This was the week that the American ambassador for Sudan was kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists. It was also the week a plane crash over France killed nearly 70 people on board the Spanish flight from Majorca to London. 47 British nationals were killed on that DC9 flight.
Gonna Make You An Offer You Cant Refuse by Jimmy Helms
Florida born James Helms was a black soul singer who released a few unsuccessful singles in the 1960s. Gonna Make You An Offer was a one hit one wonder for Jimmy in the 1970s.But he sort of reappeared in the 1980s as the man behind the group Londonbeat.
Originally known as The Emeralds in the 1960s, this soul group coming from Arkansas consisted of four brothers. Abrim, Ivory, Raymond and Chleophus Tilmon. Feel The Need In Me was also a hit in 1977. The group split in 1974, with some of the group becoming involved with 1970s hit group the Floaters.
The glam rock kings of pop her. Slade went straight in to the No.1 position, in those days it DID happen. Noddy Holder was the lead singer with Don Powell on the drums . The song was co-written by Noddy and the “camp” band member Jim Lea.
This was the groups fourth No. 1 in the UK. and was the first group ever to have three singles go straight into the charts at No.1 in the 1970s.
This day in the UK was episode one of the BBC time travelling sci fi Dr Who in a story called Frontier In Space starring Jon Pertwee. The Doctors biggest enemy in the 1970s the Daleks are in this story too.
In the real world the BBC charts continued.
Hocus Pocus by Focus
This group now has TWO records in the Top Twenty this week, the other being at No.4. The single had been a U.S. hit in 1971, and came from the album Focus II. The Dutch musician Thijs Van Leer was the composer and he studied music at the University of Amsterdam.
In this week in 1973 The Court of Appeal of England and Wales rules in favour of the Sunday Times, so they can go ahead and publish ongoing articles about Thalidomide and Distillers Company, although a lot of parents who had affected children were against the publication. The Thalidomide would be a huge story in the 1970s.
This was the week that the famous British DJ John Peel had his famous session performance with the group Queen. They performed four tracks which were My Fairy King, Keep Yourself Alive, Doing Alright and Liar.
The charts for this week have four brand new entries into the Top Twenty.
In Vietnam the International Commission of Control and Supervision are touring the Vietnamese countryside to check on going the truce. Despite the truce, the fighting is still on going. The Vietnam war was still ongoing in many areas.
In the 1970s continue with the BBC Top Twenty of that week only had two brand new entries. (more…)
Formally known as the Strawberry Hill boys in the 1960s and fronted by Dave Cousins the group had its biggest hit with this record from the album “Bursting at the Seams” and was written by Richard Hudson and John Ford who went on to become the group Hudson and Ford.
Paul Williams was born in the US in 1934 and later became Billy Paul. This song really put Billy in the spotlight worldwide, as it won a Grammy, and the album from which the single came “360 Degrees of Billy Paul” went Gold and the single went Platinum. The songs lyrics refer to having an affair and was written by legendary writers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. A 70s music classic sing-a-long record.
Written and performed by Francis Rossi and Bob Young and came from the album “Piledriver” The song is just a head banging fun record, and although Status Quo had there first hit in the 1960s,and bigger hits in the 70s music and 80s,90s and they are still having hit singles in 2010.
Sir Elton Hercules John with one of his biggest hits here from the album “Don’t Shoot Me I AM Only The Piano Player” written by Bernie Taupin. The song was edited before release as it is in fact a song about the Vietnam war, and a soldier returning to the US as seen through the eyes of his brother. Complicated huh?
This is the week that the US President Nixon appeared on live TV and Radio to give more details of the ceasefire in Vietnam. It was also the week that in Uganda Idi Amin ousted the President Obote, who had led Uganda from 1962.
In the 70s music chart that week we see four new entries into the top twenty including a classics from Free and Cat Stevens.
The New Seekers were formed after the Australian Seekers finished. The group became huge with the Coca Cola commercial theme “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)” in 1971, and they had several chart hits in the 1970s. The group split up in 1974 after arguments about money.
