Angie Baby – Helen Reddy – 1974

December 26, 2013

Helen Reddy Angie BabySo, I’m listening to the radio on Boxing Day (that’s what we call the day after Christmas in these parts) and they’re answering the question, “what was #1 on this day in 1974?” Answer: Helen Reddy’s third and final #1 US song, Angie Baby.

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  • Helen Reddy, who is now 72 years old, was born in Melbourne, Australia.
  • In 1966, she won a talent quest. The prize was a trip to New York to cut a single for Mercury Records. When she arrived, she was told the prize was an audition only. Despite having only $200 and a 3 year old daughter with her, she decided to stay on and pursue a career in music.
  • Success came quickly.  In the 1970s, Helen had 15 singles make it into the US singles chart; six in the top ten and three at #1.
  • Helen was the first Australian to win a Grammy Award.
  • Helen stopped performing in 2002 and has practiced as a hypnotherapist and motivational speaker, returning to the stage a year or two ago.
  • She was named #28 on Billboard’s list of best adult contemporary artists of all time.
  • Her three hit songs were;
      • I am Woman
      • Delta Dawn, and
      • Angie Baby

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  • Angie Baby was written by Alan O’Day. It reached #1 on the US singles charts on December 26, 1974. It was Helen’s first single to chart in the UK, reaching #5.
  • Helen Reddy 3The interpretation of the lyric has been argued over for many years. Helen has always refused to answer questions about the true storyline of the song because she says she enjoys hearing other listeners’ interpretations.
  • Angie Baby lyrics.

angie baby – helen reddy – 1974 – video

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Eight Good Christmas Songs ??

December 19, 2013

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Okay, we’re moving away from the 70s just for ONE week!  I’ve felt a bit nauseated hearing Snoopy and Feliz Navidad and that one by Boney M every time I go to the mall, so I decided to post eight GOOD Christmas songs – my opinion only!

 Some are from the seventies, most aren’t.  They are in no particular order.

 Now listen up!  I know there will be some I’ve missed.  Feel free to point them out, but no abuse for my choices, okay 🙂

Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bruce Springsteen

Christmas, Baby Please Come Home – U2

Christmas, Baby Please Come Home – Darlene Love

Fairytale of New York – The Pogues

I Wish It Could be Christmas Every Day – Wizzard

Happy Christmas (War Is Over) – John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir

2000 Miles – The Pretenders

Power Of Love – Frankie Goes to Hollywood

(Yep! Came in at #50 on The Independent’s Top Christmas Song list).

Merry Christmas Everyone!!


Rocky Mountain Way – Joe Walsh – 1973

December 12, 2013

TJoe Walsh coverhe first hit from ace guitar man Joe Walsh wasn’t really a solo hit at all – 1973’s Rocky Mountain Way featured is band, Barnstorm.

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  • Joe slots in at #54 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time.
  • He was born, Joe Fidler and as a teenager began a hobby that has remained all his life – ham radio.
  • In 1968, Joe joined the James Gang as their lead guitarist.
  • In 1971, he moved on to form a band named Barnstorm. They released one album and produced another, but it was released under Joe’s name only. The album was called, The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get, and featured the single, Rocky Mountain Way.
  • Barnstorm disbanded in 1974 and Joe went solo before joining The Eagles in December 1975. Since then he has played with the band (when they reunite!) while pursuing a simultaneous solo career.
  • In 1980, Joe ran for President of the United States as a mock campaign. He promised to make Life’s Been Good the new national anthem and ran with the slogan of “Free Gas For Everyone.” 12 years later he ran for Vice-President with Rev. Goat Carson under the slogan “We Want Our Money Back!”
  • Joe has either played on or produced albums by artists too numerous to mention, but including: Dan Fogelberg, Ringo Starr, Don Henley, John Entwistle, America, REO Speedwagon, Andy Gibb, Wilson Phillips, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Steve Winwood.
  • Joe’s something of a movie star too. He makes an appearance in The Blues Brothers and RoboCop,

the new zealand connection

In October 2004, Joe visited New Zealand to give a number of public talks on the dangers of substance abuse. He said the visit was to say thank you those who took him to Otatara Pa when, in 1989, he toured the country with local reggae band Herbs. He was, at the time, under heavy alcohol and cocaine addictions. He cites this visit as being the beginning of a long journey back to health.

