Don’s Top 10 From July 21, 1975
Back into time, as I flashback to Monday, July 21, 1975! Here’s the local survey.amazon.com
“Rockin’ Chair” by Gwen McCrae
(#14 last week) Gwen & her husband, George (“Rock Your Baby”) were discovered in 1969 by singer Betty Wright.
“I’m Not In Love” by 10cc
(#10 last week) Peaked at #2 gfor 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.
“The Way We Were/Try To Remember” by Gladys Knight & The Pips
(#8 last week) One of the stranger hits of the 70s, the first minute of the record is Gladys rhapsodizing about “the good old days, the good old days”. Two songs, schmaltzed into one! And yet, a hit.
“Wildfire” by Michael Murphey
(#7 last week) Fun trivia: Murphey was on an episode of the goofy 60s sitcom “I Dream Of Jeannie” early in his career. Remember the epsiode when the General’s hippie daughter invited her hippie friends over to Major Nelson’s house? Among them, the duo “Lewis & Clark Expedition”, with Boomer Castleman (“Judy Mae”) & Murphey playing.
“Listen To What The Man Said” by Paul McCartney & Wings
(#6 last week) Did not know that Dave Mason plays guitar on this, with Tom Scott on the sax. Very slick mid 70’s pop.
“Love Won’t Let Me Wait” by Major Harris
(#4 last week) If you think this suggestive smash is steamy, you should hear the album version: the last 2:30 is of a woman moaning repeatedly.
“Magic” by Pilot
(#5 last week) Three different songs called “Magic”, all hits! This one, then Olivia in 1980 & the Cars in 1984.
“The Hustle” by Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
(#3 last week) The biggest dance craze since “The Twist”. Van’s mainly remembered in the music biz for his many producing & writing credits, notably including “Baby I’m Yours”, “5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years Of Love)” & “Walk Away From Love”. But he kept this one for himself. Good move. Van died way too young, at the age of 39, in 1979.
“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”).
“Love Will Keep Us Together” by The Captain & Tennille
(#1 last week; 2nd 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.