20 Fun Facts From September #1s In The Hall Of Fame

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All weekend in the Hall of Fame, CBS-FM will be spinning the hits like always, but this time we’ll be focusing on the songs that topped the charts at #1 from the month of September.

Curious to know what you’ll be hearing? We’ve decided to list 20 #1 songs from September we’ll be playing, but we also decided to add some fun facts about each of your favorite chart topping hits.

September 25th, 1982
“Abracadabra” Steve Miller

“Abracadabra” is said to be inspired by Diana Ross, whom Miller met in the 1960s.

September 4th, 1971 “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”
Paul McCartney

The song appears on Wings Greatest Hits, released in 1978, even though Ram wasn’t a Wings album.

September 20th, 1975 “Fame”
David Bowie

During the recording session, Bowie recorded “Across the Universe” by The Beatles before “Fame.”

September 28th, 1985 “Money for Nothing”
Dire Straits

The video for “Money for Nothing” was the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network started on August 1, 1987.

September 28th, 1968 “Hey Jude”
The Beatles

Originally titled “Hey Jules,” McCartney changed the name to “Hey Jude” because it was easier to sing.

September 16th, 1973 “Black & White”
Three Dog Night

“Black and White” was inspired by Brown v. Board of Education, the United States Supreme Court’s decision to outlawed racial segregation of public schools.

September 6th, 1980 “Upside Down”
Diana Ross

“Upside Down” has been covered and sampled by many artists, including Salt-N-Pepa (their version appeared on the Space Jam soundtrack), Kid Rock, Missy Elliott, Alcazar, Puff Daddy, Collette and MC Lyte

September 22nd, 1979 “My Sharona”
The Knack

Doug Fieger’s 17-year-old girlfriend, Sharona Alperin, inspired the two-month-long songwriting period that begat “My Sharona” and also appeared on the artwork.

September 17th, 1966 “You Can’t Hurry Love”
The Supremes

The Supremes also released a version of “You Can’t Hurry Love” in Italian called “L’amore verrà” (Love will come).

September 8th, 1990 “Blaze of Glory”
Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi wrote the song when Emilio Estevez approached him about using “Wanted Dead Or Alive” for Young Guns II.

September 15th, 1984 “What’s Love Got to Do With It”
Tina Turner

“What’s Love Got to Do with It” was offered to several artists before Turner, including Phyllis Hyman and Donna Summer.

September 18th, 1982 “Hard to Say I’m Sorry”
Chicago

Unlike Chicago’s usual practice of using band members, “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” utilized several session musicians.

September 17th, 1977 “I Just Want to Be Your Everything”
Andy Gibb

Combined, “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” spent a staggering total of 23 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

September 28th, 1974 “Rock Me Gently”
Andy Kim

Andy Kim personally financed the recording session for “Rock Me Gently.”

September 19th, 1970 “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
Diana Ross

Motown chief Berry Gordy hated spoken-word passages in “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

September 18th, 1965 “Help!”
The Beatles

The Beatles recorded “Help!” in a total of 12 takes: the first nine concentrating on the instrumental backing and the final three for vocals, which included applying a reduction mix to the two vocal tracks.

September 27th, 1986 “Stuck With You”
Huey Lewis & the News

While shooting the video for “Stuck With You,” the band, crew and extras used in the island BBQ scene stayed on a barge off the island so that they wouldn’t be seen on camera.

September 2nd, 1989 “Cold Hearted”
Paula Abdul

The director of the music video, David Fincher, would later go on to direct Fight Club.

September 25th, 1976 “Play That Funky Music”
Wild Cherry

The song was originally going to be a b-side to their cover of the Commodores’ “I Feel Sanctified.”

September 13th, 1969 “Honky Tonk Woman”
The Rolling Stones

Two versions of “Honky Tonk Woman” were recorded while the band was in Brazil: the familiar version which went to #1 on the charts and a honky-tonk version called “Country Honk”; this version included some altered lyrics and appeared on Let It Bleed, the band’s tenth album released in America.

MORE SEPTEMBER #1 Hits:

September 12th, 1981 “Endless Love”
Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

September 15th, 1990 “Release Me”
Wilson Phillips

September 29th, 1973 “We’re an American Band”
Grand Funk

September 29th, 1984 “Let’s Go Crazy”
Prince

September 11th, 1976 “Shake Your Booty”
K.C. & the Sunshine Band

September 4th, 1976 “You Should Be Dancing”
Bee Gees

September 14th, 1968 “People Got to Be Free”
Rascals

September 3rd, 1983 “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”
Eurythmics

September 24th, 1977 “Best of My Love”
Emotions

September 12th, 1970 “War”
Edwin Starr

September 24th, 1983 “Tell Her About It”
Billy Joel


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