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Date: May 27, 2017
Tonight it's the sounds of the Billboard Hot 100 from late spring 1975! I remember hearing most of these songs on the AM radio, cruising around in my '66 Plymouth Valiant (baby blue, no less). I also probably have most of these in the J-Rchives, but more than likely scratched all to heck, so nice, clean versions here tonight. There is one scratchy single in the 45 corner: the original edited, mono 45 of "Let There Be Music" from Orleans in the 45 Corner!
6pm - 7pm
Shining Star - Earth, Wind & Fire - BB Hot 100 #1 (1 week)
Before The Next Teardrop Falls - Freddy Fender - BB Hot 100 #2) - This ascended to the top of the chart on 5/31/1975 for 1 week.
Jackie Blue - Ozark Mountain Daredevils - BB Hot 100 #3
Bad Time - Grand Funk - BB Hot 100 #9 - This "ballad" from the Michigan hard-rockers peaked at #4.
Old Days - Chicago - BB Hot 100 #10 - This "nostalgic" tune references "drive-in movies, comic books and Howdy Doody". Nowadays, we reference Chicago when we talk of the "old days". So, is that Howdy Doody or Peter Cetera in the image?
Sister Golden Hair - America - BB Hot 100 #11 - This ascended to the top of the chart on 6/14/1975 for 1 week, America's second and last #1.
Killer Queen - Queen - BB Hot 100 #12 - First U.S. charter, peaked this week in 1975.
When Will I Be Loved - Linda Ronstadt - BB Hot 100 #14 - That's the late Andrew Gold and late Kenny Edwards sharing the vocals with Linda.
Walking In Rhythm - The Blackbyrds - BB Hot 100 #16
Cut The Cake - AWB - BB Hot 100 #18 - Peaked at #10 and BB R&B #7; check out the video with comments from the one and only Don Corenelius! Cornbread and black-eyed peas, indeed...
45 corner - Let There Be Music - Orleans - This was Orleans first charting single on the Hot 100 and peaked this week at #55 (their next single, "Dance With Me" would be the breakout hit). The 45 version, on Asylum Records, is edited from 4:00 to 3:30 and is in mono! I bought this at the old McNeil Music on Tioga Street, and as usual, played it to death on the old RCA Victor phonograph. Here's an image of the radio promo 45:
Unfortunately, my 45 did not come with the picture sleeve...
I'm Not Lisa - Jessi Colter - BB Hot 100 #21 - Peaked at #4 and #1 C&W. The biggest pop hit for the former Miriam Johnson, Mrs. Duane Eddy (1962 - 1968) and Mrs. Waylon Jennings (1969 - 2002, his death).
Only Women (45 version) - Alice Cooper - BB Hot 100 #23 - You can find this mono version in many places, including the CD anthology Mascara and Monsters.
CLOSING THEME: Sleepwalk – Santo & Johnny (1959, #1 for two weeks)
Host Next Week (June 3): JS with a spotlight.
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