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Month: September, 2008

Karen Carpenter – She’s A Drummer

September 28, 2008 | Carpenters, Commentary, Female

The decade of the seventies were full of songs featuring the voice of Karen Carpenter. While her brother Richard was playing the keyboards, Karen was a drummer. This clip features many performances of her playing the drums. And as you can see from the huge smiles on her face as she’s playing she looks as […]

Ray Stevens – The Streak

September 24, 2008 | 1974, Male, Number 1

The clip of this song is not from the 70′s but was made later. Not sure when. Anyway it was the spring of 1974, near the end of the Streaking craze when Ray Stevens reached the top of the Charts with this song. It also hit Number 3 on the Billboard Country chart. It was […]

Top Songs of 1979

September 19, 2008 | Commentary

At the end of the 1970′s Disco may have begun to fade, but it was still very popular in 1979. The Number 6 top song of the decade was one that turned into an anthem for women. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor. Donna Summer was the Queen of Disco and 1979 was one of […]

Norman Whitfield – Rest in Peace

September 18, 2008 | Commentary

Norman Whitfield, a Motown producer and composer, died on September 16, 2008. He will always be remembered as one of the principal creators of psychedelic soul. Some of Whitfield’s hit songs were I Heard It through the Grapevine, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg, Cloud Nine, War, Papa Was a Rolling Stone, Smiling Faces Sometimes and […]

Emerson Lake and Palmer – Fanfare for the Common Man

September 17, 2008 | 1977, Group

In 1977 Emerson, Lake and Palmer would release their album Works Volume 1. The album was divided into four parts, each recorded on a side of the 4 record set. Each section highlighted a member of the band. On side 4, the Band’s side, they recorded two tracks. Fanfare for the Common Man, a classical […]

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird

September 15, 2008 | 1975, Group

I doubt if any site dealing with the 1970′s doesn’t mention Lynynd Skynyrd’s Free Bird wouldn’t really be a 70′s music site. Although I have spoken with many people who remember the 70′s feel that this song was over played I still put it up there as one of the best songs of the Decade. […]

Jim Croce – Bad Bad Leroy Brown

September 13, 2008 | 1973, Jim Croce, Male, Number 1

Another song by the late Jim Croce an artist who died way too early. This clip is his performance as well as him telling how he came to write the song. The song was on his Life and Times album. It reach the Top Spot on Billboard charts on July 21, 1973 and was still […]

Temptations – Smiling Faces Sometimes/Superstar

September 12, 2008 | 1972, Motown, Temptations

Undisputed Truth – Smiling Faces Sometimes

September 11, 2008 | 1971, Group, Motown, Top 40

The Undisputed Truth was assembled by Motown producer Norman Whitfield as a means to experiment with his psychedelic soul production techniques. Joe Harris was the male lead singer, with Billie Rae Calvin and Brenda Joyce as additional leads and background vocals. Smiling Faces Sometimes composed by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong was their biggest single […]

Jerry Reed – Lightning Rod

September 7, 2008 | 1977, Country, Jerry Reed, Male

Some may remember Jerry Reed as the Snowman in the Smokey and the Bandit movies. Others will remember him as the singer of songs such as Amos Moses, When You’re Hot, You’re Hot or Lord, Mr. Ford. And there are still others who knows that he was a songwriter having written the songs to Smokey […]

The Who – Squeeze Box

September 6, 2008 | 1976, Group, The Who, Top 40

By 1975 Pete Townsend and The Who was pushing the bubble on what could be played on the radio. This song from their 1975 Album The Who By The Numbers. A squeeze box is a slang term for accordion. Although it was also a term for a sex toy. The words could be taken in […]

10 cc – I’m Not In Love

September 5, 2008 | 1975, Group, Top 40

10 cc had been around for a couple of years, mostly in the United Kingdom and I’m Not In Love helped to push them International. It was a Number 1 song in the UK and reached the Top 10 in the US. The spoken phrase: “Be quiet, big boys don’t cry…”, was spoken by Kathy […]

Temptations – Papa Was a Rolling Stone

September 3, 2008 | 1972, Group, Motown, Number 1, Temptations, Top 40

“It was the 3rd of September, that day I’ll always remember, yes I will. ‘Cause that was the day that my daddy died.” These are the first lines from the 1972 Temptations hit, Papa was a Rolling Stone. On the album, All Directions, producer Norman Whitfield, who along with Barrett Strong composed the song, created […]

Olivia Newton-John – If Not For You

September 1, 2008 | 1971, Female, Top 40

If Not For You was the first International hit for Olivia Newton-John. The song written by Bob Dylan and it appeared on his 1970 album, New Morning. Newton-John recorded in 1971 and was a minor hit in the US reaching Number 25. It wouldn’t be until 1973 years before she would have her breakout year […]