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FlinterFile: Carole King- So Far Away

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The album Tapestry brought us several singles, including this song, which was the fourth single from the album. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Doobie Brothers- Nobody

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The Doobie Brothers made their debute in 1971. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: John Dummer’s Famous Music Band- Nine By Nine

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John Dummer started a band in 1967, which we would now see as a kind of supergroup. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Lindisfarne- Meet Me On The Corner

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Lindisfarne released their second album in 1971. This album became a commercial success. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Lally Stott- Jakaranda

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Lally Stott, a British songwriter, probably is quite unknown. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Joan Baez- The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

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In 1971, Joan Baez covered a song which was originally recorded by the Band. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The New Seekers- I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing

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In 1971, the New Seekers recorded a song which was originally used in a Coke commercial. The commercial was a success and radio stations got questions to play the complete song. However, that version did not exist… Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Roger Whittaker- The Last Farewell

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In 1971, Roger Whittaker released his only big US hit. The song was written by Ron Webster, who was an amateur folk singer. He wrote the lyrics when he was on a bus, driving through the pooring rain, and he wished he was somewhere warm. Roger Whittaker had a radio show in which he invited listeners to send lyrics, which he would sing to his own music. Ron Webster did so, and Roger Whittaker recorded the song. Four years later, the song was released in the US, when the wife of a radio programmer heard the song in Canada. In the US, it became a number 19 hit, in the UK it was number 2! Enjoy

Roger Whittaker- The Last Farewell

FlinterFile: Jimmy Webb- P.F. Sloan

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P.F. Sloan

In 1971, Jimmy Webb wrote a song for his fried P.F. Sloan. He had already written By The Time I Get To PhoenixMacArthur Park, and others. This, however, was the first song he sung. He took Fred Tackett, another friend, to help him with playing the music for the song. Although the album got good reviews, the album did not sell well.

P.F. Sloan, the man for whom the song is written, was the writer of Eve of Destruction. He played guitar for the Mamas and the Papas, composed several other songs, but never had a hit with his own recordings. He thought it was the music industry, who isolated him for having such a strong text in Eve of Destruction. Probably he was just a better composer.

P.F. Sloan passed away on Sunday night, 15 November. He was 70 years old.

Enjoy

Jimmy Webb- P.F. Sloan

FlinterFile: T. Rex- Get It On (Bang A Gong)

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In 1971, T.Rex recorded a song about sex. Although many listeners did not hear it, since it is quite vague. The song was called Get It On (Bang A Gong) in England, but in the US, they changed the title, since it was too sexual. The background vocals were done by two members of the Turtles. The last line referred to a song by Chuck Berry, Little Queenie. The Power Station and Blondie both recorded it later, but T. Rex established their fame with it. In the US it was their only hit, number 10, and in the UK, it was a number 1 hit. Enjoy

T.Rex- Get It On (Bang A Gong)