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January 1, 2016
 

THE

BIG

SINGLES

 

For the Chart-Week

ENDING

January 8, 1966

 

HOT 100

SINGLES

Top 10

 

THIS WEEK IN ‘66:

 

 


THIS WEEK—LAST WEEK—TITLE—WRITER(s)—ARTIST(s)—RECORD LABEL—CATALOG NO.

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No. 10 – (LW 18)

(Peak Position: No. 5 Pop) 

“DAYTRIPPER”

  (John Lennon / Paul McCartney)

Produced by: George Martin

THE BEATLES

CAPITOL Records  5555

Watch & Listen to the Beatles lip-sync with women in Go-Go attire to open the clip on BBC 1 in December of 1965:


 

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No. 9 – (LW 4)

(Peak Position: No. 1 Pop)

“TURN! TURN! TURN!    (To Everything There Is A Season”

(Words from the Book of Ecclesiastes—Adaptation and Music from Pete Seeger)

Producer: TERRY MELCHER

Guitar: JIM MCGUINN                                Tambourine: GENE CLARK                             Rhythm guitar: DAVE CROSBY                       Bass guitar: CHRIS HILMA                           Drums: MIKE CLARK

THE BYRDS

COLUMBIA Records  4-43424

Watch & Listen to the BYRDS on a live TV broadcast actually performing the song.

 

 

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No. 8 (LW 11)

(Peak Position: No. 4 Pop)

“FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD”

(Allen Reynolds)

Vocals Produced by: JACK HAKIM & NICK CENCI

Instrumental track Produced by: TONY MOON

Vocals recorded at: GATEWAY RECORDINGS, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

Music track recorded at: RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee

Engineered by: LOUIS LOMBARDI in Pittsburgh

THE VOGUES

CO And CE Records  C-232

Watch & Listen to the VOGUES on a televised live segment:

 

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No. 7  (LW 3)

(Peak Position: No. 3 Pop—No. 1 R&B)

 

“I GOT YOU (I Feel Good)”

(From His Movie “Ski Party”

(James Brown)

Produced, Arranged by: JAMES BROWN

JAMES BROWN

And The Famous Flames

KING Records  6015

Watch & Listen to JAMES BROWN without one Black person in this TV audience:

As an added bonus, this is the pulled SMASH Records version used in the motion-picture, Ski Party, due to contractual issues between Smash Records and King Records.

 

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No. 6  (LW 5)

(Peak Position: No. 1 Pop)

“OVER AND OVER”

(Robert Byrd)

Produced and Arranged by: DAVE CLARK

THE DAVE CLARK FIVE

EPIC Records  5-9863

Manufactured by: EROS

Watch & Listen to the DAVE CLARK FIVE:

 

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No. 5  (LW 8)

(Peak Position: No. 5 Pop)

 “EBB TIDE”

(Carl Sigman / Robert Maxwell)

Produced by: PHIL SPECTOR

Arranged by: PERRY BOTKIN. Jr.

Musicians:

Guitars: BARNEY KESSEL, CAROL KAYE, DON PEAKE                                                             Pianos: DON RANDI, LARRY KNECHTEL, HAROLD BATISTE, MIKE RUBINI                   Bass: LYLE RITZ, CAROLE KAYE, LARRY KNECHTEL, JIMMY BOND, PAT SMITH      Drums: EARL PALMER, RICHIE FROST Percussion: FRANK KAPP, JULIUS WECHTER, GENE ESTES                                                  Horns: JAY MIGLIORE, LOU BLACKBURN, ROY CATON

Engineered by: LARRY LEVINE

Recorded at: GOLDSTAR STUDIOS, Los Angeles, CA

THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS

PHILLES Records  130

Listen to Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers with one of the very last Phil Spector productions before they left Philles Records:

 

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No. 4  (LW 12)

(Peak Position: No. 4 Pop—No. 2 Country)

“FLOWERS ON THE WALL”

(Lew DeWitt)

Produced by: DON LAW and FRANK JONES                                                          

Tenor singer: LEW DeWITT                                             Baritone singer: PHIL BAISLEY                                           Bass singer and Banjo: HAROLD REID                                     Master of Ceremonies, Singer and Baritone Ukulele: DON REID

COLUMBIA Records  4-43315

Watch & Listen to the STATLER BROTHERS:

 

