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Don’s Top 10 For September 16, 1970

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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

"(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.

 
9

"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?

 
8

"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.

 
7

"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.

 
6

"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.

 
5

"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!

 
4

"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?

 
3

"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.

 
2

"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.

 
1

"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. :-)

 

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