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Instrumental Songs

Instrumental Pop Songs The instrumental Pop song is very much a thing of the past. At one time there would be several instrumentals on the mainstream charts, some would even hit #1. These days pop artists rarely release singles without vocals, such fare is relegated to the odd addition on an album or in a live performance while the singer takes a break. There are of course instrumental versions of well known popular vocal songs, " Over the Rainbow "(1939) is a melody everyone knows and since David Rose and His Orchestra released the first instrumental in 1942 there are at least three or four new versions every year, totalling into the many hundreds. In 1965, the same year "Yesterday" came out George Martin and His Orchestra released an instrumental version titled " Scramble Egg ", while nobody uses the original working title there are over 500 non-vocal tracks of the song, such as a recent one by the Jazz guitarist Al Di Meola . The Beatles themselves rec

We're Number One! (almost) part 2

We're Number One! (almost) part 2 Here are some more great songs that just didn't make it to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Since my first post on the topic stopped at 1969, today I list tunes that stalled at #2 on Billboard from the '70s and '80s. 1971 It was early in 1971 when perhaps the greatest #2 song of all time was released, " What's Going On " by Marvin Gaye. It was written by Motown staff writer Al Cleveland (I Second that Emotion), Renaldo Benson of The Four Tops and Marvin Gaye. It topped the R&B charts for five weeks (March/April) and the song crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100 in March and spent three weeks at #2 in April before dropping off the top 20 by the end of May. It finished at #28 on the Billboard Year End chart. On the R&B chart, the song was #2 at the end of the year behind "Mr. Big Stuff".  For R&B albums it was Isaac Hayes hitting #1 for the second year in a row with "To be Continued" and "Wh