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A Music Quiz for Labor Day
- This legendary “pea-picker” stayed at #1 for 8 straight weeks with this ode to back-breaking labor.
- This one-hit wonder, doo-wop group from Philadelphia hit #1 in 1958 with an imperative.
- The selfless worker in this 1961 #1 hit stood as tall as Joel Whitburn.
- This “end of the work day” anthem was a Top 5 hit in early 1966 and later became the theme for the TV work-place comedy The Drew Carey Show.
- He transitioned from prolific studio musician to huge Pop-Country crossover success and in one of his top hits sang of working for the county in Kansas in 1969.
- An appeal to a government worker topped the chart twice, first by a girl group in 1961 and then in 1975 by a brother-sister duo with a constructive last name.
- Longtime pilfering from his automotive employer was the subject of a novelty song by this legend in 1976.
- This band from Chicago hit #21 in 1978 with this rockin’ “Blue Collar” hit.
- This Country music queen turned to acting and scored both on screen and on the charts with this 1981 #1 smash.
- In 1982, the “Boss” of the rock and roll world wrote and co-produced this Top 40 unemployment lament for a former 1960s singing star.
- Hard to believe this ubiquitous Friday night anthem by a Canadian rock band only made it to #29 in 1982.
- These industrious Aussies sang of a land "where women glow and men plunder" in 1983.
- Originally a #41 Pop hit in 1982, this song was re-recorded as a duet by the original lead singer and one of the biggest Country music superstars of all-time and made the Country Top 20 in 2008. Bonus points if you can name both the original artist and the duo.
- "Tennessee" Ernie Ford with "Sixteen Tons"
- The Silhouettes with "Get A Job"
- "Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean
- "Five O’Clock World" by The Vogues
- Glen Campbell with "Wichita Lineman"
- "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes in 1961 and The Carpenters in 1975
- "One Piece At A Time" by Johnny Cash
- "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)" by Styx
- Dolly Parton with "9 To 5"
- "Out Of Work" written by Bruce Springsteen and recorded by Gary U.S. Bonds
- "Working For The Weekend" by Loverboy
- Men At Work with "Down Under"
- "Workin’ For A Livin’" by Huey Lewis & The News in 1982 and by Garth Brooks & Huey Lewis in 2008.
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Joel and his collection of every 45 r.p.m. record that made Billboard's pop singles charts, 1955-1989.