July 31, 2018


Starting Tuesday at 12 noon, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (Ch. 3) celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Billboard top 100 chart by playing in order, each number 1 song beginning from the chart’s 1958 debut until today:


Long Islanders on the top 100 billboard chart


Ricky Nelson’s “Poor Little Fool.” was first, however Nelson wasn’t from Long Island. Nevertheless, there have been 10 locals who’ve hit the top spot.

Andy Edelstein, of Newsday wrote a comprehensive story about the ten. While each of us already know that Billy Joel and Joan Jett have deep roots on Long Island, I learned about others including, Gary U.S. Bonds.

And did you know that Mariah Carey, a Harborfields High School grad has 18 number one hits? And she’s currently tied with Elvis Presley at 18, and is just two shy of the Beatles, who have the most number one hits.

Here’s a link to the Newsday story (note: a subscription to Newsday may be required for viewing) https://www.newsday.com/entertainment/music/mariah-carey-billy-joel-billboard-hot-100-1.20212678

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