Between April 80 and December 82 I maintained lists of my personal Top 50 in an attempt to rank how I felt about the pop songs of the day. About the only rule I had was that all 40 songs Casey had played that week were to be included. This became plenty awkward from time to time, when big hits that I didn’t like all that much (say, “Lady,” “Endless Love,” or “Eye of the Tiger”) hung around FOREVER. However, the extra 10 slots allowed me to keep songs I really dug around much longer than their AT40 life would otherwise have dictated. For instance, Donnie Iris’s “Ah! Leah!” hit my top spot for three weeks in March/April 81, just after it fell off the real countdown; it stayed on my survey until the end of May.
Here’s another tune that got an extended ride on my charts. This is its last week on AT40 (peaking at #29), but it took the #1 spot for a single week on the 11/8 “Harris Top 50” and didn’t fall off until the end of the year. It’s a smooth, jazzy piece that I still like. Buzz Feiten gained his reputation as a highly-regarded session musician in the late 60s, and this was the only time his name was featured prominently on a hit record.
4 thoughts on “American Top 40 PastBlast, 10/18/80: Larsen/Feiten Band, “Who’ll Be the Fool Tonight””
Finally, someone else with the good taste and refined palate to recognize the greatness of this song.
Goes nicely with some Bill LaBounty, Boz Scaggs, Ned Doheny, Lee Ritenour, Sanford Townsend Band…
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