Sunday, December 25, 2011

Ten Great Songs From One Great Year


The year started with a bang, as on New Year's Day, H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman are both found guilty of the Watergate cover-up. Three weeks later, in the waning days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Politburo approves the the final military offensive against the South. On April 29th, the United States orders the final evacuation of the last diplomatic, military, and civilian personnel from Vietnam. The next day, Saigon falls to the Communists, ending the war.

In July, An American Apollo and Soviet Soyuz spacecraft dock in orbit, marking the first such link-up between spacecraft from the 2 nations. A couple of months later, NASA launches the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars. In Detroit, Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa is reported missing. He has never been found. In September, fugitive Patty Hearst is captured and arrested in San Francisco.

President Ford survived two assassination attempts this year. One by Annette "Squeaky" Fromme, who was a member of Charles Manson's "family" and the other by Sarah Jane Moore, who had an obsession with the Patty Hearst saga.

In October, Saturday Night Live makes it's debut. The show is still running after 37 years. The Cincinnati Reds are defeated by the Boston Red Sox in Game Six off Carlton Fisk's 12th-inning home run to cap off what many consider to be the best World Series game ever played. However, the Reds go on the win the series the next day.

Take it to the Limit -- The Eagles

I'm Not in Love -- 10cc

Lady -- Styx

Baby As You Turn Away -- Bee Gees

How Long -- Ace

Swearin' to G0d -- Frankie Valli

Thunder Road -- Bruce Springsteen

Kashmir -- Led Zeppelin

That's the Way of the World -- Earth, Wind and Fire

The Entertainer -- Billy Joel


Mr. Jaws -- Dickie Goodman

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