Category Archives: 1973

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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Jim Croce – Time in a Bottle

First Hit #1: December 29, 1973 This is a song that becomes incredibly sad in the context of the time, much more than it would in any other situation. A song about there being not enough time to spend with … Continue reading

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Charlie Rich – The Most Beautiful Girl

First Hit #1: December 15, 1973 For years, I thought I hated country music. It was because of the local country station, which mainly played the modern country hits, most of which I didn’t like very much. It didn’t help … Continue reading

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Carpenters – Top of the World

First Hit #1: December 1, 1973 Karen Carpenter was the perfect children’s entertainer. She had a clear, kind voice, light and feel good lyrics, and a general sound that just works well with kids. It also works well with adults … Continue reading

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Ringo Starr – Photograph

First Hit #1: November 24, 1973 Ringo Starr is a promising country singer sidetracked by being a Beatle. Sure, you can’t complain about being part of one of the most influential pop groups that have ever recorded, but his solo … Continue reading

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Eddie Kendricks – Keep on Truckin’ (Part 1)

First Hit #1: November 10, 1973 Is there a more ’70s song than Keep on Truckin’? You’ve got disco, you’ve got that odd obsession with trucking that gripped the ’70s, and the two trends collide into each other in a … Continue reading

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Gladys Knight and the Pips – Midnight Train to Georgia

First Hit #1: October 27, 1973 This is an intriguingly triumphant song about failure. The story presented is one of a crushed dream, as a man gives up on a career and returns to his hometown. His girlfriend follows, because … Continue reading

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