Friday, October 25, 2013

40 Year Itch: Highlights from Billboard Magazine

    For an idea of what was happening musically this week in 1973, we can flip through a copy of the October issue of Billboard Magazine. On page 2, there's a full page ad for Lou Reed's Berlin, citing a Rolling Stone critic's blurb: "Berlin will be the Sgt Pepper of the Seventies". There are also full page ads for Linda Ronstadt's Don't Cry Now, Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells ("This is the album that captivated critics and is now a best seller in England") Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On , the first Queen album and two pages celebrating the Island People of Island Records.

There's a brief article about The Wailers embarking on their first US tour with Sly Stone.

There's a full page ad in praise of Todd Rundgren whose "cup runneth over" with his  "Hello It's Me" single and Something/Anything album back on the charts, and his production jobs on Grand Funk Railroad's We're An American Band and the New York Dolls debut both climbing.

There's a glowing review of The Osmonds tour:

Gone is the elaborate staging, the too young, no talent dancing girls and movie picture gimmicks. What is left is pure talent wrapped up in a tremendous show that please everyone.

On the Hot Soul singles chart, where "Midnight Train to Georgia" still rules at the top spot, a new single debuts at #96: Al Wilson's future #1 pop hit "Show and Tell".

Johnny Rodriguez has the #1 Country song : "Ridin' My Thumb to Mexico".

In a review of the new Elton John single "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", a critic writes "At times it's hard to understand Elton, but the sonic impression is still strong and haunting". Among the album reviews is one for the Wailers' Burnin': "a significant venture into the folklore of the Jamaican people"

The #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 is The Rolling Stones's "Angie". which knocked off Cher's "Half Breed" from the top spot. Some big rockers made their chart debuts this week : Led Zeppelin's "D'yer Maker" at #83 ; Steve Miller's "The Joker" at #86 and Aerosmith's "Dream On" at #88.

Goats Head Soup is still the #1 album. Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road debuts at #17. Steve Miller's The Joker debuts at #79.

Finally in the gossipy Inside Track column, it is reported that Lalo Schifrin will compose and conduct the score for The Exorcist (Director William Friedkin would reject that score)...that Elvis Presley's divorce cost him $1.2 million...that Mandrill composed the score for a new Eastern Airlines commercial...and that David Bowie will make his Midnight Special debut on November 16

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