Don’s Top 10 For September 16, 1970
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.
"(They Long To Be) Close To You" 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.
"In The Summertime" 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?
"Candida" 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.
"Lookin' Out My Back Door" 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.
"Don't Play That Song" 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.
"Julie, Do Ya Love Me?" by Bobby Sherman
(#8 last week) What a career change! Bobby's worked as an EMT in recent years. Way to go!
"Spill The Wine" 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?
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" 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.
"War" 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.
"Patches" 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. :-)