Will It Go ‘Round In Circles, Billy Preston, July 7’ 1973.
The summer was hot and sticky in Southern California and Billy Preston, “The original “fifth” Beatle” was topping the charts with “Will It Go Round In Circles! Disco was yet to be heard, Nixon had a few more months as President and you could be a calculator for $239 at Radio Shack. Most people still had antenna TV on the roof or rabbit ears if you didn’t. If you did any significant typing and wanted to be state of the art you used an IBM Selectric Typewriter–And you made corrections with Liquid Paper (Invented by Mike Nesmith (of the Monkees) mother. Mike went on to have a big part in getting MTV started, but that is another trivia story…The PC or Mac were still waiting to be born
Cassette Tapes are competing with 8-Tracks, Goldie Hahn, is leaving Laugh-in and Chevy goes , VEGAtarian!
Say What? The hit making machine, The Carpenters only had one number one hit. They had several number 2s. Once they were held back by The Jackson Five (makes sense) and another time by The Partridge Family (Yikes!)
During the summer of ’70, the U.S. was taking a deep breath from the tumult of the ’60’s and preparing itself for the two “D’s” that were about to descend: Disco and Digital! Nothing earth shattering in technology or music although the floppy disk was invented that year.”
How come it took so long (2015) for James Taylor, to have the Number 1 Album in the U.S? The FCC comes up with standard rules for this new-fangled thing called Cable TV in the summer of 1971. Carol King, creates some tapestry with an album for the ages. Holy Trinitron Batman, Nixon is going to China! The South Tower of the NEW World Trade Center is completed and we have aa new toy called the Weeble! “The Pentagon Papers” were deemed public information and how this relates to Edward Snowden! Yikes! There was a lot going on when “You’ve Got A Friend” was the Number 1 song!
Before she becomes Wonder Woman a few years later, Wonder Woman–Lynda Carter was from Tempe, Arizona and Miss World USA. The Watergate Break-in had just happened and no one knew this would lead to impeachment of Nixon. Sears had a cartridge TV (Pre-VCR) and it cost $1600 and only recorded a few hours. The Staple Singers had the highest selling and probably the best dance gospel tune of all-time: I’ll Take You There by the Staple Singers. Do you remember Marlee Matlin dancing to it in the movie: Children of a Lesser God?” June-’72, the ’60s are definitely over and in a few years disco would be king.
The Food Network is launched. “The Bridges of Madison County” was competing with Howard Stern’s, “Private Parts“, for the number 1 spot on the Best Seller’s list. BAM! became another word for garlic thanks to Emeril Legasse. Bill Bixby (The Hulk), would turn green no more and Michael Jackson was booted by Pepsi. Who knew that the launch of this network would re-season the taste buds of America?
The O.J. Simpson verdict happened on this date. The United States was once again forced to look at its racial divide. CD ROM was soon to be overtaken by this new thing called a DVD. Denzel Washington was breaking out. E.R. was on top and Howard Stern was fired again in Chicago. While the racial divide played out in the O.J. trial and politics, it was the magic of the arts, music and entertainment that continued to show the multi-cultural excellence of the United States
Jessie’s Girl was Number One on the pop charts. The world was changing faster than we knew it was at the time. MTV was born on that day. The last gasp of the analog world was upon us as the USA Today was being conceived and the first IBM PC was being launched. At the movies The Empire was striking back and Zorro announced he was a gay blade. AIDS was named and the first fundraiser we held. And the US Army was worried about pregnancies, strength, stamina and sole parenthood were core concerns about female recruits!”
I heard it through the grapevine: I Heard it Through The Grapevine was Number One on December 14, 1968. That year was one of the most tumultuous in American history. There was a social-cultural revolution going on that year. We had a Nun that flew. We were just six months away from Woodstock and landing on the moon. Sadness also settled on the land with the loss of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. And what was a Radar Range? And,did Richard Nixon really say, “Sock it to me!?”
Thats The Way I like It, was the number one song on August 31, 1975. Right smack in the middle of the beginning of rock and roll and before the roll out of the most popular music genre since then, Rap. So, what was going on during this time? Listen in as Frank reflects on what was popular back then and some of the other issues of the day ranging from Boom Boxes and the Bicentennial to the birth of Disco and a Rhinestone Cowboy. And lets not forget Jaws, Chris Evert and The Ritchie Family!