Sunday, January 20, 2019

Songoftheday 1/20/19 - If I listened long enough to you I'd find a way to believe that it's all true...

"Reason To Believe (live unplugged)" - Rod Stewart
from the album Unplugged...and Seated (1993)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #19 (four weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from Rod Stewart, who had landed a top ten pop hit in the summer of 1993 with a cover of Van Morrison's sweet love ballad "Have I Told You Lately". That hit was recorded live on Rod's appearance on MTV's Unplugged program, which was translated into a live album of the event, which featured Rolling Stone member and Rod's old Faces bandmate Ronnie Wood. Another album cut, "Cut Across Shorty", which Stewart originally recorded in 1970, made it to #16 on Billboard magazine's Mainstream Rock radio chart. The second physical single pulled from the record would be another song Rod's done before. "Reason To Believe" was written by folk-rock singer/songwriter Tim Hardin, who included it on his first album Tim Hardin 1 in 1966. Even though the title seemed to imply a philosophical theme, the song is simply about a girl who fucked him over and how he is trying to trust again...


Rod recorded "Reason To Believe" for his watermark album Every Picture Tells A Story. It was released as a single in 1971, where it climbed to #62, but soon the "B-Side" of the 7 inch single, "Maggie May" overshadowed this track, eventually going all the way to #1...


So when Stewart reunited with Wood for the Unplugged set, it made sense to take on "Reason To Believe" again, since Wood played on Every Picture and now the song can get its due without the burden of "Maggie May" on its shoulders...


I still can't get over "me wife was only 1"...

Rod's Unplugged version of "Reason To Believe" far outdid his original, becoming his second top-40 hit from the record in October of 1993. The song did even better on "easy listening" radio, spending a week at #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary format chart. Internationally the 1993 live single spent three weeks at #3 in Canada, but in his own homeland, it stalled right under the halfway mark on the British singles chart at #51 (the original with "Maggie May" was a double-sided #1 hit in 1971), while also being a minor hit in Germany at #79.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Disco Dessert 1/19/19 - "Everybody Dance" from Chic...

"Everybody Dance" was the second single from disco music icons Chic. Appearing on their debut album Chic, the song's cover featured lead singer and sole lead singer at the time, Norma Jean Wright, along with band songwriters Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards along with drummer Tony Thompson. The song, charting with "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" and "You Can Get By" from the album, spent eight weeks at #1 on Billboard magazine's Disco/Dance Tracks chart in 1977.




Songoftheday 1/19/19 - I've got a bad disease but from my brain is where I bleed, insanity it seems...

"Soul To Squeeze" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album Coneheads (Original Soundtrack) (1993)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #22 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's song of the day comes from the alternative funk-rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, who had landed a top ten hit on their first foray into the pop top-40 with the epic "Under The Bridge" in the summer of 1992. However, the band found themselves at a loss on follow-ing that momentum with mainstream radio, with a series of releases falling quite short, though doing well at rock radio stations. Also guitarist John Frusciante, who wasn't comfortable with that level of success, fell into drugs and ended up quitting the band. They revolved around new axemen for quite a while, and it wouldn't be until 1995 that they returned with a new album. But in that meantime, a "B-side" (kids, ask your parents) track from the CD single of "Under The Bridge" was included in the soundtrack to the Saturday Night Live-affiliated movie Coneheads. The film starred Dan Akyroyd and Jane Curtin as the titular aliens trying to assimilate into Earth to collect information. The song was "Soul To Squeeze", written by the band (lead singer Anthony Kiedes, Frusciante, bass player Flea and Chad Smith), and produced by Rick Smith during the Sex Blood Sugar Magik sessions. With a circus-themed music video that featured Kiedes, Smith, and Flea, the song proved not to be just a toss-off, but as worthy as anything else on their album, and with the mix again of light and dark, powerful and delicate, they finally they got back on pop radio. And the effect of the "snake-wig" on Kiedis is nothing short of glorious, and the late great Chris Farley actually looks pretty hunky...


"Soul To Squeeze" became the Chili Peppers' second top-40 pop hit in October of 1993. The song spent five weeks at #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart, while climbing to #7 on their Mainstream Rock format tally. Internationally, the single was an even bigger hit in spots, reaching the top ten in New Zealand (#6) and Australia (#9), and stopped at #11 in Canada.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Disco Dessert 1/18/19 - "Fire" from the Ohio Players...

