Don’s Top 10 For June 24, 1975
What a cool trip this is! Let's fly into June 24, 1975…..
“Thank God I’m A Country Boy” by John Denver
(#5 last week) 1975 was THE peak year for country crossovers to top 40 radio, with songs like this one, first released in a studio version on Denver's “Back Home Again” LP.
“Wildfire” by Michael Murphey
(#14 last week) Fun trivia: Murphey was on an episode of the goofy 60s sitcom “I Dream Of Jeannie” early in his career. Remember the epsiode when the General's hippie daughter invited her hippie friends over to Major Nelson's house? Among them, the duo “Lewis & Clark Expedition”, with Boomer Castleman (“Judy Mae”) & Murphey playing.
“Bad Time” by Grand Funk
(#6 last week) This hard-rock band decided to “go top 40″ by….dropping “Railroad” from their name? I always found that strange, because the fans never stopped using all three words.
“Before The Next Teardrop Falls” by Freddy Fender
(#4 last week) What a great story of redemption Freddy's was, after spending time in jail in the 60s. I can't move on without mentioning his awesome 70s afro! You could lose things in it.
“Sister Golden Hair” by America
(#8 last week) People are kinda surprised when they hear this band's hits were produced by the Beatles producer, George Martin. Not sure why. Always liked this sunny, Eagles-ish rocker.
“When Will I Be Loved” by Linda Ronstadt
(#7 last week) Raise your hands, guys! how many of you had a major crush on Linda? Yeah, me too. The queen of remakes strikes again with this one, first don by the Everly Brothers in 1960.
“Love Will Keep Us Together” by The Captain & Tennille
(#9 last week) Oh, how I looked forward to Dan Ingram saying “what's the ugliest thing in show business?” right before they sing “Sedaka's back!” Nothing against Neil (although Dan seemed to have a grudge). Just made me laugh every time.
“Love Won’t Let Me Wait” by Major Harris
(#3 last week) If you think this suggestive smash is steamy, you should hear the album version: the last 2:30 is of a woman moaning repeatedly.
“Swearin’ To God” by Frankie Valli
(#1 last week) This only peaked at #6 nationally, but local fans made this a Jersey #1 hit. Guess who the female singer is, uncredited? Patti Austin (“Baby, Come To Me”).
“The Hustle” by Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
(#2 last week; 5th week at #1) After yielding the top spot to Frankie Valli, Van McCoy returns to the #1 position with the biggest dance craze since “The Twist”. Van's mainly remembered in the music biz for his many producing & writing credits, notably including “Baby I'm Yours”, “5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years Of Love)” & “Walk Away From Love”. But he kept this one for himself. Good move. Van died way too young, at the age of 39, in 1979.