|1||"Joy to the World"||Three Dog Night|
|2||"Maggie May"/"Reason to Believe"||Rod Stewart|
|3||"It's Too Late"/"I Feel the Earth Move"||Carole King|
|4||"One Bad Apple"||The Osmonds|
|5||"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"||Bee Gees|
|6||"Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)"||Paul Revere & the Raiders|
|7||"Go Away Little Girl"||Donny Osmond|
|8||"Take Me Home, Country Roads"||John Denver|
|9||"Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)"||The Temptations|
|10||"Knock Three Times"||Tony Orlando and Dawn|
|11||"Me and Bobby McGee"||Janis Joplin|
|12||"Tired of Being Alone"||Al Green|
|13||"Want Ads"||Honey Cone|
|14||"Smiling Faces Sometimes"||The Undisputed Truth|
|15||"Treat Her Like a Lady"||Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose|
|16||"You've Got a Friend"||James Taylor|
|17||"Mr. Big Stuff"||Jean Knight|
|18||"Brown Sugar"||The Rolling Stones|
|19||"Do You Know What I Mean"||Lee Michaels|
|20||"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"||Joan Baez|
|21||"What's Going On"||Marvin Gaye|
|22||"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"||Paul & Linda McCartney|
|23||"Ain't No Sunshine"||Bill Withers|
|24||"Signs"||Five Man Electrical Band|
|25||"She's a Lady"||Tom Jones|
|26||"Superstar"||Murray Head & The Trinidad Singers|
|27||"I've Found Someone of My Own"||The Free Movement|
|28||"Amos Moses"||Jerry Reed|
|29||"Temptation Eyes"||The Grass Roots|
|31||"My Sweet Lord"||George Harrison|
|32||"Sweet and Innocent"||Donny Osmond|
|33||"Put Your Hand in the Hand"||Ocean|
|34||"Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)"||Daddy Dewdrop|
|35||"For All We Know"||The Carpenters|
|36||"Help Me Make It Through the Night"||Sammi Smith|
|37||"Rainy Days and Mondays"||The Carpenters|
|38||"If You Could Read My Mind"||Gordon Lightfoot|
|39||"Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves"||Cher|
|40||"Never Can Say Goodbye"||The Jackson 5|
|41||"Rose Garden"||Lynn Anderson|
|42||"Don't Pull Your Love"||Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds|
|43||"It Don't Come Easy"||Ringo Starr|
|44||"Mr. Bojangles"||Nitty Gritty Dirt Band|
|45||"I Love You for All Seasons"||The Fuzz|
|46||"Whatcha See is Whatcha Get"||The Dramatics|
|47||"That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be"||Carly Simon|
|48||"If You Really Love Me"||Stevie Wonder|
|49||"Spanish Harlem"||Aretha Franklin|
|50||"I Don't Know How to Love Him"||Helen Reddy|
|52||"Bridge over Troubled Water"||Aretha Franklin|
|53||"Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted"||The Partridge Family|
|54||"Draggin' the Line"||Tommy James|
|55||"Proud Mary"||Ike & Tina Turner|
|56||"Beginnings"/"Colour My World"||Chicago|
|57||"Stay Awhile"||The Bells|
|58||"Sweet City Woman"||The Stampeders|
|59||"Me and You and a Dog Named Boo"||Lobo|
|60||"Another Day"/"Oh Woman, Oh Why"||Paul McCartney|
|62||"Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)"||Marvin Gaye|
|63||"One Toke Over the Line"||Brewer & Shipley|
|64||"She's Not Just Another Woman"||8th Day|
|65||"Bring the Boys Home"||Freda Payne|
|66||"I Just Want to Celebrate"||Rare Earth|
|67||"Never Ending Song of Love"||Delaney & Bonnie & Friends|
|68||"Easy Loving"||Freddie Hart|
|69||"Liar"||Three Dog Night|
|71||"Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep"||Mac and Katie Kissoon|
|72||"(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story"||Andy Williams|
|73||"Wild World"||Cat Stevens|
|74||"When You're Hot, You're Hot"||Jerry Reed|
|75||"Funky Nassau"||The Beginning of the End|
|76||"If Not for You"||Olivia Newton-John|
|77||"Groove Me"||King Floyd|
|78||"Watching Scotty Grow"||Bobby Goldsboro|
|79||"Woodstock"||Matthews Southern Comfort|
|80||"Amazing Grace"||Judy Collins|
|81||"I Hear You Knocking"||Dave Edmunds|
|82||"Lonely Days"||Bee Gees|
|83||"Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again"||The Fortunes|
|84||"Won't Get Fooled Again"||The Who|
|85||"Trapped By a Thing Called Love"||Denise LaSalle|
|86||"Mama's Pearl"||The Jackson 5|
|88||"I Woke Up In Love This Morning"||The Partridge Family|
|89||"Theme from Shaft"||Isaac Hayes|
|90||"If I Were Your Woman"||Gladys Knight & the Pips|
|91||"I Am...I Said"||Neil Diamond|
|92||"The Wedding Song (There Is Love)"||Paul Stookey|
|93||"Don't Knock My Love"||Wilson Pickett|
|94||"Love Her Madly"||The Doors|
|95||"Here Comes the Sun"||Richie Havens|
|96||"Sweet Mary"||Wadsworth Mansion|
|97||"Right on the Tip of My Tongue"||Brenda & the Tabulations|
|98||"One Less Bell to Answer"||The 5th Dimension|
|99||"Riders on the Storm"||The Doors|
|100||"Somos Novios (It's Impossible)"||Perry Como|
1. Billboard (magazine) – Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events and it is also known for its music charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular singles and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows, Billboard was founded in 1894 by William Donaldson and James Hennegan as a trade publication for bill posters. Donaldson later acquired Hennegens interest in 1900 for $500, in the 1900s, it covered the entertainment industry, such as circuses, fairs and burlesque shows. It also created a service for travelling entertainers. Billboard began focusing more on the industry as the jukebox, phonograph. Many topics it covered were spun-off into different magazines, including Amusement Business in 1961 to cover outdoor entertainment so that it could focus on music. After Donaldson died in 1925, Billboard was passed down to his children and