"Fire" was the biggest hit for the funk-rock outfit Ohio Players who of course hail from Dayton, Ohio. Appearing on their album Fire, the song was their first to top the pop Hot 100 chart in Billboard magazine. It also went to #1 on their R&B chart, and was the band's only single to reach Billboard's Disco/Dance Tracks chart, making it to #10 in 1975.


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twostepcub's music chart for January 18, 2019...


Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Marshmello and Bastille stick around at #1 for a fifth week, while Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (pictured above) slip into the top five. Songs from Ava Max, Benny Blanco/Calvin Harris, and Fatboy Slim make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Calvin Harris/Sam Smith, Ella Mai, and Jack Back drop out. Twitter, you've gone full fascist...

This Week            Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Happier - Marshmello & Bastille (1)
2. Guiding Light - Mumford & Sons (3)
3. High Hopes - Panic At The Disco (2)
4. Without Me - Halsey (4)
5. Shallow - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (6)
6. Trip - Ella Mai (5)
7. Breathin' - Ariana Grande (7)
8. thank u, next - Ariana Grande (8)
9. My Blood - twenty-one pilots (9)
10. Youngblood - 5 Seconds Of Summer (12)
11. Best Shot - Jimmie Allen (11)
12. You're Somebody Else - flora cash (15)
13. She Got The Best Of Me - Luke Combs (13)
14. Lose It - Kane Brown (10)
15. Burning Man - Dierks Bentley f/Brothers Osborne (16)
16. Sixteen - Thomas Rhett (20)
17. Love Someone - Lukas Graham (18)
18. Light On - Maggie Rogers (19)
19. Natural - Imagine Dragons (17)
20. Hey Mama - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (24)
21. Be Alright - Dean Lewis (21)
22. Secrets - Pink (22)
23. Speechless - Dan + Shay (25)
24. Drunk Me - Mitchell Tenpenny (14)
25. Medicine - Queen Naija (26)
26. You Say - Lauren Daigle (27)
27. Electricity - Silk City & Dua Lipa (23)
28. Last Shot - Kip Moore (28)
29. Heat - Kelly Clarkson (33)
30. A Million Dreams - Pink (34)
31. Northern Lights - Death Cab For Cutie (35)
32. Good Girl - Dustin Lynch (32)
33. Uh Huh - Jade Bird (29)
34. Polaroid - Jonas Blue f/Liam Payne & Lennon Stella (38)
35. Chances - Backstreet Boys (39)
36. Consquences - Camila Cabello (40)
37. Close To Me - Ellie Goulding & Diplo f/Swae Lee (45)
38. Tequila - Dan + Shay (31)
39. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) - Glorious Sons (49)
40. Girl Like You - Jason Aldean (46)
41. All My Friends - The Revivalists (37)
42. Nothing Breaks Like A Heart - Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus (54)
43. I Like Me Better - Lauv (41)
44. Burn The House Down - AJR (42)
45. Hangin' On - Chris Young (30)
46. Millionaire - Chris Stapleton (50)
47. Losing It - FISHER (48)
48. Used To Be - Matt Nathanson (52)
49. Broken - lovelytheband (47)
50. Delicate - Taylor Swift (44)
51. Girls Like You - Maroon 5 f/Cardi B (51)
52. Burn Out - Midland (60)
53. Don't Come Easy - Raheem DeVaughn (57)
54. When Legends Rise - Godsmack (58)
55. Sweet But Psycho - Ava Max (75)
56. Rewrite The Stars - James Arthur & Anne-Marie (61)
57. Take It From Me - Jordan Davis (67)
58. Find You Now - Duncan Morley f/Rick Ross & Teddy Bougee (62)
59. Eastside - Benny Blanco f/Halsey & Khalid (63)
60. This Is It - Scotty McCreery (64)
61. You Should See Me In A Crown - Billie Eilish (66)
62. Love Sensation - SuSu Bobien (72)
63. I'll Fight - Jennifer Hudson (43)
64. I Found You - Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris (80)
65. Hear Me Now - Bad Wolves f/DIAMANTE (65)
66. Get Up - Shinedown (56)
67. Self Control - Kendra Erika (71)
68. Waste It On Me - Steve Aoki f/BTS (68)
69. Thursday - Jess Glynne (59)
70. Remedy - Alesso (70)
71. Might Not Like Me - Brynn Elliott (53)
72. Don't Lie To Me - Barbra Streisand (77)
73. Blue Tacoma - Russell Dickerson (69)
74. Pressure - Muse (76)
75. Shotgun - George Ezra (73)
76. Praise You 2018 - Fatboy Slim (92)
77. Dance Macabre - Ghost (91)
78. Love It If We Made It - The 1975 (78)
79. There Was This Girl - Riley Green (84)
80. Movement - Hozier (86)
81. Cringe - Matt Maeson (85)
82. Let You Love Me - Rita Ora (82)
83. These Are My Friends - lovelytheband (94)
84. What Makes You Country - Luke Bryan (88)
85. Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne (89)
86. Joy - for KING and COUNTRY (90)
87. I Don't Need Your Love - Bleona (97)
88. Make It Sweet - Old Dominion (98)
89. Trust My Lonely - Alessia Cara (DEBUT)
90. Miss You All The Time - O.A.R. (95)
91. Love Wins - Carrie Underwood (DEBUT)
92. Change - The Revivalists (96)
93. Down To The Honkytonk - Jake Owen (93)
94. Remember - Gryffin w/Zohara (DEBUT)
95. New Birth In New England - Phosphorescent (DEBUT)
96. So Good - Krys Monique (DEBUT)
97. Who Do You Trust? - Papa Roach (DEBUT)
98. Focus - H.E.R. (RE-ENTRY)
99. Taki Taki - DJ Snake f/Selena Gomez, Ozuna, & Cardi B
100. Riot - Jen Raina (100)

