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To me 1970 is a very special year in music, in that year I became first real interested in popmusic. The Beatles quit that year, that was a real shock to me.

I bought around 40 or 50 singles that year, some titles?


Back home/Golden Earring

Lady d'Arbanville/Cat Stevens

In A Gadda Da Vida/Iron Butterfly

Sex machine/James Brown

Question/Moody Blues

Lay down/Melanie

Which way you're going Billy/Poppy Family

Venus//Mighty Joe-Shocking Blue

Yellow river/Christie

Paranoid/Black Sabbth

Are you ready/Pacific Gass and Electric

Wild world/Jimmy Cliff

Whole lotta love/Led Zeppelin

Let it be/Beatles

Long as I can see the light/CCR

American woman/Guess Who

Reflections of my life/Marmalade

The seeker/The Who

Never heard of Raspberries at that time but I believe 1970 was the year that Raspberries were founded, no coincidence, especially not to me.

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Some great songs on that list ~ ‘Reflections’ by Marmalade and Christie’s ‘Yellow River’ takes me back to some happy memories. 1969 also had some fab songs ~ I love ‘Something in the Air’ by Thunderclap Newman, and Zagar and Evans, ‘In the Year 2525’. The best year for me would have to be 1976, for a very spECial reason.


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1977 was a big year for me I listened to alot of AM radio at night under my pillow some of my favorite singles from that year:

She Did It Eric Carmen (for some reason I didnt know he was from the Raspberies enen though I owned the Raspberries greatest hits... hey I was only 10 years old... but even so had great taste in music)

Cold As Ice Foreigner

Calling Dr Love Kiss

Only The Good Die Young Billy Joel

Thunder Island Jay Ferguson

Lonely Boy Andrew Gold

Surrender Cheap Trick

Lonely Nights Capt & Tennile

Logical Song Supertramp

Knowing Me Knowing You Abba

Higher & Higher Rita Coolidge

I Just Want To Be Your Everything Andy Gibb

Da Doo Run Run Shaun Cassidy

You And Me Alice Cooper

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Elvis Costello - Armed Forces

The A's


Get the Knack

Cheap Trick - Live at Budokan

The Kinks - Low Budget

Tom Petty - Damn the Torpedoes

The Rubinoos - Back to the Drawing Board

and the best of all:

Graham Parker - Squeezing Out Sparks

...and a whole slew of classic power pop albums released in 1979, including:

The Beat - s/t

The Toms - s/t

Shoes - Present Tense

Nick Lowe - Labour of Lust

The Records - s/t

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1975! Did all these albums come out that year? Correct me if I'm wrong...

Main Course - BeeGees

Born to Run - Bruce

Who Loves You - Four Seasons

1st Solo - Eric Carmen

That's The Way Of The World and Gratitude - Earth Wind & Fire

Breakaway - Art Garfunkel

One Of These Nights - The Eagles

Night At the Opera - Queen

Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac

Toys In The Attic - Aerosmith

Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Horses - Patti Smith

Still Crazy After All These Years - Paul Simon

Young Americans - David Bowie

Captain Fantastic - Elton John

I'm sure there's more...

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Yes, 1976 does it for me as well. Too many songs and memories to list here.


not for nuthin... but this was where the honeymoon began to end.... by comparison 1966 makes '76 look like the worst year ever....

in 1966 we had:

Beatles- Revolver

Beach Boys- Pet Sounds

Kinks- Face To Face

Rolling Stones- Aftermath

Who- Quick One

Small Faces- Small Faces

Byrds- Turn Turn Turn & 5D

Hollies- Hear Here & Bus Stop

Love- Love

Bob Dylan- Blonde On Blonde

#1 songs:

Sounds Of Silence- Simon & Garfunkel

We Can Work It Out- Beatles

These Boots Are Made For Walkin- Nancy Sinatra

Good Lovin'- Rascals

Paint It Black- Stones

Paperback Writer- Beatles

Strangers In The Night- Frank

Hanky Panky- Tommy James

Wild Thing- Troggs

Summer In The City- Lovin' Spoonful

Sunshine SUperman- Donovan

You Can't Hurry Love- Supremes

CHerish- Association

96 Tears- ? & The Mysterians

Last Train To Clarksville- Monkees

Poor Side Of Town- Johnny Rivers

Good Vibrations- Beach Boys

I'm A Believer- Monkees

one-hit wonders:

Knickerbockers- Lies

Bob Lind- Elusive Butterfly

Capitols- Cool Jerk

Standells- Dirty Water

Syndicate Of Sound- Hey Little Girl

Napoleon XIV- They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha Haa!

Count Five- Psychotic Reaction

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also... to refresh some memories...

