Monday, May 23, 2016

Dickie Goodman - "Mr. President" (1974)

Dickie Goodman - "Mr. President" (Billboard #73, entered 6/5/74). Written by M. Alexander. Produced by Dickie Goodman. 45: "Mr. President"/"Popularity" (Rainy Wednesday 1974).

At this stage the Watergate hearings were all about the tapes and missing conversations, as was this record. "Mr. President" would be the last of Goodman's political break-in offerings to crack the Hot 100. (M. Alexander was likely a Goodman pseudonym.) His final two charting hits would be movie tie-ins: "Mr. Jaws" (#4 in 1975) and "Kong" (#48 in 1977).

The samples: "The Streak" (Ray Stevens), "Seasons in the Sun" (Terry Jacks), "Bennie and the Jets" (Elton John), "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" (Stevie Wonder), "My Girl Bill" (Jim Stafford), "Dancin' Machine" (Jackson 5), "The Entertainer" (Marvin Hamlisch), "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" (Gladys Knight and the Pips), "The Loco Motion" (Grand Funk), "Oh My My" (Ringo Starr), "Hooked on a Feeling" (Blue Swede), "I Won't Last a Day Without You" (The Carpenters).

Dickie Goodman - "Mr. President"

See also: Early '70s Break-In Records on the Charts

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