Hennegans children, until it was sold to investors in 1985. The first issue of Billboard was published in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 1,1894 by William Donaldson, initially, it covered the advertising and bill posting industry and was called Billboard Advertising. At the time, billboards, posters and paper advertisements placed in public spaces were the means of advertising. Donaldson handled editorial and advertising, while Hennegan, who owned Hennegan Printing Co. managed magazine production, the first issues were just eight pages long. The paper had columns like The Bill Room Gossip and The Indefatigable, a department for agricultural fairs was established in 1896. The title was changed to The Billboard in 1897, after a brief departure over editorial differences, Donaldson purchased Hennegans interest in the business in 1900 for $500, to save it from bankruptcy. That May, Donaldson changed it from a monthly to a paper with a greater emphasis on breaking news. He improved editorial quality and opened new offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, London and he also re-focused the magazine on outdoor entertainment like fairs, carnivals, circuses, vaudeville and burlesque shows. A section devoted to circuses was introduced in 1900, followed by more prominent coverage of events in 1901. Billboard also covered topics including regulation, a lack of professionalism, economics and it had a stage gossip column covering the private lives of entertainers, a tent show section covering traveling shows and a sub-section called Freaks to order. According to The Seattle Times, Donaldson also published articles attacking censorship, praising productions exhibiting good tasteBillboard (magazine) – An 1896 issue of Billboard
2. Billboard Hot 100 – The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for singles, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales, radio play and online streaming, the weekly sales period was originally Monday to Sunday, when Nielsen started tracking sales in 1991, but was changed to Friday to Thursday in July 2015. Radio airplay, which, unlike sales figures and streaming data, is available on a real-time basis. A new chart is compiled and officially released to the public by Billboard on Tuesdays, as of the issue for the week ending on April 15,2017, the Hot 100 has had 1,061 different number one hits. The current number one song is Shape of You by Ed Sheeran, prior to 1955, Billboard did not have a unified, all-encompassing popularity chart, instead measuring songs by individual metrics. At the start of the era in 1955, three such charts existed, Best Sellers in Stores was the first Billboard chart, established in 1936. This chart ranked the biggest selling singles in retail stores, as reported by merchants surveyed throughout the country, Most Played by Jockeys was Billboards original airplay chart. It ranked the most played songs on United States radio stations, as reported by radio disc jockeys, Most Played in Jukeboxes ranked the most played songs in jukeboxes across the United States. On the week ending November 12,1955, Billboard published The Top 100 for the first time, the Top 100 combined all aspects of a singles performance, based on a point system that typically gave sales more weight than radio airplay. The Best Sellers In Stores, Most Played by Jockeys and Most Played in Jukeboxes charts continued to be published concurrently with the new Top 100 chart. The week ending July 28,1958 was the publication of the Most Played By Jockeys and Top 100 charts. On August 4,1958, Billboard premiered one main all-genre singles chart, the Hot 100 quickly became the industry standard and Billboard discontinued the Best Sellers In Stores chart on October 13,1958. The Billboard Hot 100 is still the standard by which a songs popularity is measured in the United States, the Hot 100 is ranked by radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielsen BDS, sales data compiled by Nielsen Soundscan and streaming activity provided by online music sources. There are several component charts that contribute to the calculation of the Hot 100. Charts are ranked by number of gross audience impressions, computed by cross-referencing exact times of radio airplay with Arbitron listener data. Hot Singles Sales, the top selling singles compiled from a sample of retail store, mass merchant and internet sales reports collected, compiled. The chart is released weekly and measures sales of commercial singles. With the decline in sales of singles in the USBillboard Hot 100 – The Billboard logo
3. 1971 in music – List of notable events in music that took place in the year 1971. February 1 – After months of feuding in the press, Ginger Baker, february 3 - Davy Jones announces he is leaving the Monkees. February 8 – Bob Dylans hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, is premièred at New Yorks Academy of Music, the film includes footage from Dylans 1966 UK tour. March 1 – The line-up for Queen is completed when bassist John Deacon joins the band, march 4 – The Rolling Stones open their UK tour in Newcastle upon Tyne, intended as a farewell to the UK prior to the bands relocation to France as tax exiles. March 5 – Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, sees the first live performance of Led Zeppelins iconic song Stairway to Heaven, march 6 - The Soul to Soul concert takes place in Accra, Ghana, headlined by Wilson Pickett. March 12-13 – The Allman Brothers Band records its live album, march 16 – The 13th Grammy Awards, honoring musical accomplishments of 1970, are presented. The ceremonies are broadcast on television for the first time. April 3 – The 16th Eurovision Song Contest, held in the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, is won by Monaco with the song Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue sung by Séverine. April 6 – The Rolling Stones hold a party in Cannes to officially announce their new contract with Atlantic, may 12 – Mick Jagger marries Bianca de Macías in Saint-Tropez, France, in a Roman Catholic ceremony. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and their wives are among the wedding guests, june - Rafael Kubelík becomes music director of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, at the invitation of Göran Gentele, the new general manager. June 6 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono join Frank Zappa on stage at the Fillmore East for an encore jam, the performance would be released the following year on the Some Time in New York City album. June 8 - Carole King gives her first live concert, at Carnegie Hall, june 20-24 – The first Glastonbury Festival to take place at the summer solstice is held in South West England. Performers include David Bowie, Traffic, Fairport Convention, Quintessence, june 27 – Promoter Bill Graham closes the Fillmore East in New York City with a final concert featuring The Allman Brothers Band, The Beach Boys and Mountain. July 3 – Jim Morrison is found dead in a tub in Paris, France. Alain Ronay would claim, years later, that he assisted Morrisons lover, Pamela Courson, july 4 – The Fillmore West is closed in San Francisco with a final show featuring Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Grateful Dead. July 9 – Grand Funk Railroad becomes only the band to perform a sold-out concert at Shea Stadium breaking The Beatles record of selling out the venue. The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour premieres on CBS, august 14 - The Who release their fifth studio album Whos Next, reaching No.1 in the UK and No.1 in the US. September 11 – The Jackson 5ive, a Saturday morning cartoon based on the popular Motown group The Jackson 51971 in music – Elton John in 1971.
4. Joy to the World (Hoyt Axton song) – Joy to the World is a song written by Hoyt Axton, and made famous by the band Three Dog Night. The song is popularly known by its opening lyric, Jeremiah was a bullfrog. Three Dog Night originally released the song on their studio album, Naturally in November 1970. The song is featured prominently in the film The Big Chill and it is sung by a child character at the beginning and the Three Dog Night recording is played over the end credits. It is also featured in the end credits of the 2016 adult animated comedy film Sausage Party and it is also played at the end of every Denver Broncos home victory. It was also played at the end of Super Bowl XXXIII at Pro Player Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida and Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, some of the words are nonsensical. Axton wanted to persuade his record producers to record a new melody he had written, a member of Three Dog Night said that the original lyrics to the song were Jeremiah was a prophet but no one liked that. Negron also felt that the song wasnt even close to our best record, the song was recorded by Three Dog Night at American Recording Company, produced by Richard Podolor, and engineered by Bill Cooper. Unlike most Three Dog Night songs recorded at that point, instead of having just the three main vocalists singing harmony, the song was recorded all seven members of the band singing. Drummer Floyd Sneed sings the deep lyric I wanna tell you towards the end of the song. When the song hit #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1971, Axton and his mother, Mae Axton, became the first mother, Mae Axton co-wrote Heartbreak Hotel, which was the first number one hit for Elvis Presley. In a 1994 case, David P. Jackson filed suit claiming co-authorship of the song and alleging that Axton fraudulently claimed sole authorship, in the suit Jackson claimed that Axton regularly credited him with co-authorship. The record was given a Gold Leaf award by RPM magazine for sales of over a million units. The record won the award for the Best Selling Hit Single Record by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers in March 1972 and it was also ranked by Billboard magazine as the year-end #1 pop single of 1971. The single went on to sell 5 million copies worldwide, making it one of the singles of all time. An episode of Sex and the City is named after this song, the fact this song shares its title with the Christmas carol Joy to the World has led to numerous artists combining the two songs in various ways. In the 1990s, Chuck Negron recorded the carol and playfully included a few lyrics from the Three Dog Night/Hoyt Axton song — coming to a stop in mid-song for the line Jeremiah was a bullfrog. The refrain of Axtons song was included in Mariah Careys recording of the carol for her 1994 Merry Christmas albumJoy to the World (Hoyt Axton song) – 1971 French release
