Monthly Archives: April 2012

Jim Croce – Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

First Hit #1: July 21, 1973 This isn’t too far away from some old story songs, your Mack the Knifes or Big Bad Johns. You’ve got a description of a character, and a story about him that ends in an … Continue reading

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Billy Preston – Will it Go Round in Circles

First Hit #1: July 7, 1973 I’m not sure you need much to have a good pop song, just make it fun and you’re going to have a reasonably good chance at chart domination. I mean, Will it Go Round … Continue reading

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Paul McCartney and Wings – My Love

First Hit #1: June 2, 1973 Contentment rarely creates good art, but every so often it can happen. My Love could be derided by some as being a bit too overtly sentimental, but instead it’s a soaring tribute to contentment, … Continue reading

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The Edgar Winter Group – Frankenstein

First Hit #1: May 26, 1973 This is unexpectedly badass, a crunchy rock instrumental which sounds significantly harder than most of the other songs that show up here. That said, while it demonstrates a certain virtuosity with various instruments, especially … Continue reading

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Stevie Wonder – You Are the Sunshine of My Life

First Hit #1: May 19, 1973 I’m going to go out and say that Stevie Wonder has to be one of the warmest artists out there. This isn’t referring to his personality, since while he seems like a lovely person … Continue reading

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Dawn feat. Tony Orlando – Tie a Yellow Ribbon ’round the Old Oak Tree

First Hit #1: April 21, 1973 Tony Orlando tends to sound a little goofy, and in this case that inherent goofiness works quite well, since Tie a Yellow Ribbon is a goofy song. The protagonist was in prison for three … Continue reading

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Vicki Lawrence – The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia

First Hit #1: April 7, 1973 The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia puts a lot of groundwork into three minutes. We’ve got corrupt law enforcement, cheating wives, angry sisters and murder. Each verse piles on a twist, the … Continue reading

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