Thursday, February 28, 2019

Australia’s Biggest #1 Albums

First posted 5/15/2015. Updated 2/28/2019.

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This is a list of the biggest #1 albums on the Australian charts from its inception in 1965 to today. In the event of ties (of which there are many), the album ranking highest in Dave’s Music Database is listed first and so on. Also, the year listed is when the album was released or first charted. Consequently, it may not indicate the actual year in which the album peaked at #1.

    76 weeks:

  1. The Sound of Music (soundtrack, 1965)

    34 weeks:

  2. Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms (1985)

    32 weeks:

  3. Adele: 21 (2011)

    30 weeks:

  4. The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

    29 weeks:

  5. Neil Diamond: Hot August Night (live, 1972)
  6. Delta Goodrem: Innocent Eyes (2003)

    28 weeks:

  7. Various Artists: Hair (cast, 1968)

    27 weeks:

  8. Ed Sheeran: ÷ (Divide) (2017)

    25 weeks:

  9. John Farnham: Whispering Jack (1986)

    20 weeks:

  10. Shania Twain: Come on Over (1997)

    19 weeks:

  11. Creedence Clearwater Revival: Cosmo’s Factory (1970)
  12. Savage Garden: Savage Garden (1997)

    18 weeks:

  13. The Beatles: Abbey Road (1969)
  14. Mariah Carey: Music Box (1993)
  15. Boz Scaggs: Silk Degrees (1976)

    17 weeks:

  16. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass: Going Places (1965)
  17. The Seekers: Greatest Hits (1967)

    16 weeks:

  18. The Beatles: The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
  19. Abba: Best of (1976) (released outside of Australia as Greatest Hits with two more tracks)
  20. Skyhooks: Living in the ‘70s (1975)

    15 weeks:

  21. Simon & Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
  22. Dire Straits: Love Over Gold (1982)
  23. Cat Stevens: Teaser and the Firecat (1971)

    14 weeks:

  24. Bee Gees/Various Artists: Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack, 1977)
  25. Various Artists: Grease (soundtrack, 1978)
  26. Kings of Leon: Only by the Night (2008)
  27. Bryan Adams: So Far So Good (1993)
  28. Michael Bublé: Christmas (2011)

    13 weeks:

  29. Pink: Greatest Hits…So Far!!! (2010)
  30. A Man and a Woman (Un Homme et Une Femme) (soundtrack, 1967)

    12 weeks:

  31. Eagles: Hotel California (1976)
  32. James Blunt: Back to Bedlam (2004)
  33. Slade: Alive! (1972)

    11 weeks:

  34. Michael Jackson: Thriller (1982)
  35. The Beatles: Rubber Soul (1965)
  36. Whitney Houston: Whitney Houston (1985)
  37. The Beatles: Help! (1965)
  38. James Horner (composer): Titanic (soundtrack, 1997)
  39. The Beatles: Beatles for Sale (1964)
  40. The Rolling Stones: Tattoo You (1981)
  41. Jethro Tull: Thick As a Brick (1972)
  42. Susan Boyle: I Dreamed a Dream (2009)
  43. Don McLean: American Pie (1972)
  44. Moulin Rouge (soundtrack, 2001)
  45. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born (soundtrack, 2018)
  46. Abba: Abba (1975)
  47. Skyhooks: Ego Is Not a Dirty Word (1975)
  48. Icehouse: Man of Colours (1987)

    10 weeks:

  49. Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill (1995)
  50. John Lennon/Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy (1980)
  51. Split Enz: True Colours (1980)
  52. Elton John: Caribou (1974)
  53. Pink: The Truth About Love (2012)
  54. Rod Stewart: A Night on the Town (1976)
  55. Crowded House: Recurring Dream – The Very Best of (1996)
  56. Jesus Christ Superstar (Australian cast, 1992)

    9 weeks:

  57. The Beatles: 1 (2000)
  58. Norah Jones: Come Away with Me (2002)
  59. Men at Work: Business as Usual (1981)
  60. Taylor Swift: 1989 (2014)
  61. Eminem: Recovery (2010)
  62. Robbie Williams: Greatest Hits (2004)
  63. Electric Light Orchestra: A New World Record (1976)
  64. Romeo + Juliet (sountrack, 1996)
  65. Rod Stewart: Foot Loose & Fancy Free (1977)
  66. Pink: Funhouse (2008)
  67. Village People: Can’t Stop the Music (1980)
  68. Various Artists: Choose 1985 (1984)

    8 weeks:

  69. Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (1977)
  70. Bruce Springsteen: Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
  71. Various Artists: Dirty Dancing (soundtrack, 1987)
  72. Eric Clapton: Unplugged (live, 1992)
  73. George Harrison: All Things Must Pass (1970)
  74. Adele: 25 (2015)
  75. Abba: Arrival (1976)
  76. Dido…No Angel (1999)
  77. Celine Dion: The Colour of My Love (1993)
  78. Ed Sheeran: X (Multiply) (2014)
  79. The Greatest Showman (soundtrack, 2018)
  80. Macy Gray: On How Life Is (1999)
  81. Joe Cocker: Cocker Happy (1971)
  82. John Farnham: Age of Reason (1988)

    7 weeks:

  83. Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell (1977)
  84. Eminem: The Eminem Show (2002)
  85. Paul McCartney & Wings…Band on the Run (1973)
  86. Live: Throwing Copper (1994)
  87. Eurythmics: Greatest Hits (1991)
  88. Avril Lavigne: Let Go (2002)
  89. Culture Club: Colour by Numbers (1983)
  90. Michael Jackson: The Essential (2005)
  91. Marvin Hamlisch: The Sting (soundtrack, 1974)
  92. Cat Stevens: Catch Bull at Four (1972)
  93. Jeff Wayne: War of the Worlds (1978)
  94. INXS: Very Best of (2014)
  95. Richard Marx: Repeat Offender (1989)
  96. Missy Higgins: The Sound of White (2004)
  97. Daddy Cool: Daddy Who?...Daddy Cool (1971)
  98. Neil Diamond: Serenade (1974)
  99. The Beatles: Ballads (1981)
  100. Moving Pictures: Days of Innocence (1982)
  101. Jimmy Barnes: For the Working Class Man (1985)

* More than 100 albums are listed so that all those albums which spent 7 weeks at the top could be listed.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Canada #1 Albums – Top 100

First posted 5/14/2015. Updated 2/27/2019.

