Saturday, December 26, 2020

December 26th, 1970

1970:  December 26th – George Harrison becomes the first Beatle to top the pop charts with his #1 Single “My Sweet Lord.”  (Of course by now he had already been #1 here in Chicago for the past three weeks!)

Five years later, a New York State Judge would find Harrison guilty of “subconscious plagiarism” and copyright infringement, stating that he found “My Sweet Lord” “too similar” to the 1963 Chiffons’ hit “He’s So Fine.” 

The legal battle would continue until 1998, by which time George had paid $587,000 in royalties to the original publisher, Bright Music.  He would later make light of the incident in his 1976 Hit “This Song.”

Interesting fact ...

Not only was George Harrison the first solo Beatle to have a #1 Hit ...

But he was also the LAST ...

When his rockin' version of "Got My Mind Set On You" topped Billboard's Hot 100 Pop Single Chart the week of January 16th, 1988.

Truth be told, I had some serious reservations about going with today's anniversary date.

Billboard Magazine has long been recognized as "The Music Bible" when it comes to chart information ... and thanks to books published by Joel Whitburn's Record Research, has been reiterated as the only source that matters. (Does the slogan "It ain't #1 'til it's #1 in Billboard" ring a bell?)

But there were, in fact, THREE major trade publications at the time tracking these things ... and although both Billboard and Cash Box showed "My Sweet Lord" hitting the top spot on December 26th, it actually ascended to #1 the week BEFORE in Record World Magazine.  (Probably the least acknowledged source of the three.)

However, after Joel published "The Comparison Book" in 2015, showing the peak position in all three publications side-by-side for the very first time, Forgotten Hits has adopted the policy of quoting a record's peak performance OVERALL in our own chart recaps.  (Billboard's Hot 100 will always be the standard and the benchmark ... but recently ignoring hits of the rock era PRIOR to that chart's official debut in August of 1958 ... and the convoluted way the charts are compiled today ... has cost them a bit of credibility in my book as well.)

Now factor in the reality that the Billboard Hot 100 that first showed George Harrison on top was for "The Week Ending December 26th," and you've got a whole NEW date to contend with.

If his #1 record was good for the week ENDING on December 26th, that means it actually became #1 on December 20th, which is when that chart would have first appeared to subscribers and retailers.

I think the key thing here is not so much the date (we went with December 26th because THAT'S the date you'll find posted on every other "On This Date In Rock History" report), but the fact that George was the first to accomplish it ... the first former Beatle to earn a #1 solo hit.  (Ironically, RINGO would be the next the following year ... but only in Cash Box and Record World ... meaning that it doesn't really count, right???  Then how did TWO of the leading trade publications get it wrong?  Don't get me started.)

As far as I'M concerned, the most definitive chart information out there is our own Super Charts, compiled by Randy Price, showing a week-by-week analysis based on information gathered from ALL THREE CHARTS ... the ONLY way to eliminate some of the gross discrepancies that we see in hindsight along the way.

I am happy to report that The Super Charts return to Forgotten Hits on January 2nd and 3rd ... and will continue every Sunday for 2021 ... as we remember the hits of 1971.

Please join us each and every week as we remember the biggest hits and events of 1971 ... 

Right here in Forgotten Hits!  (kk)

Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas!




Thursday, December 24, 2020

Thursday This And That

Hi Kent,

A Very Merry Christmas to you and a Fantastic New Year with Forgotten Hits!!!

I liked your Christmas song list by Chicago performers!

Check out Dave Edmunds version of "Run Run Rudolph."  Dave and his British Band are true rockers.


We can thank long time FH List Member Ken Voss for that awesome list spotlighting Chicago talent.  Stuff you just don’t hear all the time … and well deserving of an occasional spin during the holiday season.  (kk)

Speaking of which …

Hello Kent,

I really enjoyed this edition of Forgotten Hits! It was so nice to see and hear those Christmas classics again.

I hope you and family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

On my Facebook page or You Tube, please check out "Have A Little Faith," a song I wrote and recorded for the Joy of Christmas album. I re-recorded it in more of an unplugged format. I put it there with a little message.

I hope you have a safe and Joyful Christmas!

Carl Giammarese

That’s always been one of my favorites of yours … glad to share.

The very best of the holiday season to you and yours …

I’d say we’re all due for a much better year …

(Hopefully it’s right around the corner.)  kk

Hi Kent -

I listened to your Lonely Christmas.  Wow!  Actually not bad!

Have you ever thought about re-recording that with stronger production values? 

Merry Christmas to you and yours …

And I look forward to another year of forgotten hits.


