I opened the SDM&M mailbag this
morning and found an inquiry from
Dr. Sheldon Cooper who writes:
To whom it may concern
(that would be YOU Mr. Knight),
Recently I detected a 563.277 percent spike in the number of unique mentions of Shady's Law on my quantum physics message board.
All this chatter
has aroused my
outline in detail
the principles of
Shady's Law and
explain why your
hypothesis is more
with the Big Bang
by noted Russian
Gamow or, as the case may be, with the Steady State model of the universe espoused by English astronomer and mathematician Fred Hoyle. I'll give you thirty seconds to reply.
Thank you for your letter and your interest in Shady's Law, Sheldon. The explanation is really quite simple.
the greater the record...
the lower it's chart position
tended to be.
You see, Sheldon, I have always been fascinated by the music trade charts. For decades
I habitually studied the Billboard and Cash Box lists. I loved to follow the weekly progress of songs to see which ones caught a bullet and were headed for the top, which ones were losing their momentum, and which ones were in a free fall.
I collected several of Joel Whitburn's Record Research bibles and spent hours at a time looking up all of my favorite songs so that I could memorize and compare their stats. I began
to notice a pattern emerging. More often than not, the mathematical law of inverse proportionality applied to my favorites: the "greater" the song, the lower its position on the national record chart.
When I did my original research for this blog
I couldn't even find some of my favorite songs until I bought the Whitburn supplement that lists the records that "bubbled under" the Billboard Hot 100.
Please allow me to present to you some of my first round inductees into the Shady's Law Hall of Fame (Shame). Each and every one of these songs was trapped in the Bubbling Under Bargain Basement and never managed to break out!
"Gimme Some Lovin' by the Jordan Brothers
(highest chart position #129)
"Stormy Weather" by the Magnificent Men
(highest chart position #133)
"Truly Yours" by the Spinners (highest chart position #111)
"Take Me for a Little While" by Evie Sands
(highest chart position #114)
("The More I See You"/
"When I Fall in Love")
by Marcy Jo and
"Thanks for posting this. Brings back
many memories of myself and Marcy Jo
traveling around promoting this record."
"Amazing that it got
to be the number 1
record in Baltimore
and just piddled
around with the rest
of the country. So
thank you Baltimore.
Thanks for your comment, Eddie! In addition to hitting
big on Baltimore radio,
"Lover's Medley" got strong support from The Buddy Deane Show, the Bandstand style teen record hop broadcast
All of the songs presented in this post shoulda been, coulda been and woulda been hits if only they had caught a break. But wait! There was a fate worse than bubbling under and
it was total obscurity. When we continue with Part two,
I'll introduce some of the greatest noncharting records of
Have a Shady day!