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    Billboard American Top 40 Fifty Years Ago (1971) / Sundays Radio Countdown - Listen:

    This thread is dedicated to forum member Marv2. Rest In Peace friend.

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    Jan 3, 1971

    It's a new year and the music of American radio keeps shifting and shaping and redefining itself. Established acts persevere, but as they drop off an eager pack of newcomers eagerly jump into the fray.
    In the thick of it all forges Motown, they themselves diversified with the tried and true and the never befores. Coming off a very successful year in 1970, they have strong Top 40 representation (17%) with seven songs in the countdown as 1971 begins :

    Motown has two songs in the Top 10, both of which have now reached their peaks :
    TEARS OF A CLOWN by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles ,a former Number One song for two weeks, slides just a bit from number 3 to 4.
    STONED LOVE by The Supremes has topped out at a respectable #7 and this week is down one to #8.
    Competing against themselves, they are also at #16 , up one , this week along with the Four Tops with a cover of Phil Spector's RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH.

    Also up one: Gladys Knight & The Pips are at #23 with IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN .

    {{{ At #29 is one of Motown's most significant singles in their entire history:
    I'LL BE THERE by The Jackson Five has become the label's biggest selling single surpassing the former champ, Marvin Gaye's I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE, and it will hold that distinction as their biggest single for ten years until it is replaced by the Lionel Richie penned ENDLESS LOVE.
    The song was #1 for five weeks and Michael Jackson said I'LL BE THERE established their legitimacy beyond a teen fave.
    I'LL BE THERE spent the entirety of its four month run on the Hot 100 in the Top 40, and it won't settle for less. It'll finish its last week on it as well, at #29 before it disappears altogether and won't be there . }}}

    That leads us to Motown's debut offerings to the Top 40 in this new year:

    Entering as the highest debuting single of the week's chart is Edwin Starr's STOP THE WAR NOW at #32.
    A year ago this group was unknown , now they are back into the Top 40 with their third successful Top 40 release in a row : Rare Earth and their first original , non -Motown cover hit: BORN TO WANDER finds its way in at #36.

    So that's how the year 1971 starts for Motown , amongst a fabulously diverse assortment of musical styles charting , all competing for chart space, Motown has no trouble staying relevant. Fantastic times.

    Any projections for 1971 in terms of music ? Will it be , for instance, the year of the woman? There are nine performances on the chart that I count, as best I can, that have official female members singing.
    But also "woman" seems to be a trending word in song titles:
    #5- BLACK MAGIC WOMAN- Santana
    #10- GYPSY WOMAN- Brian Hyland
    #23 -IF I WERE YOU'RE WOMAN -Gladys Knight
    #32 -WE GOTTA GET YOU A WOMAN - Runt

    below the Top 40:

    #77 -ARE YOU MY WOMAN The Chi-lites
    #99 -NOW I'M A WOMAN - Nancy Wilson

    also The Bee Gees are at #21 with LONELY DAYS with the prominent line, "where would I be without my woman ...."

    if not the year , certainly a strong week for the "woman" theme

    WE GOTTA GET YOU A WOMAN was Todd Rundgren's first hit , it'll peak at #20:

    the Four Tops will cheech and chong it in 1972:

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    Week 2
    JAN 9 1971

    Typical week , with the major songs holding steady at the top , shifting just a bit , up if able or down if forced , while several up-and-comers salivate for their turn at chart victory .
    Motown will continue with seven songs in the Top 40, with one leaving but replaced by another.

    Two new songs enter-
    Bee Gees- LONELY DAYS #9,
    Barbra Streisand - STONEY END #10:

    Phil Spector has resurrected, and is having a sweet moment , his production of George Harrison's solo work, MY SWEET LORD /ISN'T IT A PITY is at #1 again this week, and thanks to Ashford and Simpson, his oddly rejected Ike and Tina Turner composition of RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH ( peaking at #88) is in the Top 15 as presented by two Motown stalwarts. Also at number 27 this week, after being in the Top 10 (#9), is Andy Kim's version of The Ronettes BE MY BABY.

    The Bee Gees are having one of their periodic bursts of inspired music making, missing for three lonely years from the Top Forty, they return and bullet into the Top Ten from #21 to #9 with what will be their biggest hit so far: LONELY DAYS.

    Motown still holds two Top Ten spots with THE TEARS OF A CLOWN now at #6 down just two , and The Supremes are gripping tightly to the #8 position again this week with STONED LOVE .

