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Starland Vocal Band – Afternoon Delight

March 30, 2014 | 1976, Number 1, One Hit Wonder

Today it is used in a Taco Bell Commercial, but in 1976 it was one of the most popular songs of the summer. One that was loved by many then, but within a few years hated by many of those who loved it. The Starland Vocal band was made up of the married couple Bill […]

Carole King – I Feel The Earth Move

April 9, 2012 | 1971, Carole King, Female, Number 1, Top 40

Not sure where this video originally appeared, but it’s a nice version of one of the best songs from her great LP Tapestry.

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 – […]

Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots – Disco Duck

August 15, 2011 | 1976, Disco, Male, Number 1

In 1976 dance music, Disco music, was moving toward big popularity. Memphis Disc Jockey Rick Dees came up with a crazy parody on the craze featuring the Disco Duck. Dees has said that the song was completed in a day, but took months until someone would join with him to record it. It was a […]

James Taylor – You’ve Got A Friend

July 19, 2011 | 1971, Carole King, James Taylor, Male, Number 1

With Carole King, the song’s composer backing him on piano. This is James Taylor’s only number 1 on the Billboard charts reaching the top spot on July 31, 1971. The album Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, the album where this song first appeared, peaked at the Number 2 spot on the albums charts. […]

Edgar Winter Group – Frankenstein

July 2, 2011 | 1973, Group, Number 1, Top 40

The early ’70′s had some great instrumentals and one of the best came out in 1973 with the Edgar Winter Group and Frankenstein. Here is a nearly 9 minute live version of the song that may even be better than the album cut from They Only Come Out at Night. Now you can hear a […]

Dawn – Three From 1971

January 29, 2011 | 1971, Group, Number 1

A medley of Dawn’s first three releases. This was before it was Tony Orlando and Dawn as well as a time that Tony was clean shaven. Songs: Candida – Top 10 song from late 1970 Knock Three Times – Number 1, January 1971 What Are You Doing Sunday – Barely reached the Top 40

US Number 1′s – 1971

January 2, 2011 | 1971, Number 1

January 2, 9, & 16 – “My Sweet Lord” / “Isn’t It a Pity”; George Harrison January 23, 30 & February 6 – “Knock Three Times”; Dawn February 13, 20, 27, March 6 & 13 – “One Bad Apple”; The Osmonds March 20 & 27 – “Me and Bobby McGee”; Janis Joplin April 3 & […]

The Loco-motion

May 15, 2010 | 1974, Carole King, Female, Grand Funk (Railroad), Group, Number 1

Grand Funk, the self proclaimed American Band, was pure rock band. In 1974 as they were working on their album Shinin’ On and was thinking that they may need one more song to complete it. Mark Farner as a lark began singing ‘Everybody’s doing a brand new dance now’, which with standard reaction other members […]

Grand Funk – We’re An American Band

March 8, 2010 | 1973, Grand Funk (Railroad), Group, Number 1

In July of 1973 Grand Funk Railroad released their 7th album We’re An American Band.  This was also the first of three Albums where the group was simply call Grand Funk.  The first single released from the album was the title song We’re An American Band. The song was their first Number 1 single.  It […]

B.J. Thomas – Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

January 25, 2010 | 1970, B.J. Thomas, Male, Number 1

The 1970s began just like the 60s ended, at least at the top of the charts. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head sung by B.J. Thomas, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid spent 4 weeks at Number 1. The first week was the last […]

US Number 1′s – 1973

January 1, 2010 | 1973, Number 1

Week Ending – Song; Artist January 6, 13, & 20 – “You’re So Vain”; Carly Simon January 27 – “Superstition”; Stevie Wonder February 3, 10, & 17 – “Crocodile Rock”; Elton John February 24, March 3, 10, & 17 – “Killing Me Softly with His Song”; Roberta Flack March 24 – “Love Train”; The O’Jays […]

Vicki Lawrence – The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia

November 9, 2009 | 1973, Female, Number 1

The song was written by Bobby Russell. Russell was a popular songwriter in the late 60′s and early 70′s having written the hits Little Green Apples and Honey. He also wrote and recorded a a song about the everyday man having a normal Saturday titled Saturday Morning Confusion. The song was offered to Cher, but […]