Sunday, July 10, 2016

40 Year Itch : Eight Track Playin' All Your Favorite Songs

War : Summer

On July 10, 1976 War's easy-going single "Summer" made its Hot 100 chart debut at #80. The song would peak at US #7 and #1 on this country's Easy Listening Chart, knocking James Taylor's "Shower the People" from the top spot. This is War's last Top Ten pop hit.

 My short lived band covered this song at a couple of Summerfests. I changed the lyrics to "Ridin' around Seattle you can tell it's a summer day/ Cuz instead of wearing black the girls are all wearing gray".


The Starland Vocal Band, touring with Windstar label mate John Denver, had the Number One song in the land, with "Afternoon Delight". Here's what the US chart looked like.

1. Starland Vocal Band -Afternoon Delight
2. The Manhattans -Kiss and Say Goodbye 
3. The Brothers Johnson -I'll Be Good To You 
4. Captain and Tennille -Shop Around 
5. The Andrea True Connection- More More More 
6. Wings- Silly Love Songs 
7. Dorothy Moore -Misty Blue 
8. Gary Wright -My Love Is Alive 
9. Daryl Hall and John Oates -Sara Smile
10. The Beatles -Got To Get You Into My Life 

11. Eric Carmen -Never Gonna Fall in Love Again 
12. John Travolta -Let Her In 

A bonus track : For some reason I always pictured Farrah's husband Lee Majors, The Six Million Dollar Man, singing this #3 US hit. It wasn't. Playing the marimba solo is Bo Wagner--looking not unlike what I'd imagine Johnny Ramone performing in Deep Purple would look like.

14.The Steve Miller Band - Take the Money and Run 
15. The Beach Boys - Rock and Roll Music 
16 Thin Lizzy -The Boys Are Back in Town 
17. Neil Diamond -If You Know What I Mean 
18. Seals and Crofts (Featuring Carolyn Willis) -Get Closer 
19. Silver Convention -Get Up and Boogie 
20. Queen -You're My Best Friend

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