‘Oh, girl…how I depend on you.’ (Eugene Record & the Chi-Lites).
Settling into a slow groove now with the Chi-Lites and “Oh Girl” as performed on Soul Train in 1972.
“Oh Girl,” written , produced, arranged, and lead vocal provided by Eugene Record, appeared on the Chi-Lite’s 1972 L.P., A Lonely Man. The tune went all the way to #1 on the US Hot 100 and hit #14 in the UK.
Today we present our listening chart for The Top 10 Songs Of 1971. You can catch the chart for 1970 before you dive in. The list below was created by combining the year-end, best-selling singles charts from Billboard and Cash Box magazine. Without further delay (…pedal) – let’s listen to the biggest hits of 1971!
1. “Joy To The World” – Three Dog Night
Three Dog Night: ‘Joy To The World’
2. “It’s Too Late” – Carole King
Carole King: ‘It’s Too Late’
3. “Indian Reservation” – Paul Revere & the Raiders
Paul Revere & the Raiders: ‘Indian Reservation’
4. “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” – Bee Gees
Bee Gees: ‘How Can You Mend a Broken Heart’
5. “One Bad Apple” – The Osmonds
The Osmonds: ‘One Bad Apple’
6. “Go Away Little Girl” – Donny Osmond
Donny Osmond: ‘Go Away Little Girl’
7. “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)” – The Temptations
The Temptations: ‘Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)’
“Rock And Roll Love Letter,” written by Tim Moore, is a real slice of pop perfection and appeared on the L.P. of nearly the same name in early 1976. The song climbed to #28 on the US Hot 100 and #6 in Canada.
Bay City Rollers: ‘Rock And Roll Love Letter’ (‘TopPop,’ 1976)
Interestingly, the label of the single lists “Since I Found My Baby” as appearing on the band’s Got to Testify L.P. which never saw release. Instead, United Artists issued a Greatest Hits platter in ’76 and the song found a home there. Spin it below.
Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose: ‘Since I Found My Baby’ (1974)
Mick Jagger preparing to rip this joint. (Image by Robert Frank, 1971)
Here’s a real find. An unofficial music video for the Rolling Stones “Rocks Off.” The footage for this classic Exile on Main St. track is made up of casual Super-8 footage of the Stones on the downtown streets of L.A. and NYC in 1971.
Documentary photographer Robert Frank (whose 1958 photo graces the cover of Exile) shot the film and his band photos can be found on the gatefold and back of the L.P.
Anyone out there catch Bowie 44 years ago in NYC on Valentine’s night? I wish I could say I was at the L.A. show but I was only a lad of six. I did meet Bowie in 1987 a few times while I was working at Tower Video on Sunset Blvd in L.A. and he was very friendly and easy going. A real upstanding fellow! I’ll tell you a bit more about it some time.