Tuesday, May 28, 2013

40 Year Itch : "Frankenstein" Hits #1





What I heard in all of those solos were voices...the sound of people playing music with other people that made me want to play music with other people too.
  -Dave Grohl at South By Southwest, 2013

Yes, there was a time when not only a hard rock instrumental could top the AM radio charts, but another one could be sitting at #10. Named "Frankenstein" because of the number of cuts and patches needed to trim the master down to 4:47, the single that replaced Stevie Wonder's "You Are The Sunshine of My Life" at the top of the charts on May 26, 1973 was originally released as a B side to "Hangin' Around". Disc jockeys flipped the single to play the instrumental Edgar Winter had been performing since he toured with older brother Johnny. The "monster single" spurred the 1972 album They Only Come Out At Night, released six months earlier,  to over 1.2 million in sales.


THE TOP 10 
week of May 26, 1973
1. Edgar Winter Group FRANKENSTEIN
2. Paul McCartney and Wings MY LOVE
3. Elton John DANIEL
4. Dawn TIE A YELLOW RIBBON
5. Stevie Wonder YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE
6. Sylvia PILLOW TALK
7. The Sweet LITTLE WILLY
8. Dobie Gray DRIFT AWAY
9. Skylark WILDFLOWER
10. Focus HOCUS POCUS

Top 5 New Charting Entries

83 Anne Murray WHAT ABOUT ME
85 Deep Purple SMOKE ON THE WATER
90 John Denver I'D RATHER BE A COWBOY
98 Roy Clark COME LIVE WITH ME
99 Tanya Tucker WHAT'S YOUR MAMA's NAME
100 Slade CUM ON FEEL THE NOIZE.




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