Well, the calendar made a drastic change. 2013 is a clean slate when anything can happen... hopefully, all for good. For this weeks’ quiz, we’re taking you back to the beginning of various years to see how your memory holds up about songs that were # 1 during the first week of January. See, all these songs were # 1. It can’t get much easier than that...can it? I didn’t think so. If you’re not too exhausted from all the holiday partying, this should be a breeze (and not a frigid North wind either. We’ve had plenty of that already, thank you very much).
1. This January 1976 # 1 hit came from a group of four Scottish lads who took the world (and the record charts) by storm. The specific song we’re looking for was # 1 for just one week, and in fact, it was this groups’ ONLY # 1 single, but they did chart 8 songs on Billboards Hot 100, including three Top Ten hits. What’s the name of this group and what was their 1976 # 1 smash? (HINT: How’s your spelling?)
2. For the first week of January 1966, this song by an American duo knocked the Dave Clark Five from the top of the charts, but was itself knocked off one week later by The Beatles “We Can Work It Out”. Both members of this duo had attended the same high school and started singing together. Their first chart hit, called “Hey Schoolgirl” came in late 1957 when they recorded as Tom & Jerry. It was 8 years before they next hit the charts, but that one was a doozie. A # 1 smash around the world under their real last names. Their career together lasted until the mid 1970’s when they broke up, then got back together a few years later for a one off reunion at New York’s Central Park. Both performers went on to have successful solo careers, although only one of them would ever hit # 1 again on the singles chart. Can you name this duo and their January 1966 chart topper?
3. This Philadelphia duo was a hit making machine during the 1970’s and ‘80’s with songs like “Rich Girl”, “Kiss On My List”, Private Eyes”, “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” – all # 1 songs. Their next # 1 happened in 1982 and I’ll give you a couple of lines of lyrics, “The woman is wild, a she-cat by tamed by the purr of a Jaguar. Money’s the matter. If you’re in it for love, it ain’t gonna get too far.” What’s the name of this # 1 smash?
4. She’s one of the new judges for the 2013 edition of “American Idol”. This # 1 hit, hit # 1 in the first week of January 1994 and stayed at the top of the singles chart for 4 weeks. It’s just one of 15 # 1 hits this performer has had so far. No one has ever had to ‘carry’ this performer. So what’s the name of her 1994 # 1? (HINT: The song title is also the name of a sandwich)
5. This # 1 song was HUGE...remaining at the top of the singles chart for 14 consecutive weeks in 1992 and ‘93. Country music legend Dolly Parton, who wrote it, originally had a # 1 hit with it on the country charts, but this singer took it to a whole other level. It was featured in this performer’s debut movie and was a showstopper. Sadly, this performer died in February of last year, but her memory and her music will be with us forever. Who’s the performer and what’s the name of this smash # 1 hit?
1. The Bay City Rollers had “Saturday Night”, their only # 1 hit, at the top of the singles chart for the first week in January 1976. Who could ever forget the opening to that song? “S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night”. Later that same year, the Rollers next hit, “Money Honey” stalled at # 9. They didn’t hit the Top Ten again until ’77 with “You Made Me Believe In Magic”, which made it to # 10.
2. Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel had pretty much gone their separate ways before their song, “The Sounds of Silence” went to # 1. They’d recorded the song, originally for their 1964 Columbia Records debut album, “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.” which initially didn’t sell a lot of records. Paul Simon was away in London, England performing wherever he could, when their producer Tom Wilson added drums, electric bass and electric guitars to the acoustic track without checking with either Paul or Art. Columbia released the single and it shot to # 1, replacing the Dave Clark Five’s “Over And Over”. After one week, The Beatles “We Can Work It Out” took the # 1 singles spot for the next two weeks, then “The Sounds Of Silence” leaped back on top for an additional week, only to be replaced by “We Can Work it Again” again. Simon & Garfunkel had two more # 1 hits, “Mrs. Robinson” in 1968 and “Bridge Over troubled Water” in 1970. As a solo artist, Paul Simon topped the singles chart only once with 1976’s “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover”. Art Garfunkel had a successful acting career while continuing to record.
3. The song in question was “Maneater” from Daryl Hall & John Oates. It had been # 1 for the last two weeks of 1982 and stayed there for the first week of ’83.
4. Mariah Carey is the singer. ”Hero” is the name of the song. Her first # 1 was “Vision of Love” in 1990, followed by “Love Takes Time” that same year. In ’91, she hit the top of the charts 3 more times with “Somemday”, “I Don’t Wanna Cry” and “Emotions”. “Can’t Let Go’ hit # 1 in 1992 as did “Make It Happen” and “I’ll Be There”. 1993 saw two # 1’s, “Dreamlover” and “Hero”. Then in ’95 came “Fantasy” and “One Sweet Day” followed by “Always Be My baby”, a # 1 hit in ’96, followed by the # 1 hit “Honey in ’97 and “My All” in ’98. “Heartbreaker” was Mariah’s next # 1 in 1999 and the following year, came “Thank God I Found You” with Joe & 98.
5. “I Will Always Love You” is the hit we were looking for. Whitney Houston had the # 1 song on Billboards’ Hot 100 chart for 14 consecutive weeks at the end of 1992 and the first few