    THE TOP 40:
    Kind of a country/ folkish tinge found within the five new entries :
    MOST OF ALL - BJ Thomas #40
    WATCHING SCOTTY GROW - Bobby Goldsboro #39
    AMAZING GRACE - Judy Collins #37
    AMOS MOSES - Jerry Reed #36
    and one more, from Motown, coming up!

    As mentioned The Supremes and The Four Tops share the #14 position (up 2) with RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH.
    Gladys Knight continues to try to find traction with IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN with a three place advancement to #20.
    We have a trinity of Motown songs being heard in a row on the Top Forty broadcast this week :
    #33 (again) STOP THE WAR Edwin Starr, a surprising stall considering it was last weeks biggest debut.
    #32 (from #36) BORN TO WONDER Rare Earth
    and at #31 is the charts highest debuting song:
    Perhaps noticing that the Supremes are procuring two Top 40 positions , Diana Ross bursts onto the chart with a song declaring REMEMBER ME.

    From Motown: I'LL BE THERE -The J5
    From new LA label: Sussex :
    The Presidents , this is their last week, at number #35, after peaking earlier at #11 : 5 10 15 20 25 30 YEARS OF LOVE

    this will be the only visit to the Top 40 by this Washington DC vocal group. Produced by Van McCoy who will also become a one hit wonder under his own name:

    Scouring the Hot 100 for Motown related charters,
    at #69, now slipping after reaching #60, a cover of The Temptations I CANT GET NEXT TO YOU by some hopeful new hotshot singer by the name of Al Green:

    (will this attempt relegate him into a non-top 40, one hit wonder .... we'll see!)
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    It's been pointed out to me that Marvin Gaye (with The Andantes?) under the guidance of Hal Davis did a cover version of 5-10-15 -20 ( 25 -30 YEARS OF LOVE) not released at the time :

    aren't we happy shu-gar
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    *** Phil Spector passed away today Jan 17, 2021, exactly 50 years after this chart in which he has the #1 song produced by him:
    MY SWEET LORD/ ISN'T IT A PITY-George Harrison
    and a song written by him (along with Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich):
    as well as their BE MY BABY @ #39
    (see last week's review for more)
    RIP Phil Spector ***

    Chart #3
    January 16, 1971

    We have mild chart movement on the Top 40 this week. Just two new songs enter , neither from Motown , the label's presence holds at seven singles on board. The biggest new record, in at #31, is Englisher Dave Edmund's cover of Smiley Lewis' (deceased by '71) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING, Dave's one record to make the Billboard Top 40. (At #2 is Dawn's KNOCK THREE TIMES and at #3 is The Fifth Dimension's ONE LESS BELL TO ANSWER).... providing an open and shut case for this week's chart theme.

    The Top Ten:

    The Top Five songs remain wedged in their same order as last week. One new Top 10 song enters at #7 (up from #11), King Floyd's southern hit GROOVE ME , that space is created by Chicago's DOES ANYBODY REALLY KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS ten notch drop to clock in at #17. Motown is represented in the Top Ten again this week by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles stubborn THE TEARS OF A CLOWN , now at #10 and the equally stubborn Supremes are again at #8 with STONED LOVE.

    The Top 40:

    The Supremes and Four Tops climb no further with RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH , it is treading steady at #14 for a second week. Also struggling, Gladys Knight and the Pips' IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN manages a shift of just one space from #20 to #19.
    That makes Rare Earth's BORN TO WANDER Motown's strongest single this week, moving up eight notches from #32 to #24. Diana Ross is nearby on the chart at #26 with REMEMBER ME , up five from #31.. Just below that at #27, up six, Edwin Starr increases his fight for higher positioning of his STOP THE WAR NOW.

    Besides I HEAR YOU KNOCKING, the other new song this week is perennial charter James Brown's GET UP GET INTO IT GET INVOLVED this being his 28th release to get into it. (The Top 40).

    Leaving the Top 40:
    Nothing from Motown

    This chart Brian Hyland will spend his last week on the Top 40 at #37 with GYPSY WOMAN which peaked at #3. This is Hyland's 8th Top 40 song in his ten year singing career, and this will be his last appearance.

    GYPSY WOMAN is a Curtis Mayfield song which was on the charts in 1961 with The Impressions (post Jerry Butler) peaking at #20. Brian Hyland was 17 years old at the time. But even so, Brian was charting then too: His ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENIE YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI hit #1 when he was sixteen.

    Curtis Mayfield is having a good spell. Besides the resurgence of GYPSY WOMAN , he's also for the first time on the chart with a record under his own name : (DON'T WORRY) IF THERE'S A HELL DOWN BELOW WERE ALL GOING TO GO rising up from the lower depths of the chart from #30 to #29 .

