Well, it’s officially here. September. Fall is just around the corner. Trees will soon start to shed their leaves...and we’ll start adding layers of clothing, but let’s not crowd the season too much. We still have plenty of warm, sunny days ahead before old man Winter comes a-calling. For our quiz this week, we’ll check your knowledge of # 1 albums during September from the ‘50’s, ‘60’s, ‘70’s, ‘80’s and ‘90’s. There’ll be a few clues along the way just in case you get stuck.
1. This album spent ten weeks at # 1 on Billboards’ Top Pop Albums chart, including all five weeks of September 1957. It was the album from a singer from Memphis, Tennessee, who’d first hit the singles chart in 1956 with a # 1 smash called “Heartbreak Hotel”. The title of the album was the same as the title of his second movie. What’s the name of this legendary superstar?
2. In 1964, there was one group that dominated the singles and albums charts. They came from Liverpool, but quickly took the world by storm and creating a phenomenon called “??????mania”. The soundtrack to their first movie held the # 1 spot for the entire month of September of ’64. Can you name the group and the soundtrack album?
3. This performer had been in the British group Humble Pie before moving to America and recording a double album which became the best-selling live album to that time. In 1976, it was the # 1 album for 10 weeks (although not consecutive weeks), including the last three weeks in September and was the best selling album of ’76 with six million copies sold in the U.S. alone. This album spawned three hit singles, including “Show Me The Way”. What’s the name of this singer and his # 1 album that the readers of Rolling Stone Magazine voted “Album of the Year”?
4. In 1982, this singer/songwriter had the # 1 album for 3 out of the 4 weeks in September. He hails from Seymour, Indiana and early on in his career, went by a name given to him by his manager. It was a name he apparently hated, but went along with until he became successful, then he reverted to using his real name. The album we’re looking for was his 6th and last using his ‘stage’ name. Can you name this “American Fool”? (HINT ALERT)
5. The daughter of this country/pop singer has been in the news recently for something she did on the MTV Awards broadcast. And from all reports, his ‘Acky Breaky Heart” (HINT ALERT) was upset over her antics. You most likely won’t guess the name of his album, so we’ll give it to you. “Some Gave All”. (Didn’t really help much now, did it? I didn’t think so.) This album was # 1 throughout all of September of 1992 and for several weeks before and after. This performer co-starred with his aforementioned daughter in a highly popular weekly Disney television series about a normal girl, who’s also a pop star. What’s the name of this singer/songwriter/actor?
1. C’mon, you know it was Elvis Presley didn’t you? The album was “Loving You”.
2. That could only be The Beatles and the soundtrack from “A Hard Day’s Night”, which was the # 1 album for 14 consecutive weeks starting on July 25th when it toppled Louis Armstrong’s “Hello Dolly” album. The final week for “A Hard Days Night” at # 1 was October 24th. The following week, Barbra Streisands’ album “People” took over the top spot.
3. Peter Frampton was the artist. “Frampton Comes Alive” was the album, which was recorded at various venues around the U.S. including the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco and Long Island Arena in Commack, New York. “Frampton Comes Alive” first hit # 1 on July 24th, 1976. The next week, it was replaced by George Benson’s “Breezin’” album. It jumped back into first place on August 14th and stayed there for the next 3 weeks, only to have the “Fleetwood Mac” album replace it for the week of September 4th. Frampton bounced back into # 1 on Billboards’ album chart for the weeks of September 11th through to October 9th when Stevie Wonder’s “Songs In The Key of Life” took the top spot for the next 12 weeks.
4. That’s right, I gave you the name of the album right there in the question. I was feeling kinda reckless today. Anyway, John ‘Cougar’ Mellencamp was the name we were looking for. John’s “American Fool” album topped Billboards’ album chart during the weeks of September 11th, 18th and 25th. It remained # 1 throughout all of October and the first week in November. Two Top Ten singles came from the “American Fool”album – “Hurts So Good” and “Jack And Diane”, a # 1 single for 4 weeks in the summer of ’82. David Bowie’s manager, Tony DeFries gave him the name John Cougar, but after “American Fool”, John’s next album, “Uh Huh” came out under the name John ‘Cougar’ Mellencamp. He eventually dropped ‘Cougar’ in the late ‘80’s.
5. Billy Ray Cyrus had the # 1 album, “Some Gave All” for 17 weeks beginning the week of June 13th, 1992. He remained at the top of the charts until the week of October 3rd. Daughter Miley Cyrus was ‘twerking’ with Robin Thicke at this years MTV Awards. (According to the online edition of the Oxford dictionary, ‘twerking’ means “to dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance”). For several years, Miley was a role model for young girls as “Hannah Montana” on TV, but I think that influence is well and truly over now.