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This is a list of the biggest #1 albums on the Canadian charts from its inception in 1968 to today. In the event of ties (of which there are many), the album ranking highest in Dave’s Music Database is listed first and so on. Also, the year listed is when the album was released or first charted. Consequently, it may not indicate the actual year in which the album peaked at #1.

    35 weeks:

  1. Adele 21 (2011)

    24 weeks:

  2. The Police: Synchronicity (1983)

    22 weeks:

  3. Bee Gees/Various Artists: Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack, 1977)

    21 weeks:

  4. Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (1977)
  5. Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill (1995)

    18 weeks:

  6. Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms (1985)

    17 weeks:

  7. U2: The Joshua Tree (1987)
  8. Whitney Houston: Whitney Houston (1985)
  9. Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive! (live, 1975)

    16 weeks:

  10. Fine Young Cannibals: The Raw and the Cooked (1989)

    14 weeks:

  11. Various Artists: Dirty Dancing (soundtrack, 1987)
  12. Eric Clapton: Unplugged (live, 1992)
  13. Supertramp: Breakfast in America (1979)
  14. Madonna: True Blue (1986)
  15. Various Artists: Hair (cast, 1968)
  16. Sinéad O’Connor: I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (1990)
  17. Elton John: Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)

    13 weeks:

  18. Michael Jackson: Thriller (1982)
  19. Prince & the Revolution: Purple Rain (1984)
  20. Pink Floyd: The Wall (1979)
  21. Bruce Springsteen: Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
  22. Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
  23. Elton John: Greatest Hits (1974)
  24. U2: Rattle and Hum (studio/live soundtrack, 1988)
  25. Ace of Base: The Sign (aka “Happy Nation”) (1993)
  26. Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair (1985)
  27. Celine Dion: The Colour of My Love (1993)
  28. Queen: Classic Queen (1992)

    12 weeks:

  29. The Beatles: The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
  30. Adele: 25 (2015)
  31. Drake: Views (2016)
  32. Culture Club: Colour by Numbers (1983)
  33. Milli Vanilli: Girl You Know It’s True (1989)

    11 weeks:

  34. The Beatles: Abbey Road (1969)
  35. James Horner (composer): Titanic (soundtrack, 1997)
  36. Phil Collins: …But Seriously (1989)
  37. Shania Twain: Up! (2002)

    10 weeks:

  38. Nirvana: Nevermind (1991)
  39. Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
  40. Creedence Clearwater Revival: Cosmo’s Factory (1970)
  41. Men at Work Business As Usual (1981)
  42. John Lennon/Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy (1980)
  43. Shaggy: Hotshot (2000)
  44. Bryan Adams: Waking Up the Neighbours (1991)
  45. Avril Lavigne: Under My Skin (2004)
  46. J. Geils Band: Freeze Frame (1981)
  47. The Moody Blues: Long Distance Voyager (1981)
  48. Various Artists: Now! 3 (1998)

    9 weeks:

  49. Simon & Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
  50. Madonna: The Immaculate Collection (compilation, 1990)
  51. Various artists (Whitney Houston et al): The Bodyguard (soundtrack, 1992)
  52. R.E.M…Out of Time (1991)
  53. Eminem: The Eminem Show (2002)
  54. Rod Stewart: Every Picture Tells a Story (1971)
  55. George Harrison: All Things Must Pass (1970)
  56. Tracy Chapman: Tracy Chapman (1988)
  57. M.C. Hammer: Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em (1990)
  58. Britney Spears: …Baby One More Time (1999)
  59. Taylor Swift: 1989 (2014)
  60. Various Artists: Footloose (soundtrack, 1984)
  61. Ed Sheeran: ÷ (Divide) (2017)
  62. Traveling Wilburys: Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 (1988)
  63. Don McLean: American Pie (1972)
  64. AC/DC: The Razor’s Edge (1990)
  65. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born (soundtrack, 2018)

    8 weeks:

  66. Carole King: Tapestry (1971)
  67. Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet (1986)
  68. Green Day: Dookie (1994)
  69. Santana: Supernatural (1999)
  70. Janis Joplin: Pearl (1971)
  71. Phil Collins: No Jacket Required (1985)
  72. James Blunt: Back to Bedlam (2004)
  73. No Doubt: Tragic Kingdom (1995)
  74. Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993)
  75. Blood, Sweat & Tears: Blood, Sweat & Tears (1969)
  76. Black Eyed Peas: The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (2009)
  77. U2: Zooropa (1993)
  78. Paul McCartney & Wings: Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976)
  79. Midnight Oil: Diesel and Dust (1987)
  80. John Cougar Mellencamp: The Lonesome Jubilee (1987)
  81. Barenaked Ladies: Gordon (1992)
  82. Various Artists: Big Shiny Tunes 6 (2002)

    7 weeks:

  83. Led Zeppelin…Led Zeppelin II (1969)
  84. Various Artists: Grease (soundtrack, 1978)
  85. The Beatles: Let It Be (1970)
  86. The Rolling Stones: Tattoo You (1981)
  87. Various Artists: Frozen (soundtrack, 2013)
  88. Eminem: Recovery (2010)
  89. Eminem: Curtain Call: The Hits (2005)
  90. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Live 1975/1985 (live box set, 1986)
  91. 50 Cent: The Massacre (2005)
  92. Billy Joel: Glass Houses (1980)
  93. Ricky Martin: Ricky Martin 1999)
  94. Led Zeppelin: In Through the Out Door (1979)
  95. Celine Dion: A New Day Has Come (2002)
  96. Carly Simon: No Secrets (1973)
  97. Tracy Chapman: New Beginning (1995)
  98. The Weeknd Starboy (2016)
  99. America: America (1972)
  100. Sarah McLachlan: Afterglow (2003)
  101. C + C Music Factory: Gonna Make You Sweat (1990)
  102. Bay City Rollers: Bay City Rollers (1976)
  103. Various Artists: Now! 2 (1997)
  104. Various Artists: Big Shiny Tunes 2 (1998)

* More than 100 albums are listed so that all those albums which spent 7 weeks at the top could be listed.


Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Oscars: Best Song Winners Ranked

First posted 2/27/2012. Updated 2/24/2019.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, better known as the Oscars, has given out its annual movie awards since 1934. Among the awards is the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The field is limited by eligibility requirements and has overlooked some songs which are integrally linked to their movies. Bill Haley’s “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (The Blackboard Jungle) and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” (The Bodyguard) come to mind.

Still, the Oscar-winning writers are a who’s who of quintessential songwriters and composers including Harold Arlen, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, Hal David, Marvin Hamlisch, Oscar Hammerstein II, E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, Jerome Kern, Alan Jay Lerner, Frank Loesser, Frederick Loewe, Henry Mancini, Alan Menken, Johnny Mercer, Tim Rice, Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Paul Williams. In addition, a number of notable singers have put their songwriting stamp on Oscar, including Phil Collins, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Carly Simon, Bruce Springsteen, and Stevie Wonder.

Anyway, without further ado, here are how the winners stack up against each other (along with a video of one of the songs from each decade of Oscar songs):


Year: “Song” Performer Associated Most with Song * (Composers) Title of Movie

* May not necessarily be who performed the song in the movie

  1. 1942: “White Christmas” Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers (Irving Berlin) Holiday Inn
  2. 1939: “Over the Rainbow” Judy Garland (Harold Arlen/E.Y. “Yip” Harburg) The Wizard of Oz
  3. 1936: “The Way You Look Tonight” Fred Astaire with Johnny Green & His Orchestra (Jerome Kerns/Dorothy Fields) Swing Time
  4. 1997: Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (James Horner/Will Jennings) Titanic
  5. 2002: “Lose Yourself” Eminem (Marshall Mathers/Jeff Bass/Luis Resto) 8 Mile
  6. 1940: “When You Wish Upon a Star” Cliff Edwards (Ned Washington/Leigh Harline) Pinocchio
  7. 1948: “Buttons and Bows” Dinah Shore & Her Harper Valley Boys (Jay Livingston/Ray Evans) The Paleface
  8. 1944: “Swinging on a Star” Bing Crosby with the John Scott Trott Orchestra & the Williams Brothers Quartet (Jimmy Van Heusen/Johnny Burke) Going My Way
  9. 1977: “You Light Up My Life” Debby Boone (Joe Brooks) You Light Up My Life
  10. 1950: “Mona Lisa” Nat “King” Cole (Raymond Evans/Jay Livingston) Captain Carey, U.S.A.

  11. 1943: “You’ll Never Know” Dick Haymes with the Song Spinners (Harry Warren/Mack Gordon) Hello, Frisco, Hello
  12. 1937: “Sweet Leilani” Bing Crosby with Lani McIntire & His Hawaiians (Harry Owens) Wakiki Wedding
  13. 1973: “The Way We Were” Barbara Streisand (Marvin Hamlisch/Alan Bergman/Marilyn Bergman) The Way We Were
  14. 1983: “Flashdance…What a Feeling” Irene Cara (Irene Cara/Giorgio Moroder/Keith Forsey) Flashdance
  15. 1953: “Secret Love” Doris Day (Paul Francis Webster/Sammy Fain) Calamity Jane
  16. 1984: “I Just Called to Say I Love You” Stevie Wonder (Stevie Wonder) The Woman in Red
  17. 1946: “On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe” Johnny Mercer & the Pied Pipers (Harry Warren/Johnny Mercer) The Harvey Girls
  18. 1945: “It Might As Well Be Spring” Dick Haymes (Oscar Hammerstein II/Richard Rodgers) State Fair
  19. 1961: “Moon River” Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn (Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer) Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  20. 1955: “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” The Four Aces (Sammy Fain/Paul Francis Webster) Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

  21. 1971: “Theme from Shaft” Isaac Hayes (Isaac Hayes) Shaft
  22. 1935: “Lullaby of Broadway” The Dorsey Brothers with Bob Crosby (Harry Warren/Al Dubin) Gold Diggers of 1935
  23. 1969: “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” B.J. Thomas (Burt Bacharach/Hal David) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  24. 1985: “Say You, Say Me” Lionel Richie (Lionel Richie) White Nights
  25. 1949: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Johnny Mercer with Margaret Whiting (Frank Loesser) Neptune’s Daughter
  26. 1982: “Up Where We Belong” Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes (Will Jennings/Jack Nitzsche/Buffy Saint Marie) An Officer and a Gentleman
  27. 1934: “The Continental” Leo Reisman (Jerb Magidson/Con Conrad) The Gay Divorce
  28. 1956: “Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera)” Doris Day (Jay Livingston/Ray Evans) The Man Who Knew Too Much
  29. 1992: “A Whole New World” Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle (Alan Menken/Tim Rice) Aladdin
  30. 1987: “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (Frank Previte/John DeNicola/Donald Markowitz) Dirty Dancing

  31. 1993: “Streets of Philadelphia” Bruce Springsteen (Bruce Springsteen) Philadelphia
  32. 1938: “Thanks for the Memory” Shep Fields with Bob Goday (Ralph Rainger/Leo Robin) The Big Broadcast of 1938
  33. 1976: “Evergreen” Barbra Streisand (Barbra Streisand/Paul Williams) A Star Is Born
  34. 1947: “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” James Baskett (Allie Wrubel/Ray Gilbert) Song of the South
  35. 1994: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” Elton John (Elton John/Tim Rice) The Lion King
  36. 1981: “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” Christopher Cross (Burt Bacharach/Christopher Cross/Carole Bayer Sager/Peter Allen) Arthur
  37. 1978: “Last Dance” Donna Summer (Paul Jabara) Thank God It’s Friday
  38. 1986: “Take My Breath Away” Berlin (Giorgio Moroder/Tom Whitlock) Top Gun
  39. 2013: “Let It Go” Idina Menzel (Kristen Anderson-Lopez Robert Lopez) Frozen
  40. 1991: “Beauty and the Beast” Celine Dion with Peabo Bryson (Howard Ashman/Alan Menken) Beauty and the Beast

