Oh, what a night... early December back in '63... what a very special time for me...
|And no, I DIDN'T have anything better to do. Still don't.|
At the same time, Malcolm X was making a speech about "God's Judgement on White America", accusing WA of "hypocrisy and deceit", and claiming that "White America pretends to ask herself: "What do these Negroes want?" White America knows that four hundred years of cruel bondage has made these twenty-two million ex-slaves too (mentally) blind to see what they really want." Crock then, crock now, IMHO. He constantly quotes "the Honorable Elijah Mohammed", which is rather amusing, because today is also the day that the Honorable Elijah Mohammed kicked him out of the Muslim White Haters Club, ostensibly because of remarks he made about JFK in this speech without his apparently divine permission. What did he say? Basically that JFK, through control of Martin Luther King and the "Big Six Negroes", controlled the civil rights movement; "The government in Washington had told the marchers what signs to carry, what songs to sing, what speeches to make, and what speeches not to make, and then told the marchers to be sure to get out of town by sundown."
In the meantime, I sat on my potty chair with the heater at my back and my toys all around me. Knew how to enjoy life then, know how now.
Welcome to this week's Time Machine, where we have a runaway winner on the Panel Four with 7 number one votes; by tongue-in-cheek request from the peanut gallery, a look at 1905 which Malcolm X would just love; rather than a six degrees for the song that charted highest without a panel vote, I'll let you guess what it is (details to follow); and, if you saw Wednesday's post, you know already that the song Archie Marry Me by the band Alvvays is going to be the M10's highest ever debut- but will it be at #4, 3, 2, or (gasp) #1? Just sit back, beat yo feet in the Mississippi mud, and find out!
|Honestly, could I have found a more perfect meme for this?|
All right, I am going to give you a clue question for the six degrees song, later on I will give you the clue answer. Then, at some point, I will let you in on who or what the victim actually is. But first, the question clue:
What do Artie Shaw, the Norman Luboff Choir, Donnie and Marie Osmond, Jimmy Dorsey, Billy Wood and the Dominoes, Larry Clinton, Guy Lombardo, Bing Crosby, and Paul Weston all have in common? (Other than general music answers and maybe being dead in some cases.) The answer will be up in a bit.
Our panel this week includes fan favorite WIBG Philadelphia, KIMN Denver, WGR Buffalo, WKNR Detroit, WLS Chicago, KOMA Oklahoma City (can't you see those call letters on an easy listening station?), WQAM Miami, KMEN San Bernardino, WCOL Columbus, WJET Erie PA, WHB Kansas City, and CHUM Toronto. They strung together 29 different songs in their top fives, but one song still managed to be a resounding 47-27 winner. The panel picks:
This should tell you just how lopsided this contest was- with nine (count 'em) points and no #1 votes, Lenny Welch with Since I Fell For You, the national #13.
At number three, with a slightly more respectable 12 points and the # 1 vote of WLS, Robin Ward and a song I had forgotten about, Wonderful Summer, the national #15. Get the feeling the stations are ignoring the national chart?
At number two, also with one #1 vote (Denver) and 27 points, The Kingsmen and Louie Louie, the national #8.
Now that leaves us a bit of a #1 vote gap. That was filled by non-final four songs As Long As I Know He's Mine by the Marvellettes (Detroit), Long Tall Texan by Murry Kellum (the KOMA kids), and Tommy Roe's Everybody (Kansas City). But the number one... both here and nationally...stay tuned.
Bottom's Up was a bit slow this week. The only songs in the Cold 60 I knew were Roy Orbison's Mean Woman Blues (42 and dropping after 13 weeks), The Trashmen with the amazingly annoying ( though not as bad as Long Tall Texan) Surfing Bird, debuting at #80, and Jan and Dean's Drag City at #81 after 2 weeks. But to make it up to you, here's one of the Martin Ten I haven't shared yet. Debuting this week is the actual second single from ELO's All Alone In The Universe:
Okay, I suspect that you might have a clue on our clue answer- they all charted with versions of the song in question. Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians (#9), Jimmy Dorsey and his band (#2), Larry Clinton's Orchestra (the biggest version #1 for 9 weeks), Artie Shaw (#17), and Der Bingle (#14) all did it in 1939; Paul Weston's Orchestra, with vocals by the Norman Luboff Choir, did it in 1949 (#20); The Dominoes in 1957 (#20), and the Osmond siblings in 1975 (#14). Now all you have to do is figure out WHAT song they all hit with. Another clue- it was Babe Ruth's favorite song.
|That should just about give it away, boys... er, and ladies...|
So Shady made the mistake of making this comment last week:
1963 next week? You're getting warmer, good buddy. Keep heading in that direction. My favorite year is 1905.
