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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


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

FlinterFile: Shocking Blue- Sally Was A Good Old Girl


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


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


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


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?


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

Van Morrison_Moondance_ Original_Album_Cover

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


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