)

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for November 29, 2021.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by Marie, Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

Song of the Day: Merle Travis, “Nine Pound Hammer”

Country music singer, songwriter, and guitarist Merle Travis was born on this day in 1917. His style of guitar playing, a form of ragtime in which the bass and chord notes are played with the thumb while the melody is played with the index finger, is called "Travis Picking" and has inspired fingerstyle guitarists from Chet Atkins to Jerry Reed and Tommy Emmanuel and countless others. "Nine-Pound Hammer" is one of his songs; this performance is from 1951.