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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Music of '71

Just back from vacation this week. That always means look for the easy blog post.
So per Mr. Bacardi a couple weeks ago (August 22), I went to Music Outfitters, entered the year I graduated from high school in the search function.

Subsequently, I found that practically EVERYONE I read was doing the SAME THING. But I decided to post it anyway because NONE OF THEM GRADUATED IN 1971.

I decided to * the ones I like, # the ones I hate and italicize my favorite. Do nothing to the ones I don't remember (or don't care about). Just to be contrary, and because the page is bolded already.

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep by Mac and Katie Kissoon? How DID I miss that song?

Top 100 Hits of 1971 / Top 100 Songs of 1971
1. Joy To The World, Three Dog Night (overplayed)
2*. Maggie May / (Find A) Reason To Believe, Rod Stewart
3*. It's Too Late / I Feel The Earth Move, Carole King
4. One Bad Apple, Osmonds
5*. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, Bee Gees
6. Indian Reservation, Raiders
7#. Go Away Little Girl, Donny Osmond
8. Take Me Home, Country Roads, John Denver
9*. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me), Temptations
10. Knock Three Times, Dawn
11*. Me And Bobby McGee, Janis Joplin
12*. Tired Of Being Alone, Al Green
13*. Want Ads, Honey Cone
14*. Smiling Faces Sometimes, Undisputed Truth
15. Treat Her Like A Lady, Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose
16*. You've Got A Friend, James Taylor
17*. Mr. Big Stuff, Jean Knight
18*. Brown Sugar, Rolling Stones
19*. Do You Know What I Mean, Lee Michaels
20. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Joan Baez
21*. What's Going On, Marvin Gaye
22*. Uncle Albert-Admiral Halsey, Paul McCartney
23*. Ain't No Sunshine, Bill Withers
24*. Signs, Five Man Electrical Band
25. She's A Lady, Tom Jones
26*. Superstar, Murray Head and The Trinidad Singers
27. I Found Someone Of My Own, Free Movement
28. Amos Moses, Jerry Reed
29*. Temptation Eyes, The Grass Roots
30. Superstar, Carpenters
31*. My Sweet Lord / Isn't It A Pity, George Harrison
32. Sweet And Innocent, Donny Osmond
33. Put Your Hand In The Hand, Ocean
34. Chick-a-boom, Daddy Dewdrop
35*. For All We Know, Carpenters
36. Help Me Make It Through The Night, Sammi Smith
37*. Rainy Days And Mondays, Carpenters
38*. If You Could Read My Mind, Gordon Lightfoot
39*. Gypsy, Tramps And Thieves, Cher
40*. Never Can Say Goodbye, Jackson 5
41. Rose Garden, Lynn Anderson
42. Don't Pull Your Love, Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds
43*. It Don't Come Easy, Ringo Starr
44. Mr. Bojangles, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
45. I Love You For All Seasons, Fuzz
46*. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get, Dramatics
47*. That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be, Carly Simon
48*. If You Really Love Me, Stevie Wonder
49*. Spanish Harlem, Aretha Franklin
50. I Don't Know How To Love Him, Helen Reddy
51. Yo-yo, Osmonds
52*. Bridge Over Troubled Water, Aretha Franklin
53. Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted, Partridge Family
54*. Draggin' The Line, Tommy James
55*. Proud Mary, Ike and Tina Turner
56*. Beginnings / Colour My World, Chicago (more for Beginnings)
57. Stay Awhile, Bells
58*. Sweet City Woman, Stampeders
59. Me And You And A Dog Named Boo, Lobo
60. Another Day / Oh Woman, Oh Why, Paul McCartney
61. If, Bread
62*. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology), Marvin Gaye
63*. One Toke Over The Line, Brewer and Shipley
64. She's Not Just Another Woman, 8th Day
65. Bring The Boys Home, Freda Payne
66*. I Just Want To Celebrate, Rare Earth
67. Never Ending Song Of Love, Delaney and Bonnie and Friends
68. Easy Loving, Freddy Hart
69*. Liar, Three Dog Night
70. Stick-up, Honey Cone
71. Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep, Mac and Katie Kissoon
72. Love Story (Where Do I Begin), Andy Williams
73*. Wild World, Cat Stevens
74. When You're Hot, You're Hot, Jerry Reed
75*. Funky Nassau, Beginning Of The End
76. If Not For You, Olivia Newton-John
77*. Groove Me, King Floyd
78#. Watching Scotty Grow, Bobby Goldsboro
79*. Woodstock, Matthews' Southern Comfort
80*. Amazing Grace, Judy Collins
81*. I Hear You Knocking, Dave Edmunds
82*. Lonely Days, Bee Gees
83*. Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again, Fortunes
84*. Won't Get Fooled Again, Who
85. Trapped By A Thing Called Love, Denise Lasalle
86*. Mama's Pearl, Jackson 5
87. Timothy, Buoys
88. I Woke Up In Love This Morning, Partridge Family
89*. Theme From "Shaft", Isaac Hayes
90*. If I Were Your Woman, Gladys Knight and The Pips
91*. I Am...I Said, Neil Diamond
92*. Wedding Song (There Is Love), Paul Stookey
93. Don't Knock My Love, Pt. 1, Wilson Pickett
94*. Love Her Madly, The Doors
95*. Here Comes The Sun, Richie Havens
96. Sweet Mary, Wadsworth Mansion
97. Right On The Tip Of My Tongue, Brenda and The Tabulations
98*. One Less Bell To Answer, Fifth Dimension
99*. Riders On The Storm, The Doors
100. It's Impossible, Perry Como

Which either means that the music of 1971 was REALLY good, or I'm incredibly tolerant.


Anonymous said...

That's MY year, too! I'd agree with about ninety percent of your choices. I have some affection for "Timothy" (LOVE Top 40 cannibal tunes!), the Carpenters' "Superstar", and the tear-inducing "Mr. Bojangles" (I HATE when that damn dog dies...snif..)Interesting you feel indiffernt to "Another Day"--me too. If Paul had been smart and released "Maybe I'm Amazed" as a single, THAT would've been my number one pick!

I never heard that Chirpy chirp song either!

Fred Hembeck

Roger Owen Green said...

Timothy is mixed -I love it AND hate it (or am embarrassed to have positive feelings about it.

Superstar is OK, but there are other versions that outshown it - but I did have the Carpenters' version on vinyl. (They lose points for changing the lyric.)

And Mr. Bojangles maybe was overplayed too, and I just grew wweary of it.

But McCartney came out in the spring of 1970, so "Maybe I'm Amazed" would likely to have been released a year earlier. Of course, you're right that it's a GREAT song.

Has ANYONE every heard that chirpy song? If Hembeck doesn't know it, I'm not convinced it exists, even though one of the Billboard books says: "brother-ands-sister pop duo from Port-of-Spain, Trinidad." The song debuted on the charts 7/24, was on the charts for 15 weeks and got up to #20.

Lefty said...

Um, I was born in '71, if that makes you feel any older. And I think "Joy to the World" was the #1 song the week I was hatched.

Roger Owen Green said...

And yet I like you anyway, Chris.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the original Delany and Bonnie version of "Superstar" was superior, with the more risque (slighty) lyric.

I got mixed up on "Maybe I'm Amazed"--I knew that! I just recall being so disappointed that Paul picked the very mundane "Another Day" to be his first single when he a far superior tune at his disposal. But that was a year earlier.

Overplayed? Yeah, LOTSA songs usta be overplayed. Some might say "Uncle Albert" was one, but not me! Love it!

Chirpy chirpy chirpy!

Fred Hembeck

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