American Top 40 PastBlast, 1970s: Year in Review, 2017

A few months ago, my friend Mark suggested I might create a Spotify playlist of all the AT40 songs I’ve featured.  Year’s end seems like a good time to put that together.  Today I’m doing that for the 70s, in the order presented.  The 80s get the same treatment tomorrow.

Some notes:
–I put these on Facebook only from January to mid-July, before this ol’ blog got started. A few of those early posts have migrated over here; maybe all of them will eventually.
–During the FB phase of this project, I skipped a few weekends when a show from the early 70s played.  To be honest, I was so young then that I had a fear I wouldn’t have much to say.
–One track, “Street Singin’,” by Lady Flash, isn’t available on Spotify, so you’ll just have to play that one in your head at the appropriate time.  Also, I could find only a live version for “Girl of My Dreams” by Bram Tchaikovsky.  C’est la vie.

Here’s the track list; I’ve got links for those tunes that have appeared on the blog.  Enjoy!

1/24/76: Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, “Wake Up Everybody”
1/28/78: Commodores, “Too Hot Ta Trot”
2/3/73: Hurricane Smith, “Oh, Babe, What Would You Say”
2/19/77: Jackson Browne, “Here Come Those Tears Again”
2/24/79: Al Stewart, “Song on the Radio”
3/8/75: Hot Chocolate, “Emma”
3/18/78: Andrew Gold, “Thank You for Being a Friend”
3/20/76: Melissa Manchester, “Just You and I”
4/12/75: Bob Dylan, “Tangled Up in Blue”
4/13/74: Joni Mitchell, “Help Me”
4/22/72: Don McLean, “Vincent”
4/30/77: Firefall, “Cinderella”
5/6/78: Michael Zager Band, “Let’s All Chant”
5/15/76: Billy Ocean, “Love Really Hurts Without You”
5/31/75: Grand Funk, “Bad Time”
6/16/79: Rickie Lee Jones, “Chuck E.’s in Love”
6/19/71: Paul Humphrey and His Cool Aid Chemists, “Cool Aid”
6/29/74: Gordon Lightfoot, “Sundown”
7/8/72: Mouth and MacNeal, “How Do You Do”
7/17/76: Lou Rawls, “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine”
7/25/70: Melanie, “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)”
7/26/75: Gwen McCrae, “Rockin’ Chair”
8/7/71: Chicago, “Colour My World”
8/14/76: Lady Flash, “Street Singin’”
8/19/78: Kinks, “A Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy”
8/25/79: Bram Tchaikovsky, “Girl of My Dreams”
9/7/74: Guess Who, “Clap for the Wolfman”
9/15/73: Stevie Wonder, “Higher Ground”
9/20/75: Carpenters, “Solitaire”
9/23/72: Leon Russell, “Tight Rope”
9/24/77: Sanford/Townsend Band, “Smoke from a Distant Fire”
10/9/76: Bay City Rollers, “I Only Wanna Be with You”
10/16/71: Dells, “The Love We Had (Stays on My Mind)”
10/21/78: Crystal Gayle, “Talking in Your Sleep”
10/26/74: Raspberries, “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)”
11/7/70: R. Dean Taylor, “Indiana Wants Me”
11/10/73: Jim Croce, “I Got a Name”
11/15/75: Simon and Garfunkel, “My Little Town”
11/26/77: Babys, “Isn’t It Time”
12/8/79: Blondie, “Dreaming”
12/9/72: Spinners, “I’ll Be Around”
12/13/75: C. W. McCall, “Convoy”
12/18/71: Hillside Singers and New Seekers, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”

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