There are six songs making their debut on my chart this week (highlighted in blue), and if you click on any of them, you'll connect to that artist's official website for more info about them. And here they are on video, after the break...

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Songoftheday 1/18/19 - Standing across the room I saw you smile, I said I want to talk to you for a little while...

"Sweat (A La La La La Long)" - Inner Circle
from the album Bad Boys (1993)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #16 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 16

Today's song of the day comes from the Jamaican reggae band Inner Circle, who landed a top ten pop hit in America in the summer of 1993 with "Bad Boys", which had gained massive exposure from being used as the theme song for the highly-popular syndicated police ride-along show that was the grandfather of all reality shows. Capitalizing on this momentum, the group re-released a song they originally had a big international hit with in 1992 before "Bad Boys" was released. "Sweat (A La La La La Long)", written by brothers Ian and Roger Lewis with bandmate Touter Harvey, was originally the lead single from the European version of the album, Bad To The Bone. The sunny, lilting song conceals a quite lascivious lyric about sexing a girl up so much she can't even speak. Nevertheless, the soothing harmonies and singable chorus led by singer Calton Coffie meant mainstream success...


"Sweat" became Inner Circle's second (and to date) last top-40 pop hit in October of 1993. The song also climbed to #73 on Billboard magazine's R&B chart. Internationally, on the first release of the single back in 1992, "Sweat" spent 12 weeks at #1 in Germany, six weeks on top in Switzerland, 4 weeks at #1 in the Netherlands, and three weeks on top in Belgium. It also got to #2 in Sweden and Austria, and #8 in Norway. A year later along with its American success, "Sweat" went to #1 in New Zealand for four weeks, as well and hitting #2 in Australia, and #3 in both Ireland and the UK (the latter originally had "Sweat" peaking right under the top-40 the previous year). A third single was released from Bad Boys, "Rock With You" (not to be confused with the Michael Jackson disco jam), which went to #98 in America, but got to a respectable #13 in New Zealand.

The following year, Inner Circle returned with the album Reggae Dancer, the last to feature Coffie as lead singer. The first single, a cover of Joe South's southern rock gem "Games People Play", was a minor hit in the U.S. at #84, but was much more successful internationally, peaking in the top ten in New Zealand (#4), Sweden (#7), Switzerland (#7), and the Netherlands (#8). The album also garnered a second Grammy nomination, which Bad Boys won the year prior. After Coffie left the band, they recruited Kris Bentley, and in 1996, they had a top ten hit in New Zealand with the title song from their Da Bomb album. Re-released in America as Speak My Language, the reworked album claimed their most recent minor pop hit with "Not About Romance". They have since continued to record and tour with the Lewis brothers and Harvey still in; their most recent album, Tenement Yard, arrived in 2015.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Disco Dessert 1/17/19 - "First Love" from Richard Tee...


"First Love" was a single from soul keyboardist Richard Tee. Appearing on his debut solo album Strokin', the song was the Bronx native's sole charting hit, reaching #73 on Billboard's Disco/Dance Tracks chart in 1980. Richard, a prolific studio musician who appeared on countless albums like Billy Joel's The Stranger, Paul Simon's One Trick Pony, and Peter Gabriel's So, passed away from cancer in 1993 at the age of 49.