5. Three Dog Night – Three Dog Night is an American rock band. They formed in 1967 with a line-up consisting of vocalists Danny Hutton, Cory Wells and this lineup was soon augmented by Jimmy Greenspoon, Joe Schermie, Michael Allsup, and Floyd Sneed. The band registered 21 Billboard Top 40 hits between 1969 and 1975 and it helped introduce mainstream audiences to the work of many songwriters, including Paul Williams, Hoyt Axton, Laura Nyro, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and Leo Sayer. On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs and, if the night was freezing, it was a three dog night. The three vocalists, Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron and Cory Wells first came together in 1967 and made recordings with Brian Wilson. Ron Morgan left the early on and subsequently went on to join the Electric Prunes. Michael Allsup was quickly recruited to replace him on guitar, Three Dog Night earned 12 gold albums and recorded 21 consecutive Billboard Top 40 hits, seven of which went gold. Their first gold record was One, which had been written and recorded by Harry Nilsson. The group had three US #1 songs, each of which featured a different lead singer, Mama Told Me Not to Come, which was also their only Top 10 hit in the UK, Joy to the World, and Black and White. Dunhill Records claimed that 40 million record albums were sold by the band during this time, as its members wrote just a handful of songs on the albums, most songs Three Dog Night recorded were written by outside songwriters. Three Dog Night made its debut in 1968 at the Whiskey a Go Go. They were still in the process of making their first album Three Dog Night when they heard the favorable reactions from the hypercritical audience. The album Three Dog Night was a success with its hit songs One and Nobody and helped the band gain recognition, other damages were sought due to ATI taking deposits for booking Three Dog Night, whom they no longer represented. Joe Schermie was replaced by Jack Ryland in 1973, and the then became an eight-piece with the inclusion of another keyboard player. In late 1974, Allsup and Sneed left to form a new band, SS Fools, with Schermie. New members James Smitty Smith and drummer Mickey McMeel were recruited, by 1976, their run of hit records had ended and Hutton was succeeded by Jay Gruska. Hours before their first concert of their 1975 tour, Chuck Negron was arrested for the possession of narcotics but was released on $10,000 bond. After writing a couple of songs for them, and doing background vocals on one of their albums, I was asked to do a national tour of 10 to 12 thousand seat venues as the ‘3rd Dog’Three Dog Night – Three Dog Night
6. Maggie May – Maggie May is a song written and performed by singer Rod Stewart from his album Every Picture Tells a Story, released in 1971. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the song number 131 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, Maggie May expresses the ambivalence and contradictory emotions of a boy involved in a relationship with an older woman, and was written from Stewarts own experience. In the January 2007 issue of Q magazine, Stewart recalled, Maggie May was more or less a story, about the first woman I had sex with. The womans name was not Maggie May, Stewart has stated that the name was taken from, an old Liverpudlian song about a prostitute. The song was recorded in just two takes in one session, drummer Micky Waller often arrived at recording sessions with the expectation that a drum kit would be provided and, for Maggie May, it was – except that no cymbals could be found. The cymbal crashes had to be overdubbed separately some days later, the song was released as the B-side of the single Reason to Believe, but DJs in the United States became fonder of the B-side and Maggie May became the more popular side. However, the continued to be pressed with Maggie May as the B-side. The song was Stewarts first substantial hit as a solo performer and it remains one of his best-known songs. A live performance of the song on Top of the Pops saw the Faces joined onstage by DJ John Peel, the album version of Maggie May incorporates a 30-second solo guitar intro, Henry, composed by Martin Quittenton. The original recording has appeared on almost all his compilations, and even appeared on the Ronnie Wood retrospective, Ronnie Wood Anthology, a version by the Faces recorded for BBC Radio appeared on the four-disc box set Five Guys Walk into a Bar. A live version recorded in 1993 by Stewart joined by Wood for a session of MTV Unplugged is included on the album Unplugged. in October 1971, the song went to number one in the UK Singles Chart, and simultaneously topped the charts in the United States. Every Picture Tells a Story achieved the status at the same time. Billboard ranked it as the No.2 record for 1971, the song also topped the charts in Australia for four weeks at the same time. The song re-entered the UK chart in December 1976, but only reached number 31, at first, I didnt think much of Maggie May. I guess thats because the company didnt believe in the song. I didnt have much confidence then, I figured it was best to listen to the guys who knew better. What I learned is sometimes they do and sometimes they dontMaggie May – German picture sleeve featuring the new A-side
