Don’a Top 10 From June 15, 1971
Back in time to Tuesday, June 15, 1971. These were the local top 10 singles.amazon.com
“It Don’t Come Easy” by Ringo Starr
(#5 last week) George Harrison produced, with help from George Martin. Stephen Stills plays piano. It was recorded over a year before release in February, 1970. Competing with solo releases from all three other former Beatles, this did best.
“Joy To The World” by Three Dog Night
(#2 last week) The biggest hit of the year! And the biggest hit these guys ever had. They had a lot: from 1969 to 1974, everything they released became a hit. What a hot streak. Hoyt Axton wrote this; his mama Mae Axton wrote “Heartbreak Hotel” for Elvis.
“Brown Sugar” by The Rolling Stones
(#7 last week) Hmmm……interesting. Watching this “Top Of The Pops” appearance, it sounds like the Stones weren’t above using a backing track, even this late into their careers. This was recorded way back in December, 1969, in Muscle Shoals, Alabama but not released until 1971 due to legal problems. #5 on Rolling Stone’s list of “Greatest Guitar Songs Of All Time”.
“I Know i’m In Love” by Chee-Chee & Peppy
(#11 last week) Chee Chee & Peppy were siblings discovered by record producer Jesse James (the composer/producer of The Fantastic Johnny C’s “Boogaloo Down Broadway” among other hits). Their only chart appearance (a much bigger hit locally than nationally) had a Jackson 5/Osmonds sound to it.
“Funky Nassau, :Part 1″ by Beginning Of The End
(#16 last week) An insanely catchy summer jam that could have been a hit 5, 10 or 15 years later. This was a 5 man group from, you guessed it, Nassau. They never had another hit.
“Rainy Days & Mondays” by Carpenters
(#4 last week) Although Karen was the drummer fror the group, they were played on the session for it by legendary Wrecking Crew drummer Hal Blaine. The songwriters, Roger Nichols & Paul Williams, wrote dozens of other hits including “We’ve Only Just Begun” & “Out In The Country”.
“Mr. Big Stuff” by Jean Knight
(#9 last week) Ohhh, the hair, the hair! LOL. Good God, that hair was huge! So was the voice. What a killer track. In 2007, New Orleans native Knight (real last name: Baptiste) was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame.
“It’s Too Late” by Carole King
(#10 last week) What an amazing first hit! But it was actually Carole’s THIRD hit, at least locally. She had two top 20 singles in 1962, “It Might As Will Rain Until September” & “School Bells Are Ringing”. And there were literally HUNDREDS of hits as a songwriter.
“Treat Her Like A Lady” by The Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
(#12 last week) Not much to say about this family group from Dania, Florida. They were two brothers, Eddie & Carter, and sis Rose. The song did slightly better on the pop chart than the soul chart. A bit of a Friends Of distinction vibe.
“Want Ads” by The Honey Cone
(#1 last week; 2nd week at #1) Dig the hot pants! They were the last gasp for leg-baring fashions for almost a decade. We went from one extreme to another, as women decided to dress “unisex” style for awhile. Honey Cone member Carolyn Willis (formerly in Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans) is the female voice on the 1976 hit by Seals & Crofts, “Get Closer”. In 1985 member Shelley Clark (a former Ikette) married Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White. Lead singer Edna Wright is the sister of Darlene Love.