    More gypsy action on the Hot 100:
    At #62, up one, is Gypsy ( the house band at Hollywood's WHISKY A GO GO ) with their song GYPSY QUEEN PT 1:

    Parts I and II
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    Chart #4
    January 23, 1971

    The chart gets a bit of a shake up this week: four new songs in the Top 40 , three new songs in the Top Ten, and after five weeks of MY SWEET LORD at the top, there's a new number one. All this action is absent Motown, though they maintain a strong Top 40 presence with the same seven songs charting. For the first time in a long time, Motown has no records in the Top Ten . Both THE TEARS OF A CLOWN and STONED LOVE release their grips and drop out, The Supremes are now at #12 (from #8), and Smokey Robinson and The Miracle are at #17 (from #10).

    The Top 10:

    After three times of knocking at #1 from the #2 position, Tony Orlando and Dawn , are admitted into the top spot , yielded by George Harrison , with KNOCK THREE TIMES . A new artist by the name of Elton John breaks into the Top 10 (#7 from #11) for the first time thanks to radio DJs playing the 'B' side (YOUR SONG) of his intended single TAKE ME TO THE PILOT.
    Back in the 1940s and 50s, Perry Como used to hang out regularly in the Top 10 ; and between 1944 and 1958, he placed 48 hits on Billboard's charts. So its not at all impossible for him to do it again , as he indeed has with IT'S IMPOSSIBLE (#10 from #12). Probably more unlikely is Lynn Anderson's #1 country rendition of ROSE GARDEN entering at #9 from #15 and will peak at #3.

    The Top 40:
    Three Motown songs are heard in a row on this week's countdown:

    #12) STONED LOVE The Supremes
    #13) IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips - Motown's highest upward moving single with a hearty five place jump.
    #14) Rather flat is RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH, The Four Tops and The Supremes , level at #14 for the third straight week.

    Smokey Robinson and the Miracles long-running THE TEARS OF A CLOWN dips to #17 (from #10).
    Diana Ross still in the countdown's bottom half - but up a solid five points to #21 with REMEMBER ME.
    by Rare Earth doesn't stray far from last week's charting, one notch up to #23 from #24.
    Edwin Starr's STOP THE WAR NOW almost stops now at last week's #27, it's up one to #26.

    Dropping off the Top 40:
    Nothing from Motown

    The new entries:
    Nothing from Motown

    Highest entry:
    #34 - ONE BAD APPLE - The Osmonds

    #36 - IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND - Gordon Lightfoot
    #39 - PRECIOUS PRECIOUS - Jackie Moore
    #40 - (DO THE) PUSH AND PULL pt 1 - Rufus Thomas

    ROSE GARDEN was a 1967 Joe South song ( GAMES PEOPLE PLAY, WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES, DOWN IN THE BOON DOCKS) covered two years later by Lynn Anderson , who had to push for the song's recording as it was thought by her producer as unfitting from a female prospective ( with lines like I could promise you things like big diamond rings). Not intended as a single, Clive Davis heard it and said, "Release that." It became an international success (16 countries), Grammy winner, and the #1 country song of the year.

    The first artist to peddle South's ROSE GARDEN as a single was Dobie Gray:

    Joe South was a key player in the music business by the second half of the sixties, including involvement with Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel...
    That guitar in the intro and throughout Aretha's CHAIN OF FOOLS, that 's him.
    South's brother Tommy who played drums for Joe when performing and recording, committed suicide in 1971. From that and drug use, Joe South never rebounded.

    The other remake to make the Top 10 this week is 49 year old Perry Como's IT'S IMPOSSIBLE. Born in 1912 , Como spent his entire forty four year recording career exclusively with RCA. English is Como's second language . He grew up speaking Italian at home near Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania with his Italian born parents. His smooth , calm vocal style is said to epitomize the term "easy listening" and his sweater oriented styling ,helped establish casual clothing. Como had high moral standards and did not let his television programs or concerts stray. When his wife of 65 years , Estelle Como died suddenly in 1994, he was devastated.
    IT'S IMPOSSIBLE (as SOMOS NOVIOS) was originally written and recorded in 1968 by Mexican songwriter Armando Manzanero, who passed in December 2020.

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    Bob's Top 40 Countdown, the current one and the week before, can be accessed for listening at any time through the stations archives :


    Here's Joe South playing his tremelo guitar on this later released (but original) longer version of CHAIN OF FOOLS:

    Once you are aware of it , the edit on the shortened intro on the single is jarring. CHAIN OF FOOLS was written by soulster Don Covay some FIFTEEN years earlier.


