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
  2. Groovin’ with Mr Bloe – Mr Bloe
  3. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffet

A year where the three most searched artists bringinpeople to these pages were:

  1. Joan Baez
  2. Hot Chocolate
  3. The Rubettes

A year where visitors came from – the top ten countries in order:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • France
  • New Zealand
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Italy

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.

fire – the pointer sisters – 1978 – video

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David Cassidy – 1950 – 2017

November 22, 2017

David

David Cassidy, pop culture idol of the 1970s, has died in a Florida hospital. The musician and actor remembered for his starring role in The Partridge Family was 67.

Read Rolling Stone Magazine’s tribute here.


Malcolm Young (1953 – 2017)

November 20, 2017

malcolm youngAC/DC guitarist and co-founder, Malcolm Young has passed away after a long period of illness.

Read the full story from Rolling Stone magazine here.


My Thang – James Brown – 1974

November 18, 2017

My Thang - James Brown - 1974 CoverWhat can you say? The Godfather of soul’s 1974 hit, My Thang…

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  • Born in 1933, passed away in 2006; James Brown is called The Godfather of Soul because, for many people, he was the progenitor of soul and funk music.
  • Like many of his era, James’ career began as a member of the in the R&B gospel group, the Gospel Starlighters. During 1950s, they evolved into the Flames and James was the lead singer.
  • By the late 1950s they were known as The Famous Flames and began to find chart success with songs like Please, Please, Please and Try Me.
  • Many say James’ success was at its peak in the 1960s with the live album Live at the Apollo and hit singles such as Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, I Got You (I Feel Good), and It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.
  • It was during the late 1960s that he began to refine his style – a style which greatly influenced the development of funk music.
  • By the early 1970s, James was playing with his band, the J.B.s and funk was a real thing. During this time, he became known for songs which made commentary of social issues of the day – songs like the 1968 hit Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud.
  • James holds the record for the most singles to reach the US singles chart without ever reaching #1 – 64 singles. He did, however, have 16 singles that reached #1 on the R&B charts.  Between 1959 and 2002, James released a phenomenal 66 studio albums and 15 live albums.
  • The closest James came to a #1 US hit was in 1965 when, I Got You (I Feel Good) reached #3.
  • James is an inductee into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • When Joel Whitburn analysed the Billboard R&B charts from 1942 to 2010, he placed James at #1 among The Top 500 Artists. He is also ranked seventh on the music magazine Rolling Stone’s list of its 100 greatest artists of all time. Rolling Stone also also cited James as the most sampled artist of all time.

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  • My Thang was written and recorded by James Brown. From the album Hell, it was released in April 1974.
  • The song borrows lines from another of James’ songs, Funky Drummer. James often borrowed lines from his songs that did not chart to incorporate into a new song.
  • My Thang spent two weeks at #1 on the US R&B singles chart and reached #29 on the US singles chart.
  • My Thang is sampled on a number of Hip-Hop songs, including Brand New Funk by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.
  • My Thang lyrics.

my thang – james brown – 1974 – video

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