That was the dream for many years … but that track is already 45 years old now, the tape is not in the best of shape and I don’t think I could sound anything like that anymore!!!  (Otherwise, it’s a sure fire hit!)

Thanks, Sammy … have a happy and safe holiday.  (kk)

Loved archie comic books as a little kid ... all these great memories to ease the stress we have all been dealing with ... thank you!

carol ross


Mornin' Kent!
Loved the " Boomers Play List" article ... man, that brought back a flood of memories. Thanks for posting it.
You be well and safe, me Bucko
Bless ya -

We lost Chad Stuart the other day (December 20th) –

I remember when he chose not to reteam with former partner Jeremy Clyde a couple of years back (after a very successful string of concerts together) … and I believe there was some talk of Chad suffering some health issues at the time …

But this is still extremely sad news.

Chad and Jeremy had seven Top 40 National Hits when The British Invasion first hit our shores in 1964.  “A Summer Song” was their biggest (#6, 1964 … and always ranked near the of our All-Time Summer Favorites Polls.)  “Willow Weep For Me” (#15, 1964), “If I Loved You” (#17, 1965) and “Before And After” (#15, 1965) all made The U.S. Top 20 … and “Yesterday’s Gone” (#21, 1964) should have.  “Distant Shores” became their final Top 40 Hit in 1966 when it reached #30 … and one of my all-time favorites by them … an overlooked Forgotten Hits for sure … was “I Don’t Wanna Lose You Baby,” a song that hit #33 in 1965 after they switched to the Columbia Records label.

Of course, I’ll always remember them as The Red Coats on The Dick Van Dyke Show … and both maintained excellent voices … and sense of humor … right up to the end of their touring days.

He died just ten days after his 79th birthday of pneumonia.

Here’s a link to an old Goldmine Magazine piece done on the duo:

On the plus side, we have been treated to a number of shows featuring Peter (Asher) and Jeremy, allowing the new duo to perform hits from both their catalogs.  This is all real good, feel good music … coupled with some VERY entertaining stories from back in the day … and if they decide to tour again, seeing them is highly recommended.  (kk)

Also leaving us this past week was country singer  / songwriter K.T. Oslin.

I was a big fan of K.T.’s work.  While she was best known for her anthem “’80’s Ladies,” Oslin put together a couple of very strong albums in the late ‘80’s and early ‘90’s that were always in my CD player at the time.

She’s kept a pretty low profile for a while now, but the memories are always there.  (Check out some of her stuff on YouTube when you get a chance.)  kk

And, you can add Leslie West of Mountain to the list now, too.

Leslie passed away yesterday, never recovering from a cardiac arrest he suffered on Monday.  His health has been compromised for several years now … his lower right leg had to be amputated in 2011 due to complications from diabetes.

Mountain’s One Hit Wonder “Mississippi Queen” was on the charts fifty years ago, peaking at #21 nationally.  (It went to #7 here in Chicago.)  kk

Listening to McCartney III –

Love "Women And Wives" …

What a track!



“Women And Wives” and “The Kiss Of Venus” seem to be the early fan favorites.  (Personally, I can take or leave either of them.)

The opening track, “Long Tailed Winter Bird” (virtually an instrumental), is the one that first caught my attention … that’s the one I’ve played the most so far … a bit repetitious but brilliant in its simplicity.  I heard Chris Carter play this on Breakfast With The Beatles before the LP officially came out and liked it immediately.  “Find My Way” (a bit reminiscent of “The World Tonight”) would probably come in second based on my first three rounds of listening.  It looks like that’s the single.

It has been Amazon’s #1 Best Seller this past week so should make a pretty impressive debut on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart as well.  VERY nice to know that his fan base is still out there … betcha most of these were preorders … it’ll be interesting to see how much sales drop after Week 2!  (lol)  kk

Hi Kent, 

I just listened to Beatle Paul’s new single …

Well, he sings OK for 78, but is that good enough?

I guess it is if people buy it.

Man, I hate to be hard on one of my biggest influences.

I guess I need to just be happy that he's alive and still creating.

I really struggle with my idols getting older.

Also, regarding concerts being held during the Covid era …

I did 13 dates in November, all socially distanced and the capacity allowed by regulations. I didn't want to do any of them, but I did and wouldn't you know, even with all the precautions in place, I still got it. 

To me there's no reason to either do or attend shows until the vaccination programs are in place.

Bill Scherer

Yeah, that’s the really sad part …

We ALL miss going (and doing) concerts … but how do you risk it at this stage of the game?  This thing is NOT under control yet … so why expose yourself to the risk?  (I keep equating it to things in my mind that existed before we really did or happened when we were growing up … polio vaccines and booster shots and such that let us live longer and healthier lives.)  Much as we want to see live music, it’s still too great a risk to do so. 

