Thursday, May 26, 2011

American Top 40 - May 26 Birthdays

Continuing this weeks theme of looking at Top 40 hits from folks that have birthdays today:

From my earlier post, celebrating birthdays today are Levon Helm (The Band), Gary Peterson (Guess Who), Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac), Hank Williams, Jr. and Lenny Kravitz.

How'd this quintet do on the Pop charts?  Pretty impressive. 

Start with Stevie Nicks.  Between solos and Fleetwood Mac, she has 30 Top 40 hits to her credit .  Notables as a solo artist include Edge Of Seventeen (#11), Stop Dragging My Heart Around (w/ Tom Petty, #3) and Leather & Lace (w/ Don Henley #6).  Notables with Fleetwood Mac include Dreams (#1), Don't Stop (#2) and Rhiannan (#11).

The Guess Who were major hitmakers a few years before Stevie Nicks, with 13 Top 40 hits between 1965 and 1974.  Notables include American Woman (#1), No Time (#5) These Eyes (#6) and Share The Land (#10). 

The Band only had two Top 40 hits: Up On Cripple Creek (#25) and Don't Do It (#34).  But their influence wasn't really on the pop charts....

Lenny Kravitz had 5 Top 40 hits between 1991 and 2005.  Notables include "It Ain't Over Till It's Over (#2) and Fly Away (#12).  I know him best for his remake of Guess WHo's American Woman, which just missed the Top 40 (#49).

Hank Williams Jr is a monster on the country charts, but has (surprisingly) no Top 40 hits on the pop charts.

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