Today In Pop Music History (11-17-2015)

AN ALARM CLOCK SONG HITS THE TOP


Thirty one years ago Tuesday (November 17, 1984), this became the #1 new song in the USA….
 
 
 To tie in with “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham! and its rise to the top of the pop chart, American Top 40 host Casey Kasem told the story about how the song was the result of Andrew Ridgeley’s reminder note he’d posted on his bed for his mom to see. It said, “Wake me up-up before you go-go.” George Michael took that note and sprinkled in the lyric line “you make the sun shine brighter than Doris Day.” The result was a two-week running #1 song that could become part of a year-end countdown rarity. The Wham! song would make TWO year-end rankings.
 
Here’s what happened: “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” was #13 for the year 1984. Then, the magazine whose charts AT40 went by at the time basically expanded its 1985 year-end configurations to include many songs from late 1984, perhaps to the point of including all such songs’ points. The end result? In addition to be the #13 song of 1984, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” was the #3 song of 1985!
 
Meanwhile, there was quite a chart oddity on that T40 show of 31 years ago. Rebbie Jackson debuted at #40 with “Centipede” while Jermaine Jackson debuted at #32 with “Do What You Do.” That marked the second time that a brother and sister had separate solo Top 40 hits the same week.The first time…was when Donny and Marie Osmond did it in late 1973.
 
Also, Casey answered the question about the Top 40 act with the most members. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir had 325 members when it reached #13 in 1959 with “The Battle Hymn Of The Republic.” On other shows, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been credited with having upwards of 375 members.
 
George Michael would be one of the few artists to have two songs become #1 for a calendar year. Wham! did it with “Careless Whisper” for 1985 while George did it solo for 1987 with “Faith.” Among the others to pull that unique feat are Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Paul McCartney and Canadian orchestra director Percy Faith. Believe it or not, we’ve had a Top 40 hit AND an act called Wham! There’s the duo…and a instrumental hit entitled “Wham!” by Lonnie Mack in 1963.
 
For more on the act named Wham!..
 
 

TOMORROW:
THE GENIUS RECORDS A CLASSIC


 

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