Dates and Jams

3 Sep

My friend over at Serendipity created a great post, and I, like any good blogger, am going to copy it. She found a site called Birthday Jams that will tell you what was at the top of the charts on the day that you were born.

On my day of birth, The Supremes had “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” hanging out in the Number One spot. However, it gets better. In the United Kingdom, Hugo Montenegro and His Orchestra hit big with the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. I knew I liked that movie for some reason.

As I fiddled with the site, I started to wonder about what people were jamming to when big events happened. For example, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon on July 20, 1969. Do you know what song was tops in the land on that day? “In the Year 2525” by Zager and Evans

On August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon became the first president to resign from office. As he flew off in his helicopter, somebody was listening to “Feel Like Makin’ Love” by Roberta Flack. Nixon also posed in one of the greatest photographs of all time with Elvis Presley.Elvis Nixon

A few years later, the nation was saddened by the death of Elvis, who had a ton of Number One hits. On August 16, 1977, the day he passed away, “Best of My Love” by The Emotions was playing on radios everywhere.

Elvis’ career began when he walked into Sun Studios. He struggled for a while but finally got into a groove on July 5, 1954 when he recorded “That’s All Right.” The nation did not know what was about to hit them. All they knew was that Kitty Kallen had a huge hit with “Little Things Mean a Lot.”

Obviously, December 7, 1941 is a huge date in American history. The Japanese attacked the island of Oahu and our base at Pearl Harbor. The nation was about to enter a war that had been raging for a couple of years. It was also the day that people were listening to “Chattanooga Choo Choo” by Glenn Miller.

On December 15, 1944, Miller’s plane disappeared somewhere over the English Channel. On that day, Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots hit with “I’m Making Believe.”

On September 10 1993, a television show debuted that asked us to believe. As The X-Files started its rise to popularity, “Dreamlover” by Mariah Carey hit the peak of the charts.

Of course, that was a few years after Larry Hagman first dreamed of Jeannie. That show went on the air on September 18, 1965, which was the same time that The Beatles did not need any “Help!”

Of course, The Beatles would break up and go on to solo careers. Tragically, John Lennon’s life was cut short on December 8, 1980. On that day, “Lady” by Kenny Rogers was sitting at Number One.

Rogers used his popularity to transition into movies. None of them were very good, but Six Pack was one of the worst. It hit the screens on July 16, 1982. Listening to “Don’t You Want Me” by The Human League had to be better than watching that film.

I reckon this exercise needs to eventually come to an end, and that will happen with one more date.

I am not going to release the date of my wife’s birth, but that event turned out to be important in my life. In other words, it needs to be recognized. One way to do that is to tell you that Neil Diamond’s “Cracklin’ Rosie” was the big hit of the day. By the way, her name is not Rosie.

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10 Responses to “Dates and Jams”

  1. frontrangescribbles September 3, 2015 at 03:04 #

    In some form of irony Frank Sinatra was #1 in the U.S. On my day of birth with “Strangers in the Night”

    • Rick September 3, 2015 at 03:14 #

      That is interesting. I’d rather have that on my birthday than The Supremes.

  2. Marilyn Armstrong September 3, 2015 at 03:20 #

    It is a cool website, isn’t it? I also have one that finds any combination of words and tells you in how many movies and/or television shows it has shown up … like one of my favorites “Stay in the car” and “No one was supposed to get hurt.”

    Check it out: http://www.subzin.com/ 🙂

    • Rick September 3, 2015 at 12:32 #

      Dang. That’s an excellent one.

  3. Bantering Ram September 3, 2015 at 07:02 #

    Nice! I checked both the US and UK charts for mine. American Woman and Spirit In The Sky – just right for an old sinner 🙂

    • Rick September 3, 2015 at 12:32 #

      Those are two great songs. I wish mine had been that cool.

  4. spearfruit September 3, 2015 at 15:54 #

    Great post. Some good music back them – love all of it.

    • Rick September 3, 2015 at 18:41 #

      Thanks. It’s interesting to see how music changed through the years.

  5. Paul Stroessner December 9, 2015 at 18:19 #

    “War” by Edwin Starr was #1 when I was born. I had already known that. But, I just checked what was #1 in the UK, and it was “The Wonder of You” by Elvis.

    • Rick December 10, 2015 at 02:08 #

      That’s two different kinds of songs.

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