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.
"Dancing InThe Moonlight" by King Harvest
(#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").
"Do It Again" by Steely Dan
(#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".
"The World Is A Ghetto" by War
(#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.
"Love Train" by The O'Jays
(#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.
"Why Can't We Live Together" by Timmy Thomas
(#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!
"Superstition" by Stevie Wonder
(#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!
"Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" by The Spinners
(#8 last week) MFSB ALSO backed up on this soul classic, too! They were busy musicians. Produced by the legendary Thom Bell.
"Oh, Babe, What Would You Say" by Hurricane Smith
(#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.
"You're So Vain" by Carly Simon
(#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").
"Crocodile Rock" by Elton John
(#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.