Songoftheday 1/17/19 - Tell me do you think it'll be alright if I can crash here tonight, you can see I'm in no shape for driving and anyway I've got no place to go...

"Hey Jealousy" - Gin Blossoms
from the album New Miserable Experience (1992)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #25 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's song of the day comes from the alternative rock band Gin Blossoms, who came together in the late 1980s in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe. Led by guitarist and songwriter Doug Hopkins along with original lead singer and guitarist Jesse Valenzuela, bass player Bill Leen, drummer Phillip Rhodes, and guitarist Robin Wilson, who would eventually assume lead vocal duties, the group gained a local reputation, and independently released an album, Dusted, in 1989 (some of the songs from the set would be redone for their big major-label gig). Getting signed to A&M Records, they first put out a stunted EP, Up And Crumbling, before finally getting it together to complete their second full-length record, New Miserable Experience. However that experience was rough, with Hopkins descending into depression and alcoholism to the point that A&M basically bought him out of the band, replacing him with Scott Johnson after the completion of the record to be able to tour. After the initial single "Lost Horizons" (originally on Dusted) went nowhere on the release of the album in 1992, it took seven months for them to regroup and send "Mrs. Rita" (an Up and Crumbling cut) to rock radio, where it became their first success, climbing to #36 on Billboard magazine's Mainstream Rock radio format chart. But on the third try is where the Gin Blossoms finally claimed success, with the track "Hey Jealousy". Penned solely by Hopkins, and produced by the band with engineer John Hampton, the jangle-pop masterpiece coasted on a stream of lyrics that were great to sing as painful as they are to think about...


"Hey Jealousy" became the Gin Blossoms' first top-40 pop hit in October of 1993. The song was a huge success on rock radio, climbing to #4 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock format list. Internationally, the single reached the top-40 in the UK (#24), Australia (#28), and Canada (#39). But there was tragedy looming, as Hopkins, upon the success of this and soon follow-up "Found Out About You", fell broken to his depression, taking his life in December of that year.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Disco Dessert 1/16/19 - "Look Me Up" by Blue Magic...

"Look Me Up" was one of the first pre-disco gems from the R&B group Blue Magic, who were part of the Philadelphia International soul scene in the early 1970s. Appearing for their self-titled debut album, the single climbed to #36 on Billboard magazine's R&B chart in 1973 (long before the trade bible had a disco chart). The song was written by local heroes Norman Harris (from the MFSB band) and Allan Felder, while the special club remix was done by Tom Moulton, one of the pioneers of the genre...


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Songoftheday 1/16/19 - My, my, my, yes, I must admit, that I have never knew love like this before and I adore everything about you...

"Very Special" - Big Daddy Kane
from the album Looks Like A Job For... (1993)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #31 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's song of the day comes from rapper Big Daddy Kane, who grew up as Antonio Hardy in New York City's Queens, where he grew a reputation in the hip-hop community through the 1980s until joining Cold Chillin' Records, where he released his first single "Raw" in the spring of 1988 - while that record missed the charts in America it did manage to pop on to the British singles chart peaking at #88. Kane's debut album, Long Like The Kane, arrived in June, and not long after that his second release, "Ain't No Half-Steppin'", became his first minor R&B hit, climbing to #53. The album also climbed to #5 on Billboard magazine's R&B albums chart, and spun off another minor hit in "I'll Take You There", an interpolation of the Staples Singers classic, which hit #73 on the R&B chart and was his first on the Rap Singles chart at #21. The following year, Kane contributed a song to the soundtrack to the film Lean On Me - the result, "Rap Summary (Lean On Me)", was his first Rap Singles top ten hit at #9. He closed out the decade with his sophomore effort It's A Big Daddy Thing, with lead single "Smooth Operator", nearly making the R&B top ten missing by a notch at #11, while being his first and only #1 on Billboard's Rap Singles chart.  The album reached the top-40 on the Albums sales chart, and also gave Kane his biggest success in the UK with "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" (which samples the disco classic and came with a special Brixton-style remix) making it to #44. His third disc, Taste Of Chocolate, sent three singles into the R&B chart, with "All Of Me" (featuring disco/soul god Barry White) being his second-highest success after "Smooth Operator" at #14.

