Monday, March 26, 2007

Pink Floyd & Carole King / One Cup Of Java



ONE CUP OF JAVA CHALLENGE QUESTION, MARCH 26 '07
On this date in 1980, seven years after its release, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon broke the record for the longest-charting pop album of all time. It would eventually log more than 14 years on the charts. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning – at the point at which Dark Side Of The Moon broke the record in 1980, what 1971 landmark album HAD held the record for the longest-charting pop album of all time, at 308 weeks, or almost six years on the chart?
Your One Cup answer: Tapestry by Carole King
Bonus Blog Trivia: After learning that the band Medicine Head was releasing an album called Dark Side Of The Moon in 1972, a year before their release, Pink Floyd decided to change their album's name to Eclipse: A Piece for Assorted Lunatics. After Medicine Head's album failed, Pink Floyd went back to their original choice - the rest, as they say, is history.
Bonus Blog Trivia #2: While it spent 741 weeks on the charts, Dark Side spent only ONE week at #1 on the album sales chart - the week of April 28th, 1973. It took over the #1 spot from Alice Cooper's Billion Dollar Babies, and was itself replaced by Elvis Presley's Aloha From Hawaii: Via Satellite. Conversely, Tapestry spent 15 weeks in the top spot.

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