Group member Marty Kristian was born in Australia, Eve Graham in UK, Lyn Paul also in the UK and appeared in the very first episode of ITV in the UK ”Coronation Street” in the 1960s. Peter Doyle died in 2001.
This single itself was originally a hit in 1959 by The Fleetwoods.
Written by Norman Whitfield who died in 2008 and Barrett Strong from the Motown label this classic 70s music single must have one of the longest introductions in the 1970s at 4.39, and the record itself was twelve minutes long. However The Temptations made this a hit, but it originally belonged to the group “The Undisputed Truth” but was a very small hit.
This song got three Grammy awards in 1973.
At this time the group consisted of Dennis Edwards, Melvin Franklin who died in 1995, Richard Street and Otis Williams
Another glam rock group from the UK originally formed in 1968. The front man from Glasgow Brian Connolly died in 1997, and was the brother of the British actor Mark McManus of “Taggert” fame. The drummer Mick Turner died in 2002.
Another of the Osmond brothers now. Little Jimmy was born in 1963 and holds the record of the youngest person to have a No. 1 in the British charts. He was only nine at the time.
We continue the countdown of the BBC charts of the week 6th January 1973. This 70s music chart has a huge guest list including John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The first part of the charts can be found here number 20 to number 11 inclusive.
Paul and his band got into a little trouble here, as the single was Hi Hi Hi, but the BBC decided that the lyrics had a link to drug taking. So most of the radio audiences in the UK never heard the record when it first came out.
As the record company could not get air play for “Hi Hi Hi” they made the single into a double A side, and “C Moon” became the hit as far as radio was concerned. This reggae style record was inspired by the song “Woolly Bully”. The title C Moon actually means to be cool. And the record was a cool record for sure.
Originally a hit back in 1967 this song is an all time classic for 70s music too. Justin Hayward wrote the song in Swindon when he was nineteen after his girlfriend gave him some satin sheets. It is assumed he was thinking what it would be like i bed with his girlfriend and the satin sheets. Also performing on the single was John Lodge, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas,Graeme Edge and Peter Knight who died in 1985.
Peter was an orchestra director for Morecombe and Wise in the 1970s, and in 1972 was the conductor for the “very last goon show of all”.
The fantastic glam rock group headed by Noddy Holder with a real glam rock classic. In all during their time they had six number ones, and every year the Christmas classic is heard all over the world. Part of the lyrics were inspired by a girl called Jane on a TV show Slade were appearing on. The girl was demonstrating a sex machine. Even more amazing is that the band had never played the record until the day of the recording.
The Jean Genie by David Bowie
From the album “Aladdin Sane”. The song had problems as another song in the charts at the same time from the Sweet had the same riff. Both parties finally agreed it was just a coincidence. David Robert Jones was born in 1947 and along with Marc Bolan they really put Glam into rock.
Crazy Horses by Osmonds
The Osmond brothers broke all the rules with this record. It was nothing like what had come before, and it really did show that they were very able to change with the times in the 70s music charts. The song was a a protest song about pollution from the cars.
It was a very brave record to bring out at the time, and in fact it stands the test of time.
Marc was born in 1947 as Mark Field, and died in a car crash at the top of his game in 1977, and along with David Bowie, he is the true king of the Glam Rock phase, in fact Marc actually played on Bowie’s 1970 hit “Prettiest Star”.
Long Haired Lover From Liverpool by Little Jimmy Osmond
I am one of those baby boomer's, who had the pleasure, and the FUN to grow up in the amazing 1970s. The 70s music was so diverse, and the charts were for everyone from 8 to 80. That was when POP was fun, and the top forty really meant something as it was a shared experience.
I have tried in this site to bring back the memories of the 70s, not just the pure pop, but also the heavy guys like Floyd and Black Sabbath.
Everything had a place in the music of the 70s, and everything has a memory for one of us 1970s boomers.
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