While at Otatara Pa during that 2004 visit, Joe said,

This is a special place, and it is very special to me. It was here on a visit many years ago, up on the hills, that I had a moment of clarity. I don’t understand it, but I reconnected with my soul, and I remembered who I used to be. I admitted I had problems and I had to do something about it. It was the beginning of my recovery from my addiction to alcohol and drugs, and when I got back to America it gave me the courage to seek help.

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  • Rocky Mountain Way was co-written by Joe Walsh and released in 1973. It was from the album The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get and peaked at #23 on the US singles charts.
  • In 2012, when Howard Stern asked Joe how the song lyrics came about, he said,

I’m living in Colorado and I’m mowing the lawn. I look up and there’s the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and there’s snow on them in the summer. And it knocked me back because it was just beautiful. And I thought, well I have committed. I’m already in Colorado and it’s too late to regret the James Gang. The Rocky Mountain Way is better than the way I had. Because the music was better. I got the words, bam! I got all of the words all at once and ran into the house to write the words down. The lawn mower kept going over into the neighbour’s yard and ate the garden. It was an expensive song to write!

  • Joe has often performed the song live including: when on tour with The Eagles, as a member of Australian band The Party Boys (featuring legendary down-under guitarist Kevin Borich), and with Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band (an 8-minute version that kicked off with a slide guitar arrangement of Amazing Grace).
  • Covers have included versions by: Stephen Stills and Ozzy Osborne.
  • Rocky Mountain Way lyrics.

rocky mountain way – joe walsh – 1973 – video

rocky mountain way – joe walsh LIVE – 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival – video

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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Jackson 5 – 1970

December 5, 2013

Jackson 5 AlbumDecember 5, and I hear my first Christmas song of the season – at least it was a decent one and not that awful Feliz Navidad or Snoopy’s Christmas! Nope, it was The Jackson 5’s version of I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – a song that never came near making any sort of dent on the charts, but which must have made the boys (or their father!) a fair whack of cash because it’s dragged out every Christmas for a season of high rotation.

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What can I say that we don’t already know?

  • Originally just Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine, The Jacksons began performing in 1964. By the 1970s, Marlon and Michael had joined in and the name was changed to The Jackson 5.
  • Jackson 5 3For six and a half years, they were one of Motown’s most popular acts.
  • The Jackson 5 alone have sold more than 100 million records worldwide – that puts them as one of the best-selling music artists of all time, and that doesn’t include any of their solo records.
  • The Jackson 5 have the distinction of having their first four singles all hit #1 on Billboard – I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save, and I’ll Be There; I’m pretty sure not many acts claim that degree of success.

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  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus wasn’t first recorded by The Jackson 5. It was written by a UK songwriter, Tommie Connor and originally recorded by 13 year old Jimmy Boyd. His version was released in 1952 and reached #1 on the US singles chart in December of that year.
  • new-yorkerThe song was originally an advertisement for Saks, Fifth Avenue, promoting the store’s 1952 Christmas card which featured a sketch by The New Yorker magazine artist Perry Barlow (see the cartoon right).
  • The original recording was denounced by the Roman Catholic Church in the US because it mixed kissing with Christmas. Jimmy Boyd met with the Boston Archdiocese to explain the song, after which the church changed its view.
  • Cover versions have been released by several artists including: The Ronettes, Bobby Sherman, The Jackson 5. Reba McEntire, Amy Winehouse, John Mellencamp, and Tiny Tim.
  • A movie based on I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus was released in 2001.
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus lyrics.

i saw mommy kissing santa claus – The Jackson 5 – 1970 – video

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