70s Music Charts January 22nd 1977
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On TV this week in the UK was the final part of the current Dr Who adventure called “The Faces Of Evil” starring Tom Baker as the Doctor. This is the series that introduced Leela the a companion played by Louise Jameson.
Still with the BBC, the charts this week in the 1970s had a new entry from Elvis Presley and we also had a Stevie Wonder cover enter the top twenty.
Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley
Mark James wrote this record and attempted to sing it too, but it did not become a hit for him in 1968, however Elvis had a hit with it in 1969. This time Elvis had a hit with it again eight years later. The song is about a mixed up, and a not working relationship and was recorded on the back of the 1968 come back concert.
Elvis would have more hits later this year. Mainly as a result of his death later in 1977. The song is famous for the 15 second fade out and then you hear Elvis returning to sing it, this was based on the way Elvis enjoyed to sing it on stage.
Daddy Cool by Boney M
Haitian Divorce by Steely Dan
Steely Dan were on the road most of the early 1970s, and made a huge im,pact in the 1970s music charts on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker responded to a 1972 ad to form a group, and they did just that with a mix of Jazz and Rock that captured America. This single came from the album “The Royal Scam” and went on to become a gold selling album.
The single was not released in the US.
Car Wash by Rose Royce
The group members already knew each other before they became Rose Royce, and the reason they were called Rose Royce was only because of the film of the same name . The group visited the film set, got to know the script and the actors and made the record. This turned out to be a huge launching board for the group who scored many other hits in the 1970s.
Norman Whitfield who died in 2008, was responsible for the writing of the song. He also was responsible for hits like “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” so he certainly had the pedigree to bring Car Wash to the charts where it sold over two million units. Norman died in 2008.
Isn’t She Lovely David Parton
This was a song that should have been a hit for Stevie Wonder, however he refused to release the album track despite it being played all the time on radio. No matter how radio stations begged, Stevie just would not release it. So step in David Parton who had a reasonable cover version of the track, but pales into insignificance when you hear the original. David had already had hits in the 1970s as he wrote records for the pop group Sweet Sensation with help from Tony Hatch.
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