Tight Rope – Leon Russell – 1972

February 22, 2018

Tight Rope Leon Russell 1972A great song (IMHO) from a man who wrote a heap of them; Leon Russell’s, Tight Rope.

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  • Leon Russell’s real name was Claude Russell Bridges.
  • Born in Oklahoma, in the USofA, Russell began making music with David Gates—later of Bread fame—who was in his high school class. Leon and David recorded together as The Fencemen. Also at the school were Anita Bryant and Elvin Bishop.
  • Leon was only 16 when he moved to Los Angeles and became a session musician and then a touring musician. Over his career he performed and recorded with many of music’s greats including: The Beach Boys, Eric Clapton, Elton John (he was once Leon’s support act), George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Doris Day, Ray Charles,  the Byrds, Barbra Streisand, Willie Nelson, Badfinger, Frank Sinatra, the Band, Bob Dylan, J. J. Cale, B. B. King, Glen Campbell, Joe Cocker, and the Rolling Stones.
  • In 1970, he began working as a solo artist going on to record 33 albums.
  • Leon was an accomplished songwriter best known for: Delta Lady (recorded by Joe Cocker); This Masquerade (George Benson and at least 75 others), Hummingbird (BB King), A Song for You (The Carpenters and at least 200 other artists), Superstar (The Carpenters), and Shine a Light (The Rolling Stones). Many of these songs, he also recorded himself.
  • Leon’s song A Song for You was included in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2018.
  • In 2011, Leon was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • Leon died in his sleep while recovering from heart surgery, on November 13, 2016.

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  • Tight Rope was written by Leon Russell and released in August 1972.
  • The song was from his album Carney.
  • Tight Rope peaked at #11 on the US singles chart.
  • The B-side of the single featured Leon’s song, This Masquerade, which became a hit for George Benson in 1976.
  • Tight Rope lyrics.

tight rope – leon Russell – 1972 – video

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Snowbird – Anne Murray – 1970

February 10, 2018

Snowbird-anne murray 1970Hugely successful in her homeland—Canada—Anne Murray produced 33 singles which reached #1 on the Canadian country chart, including 1970’s, Snowbird.

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  • Canadian country singer, Anne Murray, began her recording career in 1968 and, two years later, became the first Canadian female singer to achieve a #1 single on the US charts; perhaps paving the way for k.d. lang, Céline Dion, and Shania Twain.
  • A number of her hits were covers, e.g. Danny’s Song and I’m a Believer, but most were self-penned.
  • A noted philanthropist, Anne has established and been involved in a number of charities.
  • Throughout her recording career, Anne received four Grammys, 24 Junos (a record), three American Music Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, and three Canadian Country Music Association Awards. She has been inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Juno Hall of Fame, The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame. Anne is also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars in Nashville, and has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, and on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto—that’s a pretty impressive list.
  • Along the way, she produced 32 studio albums and 76 singles.
  • Anne retired in 2008. She has a degree in Physical Education and is a widely respected golfer, playing off an 11 handicap—in 2007, Golf For Women magazine named her the world’s best female celebrity golfer.

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  • Snowbird was written by Gene MacLellan—he once said he wrote the song in 20 minutes while strolling along a beach.
  • It was recorded by many performers, including Elvis Presley, but is best-known through Anne Murray’s recording.
  • Anne recorded Snowbird in 1969 and released it as a single in June 1970. It was her first real hit, peaking at #2 hit on the Canadian singles chart, and #1 on both the Canadian and US adult contemporary, and Canadian and US country charts. It peaked at #8 on the US singles chart, and #23 on the UK singles chart.
  • In 2003, Snowbird was an inaugural song inductee of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • The song’s composer, Gene MacLellan, made his own recording of Snowbird on his 1970 album Street Corner Preacher. This version features an additional verse to Anne’s version.
  • In 2007, Anne remade Snowbird for her Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends album—she sang it with Sarah Brightman.
  • Snowbird lyrics.

snowbird – anne murray – 1970

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Spill the Wine – Eric Burdon and War – 1970

February 5, 2018

Spill the wineWhile taking a break in San Fran, back in 1969, Eric Burdon of The Animals fame, joined up with the Californian band, War – Spill the Wine was one of a couple of resulting hits.

