AT40 Day – July 4th

Published On July 4, 2017 | By davidjones | Entertainment, Middays, Ryan Seacrest

July 4th is, of course, Independence Day in the US, following on the heels of our Canada Day on July 1st. But it is also know, in certain circles like radio, as “AT40 Day”. July 4th in 1970 a radio personality named Casey Kasem started a countdown show. I’m sure there were others at the time, I know there have been since and are others even now, but this show quickly become the radio bible of sorts for charting songs on the radio throughout North America.

Casey passed away some time ago, prior to that handing the show off to Ryan Seacrest, who continues to count down the “hits” on radio stations around the world, including 101.t The ONE Sunday mornings 8a-12noon.

Kasem was once referenced as “The Man Who Taught The World To Count Backwards From 40!”

Curious to know what the very show’s first ever chart looked like?

AT40’s first countdown:

40: END OF OUR ROAD – MARVIN GAYE
39: SILVER BIRD – MARK LINDSEY
38: SPILL THE WINE – ERIC BURDEN
37: GO BACK – CRABBY APPLETON
36: I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING – B.J. THOMAS
35: SPIRIT IN THE DARK – ARETHA FRANKLIN
34: MISSISSIPPI – JOHN PHILLIPS
33: WESTBOUND #9 – FLAMING EMBER
32: IT’S ALL IN THE GAME – FOUR TOPS
31: SAVE THE COUNTRY – FIFTH DIMENSION
30: OHIO – CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG
29: EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL – RAY STEVENS
28: CHECK OUT YOUR MIND – IMPRESSIONS
27: QUESTION – MOODY BLUES
26: SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED – STEVIE WONDER
25: SUGAR, SUGAR – WILSON PICKETT
24: TEACH YOUR CHILDREN – CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG
23: WHICH WAY YOU GOIN’ BILLY – THE POPPY FAMILY
OLDIE: LITTLE OLE MAN – BILL COSBY
22: LOVE ON A TWO-WAY STREET – MOMENTS
21: MISSISSIPPI QUEEN – MOUNTAIN
20: MAKE IT WITH YOU – BREAD
19: ARE YOU READY – PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC
18: LOVE LAND – CHARLES WRIGHT & THE WATTS 103RD STREET RHYTHM BAND
17: TIGHTER & TIGHTER – ALIVE AND KICKING
16: MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ – WHITE PLAINS
15: A SONG OF JOY – MIGUEL RIOS
OLDIE: HELLO DOLLY – LOUIS ARMSTRONG
14: UNITED WE STAND – BROTHERHOOD OF MAN
13: GET READY – RARE EARTH
12: OOH CHILD – STAIRSTEPS
11: GIMME DAT DING – THE PIPKINS
10: HITCHIN’ A RIDE – VANITY FAIR
OLDIE: SPINNING WHEEL – BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS
9: THE WONDER OF YOU – ELVIS PRESLEY
8: THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD – BEATLES
7: CLOSE TO YOU – CARPENTERS
6: LAY DOWN (CANDLES IN THE WIND) – MELANIE
5: BAND OF GOLD – FREDA PAYNE
4: RIDE CAPTAIN RIDE – BLUES IMAGE
3: BALL OF CONFUSION – TEMPTATIONS
2: THE LOVE YOU SAVE – JACKSON FIVE
OLDIE: SATISFACTION – ROLLING STONES
1: MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME – THREE DOG NIGHT

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