Friday, March 6, 2015

Episode 1600: The Presidents 5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years of Love)

Today, Reading Between the Grooves celebrates another milestone – our 1600th post. I’ll do a recap in a few minutes, but let’s talk about today’s selection. When I hear the number 1600, my mind typically goes to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the address of the executive mansion commonly called The White House.

What better way to celebrate post 1600, than to listen to the only hit by The Presidents. Their name wasn’t the only connection to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, as their production company was called White House Productions and the band hailed from our nation’s capital. Produced by Van McCoy (remember “The Hustle”) in 1970, The Presidents scored decently on both the Hot 100 (at #11) and the R&B (at #5) charts with “5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years of Love).

Their only hit was penned by two of the three members of the band: Tony Boyd and Archie Powell. Billy Shorter rounded out the trio. The band would later rebrand as Trilogy and eventually as Anacostia; however, despite the name changes, The Presidents et al. were one-hit wonders. Anacostia continued to record into the 1980s.

RBTG’s 1,600th Post Retrospect

Like I had reported with every other 100th post anniversary, I took a look backward on how we are doing visitor wise. I began this blog on September 26, 2009, but did not start monitoring the visits until October 16, 2009. Currently, we have 95 declared followers of the blog – up from 87 in August 2014. There are many others who have visited frequently without declaring themselves as followers.

As noted with our 1500th post, Google+ remains a major source of new visitors; however, we’ve gained some notoriety in the last six months from Twitter. The hashtag feature works well on both Google+ and Twitter in attracting publicity. Just recently, we had a spike of visitors on February 27, 2015 – this would have occurred the day after we posted Rod Stewart’s “You Wear it Well.”

The cumulative statistics for the blog are listed below:

Unique Visitors173,546
Times Visited195,260
Number of Pages Viewed275,553
People Visiting 200+ Times3,903
People Visiting 101-200 Times1,538
People Visiting 51-100 Times1,363
People Visiting 26-50 Times1,300
Number of Visitor Countries Represented188

The Top Ten Visitor Countries

Since our 1,500th post, two new countries were added to the list: Liechtenstein from Europe and São Tomé and Príncipe off of the coast of Africa. The Top 10 countries remain the same; however, former tenth position Netherlands knocked Spain out of the ninth position.

1United States95,807
2United Kingdom16,550

As always, I want to take this time to thank all of you for your support of this site and the encouragement to keep going forward. Thanks again for Reading between the Grooves.

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