Don’s Top 10 From August 10, 1975
Another trip back, this time to Sunday, August 10, 1975. These were the local top 10 singles.
“Fight The Power, Part 1″ by The Isley Brothers
(#15 last week) First single from the LP “The Heat Is On”, notable for use of the word bull—-, which had ti be bleeped on top 40 radio. songwriter Ernis Isley was asked why that word, and he said ” “because it needed to be said” and “it’s what people want to hear.”
“Swearin’ To God” by Frankie Valli
(#2 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”).
“Please Mr. Please” by Olivia Newton-John
(#8 last week) After a nice string of hits over a two year period, this would be Olivia’s last top 10 tune for three years, and the last with her “innocent country girl” image.
“Listen To What The Man Said” by Wings
(#4 last week) Did not know that Dave Mason plays guitar on this, with Tom Scott on the sax. Very slick mid 70’s pop.
“Magic” by Pilot
(#3 last week)Three different songs called “Magic”, all hits! This one, then Olivia in 1980 & the Cars in 1984.
“I’m Not In Love” by 10cc
(#7 last week) Peaked at #2 for three weeks on the national chart, kept out of #1 by a different song each week (“The Hustle”, “One Of These Nights” & “Jive Tallkin'”). Hard to believe, but this was originally written with a bossa nova beat.
“Someone Saved My Life Tonight” by Elton John
(#9 last week) This hit was the only single from the #1 album “Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy”, The song, which at 6:45 was one of Elton’s longest singles, was supposed to be edited to a shorter version for radio consumption. However, John refused to let his record label pare it down, saying that it was to be released as a whole, & the record company acquiesced.
“Jive Talkin'” by The Bee Gees
(#10 last week) The Gibb brothers big comeback hit and the first with the new funkier sound. The song was originally called “Drive Talking”. The song’s rhythm was modeled after the sound their car made crossing a causeway in their adopted home base of Miami.
“One Of These Nights” by The Eagles
(#6 last week) According to songwriter Glenn Frey, this song is about putting things off. “We’ve all said, ‘One of these nights I’m gonna do something — get that girl, make that money, find that house.’ We all have our dreams – a vision we hope will come true someday. When that ‘someday’ will come is up to each of us.”
“Love Will Keep Us Together” by The Captain & Tennille
(#1 last week; 5th week at #1)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.