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"Casey's Top 40 (04/04/1992)"
© Westwood One Records
Year of Release: 1992
Cause & Effect/
Prince & The NPG
AT&T Trivia Quiz
Ugly Kid Joe
Van Halen/Joe Public
The Williams Brothers
Celine Dion &
Color Me Badd/
Intro Jingle #1
Intro Jingle #2
Casey Kasem related sites:
"Casey's Top 40 (04/04/1992)"
His name should be no stranger to anyone who is familar to Radio... Casey Kasem was the man known for counting
down the biggest hits in popular music. He hosted American Top 40 from 1970 to 1988. Shadoe Stevens took
over as host from 1988 to 1995. Casey Kasem returned the show in 1998, and in 2004, Ryan Seacrest took over as host.
As an avid listener to both Mr. Kasem and Mr. Stevens as hosts, I was eager to acquire some of their past broadcasts
(thanks to ebay). After Casey Kasem left in 1988, he had his own show, Casey's Top 40, from 1989 to 1998.
Having collected both of Kasem's and Stevens' broadcasts, it was an obvious choice to find (at least one of),
a copy of a Casey's Top 40 broadcast.
So once again, thanks to ebay, I was able to find a broadcast of Casey's Top 40 from April 4, 1992.
The American Top 40 countdowns featured the Top 40 songs from Billboard Magaine. Radio & Records
provided the Top 40 for Casey's new show. (And surprisingly enough, when Ryan Seacrest took over AT 40,
the Top 40 was provided by another source, of which I cannot remember, since I haven't kept in touch in listening to
Seacrest's program. (For obvious reasons: I'm not a huge of Seacrest, and listening to songs that are nearly 100%
But during the 1990s, music was somewhat still in a good phase. 1992 had grunge music, and some of the songs
from the R&B genre were still at least enjoyable to listen to. Here's the list of the popular songs and other
|#40) "Stars"--Simply Red
||#20) "Human Touch"--Bruce Springsteen
||#19) "Justified And Ancient"--The KLF
|#38) "Again Tonight"--John Mellencamp
|Long Distance Dedication
"More Than Words"--Extreme
|#17) "Too Much Passion"--Smithereens
|#37) "You Think You Know Her"--Cause & Effect
||#16) "Church Of Your Heart"--Roxette
|#36) "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"--En Vogue
||Long Distance Dedication
"I'll Be There"--Escape Club
|#35) "It's Over Now"--L.A. Guns
||#15) "Good For Me"--Amy Grant
|#34) "Money Don't Matter 2 Night"--Prince & The NPG
||#14) "We Got A Love Thang"--CeCe Peniston
|#33) "Bohemian Rhapsody"--Queen
||#13) "Missing You Now"--Michael Bolton
|AT&T Trivia Quiz:
Who sang "I Shot The Sheriff"
Eric Carmen, Eric Clapton, or Eric Burdon ?
|#12) "Breaking My Heart"--Mint Condition
|#32) "Come As You Are"--Nirvana
||#11) "Hazard (The River)"--Richard Marx
|#31) "If You Go Away"--NKOTB
||#10) "Beauty And The Beast"--Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson
|#30) "Everything About You"--Ugly Kid Joe
||#9) "Remember The Time"--Michael Jackson
|#29) "Take Time"--Chris Walker
||#8) "Romeo And Juliet"--Stacy Earl
|#28) "Until Your Love Comes Back Around"--RTZ
||#7) "I Can't Dance"--Genesis
|#27) "Right Now"--Van Halen
||#6) "Everything Changes"--Kathy Troccoli
|#26) "Live And Learn"--Joe Public
||Long Distance Dedication
"Tell Me What You Want Me To Do"--Tevin Campbell
|#25) "Mama I'm Coming Home"--Ozzy Osbourne
||#5) "Thinkin' Back"--Color Me Badd
|#24) "Can't Cry Hard Enough"--The Williams Brothers
||#4) "Tears In Heaven"--Eric Clapton
|#23) "I'm The One You Need"--Jody Watley
||#3) "Make It Happen"--Mariah Carey
|#22) "Thought I'd Died And Gone To Heaven"--Bryan Adams
||#2) "Masterpiece"--Atlantic Starr
|#21) "To Be With You"--Mr. Big
||#1) "Save The Best For Last"--Vanessa Williams
Notes: The Long Distance Dedication Extreme song was from a 19-year old teenager who would become a drug addict
and alcoholic, would later recover, and dedicate the song to her parents, for never giving up on her. The AT&T Trivia
Quiz answer to who sang "I Shot The Sheriff" -- Eric Clapton. In between songs #31 and #30, Casey mentions
a story from his scrapbook, regarding how Elvis Presley recorded two songs for his mother at Sun Records, and how the
secretary saw something to keep him. With that, he was brought back by owner Sam Phillips for an audition, and the
rest they say, was history. The Long Distance Dedication Escape Club song was from a parent to her teenage daughter,
who was killed in a car accident. The Long Distance Dedication Tevin Campbell song was from a man from Nigeria, who
had been in an accident, and lucky for a woman who was there at the crash site, she was able to keep him alive by
talking to him, so he wouldn't go into shock, and possibly result from death.
Notes #2: The last disc has extra material, which contains 2 jingle/spots for the show: One is for Vanessa
Williams, as we find out if she gets the #1 song for the week. The other relates to the harder rock bands from
the countdown. 5 songs and their stories (with original commercials) follows afterwards: "Touch Me All Night
Long" by Cathy Dennis, "How Can We Be Lovers" by Michael Bolton, "Kiss" by Prince, "Stand"
by R.E.M., and "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor.
This broadcast includes original commercials, and a log sheet for DJs to follow when the show was broadcasted
on the network radio stations. The logs are always interesting to read and view. The #1 song by Vanessa Williams
also reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1992. I'm sure there were songs different that reached #1,
from both Billboard and Radio & Records.
The popular countdown shows were from Casey Kasem, Shadoe Stevens, Rick Dees and Bob Kingsley (Country).
I have yet to see a countdown show like this for Christian music. As for Ryan Seacrest, none of his AT40
broadcasts are unavailable on ebay. Probably the best way to achieve a copy, is to record it off the internet,
and use it for private use, and not sell any copies. Any of these broadcasts are a treat -- it shows what the popular
songs were at the time, and the stories behind each song are also interesting for later uses of trivia questions.
Casey's Top 40 is just as great as American Top 40. Although both shows used different sources
for the hits, Casey Kasem's countdown shows are legendary. I'm not sure if Ryan Seacrest will surpass the greatness
of a Casey Kasem and/or Shadoe Stevens, I guess I just have to listen to more of his countdown shows to determine
this for myself. Casey Kasem is a legend for his countdown shows, and having some of his broadcasts will be
entertaining for the decades to come.
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