    With the recent passing of Phil Spector (we'll hear more from him here soon) , let's have a listen to Canadian Andy Kim's BE MY BABY which dropped out of the Top 40 this week after having peaked at #17 earlier.:

    Andy Kim (Andrew Youakim) had already taken a Phil Spector song, BABY I LOVE YOU, into the Top 10 in 1969. His youthful, salted butter voice won him best male vocalist in Canada in 1969 , and its strong presence on The Archies' SUGAR SUGAR ( which he co-wrote) likely contributed to that song's giant success ( #1 Record Of The Year for 1969). As I listen to these versions of BE MY BABY and BABY I LOVE YOU , I can't help wondering if Kim and Jeff Barry were pitching them as releases by The Archies .
    Andy Kim will now disappear from the Top 40 for a few years , but when he makes a return , its to #1.
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    I love this kind of trivia. Thanks for posting!

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    thank you Bobby!

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    Chart # 5
    Jan 30, 1971

    Another bit of a log jam at the top, Dawn's KNOCK THREE TIMES is #1 for the second time with most of the Top 10 songs exchanging slight shifts in their positions and there are two new additions. Nothing remarkable happening from the Motown camp, though still strongly present with six songs in the countdown , with one of last week's dropping out. Just three new songs appear in the Top 40 , none will be career makers.

    So kind of a slow week , with only one record really ablaze within the 40:

    The Top 10:

    Catapulting from their debut spot last week at #34 , The Osmonds with ONE BAD APPLE are now in the Top 10 at #9, up 25 slots. This could've been the J5 , the song was written for them , but Motown (Berry Gordy) turned it down. The Osmonds got lucky , at the right place at the right time to take on the homeless song, but the opportunity was a long time in coming, the brothers have been singing professionally on Andy William's TV show regularly all through the sixties.

    I HEAR YOU KNOCKING by Dave Edmunds also springs into the Top 10 at #7 up nine from #16. The two songs to give way from the Top 10 are Santana's BLACK MAGIC WOMAN @ #12 from #5 and Perry Como's IT'S IMPOSSIBLE 's one week placement at #10 is now #12. Motown is again not present in the Top 10.

    But they aren't far off :

    The Top 40:

    Now at #11 from #13: IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips

    Rare Earth's BORN TO WANDER is next at #17 (from #23), leapfrogging Diana Ross' REMEMBER ME (#21 to #19), both now in the Top 20.
    Sinking like a rocked : STONED LOVE Supremes down from #12 to #21
    Diving: RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Supremes/Four Tops from #14 to #29
    and this is Smokey Robinson and The Miracles THE TEARS OF A CLOWN likely last trace @ #38 (from #17) after an impressive four month Hot 100 chart run .

    Off the chart :
    from Motown :
    Edwin Starr

    Top 40 debuts:
    none from Motown

    #33 LET YOUR LOVE FLOW Bread
    #37 1900 YESTERDAY Liz Damen's Orient Express
    #40 SOMEBODY'S WATCHING YOU Little Sister


    Tales of Two Rays:

    As mentioned THE TEARS OF A CLOWN is now in its 16th week on the charts. That's on the long side of a successful single's chart run. Its longevity is surpassed this week by only two other songs on the Top 40, the Partridge Family's I THINK I LOVE YOU is in its 17th week as it now slips from #11 to #15, and then there's this song, at #23 down three, with an incredible 23 weeks on the Hot 100:

    Mentioning career makers , Ray Price was doing fine without this song , 30 top 10 songs on the country chart ( 3 at #1) starting in 1951 continuing non stop throughout the sixties until this song graced him in 1970, finally giving him his second time into the top 40 and rising all the way to #11, FOR THE GOOD TIMES becoming Ray's one big claim to pop success.

    FOR THE GOOD TIMES is also the chart's premiere of a significant song writer and future performer in his own right, Kris Kristofferson. (he's entering a very good time chart wise).
    Eventually a 25 week chart run, and six months on the chart, FOR THE GOOD TIMES has been charting since the summer of 1970.

    Still looking at long running songs on the Hot 100 , here's a curious one by Ray Charles: now at #69, this song has been charting for 18 weeks :

    The record is on Ray's own label Tangerine and written by Jimmy Lewis who works with Ray quite a bit during this period (you can hear him singing alongside Ray on this single). Eighteen weeks on the chart ... yet IF YOU WERE MINE fails to break the Top forty ( thwarted at: .... #41!) .
    But Ray is not down for the count yet, he's got a another release off this same album (LOVE COUNTRY STYLE) coming up on the Hot 100 soon ....
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    Chart #6
    FEBRUARY 6, 2021

    Good week for Motown. One new song enters the Top 10 , a Motowner, and of this week's five debuting singles, the biggest , a high one this week - coming in at #25, is also a release from the label.
    There are five Motown songs on the Top 40 compared to six last week. One new Motown record enters while two drop out.

