Welcome to the Time Machine Beauty Contest episode! This week we'll be doing a special 2-location TM in honor of the two lovely ladies we lost recently- Carrie Fisher and her Mom, Debbie Reynolds!
And we are doing that by splitting this into teams! And years- because the week of Carrie's first birthday, Mom hit #1 with her big hit Tammy! So this is what you are about to get: First up, the Presidential poll of songs for the month of Carrie's birth, October 1956. I had to do a month's worth because my source doesn't have a lot of station charts in '56, so what I did is take the #1s from the whole month, eliminate same-station repeats, and came up with our candidates for the month. Your Presidential pick list for Team Carrie contains:
Elvis with the week's #1 on Cashbox, Don't Be Cruel.
Another of the acts we lost in 2016, Jim Lowe with the week's #5, The Green Door.
The instrumental Honky Tonk by Bill Doggett, currently #3.
The first of two novelty hits from Li'l Abner for Don Cherry, If I Had My Druthers (neither of the DC songs chart).
Elvis with the flip side, Love Me Tender, which was #2.
The other Don Cherry tune, the more famous Namely You (at least you CAN find this one on YouTube).
And my personal favorite of the group- from the movie High Society, Bing Crosby and Grace Kelley with True Love, which sat at #8 on CB.
Okay, if you've been here the last few weeks you know the drill, pick the winner of the most #1 votes and wait for results at the end! And now, how about the ladies of Team Carrie!
|Crista Ru of Powers...|
Next up, and in-between the two teams, we have our one-and only M10 debut. This is from a Brooklyn "Bubble Grunge" act called Charly Bliss, fronted by our first official 2017 candidate, Eva Hendricks...
Ruby debuts at #10 this week.
And now, the charts not quite one year later. Tammy had fallen from the top 3 weeks before and was at #6, but I wanted to do one from it's FIRST of 7 CB weeks at the top, and give Debbie a chance to be this week's co-President.
Hey hey, this is Mickey Dolenz, and I object! You've always let the President of the week intro the acts before, and as representative for America's favorite rock'n'roll band, the Monkees, I have to protest! First you skipped the one we would have introed LAST week, and now...
Say no more, Mickey- please! You are absolutely right. Please go ahead and intro the Team Debbie Candidates.
No, the songs.
That's a rip-off!
The question is moot. I get the girls!
Okay, okay. Here are the candidates for the Debbie Team, from the week of August 17th, 1957...
The Schoolboys, a local east coast band, with Carol, which didn't chart nationally.
The Dell-Vikings with Cool Shake, stuck at #50 on CB.
Paul Anka's Diana, which was #10.
The Four Lads with Eyes Of God, which would peak at #49 late the next month.
Pat Boone with his heavy metal hit, Gold Mine In the Sky... oh, not heavy metal? Anyway, it was at #20 on CB.
Johnny Mathis with It's Not For Me To Say, which was #5;
Here's one everybody knows- Rainbow by Russ Hamilton, which was #15.
The next song was called Soft Sands, and while it charted in the USA by the Chordettes, this particular version was from Canada's Dorothy Collins. Because we had an FCC rule or something.
Elvis was on this list as well, with Teddy Bear at #2 nationally...
AND the #1 song, of course, Tammy. Is that it?
Yep, thanks Mickey! So now you can pick your winner from this list, too, and I'll help you narrow it down in a bit. But now, it's time for Team Debbie...
|Dami Im, aka the last girl cut...|
|Melody Prochet of the Echo Chamber...|
|Elisabeth Ellison of Radiation City...|
And now, just to have it in, most of the rest of the M10!
Radiation City slips to #9 with Come And Go in week #10- making it and the M50 #1 Quiet Corners by the Jayhawks the only 10-week charters in M10 history!
Also slipping, though a steeper five spots to #8- The Shacks and This Strange Effect.
Ducktails makes a 2-spot climb to #7 with Surreal Exposure.
From here, the competition is deadly, and I told Laurie these spots might not even move next week. First, moving 4 to #6 are the Hidden Cameras with Day I Left Home.
At 5, up 3, is Puddle Of Mudd with Gimme Shelter.
At #4, managing only one spot up, is Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears with PTP.
Also up one spot (again), is Rad City with Zombies at #3.
After 3 weeks at #1- how about three weeks at #2 for the El Michels Affair and the Shacks with Strange Boy!
And number one at the end, or thereabouts....
Clue time: If your pick on the Carrie poll was anybody but Elvis, go sit down. On the Debbie poll, there are only three of the group that got multiple votes, so you who have Russ Hamilton, Dorothy Collins, Four Lads, Dell-Vikings, Johnny Mathis, or Elvis bumper stickers, sorry 'bout your luck.
And now, allow me to reveal to you the final six... First, from Team Carrie:
|Helo Pinheiro, the Girl from Ipanema...|
|And Marsha Hunt!|
And the ladies from Team Debbie:
|Jahan Yousaf from Krewella...|
|Marika Justad from Tangerine...|
|And Agnes Obel!|
And now we careen towards the finale. And the Team Carrie President this week winning 31.25 % to 25%-
Elvis with Don't Be Cruel!!!!!!!!!!!
He'll share the next week Presidency with the winner of the Debbie poll, with 26.7% of the vote...
...Paul Anka with Diana!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
All right, the moment is here. The names are thrown in a hat...
|Our judge is ready...|
|The choices laid before him, and...|
|He makes the choice!!!!|
In just a sec. Let me first say that the M10 #1 is Melody's' Echo Chamber with I Follow You- marking another M10 first- the last 3 #1s have spent 3 weeks each at the top!
And now... the winner....
Good Scrappy! Good Boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tune in next week for a more regular dose of fun!