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Don’s Top 10 From November 24, 1972

Let’s go back in time to Friday, November 24, 1972, with this edition of my top 10. This is the local


“You Ought To Be With Me” by Al Green



(#10 last week) 5th straight million-selling single for Rev. Al. You couldn’t get any hotter.



“Garden Party” by Rick Nelson



(#9 last week) Poignant comeback hit for the former Ricky, now Rick. Got to please yourself, indeed. Words to live by.



“Summer Breeze” by Seals & Crofts



(#13 last week) How many songs about summer have been hits in late fall or winter? More than a few! Jim Seals’s brother was the late England Dan Seals, BTW.



“Nights In White Satin” by The Moody Blues



(#3 last week) A 1967 album cut becomes a 1972 hit single, & the biggest hit the Moodys ever had. Breathe deep the gathering gloom…..I used to know every word of the end poem.



“I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy



(#5 last week) Sooo controversial then, so tame now. Times change. From a little-remembered movie called “Stand Up & Be Counted” starring Stella Stevens. Airplay was tough to come by. Reddy remembers making frequent TV appearances, & ladies then calling radio to request it. TV forced radio to play it. Sounds familiar from a 21st century standpoint.



“I’d Love You To Want Me” by Lobo



(#8 last week) That hair in the video. Thick, huh? Like a…wolf’s? “Lobo” means “lone wolf”. Hmmm……



“Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” by The Temptations



(#7 last week) About as original a sound as has ever been a hit song. There are so many different length versions of this song out there.



“If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes



(#2 last week) Very old-fashioned yet modern-at-the-same-time ballad. Remade by Simply Red in 1989.



“I’ll Be Around” by The Spinners



(#4 last week) After years on Motown, the spinners move to Atlantic, where they would finally break through to non-stop hitdom with this smash.



“I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash



(#1 last week; 2nd week at #1) Nash first hit the charts way back in 1959, first hit the top 10 in 1968, but finally comes up with an all-time classic & makes it to #1 here. What an optimistic picker-upper of a tune!


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