Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pop Quiz: American Top 40, July 5, 1980 - "The Book of Records" (Pt. 2 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:
What we're doing is hearing the leading songs in practically all of the main categories in chart achievement, all together in one huge bouquet of super hits.
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 Two:
a) The biggest medley in chart history (1969)
b) The #1 song with the fewest lyrics (1958)
c) Biggest remake ever of a prior #1 song (1971)
d) Fastest jump to #1 (tie) (1958 & 1964)
e) Longest playing #1 record (1972)
f) Biggest pop religious/spiritual hit of all time (1970)
g) Recording that waited the longest to hit the chart (1975)
h) The slowest rising #1 in chart history (tie) (1978 & 1979)
i) Biggest posthumous hit for a male singer (1968)
j) Biggest hit in a foreign language (1958)
k) Biggest posthumous hit for a female singer (1971)
l) Artist that waited the longest time after his chart debut to hit #1 (1978) Bonus: name the song that hit #1 (hint: it's a duet)

Hour Two:
a) "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by The 5th Dimension
b) "Tequila" by The Champs (One word lyric)
c) "Go Away Little Girl" by Donny Osmond (#1 in 1963 by Steve Lawrence)
d) "Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley and "Can't Buy Me Love" by The Beatles (both hit #1 in their second week on the chart)
e) "American Pie" by Don McLean (Casey claims it is 8:22 long, the album label claims 8:27)
f) "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison
g) "Shaving Cream" by Paul Wynn/Benny Bell (originally recorded 1946)
h) "Hot Child in the City" by Nick Gilder and "Sad Eyes" by Robert John (each took 29 weeks to reach #1)
i) "(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding
j) "Nel blu dipinto di blu" (popularly known as "Volare") by Domenico Modugno
k) "Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin
l) "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams (Mathis finally hit #1 21 years after his chart debut)

Coming soon: Pop quiz from the third hour of this episode.

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