  41. 1966: “Born Free” Roger Williams (John Barry/Don Black) Born Free
  42. 1954: “Three Coins in the Fountain” The Four Aces (Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn) Three Coins in the Fountain
  43. 1952: “High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)” Tex Ritter (Ned Washington/Dmitri Tiomkin) High Noon
  44. 1962: “The Days of Wine and Roses” Henry Mancini (Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer) Days of Wine and Roses
  45. 2012: “Skyfall” Adele (Adele, Paul Epworth) Skyfall
  46. 1941: “The Last Time I Saw Paris” Kate Smith (Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II) Lady Be Good
  47. 1995: “Colors of the Wind” Vanessa Williams (Alan Menken/Steve Schwartz) Pocahontas
  48. 1980: “Fame” Irene Cara (Michael Gore/Dean Pitchford) Fame
  49. 1999: “You’ll Be in My Heart” Phil Collins (Phil Collins) Tarzan
  50. 1972: “The Morning After” Maureen McGovern (Al Kasha/Joel Hirshhorn) The Poseidon Adventure

  51. 2018: “Shallow” Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt) A Star Is Born
  52. 1970: “For All We Know” The Carpenters (Jimmy Griffin/Fred Karlin/Robb Wilson) Love and Other Strangers
  53. 1963: “Call Me Irresponsible” Frank Sinatra (Sammy Cahn/James Van Heusen) Papa’s Delicate Condition
  54. 1965: “The Shadow of Your Smile” Tony Bennett (Johnny Mandel/Paul Francis Webster) The Sandpiper
  55. 1951: “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening” (Bing Crosby with Jane Wyman (Hoagy Carmichael/Johnny Mercer) Here Comes the Groom
  56. 1959: “High Hopes” Frank Sinatra (Sammy Cahn/James Van Heusen) A Hole in the Head
  57. 1957: “All the Way” Sammy Cahn (Sammy Cahn/James Van Heusen) The Joker Is Wild
  58. 1996: “You Must Love Me” Madonna (Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice) Evita
  59. 1998: “When You Believe” Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey (Stephen Schwartz) The Prince of Egypt
  60. 1974: “We May Never Love Like This Again” Seals & Croft (Dash Crofts/Jimmy Seals) The Towering Inferno

  61. 1975: “I’m Easy” Keith Carradine (Keith Carradine) Nashville
  62. 1964: “Chim Chim Cheree” Julie Andrews with Dick Van Dyke, Dotrice, & Garber (Richard Sherman/Robert Sherman) Mary Poppins
  63. 1989: “Under the Sea” Samuel Wright (Howard Ashman/Alan Menken) The Little Mermaid
  64. 1958: “Gigi” Les Baxter (Frederick Loewe/Alan Jay Lerner) Gigi
  65. 1960: “Never on Sunday” Don Costa (Manos Hadijidakis/Billy Towne) Never on Sunday
  66. 2007: “Falling Slowly” The Swell Season (Glen Hansard/Marketa Irglova) Once
  67. 2015: “Writing’s on the Wall” Sam Smith (Jimmy Napes, Sam Smith) Spectre
  68. 1988: “Let the River Run” Carly Simon (Carly Simon) Working Girl
  69. 2000: “Things Have Changed” Bob Dylan (Bob Dylan) Wonder Boys
  70. 1968: “Windmills of Your Mind” Noel Harrison (Michael Legrand/Alan Bergman/Marilyn Bergman) The Thomas Crown Affair

  71. 2014: “Glory” Common & John Legend (Common, John Legend) Selma
  72. 1967: “Talk to the Animals” Rex Harrison (Leslie Bricusse) Doctor Dolittle
  73. 2006: “I Need to Wake Up” Melissa Etheridge (Melissa Etheridge) An Inconvenient Truth
  74. 1990: “Sooner or Later” Madonna (Stephen Sondheim) Dick Tracy
  75. 1979: “It Goes Like It Goes” Jennifer Warnes (David Shire/Norman Gimbel) Norma Rae
  76. 2001: “If I Didn’t Have You” Billy Crystal & John Goodman (Randy Newman) Monsters, Inc.
  77. 2003: “Into the West” Annie Lennox (Fran Walsh/Howard Shore/Annie Lennox) Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  78. 2011: “Man or Muppet” Jason Segel, Peter Linz, Bill Barretta, and Jim Parsons (Bret McKenzie) The Muppets
  79. 2016: “City of Stars” Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone (Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul) La La Land
  80. 2004: “Al Otro Lado Del Rio (On the Other Side of the River)” Jorge Drexler (Jorge Drexler) The Motorcycle Diaries

  81. 2010: “We Belong Together” Randy Newman (Randy Newman) Toy Story 3
  82. 2005: “It’s Hard Out Her for a Pimp” Three 6 Mafia (Jordan Houston/Cedric Coleman/Paul Beauregard) Hustle & Flow
  83. 2008: “Jai Ho” Pussycat Dolls (A.R. Rahman/Gulzar) Slumdog Millionaire
  84. 2009: “The Weary Kind” Ryan Bingham (Ryan Bingham/T-Bone Burnett) Crazy Heart
  85. 2017: “Remember Me” Miguel & Natalia Lafourcade (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Rober Lopez) Coco