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No. 3  (LW 16)

(Peak: No. 3 Pop)

“SHE’S JUST MY STYLE”

(Gary Lewis / Leon Russell / Thomas Lesley a/k/a Snuff Garrett / Allan Capps)

Produced by: SNUFF GARRETT

Arranged by: LEON RUSSELL

GARY LEWIS and the PLAYBOYS

LIBERTY Records  55846

Basic lead vocal track: Ron Hinklin          Musicians:                                                            Members of the L.A. Wrecking Crew:                                                               Drums: HAL BLAINE                                    Guitars: MIKE DEASEY, TOMMY ALSUP                                                  Bass guitar: JOE OSBORN Keyboards: LEON RUSSELL

Watch & Listen to GARY LEWIS and the PLAYBOYS:

 

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No. 2  (LW 1)

(Peak: No. 1 Pop)

“THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE”

(Paul Simon)

Produced by: TOM WILSON

SIMON & GARFUNKEL

MOTOWN Records M-1068

Watch & Listen to SIMON & GARFUNKEL in a televised version in glorious Black & White and without the electric instruments or drums that appeared on the hit single:

 

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 No.1

 

Pop

 

45 RPM

 

(Last Week No. 1 Pop)

(Peak Position: No. 1 Pop)

 

 

“WE CAN WORK IT OUT”



(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)

 

Flip-Side:

“DAYTRIPPER”

(**See No. 10 above)

 

THE BEATLES

 

CAPITOL Records5555

 

Produced by: GEORGE MARTIN

Musicians:

Vocals, Rhythm guitar & Harmonium: John Lennon

Vocals, Bass guitar:

Paul McCartney

Lead guitar:

George Harrison

Drums & tambourine:

Ringo Starr

Recorded in England


 

Was there time for “fussing and fighting” my friend? It seemed so, as there was mad competition for the top-of-the-heap this week on the Hot 100 Singles register. The Beatles reached the peak position with the A side of their current single, “We Can Work It Out” out-dueling “The Sounds Of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel. The Beatles’ Capitol release seized the No. 1 slot away from the Columbia Records duo for two weeks beginning with the week ending on January 8, 1966. Then, “The Sounds Of Silence” stepped over the Fab Four to reclaim what they thought was rightfully theirs—only to have the quartet from Liverpool replant the Union Jack at the summit for yet another week; three in total. This was the first of those three survey-periods at No. 1 for John, Paul, George and Ringo for “We Can Work It Out.” This track shared lead-vocalists, with Paul McCartney pleading for his woman to see an proposal his way, while John Lennon chimed in (while harmonizing) with a more derisive observation. That unsteadiness was one of the hallmarks of their partnership—and there wouldn’t be that many more songs co-written in this way for Lennon/McCartney.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtFUNehnQ2I

That was Lennon on the instrument called a harmonium; or as some call, a pump-organ. The harmonium was also used on other songs from the October ’65 recording sessions that became Rubber Soul: “The Word,” (played by their producer, George Martin) and “If I Needed Someone.” The instrument would be used later on many other recordings made by the Beatles.

The co-shared A side of this week’s No. 1 45 RPM release was the almost written-on-the-spot song “Day Tripper.” This track however, charted separately on the Hot 100 and is perhaps the better remembered of the two songs on the single. “Day Tripper” reached No. 5 in America.

“Day Tripper” was No. 10 this week on the Hot 100. In some radio markets, this side was the bigger hit. Both “Day Tripper” and “We Can Work It Out” were left off of the LP Rubber Soul (including the 14-track British version) as the Fabs wanted those two tunes only for 45 RPM release—at least the boys thought. Part of the scam that Capitol thrust upon the near maniacal fans of the group, was to include these two songs for a later 1966 North America-only LP called Yesterday And Today. Both songs were filmed (lip-synched) for promo purposes and were first seen on the BBC television on December 2, 1965, (the day before the release of the single) but American audiences didn’t get to see those two ‘videos’ until they were shown on NBC’s Hullaballoo on January 3, 1966.



 

THE

BIG

SINGLES

 

For the Chart-Week

ENDING

JANUARY 4, 1975

 

 

HOT 100

SINGLES

Top 10

 

 

THIS WEEK IN ‘75:

 

 

THIS WEEK—LAST WEEK—TITLE—WRITER(s)—ARTIST(s)—RECORD LABEL—CATALOG NO.

