NUMBER ONE SONGS - The First Twenty Years
Number One Songs - The First Twenty Years is a unique, clever and very entertaining poem about the 436 number one songs in Billboard from the birth of rock and roll in 1956 to the beginning of disco in 1975. Larry Irons intertwines an interesting mix of facts,trivia, anecdotes, humor and personal knowledge about the songs and artists from the perspective of a successful disc jockey for more than 30 years.
Number One Songs - The First Twenty Years has been endorsed by many in both radio and record promotion, including Steve Resnik, Co-Founder of RAMP (a daily newsletter for Radio And Music Professionals); Dave Sholin, former Top 40 editor of the Gavin Report and former Music/Program Director of KFRC San Francisco; Guy Zapoleon, Senior VP with iHeartMedia; Jon Zellner, Senior VP Programming with iHeartMedia; Sean Ross, RossOnRadio Newsletter; Mike Huckabee, Fox News Host, former governor of Arkansas and former disc jockey; and Mike Martucci, former VP with Roulette Records.
This is a different way of presenting songs from 1956 to 1975. The author writes about each song from that year in a poem. He gives you a little insight into the song, or his life, or what was happening at the time. Nothing too deep. All of the songs I am sure most people have heard at one time or another. Some of the songs from the 50’s by Pat Boone I don’t think they play on the radio, but I could be wrong. Being someone who collects records it brought back memories of listening to either 45’s or albums, and I playing doo-wop songs for my children so they could get a feel for the Flamingos, Moonglows, The Cadillacs, and of course the Platters. When he moved through the sixties I remembered the songs and was surprised at some of the ones that were number one. I did not pay attention to that stuff back then. Then when he got into the 70’s this was when I went to my first concert the Doobie Brothers, and there they were with Black Water. Of course the Eagles, and my favorite song One of These Nights, (which they don’t play on radio). He mentions others groups but one especially gets me every time. Earth, Wind and Fire, he mentions there first number one song, and album. He also suggests trying to see them in concert, and though I agree with him. They are not the same as they were in the 70’s, my wife and I say them in 77, were in high school, but that is still the best concert I have seen still to this day. We have seen the Eagles, with Roy Orbison, The Jackson’s, and just Michael, Elton John, to name a few but hands down EW&F was the best. Now if you want to hear them from the 70’s gets their album or CD titled Gratitude, that is live versions of their hits plus other songs. I got off topic, but I get like that when talking music. Back to the book. I read this in one day, actually in just a few hours. A very quick read and was very well written with some information like I said I did not know. Overall an enjoyable read. I got this book from netgalley. I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com