NO.1 ON THIS DAY
We take a trip back in time to see what was sitting on top of the Aussie charts this day through the years. How many can you sing at a Karaoke Night?
2014: SHAKE IT OFF - TAYLOR SWIFT
It’s hard not to tap your feet to this gem from Taylor Swift. Confirming she had truly left her country days behind her and was now the Queen of Pop, Shake it Off was a massive hit all over the world. Not only was it the 22nd song to debut at No.1 in the US, it earned Swift three Grammy awards, and sat on top of the Aussie charts on this day 2 years ago and sold 490,000 units. The song caused controversy when it was not nominated in the JJJ Hot 100 despite a push across the nation by angry Tay Tay fans.
2011: SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW - GOTYE
Written by Belgian/Australian artist Gotye and featuring Kiwi singer/guitarist Kimbra, this song was one of the most successful Aussie hits since Men At Work in the 1980s. Commercially, "Somebody That I Used to Know" is Gotye's most successful release, topping charts in the US, UK and Australia, as well as 23 other national charts, plus reaching the top 10 in more than 30 countries around the world. The song has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling digital singles of all time. The video for the single has had over 803 million views on You Tube and remains one of the most fascinating music videos in a long time. PS – you didn’t have to cut me off.
1992 AMIGOS PARA SIEMPRE – JOSE CARRERAS AND SARAH BRIGHTMAN
Written for the closing ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black, Amigos Para Siempre means ‘Friends for Life’ and is performed in English, Spanish and Catalan. Performed by Jose Carreras and Webber’s ex-wife Sarah Brightman, it was the favourite song of Juan Antonio Samaranch, the man who famously said “…and the winner is Syd-o-nee”, in his role as president of the International Olympic Committee from 1980 to 200. It was played at his funeral in Barcelona in April 2010. It was one of two songs for the games, the other being ‘Barcelona’ performed by Freddie Mercury and Monserrat Caballe.
1981 JESSIE’S GIRL – RICK SPRINGFIELD
Jessie is a friend. Yeah, I know he’s been good friend of mine. But lately something's changed, it ain't hard to define. Jessie's got himself a girl and I want to make her mine. Hang on Rick, that’s not what mates do to mates. Rick Springfield has been singing that opening verse for over thirty years now and it still makes middle aged women (and men) get up and dance at every 80’s concert he plays across the globe. Taken from the album Working Class Dog, this was a slow burner of a song, taking 19 weeks on the US charges to reach No.1, one of the slowest climbs of all time and stayed on top of the charts for just one week. Ironically, it was Springfield’s only number one song. The 66 year old from Guildford in NSW is also an actor, with roles in the soap General Hospital and the pilot for Battlestar Galactica, plus a role alongside Meryl Street in ‘Ricki & The Flash’.
1975 FOX ON THE RUN – THE SWEET
Number one on the Aussie charts 31 years ago today, Fox On The Run was The Sweet’s first single that was written by the band, rather than by their producers. The lyrics refer to groupies, as ‘Fox’ was a popular term at the time for an attractive woman. The Sweet hit the UK scene in 1968, and had their last hit in 1978. Only two members survive today, both who perform around the world in their own version of ‘The Sweet’. Brian Connolly died at age 51 after several heart attacks brought on by chronic alcoholism in the 70s and 80s, while drummer Mick Tucker was just 54 when he died of Leukaemia in 2002. The band is best remembered for their hit Ballroom Blitz, along with Fox On The Run.
1969 IN THE GHETTO - ELVIS PRESLEY
Recorded in the first studio session after his amazing 1968 Comeback Special, Elvis Presley also recorded the classics Suspicious Minds, Kentucky Rain, and Don't Cry Daddy during the same period in the Memphis studio. Written by Mac Davis, it is a sad tale about a cycle of poverty repeating itself. The song was Presley's first Top 10 hit in the US in four years, peaking at number 3, and his first UK Top 10 hit in three years, peaking at No. 2. It sat at No.1 on the Aussie charts this day 47 years ago. Covered by numerous acts since, it was released by a band in 1984, their first single. That band was Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
1965 HELP! - THE BEATLES
Released when the world was in the grip of Beatlemania, Help! was the title song for the movie of the same name and the soundtrack to go with it. Written by John Lennon, The Beatles recorded "Help!" in 12 takes on 13 April 1965 using four-track equipment. The documentary series The Beatles Anthology revealed that Lennon wrote the lyrics of the song to express his stress after the Beatles' quick rise to success. "I was fat and depressed and I was crying out for 'Help'," Lennon told Playboy. The Beatles stopped playing live concerts just 12 months later.