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No. 10 – (LW 12)

(Peak Positions: No. 1 Pop—No. 1 Easy Listening)

“MANDY’”

(Scott English / Richard Kerr)

Produced by: BARRY MANILOW and RON DANTE

Strings Arranged by: JOE RENZETTI

Musicians:                                                             Bass: WILL LEE                                                      Drums: JIMMY YOUNG                                              Guitar: CHARLIE BROWN

Backing vocals: BARRY MANILOW & RON DANTE

BARRY MANILOW

BELL Records  45,613

Watch & Listen to BARRY MANILOW lip-sync on TV without a microphone:

 

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No. 9 – (LW 11)

(Peak Position: No. 1 Pop—No. 1 Easy Listening)

“PLEASE MR. POSTMAN”

(Georgia Dobbins / William Garrett / Brian Holland / Robert Bateman / Freddie Gorman)

Produced by: RICHARD and KAREN CARPENTER

Arranged and Orchestrated by: RICHARD CARPENTER

Engineered by: RAY GEARHART

 Musicians:

Guitar: TONY PELUSO                                    Bass: JOE OSBORN                                           Tenor Sax: BOB MESSENGER                             Baritone Sax: DOUG STRAWN                            Drums: JIM GORDON                                    Keyboards: RICHARD CARPENTER                Steel Guitar: RED RHODES, THAD MAXWELL

CARPENTERS

A&M Records  1646 S

Watch and listen to this remake by CAPENTERS with this link:

 

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No. 8 (LW 10)

(Peak Positions: No. 3 Pop—No. 1 Hot Soul—  No. 1 Canada—No. 2 Pop U.K.)

“BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN”

(Stevie Wonder)

Produced and Arranged by: STEVIE WONDER

                           

Engineered by: Malcolm Cecil & Robert Margouleff

STEVIE WONDER

TAMLA Records  T 54254F

Watch & Listen to STEVIE WONDER with this link:

 

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No. 7  (LW 9)

(Peak Positions: No. 6 Pop—No. 1 Easy Listening)

“ONLY YOU”

**On the Ringo Starr LP Goodnight Vienna, the song is listed as “ONLY YOU (And You Alone)”

(Buck Ram / Ande Rand)

Produced by: RICHARD PERRY
Production Assistant: VINI PONCIA

Engineered, Recorded and Mixed by: BILL SCHNEE
Engineering Assistants: GALEN SENOGLES, LARRY EMERINE

Musicians:

Acoustic Guitar: JOHN LENNON                  Electric Guitar: JESSE ED DAVIS, STEVE CROPPER                                                               Electric Piano: BILLY PRESTON                           Drums: JIM KELTNER, RINGO STARR                 Backing Vocals: HARRY NILSSON

RINGO STARR

APPLE Records  1876

Watch & Listen to RINGO STARR with this link:

 

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No. 6  (LW 1)

(Peak Positions: No. 1 Pop—No. 1 Easy Listening—No. 5 Pop U.K.—No. 13 Pop in her native Australia)

 

“ANGIE BABY”

(Alan O’Day)

Produced by: JOE WISSERT

Arranged and Conducted by: NICK De CARO

Engineered by: BRUCE BOTNICK, TOM PERRY

HELEN REDDY

CAPITOL Records  3972

Watch & Listen to a rare animated deptiction of HELEN REDDY’s song with this link:

And, here’s a live version by HELEN REDDY:

 

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No. 5  (LW 8)

(Peak Positions: No. 1 Pop—No. 1 Easy Listening—No. 2 Pop Canada—No. 15 Pop U.K.)

“LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN”

(Neil Sedaka / Phil Cody)

Produced by: NEIL SEDAKA & ROBERT APPÈRE

Strings Arranged by: ARTIE BUTLER

Horns Arranged by: JIM HORN

Conducted by: ARTIE BUTLER

Musicians:

Electric Guitar: DANNY KORTCHMAR                                    Acoustic Guitar: DEAN PARKS                          Bass: LELAND SKLAR                                        Sax solo: JIM HORN                                       Drums: RUSS KUNKEL                                       Organ: WILLIAM SMITH                                    Backing vocals: BRENDA, BRIAN RUSSELL, ABIGALE HANESS, WILLIAM SMITH

Engineered by: ROBERT APPÈRE

Recorded at: CLOVER RECORDING STUDIO, Hollywood, CA

NEIL SEDAKA

THE ROCKET RECORD COMPANY / MCA Records  MCA-40312

Watch & Listen to NEIL SEDAKA on TV’s The Midnight Special with this link:

 

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No. 4  (LW 6)

(Peak Positions: No. 3 Pop—No. 19 Easy Listening—No. 43 Hot Soul—No. 1 Pop Canada—No. 2 Pop U.K.)