    The Top 10:

    Can't knock it : Three times at #1, Dawn's KNOCK THREE TIMES. Right at the door loudly, ONE BAD APPLE , the Osmonds at #2, a giant inner Top Ten leap of seven spots from #9.
    Women trading places: Gladys Knight and Barbra Streisand swap out: dropping one to #11 from #10 is STONEY END , while IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN nudges into the top 10 , at #10 from #11. Both songs have women composers: Pam Sawyer and Gloria Jones (with producer Clay McMurray) from the Motown camp and Laura Nyro penning the Streisand remake of STONEY END.
    The other songs within the Top Ten are all doing a little downward shuffle with only Dave Edmond's I HEAR YOU KNOCKING gaining slight upward momentum , #7 to #6.

    The Top 40:

    Leapfrogging again: Diana Ross' REMEMBER ME up three to #16 from #19 jumps over Rare Earth's BORN TO WANDER which doesn't , staying put at #17, same as last week.
    MAMA'S PEARL by The Jackson Five premiers on the Top 40 chart at #25 from #47.
    Heavy falling out, five more spots: The Supremes STONED LOVE from #21 to #26

    Biggest Mover:

    Up 13 notches from #25 to #12
    WATCHING SCOTTY GROW- Bobby Goldsboro

    Off the chart:
    from Motown:

    RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH The Four Tops and The Supremes
    THE TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson and The Miracles. This will be Smokey's final #1 in his career , The Miracles will return to hit it without him.

    Top 40 Debuts::
    One from Motown:
    MAMA'S PEARL- The Jackson Five #25

    - Henry Mancini #30
    HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN/HEY TONIGHT- Creedence Clearwater Revival #32
    DON'T LET THE GREEN GRASS FOOL YOU -Wilson Pickett #39
    YOUR TIME TO CRY - Joe Simon #40

    More about STONEY END, Streisand's first hit of the seventies. The song, written by 20 year old Laura Nyro, was originally released as a single by MOD SQUAD hot property, Peggy Lipton , but failed to make the Hot 100. The song caught the attention of rising star producer Richard Perry whose uptempo version put Streisand back on the top 40 for the first time in six years and its Babs second time to make the Top 10 (#6) since her first charter, The Supremes favored PEOPLE, #5 from 1964.
    This will help establish Richard Perry as a hot hot producer and he'll soon be doing big projects with names like Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr, Nillson , Carly Simon, and Diana Ross , as well as Martha Reeves.
    This is Perry's first production to reach the Top 10, his previous biggest success was Tiny Tim's TIPTOE THROUGH THE TULIPS which reached #17.

    Laura Nyro also assisted in the success of the female inclusive group, The Fifth Dimension , writing the songs STONED SOUL PICNIC, SAVE THE COUNTRY, and WEDDING BELL BLUES. Laura Nyro died in 1997 from ovarian cancer at age 49 , the same age her mother died of the same condition. Just before her death she was able to assemble her own collective package which was released shortly before her passing. One of the songs she chose is her rendition of Gaye's THE BELLS.


    Occasionally when space allows, we'll look at oddities on the Hot 100 that never make it to the Top 40.
    This week at #80 peaking four weeks ago at #73, is a song that's going to slip away unnoticed, MIXED UP GUY ( or MIXED-UP GUY as printed on the record's label) by Californian Joey Scarbury.
    He won't reappear on the Hot 100 for the entirety of the seventies, not charting again for another ten years. But perseverance pays off, by the end of the 1970's he'll hook up with a guy named Mike Post. Post is creating a theme song (again) for a new TV series and Scarbury gets chosen to sing it. A 45 is made from it and it takes off , thus giving him his one big hit of his long career, THEME FROM THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO (BELIEVE IT OR NOT) will be a #2 hit in 1981. It will be Scarbury's only charting single making him a one-hit wonder. He was 26 at the time , thus MIXED UP GUY was recorded when he was just 16:

    is an Al Kapps (Cap , Kaps etc.) guided record , he's already quite a prolific producer and he's about to share some big successes with a string of charters with a certain dark haired lady.

    MIXED-UP GUY was written by Jimmy Webb who'll soon be working on an album project with The Supremes. Scarbury was discovered by Webb's father when Scarbury was 14.
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    Chart #7
    Feb 20, 1971

    Another chart another week with the ever present Motown holding strong, albeit with four songs charting after one drops off since last week and with no new ones entering. One new song finds its way into the tight Top Ten, and it's from Motown. That same song is the chart's biggest mover. There's a new #1 and five newcomers make their way onto the Top 40.

