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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — Your Number One Songs

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It’s Saturday Night again – 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!


Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along – cue the Mission Impossible music!):

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 15?  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 Wikipedia.org and search for “number one songs in yyyy” (insert your year) and enter the month and date and see a list of number one 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, or in a Facebook status line or note. 


Here’s mine:


*  Birth date 23 October 1943:

From the Wikipedia site, #1 on that date was “Sunday, Monday or Always” by Bing Crosby (lyrics only, couldn’t find a video or recording online)

*  Age 15 on 23 October 1958:

From the This Day in Music site, #1 was “It’s All in the Game” by Tommy Edwards (YouTube video)

*  Age 15 on 23 October 1961:

From the This Day in Music site, #1 was “Runaround Sue” by Dion. (YouTube video)

*  Married on 21 March 1970:

From the This Day in Music 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.  Sugar, Sugar — The Archies
**  1970.  I’ll Be There — The Jackson Five

*  I had never heard of the Bing Crosby song – here are the lyrics:

Sunday, Monday or Tuesday
Wednesday, Thursday or Friday
I want you near
Every day in the year

Oh, won’t you tell me when
We will meet again
Sunday, Monday or always

If you’re satisfied
I’ll be at your side
Sunday, Monday or always

No need to tell me now
What makes the world go ’round
When at the sight of you
My heart begins to pound and pound

And what am I to do
Can’t I be with you
Sunday, Monday or always

Always and forever I must be with you
Beginning Sunday and Monday and then forever

Oh, won’t you tell me when
We will meet again
Sunday, Monday or always

If you’re satisfied
I’ll be at your side
Sunday, Monday or always

No need to tell me now
What makes the world go ’round
When at the sight of you
My heart begins to pound, pound, pound

What am I to do
Can’t I be with you
Sunday, Monday or always?


I wonder if my parents sang this around the time I was born?


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