In 1973, Canadian Byron MacGregor read an editorial written by fellow Canadian Gordon Sinclair: a commentary about the United States and its successesand generosity to other nations in need, but that they find themselves alone when they, too, suffer from crises. Both versions of this editorial, titled “TheAmericans,” were released as singles, due to popular demand. Each version featured “America the Beautiful” as its background music. Although Gordon Sinclair’s originalversion peaked at #24, Byron’s went all the way to #4 and was certified gold.
Comedy legends Cheech Marin & Tommy Chong have had numerous hit albums, and have charteda few times on the Hot 100, but their “Wedding Album” contained a skit/song called “Earache My Eye”, featuring Cheech as “Alice Bowie” (a combo of Alice Cooper andDavid Bowie) and Chong as his father who pleads with Alice to turn down the loud music. The song climbed all the way to #9 in 1974. Not bad for a comedy act!