7. Reason to Believe – Reason to Believe is a song written, composed, and first recorded by American folk singer Tim Hardin in 1965. It has since recorded by artists including the Carpenters in 1970. After having had his contract terminated by Columbia Records, Tim Hardin achieved some success in the 1960s as a songwriter based in Greenwich Village. The original recording of Reason to Believe comes from Hardins debut album, Tim Hardin 1, recorded in 1965, Tim Hardins original recording of the song is also on the soundtrack to the 2000 film Wonder Boys. The Carpenters recorded Reason to Believe for their second LP, Close to You, on television, they performed it on the The 5th Dimension Travelling Sunshine Show on August 18,1971 and Make Your Own Kind of Music on September 7,1971. Richard Carpenter remixed the song for the release of the 1995 compilation, Interpretations, Rod Stewarts version appeared on his 1971 album Every Picture Tells a Story. It was the first single from the album with Maggie May as the B-side, Reason to Believe reached No.62 on the Billboard Hot 100 on its own before the more popular B-side overtook it on its way to No.1 on the chart. A live version was released in 1993 on the album Unplugged. released as the second single from the album, it reached No.19 on the Billboard Hot 100. The 1993 single includes a version of Its All Over Now. Altogether, the two versions of Reason to Believe logged a total of 41 weeks on the Hot 100, bobby Darin released a version on his If I Were a Carpenter LP on Atlantic Records in 1966, along with other Hardin songs. David Hemmings recorded a cover of Reason To Believe for his Happens album in 1967, the Youngbloods recorded Reason to Believe for their second LP, Earth Music, in 1967. It was re-released on the album, Sunlight in 1971. Scott McKenzie recorded the song for his The Voice of Scott McKenzie album, ricky Nelson recorded it for his album Another Side of Rick, released in 1967. Denny Laine recorded the song with Electric String Band, released in 1967, jackie DeShannon recorded the song for her 1967 album Me About You. Marianne Faithfull recorded the song for her 1967 album Love in a Mist, Hearts & Flowers, on their 1967 LP Now Is the Time for Hearts and Flowers. Gary Lewis & the Playboys, on their 1967 album Listen, peggy Lee recorded the song in 1968 for release on a 45 single along with another Hardin song, Misty Roses. A live recording of the song by Lee form the year was released on the album 2 Shows Nightly. Peter, Paul and Mary recorded it on their Late Again album, Cher recorded it for her Backstage album, released in 1968Reason to Believe – German cover of the "Reason to Believe" single with reversed sides
8. Rod Stewart – Sir Roderick David Rod Stewart, CBE is a British rock singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry, Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide. He has had six number one albums in the UK and his tally of 62 UK hit singles includes 31 that reached the top ten. Stewart has had 16 top ten singles in the US, with four reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and he was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to music and charity. In October 1963, he joined the Dimensions as a harmonica player, in 1964, Stewart joined Long John Baldry and the All Stars, and in August, Stewart signed a solo contract, releasing his first single, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, in October. He maintained a career alongside a group career, releasing his debut solo album. Stewarts early albums were a fusion of rock, folk music, soul music, in 2008, Billboard magazine ranked him the 17th most successful artist on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists. A Grammy and Brit Award recipient, he was voted at #33 in Q Magazines list of the Top 100 Greatest Singers of all time, and #59 on Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers of all time. Roderick David Stewart was born at 507 Archway Road, Highgate, North London on 10 January 1945 and his father was Scottish and had been a master builder in Leith, Edinburgh, while Elsie was English and had grown up in Upper Holloway in North London. Married in 1928, the couple had two sons and two daughters living in Scotland, and then they moved to Highgate. Stewart came after a gap following his youngest sibling, he was born at home during World War II. The family was neither affluent nor poor, Stewart was spoiled as the youngest and he had an undistinguished record at Highgate Primary School and failed the eleven plus exam. He then attended the William Grimshaw Secondary Modern School, Muswell Hill and his father retired from the building trade at age 65, buying a newsagents shop on the Archway Road when Stewart was in his early teens, the family lived over the shop. Stewarts main hobby was railway modelling, Stewart was the most talented footballer in the family and was a strong supporter of Arsenal F. C. at the time. Combining natural athleticism with near-reckless aggression, he became captain of the football team. The family were great fans of the singer Al Jolson and would sing. Stewart collected his records and saw his films, read books about him and his introduction to rock and roll was hearing Little Richards 1956 hit The Girl Cant Help It, and seeing Bill Haley & His Comets in concert. In 1960, he joined a group with schoolfriends called the Kool Kats, playing Lonnie DoneganRod Stewart – Stewart performing in Paris, 1986