And I have to imagine, no matter how much they’re chomping at the bit to get back out there and up on the stage in front of a live audience, many of the artists feel the same way.  They’re all of the high risk age now … and think about not only their bandmates but their whole touring crew and entourage and their families.  How does anybody in good conscience go out there and think, even for a minute, that “this won’t happen to me”???  (kk)

As for Paul’s new CD, I’ve gone thru it three times now … there are a couple of catchy things on there (the more you listen) but nothing of any real substance that’ll last.  McCartney can still craft an amazing pop song … he’s got a gift for melody … but some of these lyrics are less sophisticated that the ones he was writing at 14-16 years old when he came up with “I Saw Her Standing There” and “When I’m 64.”  (One of the big tracks off his last album, “Fuh You,” might have seemed funny and clever at age 13 … but I can’t imagine for a second that John Lennon would have let THAT one slip into their repertoire!) 

It almost feels like all of this just comes so easy to Paul at this point that very little thought regarding craftsmanship comes into play anymore … and that’s a shame … because a good melody deserves a better outcome. 

As for the current state of his voice, it’s been pretty rough for decades now.  Knowing the perfectionist he’s always been, it’s tough sometimes to think that we’re hearing what he considered to be the “best take.”

I’ve tried to become a bit more acceptable of it … chalk it up to both age … and experience … kind of a Johnny Cash thing where the older he got, the more distinctive his voice became.  McCartney is now one of rock’s elder statesmen.  Had his music matured at the same pace, I might feel a little bit better about it all … but sometimes it just feels like Paul feels he can lob anything out there and as long as there’s a hook, his legacy will continue to grow.  Taking nothing away from his talent and track record, ‘cause I absolutely LOVE the guy and he’s been an idol of mine since The Beatles first hit the scene, I just wish he’d set a higher standard for himself sometimes.  (kk)

Meanwhile, Peter Jackson has released a new “montage” of footage from his new, long-awaited  Beatles film “Get Back” … and, as promised, it shows a much more fun-loving, clowning around group than the original “Let It Be” film portrayed.  (And God, EVERYBODY looks SO young in these clips!!!)


Elvis Was A Narc!

I’m sure others may send this in.  Warner Brothers' Pinkard and Bowden released a song about this Nixon / Elvis meeting in the 80's that WLS' Larry Lujack played on his show occasionally.  Larry loved Elvis and he loved this song, too.

Yep … Elvis busted me in ’73.

The King Lives!!!!!


You know what song I have been going back too of late?

"Strange Way" by Firefall ... haunting for sure.

Seems they have a new album out … COMET ... wonder what it sounds like?

Had to relay to you.

David Salidor

I found an acoustic album by them (actually called “Firefall Acoustic”!) where they cover a lot of Beatles songs - pretty good actually – you check it out on YouTube –

Here’s just one sample:

But yes, “Strange Way” (#11, 1978)  is a GREAT track ... and absolutely one of their concert highlights, featuring a long, extended flute solo that will blow you away.

Another really good song by them is a song called “Always” - 

It pretty much tanked (#51, 1983), but should have been a Top Ten Hit, at least on AC.  (It reached #24 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart.)


I’ve seen them live several times and it is always a good show -

Most of these were package shows where they outshined the headliners!

Oddly enough, Frannie was just saying the other day how she’d like to see Firefall again, once shows are happening again.  (kk)

I looked at their bio and was amazed how many hit singles they had ... boy, those were the days! 


Ten that made The Top 50:  “Livin’ Ain’t Livin’” (#41, 1976), “You Are The Woman” (their biggest, #8, 1976), “Cinderella” (#30, 1977), “Just Remember I Love You” (#9, 1977,, and #1 AC, their biggest hit on THAT chart), “So Long” (#48, 1978), “Strange Way” (#11, 1978), “Goodbye, I Love You” (#40, 1979), “Headed For A Fall” (#34, 1980), “Love That Got Away” (#50, 1980) and “Staying With It” (#37, 1981) … and, of course, “Always” … which SHOULD have been!  (lol)  kk


I don't know how many of your readers view or use iSpot, but that's the only other place I've seen this Google Nest speaker ad, other than on NFL games.

I haven't ID'd the song, and wonder if anyone else has.

Bob Frable

And two more Covid funnies as the year winds down ...

Happy New Year, 2021!

(Good riddance, 2020!!!)


The 2020 Version of Jim Croce's November, 1973  #1 Hit  *Time In A Bottle* 

 If I could save time in a bottle 

The first thing that I'd like to do 

Is to save every day till eternity passes away 

Just to spend them with you

LJ Coon

And ...