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Edwin Starr – War

October 5, 2009 | 1970, Male, Motown, Number 1

Two clips of Edwin Starr singing his 1970 war protest song War. One is from the 70′s. Not sure when the second one is from, but it’s obviously much later than the first. The song was written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong. It was Edwin Starr’s most successful song as well as the most […]

Taste of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie

September 29, 2009 | 1978, Group, Number 1

Boogie Oogie Oogie was the first single from the self-titled debut album, A Taste of Honey. It was their biggest hit single spending three weeks at Billboard’s Single Chart at Number 1. The group formed in Los Angeles, California, and originally consisted of Janice Marie Johnson (vocals, bass), Hazel Payne (vocals, guitar), Perry Kibble (keyboards) […]

Johnny Cash – One Piece at a Time

September 23, 2009 | 1976, Country, Male, Number 1

By 1976 Johnny Cash had already been performing for 20 years and for many of those years he was at the top of the Charts. it was in 1976 that he did the story song One Piece at a Time. It’s the story of an auto assembly line worker built a car with one stolen […]

Dolly Parton – I Will Always Love You

September 21, 2009 | 1974, Country, Female, Number 1

To many when they think of the song I will Always Love You, they will think about the version that Whitney Houston sang from the movie My Bodyguard. But long before that it was done by its composer Dolly Parton. Parton wrote the song in 1973 and released it as one of the songs on […]

Terry Jacks – Seasons in the Sun

September 15, 2009 | 1974, Male, Number 1, Top 40

This was originally posted in August of 2008 with a video of a 1973 performance by Terry Jacks. That video has been removed and I can’t find a 70s version of the song only this one from the mid 2000s. Seasons in the Sun, the story of a dying man, bidding farewell to friends and […]

Rupert Holmes – Escape (The Pina Colada Song)

September 9, 2009 | 1979, Male, Number 1, Top 40

In 1979 Rupert Holmes recorded perhaps the only song that he wished he never did. Even though he wrote songs before this as well as afterward, it is this song that he is best known. It’s a story song about a man who due to changing feelings towards his mate decides to answer a personal […]

Shaun Cassidy – Da Do Ron Ron

August 27, 2009 | 1976, Male, Number 1

Posting this in tribute to Ellie Greenwich who passed away on August 26, 2009. Not everyone may know her name, but we do know the music that she and her writing partner Jeff Barry wrote in the early 1960s. Among some of her songs were this one Da Do Ron Ron first done in 1963 […]

Janis Joplin – Me and Bobby McGee

August 17, 2009 | 1971, Female, Number 1

Janis Joplin was one of the many performers at Woodstock. She didn’t perform Me and Bobby McGee at the show, it may not have even been written yet. It was one of the songs that she recorded for her 1970 album Pearl as well as being part of her set during the summer of 1970. […]

Zager And Evans – In The Year 2525

August 5, 2009 | 1970, Group, Number 1

1969 is technically not the 70s, but every once in awhile I like to include some of the songs from that year since in some ways there is little difference between 1969 and 1970. At least in my opinion. Rich Evans, the Evans of the duo, wrote the song in 1964 and it was originally […]

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 […]

Minnie Riperton – Lovin’ You

June 4, 2009 | 1975, Female, Number 1

Minnie Riperton had one of the most unforgettable voices. She could easily reach five octaves. Her most remembered song, as well as her best selling recording, is Lovin’ You from 1974 album Perfect Angel. It was the song that pushed her into stardom although she had been entertaining since 1961. Just prior to this she […]

Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On

February 13, 2009 | 1973, Male, Motown, Number 1

If there was a theme song for the sexual freedom of the 1970s Let’s Get It On the 1973 hit by Marvin Gaye could easily be it. Marvin along with Ed Townsend wrote the song which was also the title of his followup to What’s Going On. The song reach the top of the Billboard […]

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 […]

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 […]