Don’s Top 10 From March 17, 1970
Back…back…back into time, to St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17, 1970! Here’s your local top 10 singles:
“Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” by Edison Lighthouse
(#15 last week) Edison Lighthouse was a studio band fronted by Tony Burrows, who was a one-hit wonder in America five times with different studio acts. Yes, that’s a record. four of them came in 1970 (besides ELH, there was Brotherhood Of Man, The Pipkins & White Plains), one in 1974 (First Class). Burrows did have several solo hits in the U.K.
“Easy Come, Easy Go” by Bobby Sherman
(#20 last week) Best career change from show business EVER: LAPD Officer Bobby Sherman teaches CPR technqiues to EMT personnel. But here in early 1970, Bobby Sherman’s poster was on millions of teenage girl’s bedroom walls.
“Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” by The Delfonics
(#14 last week) Iconic sweet soul song so good the title was used by Rhino Records for the 20-volume CD collection of 70s soul. Philadelphia standing tall here!
“Give Me Just A Little More Time” by Chairmen Of The Board
(#3 last week) General Norman Johnson had had a hit way back in 1961 as leader of The Showmen (“It Will Stand”), but he rose to new heights with this rollicking million-seller.
“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” by The Hollies
(#7 last week) Heralding the new, softer rock sounds of the early 70s, the Hollies had a smash with this plea for brotherhood, with a then-unknown Elton John playing piano. Don’t shoot him.
“Ma Belle Amie” by The Tee Set
(#5 last week) Just like their Dutch countrymen from just a few weeks earlier, Shocking blue (“Venus”), The Tee Set did not speak a word of english. They learned & sang this phoenetically for the English-speaking market.
“Instant Karma (We All Shine On)” by John Ono Lennon
(#6 last week) Lennon’s first non-Beatles song under his own name, & I think it’s a killer, a perfect top 40 song. Impossible not to singalong with.
“Let It Be” by The Beatles
(#2 last week) The Gods of the charts were smiling this week, as the fab four are back-to-back with John solo. Actually recorded way back in early 1969, with musical embellishment by Phil Spector (McCartney wasn’t too happy about that).
“The Rapper” by The Jaggerz
(#4 last week) Great one-hit wonder out of Pittsburgh, with lead singer Dominic Ierace, who later changed his name to Donnie Iris, & had some solo sucess in the early 80s (“Ah! Leah!”). Contrary to belif, they changed the s at the end of their group name to a z not to avoid confusion with Mick Jagger, but a group called The Jaggers.
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel
(#1 last week; 4th week at #1) What does one say about a masterpiece? Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Album Of The Year. ‘Nuff said.