Category Archives: 1971

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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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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Rod Stewart – Maggie May / Reason to Believe

First Hit #1: October 2, 1971 One thing I find odd about Maggie May is that it is a song about a young man getting seduced away from the path of righteousness from an older woman. That’s not a strange … Continue reading

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Donny Osmond – Go Away Little Girl

First Hit #1: September 11, 1971 As I type this, Justin Bieber is a teen icon. Little girls all over the world are obsessing over this young man, who looks suspiciously like a young Hillary Swank. Fine, that’s cruel, and … Continue reading

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