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Song of the day: Deep Purple- Smoke On The Water

On the fourth of December 1971, there was a fire in a casino in Montreux. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Middle Of The Road- Talk Of All The U.S.A.

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The band Middle of the Road started as Part Four, changed their name to Los Caracas, and got the name Middle of the Road in 1970. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Stephen Stills- So Begins The Task

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Stephen Stills is one of the big names in pop music that return every time again. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Argent- Hold Your Head Up

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After being in the Zombies, Rod Argent created his own band, which he called after himself. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Uriah Heep- Easy Livin’

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In 1972, Uriah Heep had their only hit in the US. The song, which was on the album Demons and Wizards, is actually quite simple. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Billy Paul- Me And Mrs. Jones

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In 1972, Billy Paul had one of his biggest hits. The Phillysound-song is about two lovers, who are both cheating their partners. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The O’Jays- Back Stabbers

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In 1972, the O’Jays had their first hit. The song was written by Gene McFadden and John Whitehead (known for their hit Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now), helped by Leon Huff. The song was mainly inspired by problems John Whitehead had with family and friends. Huff played the piano, and arranged the orchestra, which had to fill up an empty space, as the stereo sound was becoming more common. Huff produced the song with Kenny Gamble, who owned the Philidelphia Label. The song became a hit: number 14 in the UK and number 3 in the US. Enjoy

The O’Jays- Back Stabbers

FlinterFile: Focus- Sylvia

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In 1972, Focus recorded their biggest hit. Like their other hit, Hocus Pocus, the song was instrumental, apart from a small part of yodeling. The song was already written before Focus existed. Thijs van Leer was in a cabaret band, but did not like the song of another member. He wrote a song for her, but she did not like it, making it go on the shelf. When Focus was formed, the song came from the shelf. Sylvia was played together with Hocus Pocus, making Sylvia hit number 4 in the UK. The US also had a place for the song, though lower than Hocus Pocus, at number 89. Enjoy

Focus- Sylvia (together with Hocus Pocus, performed at the BBC)

Song of the day: Sammy Davis Jr.- The Candy Man

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In 1972, Sammy Davis Jr. recorded the biggest hit in his career. The song had been in the movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in the year before, and Mike Curb heard this song. At the end of the movie production, he made an instrumental for Sammy Davis Jr. He offered it to Sammy Davis Jr. , who at first did not like the song at all. He recorded it anyway, but wasn’t too confident about the song: according to him it could end his career. The co-writer of the song was not happy with the recording, too: he wanted to release his own version as he was in a divorce. But Sammy Davis Jr. released the song, and made it a number 1 hit in the US… Enjoy

Sammy Davis Jr.- The Candy Man

Song of the day: Dr. Hook And The Medicine Show- Sylvia’s Mother

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In 1971, Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show made their debut with a real story. The writer of the song, Shel Silverstein, had a real phonecall with the mother of Sylvia, who told him that she was going to marry a Mexican bullfighter. Earlier on, he was writing poems, stories and he also wrote A Boy Named Sue (we will see that song in just a couple of days…). It was a big hit, number 2 in the UK and number 5 in the US. Enjoy

Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show- Sylvia’s Mother