 

“JUNIOR’S FARM” **

(Paul & Linda McCartney)

Produced by: PAUL McCARTNEY

Recorded by: ERNIE WINFREY

Mixed by: ERNIE WINFREY and ALAN O’DUFFY

 

Recorded at: SOUND SHOP Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee

**Inspired by Claude “Curly” Putnam, Jr. after Paul & Linda McCartney and the band Wings stayed and practiced for an upcoming tour at “Junior’s” farm in rural Lebanon, Tennessee.                                       

Musicians:

Bass: PAUL McCARTNEY                                  Drums: GEOFF BRITTON                                                                   Guitars: DENNY LAINE, JIMMY McCULLOCH Keyboards: LINDA McCARTNEY                    Backing Vocals: LINDA McCARTNEY, DENNY LAINE

PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS

CAPITOL Records  1875

Watch & Listen to PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS perform it (reportedly) at EMI Studios at Abbey Road, London, NW8 with this link:

 

 

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No. 3  (LW 4)

(Peak Positions: No. 1 Pop—No. 1 Hot Soul—  No. 3 Hot Disco—No. 1 Pop Canada—No. 1 Pop U.K.)

“KUNG FU FIGHTING”

(Carl Douglas)

Produced by: BIDDU APPAIAH for Subiddu Music and Production, Ltd.

Arranged by: JERRY SHURY

Backing Vocals: The singing ensemble called “BONES”

Engineered by: RICHARD DODD                     Tape Operator: Stephen Allen

Recorded at: NOVA SOUND Studios, London

CARL DOUGLAS

20th CENTURY Records  TC-2140

Watch & Listen to CARL DOUGLAS lip-sync with this link:

 

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No. 2  (LW 3)

(Peak Positions: No. 2 Pop—No. 1 Hot Soul—  No. 2 Hot Disco—No. 2 Pop U.K.)

“YOU’RE THE FIRST, MY LAST, MY EVERYTHING”

(Barry White / Peter Sterling Radcliffe / Tony Sepe)

Produced by: BARRY WHITE – A Soul Unlimited, Inc. Production and A Barry White, Inc. Production

Arranged by: BARRY WHITE & GENE PAGE

Backing Musicians: LOVE UNLIMITED ORCHESTRA

Backing Vocals: LOVE UNLIMITED – GLODEAN JAMES WHITE, LINDA JAMES & DIANE TAYLOR

Engineers: FRANK KEJMAR & PAUL ELMORE

BARRY WHITE

20th CENTURY Records  TC-2133

Watch & Listen to BARRY WHITE live with orchestra with this link:

 

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 No.1

 

Pop

45 RPM

 

(Last Week No. 2)

 
“LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS”



(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)

 

 

ELTON JOHN (featuring the Reggae guitars of Dr. Winston O’Boogie)

 

MCA RecordsMCA-40344

 

Produced by: 

GUS DUDGEON

 

Arranged by:  

ARIF MARDIN

 

Musicians:

Keyboards: ELTON JOHN        Guitars: JOHN LENNON, DAVY JOHNSTONE                                 Bass: DEE MURRAY                          Drums: NIGEL OLSSON               Percussion: RAY COOPER            Backing Vocal: John Lennon

 

Engineered by:

JEFF GUERCIO

 

Recorded at:

CARIBOU RANCH near Nederland, Colorado

 

 

 