    The Top 10:

    #1 : ONE BAD APPLE by Utah based Osmonds recorded by Rick Hall in his Muscle Shoals Alabama studio, up from #2 , where last week's #1 KNOCK THREE TIMES by Dawn now gets knocked down to.
    There are four certified million sellers in the top 10 this week:The top two songs already mentioned, and at #3 (up from#5) Lynn Anderson's ROSE GARDEN, and holding at #7 King Floyd's GROOVE ME. Another million seller , ONE LESS BELL TO ANSWER by The Fifth Dimension drops out of the Top Ten from #9 to #13. Replacing it are the Jackson Five with MAMA'S PEARL, bolting into the Top Ten at #10 up 15 places from 25, and taking just three weeks on the Hot 100 to get there. Gladys Knight And The Pips IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN remains Motown's highest charting song this week , moving up one place from #10 to #9.

    The Top 40:

    Not to forget Diana Ross who is again at #16 with REMEMBER ME
    and Rare Earth who last week were beside her at #17 now have about lived out their chart life with BORN TO WANDER dipping nine spaces to #26.

    Off the chart :

    from Motown:
    STONED LOVE The Supremes
    We say goodbye to The Supremes in more than one way this week , RIP founding member Mary Wilson, and STONED LOVE now leaves the Top 40. STONED LOVE is a song with a strength in unity theme written by a Detroit teenager by the name of Kenny Thomas. This is his one famed writing. The song was on the Top 10 for five weeks peaking a #7. The Supremes will return to the Top 40 soon and four more times total , but never to hit the Top 10 again.

    New to the Top 40:

    Nothing from Motown

    A most impressive entry from an unknown Rhode Island entity called Wadsworth Mansion, entering the Top 40 at #15 is SWEET MARY. Wadsworth Mansion is having a hit from a recording session of this single only , with no album project in the works.

    #31 - seemingly, but not Motown related, TEMPTATION EYES_- Grass Roots
    #36 - JODY GOT YOUR GIRL AND GONE - Johnny Taylor
    #37 - PROUD MARY - Ike And Tina Turner
    #39 - FOR ALL WE KNOW - The Carpenters

    ((It happens that we have two new songs describing 'MARY' in their titles, SWEET MARY and PROUD MARY, this in the same week that we fifty years later lose Mary Wilson of The Supremes (Feb. 8th , 2021). How appropriate to dedicate those titles to Mary Wilson, often cited as the 'sweet one' and for the entirety of her life, an unwavering proud Supreme.))


    A departure from the countdown this week is a Motown related song that last week was #37 peaking earlier at #13, PAY TO THE PIPER by Chairmen Of The Board, Holland- Dozier-Holland's most successful group on their Invictus Label. They charted three times on the Top 40, their biggest hit in 1970, GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME topping out at #3. With the exit of PAY TO THE PIPER , Chairmen Of The Board now leave the Top 40 never to return . General Johnson, their lead singer, is about to have some major studio success to be released on the twin HDH label, Hot Wax. General is also a co-songwriter of Clarence Carter's PATCHES, originally recorded by the group:

    Another record leaving the Top 40 after this week is Little Sister's SOMEBODY'S WATCHING YOU, peaking this week at #32 , up from #33. Little sister is principally the three girl back up for Sly And The Family Stone and features Sly's little sister Vaetta Stewart. Part of Sly's record deal with Atlantic was his own imprint, Stone Flower, and this was one of a handful of singles that came out on the label.

    Little Sister has already charted, (#22), once with YOU'RE THE ONE (parts 1 and 2), but this is now their last time in the Top 40 and it's back to studio back-up work. Another of the group's members , Mary McCleary, will marry Leon Russell.
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    Thanks pal, for the info!

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    Playing now ! I thought I'd share for those interested:

    Every Sunday Bob counts them down in order 11:30 to 2 PST.

    hear it here:

    Chart #8
    February 20, 1971

    The countdown seems to be more dynamic this week , lots of movement - lots of monumental records. The winter thaw has begun, the chart is waking up. The top four charters hold their ground in the same order as last week with The Osmonds now repeating their #1 spot with ONE BAD APPLE.
    Below that , the rest of the Top 10 undergoes a bit of a shake up with three strong entries . That means that three drop out , Elton John's YOUR SONG (#13 from #8) George Harrison's double-sided hit ISN'T IT A PITY/MY SWEET LORD (#16 from #6) and Gladys Knight And The Pip's IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN plunges from #9 to #18.
    Motown's five records on the chart have The J5's MAMA'S PEARL leading the way at #6 up four from #10. All of Motown's four songs from last week's chart remain on the Top 40 , with a new one being added by one of their legion acts entering strong.

