10 Great Songs from One Great Year 1973
1973 was the year I turned 11 and started to notice girls. Although, it seemed to take another 4 years until they noticed me back. That was the year I went to my first dance party and the year I met John Niland, the Dallas Cowboy football star who tried to break into my house.
It was also a very interesting year for music. Rumors blared of a Beatles’ reunion and Elton John became a legend. The southern
Cover of the "Rolling Stone" – Dr Hook & the Medicine Show
Dr. Hook had a string of top 10 songs in the 70’s and while this wasn’t their biggest hit, it’s the one most played today on the radio. The song was written by Shel Silverstein (of children book fame) and was actually the second Dr. Hook song written by him (“Sylvia’s Mother”). After writing this parity of the excesses, Dr. Hook finally made the cover of Rolling Stone magazine a few months after the song was released.
It Never Rains in Southern California – Albert Hammond
Although far from a household name,
Angie – Rolling Stones
This was thought to be about David Bowie's wife, Angela, a friend of Mick Jagger's, but the lyrics suggest it is about his relationship with Marianne Faithfull, which ended in turmoil in 1969. But according to Mick Jagger, the title was written by Keith Richards. “I think it was to do with his daughter. She's called Angela. And then I just wrote the rest of it." Whatever it was about, it was always my favorite Stones’ song.
Hello It's Me – Todd Rundgren
Second release from Rundrgen’s Something/Anything? Album, “Hello, It’s Me” came out at the very beginning of 1973, even though it started getting radio attention a few months earlier. His intention with the song was to portray the negative side of a relationship that ends in a phone call. As haunting a song as he was known for, it became his signature song.
Harmony – Elton John
In the early 70’s, Elton John released an album every six months. Remarkably, Elton and Bernie Taupin (his lyricist) were so prolific that in 1973, Elton released his second annual record as a double album (
Jessica – Allman Brothers
Jessica is the name of guitarist Dickey Betts' daughter. He was working on this when she crawled into the room and inspired him. She was 1 year old. Although it received considerable airplay when it was released, it was rejuvenated after appearing in the movie “Field of Dreams” in 1989.
Doolin’ Dalton – Eagles
This song tells the story of the infamous Wild West gang, The
Only In Your Heart –
Taken from their second LP, Homecoming, this song showcased Gerry
Long Train Running – The Doobie Brothers
Most people recognize this Doobie Brother’s classic as “Without Love.” The imagery of freight trains rolling along the countryside set to the lyrics of a classic love song, this song was one of the earliest hits of the band.
You're My Home – Billy Joel
Written for his wife as a Valentine's Day present because he couldn't afford chocolate or flowers, this classic Billy Joel song released as the B-side of the "Piano Man" single. It was also included on his Songs in the Attic collection in 1982.