Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of Darryl Worley and Burt Bacharach.
SEVENTH FRAME: Darryl Worley's "Have You Forgotten?" (DreamWorks) continues its run atop Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks, making it the longest-running No. 1 of 2003, and one of the three longest-running chart-toppers of the last 36 years.
"Have You Forgotten?" is in its seventh week in pole position. Kenny Chesney's "The Good Stuff" reigned for seven weeks last autumn, and Lonestar's "Amazed" had a lock on No. 1 for eight weeks in the summer of 1999.
Before these three songs, you'd have to back to 1967 to find a single that was No. 1 for at least seven weeks. In February of that year, Jack Greene's "There Goes My Everything" led the list for seven weeks.
The other No. 1 titles in 2003 are:
"19 Somethin'," Mark Wills (6 weeks)
"The Baby," Blake Shelton (3 weeks)
"Man to Man," Gary Allan (1 week)
"Travelin' Soldier," Dixie Chicks (1 week)
"Brokenheartsville," Joe Nichols (1)
WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS BURT: With the debut at No. 6 on the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart of "What the World Needs Now Is Love" (RCA) by the American Idol Finalists, Burt Bacharach's songwriting career chart span stretches to 46 years, six months, and one week. That dates back to the debut on Nov. 11, 1957, of Bacharach's song "The Story of My Life," recorded by Marty Robbins. Bacharach's second hit was Perry Como's "Magic Moments," which debuted Jan. 20, 1958.
The first hit version of "What the World Needs Now Is Love" by Jackie DeShannon ranks No. 25 on the list of the top-50 songs written by Bacharach that appears in the third edition of "Billboard's Hottest Hot 100 Hits." From that book, here is a list of the top-10 Bacharach-penned songs, according to chart performance on the Hot 100:
1. "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," B.J. Thomas (Scepter 1970)
2. "(They Long To Be) Close to You," Carpenters (A&M 1970)
3. "That's What Friends Are For," Dionne and Friends (Arista 1986
4. "This Guy's in Love With You," Herb Alpert (A&M 1968)
5. "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)," Christopher Cross (Warner Bros 1981)
6. "On My Own," Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald (MCA 1986)
7. "One Less Bell To Answer," 5th Dimension (Bell 1970)
8. "Magic Moments," Perry Como (RCA 1958)
9. "Only Love Can Break a Heart," Gene Pitney (Musicor 1962)
10. "What's New, Pussycat?," Tom Jones (Parrot 1965)