Triple Played: On the day I was born, the No. 1 song was ...
On Facebook recently there has been a trend of people finding out and posting what song was No. 1 on the day they were born.
With my birthday being in 1957 at the beginning of rock ‘n’ roll, I thought I would be in good company. Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Chuck Berry came to mind.
I excitedly went to the website thisdayinmusic.com and entered my birthday — Sept. 5, 1957 — and the results were disappointing to say the least.
“Diana” by Paul Anka.
This can’t be right, I thought. I checked the British charts, and it was the same darn song.
All I could think was that the horrifying “You’re Having My Baby” was the only song I could remember hearing from Anka. I was not impressed. I considered hiding this information.
But then I thought that, well, I could at least listen to the song. So I had my son Matthew pull it up on Spotify. I recognized it once I heard it. And I am sure if I had been a teenager in 1957, I would not have bought the 45.
The song reminds me of Neil Sedaka, Bobby Vinton and Bobby Vee, the singers from the late 1950s and early 1960s who all but disappeared after the Beatles appeared on the scene.
After learning about Anka and “Diana,” I thought it would be fun to check the rest of the family’s “birthday” songs.
Since the charts started in 1947, I wasn’t able to find my parents’ songs, but my brother Roger’s song was “Kansas City” by Wilbert Harrison, a great R&B tune that still sounds good to me.
Gene Chandler’s classic “Duke of Earl” was No. 1 when my brother Rod was born in 1962. The song was one of my daughter’s favorites when she was 5 years old. In fact, I used to dance with her to it all the time.
Those Beatles make the list for my little sister Kristal’s song with “We Can Work It Out.” It’s one of my favorite Beatles songs. Her husband Chip is one of the biggest Beatles fans I know.
I definitely cannot tell you my wife Kenda’s age, but her song is “The Three Bells” by The Browns. “The Three Bells” is a catchy tune from another band run over by the rock ‘n’ roll explosion and the British Invasion.
For my daughter Loryn, the song was Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called To Say I Love You.”
Now I love Wonder’s music, but all I can think of when it comes to that song is the Jack Black scene from the movie “High Fidelity.” His character says to a customer looking for the song: “Well, it’s sentimental tacky crap. Do we look like the kind of store that sells ‘I Just Called to Say I Love You?’ Go to the mall.”
Our entire family loves “High Fidelity,” and after 25 years we know we could contribute dialogue for a sequel if one was ever made.
Finally, for my son Matthew the song is Alannah Myles’ “Black Velvet,” a one hit wonder, but a song that still sounds good today.
Have some fun looking up your song. I just hope it isn’t a Paul Anka tune!