    The Top 10

    Canadian Gordon Lightfoot has been charting consistently ( eight Canadian Top 40s) for eight years in his homeland, and he breaks the US Top 40 and now the Top 10 with his first US charting single IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND (his first Canadian #1). SWEET MARY, which last week entered the Top 40 at #15, by Wadsworth Mansion, continues its drive and is now #8. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's MR. BO JANGLES has slowly crept up the chart and this week it makes its boldest move , five notches up from #14 to #9. All three of the latest Top 10 performers are doing so for the first time in their recording careers ( For The Dirt Band, they're song comes from their 6th album, Gordon Lightfoot's from his fifth album and Wadsworth Mansion, from no album. There are seven artists total in the Top 10 that are first timers. ( The Osmonds, Lynn Anderson, Dave Edmunds and King Floyd are the others).

    The Top 40:
    Three Motown records on the Top 40 have reached their peaks and are now descending:

    Gladys Knight And The Pips fantasy tune IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN is now #18 after maxing out last week at #9. Diana Ross also hit her high mark last week with REMEMBER ME at #16, and is now #23. Rare Earth's BORN TO WANDER survived the cut for one more week, now #35 after dropping to #26 last week.

    This weeks second biggest mover is Jerry Reed's AMOS MOSES (how could a song with a line like "when Amos Moses was a boy his daddy would use him for alligator bait" fail?) and who to better sing it than the song's author. AMOS MOSES is the fourth released single from Jerry's sixth album and is his first Top 40 appearance. It's up 11 slots to #12 from #23 . That's a winning jump had another not done even better: Up 17 places to #22 from #39 is FOR ALL WE KNOW by The (brother-sister) Carpenters.

    Off The Chart :
    Nothing from Motown

    New to the Top 40:

    Five new songs this week and we'll reveal that all five are headed to the Top 10. In a situation like this its best to show up with your game on and Motown does just that:

    The highest debut :
    SHE'S A LADY - Tom Jones (#24 from #43)

    ME AND BOBBY MCGEE - Janis Joplin (#25 from #42)
    DOESN'T SOMEBODY WANT TO BE WANTED - The Partridge Family (#37 from #57)
    HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT - Sammi Smith (#39 from #49)

    Good week for Kris Kristofferson. Two of those songs , #25 and #39, were penned by him.

    And from Motown:
    Another fantasy song , JUST MY IMAGINATION (RUNNING AWAY WITH ME) - The Temptations (#29 from #51) The group's 28th time onto the Top 40.

    It's always fun to watch two releases of the same tune that are competing on the charts . Next week, a rare occurrence on the Top 40 related to this that will take place. This week, further down on the Hot 100 chart, are two competing songs of a title that seems an unlikely one. They are covers of a song that a year ago reached #4 on the Billboard Top 40 by the British band Led Zeppelin , their first charting release.

    C.C.S. WHOLE LOTTA LOVE (#58 up three from #61)

    For some reason, the original Led Zeppelin version was a world wide hit but did not chart in their own UK , while this cover version by the studio group C.C.S. did (#13) and was used as theme music for TOP OF THE POPS.


    At #64, up one from #65, is another version of WHOLE LOTTA LOVE by King Curtis And The Kingpins:

    For saxophonist King Curtis (Curtis Ousley) this is his 15th Hot 100 charter; he has been charting since 1962, often with covers including Motown hits, three times reaching the Top 40. Much of his time he is working as a sessionist and worked with many names and projects including appearing on Joe South's GAMES PEOPLE PLAY (see chart #4) and Aretha Franklin's RESPECT.
    The Kingpins are Aretha's support group and next month, March 1971, King Curtis, as the leader of them, will be on stage with her at San Francisco's Fillmore West , resulting in the LP ARETHA FRANKLIN LIVE AT THE FILLMORE WEST.
    King Curtis will also release an album of his own from that engagement: KING CURTIS LIVE AT THE FILLMORE WEST, his 28th LP release. That LP hits the market in August 1971. A week later King Curtis is murdered on his front entry to his NYC apartment while trying to enter it with a new air conditioner. He was 37. Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder performed at his funeral.
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    Playing now ! I thought I'd share for those interested:

    Every Sunday Bob counts them down in order 11:30 to 2 PST.

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    Chart #9
    February 27, 1971

    Good Motown week: While one of their hits leaves the Top 40 , a new one comes on board. They have one song in the Top 10 and its as close to #1 as possible, and a total of five records by five of their biggest acts dot the Top 40.