1976 gave us:


Convoy- CW McCall

Rhythm Heritage- Theme From SWAT

Johnnie Taylor- Disco Lady

Bellamy Brothers- Let Your Love Flow

Walter Murphy- Fifth Of Beethoven

Starland Vocal band- Afternoon Delight

Bee Gees- You Should Be Dancing

Rick Dees- Disco Duck

KC & Sunshine Band- Shake Your Booty

Barry Manilow- I Write The Songs

not what i would call a highpoint in pop music...

1976 just brings to mind a world before punk (Ramones did debut, but to virtually zero fanfare) & new wave, where disco was rising, rock was becoming more corporate, and AM radio sounded like a bunch of jingles where the production resembled the backing music to "CHiPS"....

also, it was where Elton John lost the thread as well as Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, ... even McCartney/Wings were too bland..

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I can't believe no one has mentioed 1972! The time span from late '71 until early '73 remains untouched to this day, IMHO.

And maybe a little tine called "Go All The Way" graced the airwaves that summer...

Anyway - here is a verypartial listing of tunes I recall from that time:

The aforementioned "GATW" - our very own 'Berries

Not to mention "I Wanna Be With You"

"Burning Love" - Elvis Presley

"Sunshine" - Jonathan Edwards

"Hold Your Head Up" - Argent

"Long Cool Woman" and "Long Dark Road" - The Hollies

"Motorcycle Mama" - having a brain blip - the name will come to me - someone jump in!

"Summer Breeze" and "Hummingbird" - Seals & Crofts

"Don't Let Me Be Lonely" - James Taylor

"Life and Breath" - Climax ("Precious and Few" was in '71 portion of the time frame)

"You're So Vain" - Carly Simon

"Crocodile Rock" and "Daniel" - Elton John

"Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" - Wayne Newton (couldn't resist that one)

"Candy Man" - Sammy Davis, Jr. (right? or the summer before?)

"Popcorn" - Hot Butter

"Money Back Guarantee" - Five Man Electrical Band

"Neither One of Us" - Gladys Knight & the Pips

"No" - Bulldog

Wasn't ELP's "From The Beginning" that year, too?

"I Can See Clearly Now" - Johnny Nash

I could go on for hours...but I'll stop for the moment...yes, I truly loved the music circa 1972!

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I can't believe no one has mentioed 1972! The time span from late '71 until early '73 remains untouched to this day, IMHO.

it's my 2nd choice...

1972 singles/songs:

Alice Cooper- School's Out

Raspberries- Go All The Way-

Badfinger- Day After Day & Baby Blue (the former charting in Dec 71)

Todd Rundgren- I Saw The Light

Roxy Music- Virginia Plain

America- I Need You

Mott The Hoople- All The Young Dudes

T. Rex- Telegram Sam & Metal Guru

Lou Reed- Walk On The Wild Side

Slade- Coz I Love You

Sweet- Little Willy

Raspberries- I Wanna Be With You

Bread- The Guitar Man & Everything I Own

Ringo Starr- Back Off Boogaloo

David Bowie- Starman & Suffragette City

Elton John- Rocket Man

Rolling Stones- Tumbling Dice

Alice Cooper- Elected

Gary Glitter- Rock n Roll Pt II

Bill Withers- Use Me

Stevie Wonder- Superstition

Nilsson- Without You

Neil Young- Heart Of Gold

Looking Glass- Brandy

Temptations- Papa Was A Rollin' Stone

Leon Russell- Tight Rope

ELP- From The Beginning

Lobo- I'd Love You To Want Me

Jo Jo Gunne- Run Run Run

Gilbert O'Sullivan- Alone Again (Naturally)

Sly & The Family Stone- Runnin' Away

Marvin Gaye- Trouble Man

Bee Gees- Run To Me

Hollies- Jesus Was A Crossmaker

A Foot In Cold Water- (Make Me Do) Anything You Want

Spinners- I'll Be Around

Thundermug- Orbit

Jonathan Edwards- Sunshine

Cat Stevens- Morning Is Broken

Al Green- I'm Still In Love With You


Big Star- #1 Record

Lou Reed- Transformer

David Bowie- Ziggy Stardust

Mott The Hoople- All The Young Dudes

Badfinger- Straight Up

Raspberries- Raspberries & Fresh

Al Green- I'm Still In Love With You

Roxy Music- Roxy Music

Rolling Stones- Exile On Main Street

Todd Rundgren- Something/Anything

Alice Cooper- School's Out

Joni Mitchell- For The Roses

Stevie Wonder- Talking Book

T. Rex- The Slider

Steely Dan- Can't Buy A Thrill

Yes- Fragile

Neil Young- Harvest

Pink Floyd- Obscured By Clouds

Peter Frampton- Wind Of Change

Deep Purple- Machine Head

Nick Drake- Pink Moon

Black Sabbath- Vol 4

Carly Simon- No Secrets

Rod Stewart- Never A Dull Moment

Al Green- Let's Stay Together

Aretha Franklin- Young Gifted & Black

The Wailers- Catch A Fire

Curtis Mayfield- Superfly

Elton John- Honky Chateau

Jethro Tull- Thick As A Brick

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1967 was PRETTY HOT, Marv!