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  • Eric Burdon was born in the UK and is best known for being the lead vocalist of The Animals with whom he had hits like, The House of the Rising Sun, Boom Boom, Don’t Let me be Misunderstood, We Gotta Get Out of this Place, It’s My Life, and San Franciscan Nights.
  • In 1969, while living in San Francisco, Eric joined Californian band War.
  • A few months later, in April 1970, the album Eric Burdon Declares War was released. It produced two singles, Spill the Wine and Tobacco Road.
  • Later in 1970, a double album, The Black-Man’s Burdon, was released, with the singles, Paint It Black (first recorded by the Rolling Stones) and They Can’t Take Away Our Music.
  • While touring to promote the album, Eric collapsed on the stage due to an asthma attack. War continued touring without him and he commenced his solo career.
  • War’s genesis was in Long Beach, California back in 1962, in a band named The Creators. They then became Nightshift, before morphing into War.
  • War had a number of hit records including, Spill the Wine, The Cisco Kid, Why Can’t We Be Friends?, and Low Rider.
  • Both The Animals and War continue to perform today, though with radically different line-ups than back in the 60’s and 70’s.

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  • Spill the Wine was written by members of the US band, War – apparently inspired by an accident in which keyboardist Lonnie Jordan spilled wine on a mixing board.
  • It appeared on the album Eric Burdon Declares War and was released as a single in May 1970.
  • The original recording features a flute solo with a woman speaking Spanish in the background. This was omitted from the final radio version.
  • Spill the Wine was War’s first hit, peaking at #3 in the US. It didn’t make the UK charts.
  • Spill the Wine has featured in the movies, Boogie Nights (1997), Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999), and Remember the Titans (2000); and the television shows, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Dexter and Shameless.
  • The song has been covered by The Isley Brothers and Michael Hutchence; and was used by Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street band when they opened their 2014 concert in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia.
  • Spill the Wine lyrics.

spill the wine – eric burdon and war – 1970 – video

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Tulsa Time – Don Williams – 1978

January 17, 2018

Tulsa Time Don WilliamsDon Williams – one of the artists we lost in 1978, was the first to record the Danny Flowers song, Tulsa Time.

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  • Born in 1939, was in his early 30s when he began his solo career as a country singer – a move that saw him amass 17 #1 US Country hits and induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame (2010). Don had success in the UK too.  In 1976, he was on the UK Top 40 with You’re My Best Friend and I Recall a Gypsy Woman.  In 1978, his album Images reached #2 on the UK charts.
  • Don only ever had one song on the US singles chart – I Believe in You peaked at #24 ihn 1980. He did, however, release 63 singles and 25 albums.
  • Don was a prolific and gifted songwriter. His songs being recorded by artists including: Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Alison Krauss, Charley Pride, Kenny Rogers, Waylon Jennings, and Pete Townshend.
  • Don died in Mobile, Alabama on September 8, 2017 due to emphysema.

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  • Tulsa Time was written by American songwriter, Danny Flowers.
  • It was first released by Don Williams in October 1978 – the first single from his album, Expressions.
  • It became Don’s eighth #1 single on the US Country Chart.
  • Tulsa Time was also recorded by Eric Clapton for his 1978 album Backless. There is also a live version on his album Just One Night.  It peaked at #30 on the US singles chart in 1980.
  • Reba McEntire recorded Tulsa Time for her 1995 album, Starting Over. It wasn’t included on the final release, however, but was released on her 1999 compilation album Comfort from a Country Quilt.
  • Tulsa Time lyrics.

tulsa time – don williams – 1978

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We Don’t Talk Anymore – Cliff Richard – 1979

December 28, 2017

We Don't Talk Anymore Cliff Richard 1979 coverLove him or not, no one can deny – when it comes to making hit records, Cliff Richard has been pretty successful. From 1979, We Don’t Talk Anymore was Cliff’s 10th #1 UK hit.