    The Top 10:
    Holding strong with a third straight week at #1 is ONE BAD APPLE by the Osmonds with another brotherly group hot on their trail at #2 , Jackson Five and MAMA'S PEARL up four from #6. Half of last week's top 10 singles are slipping and two new ones barrel in, AMOS MOSES by Jerry Reed now at #8 from #12, and ME AND BOBBY MCGEE by Janis Joplin catapults in at #10 from #25. The songs they replace are King Floyd's GROOVE ME , at #18 from #7. and The Bee Gee's LONELY DAYS descends to the chart's bottom half, now #22 from #10.

    Name those tunes : lots of name calling in the Top Ten: #10 Bobby McGee, #9 Mr. Bojangles, #8 Amos Moses, #7 Sweet Mary, #2 Mama's Pearl and one spot below , at #11 , we are watching Scotty grow.

    The Top 40:

    Big move for The Temptations real hit, JUST MY IMAGINATION, a leap of thirteen notches from #29 to #16.
    Gladys Knight and The Pips continue their descent to #23 from #18 with IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN, as does Diana Ross's REMEMBER ME at #31 from last weeks #23.

    Off The Chart:

    Rare Earth's BORN TO WANDER wanders off the chart after its final placement last week at #35 and having peaked earlier at #17. They'll return later in the year with a higher charter.

    Biggest leap this week :
    Up eighteen points : DOESN'T SOMEBODY WANT TO BE WANTED by The Partridge Family, now in the Top 20 at #19 after debuting at #37 last week.

    A most noteworthy chart story of the week is found in the debuts . Let's first list them :
    Highest debut :

    - Bobby Sherman( #32 up from #42)

    THEME FROM LOVE STORY - Francis Lai & Orchestra (#33 from #46)
    BURNING BRIDGES - Mike Curb Congregation (#34 up from #41)
    LOVE STORY WHERE DO I BEGIN - Andy Williams (#35 up from #53)
    D.O.A. - Bloodrock (#38 up from #45)

    and from Motown:
    - The Four Tops (#40 up from #44)

    Two versions of the same song entering the Top 40 at the same time is highly unusual , as happens this week with two versions of the theme song to the current blockbuster movie LOVE STORY. One is by the original score's composer Francis Lai, and another take is with lyrics added by Andy Williams. Certainly noteworthy in of itself, but especially since there's already a version of LOVE STORY charting at #14 by a third artist, Henry Mancini. Three versions of the same song , was much more common back in the earliest of charting days of the forties and fifties, but I do not know when the last time this happened. More about LOVE STORY next week.


    Two other new entries this week also worth a closer look. In format, both seem worlds apart, Mike Curb Congregation's clean-cut Disney World type ensemble, compared to the long-haired electric guitar/drum driven darker imagery of Texas group Bloodrock. Misleadingly sing-songy happy is Curb's BURNING BRIDGES, yet its a tune that's actually resolute in defeat. Lyrically a real downer:

    But not anywhere near as much a downer as D.O.A. by the rock group Bloodrock. Watching this song creep up the Hot 100 week after week , it seemed the most unlikely song to break the Top 40 in 1971, both in its style and its lyrical content (Life is flowing out my body. Pain is flowing out with my blood. The sheets are red and moist where I'm lying) , but this week it does just that (#38):

    Bloodrock is documenting a real life experience in their song by their guitarist Lee Pickens. “When I was 17, I wanted to be an airline pilot. I had just gotten out of this airplane with a friend of mine, at this little airport, and I watched him take off. He went about 200 feet in the air, rolled and crashed.”

    It seems some of the resistance to programming D.O.A. by radio stations was more about the sirens in the record not being a good idea for car radios than its content. Dean Taylor's INDIANA WANTS ME had that same sirens issue.

    This song resulted in Bloodrock 's LP that contained D.O.A.'s eight and half minute version , BLOODROCK II, reaching #21 on Billboard's LP chart. This became their only Top 40 record and helped provide a fan base they would perform to for many years.

    27 year old Mike Curb, of Mexican Heritage, is having a good week: Besides his congregation breaking the Top 40, his guiding of The Osmond's career at MGM has immediately paid off , their first hit repeats again at #1. Mike's is a fulfilling story, all over the place in the music business, including hiring and firing (no druggies wanted) at MGM as the label's young president. He'll bring Johnny Bristol to the label, along with many others including Gloria Gaynor. By the end of the seventies he is the Lieutenant Governor of California as a Republican and becomes an ongoing conservative voice for gay rights.
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