Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 2001 Part Two – Train, Usher, Geri Hellewell, Depeche Mode

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2022.

Here is my second selection of top 2001 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

Train – Drops of Jupiter (Tell me)

“Drops of Jupiter” was the lead single from Train’s second album of the same name. It peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and stayed in the top 40 for 29 weeks. The recording was nominated for five Grammy Awards including Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and won two for Best Rock Song and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).

August 25th Singer Aaliyah and 8 others killed in an air crash in the Bahamas 

Usher – U Remind Me

“U Remind Me,” composed by Edmund “Eddie Hustle” Clement and Anita McCloud was the lead single from the album “8710.” It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and reached the top five in Australia, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the UK. The song won Usher his first Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2002. Its accompanying music video features Chilli of TLC as one of the female leads.

September 8th Kylie Minogue releases her single “I Just Can’t Get You Out of My Head”, the biggest of her career 

Now time for my second picks from 2001 and I hope you will enjoy my selection.

Geri Hellewell – It’s Raining Men

“It’s Raining Men” is a song by the American musical duo the Weather Girls from their third studio album Success (1983).  The song was also released on April 30, 2001, as the first single from Geri Halliwell’s second solo album, Scream if You Wanna Go Faster. It was also featured as the lead single internationally to the soundtrack of the 2001 film Bridget Jones’s Diary. The single became Halliwell’s fourth consecutive number-one hit single on the UK Singles Chart and became her most successful solo single to date.

In the United Kingdom, “It’s Raining Men” debuted at number-one on the UK Singles Chart and stayed there for two weeks. It became Halliwell’s fourth consecutive number-one single in the UK. Halliwell became the first solo British female artist to have four number one singles in the United Kingdom, a record she held until 2014. Overall the single went on to sell 449,000 copies in Britain alone, becoming the 13th best seller of 2001 and Halliwell’s most successful single worldwide. Geri Halliwell

October 21st “United We Stand” benefit concert for September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks victims, held at RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. organized and headlined by Michael Jackson and featuring Aerosmith, Mariah Carey and The Backstreet Boys 

Depeche Mode – Dream On

“Dream On” is a song by the British musical group Depeche Mode. It was released in the United States on 17 April 2001 and in the united Kingdom on 23 April 2001 as the first single from the band’s 10th studio album, Exciter (2001). The song topped the charts of Denmark, Germany, Italy, and Spain and reached the top 10 in Austria, Canada, Finland, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Wallonia

Across Europe, the single made chart-topping debuts in Denmark, Germany, Italy, and Spain, staying one week at the top in the first three countries and remaining at number one for three weeks in Spain. Depeche Mode

November 20th Josh Groban releases his debut album “Josh Groban”; sales exceed over 5 million units 

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 2000s: Playback FMWikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

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Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

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Next week 2002 Part One- We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

32 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 2001 Part Two – Train, Usher, Geri Hellewell, Depeche Mode

  1. I usually know all the songs, but this week was odd because the only song I was familiar with was the one by Train. I like some of Depeche Mode’s and Usher’s songs, but I was unfamiliar with these two. It’s interesting how some artists like Geri Halliwell are stars in one part of the world and unknown in other places.

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    • Glad to share some less familiar music Pete and I think this is also down to the fact that there was beginning to be so much music produced on both sides of the Atlantic and they simply didn’t cross over. Very difficult for UK artists still to get air time to break through in the US, not because of lack of talent but again because of the many different genres now in music, specialised radio stations and also the streaming services where thousands of musicians upload their music hoping to be discovered and heard. It is because of that we are ending the 2000s at 2005 and going back to the 40s and 50s. xxxhugsx

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  2. Happy Tuesday.
    Todays songs were ones i might have heard but didn’t really know; even Geri’s Helliwell (despite my daughter being a Spice girl Fan)
    That’s the catchyest song but maybe ‘It’s Raining!’ would be one for today – although here is been a little drizzle so far.
    Must shake the rainsticks again! LOL

    Liked Usher’s crochet hat! LOL I could make that.

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  3. A wonderful listen, William and Sally. “Drops of Jupiter” is such a beautiful song. It’s so memorable. I’d never heard Depeche Mode before and enjoyed the introduction to this group. Thanks so much for starting my day with music. ❤ ❤

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  5. It’s raining men by the weather girls came out at the right time for me, but I can’t recall Geri’s version. Some interesting songs here, and none I’ve heard in a while. Thanks, William and Sally.

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