On this edition of the Classic Countdown we feature the Top 40 Hits from August 6, 1977 with Ron Kovacs.
Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970, originally consisting of Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), John Deacon (bass guitar), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals). Queen’s earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works, incorporating further diverse styles into their music.
Before joining Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had been playing together in a band named Smile with bassist Tim Staffell. Freddie Mercury (then known by his birth name of Farrokh “Freddie” Bulsara) was a fan of Smile, and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques after Staffell’s departure in 1970. Mercury himself joined the band shortly thereafter, changed the name of the band to “Queen”, and adopted his familiar stage name. John Deacon was recruited prior to recording their eponymous debut album in 1973. Queen enjoyed success in the UK with their debut and its follow-up, Queen II in 1974, but it was the release of Sheer Heart Attack later in 1974 and A Night at the Opera in 1975 that gained the band international success. The latter featured “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which stayed at number one in the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks; it charted at number one in several other territories, and gave the band their first top ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. Their 1977 album, News of the World, contained two of rock’s most recognizable anthems, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”.
By the early 1980s, Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world, with “Another One Bites the Dust” their best selling single, and their performance at 1985’s Live Aid is regarded as one of the greatest in rock history. In 1991, Mercury died of pneumonia, a complication of AIDS, and Deacon retired in 1997. Since then, May and Taylor have occasionally performed together, including a collaboration with Free and Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers under the name Queen + Paul Rodgers which ended in May 2009. Since 2011, May and Taylor have collaborated with vocalist Adam Lambert under the name of Queen + Adam Lambert. In late 2014, Queen will release a new album, Queen Forever, featuring vocals from the late Freddie Mercury.
The band have released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles, and 10 number one DVDs. Estimates of their record sales generally range from 150 million to 300 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists. They received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1990, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. – Wikipedia
|1||Radio Ga Ga|
|3||I Want to Break Free|
|4||Another One Bites the Dust|
|5||We Are the Champions|
|6||Under Pressure (with David Bowie)|
|7||A Kind of Magic|
|8||Heaven for Everyone|
|9||I Want It All|
|11||Crazy Little Thing Called Love|
|15||Bicycle Race / Fat Bottomed Girls|
|16||The Show Must Go On|
|17||Somebody to Love|
|18||The Invisible Man|
|20||Play the Game|
|21||You Don’t Fool Me|
|23||You’re My Best Friend|
|24||It’s a Hard Life|
|25||Friends Will Be Friends|
|26||A Winter’s Tale|
|28||Who Wants to Live Forever|
|29||Las Palabras de Amor (The Words of Love)|
|30||Now I’m Here|
This archived edition features the Top 40 Hits from August 29, 1981 with Ron Kovacs. Originally aired in 2014.
Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, widely regarded as one of the most popular and influential acts in the history of rock music; his songwriting partnership with Lennon is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. After the band’s break-up, he pursued a solo career and later formed Wings with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine.
McCartney has been recognized as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time, with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles of his work with the Beatles and as a solo artist. More than 2,200 artists have covered his Beatles song “Yesterday”, more than any other copyrighted song in history. Wings’ 1977 release “Mull of Kintyre” is one of the all-time best-selling singles in the UK. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in March 1999, McCartney has written, or co-written 32 songs that have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and as of 2014 he has sold more than 15.5 million RIAA-certified units in the United States. McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Starr received MBEs in 1965, and in 1997, McCartney was knighted for his services to music.
McCartney has released an extensive catalogue of songs as a solo artist and has composed classical and electronic music. He has taken part in projects to promote international charities related to such subjects as animal rights, seal hunting, landmines, vegetarianism, poverty, and music education. He has married three times and is the parent of five children. – Wikipedia
|1||Ebony and Ivory (with Stevie Wonder)|
|3||Say Say Say (with Michael Jackson)|
|4||Silly Love Songs (Wings)|
|5||With a Little Luck (Wings)|
|6||Coming Up (Paul McCartney)|
|7||Listen to What the Man Said (Wings)|
|8||The Girl Is Mine (with Michael Jackson)|
|9||No More Lonely Nights|
|10||Goodnight Tonight (Wings)|
|11||Let ‘Em In (Wings)|
|12||My Love (Paul McCartney & Wings)|
|13||Take It Away|
|14||Daytime Nighttime Suffering (Wings)|
|15||Beware My Love (Wings)|
|16||Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney & Wings)|
|17||Hi, Hi, Hi (Wings)|
|18||My Brave Face|
|19||Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (Paul & Linda McCartney)|
|20||Mary Had a Little Lamb (Wings)|
|21||Band on the Run (Paul McCartney & Wings)|
|22||Junior’s Farm (Paul McCartney & Wings)|
|23||Helen Wheels (Paul McCartney & Wings)|
|24||Too Many People (Paul & Linda McCartney)|
|25||Jet (Paul McCartney & Wings)|
|26||Mull of Kintyre (Wings)|
|28||Give Ireland Back to the Irish (Wings)|
|29||London Town (Wings)|
|30||Getting Closer (Wings)|
|31||Maybe I’m Amazed (live) (Wings)|
|32||Letting Go (Wings)|
|33||Venus and Mars/Rock Show (Wings)|
|34||Magneto and Titanium Man (Wings)|
|35||I’ve Had Enough (Wings)|
|37||Figure of Eight|
|38||Tug of War|
|39||Eat at Home (Paul & Linda McCartney)|
|40||Mrs Vandebilt (Paul McCartney & Wings)|
|41||Arrow Through Me (Wings)|
|42||Heart of the Country (Paul & Linda McCartney)|
|45||Pipes of Peace|
Mary Chapin Carpenter (born February 21, 1958) is an American folk and country music singer, songwriter and musician. Carpenter spent several years singing in Washington, D.C. clubs before signing in the late 1980s with Columbia Records, who marketed her as a country singer. Carpenter’s first album, 1987’s Hometown Girl, did not produce any singles, although 1989’s State of the Heart and 1990’s Shooting Straight in the Dark each produced four Top 20 hits on the Billboard country singles charts.
