Top of Your Class - Original Song & Lyrics - – Rockford’s News Leader

Top of Your Class - Original Song & Lyrics

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"A special time for family… a special time for friends. Graduation's here at last another chapter ends. You're at the Top of Your Class… the future waits for you."

The original "Top of Your Class" song was written and produced by Michelle McAffee and Dave Pawlik at WREX in 1987.

The program goes back more than 25 years when it was originally sponsored by General Motors and they had their own jingle that was used. In late 1986 we received word that GM was going to pull the plug on smaller markets, including WREX. Top of Your Class had become a very important community event to WREX so we offered to purchase the license to the music piece and sponsor it locally. They declined the offer, so we decided to produce our own jingle. We contacted a music production company called Irish Saxe Productions out of Appleton, WI for the recording session featuring an up and coming jazz singer named Janet Planet and male singer Mitch Irish. The first local sponsor of Top of Your Class that year was True Value Hardware.

Janet Planet is still performing today in clubs around the country, her website is

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