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Month: July, 2009

Heart – Little Queen

July 31, 2009 | 1977, Group, Heart

Ann and Nancy Wilson and Heart was one of the great Rock and Roll Bands of the late 70s at a time when many of the hits of the day were dance flavored Disco. Little Queen was the title of their second album as well as the second single. It followed the popular Barracuda and […]

Carole King – Really Rosie

July 29, 2009 | 1975, Carole King, Female

In 1975 Carole King teamed with author Maurice Sendak to bring characters from some of his Children books to the television screen. Really Rosie debuted on CBS TV in February 1975. Carole King voiced the part of Rosie as well as performing the songs. She released the album of songs that reached Number 20 on […]

One Year – 100 Posts

July 27, 2009 | Commentary

A year ago, July 27, 2008, this site published its first post. At the time it was a WordPress.com blog and moved to a stand alone site a few weeks later. In this first year there has been 100 posts or one just about every third day. Not too bad considering. Thank you all for […]

Billy Preston – Outa-Space

July 23, 2009 | 1972, Male

The early 70s had a number of instrumental hits and Billy Preston had two of the biggest. The first was Outa-Space a funky song with a spacey sound which is where the title originated. The song came from an experiment with running the keyboard instrument clavinet through a wah-wah pedal. The song appeared on his […]

Neil Diamond – Brother’s Love Traveling Salvation Show

July 17, 2009 | 1970, Male, Neil Diamond

In 1969 Neil Diamond was perhaps known more as a songwriter than a singer. he had written hits for acts such as The Monkees (I’m a Believer) and others. While he had had a couple of hits in the late 60s including the top 10 Cherry Cherry and Kentucky Woman. Brother Love’s traveling Salvation Show […]

Top Songs – 1971

July 15, 2009 | 1971, Carole King, Commentary, Osmonds, The Who, Three Dog Night

It seems as if nearly everyone has a single year that stands out as the one the produced their favorite songs. Or maybe I should say a year that produced more of their favorite songs than any other. For me that year was 1971. It was the year that I became a teenager and listened […]

Santana – Oye Como Va

July 13, 2009 | 1971, Group, Santana

When Tito Puente composed Oye Como Va in 1963 it was considered Latin Jazz. Carlos Santana turned it into Latin Rock when he included the song on his group’s 2nd album Abraxas. The song was their second single release from the album, the album was number 1 on the album charts in October and November […]

Eric Burton and War – Spill The Wine

July 10, 2009 | 1970, Group, War

Eric Burdon was one of many that arrived in the United States during the British invasion of 1964. He was the lead singer of the Animals, later called Eric Burton and the Animals and later with a new band of musicians as Eric Burton and the New Animals. By the end of the decade he […]

Jessi Colter – I’m Not Lisa

July 8, 2009 | 1975, Female, Top 40

Jessi Colter, born Mirriam Johnson, took the stage name about the same time that she married Waylon Jennings. Prior to her marriage to Jennings she was married to Duane Eddy. Jennings and Colter sang duets in 1970s, but when her first album on RCA records failed to sell she lost her contract. Then in 1975 […]

Osmonds – Yo-Yo

July 6, 2009 | 1971, Top 40

The Osmonds released their version of the Joe South song in 1971. It was included on their third album, Phase III. The song was one of their biggest hits reaching Number 3 on the charts.

Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street

July 3, 2009 | 1978, Male, Top 40

Gerry Rafferty had been part of the Duo Stealer’s Wheel along with Joe Egan. When the duo separated it was not without problems. Rafferty had been banned from the recording studio for three years after the break up. Baker Street was the first released single from the Album City to City. The single reached Number […]

Chic – Le Freak

July 1, 2009 | 1978, Group, Number 1, Top 40

Chic may have began as a black rock band, but they became an act that helped define the Disco Era. In 1978 they recorded what would become the most popular disco song of the era. The signature line, ‘Aaaaahh, freak out!’ came because the writers Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards couldn’t use their original idea […]