During the summer of ’74, Elton John was requested by John Lennon to come to a recording session for what would become John Winston Ono Lennon’s new single “Whatever Gets You Through The Night” from an approaching LP called Walls And Bridges. Elton sang harmonies and played piano on the recording. It’s been widely told that Elton asked Lennon to appear with him on-stage in the future. Lennon, never thinking his song would be a big hit, agreed; but only if his song reached No. 1. Well, it did (much to Lennon’s chagrin) in November of ’74. Move forward to Thanksgiving night that year, and Elton John was performing at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. His invited guest was a tentative John Lennon, consenting only because he made the bet with Elton months earlier. Lennon begged Elton that he only carry out three songs that night; “Whatever Gets You Through The Night,” (a No. 1 song for a lone week ending on November 16, 1974) “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” (No. 1 this week on the Hot 100 Singles chart) and “I Saw Her Standing There” mostly written by Paul McCartney back in the early ‘60s. Lennon said he would not sing “Imagine” or any of his other songs, as it was Elton’s show. Lennon had sung back-up vocals plus lead guitar on the studio version of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”—a non-album single. Here’s that live version of the Sgt. Pepper classic from that historic evening in Midtown Manhattan, with Elton’s band along the Memphis Horns.

Without anyone’s awareness, those performances by John Lennon would be the finishing live concert appearance before his death in 1980. The original tracks of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” from Elton John were recorded during the preparation for his album Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy, but kept off the LP. The B side of this No. 1 45 RPM was another Lennon composition from his Mind Games LP called “One Day At A Time” with John only playing guitar on the cut. The studio version of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” was in the first of two back-to-back weeks in the No. 1 slot during this surveystage in 1975. Lennon reunited with Yoko Ono (who was among the spectators that night) and re-imagined their bond, casting his 18-month girlfriend May Fun Yee Pang to the curb.





THE

BIG

SINGLES

 

 

 

For the   Chart-Week

ENDING

JANUARY 5, 1985

 

HOT 100

SINGLES

Top 10

 

 

THIS WEEK IN ‘85:

 

THIS WEEK—LAST WEEK—TITLE—WRITER(s)—ARTIST(s)—RECORD LABEL—CATALOG NO.

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No. 10 – (LW 10)

(Peak Positions: No. 9 Pop—No. 5 Top Rock Tracks—No. 18 Pop Canada—No. 41 Hot Dance/Disco Tracks—No. 27 U.K. Pop)

“VALOTTE”

(Julian Lennon / Justin Clayton / Carlton Morales)

Produced by: PHIL RAMONE

Engineered by: BRADSHAW LEIGH

Recorded at: MUSCLE SHOALS SOUND Recording Studio, Sheffield, Alabama

JULIAN LENNON

ATLANTIC Records  7-89608

Watch & Listen to this JULIAN LENNON performance with this video link:

 

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No. 9 – (LW 15)

(Peak Positions: No. 3 Pop—No. 1 Adult Contemporary—No. 14 Pop U.K.

“YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION”

(Peter Cetera / David Foster)

Produced by: DAVID FOSTER

Horns Arranged by: JAMES PANKOW

Strings Arranged by: JEREMY LUBBOCK

Keyboards Arranged by: DAVID FOSTER

Musicians:

Lead vocal, Bass guitar: PETER CETERA Backing Vocals: PETER CETERA, KENNY CETERA, BILL CHAMPLIN & ROBERT LAMM Keyboards: ROBERT LAMM, BILL CHAMPLIN, DAVID FOSTER                                              Guitars: CHRIS PINNICK, BILL CHAMPLIN Drums: DANIEL SERAPHINE                         Trombone: JAMES PANKOW                              Trumpet: LEE LOUGHNANE                         Woodwinds: WALTER PARAZADER             Percussion: PAULINHO De COSTA

Engineered & Mixed by: HUMBERTO GATICA

CHICAGO

WARNER BROS. / FULL MOON Records  7-29126

Watch & Listen to this CHICAGO performance:

 

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No. 8 (LW 12)

(Peak Positions: No. 1 Pop—No. 1 Hot Black—No. 1 Adult Contemporary)

“RUN TO YOU”

(Bryan Adams / Jim Vallance)

Produced by: BRYAN ADAMS & BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN

Assistant Producer: JIM VALLANCE

 

Musicians:

Vocals & Rhythm Guitar: BRYAN ADAMS          Lead & Rhythm Guitar: KEITH SCOTT                                                             Bass: DAVE TAYLOR                                            Drums: MICKEY CURRY                                Percussion: JIM VALLANCE                                Keyboards: TOMMY MANDEL

 

BRYAN ADAMS

A&M Records  AM-2686

Watch & Listen to BRYAN ADAMS performance with this link:

 

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No. 7  (LW 3)