Carpenter’s most successful album to date remains 1992’s Come On Come On, which yielded seven charting country singles and was certified quadruple platinum in the U.S. for sales exceeding four million copies. She followed it with Stones in the Road (1994) and A Place in the World (1996), which both featured hit singles. In the 2000s, Carpenter’s albums departed both thematically and musically from her early work, becoming less radio-friendly and more focused on societal and political issues. Her most acclaimed and most topical album to date, The Calling, was released in March 2007. She followed that with The Age of Miracles in April 2010. – Wikipedia
The Oak Ridge Boys are an American country and gospel vocal quartet.
The group was founded in the 1940s as the Oak Ridge Quartet. They became popular in southern gospel during the 1950s. Their name was officially changed to the Oak Ridge Boys in the early 1960s, and they remained a gospel-oriented group until the mid-1970s, when they changed their image and concentrated on country music.
The lineup which produced their most well-known country and crossover hits (such as “Elvira”, “Bobbie Sue”, and “American Made”) consists of Duane Allen (lead), Joe Bonsall (tenor), William Lee Golden (baritone), and Richard Sterban (bass). Golden and Allen joined the group in the mid-1960s, and Sterban and Bonsall joined in the early 1970s. Aside from a seven-year gap (1987–1995) when Golden left the group and was replaced, this lineup has been together since 1973 and continues to tour and record. Source: Wikipedia
Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962) is an American country music singer and songwriter. His eponymous first album was released in 1989 and peaked at number 2 in the US country album chart while climbing to number 13 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Brooks’ integration of rock elements into his recordings and live performances earned him immense popularity. This progressive approach allowed him to dominate the country single and album charts while crossing over into the mainstream pop arena.
Brooks broke records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s. As of 2013, his recordings continue to sell well and, according to Nielsen Soundscan, his albums sales up to May 2013 are 68,630,000, which makes him the best-selling albums artist in the United States in the SoundScan era (since 1991), a title held since 1991, well over 5 million ahead of his nearest rival, The Beatles. According to RIAA he is the second best-selling solo albums artist in the United States of all time behind Elvis Presley (overall third to the Beatles and Elvis Presley) with 128 million units sold. Brooks is also one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 190 million records (albums, singles, and video).
Brooks has released six albums that achieved diamond status in the United States, those being: Garth Brooks (10× platinum), No Fences (17× platinum), Ropin’ the Wind (14× platinum), The Hits (10× platinum), Sevens (10× platinum) and Double Live (21× platinum). Since 1989, Brooks has released 19 records in all, which include; 10 studio albums, 1 live album, 3 compilation albums, 3 Christmas albums and 3 box sets, along with 77 singles. He won several important awards in his career, including 2 Grammy Awards, 17 American Music Awards (including the “Artist of the ’90s”) and the RIAA Award as Best selling solo albums artist of the Century in the United States.
Troubled by conflicts between career and family, Brooks officially retired from recording and performing from 2001 until 2009. During this time, he sold millions of albums through an exclusive distribution deal with Walmart and sporadically released new singles. In 2005, Brooks started a partial comeback, and has since given several performances and released two compilation albums.
On October 15, 2009, Garth Brooks announced the end of his retirement. In December 2009, he began a five-year concert deal with the Encore Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. In 2014 his contract with Encore ended. On July 10, 2014, he announced his signing with Sony Music Nashville, as well as confirming plans for an upcoming album, world tour, and the release of his music in a digital format.
Brooks was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 21, 2012. – Wikipedia