9. I Feel the Earth Move – Together, both I Feel the Earth Move and Its Too Late became among the biggest mainstream pop hits of 1971. Landau describes the melody of the refrain as a pretty pop line,40 years later, Rolling Stone stated the Kings warm, earnest singing brought earthy joy to the song. Author James Perone praised the way the lyrics and music work together, as a prime example, he notes the syncopated rhythm to the melody on which King sings tumbling down. This rhythm, putting the accent at the end of the word tumbling rather than at the beginning, mason also attributes the songs success to the piano-led groove and to Kings vocal delivery. Kings version of I Feel the Earth Move peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated June 19,1971 and it remained there for five consecutive weeks. It also peaked at #6 in the United Kingdom, given its upbeat nature, Ode Records selected I Feel the Earth Move as the A-side to Tapestrys first single. It achieved airplay, but then disc jockeys and listeners began to prefer the slower, both sides received airplay for a while, but eventually Its Too Late dominated. Together with Its Too Late, I Feel the Earth Move was named by the RIAA as number 213 of 365 Songs of the Century, on March 18,2008, King performed the song on The Colbert Report. In 2015 the song was featured in an episode of the American television series Glee, Jagged Little Tapestry, covered by Naya Rivera, Carole King briefly covers the song herself while playing the recurring character of Sophie Bloom on Gilmore Girls, A Year in the Life episode 3. I Feel the Earth Move reached number 7 in the UK, the high energy music video was shot during the promotional tour for this album. The single also reached number 25 on the pop charts in the U. S. the song was playing on KHJ in Los Angeles when the 1971 San Fernando earthquake struck. During an NHL game between the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center, another earthquake occurred, during the first break-in-play after the earthquake, the Kings DJ played Carole Kings I Feel the Earth Move. Loretta Swit performs a cover of the song in a Season 5 episode of The Muppet Show in a salute to the San Andreas fault, phish has teased the song in multiple improvisational jams. In Rocky director John Avildsens Slow Dancing in the Big City with Paul Sorvino and Anne Ditchburn the song is featured prominently, the song was used in Japan for a Toyota RAV4 commercial in 2001. The choral refrain and titles namesake is used in the refrain of Amon Amarths Tattered Banners, the Earth moves under our feet the sky comes tumbling down trembles to its knees. The entire chorus is aso a melodic reinterpretation of the originals chorus, the melody is reused in the same bands track For Victory or Death. The first 47 seconds was played during Batas militar, a documentary on martial law in the Philippines, in 1997, lyrics of this song at MetroLyricsI Feel the Earth Move – "I Feel the Earth Move"
10. Carole King – Carole King is an American composer and singer-songwriter. She is the most successful songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century. King also wrote 61 hits that charted in the UK, making her the most successful female songwriter on the UK singles charts between 1952 and 2005. Kings career began in the 1960s when she, along with her then husband Gerry Goffin and she has continued writing for other artists since then. Kings success as a performer in her own right did not come until the 1970s, King has made 25 solo albums, the most successful being Tapestry, which held the record for most weeks at No.1 by a female artist for more than 20 years. Her most recent non-compilation album was Live at the Troubadour in 2010 and her records sales were estimated at more than 75 million copies worldwide. She has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and she is the recipient of the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the first woman to be so honored. She is also a 2015 Kennedy Center Honoree, King was born Carol Joan Klein in February 1942 in Manhattan, to a Jewish family. Her mother, Eugenia, was a teacher, and her father and they met in an elevator when they were students at Brooklyn College in 1936. He was majoring in chemistry while her mothers major was English and they married in 1937, during the heights of the Great Depression. Her mother dropped out to run the household while her father also quit college, with the economy struggling, he then took a more secure job as a firefighter in New York. After King was born, they remained in Brooklyn, eventually able to buy a small two-story duplex where they could rent the upstairs for income and her mother had learned how to play piano as a child and, after buying a piano, would sometimes practice. When Carol was four years old, her parents discovered she had developed a sense of relative pitch whereby she could name a note by just hearing it. Her father enjoyed showing off his daughters skill to visiting friends, I enjoyed making my father happy and getting the notes right. Carols mother then began giving her real music lessons when she was four years old and she would climb up on the stool and be raised as yet higher by sitting on a phone book. With her mother sitting alongside, Carol was taught music theory and elementary piano technique, including how to read notation, King wanted to learn as much as possible, My mother never forced me to practice. I wanted so much to master the popular songs that poured out of the radio, Carol began kindergarten when she was four years old, but after her first year she was promoted directly to second grade because she had an exceptional facility with words and numbers. In the 1950s she went to James Madison High School and she formed a band called the Co-Sines, changed her name to Carole King, and made demo records with her friend Paul Simon for $25 a sessionCarole King – King at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2012
