Wayyyy back in "The Time Machine" to bell bottoms & miniskirts, antiwar protests & soft rock escapism. It's Wednesday, September 16, 1970, & these are the local top 10 hit singles.

  • 10

    %22(They Long To Be) Close To You%22 by The Carpenters

    (#11 last week) Former #1 hit, momentarily back up. It heralded a change in music from loud to softer. And the duo were unfairly maligned for their sound, which I thought was musically very complex.

  • 9

    %22In The Summertime%22 by Mungo Jerry

    (#7 last week) It may unoffically fall, but summer is still on the radio, courtesy of this skiffle-laden ditty from the U.K. Insanely catchy. Doesn't the lead singer look like Sly Stone?

  • 8

    %22Candida%22 by Dawn

    (#12 last week) No one, least of all Tony Orlando, expected to get a whole career out of Dawn. He had been doing studio work through most of the 60s, ever since his teen idol days of the early 60s had ended.

  • 7

    %22Lookin' Out My Back Door%22 by Creedence Clearwater Revival

    (#9 last week) If CCR were starting today, they'd be marketed as a country band. Top 40 radio & rock radio wouldn't touch 'em. For shame. How silly.

  • 6

    %22Don't Play That Song%22 by Aretha Franklin

    (#5 last week) Remake of a 1962 Ben E. King hit. The Queen Of Soul at once nostalgic & hip. Hit after hit after hit from 1964 through 1974.

  • 5

    %22Julie, Do Ya Love Me?%22 by Bobby Sherman

    (#8 last week) What a career change! Bobby's worked as an EMT in recent years. Way to go!

  • 4

    %22Spill The Wine%22 by Eric Burdon & War

    (#4 last week) I used to know every single word to this one. And sing along to it, too. Former local #1 hit. Last hit for Burdon, first for War. The twain shall meet! Gulp! Are those--hot pants--on that guy in War?

  • 3

    %22Ain't No Mountain High Enough%22 by Diana Ross

    (#1 last week) The champ has been dethroned, as this slips to #3. Didn't think Marvin & Tammi's original could be topped, but Diana did it! What an uplifting classic.

  • 2

    %22War%22 by Edwin Starr

    (#2 last week) It took awhile, but the early 70s saw a flood of antiwar songs hit the airwaves, & this was just about the biggest. About as exciting an intro as you'll ever hear.

  • 1

    %22Patches%22 by Clarence Carter

    (#3 last week) Only peaked at #3 nationally. Jersey liked this one better. Carter was blind since birth. He's the same guy who made the extremely risque' party hit "Strokin", which (sadly) can't be played on the radio. :-)