Thus, without further doo-doo, here are the top ten songs of 1905:
Arthur Collins and Byron G. Harlan's Tammany was the 10th biggest hit. These two were of a comedic bent, and many of their songs were what was called "Coon songs"- sung in the idiom of and making fun of African Americans. In fact, this style was seemingly the only break from the operatic style singers who dominated the day.
The Haydn Quartet were at number nine with In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree. And again at #8, along with the sweet contralto of Corrine Morgan, on Dearie.
You will see a lot of repeat offenders on this list. Out of the top 25 that year, four acts (including Collins with 7, Harlan with 4, and the Haydn Quartet with 4) had 20 of the positions.
#7 is the first of three straight by Billy Murray, an Irishman known as the "Denver Nightingale". 7 was Everybody Works But Father; #6 was Come Take A Trip In My Airship; and #5 was one of his many George M. Cohan tunes, Give My Regards To Broadway. Murray took 7 of the top 25, and would have more in later years both solo and as a member or guest of the Haydns and the Peerless Quartet.
Harlan took #4 solo with Where The Morning Glory Twines Around The Door. Long titles, yes? Just wait. The flip side to our mysterious six degrees song was I've Been Carrying A Torch For You So Long That It Burned A Great Big Hole In My Heart- which held the record for longest flip side title until it was beaten by some nonsense that Prince put on the back of When Doves Cry, (Don't expect me to type that one out too!)
Billy Murray comes back for the next two- In My Merry Oldsmobile at #3 and another Cohan comp, Yankee Doodle Boy, at #2.
And number one is a song I mentioned before way back in the second incarnation of Time Machine somewhere, by Arthur Collins solo this time. And this one is the biggest non-operatic hit of the first decade of the 20th century. Which means of course, it's a "Coon song", called The Preacher And The Bear. The Preacher goes out hunting and gets chased up a persimmon tree by the bear, which leads to the chorus:
Hey Lord, you delivered Daniel from the bottom of the lion's den
You delivered Jonah, from the belly of the whale and then,
The Hebrew children from the fiery furnace so the good books do declare
Hey Lord, if you can't help me, for goodness sake don't help that bear!
And that was music in 1905. Happy now?
Which brings us to this week's Martin Ten:
Jana Kramer holds on to her spot at #10 with the country single I Got The Boy.
The afore-heard single by ELO, When The Night Comes, gives Jeff Lynne two hits in this week's Ten, debuting at #9.
Sadly, somebody has to get out of the way, and it's the Apache Relay, with Katie Queen Of Tennessee dropping from 3 to 8.
Last week the Decemberists came in at #8 with a song you got to hear on the Wednesday post, The Wrong Year. It moves up one spot to #7.
The yo-yo like career of World Party on the M10 is in descent once again, dropping a spot to 6 with Is It Like Today.
And moving up two spots to #5 is Avril Lavigne:
And coming in at #4, Alvvays with Archie Marry Me. The band (which spells it with 2 v's to avoid copyright issues but still pronounces it "always", was asked in an interview if there was really an Archie...
Molly Rankin: Archie is one of our closest friends from Cape Breton. His parents bred golden retrievers, and we made a path through the woods to get to his house so we could play with them every day. He’s a geologist in Halifax, Nova Scotia now. We have a picture on our fridge of him smoking a cigarette at age five.
And it is at #4 that Alvvays debuts this week.
ELO continues One Step At A Time, this week up to #3.
The former number one from Beach House Traveller, remains at #2 this week.
Which means, it's number ones time!
On the M10...
... for a second week, Silversun Pickups and Nightlight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And, the big winner on the Panel Four....
...the Singing Nun with a favorite of my Dad's, Dominique!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And finally, what is the song that so many other people did, that had the long named b-side (which was actually the a-side, I can't imagine WHY djs played the other side!), but got no panel votes this week?
Why it was the national #3, Nino Tempo and April Stevens with Deep Purple!!!!
1973 next week Nixon fans! Till then, see you later!