Monthly Archives: June 2012

LaBelle – Lady Marmalade

First Hit #1: March 29, 1975 Here’s an interesting fact, the same songwriters behind Lady Marmalade did yesterday’s hit, My Eyes Adored You. Except while My Eyes Adored You is completely forgettable, Lady Marmalade is definitely not. This isn’t some … Continue reading

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Frankie Valli – My Eyes Adored You

First Hit #1: March 22, 1975 Long time readers will know that I hated the Four Seasons, so when I saw the name Frankie Valli show up I prepared for the worst. I was fully prepared for that signature grating … Continue reading

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Doobie Brothers – Black Water

First Hit #1: March 15, 1975 There’s something very comforting about Black Water, which is a song that’s traditional and simple, if filtered through a 70s rock band. The instruments, heavy on acoustic guitar and fiddle, make it sort of … Continue reading

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Olivia Newton-John – Have You Never Been Mellow

First Hit #1: March 8, 1975 Here’s a question, is this song about drugs? On the surface it’s about a woman telling someone else to just relax, and how she was once as high strung as the person in question, … Continue reading

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Eagles – Best of My Love

First Hit #1: March 1, 1975 There’s no explaining taste, and so there’s no explaining why I’ll rail against cheesy easy listening and then turn around and say I like the Eagles, and the Best of My Love. It’s a … Continue reading

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Average White Band – Pick Up the Pieces

First Hit #1: February 22, 1975 Ubiquity can be your enemy, as everyone knows a pop song that they can no longer tolerate due to overplay. Sometimes ubiquity can just absorb a song into the popular consciousness, so much so … Continue reading

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Linda Ronstadt – You’re No Good

First Hit #1: February 15, 1975 I’ve mentioned the decline of quality soft rock before, but that’s not to say every soft rock track is a bad one. You’re No Good is a great song, and remains that way even … Continue reading

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