BEACH BOYS - "Smiley Smile"

BEE GEES - "The Bee Gees 1st"

CREAM - "Disraeli Gears"

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - "Surrealistic Pillow"

JIMI HENDRIX - "Are You Experienced?"

MOODY BLUES - "Days Of Future Passed"

PINK FLOYD - "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn"

PROCOL HARUM - "Procol Harum"

THE BEATLES - "Magical Mystery Tour"

THE BEATLES - "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

THE MONKEES - "Headquarters"

THE ROLLING STONES - "Their Satanic Majesties Request"

THE SMALL FACES - "There Are But Four Small Faces"

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND - "The Velvet Underground & Nico"

THE WHO - "The Who Sell Out"


"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - Marvin Gaye

"Respect" - Aretha Franklin

"Brown Eyed Girl" - Van Morrison

"I Second That Emotion" - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

"Gimme Some Lovin'" - Spencer Davis Group

"Soul Man" - Sam and Dave

"Daydream Believer" - Monkees

"The Letter" - Box Tops

"Standing In The Shadows Of Love" - Four Tops

"Light My Fire" - Doors

"Ruby Tuesday" - Rolling Stones

"Incense and Peppermints" - Strawberry Alarm Clock

"Kind Of A Drag" - Buckinghams

"I Think We're Alone Now" - Tommy James and the Shondells

"59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy)" - Simon and Garfunkle

"Pleasant Valley Sunday" - Monkees

"Purple Haze" - Jimi Hendrix

"A Whiter Shade Of Pale" - Procul Harum

"Happy Together" - Turtles

"Friday On My Mind" - Easybeats

Reading through all of these lists of years past makes me scratch my head and wonder what the hell happened to music?!?


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Here's the #1 hits from the KHJ radio charts from 1972-

Issue 340 - 1/4/72

Issue 341 - 1/11/72

Issue 342 - 1/18/72

Issue 343 - 01/25/72


Issue 344 - 02/01/72

Issue 345 - 2/8/72


Issue 346 - 2/15/72

Issue 347 - 2/22/72

WITHOUT YOU - Nilsson [Grammy Winner]

Issue 348 - 2/29/72

Issue 349 - 3/7/72

HEART OF GOLD - Neil Young

Issue 350 - 3/14/72

Issue 351 - 3/21/72


Issue 352 - 3/28/72

Issue 353 - 4/4/72


Issue 354 - 4/11/72

THE FIRST TIME (Ever I Saw Your Face) - Roberta Flack *****

Issue 355 - 4/18/72

Issue 356 - 4/25/72

Issue 357 - 5/2/72

Issue 358 - 5/9/72

Issue 359 - 05/16/72

I'LL TAKE YOU THERE - The Staple Singers

Issue 360 - 05/23/72

Issue 361 - 05/30/72

SONG SUNG BLUE - Neil Diamond

Issue 362 - 06/06/72

Issue 363 - 06/13/72

TOO LATE TOO TURN BACK NOW - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose

Issue 364 - 06/20/72

Issue 365 - 06/27/72

Issue 366 - 07/05/72

LEAN ON ME - Bill Withers

Issue 367 - 07/11/72

Issue 368 - 07/18/72

ALONE AGAIN (NATURALLY) - Gilbert O'Sullivan

Issue 369 - 07/25/72

Issue 370 - 08/01/72

Issue 371 - 08/08/72

Issue 372 - 08/15/72

Issue 373 - 08/22/72

BLACK AND WHITE - Three Dog Night

Issue 374 - 08/29/72

Issue 375 - 09/05/72

Issue 376 - 09/12/72

Issue 377 - 09/19/72

Issue 378 - 09/26/72

MY DING-A-LING - Chuck Berry

Issue 379 - 10/03/72

Issue 380 - 10/10/72

Issue 381 - 10/17/72

I'LL BE AROUND - The Spinners

Issue 382 - 10/24/72

Issue 383 - 10/31/72


Issue 384 - 11/07/72

Issue 385 - 11/14/72

Issue 386 - 11/21/72

Issue 387 - 11/28/72

ME AND MRS. JONES - Billy Paul

Issue 388 - 12/5/72

Issue 389 - 12/12/72

Issue 390 - 12/19/72

Issue 391 - 12/26/72

Not a bad year at all smile Kirk.

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I'm glad you listed Black and White - Three Dog Night. I loved that song. Also, Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog - Creedence Clearwater Revival was the same year, wasn't it? That was such a happy song. I remember one night (parents went out - yippee!!!) when my two older brothers and one younger sister and I were singing that song, jumping on the sofas and pretending to play our violins like guitars (well, one brother sang lead - he didn't play violin). We were entertaining our baby brother and sister. It was so much fun. We need more happy songs to elevate our hearts and minds these days.

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