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FlinterFile: Dennis Yost & The Classics IV- Rosanna

This band started off as a cover band, but had quite some success with their own songs, too. Read the rest of this entry

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FlinterFile: Al Wilson- Show And Tell

Sometimes a song needs a cover to be a hit. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Beach Boys- California Saga

In 1973, the Beach Boys were in the Netherlands to record their album Holland. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Barry White- Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up

Barry White released his second album, Stone Gon’, in 1973. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Four Tops- So Deep Within You

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The Moody Blues released their single Never Comes the Day in 1969. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Michael Jackson- Farewell My Summer Love

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At Motown, they sometimes lose recordings. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Gary Glitter- I’m The Leader Of The Gang

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Gary Glitter is one of those typical examples of glam rock. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Dan The Banjo Man- Dan The Banjo Man

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From some songs, you can ask yourself how they ever became hits. This is such a song. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Quincy Jones- Chump Change

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Quincy Jones has gained the most success as producer for Michael Jackson, but by that time he already had many records on his name. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Temptations- Plastic Man

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The Temptations released a new album in 1973, with the name Masterpiece. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Isley Brothers- That Lady

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In 1973, the Isley Brothers reworked an old song to a disco song. The song Who’s That Lady, from 1966, was a cha-cha/bossa nova song. Ernie Isley saw the song as finished, but his brother Roland did not think so: The tempo, melody and lyrics changed and Ernie his guitar work became more prominent. He learned to play the guitar by paying close attention to Jimi Hendrix. The song became a number 14 hit in the UK and number 6 in the US. Enjoy

The Isley Brothers- That Lady

Song of the day: Lynsey De Paul- Won’t Somebody Dance With Me

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In 1973, Lynsey De Paul used her own experiences to write a song. When seeing her on the cover, you wouldn’t say she once was a lonely wallflower, waiting for somebody to ask her to dance with him, but once she was quite fat. However, after having an accident, she lost quite some weight and became the woman we all know. Her question (note there is no question mark!) became a hit in the UK, reaching number 14. Enjoy

Lynsey De Paul- Won’t Somebody Dance With Me

Song of the day: M.F.S.B.- T.S.O.P.

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In 1973, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, who owned a record label in Philadelphia, wrote a new theme song of the tv-show Soul Train, where quite some of their artists performed their songs. It was an instrumental hit, with vocals from the Three Degrees, who were just added to the label. When it was recorded, Gamble & Huff felt they had a hit. The owner of the tv-show, however, wanted it to be renamed, as Soul Train was his trademark. It was a big mistake: the song became a number 1 hit in the US. Enjoy

MFSB- TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)

Song of the day: Roger Daltrey- Giving It All Away

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In 1973, Roger Daltrey released his first solo single. Leo Sayer (who had not yet scored a hit) and David Courtney wrote the song. Leo Sayer later recorded the song for his own album. The first line of the song soon became a bit weird, as the Who had not paid money for the damage they caused in a hotel room. The song became Daltrey’s biggest solo hit in the UK, number 5. Enjoy

Roger Daltrey- Giving It All Away

Song of the day: The Hollies- The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam McGee

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In 1973, the Hollies recorded The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam McGee for their album Hollies. The producer of the song was Alan Parsons, who is known from the Alan Parsons Project. In the song, a real Wild West scene is created, with a duel between Curly Billy and Crazy Sam McGee. In the UK it was number 24, in the Netherlands it even was number 1! Enjoy

The Hollies- The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam McGee

Song of the day: Charlie Rich- The Most Beautiful Girl

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In 1973, the song The Most Beautiful Girl was a number 1 hit in the US. The song was written by Bill Sherrill, Rory Michael Bourke and Norris Wilson. The last one sang Hey Mister in 1968, of which this song is a cover! Another part of the song is inspired by Mama McCluskie, which is another song by Wilson. Enjoy

Charlie Rich- The Most Beautiful Girl

Song of the day: Dawn featuring Tony Orlando- Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree

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A seventies hit today, and a big one! Both in the UK and the US it was number one for four weeks, and for ten weeks in New Zealand! The content is real love: a prisoner which wants to know if his love will still love him after his sentence, asks his love to tie a yellow ribbon around the oak tree in front of their house, comes home and sees a hundred of those ribbons… It certainly made a yellow ribbon have a meaning in the seventies. Enjoy

Dawn featuring Tony Orlando- Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree

Song of the day: Steely Dan- Reeling In The Years

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Steely Dan was a big band in the seventies, and they had a big hit in 1973. The song would peak on number 11 in the US, so quite a hit too. It was written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, two of the members of Steely Dan. The song features a great guitar solo, one which was the favourite of Jimmy Page (Led Zep). Apart from the solo, the whole song is just great! Enjoy

Steely Dan- Reeling In The Years

Song of the day: The Carpenters- Top Of The World

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In 1972, the Carpenters released their second number one hit. It was on their album A Song For You, but it did not immediately reach the charts: the song entered the next year! In the last part of 1973 it would top the US chart, and it would make number 5 in the UK. Karen Carpenter would later re-record the song, since she was not happy with the result it made. I am a big fan of the Carpenters, so enjoy

The Carpenters- Top Of The World

Song of the day: Chi Coltrane- Go Like Elijah

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This artist had her first hit in 1972, with the song “Thunder and Lightening”. It would do number 17 in the US and made her first album very popular. However, in the Netherlands we know this song more, because it has been number one for several weeks! However, it would only be number 94 in the US, though it got lots of airplay in the world. And as I just read on her website, she will come with new material… Enjoy

Chi Coltrane- Go Like Elijah

Song of the day: The Three Degrees- Dirty Ol’ Man

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A seventies song today, which could be seen as a pre-disco song. It came from Philadelphia, which had its own sound, just like Motown had its own sound. These things helped to create the disco, and this song is a good example of what helped it to develop. I’m not gonna talk about the content of the song, as it is too obvious to discuss. What was suprising to me, was that it never really hit any of the charts. Even in the US R&B chart it stuck to place 58. In the Netherlands, however, this was a real number one hit! (that might have to do with the performance they did on Toppop, which was the Dutch Top of the Pops. I tried to find the movie, but YouTube deleted the account of Toppop, because of a rightsissue…). I hope you enjoy

The Three Degrees- Dirty Ol’ Man

Song of the day: Steve Miller Band- The Joker

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It’s a bit of a strange song, this one. In the seventies, it was a small hit, reaching number 18 as highest position in the Dutch charts. Then, later, in 1990, it was used in a commercial. And then it reached number one!!! However, it’s a very good song, so enjoy

The Steve Miller Band- The Joker

Song of the day: Carly Simon- You’re So Vain

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Today we will continue our journey through time in 1973! We have a very ironic song on this day of love, which absolutely is NOT about love! (Sort of anti-movement here). And believe me, I would have loved to tell you about who this song is. But I don’t know. No-one knows. Everyone speculates, but Carly keeps her mouth shut. We can guess, but we can’t be sure. So therefore, enjoy

Carly Simon- You’re So Vain

P.S. The song was released in 1972, but it became a big hit in 1973. And enjoy your Valentine’s Day!

Song of the day: Slade- Merry Christmas Everybody

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The day before Christmas, and that means: let’s put in the song that brought the most money this year to this band. And let’s face it: it’s a very good Christmas song. Something different than all those sweet songs. A bit of rock. Enjoy:

Slade- Merry Christmas Everybody

Song of the day: Albert Hammond- The Free Electric Band

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In 1973 Albert Hammond released one of his biggest hits. Read the rest of this entry