It’s mid November, 1973…..in the news this week; a festival hosted by Guru Maharaj Ji at the Houston Astrodome, “Millennium ’73,” is called by supporters the “most significant event in human history!” If that was the most significant event in human history, then Tiny Tim’s marriage to Miss Vicki must have been the second most significant.
Also during the mid part of November ’73, Egypt and Israel signed a U.S.-sponsored cease-fire accord, NASA launched Skylab 4, President Richard Nixon signed into law construction of the Alaska pipeline, and the President says he “is not a crook,” as, days later, an 18 1/2 minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to the Watergate scandal is revealed.
AND….here are the TOP TEN TUNES in the country, THIS WEEK in 1973!
(last week’s position in brackets)
1. Keep On Truckin’/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Eddie Kendricks[/lastfm] (1) — spending its second and final week at #1, the former [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Temptations[/lastfm] lead singer (from 1960-1971) and Alabama native has his first and final solo #1 hit. “Boogie Down” would follow and peak at #2, otherwise, all but one of his other solo releases would fail to make the Top 20. Eddie passed away in 1992. He was only 52.
2. Midnight Train To Georgia/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Gladys Knight & the Pips[/lastfm] (2) — this was at the top of the charts two weeks ago. It spent two weeks at #1 and is the only one of their hits to reach the pinnacle of popularity, though the group had 7 other top ten tunes in the 60′s and 70′s, along with many other Top 40 hits.
3. Heartbeat – It’s A Lovebeat/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The DeFranco Family [/lastfm](4) — what happened HERE??? The Canadian group’s lead singer, Tony DeFranco, was a teen heartthrob as this, their first hit, peaked at #3. They’d have 2 more releases that would make minimal impact on the charts and by only next summer, their music career was effectively over.
4. Photograph/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ringo Starr[/lastfm] (6) — “Poor Ringo!! What WILL he do?? The Beatles have broken up and, really, what chance does a drummer (and seldom used lead singer) have after his band has dissolved???” Fans of the Fab Four wondered just that when news of the final curtain made headlines almost 4 years ago. HA!!! Ringo was the third Beatle to have a #1 song (Photograph is next week’s chart-topper) and he even beat [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John Lennon[/lastfm] to the peak position as a solo act! Add to that previous Top Ten hits “It Don’t Come Easy” and “Back Off Boogaloo,” his NEXT #1 song “You’re Sixteen,” AND future Top Ten hits “Oh My My,” “Only You” and “The No No Song” and the solo success of the former Beatle with the ‘sticks proved to be one of the biggest musical surprises of the decade! Way to show ‘em, Ringo!!!!
5. Space Race/Billy Preston (7) — the man who became the first non-Beatle to get credit on the label of one of their hits (“Get Back”) as keyboardist for that tune, which earned him the nickname of “The 5th Beatle,” had a few vocal and instrumental hits of his own. Coming off his first #1 vocal smash, “Will It Go ‘Round In Circles,” the late Billy Preston will peak at #4 for two weeks next week with this instrumental. Billy already has had another instrumental hit with “Outta Space” and will have ANOTHER #1 vocal success with “Nothing From Nothing.”
Billy Preston and friend
6. Paper Roses/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Marie Osmond[/lastfm] (5) — just turned 15 year-old Marie is enjoying her first and only Top Ten hit with a remake of an Anita Bryant tune, which, coincidentally, ALSO peaked at #5, in 1960. The only daughter of nine children in the Osmond family, Marie, 37 years later, is still a big name in show biz, starring with brother [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Donny Osmond[/lastfm] in Vegas, about to do a Christmas show with him in New York and just off an emotional appearance on TV’s “Oprah Winfrey Show,” where she sang a song from her new “I Can Do This” album. Did you happen to hear her operatic performance? WOW!!! What a voice!!
7. Top Of The World/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Carpenters[/lastfm] (10) — the “Top Of The World” is exactly where Karen and Richard Carpenter’s music career is! Since mid 1970, this will be their THIRD #1 song (the week after next), their 11th Top Ten Hit, with another #1 song to follow (“Please Mr. Postman”) and another top ten tune to come with “Only Yesterday.”
8. Angie/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Rolling Stones[/lastfm] (3) — their 7th #1 hit, it was said [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mick Jagger[/lastfm] wrote it about Angie Bennett, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]David Bowie’s [/lastfm] wife at the time. Some also thought it was about [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Keith Richard’s[/lastfm] daughter, Angela. Others say, “No, it’s about [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Marianne Faithfull[/lastfm], whose relationship with Mick had a tumultuous ending in 1969.” Any more guesses??? Angie Dickinson?? Angela Davis??? Angela Lansbury?????
9. Just You ‘N’ Me/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Chicago[/lastfm] (12) — new this week to the Top Ten, Chicago has been constantly on the charts since early 1970 with their first hit, “Make Me Smile.” Still on Columbia Records, as they will be through the remainder of the 70′s, the band hasn’t had a number one song yet, but will reach the top for the first time three years from now with “If You Leave Me Now.” Chicago will finish their chart career with 19 Top Ten songs and 3 #1′s. INCREDIBLY, the 22nd most successful act in Rock and Roll history, is NOT in the ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HALL OF FAME!! WTF???????????
10. I Got A Name/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jim Croce[/lastfm] (11) — also new to the Top Ten this week, it’s still hard to believe that we lost the Philadelphia-born Jim Croce two months ago (September 20th) in a plane crash in Louisiana. The lead guitarist on all of Jim’s hits was also killed. Jim was just coming off of his first #1 song, “Bad Bad Leroy Brown,” and, had he lived, there’s no telling just how successful the man with the smooth, easy to listen to singing voice and great songwriting skills would have become. Sad, sad, Leroy Brown…..