Friday, May 27, 2011

American Top 40 - May 27th Birthdays

Still continuing the theme of Top 40 hits by the folks with borthdays today.  It's been a busy week this week, with representitives including Dob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac and The Guess Who. 

The Drifters are the heavyweight today, with 16 songs making the Top 40.  All between 1959 and 1964.  Notables include Save The Last Dance For Me (#1), Under The Boardwalk (#4), Up On The Roof (#5) and On Broadway (#9).  Quite a resume.

Pete Sears played with Jefferson Starship (not Airplane), but also played on several classic Rod Stweart albums.  Jefferson Starship had 9 songs in the Top 40 (more than I'd've thought) inluding Miricles (#3), Count On Me (#8) and Jane (#14).    The Rod Stewart albums he played on yeiled 4 songs which made the Top 40.  Notably Maggie May (#1) and You Wear It Well (#13).  So that a total of 13 hits Sears was associated with, not far bedind the Drifters, actually.

That leaves Steeleye Span and Siouxie And The Banshees....  Top 40 songs between them?  Zero.  At least in the US.  It looks like Steeleye Span had 2 hits in England, most notably All Around My Hat (#5).  Apparently, Siouxie and the Banshees had at least one UK hit with Hong Kong Garden.

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