(Peak Positions: No. 1 Pop—No. 24 Hot Black—No. 8 Adult Contemporary)

“OUT OF TOUCH”

(Daryl Hall & John Oates)

Produced by: DARYL HALL, JOHN OATES & BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN

Additional Production and Re-Mix by: ARTHUR BAKER

Musicians:

Electric Guitars: Daryl Hall, John Oates, Brian Doyle, G.E. Smith, TOM “T-BONE” WOLK        Bass guitar: TOM ‘T-BONE” WOLK                                                               Keyboards: Daryl Hall, John Oates                          Drums: MICKEY CURRY                                              Linn Drum Programming: JIMMY BRAYLOWER               Synclavier Programming: WELLS CHRISTY                                  Saxophone: CHARLES DeCHANT

Re-Mix Engineer: JAY BURNETT

Edited by: THE LATIN RASCALS

DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES

RCA Records  13916

Watch & Listen to this DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES performance:

 

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No. 6  (LW 9)

(Peak Positions: No. 2 Pop—No. 1 Adult Contemporary—No. 7 U.K. Pop)

“ALL I NEED”

(Cliff Magness / Glen Ballard / David Pack)

Produced by: GLEN BALLARD & CLIFF MAGNESS

Musicians:

Backing Vocals: CLIFF MAGNESS, ROSEMARY BUTLER, DEBBIE PEARL                                      Piano and Synthesizer: BILL ELLIOT                                                                 Electric guitar: CLIFF MAGNESS                  Saxophone: JERRY PETERSON                                                         Bass guitar: DAVEY FARAGHER                                           Drums: PAT MASTELATTO                                                            

JACK WAGNER

QUEST / WARNER BROS. Records  7-29238

Watch & Listen to this JACK WAGNER performance:

 

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No. 5  (LW 6)

(Peak Positions: No. 5 Pop—No. 3 Top Rock Tracks—No. 34 Adult Contemporary—No. 8 Pop Canada)

“WE BELONG”

(David E. Lowen / Dan Navarro)

Produced by: NEIL GERALDO & PETER COLEMAN

Musicians:

Guitars: NEIL GERALDO                                       Bass Guitars: DONNIE NOSSOV, ROGER CAPPS Keyboards: CHARLIE GIORDANO                         Drums & Additional Percussion: MYRON GROMBACHER

Engineered by: BINO ESPINOSA

PAT BENATAR

CHRYSALIS Records –

Watch & Listen to this PAT BENATAR performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxZInIyOBXk

 

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No. 4  (LW 5)

(Peak Positions: No. 4 Pop—No. 1 Hot Black Singles—No. 7 Pop, U.K.)

“COOL IT NOW”

(Vincent Brantley / Rick Timas)

Produced by: VINCENT BRANTLEY & RICK TIMAS for New Generations Productions, Inc.

Musicians:

Lead Vocal: RALPH TRESVANT                                                Backing Vocals: MICHAEL BIVENS, RONNIE DeVOE, BOBBY BROWN & RICKY BELL             Guitar, Bass & Drums: RICK TIMAS               Keyboards: VINCENT BRANTLEY

Engineered by: JOHN WOOD, TAAVI MOTE & VINCENT BRANTLEY

Recorded at: STUDIO MASTERS, Los Angeles

NEW EDITION

MCA Records  MCA-52445

Watch & Listen to NEW EDITION perform:

 

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No. 3  (LW 4)

(Peak Positions: No. 3 Pop—No. 1 Adult Contemporary—No. 25 Rock Tracks—No. 1 Pop Canada)

“SEA OF LOVE”

(George Khoury / Phillip Baptiste a/k/a Phil Phillips)

Produced by: NUGETRE (AHMET ERTEGUN) & THE FABULOUS BRILL BROTHERS (ROBERT PLANT & PHIL CARSON

Co-Producer: NILE ROGERS

Musicians:

Lead Vocals: ROBERT PLANT                     Guitars: JIMMY PAGE, JEFF BECK, NILE ROGERS & BRIAN SETZER                                Keyboards: PAUL SHAFFER                               Bass guitar: WAYNE PEDZIWIATR                    Drums: DAVE WECKL, KEITH “BEV” SMITH

Recorded at: ATLANTIC STUDIOS, NYC & Overdubs at MARCUS STUDIOS, London

THE HONEYDRIPPERS

ES PERANZA / ATLANTIC Records  90265

Watch & Listen to the HONEYDRIPPERS performance:

 

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No. 2  (LW 2)

(Peak Positions: No. 2 Pop, U.S—No. 4 Hot Rock Tracks—No. 2 Pop Canada—No. 2 Pop U.K.)

