Category Archives: 1972

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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Billy Paul – Me and Mrs. Jones

First Hit #1: December 16, 1972 This is an incredibly sexy song, musically. That slow jam is just the ideal music for making love, and I even suspect there are men and women in the world who were conceived to … Continue reading

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Helen Reddy – I am Woman

First Hit #1: December 9, 1972 I Am Woman is a bit of an advocacy song, and that’s often not a particularly good genre. The reason is that that’s where subtlety goes to die, and lyrics that are a bit … Continue reading

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The Temptations – Papa Was A Rolling Stone

First Hit #1: December 2, 1972 To my knowledge, Papa Was A Rolling Stone was never the theme song to a blaxploitation film. I’m not sure if the Temptations were angling to make it one, but it would be absolutely … Continue reading

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Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now

First Hit #1: November 4, 1972 Bringing the number one slot its first shot at reggae, Johnny Nash – who can’t be confused with Johnny Cash once the record spins, similar though their names might be – managed to make … Continue reading

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Chuck Berry – My Ding-a-Ling

First Hit #1: October 21, 1972 Chuck Berry was a real rock and roll innovator and recorded some of the most influential tracks of the era, with Johnny B. Goode, Maybelline, and so on being a permanent part of the … Continue reading

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Michael Jackson – Ben

First Hit #1: October 14, 1972 Michael Jackson has grown as a vocalist since he was last spotted here. It hasn’t even been that long, but while I once thought he struggled to carry a slower, more adult song, with … Continue reading

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