Winners by Year:
  • 1934: “The Continental” Leo Reisman (Jerb Magidson/Con Conrad) The Gay Divorce
  • 1935: “Lullaby of Broadway” The Dorsey Brothers with Bob Crosby (Harry Warren/Al Dubin) Gold Diggers of 1935
  • 1936: “The Way You Look Tonight” Fred Astaire with Johnny Green & His Orchestra (Jerome Kerns/Dorothy Fields) Swing Time
  • 1937: “Sweet Leilani” Bing Crosby with Lani McIntire & His Hawaiians (Harry Owens) Wakiki Wedding
  • 1938: “Thanks for the Memory” Shep Fields with Bob Goday (Ralph Rainger/Leo Robin) The Big Broadcast of 1938
  • 1939: “Over the Rainbow” Judy Garland (Harold Arlen/E.Y. “Yip” Harburg) The Wizard of Oz
  • 1940: “When You Wish Upon a Star” Cliff Edwards (Ned Washington/Leigh Harline) Pinocchio
  • 1941: “The Last Time I Saw Paris” Kate Smith (Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II) Lady Be Good
  • 1942: “White Christmas” Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers (Irving Berlin) Holiday Inn
  • 1943: “You’ll Never Know” Dick Haymes with the Song Spinners (Harry Warren/Mack Gordon) Hello, Frisco, Hello
  • 1944: “Swinging on a Star” Bing Crosby with the John Scott Trott Orchestra & the Williams Brothers Quartet (Jimmy Van Heusen/Johnny Burke) Going My Way
  • 1945: “It Might As Well Be Spring” Dick Haymes (Oscar Hammerstein II/Richard Rodgers) State Fair
  • 1946: “On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe” Johnny Mercer & the Pied Pipers (Harry Warren/Johnny Mercer) The Harvey Girls
  • 1947: “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” James Baskett (Allie Wrubel/Ray Gilbert) Song of the South
  • 1948: “Buttons and Bows” Dinah Shore & Her Harper Valley Boys (Jay Livingston/Ray Evans) The Paleface
  • 1949: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Johnny Mercer with Margaret Whiting (Frank Loesser) Neptune’s Daughter
  • 1950: “Mona Lisa” Nat “King” Cole (Raymond Evans/Jay Livingston) Captain Carey, U.S.A.
  • 1951: “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening” (Bing Crosby with Jane Wyman (Hoagy Carmichael/Johnny Mercer) Here Comes the Groom
  • 1952: “High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)” Tex Ritter (Ned Washington/Dmitri Tiomkin) High Noon
  • 1953: “Secret Love” Doris Day (Paul Francis Webster/Sammy Fain) Calamity Jane
  • 1954: “Three Coins in the Fountain” The Four Aces (Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn) Three Coins in the Fountain
  • 1955: “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” The Four Aces (Sammy Fain/Paul Francis Webster) Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
  • 1956: “Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera)” Doris Day (Jay Livingston/Ray Evans) The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • 1957: “All the Way” Sammy Cahn (Sammy Cahn/James Van Heusen) The Joker Is Wild
  • 1958: “Gigi” Les Baxter (Frederick Loewe/Alan Jay Lerner) Gigi
  • 1959: “High Hopes” Frank Sinatra (Sammy Cahn/James Van Heusen) A Hole in the Head
  • 1960: “Never on Sunday” Don Costa (Manos Hadijidakis/Billy Towne) Never on Sunday
  • 1961: “Moon River” Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn (Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer) Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • 1962: “The Days of Wine and Roses” Henry Mancini (Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer) Days of Wine and Roses
  • 1963: “Call Me Irresponsible” Frank Sinatra (Sammy Cahn/James Van Heusen) Papa’s Delicate Condition
  • 1964: “Chim Chim Cheree” Julie Andrews with Dick Van Dyke, Dotrice, & Garber (Richard Sherman/Robert Sherman) Mary Poppins
  • 1965: “The Shadow of Your Smile” Tony Bennett (Johnny Mandel/Paul Francis Webster) The Sandpiper
  • 1966: “Born Free” Roger Williams (John Barry/Don Black) Born Free
  • 1967: “Talk to the Animals” Rex Harrison (Leslie Bricusse) Doctor Dolittle
  • 1968: “Windmills of Your Mind” Noel Harrison (Michael Legrand/Alan Bergman/Marilyn Bergman) The Thomas Crown Affair
  • 1969: “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” B.J. Thomas (Burt Bacharach/Hal David) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • 1970: “For All We Know” The Carpenters (Jimmy Griffin/Fred Karlin/Robb Wilson) Love and Other Strangers
  • 1971: “Theme from Shaft” Isaac Hayes (Isaac Hayes) Shaft
  • 1972: “The Morning After” Maureen McGovern (Al Kasha/Joel Hirshhorn) The Poseidon Adventure
  • 1973: “The Way We Were” Barbara Streisand (Marvin Hamlisch/Alan Bergman/Marilyn Bergman) The Way We Were
  • 1974: “We May Never Love Like This Again” Seals & Croft (Dash Crofts/Jimmy Seals) The Towering Inferno
  • 1975: “I’m Easy” Keith Carradine (Keith Carradine) Nashville
  • 1976: “Evergreen” Barbra Streisand (Barbra Streisand/Paul Williams) A Star Is Born
  • 1977: “You Light Up My Life” Debby Boone (Joe Brooks) You Light Up My Life
  • 1978: “Last Dance” Donna Summer (Paul Jabara) Thank God It’s Friday
  • 1979: “It Goes Like It Goes” Jennifer Warnes (David Shire/Norman Gimbel) Norma Rae
  • 1980: “Fame” Irene Cara (Michael Gore/Dean Pitchford) Fame
  • 1981: “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” Christopher Cross (Burt Bacharach/Christopher Cross/Carole Bayer Sager/Peter Allen) Arthur
  • 1982: “Up Where We Belong” Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes (Will Jennings/Jack Nitzsche/Buffy Saint Marie) An Officer and a Gentleman
  • 1983: “Flashdance…What a Feeling” Irene Cara (Irene Cara/Giorgio Moroder/Keith Forsey) Flashdance
  • 1984: “I Just Called to Say I Love You” Stevie Wonder (Stevie Wonder) The Woman in Red
  • 1985: “Say You, Say Me” Lionel Richie (Lionel Richie) White Nights
  • 1986: “Take My Breath Away” Berlin (Giorgio Moroder/Tom Whitlock) Top Gun
  • 1987: “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (Frank Previte/John DeNicola/Donald Markowitz) Dirty Dancing
  • 1988: “Let the River Run” Carly Simon (Carly Simon) Working Girl
  • 1989: “Under the Sea” Samuel Wright (Howard Ashman/Alan Menken) The Little Mermaid
  • 1990: “Sooner or Later” Madonna (Stephen Sondheim) Dick Tracy
  • 1991: “Beauty and the Beast” Celine Dion with Peabo Bryson (Howard Ashman/Alan Menken) Beauty and the Beast
  • 1992: “A Whole New World” Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle (Alan Menken/Tim Rice) Aladdin
  • 1993: “Streets of Philadelphia” Bruce Springsteen (Bruce Springsteen) Philadelphia
  • 1994: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” Elton John (Elton John/Tim Rice) The Lion King
  • 1995: “Colors of the Wind” Vanessa Williams (Alan Menken/Steve Schwartz) Pocahontas
  • 1996: “You Must Love Me” Madonna (Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice) Evita
  • 1997: Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (James Horner/Will Jennings) Titanic
  • 1998: “When You Believe” Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey (Stephen Schwartz) The Prince of Egypt
  • 1999: “You’ll Be in My Heart” Phil Collins (Phil Collins) Tarzan
  • 2000: “Things Have Changed” Bob Dylan (Bob Dylan) Wonder Boys
  • 2001: “If I Didn’t Have You” Billy Crystal & John Goodman (Randy Newman) Monsters, Inc.
  • 2002: “Lose Yourself” Eminem (Marshall Mathers/Jeff Bass/Luis Resto) 8 Mile
  • 2003: “Into the West” Annie Lennox (Fran Walsh/Howard Shore/Annie Lennox) Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • 2004: “Al Otro Lado Del Rio (On the Other Side of the River)” Jorge Drexler (Jorge Drexler) The Motorcycle Diaries
  • 2005: “It’s Hard Out Her for a Pimp” Three 6 Mafia (Jordan Houston/Cedric Coleman/Paul Beauregard) Hustle & Flow
  • 2006: “I Need to Wake Up” Melissa Etheridge (Melissa Etheridge) An Inconvenient Truth
  • 2007: “Falling Slowly” The Swell Season (Glen Hansard/Marketa Irglova) Once
  • 2008: “Jai Ho” Pussycat Dolls (A.R. Rahman/Gulzar) Slumdog Millionaire
  • 2009: “The Weary Kind” Ryan Bingham (Ryan Bingham/T-Bone Burnett) Crazy Heart
  • 2010: “We Belong Together” Randy Newman (Randy Newman) Toy Story 3
  • 2011: “Man or Muppet” Jason Segel, Peter Linz, Bill Barretta, and Jim Parsons (Bret McKenzie) The Muppets
  • 2012: “Skyfall” Adele (Adele, Paul Epworth) Skyfall
  • 2013: “Let It Go” Idina Menzel (Kristen Anderson-Lopez Robert Lopez) Frozen
  • 2014: “Glory” Common & John Legend (Common, John Legend) Selma
  • 2015: “Writing’s on the Wall” Sam Smith (Jimmy Napes, Sam Smith) Spectre
  • 2016: “City of Stars” Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone (Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul) La La Land
  • 2017: “Remember Me” Miguel & Natalia Lafourcade (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Rober Lopez) Coco
  • 2018: “Shallow” Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt) A Star Is Born

