Saturday, March 24, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - #1 Songs

Hey geneaphiles - it's Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun!!!

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 18? Or when you married? Or some other important date in your life.

2) Go to http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/birthdayno1 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 http://www.joshhosler.biz/ 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,  in a Facebook status line, or in a Google Plus Stream  note.

Here's mine:

* Birth date 23 October 1943:

From the http://www.joshhosler.biz/ site, #1 on that date was "Sunday, Monday or Always" by Bing Crosby (lyrics only, couldn't find a video or recording online)

* Age 18 on 23 October 1961:

From the http://www.joshhosler.biz/site, #1 was Runaround Sue by Dion and the Belmonts (YouTube video)

* Married on 21 March 1970:

From the http://www.joshhosler.biz/ site, #1 was "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel (YouTube video)

* During the time that I was really "into" popular music (1956-1970), the #1 hits on my birthday were:

** 1956. Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog -- Elvis Presley
** 1957. Jailhouse Rock/Treat Me Nice -- Elvis Presley
** 1958. It's All in the Game -- Tommy Edwards
** 1959. Mack the Knife -- Bobby Darin
** 1960. I Want to be Wanted -- Brenda Lee

** 1961. Runaround Sue -- Dion
** 1962. Monster Mash -- Bobby Boris Pickett & the Crypt Kickers
** 1963. Sugar Shack -- Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs
** 1964. Do Wah Diddy -- Manfred Mann
** 1965. Yesterday -- The Beatles

** 1966. 96 Tears -- ?? & the Mysterians
** 1967. To Sir, with Love -- Lulu
** 1968. Hey Jude -- The Beatles
** 1969. I Can't Next to You -- The Temptations
** 1970. I'll Be There -- The Jackson Five

6 comments:

Dorene from Ohio said...

What a fun challenge Randy! Here is mine:

http://graveyardrabbitofsanduskybay.blogspot.com/2012/03/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-march-24.html

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

On: http://www.joshhosler.biz/07/0704.htm, since yours didn't go back far enough....

Stairway to the Stars, Glenn Miller.

Liv said...

Hi Randy, this is my first time to participate in SNGF. I love music and simply could not resist this fun challenge. Here's my link -

http://claimingkin.com/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-1-songs/

Thanks,
Liv

Jenny Jones said...

Great challenge tonight! Thanks Randy!

http://jenny-rakingtheleaves.blogspot.com/2012/03/hits-of-lifetime-sngf.html

Carol Yates Wilkerson said...

I don't have a blog post to share, but I can tell you the most popular wedding song in the year we got married (1970) was We've Only Just Begun by the Carpenters. :)

Lisa Suzanne Gorrell said...

March 26, 1954. According to http://www.joshhosler.biz
"Make Love To Me" by Jo Stafford.

According to http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/
"Secret Love" by Doris Day.