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To quote a well-known phrase from 1960’s and 1970’s radio – “And the Hits, Just Keep on Comin!'” – and welcome to another installment of #1 Songs On This Date.
The total now stands at 255 distinct number one singles from the years 1956 through 1995 having been featured – with hundreds more to follow.
They’re all part of a permanent archive that’s being built at HouseoftheHits.com which will ultimately feature ALL 837 different number one singles as listed in 2,080 weekly national music charts published by Billboard® within that 40-year timeframe.
Fortunately, HouseoftheHits has every one of those charts – plus secondary data – as published in the essential Joel Whitburn’s Record Research series (CD-ROM and eBook edition formats).
Everything is stored digitally on a HouseoftheHits computer – as are all 837 number one singles (in high-quality audio) from the music vault.
With the availability of precise data and the HOTH song files – together with some amazing technology – approximately 600 – 700 of those Billboard® chart-toppers will be presented this year – with the remainder to follow in early 2017.
As the archive grows you will have continual free access to the accumulating repository, indexed by Decade, Month and Year. Plus, EVERY Title and Artist will be (blue) hyper-linked for smooth, easy navigation from song to song – with more great features to be added along the way.
Again, it will contain every #1 single in America, plus interesting commentary about each song (written by yours truly) and presented with a crystal clear High-Definition audio version of the complete original hit to instantly play as often as you wish.
The ever-expanding library is found HERE and you can bookmark this link for future instant access.
Due to copyright issues, some audio song files may not play on smartphones, tablets and connected devices. Whenever possible, an alternate working audio source will be provided, but a PC, Mac or laptop may ultimately be required in some cases.
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#1 / June 17th, 1992
(Radio Edit Version)
Number One: 8 weeks
Replaced: SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST / Vanessa Williams
Succeeded by: I’LL BE THERE / Mariah Carey
This young male hip hop duo named Kris Kross hailed from the suburbs of Atlanta, GA and both members were barely in their teens when they held an 8-week stranglehold on Billboard’s top slot.
Chris “Mack Daddy” Kelly and Chris “Daddy Mack” Smith were just 13 years old when they sold four million copies of their monster hit. In fact, the latter was still 12 when the recording took place.
And the song’s writer and record’s producer, Jermaine Dupri, certainly understood being in the industry at a very young age, being only 14 when he first conducted professional recording sessions.
[Trivia Bits] Kris Kross never duplicated their initial success with Jump but managed three additional Top 20 singles that each moved a million units across record store counters: Warm It Up (1992 • #13), Alright (1993 • #19) and Tonite’s Tha Night (1995 • #12).
Chris Kelly died from a drug overdose in 2013.
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#1 / June 17th, 1982
EBONY AND IVORY
Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
Ebony And Ivory, a song that espouses racial peace and harmony metaphorically via a piano keyboard, was the first duet single on which either Paul McCartney or Stevie Wonder had appeared.
Although in 1979 the latter had joined Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross on a tribute single to the father of Motown Records founder Barry Gordy, Jr. called Pops, We Love You/A Tribute To Father (#59).
And in late 1982, plus again in 1983, Sir Paul would team with Michael Jackson on the hits The Girl Is Mine (#2) and their chart-topping Say Say Say, respectively.
Wonder subsequently was paired on two singles in 1988, one with Jackson (Get It) and the other with Julio Iglesias (My Love). Neither release performed well on the Hot 100 – both maxing out at #80.
A seven-week domination at #1 by E&I was capped by a trio of Grammy Award nominations for ‘Record of the Year,’ ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal,’ with Macca’s Tug Of War album also being a finalist in the ‘Album of the Year’ category.
Ebony And Ivory matched I Love Rock ‘N Roll by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts for longevity at #1, but, selling just one million copies, was nudged out by Ms. Jett and company for Billboard’s top single of 1982 honor; the latter was a platinum seller that doubled McCartney and Wonder’s sales success.
[Trivia Bits] Stevie Wonder played the drums on Ebony And Ivory, which capped both the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts of Billboard for two weeks simultaneously (May 15-28). As well, it peaked on the weekly premier music chart’s R&B listings at #8.
On the strength of the single, the album from which it came, Tug Of War, held down the #1 position on Billboard’s album chart for three weeks.
The song has never appeared on any Stevie Wonder album from his parent Motown Records due to publishing rights. McCartney’s label at that time, Columbia, owns the recording.