50 years ago: Johnny Cash recorded live at San Quentin

First posted 2/26/2008; updated 12/4/2020.

Live at San Quentin

Johnny Cash


Recorded live: February 24, 1969


Released: June 16, 1969


Charted: July 5, 1969


Peak: 14 US, 120 CW, 2 UK, 13 CN, 12 AU


Sales (in millions): 3.0 US, 0.1 UK, 3.34 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: country


Tracks:

Song Title (date of original studio release of single – unless noted as live, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Big River (1/20/58, 4 CW) *
  2. I Still Miss Someone *
  3. Wreck of the Old ‘97
  4. I Walk the Line (6/9/56, 1 CW, 17 US)
  5. Darlin’ Companion
  6. I Don’t Know Where I’m Bound *
  7. Starkville City Jail
  8. San Quentin
  9. San Quentin
  10. Wanted Man
  11. A Boy Named Sue (live: 7/26/69, 1 CW, 2 US, 4 UK, 1 AC, sales: ½ million, airplay: 1 million)
  12. Peace in the Valley
  13. Folsom Prison Blues (live: 6/1/68, 1 CW, 32 US, 39 AC) *
  14. Ring of Fire (6/1/63, 1 CW, 63 US, airplay: 1 million) *
  15. He Turned Water into Wine *
  16. Daddy Sang Bass (12/7/68, 1 CW, 42 US, airplay: 1 million) *
  17. The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago *
  18. Closing Medley *

* Tracks added to the Legacy Edition


Total Running Time: 34:04

Rating:

4.518 out of 5.00 (average of 23 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

“To put the performance on At San Quentin in a bit of perspective: Johnny Cash's key partner in the Tennessee Two, guitarist Luther Perkins, died in August 1968, just seven months before this set was recorded in February 1969. In addition to that, Cash was nearing the peak of his popularity – his 1968 live album, At Folsom Prison, was a smash success – but he was nearly at his wildest in his personal life, which surely spilled over into his performance.” STE

“All of this sets the stage for At San Quentin, a nominal sequel to At Folsom Prison that surpasses its predecessor and captures Cash at his rawest and wildest. Part of this is due to how he feeds off of his captive audience, playing to the prisoners and seeming like one of them, but it’s also due to the shifting dynamic within the band. Without Perkins, Cash isn’t tied to the percolating two-step that defined his music to that point. Sure, it’s still there, but it has a different feel coming from a different guitarist, and Cash sounds unhinged as he careens through his jailhouse ballads, old hits, and rockabilly-styled ravers, and even covers the Lovin’ Spoonful (Darlin’ Companion).” STE

“No other Johnny Cash record sounds as wild as this. He sounds like an outlaw and renegade here, which is what gives it power – listen to A Boy Named Sue, a Shel Silverstein composition that could have been too cute by half, but is rescued by the wild-eyed, committed performance by Cash, where it sounds like he really was set on murdering that son of a bitch who named him Sue.” STE

“He sounds that way throughout the record, and while most of the best moments did make it to the original 1969 album, the 2000 Columbia/Legacy release eclipses it by presenting nine previously unreleased bonus tracks, doubling the album’s length, and presenting such insanely wild numbers as Big River as well as sweeter selections like Daddy Sang Bass. Now, that’s the only way to get the record, and that’s how it should be, because this extra material makes a legendary album all the greater – in fact, it helps make a case that this is the best Johnny Cash album ever cut.” STE


Notes: The 2000 Legacy re-release as San Quentin: The Complete 1969 Concert included the bonus cuts noted with an asterisk (*) in the track listing.

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Dave’s Music Database Hall of Fame Album Inductees (Feb. 2019)

Originally posted 2/22/2019.

January 22, 2019 marked the 10-year anniversary of the DMDB blog! To honor that, Dave’s Music Database announced its own Hall of Fame! The first 12 inductees were the “Songs of the Decade” from the 1900s through the 2010s (see here). Now, a month later, the DMDB inducts the first batch of albums – the top albums from each decade from the 1930s through the 2010s. Note: click on an album title to see its more complete DMDB page and referenced footnotes.

