"Last week, " the host says, " You got a bonus song- and early new year's gift- or late for Christmas, I suppose. Therefore, only 19 this week. NO EXCEPTIONS!"
229- Do Do Do Do Do (Heartbreaker), the Rolling Stones, 1973, #15. My favorite guitar break on any Stones' tune.
228- Philadelphia Freedom, Elton John, 1975, #1. One of three for EJ on my countdown. A lot of his songs were like a lot of Stevie Wonder's- pleasant enough to listen to, but didn't really stick emotionally.
227- Venus, Shocking Blue, 1970, #1. Mariska Veres was kinda cute, but "Mama Cassed" as the years rolled on. The second #1 of the decade.
226- Aqualung, Jethro Tull, 1971, unreleased. Jethro Tull was one of the most unique bands to hit the decade, and this was the ultimate Tull song.
225- I'll Be Around, Spinners, 1972, #3. Their first release away from Motown, it was at first the b-side of How Could I Let You Get Away. Not sure who made THAT call.
224- Sundown, Gordon Lightfoot, 1974, #1. A flip of the coin away from being the first 45 I ever bought new. Lost out to Who Do You Think You Are by Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods. Choosing the obscure even then.
223- When Will I See You Again, the Three Degrees, #2, 1974. "Sheila Ferguson recalled that "the song was played to me by Kenny Gamble at the piano in 1973 and I threw a tantrum. I screamed and yelled and said I would never sing it. I thought it was ridiculously insulting to be given such a simple song and that it took no talent to sing it. We did do it and several million copies later, I realized that he knew more than me." I guess A&R men aren't the only ones who mess up.
222- Take Me Home Country Roads, John Denver, #2, 1971. John is one of those who has grown stronger with me as the years go by. Wistful recollections and nostalgia go hand in hand.
221- #9 Dream, John Lennon, #9 (ironically enough), 1974. Not a big Lennon fan, but I like dreamy songs.
220- Do Ya, Electric Light Orchestra, 1977, #24. A redo of the Move's only US hot 100, this was top ten at Kings Dept. Store that summer.
219- In The Ghetto, Elvis Presley, 1970, #3. I call his late 60s-70s comeback the "Fat Elvis" years, and "Fat Elvis" was the best for me.
218- My Angel Baby, Toby Beau, 1978, #13. A song that got heavy airplay here and short shrift on the charts IMHO. Can you hear this and not start swaying? I can't.
217- Shadow Dancing, Andy Gibb, 1978, #1. Out of that string of #1s for the Gibb brothers that year- 3 by the Bee Gees and 3 by Andy- probably the best. A seven week stay at #1.
216- Doctor My Eyes, Jackson Browne, 1972, #8. "People go just where they will/I never noticed them until I got this feeling/ that it's later that it seems..."
215- Hotel California, Eagles, 1977, #1. This might be the ultimate 70s song. Just as powerful now as it was 35 years ago ( God, was it really that long ago?).
214- Moonlight Feels Right, Starbuck, #3, 1976. I remember hearing this a lot on my first trip to Florida the next spring. "We'll play the radio on southern stations/ 'Cause southern bells I hear tonight..."
213- Peace Of Mind, Boston, #38, 1977. This obviously charted much higher in Fort Wayne, as it had top ten airplay. What a great album!
212- Early In The Morning, Vanity Fare, #12, 1970. Always did love the baroque sound.
211- A Little More Love, Olivia Newton-John, #3, 1978. Two of my favorite hooks- the guitar over the end of the verses, and the chorus line "Would a little more love bring a happy ending?"
The lights go back up, and the host says, "See, I told you- 19 songs and that's it! But now, here's a little bit of Rock'n'roll history to go home with..."
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