American Top 40 PastBlast, 6/26/76: Dorothy Moore, “Misty Blue”

My spring of 76 was full of musical discoveries. Along with learning of the existence of AT40, I also found that on weekends the Cincinnati Enquirer would print Billboard’s Top 10 pop, country, and soul singles, as well as the Top 10 albums, all for the week just ended. It was definitely a reason to make a dash for the arts section of the paper every Sunday morning.  I suppose in some ways it spoiled the last 40 minutes of the show, but somehow I couldn’t resist. I wish I’d thought to save at least a couple of those newspapers—I can still picture the lists in my head. My own records will have to do…

This was one of the first few shows I wrote down (as you might suspect, I’ll post it a picture of my chart sometime soon). I was in thrall during those early weeks of record-keeping; I can remember trying to discern patterns in the rise and fall of the various songs played as the weeks passed.  Those 45s popular in June and July of 76 became fairly well etched into my memory.

One thing that particularly stood out on the June charts was a relative lack of movement at the top. On 6/5, “Silly Love Songs,” “Get Up and Boogie,” and “Misty Blue” sat at #2, 3, and 4, respectively. They all moved up one position the following week and then stayed locked together at the top for the rest of the month. Those three weeks, so early in the time I was paying close attention, made an indelible impression. In some respects, Dorothy Moore’s beautiful, soulful ballad of lost love—one of the great songs of its or any other era—has been at #3 for me ever since.

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