Category Archives: 1976

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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Rod Stewart – Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright)

First Hit #1: November 13, 1976 The late ’76 Soft Rock Assault ends with Rod Stewart and Tonight’s the Night, a song that gets incredibly creepy if you pay very close attention to it. Specifically, it’s the first verse, where … Continue reading

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Steve Miller Band – Rock’n Me

First Hit #1: November 6, 1976 I’ve always hated this song and I have no idea why. A fixture of classic rock radio, I’ve just never liked the sound of it, the mid-tempo quasi-rock with Steve Miller’s slightly whiny voice … Continue reading

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Chicago – If You Leave Me Now

First Hit #1: October 23, 1976 If You Leave Me Now is a bit of sensitive soft rock that tries a bit too hard to be sensitive. I kind of like the sound of it, but Peter Cetera’s lyrics just … Continue reading

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Rick Dees and his Cast of Idiots – Disco Duck (Part 1)

First Hit #1: October 16, 1976 I enjoyed Disco Duck more than a lot of the other disco songs released in ’76. I normally hate novelty songs, and Disco Duck doesn’t really avoid some of the problems of the genre, … Continue reading

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Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band – A Fifth of Beethoven

First hit #1: October 9, 1976 Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is one of his most famous, the distinct dundundunduuun being one of the most dramatic and well remembered calling cards in classical music. I wouldn’t quite call it catchy, but it … Continue reading

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Wild Cherry – Play that Funky Music

First Hit #1: September 18, 1976 I think I might be getting tired of disco, that big trend that is defining the latter half of the ’70s. Play That Funky Music isn’t a bad song, not really. It’s got an … Continue reading

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