Don’s Top 10 From April 14, 1971
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“Proud Mary” by Ike & Tina Turner
(#8 last week) If you asked me to tell you which hit version of “Proud Mary” I love the most, CCR’s or Ike/Tina, I couldn’t give you an swer. I love them both! The remake totally reinvented a song only 2 years old & made it seem brand new, more than almost any other remake I can think of.
“Doesn’t Somebody Want To Be Wanted” by The Partridge Family
(#4 last week) other boys my age had a crush on susan Dey (“Laurie Partridge”), but I was totally into Mrs. Partridge, played by the attractive Shirley Jones. Loved it when she occasionally had to dress sexy for a show.
“Another Day” by Paul McCartney
(#18 last week) EDven though Paul already had a #1 album (“McCartney” from 1970), this was his first post-Beatles solo single, surprisingly. “Maybe I’m Amazed” from the 1970 album could certainly have been one. This was catchy enough, but many were surprised when it failed to hit #1, even missing the top 3. The next one would do better…..
“She’s A Lady” by Tom Jones
(#6 last week) Some know this, but not many: Lead guitar on this lounge fave was played by Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page! Written by Paul Anka, who wrote another song for himself that got him into hot water with feminists even more than this one, “(You’re) Having My Baby”..
“(Where Do I Begin) Love Story” by Andy Williams
(#7 last week) First written as an instumental by Francis Lai, lyrics were added by Carl Sigman after the movie was released. too many artists have recorded this to count, but this first was the biggest.
“I Am…I Said” by Neil Diamond
(#20 last week) Was there ever a more honest, more personal lyric than “Well, I’m New York City born and raised….But nowadays, I’m lost between two shores…L.A.’s fine, but it ain’t home….New York’s home but it ain’t mine no more…”? But then there’s the rest of the song. LOL! Your guess is as good as mine what it all means. Sounds great, though.
“Never Can Say Goodbye” by The Jackson 5
(#5 last week) Make it six straight million-selling singles for the brothers from Indiana. A cover version by Isaac Hayes also made the top 40 just a few weeks later. Then in 1974, Gloria Gaynor took it back to the top 10. Written by Clifton Davis of “That’s My Mama” fame.
“Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)” by The Temptations
(#2 last week) Written by the great team of norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong, this marked a return to the Tempts’ more romantic sound, but only for one single. It was the swan song for both Eddie Kendricks (went solo) & Paul Williams (forced to retire for health reasons, then sadly, passed away).
“Joy To The World” by Three Dog Night
(#3 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.
“What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye
(#1 last week; 2nd week at #1) This week was another high point for the Motown label, with 3 out of the top 4 singles. Marvin Gaye’s masterpiece peaked at #2 nationally, but we had better taste, making it #1 for two weeks. The lyrics were inspried by a police brutality incident witnessed by co-writer Obie Benson. Currently ranked as the #4 best rock song of all time by Rolling Stone.