Thursday, November 15, 2012

"Stilled by Worldwind Tongues" by Bloodrock



Bloodrock made just one appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 with their morbid "D.O.A", in early 1971, when I was a second-semester junior at the State University of New York at Buffalo and living in a duplex with Ralph Pearson, Al ("Dr. Ono Marmalade") Marmulstein, and Tom Szczesny in a duplex on Tonawanda Creek Road, 8 miles north of the campus.  All of our neighbors were regular people, i.e. not students.  I'm sure they all shook their heads in dismay every time they saw our tied-dyed curtains through the living room's picture window.

By this time, their final studio album in 1974, the group had moved from hard rock to progressive rock, trying to give Jethro Tull a run for its money with this catchy tune.

Listeners weren't interested, though.  The album quickly sank after its release, never registering on the Billboard Top 200.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

40 Years Ago This Week: "Brandy" and "Alone Again (Naturally)" Debut on the Billboard Hot 100 for the Week Ending June 17, 1972





68, 45, 27, 12, 5, 4, 2, 2, 2, 2, 1, 4, 5, 8, 23, 33.  (16 weeks)


81, 60, 53, 45, 44, 39, 39, 45, 60.  (9 weeks)


82, 66, 56, 40, 34, 29, 23, 20, 18, 8, 5, 5, 12, 28, 42.  (15 weeks)


83, 73, 62, 55, 50, 49, 46, 43, 43, 42, 61, 74.  (11 weeks)


85, 58, 43, 38, 29, 28, 35.  (7 weeks)


88, 59, 34, 20, 8, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 3, 5, 18, 27, 43.  (18 weeks)


89, 83, 72, 66, 65, 65, 70.  (7 weeks)


90, 70, 61, 48, 45, 46, 51. (7 weeks)

A cat with no name?

100, 91, 90, 91. (4 weeks)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

"The Freshman Class" on Billboard's Hot 100 for the Week Ending April 29, 1972


For me, it's less than a month away from another solo cross-country hitchhiking excursion.


50, 23, 11, 8. 7. 7, 11, 14, 24. 33.  (10 weeks)


77, 59, 47, 39, 33, 31. 31, 50, 68.  (9 weeks)


79, 43, 34, 29, 17, 15, 12, 12, 25, 35.  (10 weeks)


80, 78, 77, 80.  (4 weeks)


81, 79, 79.  (3 weeks)

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82, 76, 75, 73, 75.  (5 weeks)

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87, 85, 85.  (3 weeks)


90, 88, 86.  (3 weeks)


92, 86, 80, 85.  (4 weeks)

"I Wanna Be Your Friend" by Lighthouse.

93, 93.  (2 weeks)


98, 92, 78, 65, 58, 55, 50, 34, 29, 19, 13, 11, 8, 8, 8, 9, 15, 26, 36.  (19 weeks)
Never understood this song's popularity.  Did my best to avoid it.


98, 96, 89, 88, 68, 65, 61, 59, 53, 48, 43, 43, 40. 40, 48.  (15 weeks)

"Young New Mexican Puppeteer".  Could there be a more uninteresting song title?

99, 91, 88, 83, 80, 80, 82.  (7 weeks)


100, 99.  (2 weeks)




Monday, April 23, 2012

Some Two Smash Hits Among the "Freshman Class" on Billboard's Hot 100 for the Week Ending April 22, 1972

Full disclosure: Was never much of a Jackson 5 fan. But they always put the Osmond Brothers to shame.

62, 32, 26, 17, 15, 13, 13, 21, 39.  (9 weeks)


78, 74, 68, 67, 70.  (5 weeks)

Sly & the Family Stone - (You Caught Me) Smilin'

79, 64, 56, 48, 45, 42, 52.  (7 weeks)


81, 51, 40, 30, 25, 19, 16, 15, 15, 20, 41.  (11 weeks)


82, 69, 58, 46, 43, 39, 33, 32, 31, 30, 28, 27, 31, 37.  (14 weeks)


83, 75, 71, 61, 42, 36, 26, 20, 10, 7, 4, 1, 1, 1, 9, 11, 15, 25, 31.  (19 weeks)


85, 70, 64, 60, 52, 52, 62.  (7 weeks)


88, 86, 81, 81.  (4 weeks)


89, 60, 47, 39, 36, 32, 30, 29, 29, 39.  (10 weeks)


90, 65, 57, 40, 34, 28, 17, 9, 6, 3, 3, 2, 3, 14, 22, 27, 36.  (17 weeks)


April 22, 1972


Brewers get their butts kicked.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Some Big Names, All Underachievers: "Freshman Class" on Billboard's Hot 100 for the Week Ending April 15, 1972


 
86, 75, 71, 75, 91.  (5 weeks)


89, 86, 83.  (3 weeks)


90, 87, 85, 84, 84.  (5 weeks)


95, 94.  (2 weeks)


96, 77, 72, 70, 66, 72, 74.  (7 weeks)


98, 96, 89, 89, 94.  (5 weeks)


99, 97, 94.  (3 weeks)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Billboard Hot 100 Debuts for the Week Ending January 15, 1972

#74.  From A Space in Time.


#76.  Spent 2 weeks at #2.
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#83.  "B" side of "Rock Steady".


 #91. Reached the top 10. When this song came on the radio, I reached for the tuner.

#95. "Music from Across the Way" by James Last. YouTube crashes when I try to access this video. Don't remember a note of this song.

#96.  Strangers on the Hot 100.  Much more at home on AOR.
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#99.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Don McLean: No 'Pie" Credit for You

For 'American Pie,' a Twist To the Legend of Its Birth. (The New York Times, 11/30/2011)

Excerpt: Mr. McLean put the legend to rest last weekend in an article in The Post-Star of Glens Falls, N.Y. He also debunked a parallel tale that claimed he first performed the song at Caffè Lena around the corner from the Tin & Lint.

Mr. McLean, 66, speaking from his home in Maine, laughed when asked about the story.

“ ‘American Pie’ is a little bit like the Mayflower,” he said on Monday. “Everybody’s on it.”


Has it been 40 years already?!



"American Pie" debuted at #69 on Billboard's Hot 100 for the week ending November 27, 1971. In spite of its 8:33 length, it immediately went into heavy rotation on most radio stations that featured a Top 40 format.

Here's the song week-by-week progress.

69. 34, 25, 9, 3, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 7, 9, 12, 19, 20, 22, 56.  

A total of 19 weeks on the chart.  11 of them in the top 10.  Quite a feat.

If you can't get enough of this story, there's always Don McLean Online.