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.