Don’s Top 10 From February 10, 1973
Back...back...back into time, once again, as I pilot "The Time Machine" to a landing on Saturday, February 10, 1973. There are the local top 10 tunes.
(#17 last week) Classic one-hit wonder. King Harvest was based out of upstate New York. They recorded this, forgot about it. The group disbanded after six months, and the single languished for a year, until it was bought and released worldwide by Perception Records. Wells Kelly, the group's original drummer, later became the original drummer for Orleans ("Dance With Me").
(#16 last week) There are distinct single & album versions of Steely Dan's debut hit (from their album "Can't Buy A Thrill"). The single version differed from the album version, shortening the intro, outro & two instrumental sections of the song. I think the single sounds brighter & tighter. Even though Walter Becker & Donald Fagen write this, on the original album, it was credited as "trad.", short for "traditional".
(#10 last week) Title track & first single from the album of the same name, which was Billboard's #1 album of the year. War was an incredibly tight, funky 7-man group from California who expertly bridged soul, funk & tex-mex.
(#7 last week) MFSB backed up this huge Philly soul smash, written by the great Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff. Biggest hit ever for the O'Jays.
(#5 last week) Produced by 60s music man Steve Alaimo ("Everyday I Have To Cry Some"), Thomas's poignant lament/question still hasn't been answered, has it? Love the organ on this jam!
(#3 last week) Speaking of jams...well, it doesn't get any funkier than this all-time classic! My 10 year old son loves it, so you know this crosses all generations. Go youtube Wonder & his band on "Sesame Street" doing this up differently. It's amazing!
(#8 last week) MFSB ALSO backed up on this soul classic, too! They were busy musicians. Produced by the legendary Thom Bell.
(#4 last week) 49-year old former Beatles & Pink Floyd engineer Smith shocked the music world by making this homage to the music of his youth, the 1920s, a big hit.
(#2 last week) Um...Warren beatty? LOL!! "No Secrets" was my personal #1 favorite album of the 70s. Not a bad track on it! Including this stone-cold smash, arguably the 2nd most talked about song of the decade (behind "American Pie").
(#1 last week; 2nd week at #1) Speaking of homages, Elton crafted this love letter to the music of HIS youth, the late 50s-early 60s, This was perfectly timed to ride the then-growing wave of nostalgia for those "happy days". And, oh, by the way, this put Elton over the top as the biggest superstar of the 70s.