J. Sings All of the #1 Songs from 1964-78 in Order in 25 Minutes
Fri., Apr. 10. 2020 4:25pm EDT
With most people confined to their homes during the COVID-19 crisis, many musical artists have chosen to do concerts from their homes. We can't get the whole band together right now, but ApX lead singer J. Jackson provided some musical merriment earlier this week on Facebook. Here's how he explained it:
I was going to do this "live" as part of the coronavirus home-concert series, but my wife said I should record it for posterity. I'm singing a medley of all the #1 songs from 1964 (the year the Beatles came to America and I came into the world) through the end of 1978 in chronological order. There are a little over 350 songs in the medley. If you'd like to see the video, you can still find it here: https://www.facebook.com/J.Jackson.ApologetiX/videos/10157324110374157/UzpfSTEyNTgzODc0MjkwMToxMDE1ODEyNDM4MTMwMjkwMg/
Back in early 1979, I was listening to a radio show that played all the #1 hits in their entirety up till that point over the course of the entire weekend. I was fascinated by it, and at the very end, they played a medley. I was able to get my tape recorder fired up just in time for "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" the whole way to what was then the current #1 song, "Too Much Heaven" by The BeeGees.
I didn't know a lot of the songs in the medley at the time, but I played the cassette so many times that I wound up unintentionally memorizing it. Then, I made it my quest to learn the titles and original artists of each song. Later, I made it my quest to get a cassette recording of each song. Yes, I just got geekier and geekier. And now as my quintessential act of geekiness I am singing them for you.
In case you're wondering, the #1 song the week I was born was "I Get Around." Fitting, since I've had the chance to play at least two concerts in all 50 states and Canada during my years with ApologetiX. The week before my birth, the #1 song was "A World Without Love." Coincidence? :)