Monthly Archives: March 2012

Nilsson – Without You

First Hit #1: February 19, 1972 Today, Without You has become one of the default “look at me, I can SING!” songs, the ones favored by contestants to show off their command (or lack thereof) of their vocal range. Part … Continue reading

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Al Green – Let’s Stay Together

First Hit #1: February 12, 1972 In a world with a high divorce rate, it’s important to have someone around to make monogamy sexy. Al Green is a great candidate for the job, and Let’s Stay Together has probably been … Continue reading

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Don McLean – American Pie

First Hit #1: January 15, 1972 Don McLean intended to write a tribute to Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens, and the day they died in a plane crash. I fully believe this was the purpose of the … Continue reading

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Melanie – Brand New Key

First Hit #1: December 25, 1971 This is really annoying. Melanie’s song about having roller skates and carrying a torch for a guy who doesn’t really want her anymore is goofy, but that’s not why it’s bad. Nope, it’s bad … Continue reading

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Sly and the Family Stone – Family Affair

First Hit #1: December 4, 1971 What important issue with Sly Stone bring to light through funk today? Well, how about the importance of family, using a slow jam appropriate for starting a family. The song itself is very strange, … Continue reading

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Isaac Hayes – Theme from Shaft

First Hit #1: November 20, 1971 A good film theme can transcend its source material. I’ve never seen Shaft, but the song paints such a vivid portrait of the character in so few lines that I feel I know everything … Continue reading

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Cher – Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves

First Hit #1: November 6, 1971 Call me crazy, but this reminds me of Dolly Parton. The most famous songs in Parton’s catalog are about growing up in poverty with a family that means well, but isn’t able to put … Continue reading

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