David Cassidy and The Partridge Family takin’ it ‘One Day At A Time,’ 1973
Fictional TV rock band, The Partridge Family, has been added to Cherry Stereo’s Music Makers of the Seventies section today.
While the family may have consisted of actors thrown together for a successful sitcom, the music was well-sung by David Cassidy and Shirley Jones, and played by highly-regarded session musicians like Hal Blaine and Mike Melvoin. The hits were plentiful. Get into Partridge pop!
On a more serious note: Cherry Stereo sends out our best wishes to David Cassidy for a speedy and full recovery.
News has come in that AC/DC co-founder and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young has died at the age of 64. In honor of the man, we’ve got a video of the band performing “Girls Got Rhythm” on European TV in November of 1979.
“Girls Got Rhythm” originally appeared on AC/DC’s Highway To Hell LP in the summer of ’79. Highway To Hell helped the band break big in the US. Thank you for the music, Malcolm!
AC/DC Facebook Statement: “Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.”
Slade’s “Gudbuy T’Jane” originally appeared on the band’s third studio LP Slayed? in the fall of 1972.
“Gudbuy T’Jane” was written by singer-guitarist Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea, and hit #2 in the UK and #68 on the US Hot 100. Catch a wild video made for Europe’s TopPop program in December of ’72 below.
Growing up, I knew only two things about the Ohio Players. One was that they had exactly two solid radio hits, “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster.” The other was a rumor that the woman on their album covers had met an untimely fate, perhaps due to application of heated honey for the Honey cover shot. Supposedly her wails were recorded and mixed into the song “Love Rollercoaster,” which struck me as kinda sinister.
Both claims have since been debunked. The death rumor is of course bogus (and I didn’t even get it right). And, though the two singles mentioned were their biggest, the Dayton funk combo had a bunch of other great tunes. These include “Jive Turkey” (reviewed last year in Disco Lab), “Who’d She Coo,” and the weirdo novelty “Funky Worm,” which included an early funk use of synthesizer.
But what about Fire, the album? Surprisingly it’s not just a bunch of wannabe remakes of the single but a nicely programmed sequence of funky and slow, dancey and smoochy. Clever theming ties the album together; the notion of “fire” as demonic flames carries through on cuts such as “Smoke,” “Runnin’ From the Devil,” and “What The Hell.” The remaining slow-jam numbers provide some chilled-out salvation. Overall it’s an album you could play for coffee or commuting, not just party time.
The 8-track version flows nicely with only one broken track; the aforementioned “What The Hell” is so intense (with searing lead guitar solo) that it’s nice to catch your breath in the middle. Glad to circle back to the OP’s after a few decades for some solid jams; also to learn that No Cover Model Was Harmed By Honey Or Anything Else In The Making Of This Album. Even “fi-yah”!
San Francisco, California television and radio station KQED filmed an exclusive Pink Floyd performance in April of 1970 at the Fillmore Auditorium. The concert footage was originally broadcast in January of 1971.
KQED has now posted a lengthy clip of Pink Floyd performing “Astronomy Domine” that was not included in the broadcast and has remained mostly-unseen for 47 years. Jump here to view it.
KQED quote: “The KQED production team brought ‘a huge mobile truck the size of a boxcar that held the video recording equipment’ outside the original Fillmore Auditorium so the performance could be ‘recorded as well as you could outside the studio at that time. There’s a certain amount of vibration that was caused just from the sound of the amps. Because the technology just wasn’t that advanced yet. Portable video, the way we think of it, didn’t even exist.'”
ZZ Top, ‘Fandango!’ (‘Radio & Records’ magazine, May 02, 1975). Click to enlarge.
ZZ Top released their fourth LP, Fandango!, in the spring of 1975.
Side one of features the band playing live in New Orleans in April of 1974. Side two features a selection of studio cuts including the single “Tush.” “Tush” hit #20 on the US Hot 100 and was was ZZ Top’s first single to reach that height, helping to propel the band to super-stardom.
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Leon Russell passed away one year ago today. In honor of the artist, we’ve got a rare, animated promotional film for “Roll Away The Stone” from Russell’s 1970 self-titled LP.
“Roll Away The Stone” was written by Leon Russell and Greg Dempsey and features The Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums), and Traffic’s Steve Winwood (keyboard).
Leon Russell: ‘Roll Away The Stone’ Animated Promo (1970)
Carpenters, ‘We’ve Only Just Begun.’ Number One in NYC, November 10, 1970.
Looking back at the charts and music surveys of radio stations in the 1970s can make for fun, and sometimes surprising, reading. From time to time we’ll dive into these fascinating pop time capsules.
New York’s Top 40 radio station WABC collected “Weekly Surveys” in the Seventies which charted “the record sales of local record stores in New York City” and “are an accurate reflection of what songs were played each week…”
Let’s take a look at the Top 20 for the week of 11/10/70 – 47 years ago. We’ll listen to some of the more surprising entries below the chart.
WABC: NOVEMBER 10, 1970
1. “We’ve Only Just Begun” – The Carpenters (A&M)
2. “I’ll Be There” – The Jackson 5 (Motown)
3. “Indiana Wants Me” – R. Dean Taylor (Rare Earth)
4. “I Think I Love You” – The Partridge Family (Bell)
5. “Fire and Rain” – James Taylor (Warner Brothers)
6. “5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years of Love)” – The Presidents (Sussex)
7. “It Don’t Matter to Me” – Bread (Elektra)
8. “Lola” – The Kinks (Reprise)
9. “Green-Eyed Lady” – Sugarloaf (Liberty)
10. “Cracklin’ Rosie” – Neil Diamond (Uni)
11. “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” – Elvis Presley (RCA)
12. “Super Bad, Part 1 & Part 2” – James Brown (King)
13. “So Close” – Jake Holmes (Polydor)
14. “Candida” – Dawn (Bell)
15. “All Right Now” – Free (A&M)
16. “Montego Bay” – Bobby Bloom (L&R)
17. “Still Water (Love)” – The Four Tops (Motown)
18. “Look What They’ve Done to My Song Ma” – The New Seekers (Elektra)
19. “Somebody’s Been Sleeping” – 100 Proof (Aged in Soul) (Hot Wax)
20. “See Me, Feel Me” – The Who (Decca)
Right! Let’s listen to two tunes on the chart that I was mostly unfamiliar with before today. First, we have a excellent smoking soul number “5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years of Love)” by The Presidents. The song hit #11 on the US Hot 100.
After that, soft rocker “So Close” (US #49) by Jake Holmes. Who the heck is Jake Holmes? Turns out Holmes wrote Led Zeppelin’s “Dazed and Confused” and co-wrote the Dr. Pepper “Be A Pepper” jingle. Holy heck! The same person wrote those two songs? My mind is officially blown.
The Presidents: ‘5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years of Love)’ (1970)