Other #1 Singles for PAUL McCARTNEY (29)
• 1964 / I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND (The Beatles)
• 1964 / SHE LOVES YOU (The Beatles)
• 1964 / CAN’T BUY ME LOVE (The Beatles)
• 1964 / LOVE ME DO (The Beatles)
• 1964 / A HARD DAY’S NIGHT (The Beatles)
• 1964 / I FEEL FINE (The Beatles)
• 1965 / EIGHT DAYS A WEEK (The Beatles)
• 1965 / TICKET TO RIDE (The Beatles)
• 1965 / HELP! (The Beatles)
• 1965 / YESTERDAY (The Beatles)
• 1966 / WE CAN WORK IT OUT (The Beatles)
• 1966 / PAPERBACK WRITER (The Beatles)
• 1967 / PENNY LANE (The Beatles)
• 1967 / ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE (The Beatles)
• 1967 / HELLO GOODBYE (The Beatles)
• 1968 / HEY JUDE (The Beatles)
• 1969 / GET BACK (The Beatles with Billy Preston)
• 1969 / COME TOGETHER b/w SOMETHING (The Beatles)
• 1970 / LET IT BE (The Beatles)
• 1970 / THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD (The Beatles)
• 1971 / UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY (Paul & Linda McCartney)
• 1973 / MY LOVE (Paul McCartney & Wings)
• 1973 / BAND ON THE RUN (Paul McCartney & Wings)
• 1975 / LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID (Wings)
• 1976 / SILLY LOVE SONGS (Wings)
• 1978 / WITH A LITTLE LUCK (Wings)
• 1980 / COMING UP (Live At Glasgow)
• 1983 / SAY SAY SAY (Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson)
Other #1 Singles for STEVIE WONDER (10)
• 1963 / FINGERTIPS – Part 2 (Little Stevie Wonder)
• 1973 / SUPERSTITION
• 1973 / YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE
• 1974 / YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN
• 1977 / I WISH
• 1977 / SIR DUKE
• 1984 / I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU
• 1985 / PART-TIME LOVER
• 1986 / THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR (Dionne and Friends)
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#1 / June 17th, 1972
THE CANDY MAN
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Number One: 3 weeks
Replaced: I’LL TAKE YOU THERE / Staple Singers
Succeeded by: SONG SUNG BLUE / Neil Diamond
One of America’s all-time greatest entertainers, singer-dancer-actor Sammy Davis, Jr. had a recording career that spanned over 25 years, beginning in 1955 for his first label, Capitol Records.
He placed 28 singles on Billboard’s Singles Chart – among his best being Something’s Gotta Give (1955 • #9), Love Me Or Leave Me (1955 • #12), That Old Black Magic (1955 • #13), What Kind Of Fool Am I (1962 • #16) and one of this writer’s all-time favorites, I’ve Gotta Be Me (1968 • #11).
The Candy Man featured vocals by The Mike Curb Congregation, who had earlier released their own unsuccessful version, with Davis Jr.’s rendering of the song reaching the top of the Hot 100 and evolving into the vocalist’s signature number and eventual moniker.
As founder of the Curb record label, Mike Curb became a prominent record executive, then NASCAR car owner and California state politician.
Co-written by British actor-singer-songwriter Anthony Newley, TCM first appeared in ‘Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory,’ a 1971 film based on Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s novel ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’
However, on the darker side, a “Candy Man” was also widely believed to have been the designation throughout Hollywood’s elite circles for their supplier(s) of drugs and pills of all shapes, sizes and colors used for various purposes – giving the song’s ostensibly euphemistic lyrics a much more sinister meaning.
[Trivia Bits] In the early 1970’s, Sammy Davis, Jr. recorded two albums for Berry Gordy Jr.‘s Motown Records and the former holds the distinction of the artist with the only 45 ever released on the company’s short-lived Ecology label. Titled In My Own Lifetime, it failed to chart.
Sammy Davis, Jr. died of cancer on May 16, 1990 at the age of just 64.
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#1 / June 17th, 1962
I CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU
I Can’t Stop Loving You was written and first recorded by late-1950’s to mid-1970’s country music star Don Gibson, first appearing on the B-side of his 1958 Billboard #7 pop chart hit Oh Lonesome Me.
Four years later, singer-songwriter-musician Ray Charles – dubbed “The Genius” – would record the tune as part of a professionally risky move by the American music legend – an entire album of cover songs diametrically opposed to his hybrid blend of R&B, gospel and blues, called Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music.
Feeling it might harm Ray’s career by eroding his fan base, his record label, ABC-Paramount strongly opposed the move. But Charles ignored their advice and completed the album anyway.
With songs selected by his producer Sid Feller, ICSLY was included on side two of the LP, then released as a single – edited to 2:37 from the four+ minute album version.
For Charles, blind since age 7, the move was wildly successful, with the single hitting #1 not only on the Hot 100, but also topping the magazine’s R&B and Adult Contemporary rankings and the UK Singles Chart.
And tacked onto the song’s accolades were Billboard’s #1 record of 1962 and a career-best single for “Brother Ray.”
[Trivia Bits] I Can’t Stop Loving You became a multi-genre standard, having been covered and/or charted on Billboard’s Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, Rhythm & Blues and Country listings by artists such as Count Basie, Tab Hunter, Mary K. Miller, Roy Orbison, Sammi Smith, Conway Twitty, Kitty Wells and Tommy Zang.
Don Gibson also penned the country music standard Sweet Dreams, a hit for not only himself in 1955, but also by Faron Young (1956), Patsy Cline(1963), Tommy McLain (1966) and Emmy Lou Harris (1975).
In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Charles at #10 on their list of the ‘100 Greatest Artists of All Time.’
Ray Charles Robinson passed away on June 10, 2004 at age 73.
Other #1 Singles by RAY CHARLES (3)
• 1960 / GEORGIA ON MY MIND
• 1961 / HIT THE ROAD JACK
Produced & Written By: Rick Murray Hunter / HouseoftheHits.com
Songs Source: The Music Vault of HouseoftheHits Inc.
Billboard® Chart Data: Joel Whitburn’s Record Research (eBook Editions)
• The Billboard Book Of Number One Hits (5th Edition) by Fred Bronson
• The Billboard Book Of Number One Rhythm & Blues Hits by Adam White and Fred Bronson
• The Billboard Book Of Number One Adult Contemporary Hits by Wesley Hyatt
• The Billboard Book Of Number One Albums by Craig Rosen
• The Billboard’s Hottest Hot 100 Hits (4th Edition) by Fred Bronson
• 1000 UK Chart Hits (Kindle Edition) by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh
• The Archives of RollingStone.com
Record Sleeve & Label Graphics: Courtesy of 45cat.com
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