Wayne’s Music 29/30 March 2014. The sensational seventies.
‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’ B J Thomas with the song he got after Dionne Warwick convinced writer Burt Bacharach that Billy Joe Thomas should sing it – after all, the song had already been turned down by Bob Dylan and Ray Stevens.
‘The Gambler’ Kenny Rogers – with the song that’s not really about a card game, but relates to handling what life gives you – “playing the hand you’re dealt”.
‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ Simon and Garfunkel
‘You’re Only Lonely’ J D Souther with his hit song – that was influenced by Roy Orbison and his early songs about loneliness.
‘Spirit In The Sky’ Norman Greenbaum set out to write a religious rock song …it took him months to finish the music, but the lyrics came really quickly.
‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’ The Charlie Daniels Band with one of the great fiddle duels – a boy called Johnny goes at it against Satan.
‘Close To You’ The Carpenters
‘Venus’ Shocking Blue
‘Lord Is It Mine’ Supertramp Breakfast In America became Supertramp's biggest-selling album with more than 6 million copies sold in the US alone and was No. 1 on Billboard's Pop Albums Chart for six weeks in the spring and summer of 1979.
‘Right Down The Line’ Gerry Rafferty
‘Let It be’ The Beatles with the song inspired by Paul McCartney’s mother who died when he was 14
‘Fool If You Think It’s Over’ Chris Rea made little impact in his home country, Britain at first with his first release … but it was a big hit in the United States.
‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ Joan Baez, not known as a radio-friendly singles artist over the years, but in 1971 she made the top 5 with her version of Robbie Robertson’s song.
‘Margaritaville’ Jimmy Buffett with his song that symbolizes a carefree Carribean lifestyle …
Wayne’s Music Sunday 30th March 2014. Those 70s songs. PART ONE
‘How Can You mend A broken Heart’ The Bee Gees with the first US #1 for the group, written in an afternoon in Barry Gibb’s basement flat at Addison Road, Holland Park, London in 1971.
Lay Down Sally’ Eric Clapton with Marcy Levy, one of his backup singers (who wrote the song with him).
‘Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey’ Paul And Linda McCartney on The RAM Album – Paul singing about his uncle Albert Kendall who had a habit of getting drunk and reading from the Bible.
‘Don’t It make My Brown Eyes Blue’ Crystal Gayle – with her hair down to her feet … with her sister Loretta’s song, originally intended for Brenda Lee who couldn’t sing it because she had blue eyes.
‘Hotel California’ The Eagles with their song about materialism and the excesses of the 70s – plus the uneasy balance between art and commerce …
‘You Don’t Have To be A Star (To Be In My Show)’ Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr the husband and wife team formerly the mainstays of The Fifth Dimension …
‘Heart Of Gold’ Neil Young knocked this out on his acoustic after his back injury made it difficult to play his electric guitar …
‘Fernando’ ABBA with one of their biggest selling songs – Fernando doesn’t appear on any of the albums, only on compilation ones.
‘Love Her Madly’ The Doors – from LA Woman, the last album made before Jim Morrison died.
‘Rhiannon’ Fleetwood Mac with Stevie Nick’s song about an old Welsh witch
‘Without You’ Harry Nilsson with the song originally recorded by Badfinger, whose two members, Pete Ham and Tom Evans wrote the song …
‘If You leave Me Now’ Chicago with the Grammy Award winner in 1976 for Best Pop Vocal performance – and Record Of The Year.
‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain’ Creedence Clearwater Revival … another song with many theories of what it’s about … is it about Vietnam and the rain is agent orange – or is it just a sad song John Fogerty w rote about his brother Tom leaving the band in early 1971
‘Please Come To Boston’ Dave Loggins
‘The First Time Ever I saw Your Face’ Roberta Flack with her breakout hit written by folk singer Ewan MacColl who wrote it for his wife Peggy Seeger (way back in 1957).
‘Moonlight Feels Right’ Starbuck with a winner in 1974
’50 Ways To leave Your Lover’ Paul Simon with the number he calls a “nonsense song”.
‘Reeling In The Years’ Steely Dan with one of the favourite guitar solos of all time …