Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pop Quiz: American Top 40, July 5, 1980 - "The Book of Records" (Pt. 3 of 4)

We're looking at the AT40 episode from July 5, 1980 which was titled "Book of Records." I'll let Casey introduce this episode:
A simmering stew of superlatives fit to satisfy the appetites of the most jaded trivia buff. And those who just plain love pop music.
So revert back to a 1980 mindset and see if you can guess which artist or song held the following records in July 1980. I've included the years of the recordings as hints. Answers below.

Hour Three:
a) Excluding movie soundtracks, the biggest album of the rock era (1977)
b) Biggest spoken word hit in chart history (1961)
c) Most expensive #1 single ever produced (1966)
d) Song that has won the most Grammy awards (1970)
e) Most charted versions of one song
f) Longest continuous chart run of a single (1977-8)
g) Most weeks in the Top 10 without ever hitting #1 (1956)
h) Biggest movie hit of the rock era/Biggest hit in a single chart run by any solo singer the rock era (1977)
i)  Biggest hit in a single chart run by a male solo singer the rock era (1956)
j) Duo with the most #1 hits
k) Female solo singer with the most #1 hits
l) Male solo singer with the most #1 hits
m) Most #1 hits

Hour Three:
a) Rumours by Fleetwood Mac (Casey plays "Don't Stop")
b) "Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean
c) "Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys (reportedly $50,000 to produce)
d) "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel (Casey claims that the song won 6 Grammy awards, but it only won 4: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Arrangement, and Best Contemporary Song. However, the album of the same name won two more, Album of the Year & Best Engineering, so Casey rolls those in with the other four.)
e) "Mack the Knife" (eight versions hit the Top 40 1956-1960; Casey plays Bobby Darin's #1 version from 1959)
f) "I Go Crazy" by Paul Davis (40 consecutive weeks)
g) "So Rare" by Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra (17 weeks in the Top 10)
h) "You Light Up My Life" by Debby Boone (not on the movie soundtrack, but Casey don't nitpick)
i) "Singing the Blues" by Guy Mitchell
j) The Everly Brothers (Four #1 hits. Casey plays "Wake Up Little Susie")
k) Diana Ross (Four #1 hits. Casey plays "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
l) Elvis Presley (Eighteen #1 hits. Casey plays "Heartbreak Hotel")
m) The Beatles (Twenty #1 hits. Casey plays "I Feel Fine")

Coming soon: Pop quiz from the fourth and final hour of this episode.

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