In 1991, Kane followed that record up with Prince Of Darkness, which contained the hit "Groove With It", which climbed to #24 on the R&B chart and all the way to #2 on Billboard's Rap Singles list. But it would take until his fifth release, Looks Like A Job For..., for Kane to finally get mainstream radio attention. After the comical lead single "How U Get A Record Deal" spend a couple of months on the R&B chart, peaking at #86, Kane put out his most aggressively pop-leaning of his career. "Very Special" was an interpolation of an 1981 R&B hit for singer Debra Laws, whose ballad (sung with brother Ronnie as an uncredited duet), which went to #11 on the R&B chart and #90 on the pop Hot 100. It now is more recognized for being the prime sample for Jennifer Lopez' #1 hit "All I Have"...


Big Daddy Kane took the basics of the chorus, using Karen Anderson and Laree Williams to recreate the duet, and paired himself with Salt-N-Pepa's DJ Spinderella, who went back and forth with him on the verses....


"Very Special" became Kane's first and only top 40 pop hit in October of 1993. The song also climbed to #23 on Billboard's R&B chart as well as #9 on the Rap Singles list. The album brought Kane back to the top ten, peaking at #9 on the R&B albums chart.

Big Daddy's next record, Daddy's Home in 1994 (his first and only with MCA), stiffed, he switched to Mercury for his so-far latest album, Veteranz Day, with "double A-side" single "Hold It Down"/"Uncut Pure" becoming minor hits in the States (#60) and the UK (#86). He continued to perform, but there's been no new music since then.

Up tomorrow: Arizonan jangle-pop heroes address one of the deadly sins.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Disco Dessert 1/15/19 - "Come On Dance, Dance" from the Saturday Night Band...

"Come On Dance, Dance" was a club hit for the disco studio group Saturday Night Band, which was the creation of singer/songwriters Jesse Boyce and Moses Dillard. Appearing on their debut album Come On Dance, Dance, the track, along with album cut "Touch Me On My Hot Spot", spent a week at #2 on Billboard magazine's Disco/Dance Tracks chart in 1978. "Come On Dance, Dance" also reached #70 on the R&B chart.



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Songoftheday 1/15/19 - In a restless world like this is, love is ended before it's begun...

"When I Fall In Love" - Celine Dion & Clive Griffin
from the albums Sleepless In Seattle (Original Soundtrack), The Colour Of My Love (Celine Dion), and Clive Griffin (all 1993)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #23 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's song of the day comes from Canadian singer Celine Dion, whose eponymous second English-language album in 1992 had pushed her into a bigger profile in America, scoring four top-40 pop hits with "Love Can Move Mountains", "Nothing Broken But My Heart", "If You Asked Me To", and the Grammy-winning title song from Disney's animated film Beauty And The Beast. The following year, in anticipation of her next album The Colour Of My Love, Dion again released a duet from a movie, this time pairing her with a relative newcomer. Clive Griffin, a pop singer from England, had scored his first UK minor hit in 1988 when his second single "Don't Make Me Wait". a bright and shiny song in the Rick Astley lane, notched a week at #99. He continued to rack up minor hits from his first two albums, with the most successful, "I'll Be Waiting", reaching #56 on the British chart (though that song peaked at #20 in Italy). By the way, fans of Stock, Aitken, Waterman-style pop should really search these two albums (Step By Step and Inside Out) out.

So with the hopes of breaking Griffin out internationally, he was recruited to cover the classic "When I Fall In Love" with Celine for the soundtrack to the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movie Sleepless In Seattle. Coincidentally, Astley, whose voice Griffin sounds close to, had just had a big hit in Britain with the song, going to #2 on the British charts in 1987. The original, best known from the version from Nat "King" Cole, who included it on his Love Is The Thing album in 1957, though it wasn't released as a single in the U.S. (in England, it was and went to #2). Dion and Griffin's remake doesn't stray too far from the mold, but it didn't have to, for the beloved ballad really has no flaws to begin with, but to be sure, as pleasant as Griffin's voice is, this is definitely Celine's show here...


While Dion and Griffin's "When I Fall In Love" didn't end up as big as "Beauty & The Beast" was, it was a respectable success, reaching the pop Top-40 in September of 1993. The remake was even biggest on "easy listening" radio, making it to #6 on Billboard magazine's Adult Contemporary radio format chart. Internationally, the single made the top-40 in Canada (#21), New Zealand (#22), and the Netherlands (#37), though surprisingly it failed to get on to the British chart at all. At the Grammy Awards in 1994, their recording won the prize for Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists, and was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Recording, which Celine won the year before with "Beauty" and this time went to "A Whole New World" from Disney's Aladdin.