Robert Johnson The Complete Recordings (recorded 1936-37, released 1990)

Inducted February 2019 as an “Album of the Decade.”

“If you are starting your blues collection from the ground up, be sure to make this your very first purchase.” A-J This Mississippi-born blues singer, guitarist, and harmonica player was only 27 when he died, leaving a mere 29 songs captured in two series of recording sessions. Despite his slim body of work, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame called it “the bedrock upon which modern blues and rock and roll were built.” RH Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards said, “You want to know how good the blues can get? Well, this is it.” RJ Eric Clapton called him “the most important blues singer that ever lived.” WK

Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) South Pacific (cast album, 1949)

Inducted February 2019 as an “Album of the Decade.”

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s South Pacific is “one of the most beloved musicals ever to hit the stage.” PL “Critical response to the Broadway opening…was probably as uniformly ecstatic as for any show in history.” MK It amassed 1,925 performances on Broadway A-C and another 802 in London. MK Its nearly five-year Broadway run was “longer than any musical before it except Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!.” A-C The accompanying cast album spent 69 weeks atop the Billboard charts – the most weeks spent at #1 in the chart’s history.

Miles Davis Kind of Blue (1959)

Inducted February 2019 as an “Album of the Decade.”

Kind of Blue has been called the most famous and influential jazz recording of all time.” NO It “became a how-to of jazz recordings, a standard by which all others would be judged” RV and “has influenced generations of jazz and other musicians.” YN “Many consider this recording to be one of the most important jazz recordings of any era.” NRR This Grammy Hall of Fame and National Recording Registry inductee is the the top jazz album of all time, according to the DMDB.

The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

Inducted February 2019 as an “Album of the Decade.”

Some argue there are better Beatles’ albums, “yet no album is as historically important as this. After Sgt. Pepper, there were no rules to follow.” A-B It “changed the course of popular music forever” CD with “its ambition, conceptual unity, drug references, elaborate cover art, [and] bizarre sound effects.” RS’97 It “led serious music lovers, many ‘classical snobs’ included, to finally recognize rock music” GS “as actual art.” BA “Many people who had never bought a rock record bought Sgt. Pepper’s.” VH1

Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

Inducted February 2019 as an “Album of the Decade.”

With Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd delivered an album that concentrated their psychedelic sound into a cohesive collection of songs about madness. The conceptual work achieved the rare trifecta of out-of-the-gate success (their first #1 album in the U.S.), long-term chart stature (a record-setting 14 years+ on the Billboard album chart) and near-reverential critical acclaim. It has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and National Recording Registry.

Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)

Inducted February 2019 as an “Album of the Decade.”

Fueled by the unprecedented feat of seven top-ten singles, Thriller became the world’s all-time biggest-selling album. It gave Jackson a level of superstardom on par with the Beatles and Elvis Presley. Videos for “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” and “Thriller” made him the most iconic artist of the MTV generation. Thriller created the template to be followed by any future act aspiring to achieve a blockbuster, juggernaut album.

Nirvana Nevermind (1991)

Inducted February 2019 as an “Album of the Decade.”

Nirvana “planted the alternative flag on the Iwo Jima of American consciousness” CS with their “guitar-heavy blend of bubblegum punk.” SK If the sound of grunge feels overly “familiar now, it’s only because thousands of rock records that followed it were trying very hard to cop its style.” DW Nevermind served as a “foundation for most of the rock…of the ‘90s…loud, distorted guitars; raging, sometime screaming vocals; and lyrics that range from the pessimistic, to the positive, and to the apathetic.” JC

Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)

Inducted February 2019 as an “Album of the Decade.”

“On his masterfull second album, The Marshall Mathers LP, A-E Eminem “blurs the line between autobiography and cartoons in hilarious and vulgar high-velocity rhymes.” UT “He doesn’t offer any apologies if you can’t sort the fact from the fiction. As an artist, he’s supposed to create his own world, and with this terrific second effort, he certainly has. It may be a world that is as infuriating as it is intriguing, but it is without question his own, which is far more than most of his peers are able to accomplish.” A-E

Adele 21 (2011)

Inducted February 2019 as an “Album of the Decade.”

In his 2011 review of this Album of the Year Grammy winner, Consequence of Sound’s Nick Freed prophetically said, “Pop music should take more cues from…this album…Adele should be the future of the radio, and in the near future she will be.” NF Her sophomore outing showcases her “titanic vocal ability” A-A and extends her talents as a “bluesy pop diva with a singer/songwriter’s soul.” A-A Even as she reveals her “seemingly bottomless capacity for heartbreak,” A-A she avoids “the pitfalls of sappiness and triteness that can easily come with the lovelorn.” NF

Thursday, February 21, 2019

“I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover” gets lucky 21 years after it first charted (February 21, 1948)

First posted 2/21/2012; updated 2/15/2020.

I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover

Art Mooney

Writer(s): Mort Dixon/Harry Woods (see lyrics here)


First Charted: January 24, 1948


Peak: 15 US, 12 HP, 11 GA, 14 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): , 2.0 US (includes 1.0 in sheet music)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, -- video, -- streaming

Awards:

Review:

It isn’t often a song waits 21 years to hit #1, but it took that long for “I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover” to get lucky. The song was written by Harry Woods and Mort Dixon in 1927. Woods was a Tin Pan Alley lyricist who wrote the million-selling songs “When the Red Red Robin Comes Bobbing Along” (1926) and “Side by Side” (1927). AMG-1 Meanwhile, Mort Dixon did some songwriting for Broadway and Hollywood and also wrote hits such as “That Old Gang of Mine” (1923), and “Bye Bye Blackbird” (1926). AMG-2

Their collaborative efforts on “Clover” found success on April 30, 1927 when two versions of the song charted simultaneously. Nick Lucas took the song to #2 while Ben Bernie went to #3. Two weeks later, Jean Goldkette hit the charts with Billy Murray. Theirs hit #10. PM

