GOLDEN GIFT Our thanks to Rick Nasoff, who submitted his original 1.75 ips quarter-track reel recording of Casey Kasem on WPIX-FM from July 4, 1976. This is a portion of the Bicentennial Special, which was also the sixth anniversary of the original syndication of American Top 40.
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PLAY WPIX-FM Casey Kasem American Top 40 July 4 1976 (01:26:49)

. . . We're wavin' the Star Spangled Banner for the Two-Hundredth Birthday of the U.S.A. . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky, credits to Rob Durkee.]

40 Years of Number One Hits on July 4th
1937It Looks Like Rain In Cherry Blossom Lane
Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians
1938Says My Heart
Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra (Harriet Hilliard)
1939Wishing (Will Make It So)
Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (Ray Eberle)
1940I'll Never Smile Again
Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (Frank Sinatra)
Sammy Kaye (The Kaye Choir)
1942Sleepy Lagoon
Harry James and His Orchestra
1943Comin' In On a Wing and a Prayer
The Song Spinners
1944I'll Be Seeing You
Bing Crosby
1945Sentimental Journey
Les Brown and His Orchestra (Doris Day)
1946The Gypsy
The Ink Spots
1947Chi-Baba Chi-Baba (My Bambino Go To Sleep)
Perry Como
1948Woody Woodpecker
Kay Kyser and His Orchestra (Gloria Wood)
1949Riders In the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)
Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra
1950"The Third Man" Theme
Anton Karas
1951Too Young
Nat "King" Cole
1952Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart
Vera Lynn
1953The Song From Moulin Rouge
Percy Faith and His Orchestra (Felicia Saunders)
1954Little Things Mean A Lot
Kitty Kallen
1955(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock
Bill Haley and His Comets
1956The Wayward Wind
Gogi Grant
1957(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Loving You
Elvis Presley
1958aThe Purple People Eater
Sheb Wooley
1958bYakety Yak
The Coasters
1959The Battle Of New Orleans
Johnny Horton
1960Everybody's Somebody's Fool
Connie Francis
1961Quarter To Three
Gary U.S. Bonds
1962I Can't Stop Loving You
Ray Charles
1963Easier Said Than Done
The Essex
1964I Get Around
The Beach Boys
1965(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
The Rolling Stones
1966Strangers In the Night
Frank Sinatra
1966Paperback Writer
The Beatles
The Association
1968This Guy's In Love With You
Herb Alpert
1969Love Theme From "Romeo and Juliet"
Henry Mancini and His Orchestra
1970The Love You Save
Jackson 5
1971It's Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move
Carole King
1972Lean On Me
Bill Withers
1973Will It Go Round In Circles
Billy Preston
1974Rock the Boat
The Hues Corporation
1975Love Will Keep Us Together
The Captain and Tennille
1976Silly Love Songs

American Top 40 was celebrating six years airtime on July 4, 1976, when the United States was celebrating the Big 200.

The American Top 40 Bicentennial Special featured the Number One Songs on July 4th from 1937 through 1976. Sprinkled with fascinating facts, presented as only Countdown Master Kasem can present them, we offer a partial retrospective on the 25th anniversary of this historic program for July 4, 2001.

Our exhibit includes the program as presented on WPIX-FM in New York, but only for the years 1937 through 1959.

As Rob Durkee notes in American Top 40: The Countdown of the Century, AT40 specials weren't exempt from goofs. This special features a mistake with the second song; Says My Heart is actually a song called Whoa Baby, on which Harriet Hilliard is not heard. Simply, they played the wrong song.

There were no Billboard charts from 1937-1939, so the first two titles were based on the reports of other trade publications. No artist is featured more than once in this countdown.

Casey and Jean Kasem at Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1981
Casey and Jean Kasem, 1981

This aircheck includes an authentic, Sunday morning WPIX-FM newscast (at 24:23), complete with street closures for the Bicentennial celebrations that day. And, there is a great spot for Nathan's Famous.

As of July 4, 2004, Part Two of this feature is available in The Dale Patterson Collection.

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