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Ten Great Hits From One Great Year
The year started with radio and TV cigarette ads being banned on all broadcasts. In what should seem as somewhat ironic, a couple of weeks later, CBS-TV debuts the hit show “All in the Family” – something far more harmful to all-American values than a cigarette ad.
Nasdaq debuts in 1971 and Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, the Supreme Court of the
Southwest Airlines, the most successful low cost carrier in history, begins its first flights between
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
This was written by Motown songwriter Al Cleveland and Four Tops member Renaldo "Obie" Benson. Gaye added lyrics and worked on the arrangement. The 3 were golfing partners. Gaye wanted The Originals to record the song, but Benson and Cleveland prevailed upon Gaye to do it himself. Until this song, Gaye rarely participated in the songwriting process. For this album, he took control of the production so he could make a statement as an artist. Motown hated the idea, but Gaye was an established star and had enough power to pull it off. This was one of the first Motown songs to make a powerful political statement. Stevie Wonder and The Temptations were also recording more serious and challenging material, which was a radical departure from the Motown hits of the '60s. The song had a tremendous impact because listeners weren't used to hearing social commentary from Gaye. Gaye wrote this when he could no longer could take refuge in his love songs. His marriage was in shambles (although the divorce wouldn't be final until 1977), Tammi Terrell (his partner in song and romance) collapsed into his arms during a concert and died in 1970, drug use was pervading the inner city culture and Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy were all gunned down.
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) - The Temptations
Motown writers Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong wrote this in the late '60s, but since Psychedelic songs were popular at the time, Whitfield and Strong decided to wait a few years before releasing it. Whitfield pulled it out of the mothballs after the relative failure of The Temptations' "Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite the World)," which hit #33 in 1970. Whitfield wanted to steer the Temptations away from their string of socially relevant songs, which was in contrast to Marvin Gaye’s social-awareness transformation. This was the last single for the Temptations with Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams in the group. Eddie started a solo career and in 1973 scored his biggest hit with "Keep on Truckin'." Williams remained on salary as an advisor, but was plagued with personal problems - he was separated from his wife, owed back taxes and was being treated for alcoholism. He committed suicide in 1973 at age 34. It was the last chart-topper for the remarkable group.
An Old Fashioned Love Song – Three Dog Night
This was written by Paul Williams (not the same Paul Williams of the Temptations), who also wrote the Three Dog Night hits "Out in the Country" and "Family of
Formed in 1967 in Chicago, the band began as a politically charged, sometimes experimental, rock band and later moved to a predominantly softer sound and became one of the longest running and most successful U.S. pop/rock and roll groups. The band was formed when a group of
Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves –
Sooner or Later - Grass Roots
This was written by Gary Zekley, Mitchell Bottler, brothers Adenyi Jacob and Ekundayo Paris, and Ted McNamara. Zekley and Bottler also wrote the Grass Roots' previous hit "(I'd) Wait a Million Years" among others. It was the Grass Roots' first Top 10 hit since their hit " Confessions," which was released three years before. In the tale of this song, a man is trying to win the heart of a girl who does not want to love him (she's allegedly afraid because of past experiences); he tells her that she will succumb to him sooner or later. In their career, The Grass Roots achieved one platinum album, two gold albums, thirteen gold singles and charted singles a total of twenty nine times. Between 1967 and 1972, The Grass Roots set a record for being on the Billboard charts for 307 straight weeks. They are one of only nine bands that have charted twenty nine or more Top 100 Billboard singles. They have sold over thirty million records worldwide.
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
This was Withers' first hit. After spending 9 years in the
"I wasn't going to do that, then Booker T. said, 'No, leave it like that.' I was going to write something there, but there was a general consensus in the studio. It was an interesting thing because I've got all these guys that were already established, and I was working in the factory at the time. Graham Nash was sitting right in front of me, just offering his support. Stephen Stills was playing and there was Booker T. and Al Jackson and Donald Dunn - all of the MGs except Steve Cropper. They were all these people with all this experience and all these reputations, and I was this factory worker just sort of puttering around. So when their general feeling was, 'Leave it like that,' I left it like that." Sax player Grover Washington became the first person to cover one of Withers' songs when he did an instrumental version shortly after Withers released his. In 1981,
Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver
It's Too Late – Carole King
Carole King wrote this with Toni Stern, a painter who worked on several songs on the Tapestry album. This was released as the B-side to "I Feel the Earth Move." After a few weeks of continuous airplay with "I Feel the Earth Move," many DJs all over the States decided to give "It's Too Late" an equal amount of airplay. Soon, it came to the point where everyone preferred "It's Too Late," which ended up topping the charts by May of 1971. "I Feel the Earth Move" never charted, although it has become a staple song of hers. Just before her success as a solo artist, King toured with James Taylor for a time. Many people tended to think that this song was about a short romance between the two. King never confirmed these rumors, and Taylor later dated and married Carly Simon. This song won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1972. In addition, her song "You've Got a Friend" (performed by Taylor) won a Grammy for Song Of The Year, and her album Tapestry won Grammys for Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female. Other artists who have covered this song include Gloria Estefan (who had a top 40 hit with it), Denise LaSalle, Johnny Mathis, The Stylistics, Kyle Vincent and Andy Williams.
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey – Paul McCartney
Uncle Albert was a real uncle of McCartney's who would quote and read from the Bible when he got drunk. The only time he read from the Bible was when he was drinking. McCartney combined pieces of unfinished songs to make this. In the later years of The Beatles, they did this a lot as a way to put unfinished songs to good use. This song won the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists in 1971. It was credited to Paul and Linda McCartney. After the release of the successful debut McCartney, Paul and Linda went on a lengthy holiday and spent much time on their farm on the
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