11. One Bad Apple – You may also be looking for the My Little Pony, Friendship Is Magic episode of the same name. One Bad Apple was a hit single released by The Osmonds on November 14,1970. It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on January 2,1971 and it hit the top of the chart on February 13,1971 and stayed there for five weeks. It also reached number six on the R&B chart, Billboard ranked it as the No.4 song for 1971. Both One Bad Apple and the Donny Osmond-credited single Sweet and Innocent are on the 1970 album Osmonds and it was certified Gold by the RIAA on February 4,1971. The song was written by George Jackson, who originally had the Jackson 5 in mind when he wrote it, the Osmonds version coincidentally sounded like the Jackson 5 to the point many mistook the Osmonds for the Jacksons on the song when first hearing it. According to Donny Osmond, Michael Jackson later told him that the Jackson 5 almost recorded this song first, One Bad Apple was also used as the theme to The Osmonds cartoon show on ABC-TV. 1974, The Credibility Gap recorded a parody of the song, You Cant Judge a Book by Its Hair, both recordings appear on the album A Great Gift Idea. 1997, Aaron Carter on his debut album Aaron CarterOne Bad Apple – "One Bad Apple"
12. The Osmonds – The Osmonds are devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and their religious values have influenced their careers. The Osmond family was not one single act, but a group of several, the Osmond Brothers began as a barbershop quartet consisting of brothers Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay Osmond. Their only sister Marie, who sang with her brothers at that time, launched a successful career in 1973. A revival of the original Osmond Brothers lineup in the 1980s achieved moderate success in music and continues to perform to the present day, as do Donny. Collectively, the family has sold 102 million records worldwide, the siblings older brothers George Virl Osmond, Jr. and Tom Osmond were born deaf and did not originally perform. They made several appearances in later years, most notably on the family Christmas specials in the 1970s. All of the Osmonds were born in Ogden, Utah except the youngest, Jimmy, the Osmond Brothers career began in 1958 when Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay began singing barbershop music for local audiences in and around Ogden. In their made-for-TV movie Inside the Osmonds, they explain that they performed to earn money to support Virl and Tom in buying hearing aids. Despite their young ages and within a few years, the talent and stage presence were strong enough that their father, George Osmond. Welk was unable to meet them, but on the same trip. Tommy Walker, Disneylands Director of Entertainment and Customer Relations from 1955 to 1966, Walker hired the Osmonds to perform on a segment of Disneyland After Dark. This episode aired on 4/15/62 and 7/01/62, while the Osmond Brothers were performing on a televised Disney special, Andy Williamss father saw them and was so impressed he told his son to book them for his television show. Andy did, and the Osmond Brothers were regulars on the show from 1962 to 1969, Donny soon joined them on the show, making the Osmond Brothers a 5-member group. Marie and Jimmy were also introduced on the show as the years went by, during this time, the Osmonds also toured Europe, performing with Swedens most popular singer, Lars Lönndahl, and even releasing a single where they sang a Swedish version of Two Dirty Little Hands. The Osmond Brothers were regulars on the Jerry Lewis Show in 1969 and they continued to tour, but soon the Osmond Brothers decided they wanted to perform popular music and shed their variety-show image. They wanted to become a rock and roll band, the change was a difficult one for their father, who was suspicious of rock and roll. But he was persuaded and the boys began performing as a pop band, to this end, the Osmonds recorded a single, Flower Music, for UNI records in 1967. They achieved only modest success at first, but they found fame in 1971, record producer Mike Curb saw the Osmonds perform as a band and recognized that they combined a rare mix of polished performing style, instrumental skill, and vocal talentThe Osmonds – The Osmonds
13. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart – How Can You Mend a Broken Heart is a song released by the Bee Gees in 1971. It was written mainly by Barry and Robin Gibb and it was the lead and first single on the groups 1971 album Trafalgar. The B-side, a Maurice Gibb composition Country Woman and it was their first US No.1 single. The song also reached #1 in Cashbox magazine for two weeks, the song is also in the 2013 film American Hustle and on its soundtrack. In the US Atco Records issued both mono and stereo versions of the song on side as a promo single. Barry and Robin Gibb wrote the song in August 1970 with Lonely Days when the Gibb brothers had reconvened following a period of break-up and alienation. Robin came to my place says Barry, and that afternoon we wrote How Can You Mend a Broken Heart and they originally offered the song to Andy Williams, but ended up recording it themselves. Barry also explains, We might imitate a certain group, later on, Maurice Gibb possibly had a hand in the writing of How Can You Mend A Broken Heart although the song is officially credited to Barry and Robin Gibb. The song was recorded on 28 January 1971 in London same day as We Lost the Road, When Do I, If I Were the Sky, Bring Out the Thoughts in Me, the groups later song My World followed along the same musical ideas on this song. Robin Gibbs remarked on the song, The whole thing took about an hour to complete, the song reached the number one spot, to our great satisfaction. Although failing