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Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water

April 3, 2014 | 1972, Album Cuts, Deep Purple, Group, Top 40

The opening to this song, currently used in a Bank of America commercial, is as familiar as any recorded during the 1970s. The song was originally released on the “Machine Head” album released in 1972. But although it got radio play on FM radio it really didn’t become a big hit until it was the […]

Don McLean – American Pie

January 5, 2012 | 1972, Male, Number 1, Top 40

During the last days of 1971 and into 1972 everyone was listening to and trying to determine what the lyrics meant in Don McLean’s American Pie. Other than alluding to the deaths of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Richie Valens on February 3, 1959, a day many have called the ‘Day the Music Died’ […]

US Number 1′s – 1972

January 1, 2012 | 1972, Number 1

January 1 & 8 – “Brand New Key”; Melanie January 15, 22, 29 & February 5 – “American Pie”; Don McLean February 12 – “Let’s Stay Together”; Al Green February 19 & 26, March 4, 11 – “Without You”; Nilsson March 18 – “Heart of Gold”; Neil Young March 25, April 1 & 8 – […]

T-Rex – Bang a Gong (Get It On)

April 10, 2010 | 1972, Group, Top 40

T-Rex led by Mac Bolan was a popular group in England, but relatively unknown in America. Bang a Gong was their only US hit. It did hit the Top 10, but just barely topping out at Number 10. Under the title Get It On, it was a big hit in 1971 in England reaching the […]

Mouth and MacNeal – How Do You Do

February 27, 2010 | 1972, Group, Top 40

In 1971 in Netherland the duo Mouth and MacNeal (Big Mouth (born Willem Duyn, March 31, 1937) and Maggie MacNeal (born Sjoukje van’t Spijker, May 5, 1950) came together. They recorded a few songs and were more popular in Europe, especially Germany, than they were in the United States. How Do You Do, released in […]

Don McLean – Vincent

January 18, 2010 | 1972, Don McLean, Male, Top 40

Some may think the song is called “Starry Starry Night”, since that line is repeated a few times throughout the song. But the song is titled Vincent. And the Vincent of the song is artist Vincent van Gogh. The song was written by McLean in late 1970 and appeared on the American Pie album. He […]

Osmonds – Hold Her Tight

October 23, 2009 | 1972, Group, Osmonds, Top 40

By the time of their fourth album, Crazy Horses, the brothers not only were playing all of the instruments they were also writing the songs. They were also moving away from the bubblegum pop of their first couple of albums to be more Rock and Roll. It can be considered their first real sophisticated album […]

The Osmonds – Everyone’s Everything/Free

October 21, 2009 | 1972, Group, Osmonds

1971 may have been the biggest year for The Osmonds as a group, but in 1972 they were still one of the biggest acts around. Sure they may have had a young audience and didn’t draw the same type of crowds as The Who, Santana or Chicago, but they could rock. Here they are at […]

The Osmonds – Motown Special

October 19, 2009 | 1972, Album Cuts, Group, Motown, Osmonds

This performance from the 1972 Ohio State Fair features the Osmonds doing a song that opened many of their shows in the early 1970s. Motown Special is a medley of songs of Motown. Not only was it the opening song of their shows it was also the opening song of their self-titled first album released […]

Gary Glitter – Rock and Roll

August 11, 2009 | 1972, Male, One Hit Wonder

Part 2: The song is best known as the “Hey Song” and has been played at countless sporting events since its recording in 1972. Part 2 is the best known part of the song. Part one is more of a vocal track, with actual lyrics, while the only words in part 2 is ‘Hey’. The […]

David Cassidy – Rock Me Baby

August 7, 2009 | 1972, Male

One of my biggest introduction to music in the 1970s came each Friday night with the Partridge Family. There are plenty of places to see songs from the show, including the DVD releases. But not only was David Cassidy a star of the show he was also a singer with album and single releases of […]

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 […]

Alice Cooper – School’s Out

June 22, 2009 | 1972, Alice Cooper, Group, Top 40

It was June of 1972. The group Alice Cooper had released a few albums, but they were still seen more of a novelty act based on the guy who decided to change his name to Alice Cooper. Other than I’m Eighteen, released in early 1971 they had seen little action on the charts. That changed […]

Deep Purple – Highway Star

June 7, 2009 | 1972, Album Cuts, Deep Purple, Group

Deep Purple’s Album Machine Head is one of the first albums that is considered as Heavy Metal. The album’s most familiar song is Smoke On The Water, but another popular song from the Album is Highway Star. Highway Star opens the album as the first song on side 1 and was written, as were all […]