American Top 40 PastBlast Redux, 2/3/73: Hurricane Smith, “Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?”

Before I started this blog, I posted about songs from old AT40s on Facebook, January-July 2017. I’ll be moving them here over time. This entry has been edited slightly from the original.

I have a collection of music in my head that I could call “Paul Hunter songs.” Paul’s the older brother of my Transy friend Mark, and he’s responsible for some of my first encounters with mix tapes. During our college years, Mark received several tapes drawn from Paul’s LP collection. I heard them many a time hanging out with Mark.

There are a lot of great Paul Hunter songs, including cuts from Slade (“Little Sheila”), ELO (“Secret Messages”), Dave Edmunds (“I Want You Bad”), ABC (“All of My Heart”), and Marshall Crenshaw (“For Her Love”). I’m featuring two others today and tomorrow. One of them was this countdown’s #6 song; it reached #3 two weeks later. It’s one of those seemingly unlikely hits–Norman “Hurricane” Smith engineered many of the early Beatles songs, and decided to give recording a whirl when he was almost 50. I have no recollection of hearing it in the 70s–to me it’s a mid-80s song that, like the other PH tunes, takes me back to the fourth floor of Clay Hall.

Tomorrow, probably my favorite song from those tapes. Slade didn’t contribute the only song in the collection about a woman of a particular name.

2 thoughts on “American Top 40 PastBlast Redux, 2/3/73: Hurricane Smith, “Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?””

  1. Norman also produced the first couple of Pink Floyd albums ( PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN and SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS, a/k/a “the good ones”), and the fourth one (UMMAGUMMA, a/k/a “What the hell was that?”)


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