Monday, May 05, 2008


And I mean random...I just added the song "Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do" by Aretha Franklin to my iPod collection. As I went to my book to mark it off, here's the liner note below it:

Aretha was the first artist to have a hit at each peak position from #1-10 (the others were Marvin Gaye and Madonna).

In case you're wondering what those ten songs were...

#1 - Respect (debuted on charts 4/29/67)
#2 - Chain Of Fools (12/9/67)
#3 - Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) (11/24/73)
#4 - Baby I Love You (7/22/67)
#5 - (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone (3/2/68)
#6 - The House That Jack Built (8/17/68)
#7 - Think (5/18/68)
#8 - (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (9/30/67)
#9 - I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) (3/4/67)
#10 - I Say A Little Prayer (8/17/68)

Hey, for good measure:

#11 - Don't Play That Song (8/8/70)

Other random little know music facts:

Minor 1980's group New Order was originally the influential late 70's band Joy Division. When lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide in 1980, the band found a new lead singer and had their greatest commercial success under a different name.

The actor who played Johnny Fontane in the Godfather series was an actual singer, Al Martino. He had eleven Top 40 hits and ranks as the 138th most successful artist in Billboard history, ahead of Tom Petty, Simon & Garfunkel, Van Halen, John Lennon, The Righteous Brothers, Beyonce, Al Green, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, and a host of other notables.

Dan Aykroyd was a backup vocalist for USA For Africa on their "We Are The World" track, presumably because of his time with the Blues Brothers.

David Lee Roth is from Bloomington, Axl Rose in Lafayette. Henry Lee Summer was from Brazil, but a special nod goes to LaPorte's Rich Hardesty. Sorry, no link for Hardesty, because my favorite song of his breaks every obscenity law there should be on this site.

Jerome Geils wasn't the lead singer of his band (that was Peter Wolf). Mike Rutherford of Mike + The Mechanics wasn't the lead singer (that was Paul Carrack). Robert "Kool" Bell wasn't the lead singer of Kool & The Gang (that was James "J.T." Taylor). However, Harry Wayne Casey, better known as KC, was the lead singer of the Sunshine Band.

Now you know...


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