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  • 250 million records sold world-wide; the third-highest-selling artist in UK singles chart history; behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley; Harry Webb has done pretty good.
  • Born in India, Harry became interested in skiffle and formed his first band, The Quintones in 1957, he was 16.
  • Harry gave his vocals to a couple of local bands before being persuaded to change his name to Cliff Richard – “Cliff” because is sounded strong and “Richard” as a tribute to his musical hero, Little Richard.
  • Cliff had been singing with a band named, The Drifters; this became Cliff Richard and the Drifters. The band’s first single, Move It, was a hit in the UK – John Lennon called it the UK’s first rock ‘n’ roll song.  John also once said, “Before Cliff (Richard) and The Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music.”
  • Around 1959, The Drifters were forced to change their name due to legal challenges from the American band, the Drifters – The Shadows were born.
  • In the sixty years that have followed, Cliff has had more than 130 singles, albums and EPs make the UK Top 20, more than any other artist.
  • This includes, 67 UK Top Ten singles, the second highest total for an artist behind Elvis Presley – Elvis and Cliff are the only two acts to make the UK singles charts in all of its first six decades (1950s–2000s).
  • Cliff has had 14 UK #1 singles and is the only singer to have had a #1 UK single in five consecutive decades: the 1950s through to the 1990s.
  • It’s often said that Cliff has not been successful in the US. That’s not true.  It’s just that, compared to his phenomenal UK success, his US efforts seem rather meagre.  He has, however, achieved 8 US Top 40 singles, including the million-selling Devil Woman and We Don’t Talk Anymore.
  • Cliff Richard is now aged 77, having been born in 1940.

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  • We Don’t Talk Anymore was written by British musician Alan Tarney who was a member of the Shadows between 1973 and 1977.
  • The song was recorded by Cliff Richard on May 29, 1979. Cliff took care of the vocals, Trevor Spencer played the drums, and Alan Tarney played all the other instruments.
  • We Don’t Talk Anymore sat at #1 on the UK Singles Chart for four weeks. It was Cliff’s tenth UK #1, but his first since Congratulations back in 1968.  It also topped the charts in ten other European countries and peaked at #7 on the US charts.
  • It was a timely hit for Cliff. We Don’t Talk Anymore reignited his flagging career.
  • The single sold over four million copies worldwide and was the sixth video aired on MTV on its launch on 1 August 1981.
  • We Don’t Talk Anymore lyrics.

we don’t talk anymore – cliff richard – 1979 – video

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Merry Xmas (War is Over) – John Lennon and Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band – 1972

December 16, 2017

Merry Xmas War is overWar is over… if you want it!

Merry Christmas Seventies Music Fans

A year which we began with Al Stewart’s, Year of the Cat, ends with John and Yoko, on the day Paul Macca is playing in my lovely city.

A year where seventiesmusic said farewell and paid tribute to Glen Campbell, Walter Becker, Tom Petty, Malcolm Young and David Cassidy.

A year where seventiesmusic passed the half a million visitors mark – we’re now at 547,167 visitors.

A year when the three most visited pages were – wait for it (drum roll)…

  1. Fooled Around and Fell in Love – Elvin Bishop
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merry xmas (war is over) – john lennon and yoko ono/plastic ono band – 1972 – video


Fire – The Pointer Sisters – 1978

November 30, 2017

fireWritten by Bruce Springsteen in 1977, Fire, had its highest profile as a 1978 single release by the Pointer Sisters.

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  • With a career spanning four decades, The Pointer Sisters began as a duo back in 1969. That’s when June and Bonnie began singing in clubs around Oakland, California.  Anita soon joined in and then, in 1972, Ruth completed the line-up.
  • 1972 was also the year they recorded their debut album, winning a 1975 Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance for Fairytale.
  • Since then their repertoire has stretched across many genres, including pop, disco, jazz, electronic music, bebop, blues, soul, funk, dance, country and rock.
  • In all, The Pointer Sisters have won three Grammys, have a star on the Hollywood Hall of Fame, and have had 13 US top 20 singles and five top 20 UK singles.
  • June passed away in 2004 and was replaced by Ruth’s daughter, Issa. Since 2009, the group has consisted of Anita, Ruth, Issa, and Ruth’s granddaughter Sadako Pointer.

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  • Fire was written by Bruce Springsteen in 1977.  In writing Fire, Bruce envisioned is as a song that could be recorded by his idol Elvis Presley.  Bruce says he sent Elvis a demo of it but he died before it arrived.
  • Bruce recorded Fire for his 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town but it didn’t make it onto the disc. It was, however, included in the set list of the Darkness Tour.
  • As a single, Fire peaked at #46 on the US chart and #54 on the UK chart.
  • In 1978 The Pointer Sisters, then a trio of Anita, June and Ruth, released Fire as the first single from their album Energy.
  • The Pointer Sister’s version peaked at #2 on the US charts and #34 on the UK charts. Stopping it get to #1 in the US was Rod Stewart with Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?
  • It became The Pointer Sisters first gold single.
  • Billboard named the song #48 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.
  • Fire lyrics.

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