Today In Pop Music History (11-21-2015)

ONE TOMMY JAMES REMAKE
REPLACES ANOTHER AT THE TOP


They debuted on the pop chart a week apart.
 
Then they debuted in the top 40 the same week.
 
Then they entered the top 10 the same week.
 
And, finally, one replaced the other at #1.
 
Imagine, both remakes of Tommy James 1960’s hits back again on the pop chart after some 20 years.
 
On this day in 1987 (11/21/87), this Tommy James remake climbed to #1…
 
 
And here’s the song “Mony Mony” by Billy Idol replaced at #1, after THAT Tommy James remake was at the top for two weeks…
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oUuu_bUxtU

Tiffany was barely 16 when she hit #1 with “I Think We’re Alone Now.”  She just went by her first name although her last name was Darwish. She rose to fame thanks to many shopping mall appearances and also hit #1 in early 1988 with “Could’ve Been.” 

 
She didn’t hit #1 with her first two USA singles releases, however, because she had an early release called “Danny” that bombed.
 
William Michael Albert Broad got his stage name when a teacher wrote this on his report card: “Billy’s Idle.” When I was a nightclub DJ in the mid- to late 80’s in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the original “Mony Mony” by Tommy James and the Shondells ranked among the most popular rock and dance tunes that I would play.
 
I had the pleasure of interviewing Tommy James in the mid-1990’s for my book, “American Top 40: The Countdown Of The Century.” I needed his take on an incident that happened in 1975, when Casey Kasem did an update on Tommy on an “American Top 40” show. The update included mention of pep pills that Tommy James took. When a representative of Tommy James found out about the story before it would be aired, he made a threatening phone call to AT40 writer Alan Kaltman (a/k/a Ronnie Allen). The Tommy James associate strongly implied a lawsuit would happen if that story made it on the air. The story was edited out in the city where that associate was living, so a lawsuit was avoided. On the next AT40 show, Casey did another update about Tommy, this time discussing Tommy’s music styles–rock, bubblegum, psychedelic and social commentary. 
 
Tommy James told me he felt the original pep pills story was overdramatized. However, he was also upset with the representative who made the threatening call. “He was out of line,” Tommy emphasized. “He didn’t make that call with my say-so. I didn’t even know somebody’d made a call like that. That would’ve upset me greatly, knowing that somebody would call and threaten Casey with a lawsuit. Casey and I have been friends for a long time.”
 
TOMRROW:
REMEMBERING JFK…
AND HOW HIS DEATH AFFECTED THE POP MUSIC SCENE
+ THE $40,000 GAMBLE THAT WON MILLIONS




Preview YouTube video Tiffany – I think we’re alone now Lyrics

 

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