In 1948, “Four-Leaf Clover” had a resurgence when six different acts charted with the song, including the Uptown String Band, Russ Morgan, Alvino Rey, The Three Suns, and Arthur Godfrey. PM However, the first and biggest of the batch was Art Mooney’s #1 version which featured Mike Pingatore. Originally the banjo player with bandleader Paul Whiteman JA-99 on hits such as 1923’s “Linger Awhile,” TY Pingatore forged a heavy-strumming style which became a blueprint for Dixieland banjoists. JA-99

The song also took on a life beyond the charts. It has become Warner Brothers cartoon favorite, used for Bugs Bunny (Operation Rabbit), Daffy Duck and the Tasmanian Devil (Ducking the Devil), and Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner (Fast and Furry-ous). WK It was parodied as “I’m Looking Over My Dead Dog Rover”, first by Kevin Gershon in 1973 and again by Hank Stu Dave and Hank in 1977. The latter received play on Dr. Demento’s radio show. WK “Clover” has also become a campfire sing-a-long and Scouter favorite. JA-99


Resources and Related Links:

  • Art Mooney’s DMDB Encyclopedia entry
  • AMG-1 All Music Guide (Harry Woods bio)
  • AMG-2 All Music Guide (Mort Dixon bio)
  • JA David A. Jasen (2002). A Century of American Popular Music: 2000 Best-Loved and Remembered Songs (1899-1999). Routledge: Taylor & Francis, Inc. Page 99.
  • TY Don Tyler (1985). Hit Parade 1920-1955. New York, NY: Quill. Page 39.
  • PM Joel Whitburn (1986). Pop Memories 1890-1954. Menomonee Falls, WI; Record Research, Inc. Page 523.
  • WK Wikipedia.org

Saturday, February 16, 2019

"Till We Meet Again" charted for the first time 100 years ago today (February 15, 1919)

First posted 2/15/2012; updated 2/13/2020.

Till We Meet Again

Henry Burr & Albert Campbell

Writer(s): Richard A. Whiting (music)/ Raymond B. Egan (lyrics) (see lyrics here)


First Charted: February 15, 1919


Peak: 19 US, 13 GA (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 5.0 (sheet music)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, -- video, -- streaming

Awards:

Review:

Henry Burr was one of the most successful recording artists of the first quarter of the 20th century, landing 15 songs at #1 as a solo artist. However, he also regularly worked with Albert Campbell (who sent three songs to the top on his own) and they landed another seven songs atop the charts. “Till We Meet Again” was their most successful pairing. PM

This “heartfelt farewell of a beau who promises to return and wed his love” RCG was “the most successful of all the ballads of the First World War,” RCG selling 5 million in sheet music. The United States had already entered the war when Richard Whiting and Raymond Egan penned this waltz. However, they threw it away because they disliked it. Luckily, their secretary heard the song, liked it, salvaged it from the trash, and sent it to the publisher. RCG

In 1919, five versions of the song charted – Nicholas Orlando’s Orchestra and the duo of Charles Hart & Lewis James also went to #1 with it, but Burr & Campbell had the most successful version (9 weeks at #1). Vernon Dalhart & Gladys Rice took their duet to the top 10, as did Prince’s Orchestra. PM

World War II saw the song revived and recorded by Kay Starr, Rosemary Clooney, Patti Page, Mitch Miller, and Jaye P. Morgan. RCG Doris Day and Gordon MacRae performed it for the 1951 film On Moonlight Bay. JA The song was also played for years at the adjournment of the United States Congress. RCG


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Friday, February 15, 2019

50 years ago: “Everyday People” hit #1

Everyday People

Sly & the Family Stone

Writer(s): Sly Stone (see lyrics here)


First Charted: November 30, 1968


Peak: 14 US, 12 CB, 11 HR, 12 RB, 1 CL, 36 UK, 2 CN (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 2.0 radio, 7.1 video, 151.88 streaming

Awards:

Click on award for more details.

About the Song:

Sylvester Stewart, aka “Sly Stone,” was musical from the start. He saw a recording studio for the first time when he was four years old, singing “On the Battlefield for My Lord” with his family’s gospel group the Stewart Four. In regards to growing up with music, he said, “That’s all I had to play with. No toys.” BR

In high school, he recorded the song “Yellow River” as a member of the vocal quintet the Viscanes. In junior college, he learned music composition, which led to work with Autumn Records BR producing hits “Laugh Laugh” and “Just a Little” for white pop group the Beau Brummels RS500 and Bobby Freeman’s “Come on and Swim.” BR He then worked as a DJ in San Francisco saying of the time, “I was into everyone’s records. I’d play Dylan, Hendrix, James Brown back to back so I didn’t get stuck in any one groove.” RS500

That taste for diversity played out when he formed the racially-integrated Family Stone. In a time when jeans and tie-dye ruled the psychedelic scene in San Francisco, Stone’s stage act was marked by elaborate costumes, glitter, and stage movements. BR He found a wide audience with “Everyday People,” a song with a “gospel message of brotherhood, couched in dance funk” BR which preached that “everyone is essentially the same, regardless of race or background.” SF It is “one of the most beguiling and literate songs about racial harmony.” TC As he said, “What I write is people’s music.” RS500

That message was drilled home with the main line of the chorus: “I am everyday people,” a line sung by himself, his sister Rosie, his brother Freddie, and Larry Graham – echoing the idea that “each of them (and each listener as well) should consider himself or herself as parts of one whole.” WK

The song’s diverse appeal is echoed by the wide range of acts to cover the song: Belle & Sebastian, Jeff Buckley, Aretha Franklin, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Peggy Lee, Dolly Parton, Billy Paul, Pearl Jam, the Staple Singers, the Supremes & Four Tops. In 1992, rap group Arrested Development had a top ten hit with an adapted version of the song called “People Everyday.” WK

Musically, the song featured what member Larry Graham said was the first use of the slap bass technique, in which the player slapped the strings with his thumb so that they collided with the frets, which became a staple of funk. WK/sup>


Resources and Related Links:

  • DMDB Encyclopedia entry for Sly & the Family Stone
  • BR Fred Bronson (2003). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits (5th edition). Billboard Books: New York, NY. Page 251.
  • TC Toby Creswell (2005). 1001 Songs: The Great Songs of All Time. Thunder’s Mouth Press: New York, NY. Page 532.
  • RS500 Rolling Stone (2003). “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • SF Songfacts
  • WK Wikipedia


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Last updated 10/8/2021.