Sunday, June 26, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Number #1 Songs

Randy from over at Genea-Musings has a rockin' 'n rollin' Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge!

Tonight, we're going to go down memory lane a bit.

1)What was the #1 song on the day you were born?  Or on your birthday when you were 15? Or when you married? Or some other important date in your life.

2)  Go to and enter the date and select from UK, US or Australia record lists. Note: the first date available is 1 January 1946.

Alternatively, go to and enter the month and date and see a list of songs for each year since 1940. 

3)  Tell us what your results are (If you are sensitive about your age, don't list the date or year... ) on a blog post of your own, a comment to this post, or in a Facebook status line or note. 

This post started me thinking about the music of my life. Good, bad, and absurd describes the tunes playing as I grew to adulthood. As I delve backwards to write this post memories flood back. It is amazing how hearing a particular song will take you right to that time period.

Here is my soundtrack:

On the day I was born, November 30, 1957 the #1 song was "You Send Me" (YouTube video) by Sam Cooke. That explains why I was always a soulful child!

"To Sir With Love" (YouTube video) by Lulu was #1 across the nation on my tenth birthday. Not until I was a teenager did I watch the movie To Sir With Love starring Sidney Poitier. Then I understood the message being conveyed from student to teacher.

Turning fifteen I was bopping along to "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" (YouTube video) by The Temptations. Wonder if I even listened to the words of this ditty. Not a very happy song for practicing my dance steps. To this day one of my favorite groups would have to be The Temptations. Nothing could beat the amazing vocals and smooth moves.

In 1975 I graduated high school and everyone was singing "Fly Robin Fly" (YouTube video) by Silver Convention. Can you remember the words to this classic? Fly Robin fly. Up, up to the sky. Pretty deep song to represent my generation. As you can tell we were in the midst of the disco era. Being able to dance to the song was more important than lyrics. Also, lots of leisure suits and platform shoes worn by my senior class. Must hide those pictures!

What can I say about the song playing on my 20th birthday? "You Light Up My Life " (YouTube video) by Debby Boone was probably the most over played tune of all time. This song was on the playlist at every wedding we attended for several years.

Lionel Richie gave me a wonderful present on November 30, 1982 with his song "Truly" (YouTube video). I must admit truly being a Lionel fan! Feel in love with his voice when he was one of the Commodores. Even now hearing his love songs makes me feel happy.

By 1989 I was a busy mother with four very active children. Most of the time was spent driving here and there on various errands. The smash song on the radio during those rides was "Blame It On The Rain" (YouTube video) by Mill Vanilli. Not long after we discovered Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus were not the voices of Mill Vanill. Never heard so much about lip-synching in my entire life.

During the 1990's music was mainly from Sesame Street, Disney tunes, and soundtracks from children's movies. The only song that really brought back good memories from this decade was "Smooth" (YouTube video) by Santana featuring Rob Thomas. Carlos Santana has always been one of my favorite musicians. That man can play a mean guitar! Just hearing the opening chords of this song go right to my soul.

So that brings us to the present decade. What music is now on my playlist? Guess I'm an old foggie saying the songs of my youth are better than current music. The really great part of that statement is that my children express the same sentiment. They are fans of artists their dad and I grew up enjoying. On their IPods you will find the Beatles, Journey, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, The Four Tops, The Drifters, The Who, and Marvin Gaye. Those kids have great taste!

Some of my personal #1's would be:

What's Going On by Marvin Gaye

Baby I Need Your Lovin' by the Four Tops

The Tears of a Clown by  Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

Rocky Mountain High by John Denver

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac

I'm No Angel by Gregg Allman

Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby Stills & Nash

Conviction of the Heart by Kenny Loggins

What is the soundtrack of your life?

Thanks to Randy for this walk down memory lane! Got me cranking up the tunes and singing at the top of my lungs!

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