Wayne’s Music 17/18 August 2013. Where were you in the 70s?
‘On And On’ Stephen Bishop, the singer, songwriter, actor and guitarist from San Diego had this big hit on his hands in 1977.
‘Rainy Night In georgia’ Brook Benton , the velvet voiced one, with his version of one of the ultimate relaxation songs … you can’t get too stressed about music like this!
‘You Are The Woman’ Firefall with a 1976 hit, written by the band’s frontman, Rick Roberts.
‘Reeling In The Years’ Steely Dan – with their most popular song with the fans, but one of the least popular with the creators – Donald Fagan says it’s “dumb but effective” , while Walter Becker reckons it’s “no fun”.
‘Crazy Love’ Poco with the love song that will certainly take you back to another time …
‘Sailing Shoes’ Robert Palmer with a set I loved in the 70s, which is NOT played a lot on radio these days.
‘Old Dogs And Children’ Tom T Hall with one of his eleven #1 hit songs …
‘Brandy’ Looking Glass – the band made up of 4 alumni of Rutgers University.
‘Luchenbach Texas’ Waylon and Willie - from the Ol Waylon album – maybe it’s time we got back to the basics of love.
‘The Things We Do For Love’ 10cc – Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman wrote the song originally as a blues number, until other band members suggested the whole thing should be sped up and made a bit more “beefy”.
‘Garden Party’ Rick nelson with one of the few songs he wrote himself … it’s autobiographical.
‘Vincent’ Don Mclean - The words and imagery of this song represent the life, work, and death of Vincent Van Gogh.
‘Jackie Blue’ Ozark Mountain daredevils with the drummer Larry lee handling the vocals on this 70s classic.
‘Time Passages’ Al Stewart with the song that he says he does NOT like despite the fact he has been playing it on stage consistently for the past 30 something years.
Wayne’s Music Sunday 18 August 2013. Where were you in the 70s? PART ONE
‘Who Will The next Fool Be’ Charlie Rich – an original, often cited by SUN records founder Sam Phillips as the most gifted musician he ever worked with.
‘Stumblin’ In Suzy Quatro and Chris Norman … she started out as Suzie Soul playing bongos in her Father’s jazz band, then formed Suzi and The Pleasure Seekers , an all-girl group with sisters Patti, nancy and Arlene. With her aggressive stage presence, Suzy caught the eye of British music producer Mickey Most and he signed her up as a solo performer to his RAK record label – soon the “Daytona Demon” was the biggest glam-rock chick in the UK. As the glam rock image faded, she teamed up with Smokie lead singer Chris Norman for this come back hit in 1978.
‘Lord Is It Mine’ Supertramp from Breakfast In America – this still is one of my favourite albums, and they loved it in France where it’s the biggest selling English language album of all time, and the third biggest seller overall.
‘Respect Yourself’ Staple Singers with a soul classic – from 1971 when The Staples were singing what they called “message Music” … this one is about respecting the rights of others.
‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ Stealers’ Wheel with Gerry Rafferty’s classic 70s song …which is actually a tribute to Billy Connolly.
‘You’re No Good’ Linda Ronstadt with a 1975 remake of the song Betty Everette recorded in 1963. I think the first time I heard the song it was by The Swinging Blue Jeans.
‘Nights In White Satin’ The Moody Blues – Justin Hayward’s song written after someone gave him a gift of satin sheets, when he was 19, and it was an emotional time for the young singer/writer, because he was at the end of one love affair and the start of another – it all came out in the song!
‘Bell Bottom Blues’ from the only studio album that Derek and The Dominos recorded.
‘Baby Don’t get Hooked On me’ Mac Davis - with his country cross over hit in 72 …
‘Eres Tu (Touch The Wind)’ Mocedades (Spanish for Youth) – was an octet formed in the late 60s by Basque Students.
‘Mr Bojangles’ Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – with the song using the nickname for street tap dancer Bill Robinson, who appeared in many movies in the 1930s.
‘Crazy mama’ J J Cale from his debut album Naturally – which took a while to record since Cale couldn’t afford studio musicians – he did the whole thing himself, and became on of the the first to use a drum machine.
‘You’ll Never Find’ Lau Rawls gets into the Philly sound – and this became his breakthrough hit in 1976.
‘Clap For The Wolfman’ Guess Who getting right back to their rock and roll roots with this final top ten hit in 1974 – a nostalgic salute to the legendary DJ Wolfman Jack.
‘Burning Bridges’ Mike Curb Congregation -the producer had sensational success for his group that was formed during High School days in California, and the first giant hit from the movie “Kelly’s heroes” became one of the all time most played recording on radio worldwide!
‘It Started With A Kiss’ Hot Chocolate .
‘Torn between two lovers’ a one off for the whispy-voiced Minnesota singer Mary McGregor.
‘City Of New orleans’ Arlo Guthrie -Steve Goodman wrote this in 1970 after his wife fell asleep on the Illinois Central train,. He wrote about what he saw looking out the windows of the train. Everything in the song actually happened on the ride. Then he heard the train was scheduled to be decommissioned due to lack of passengers. He was encouraged to use this song to save the train. He retouched the lyrics and released it on his first album in 1971.
Guthrie's cover in 1972 popularized the song and brought attention to rail lines that were vanishing across middle -America.