Fred discusses Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gwen Stefani, Elisabeth Withers and more!

THIS WILL BRING YOU BACK TO DO: Thanks to Gwen Stefani reaching once again into the well of Broadway songs, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II have their first top 10 hit on The Billboard Hot 100 as a songwriting duo. They achieve this feat 63 years after their first collaboration; following the death of his songwriting partner Lorenz Hart, Rodgers teamed with Hammerstein to write the Broadway musical "Oklahoma."

For her song "Wind It Up" (Interscope), Stefani has turned to the final musical written by Rodgers & Hammerstein. "Wind It Up" is based on "The Lonely Goatherd" from the 1959 show "The Sound of Music."

Rodgers has been in the top 10 of the Hot 100 before. The Marcels' version of Rodgers and Hart's "Blue Moon" was No. 1 in April 1961. Hammerstein also had a top 10 single. "I've Told Every Little Star," written with Jerome Kern, was a No. 3 hit for Linda Scott, in May 1961.

"Wind It Up" marks the 10th appearance of Rodgers and Hammerstein as a team on the Hot 100, according to Chart Beat reader Mike Dvorchak of New York City. Here are the other Rodgers and Hammerstein chart songs that Dvorchak uncovered, in order of chart rank:

"Some Enchanted Evening," Jay & the Americans (No. 13) 1965
"Hello Young Lovers," Paul Anka (No. 23) 1960
"If I Loved You," Chad & Jeremy (No. 23) 1965
"My Favorite Things," Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (No. 45) 1969
"March of the Siamese Children," Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen (No. 88) 1962
"The Sound of Music," Patti Page (No. 90) 1960
"I Have Dreamed," Chad & Jeremy (No. 91) 1965
"Some Enchanted Evening," Jane Olivor (No. 91) 1977
"Do-Re-Mi," Anita Bryant (No. 94) 1959

"Slaughter on 10th Avenue," composed by Rodgers, also appeared on the Hot 100. The Ventures' instrumental recording peaked at No. 35 in 1964.

With a 7-6 advance on this week's chart, "Wind It Up" surpasses Stefani's own "Rich Girl" (which sampled "If I Were a Rich Man" from "Fiddler on the Roof") to become the highest-ranked Broadway tune of the last 21 years. "Wind It Up" is the most successful Broadway-related song since Murray Head's "One Night in Bangkok" from "Chess" moved to No. 3 in 1985.


'PURPLE' REIGN: While we're on the subject of Broadway musicals, one of the stars of "The Color Purple" makes her debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week. Elisabeth Withers' "Be With You" (Blue Note) is a new entry at No. 65.

"Be With You" is also on the Adult R&B tally, where it rises 17-15.



'GHETTO' SUPERSTAR: After a two-week absence, "In the Ghetto" (Aftermath) by Busta Rhymes featuring Rick James returns to the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, at No. 91. The single is from Busta's "The Big Bang" CD.

This recording marks the first posthumous appearance on this chart for James, who died on Aug. 6, 2004. James last charted R&B in 1989 with a medley of two Drifters' hits, "This Magic Moment/Dance With Me," which stopped at No. 74. "In the Ghetto" gives James' his highest rank on this chart since "Loosey's Rap" spent a week at No. 1 in August 1988. In November 1988, James had another single peak at No. 50: "Wonderful."

James first appeared on the R&B singles chart in May 1978 with "You and I," which became the first of his four No. 1s (the others were "Give It to Me Baby" in 1981 and "Cold Blooded" in 1983). That gives the funk-rock singer a chart span of 28 years and seven months.


SOLO SPOTLIGHT: As Chart Beat reader Darrell Roberts of Bethesda, Md. notes, Beyonce has the first truly solo No. 1 of her career, as "Irreplaceable" (Columbia) inces up a notch from No. 2 on the Hot 100.

This is the fourth No. 1 for Beyonce away from Destiny's Child, matching the four No. 1s she had with the group. The solo No. 1s have all been collaborations until now. Jay-Z was featured on "Crazy in Love," Sean Paul was the guest star on "Baby Boy" and Slim Thug had second billing on "Check On It."

Beyonce is the second artist to have two No. 1 hits in 2006. Justin Timberlake did it first with "SexyBack" and "My Love." "Check On It" ruled for five weeks in February-March.

"Irreplaceable" is the 18th song to advance to No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2006. That's the most No. 1s in a calendar year since 1991, when there were 27.


DRAGON THE LINE: The Hot Shot Debut on this week's Hot 100 is Avril Lavigne's "Keep Holding On" from the soundtrack to the upcoming dragon epic, "Eragon," which opens Dec. 15. The single is new at No. 22, making it the highest new entry since BeyoncŽ's "Ring the Alarm" clocked in at No. 12 the week of Sept. 23.

"Keep Holding On" is the highest debuting single of Lavigne's career, easily besting the No. 61 entry of her most recent chart song, "Nobody's Home," which bowed the week of Dec. 11, 2004. The "Eragon" tune is the 17th single to debut inside the top 30 of the Hot 100 this year. That's the highest number of top 30 entries this millennium, more than doubling the eight top 30 entries in 2005.

"Keep Holding On" ranks eighth among those top 30 debuts. The seven songs that entered higher than No. 22 are:

No. 1: "Do I Make You Proud?" Taylor Hicks
No. 12: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," Katharine McPhee
No. 12: "Ring the Alarm," BeyoncŽ
No. 17: "Let U Go," Ashley Parker Angel
No. 17: "Show Stopper," Danity Kane
No. 18: "Stars Are Blind," Paris Hilton
No. 19: "Ain't No Other Man," Christina Aguilera


HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS: The latest collection of Elvis Presley's Christmas songs is the King's highest-charting Christmas album in 44 years. "Elvis Christmas" (RCA) surges 120-69 on The Billboard 200, topping the No. 175 peak of "Elvis: Christmas Peace" in 2003, the No. 94 peak of "If Every Day Was Like Christmas" in 1994 and the No. 178 peak of "The Christmas Album" in 1985.

That last title was a re-issue of "Elvis' Christmas Album," which originally spent four weeks at No. 1 when it was released in 1957. That same album peaked at No. 33 in 1960, No. 120 in January 1962 and No. 59 in December 1962.


MARTIN/MARTINA: From the moment he made his debut on the Adult Contemporary survey with "Everybody Loves Somebody" the week of July 4, 1964, Dean Martin had at least one song chart every year except 1972 until his 27th chart entry, "Get On With Your Livin'" in 1973.

Now, after a 33-year absence, Martin returns to the AC tally with "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (Capitol), a recording that pairs the late Martin with the voice of Martina McBride. The holiday duet is a new entry at No. 25. That's Martin's highest-charting AC song since "One Cup of Happiness (And One Peace of Mind)" went to No. 15 in 1969.


WHAT BECOMES A LEGEND: For the first time in over 20 years, the name Peggy Lee appears on a Billboard chart. The late singer had an active chart career from 1957 to 1970 on The Billboard 200 and continued to appear on genre charts.

This week, the CD "Christmas With Peggy Lee" (Capitol) debuts at No. 22 on Top Jazz Albums.

Lee, who died on Jan. 21, 2002, is best known to top 40 audiences for her 1958 hit "Fever" and her No. 11 single from 1969, "Is That All There Is."

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