Category Archives: 1970

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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George Harrison – My Sweet Lord / Isn’t It a Pity

First Hit #1: December 26, 1970 So the Beatles were gone, but the band was but a group of men, so it’s no wonder that the solo albums came fast and furious soon after the band dissolved. First to hit … Continue reading

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Smokey Robinson and the Miracles – Tears of a Clown

First Hit #1: December 12, 1970 It’s appropriate that a song about hiding sadness under a carefree exterior is both upbeat and piled high with a whole tonne of crap. Smokey Robinson has a lovely voice, he has no reason … Continue reading

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The Partridge Family – I Think I Love You

First Hit #1: November 21, 1970 I didn’t know much about the Partridge Family, but I knew it was a popular television show about a singing family. Also, little girls really liked David Cassidy, who was some kind of proto-Bieber. … Continue reading

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Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There

First Hit #1: October 17, 1970 As one might recall, I wasn’t terribly enamored with the last Jackson 5 hit, which I thought was a lesser work that just went with what made the group a hit the first time, … Continue reading

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Neil Diamond – Cracklin’ Rosie

First Hit #1: October 10, 1970 This song is incredibly, comprehensively, enthusiastically sad. You don’t realize how sad it is at first, since it’s really upbeat and catchy. Then you begin to wonder if he’s singing to a prostitute – … Continue reading

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Diana Ross – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

First Hit #1: September 19, 1970 The Supremes are no longer, we now have Diana Ross, whose first solo trip to the top of the charts – well, solo credited, at least – is almost like she’s submitting a portfolio. … Continue reading

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