“THE WILD BOYS”

(Simon LeBon / Nick Rhodes / John Taylor / Roger Taylor / Andy Taylor)

Produced by: NILE ROGERS & DURAN DURAN

Musicians:

Lead Vocals: SIMON LeBON                    Keyboards: NICK RHODES                                Bass guitar: JOHN TAYLOR                                Drums: ROGER TAYLOR                                        Guitar: ANDY TAYLOR

Engineered & Mixed by: JASON CORSARO

DURAN DURAN

 CAPITOL Records B-5417

Watch & Listen to this DURAN DURAN performance:

 

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 No.1

 

Pop

45 RPM

 

(Last Week No. 1)

 

“LIKE A VIRGIN”    



(Billy Steinberg / Tom Kelly)

 

Flip-Side:

“STAY”

 

 

MADONNA

 

MOTOWN Records1819-MF

 

Produced by:

NILE ROGERS for Nile Rogers Productions, Inc.

 

Musicians:

Vocals: Madonna                                  Guitar: NILE ROGERS                                                        Bass guitar: BERNARD EDWARDS Drums: TONY THOMPSON           Drum programming: NILE ROGERS            Bass synthesizer & assorted synthesizers: ROB SABINO           

Recorded at: THE POWER STATION, NYC

 

For Madonna, “Like A Virgin” was her earliest No. 1 record on Hot 100 Singles chart, and ended up being the megastar’s biggest hit of the entire decade of the 1980s. Madonna’s album Like A Virgin was currently in the No. 2 slot on the Top Pop Albums chart during this survey-period; heading for No. 1 for an ultimate three consecutive weeks at the zenith in the weeks ahead. The album was recorded at The Power Station studios in New York City; with Chic founder Niles Rogers producing the entire album Like A Virgin.  The song “Like A Virgin” was #1 for 6 weeks from the week before Christmas in ’84 into early ’85, and was her second million-selling single after “Borderline” rose to No. 10 Pop in ’84. This was the third of those six chart-weeks as the prime single in the U.S.A. The LP had been released in November of ’84. Another single was on the horizon, as Sire Records realized just how hot this woman was in early ’85 with the song that gained Madonna an early nickname “The Material Girl.” That single stalled at No. 2 on the Hot 100; prevented from reaching the pinnacle by Phil Collins’ “One More Night.” Madonna is remembered for rolling around in a white wedding dress as she introduced the title track on the MTV Music Awards. Here’s the official video of “Like A Virgin.”


The third single from the LP Like A Virgin was “Angel” (No. 5 Pop) followed by “Dress You Up” (No. 5 Pop.) Here’s an oddity about the LP; the song “Into The Groove” was released when Sire Records re-released the album later in 1985 due to its major airplay on the radio. It was NOT released as an official single in America, but was featured in Madonna’s film Desperately Seeking Susan. “Into The Groove” was recorded in Philadelphia at Sigma Sound, the home of Gamble & Huff’s music empire. Here in the states, the song was only available on a 12-inch single as the B side of the song “Angel.” I think it’s one of her most excellent tracks. 4 out of 5 dancers agree.

I’ll see ya next week with another fact & fun-filled edition of “Big Jay’s Big Week in Pop Music History.” Share this with your Record Pig pals. And, listen to me on the legendary WCBS-FM 101.1 in NYC. I’m on all-night on CBS-FM both weekend nights, 12 AM to 6 AM ET on the Biggest Radio Station from the Greatest City in the World!

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**Special thanks to www.ShopRadioCast.com for supplying the photo of the 45 RPM adapter insert. 

(Images courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net -- '60s 45 record image by dan; '70s headphones/vinyl record image by dan; '80s cassette tape image by graur razvan ionut.)

**All chart information is used by permission of Record Research, Inc., from Publisher Joel Whitburn. The original information comes from Billboard Magazine’s various Hot 100 singles, Top 200 albums, and various R & B charts published by Billboard as compiled by Record Research. www.RecordResearch.com

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