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FlinterFile: Simon & Garfunkel- The Only Living Boy In New York

In 1970, Simon & Garfunkel would release their album Bridge Over Troubled Water. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Jackson 5- ABC

The Jackson 5 released their second number 1 hit in 1970. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Santana- Oye Como Va

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This song originally was not from Santana. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Shocking Blue- Sally Was A Good Old Girl

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Sally Was A Good Old Girl is a song which was first recorded by Hank Cochran in 1962. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Edwin Starr- War

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In 1970, Edwin Starr released a flaming protest against the Vietnam War. It would be one of the first political songs Motown released. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Emerson, Lake & Palmer- Lucky Man

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In 1970, Emerson, Lake & Palmer rounded up an old song. The song was started with Greg Lake, who visited a friend when he was 12 years old. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Greatest Show On Earth- Real Cool World

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In 1970, The Greatest Show On Earth scored their only hit. They recorded progressive rock for the Harvest label, which wanted them to play rock with horns (like Blood, Sweat & Tears). They recorded two albums, before vanishing into nothing… The song Real Cool World was their first hit, which was a small hit in Europe (7 in the Netherlands). Enjoy

The Greatest Show On Earth- Real Cool World

FlinterFile: Pacific Gas And Electric- Are You Ready?

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In 1970, Pacific Gas & Electric recorded their only song that made the charts. John Hill wrote the song together with drummer and the later singer Charlie Allen, and made quite some references to gospel: the first line is a reference to Matthew 24:4, there’s a reference to a sort of gospel song and a classic riddle… all together it brought them to number 14 in the charts, a spot they would never make again. The band dissolved in 1973. Enjoy

Pacific Gas & Electric- Are You Ready?

FlinterFile: Van Morrison- Moondance

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In 1970, Van Morrison released his new album. Normally, I would talk about the origins of the song, inspiration, etc. One problem: Van Morrison feels songs should speak for themselves, so the only thing we know, is that the song started as a part of a jazz instrumental he played everytime he played the saxophone. The song was a minor hit in the US, reaching number 92. Enjoy

Van Morrison- Moondance

Song of the day: Joni Mitchell- Big Yellow Taxi

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In 1970, Joni Mitchell was on holiday in Hawaii. When looking out of the window in the morning, she saw mountains in the distance, and a parking place as far as the eye could see. In the song, a lot is about the environment, but in the end, it’s also about love, when her boyfriend goes away. In the UK, it was a number 11 hit, in the US number 24. Enjoy

Joni Mitchell- Big Yellow Taxi