American Top 40 Flashback:1977

This is the first of a series of blogs where I take you back to the artists and features of the American Top 40 episode you will hear this weekend, and the news events surrounding that time. Let’s get started!

Casey asks, Who was the family act with the most 70s records. What’s your guess? Hal Blaine is one of Casey’s featured artists. A prolific working recording session drummer who worked with a who’s who of an era. Elvis. Sinatra. John Lennon. Beach Boys. Neil Diamond. Get the idea? He played drums on 14 #1 records of the ‘70s. Hal turned 84 in February 2013. His legacy is enshrined in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame, and a book by Kent Hartman, “The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Best-Kept Secret”.

I also recommend Hal Blaine’s website for retrospective looks at each music star and track. Some samples:

  • Cher: “This gorgeous half-Armenian chick…”
  • Olivia Newton-John: “an Aussie lass…” (comment: lol, who calls Olivia an Aussie lass?!!!)
  • John Denver: (song ‘Calypso’) “I got the old ships bell out of storage and used it on the intro.. I almost cry with memories every time I hear it.”
  • Barbra Streisand: “This lady has always had all of her &%$# together.” 
  • Elvis Presley: “Elvis had a really soft heart…”

I want to meet this guy. I’ll bet he has some great stories that can’t be written.

Other things that happened during this week in 1977:

  • Led Zeppelin’s original lineup plays their last US concert ever in Oakland.
  • The day before, Keith Moon of the Who jumps on stage and has a drum battle with John Bonham.
  • Carly Simon released ‘Nobody Does It Better, and Foreigner presses ‘Cold As Ice’.
  • You were born? Happy 36th birthday!
  • It looks like it’s my spin in a game of ‘Life’…Millionaire Acres, here I come!

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