As for kickstarting Griffin's career, he released a self-titled album including "When I Fall In Love", with solo single "Commitment Of The Heart" managing to slip on to the pop Hot 100 at #96 (though it did get to #38 on the Adult Contemporary list). In 1998, he returned to the British chart as the featured singer on a remake of the house music classic "You're The One For Me" from dance act Preluxe, which popped on for a week at #90. As for Celine, she would go on to claim her first American #1 pop hit (coming soon).

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Disco Dessert 1/14/19 - "Quartz" from Quartz...


"Quartz" was the eponymous title track from the French space-disco act from the late 1970s. The trio of Didier Plus, Laurent Taieb, and Patrick Langlade didn't reached the American disco chart with this song, but they ended up going to #21 with another cut from that album, "Beyond The Clouds".


Robbed hit of the week 1/14/19 - Alan Jackson's "Chattahoochee"...

"Chattahoochee" - Alan Jackson
from the album A Lot About Livin' (And A Little 'Bout Love) (1992)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #46

This week's "robbed hit" comes from neo-traditional country artist Alan Jackson, who grew up in Georgia before moving to Nashville for a music career, first as a hired hand at the old Nashville Network (TNN) before signing to Arista Records. Alan released his first single, "Blue Blooded Woman", in 1989, but that song missed the top-40 on the country airplay chart, stalling at #45. However, that would be his last single to miss the top-40 on the country list till 2001. Jackson's next release, the ballad of "Here In The Real World", made it all the way to #3 on the country chart. In total, four of the tracks from his debut album, Here In The Real World, hit the top three, with the final single, "I'd Love You All Over Again", becoming his first to top the chart.

Jackson's sophomore effort, Don't Rock The Jukebox, was an even bigger success, with four of its five singles going to #1 with the title track spending three weeks at the top. Wasting no time, Alan's third record, A Lot About Livin' (And A Little 'Bout Love), arrived in the fall of 1992, with Jackson now one of the biggest-selling and most-played artists in Nashville. The lead single from the set, "She's Got The Rhythm (I've Got The Blues)" again raced up to #1, followed by the somber break-up ballad "Tonight I Climbed The Wall", which peaked at #4. But it would be the third offering from the record that not only would be the album's most successful track, but in no time become one of Alan's signature songs. "Chattahoochee", written by Jackson with Jim McBride, was a simple song about relaxing and boating in the river that connected Georgia and Alabama. A nostaglic yet bouncy fun little ditty, it would sell so much as to reach the all-inclusive Hot 100 chart with scarcely any airplay except a few southern stations who got into the Bayou groove...


While "Chattahoochee" spent a full month at #1 on Billboard magazine's Country Airplay chart, ending up the year-end #1 for 1993, the single stopped a handful of notches short of the pop Hot 100 at #46. His profile was so high at the time that album cut "Tropical Depression" was sneaking in enough airplay to slip on to the Country Airplay chart at #75. Alan's next physical single from A Lot About Livin', "Mercury Blues", made it to #2 on the Country chart, followed by "(Who Says) You Can't Have It All" which peaked at #4. He would return to the Hot 100 in 1996 with "Little Bitty", and then finally cracked the top-40 in 1999 for the first (but not last) time with "Little Man".

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Songoftheday 1/14/19 - There was a time when I was so broken hearted, love wasn't much of a friend of mine...

"Cryin'" - Aerosmith
from the album Get A Grip (1993)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #12 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 20

Today's song of the day comes from the blues-rock band Aerosmith, who had led off their multi-platinum album Get A Grip with the first single "Livin' On The Edge" which reached the pop top twenty in the summer of 1993. Soon after, the album cut "Eat The Rich" hit the Mainstream Rock radio format chart, eventually climbing to #5 (it was a single in the UK, peaking at #34). The second true physical single released from Get A Grip would be the power-ballad "Cryin'".  Written by lead singer Steven Tyler with lead guitarist Joe Perry and song doctor Taylor Rhodes, the track sported their first video to star Alicia Silverstone, who would be identified with the band as much as anything else during that period, though I'm not sure how much the suicide plot in this would fly these days...


"Cryin'" became the second top-40 pop hit from Get A Grip in October of 1993. The song was the band's fifth song to top Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, spending six weeks on top. Internationally, the single topped the chart in Norway, and reached the top ten in Sweden (#3), Switzerland (#4), the Netherlands (#5), Austria (#5), France (#6), Germany (#7), Canada (#8), and Belgium (#8). It also went to #17 in the UK. "Cryin'" was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1994 for Best Rock Song, losing out to "Runaway Train" from Soul Asylum.

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