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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Number One Hits: Seconds in Paradise

Is this the greatest audio file ever?  Go to UbuWeb and see two tiny arrows at top.  They will deliver the first 3 or 4 seconds of EVERY #1 Billboard single since 1956--starting almost with Elvis's "Heartbeak Hotel" --going to 1991. Yes, I was alive and listening all the way back.  Old enough to remember "The Wayward Wind."   Lot of whipsawing early on, with Elvis mixed in with Perry Como and Debbie Reynolds.  Then Pat Boone.  The Chipmunks.  Sam Cooke--then Bobby Vinton ruling the charts until, wham, The Beatles arrive--and on (eventually) to David Bowie.   One thing it does NOT capture is that most of these hits ruled for only one week, while others held the top spot for five weeks or longer. (h/t Chris Bowers)

One of the all-time greats:

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