to chart on the UK Singles Chart, the became the Bee Gees first US number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Billboard ranked this as the No.5 song for 1971, in Spain, this single was released under the title Cómo Puedes Arreglar Un Corazón Destrozada. The song was performed for the first time in 1971 and that performance is notable for drummer Geoff Bridgfords first appearance with the band. Following the release of How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, the song was performed as part of a medley in The Midnight Special in 1975. They performed the song in Japan on the Japanese TV special Love Sounds as well as the Mr. Natural tour in 1974. A live version recorded live in 17–18 Nov 1989 at the National Tennis Centre, Melbourne, Australia was used for the benefit album Nobodys Child, in 1997-1999, it was performed on the One Night Only tour in its entirety as part of a medley. The song was last performed by the Bee Gees in 2001,1972, Al Green covered the track on his album Lets Stay Together, which also made the soundtrack to 1997s Good Will Hunting, 1999s The Virgin Suicides, 1999s Notting Hill and 2010s The Book of Eli. Greens version was released as a single in France on Cream Records, in 2008, Greens version was remade into a duet with Joss Stone for the soundtrack to the film adaptation of Sex and the City, with her vocals overdubbed onto the trackHow Can You Mend a Broken Heart – "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"
14. Bee Gees – The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, the Bee Gees wrote all of their own hits, as well as writing and producing several major hits for other artists. Born on the Isle of Man to English parents, the Gibb brothers lived in Chorlton, Manchester, England, the family then moved to Redcliffe, in Queensland, Australia, and then to Cribb Island. The Bee Gees have sold more than 220 million records worldwide, the Bee Gees Hall of Fame citation says Only Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney have outsold the Bee Gees. Following Maurices sudden death in January 2003 at the age of 53, Barry, in 2009 Robin announced that he and Barry had agreed that the Bee Gees would re-form and perform again. Robin died in May 2012 at the age of 62, after a struggle with cancer and other health problems. In December 1957 the boys began to sing in harmony, the story is told that they were going to lip sync to a record in the local Gaumont cinema and as they were running to the theatre, the fragile shellac 78-RPM record broke. The brothers had to sing live and received such a response from the audience that they decided to pursue a singing career. In May 1958 the Rattlesnakes were disbanded when Frost and Horrocks left, with the Gibb brothers then forming Wee Johnny Hayes, in August 1958 the Gibb family, including older sister Lesley and infant brother Andy, emigrated to Redcliffe, just north-east of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. The young brothers began performing to raise pocket money and they were introduced to leading Brisbane radio DJ Bill Gates by speedway promoter and driver Bill Goode, who had hired the brothers to entertain the crowd at the Redcliffe Speedway in 1960. Gates renamed them the BGs after his, Goodes, and Barry Gibbs initials—thus the name was not specifically a reference to Brothers Gibb, the family relocated to Cribb Island which was later demolished for Brisbane Airport. While there, the brothers went to Northgate State School, by 1960 the Bee Gees were featured on television shows, including their performance of Time Is Passing By. In the next few years they began working regularly at resorts on the Queensland coast, for his songwriting, Barry sparked the interest of Australian star Col Joye, who helped them get a record deal in 1963 with Festival Records subsidiary Leedon Records under the name Bee Gees. The three released two or three singles a year, while Barry supplied additional songs to other Australian artists, in 1962, the Bee Gees were chosen as the supporting act for Chubby Checkers concert at Sydney Stadium. From 1963 to 1966 the Gibb family lived at 171 Bunnerong Road, the house was demolished in 2016. A minor hit in 1965, Wine and Women, led to the groups first LP, The Bee Gees Sing, by 1966 Festival was, however, on the verge of dropping them from the Leedon roster because of their perceived lack of commercial success. It was at time that they met American-born songwriter, producer and entrepreneur, Nat Kipner. Kipner briefly took over as the manager and successfully negotiated their transfer to Spin in exchange for Festival being granted the Australian distribution rights to the groups recordingsBee Gees – Bee Gees in 1978 (top to bottom) Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb
15. Go Away Little Girl – Go Away Little Girl is a popular song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. It was first recorded by Bobby Vee for Liberty Records on March 28,1962, the lyrics consist of a young man asking a young attractive woman to stay away from him, so that he will not be tempted to betray his steady girlfriend by kissing her. The song is notable for making the American Top 20 three times, for Steve Lawrence in 1962, for The Happenings in 1966, and for Donny Osmond in 1971. It is also the first song, and one of only nine, in late 1962, Steve Lawrence released the second recording of this song. The single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1963 and this recording also spent six weeks atop the U. S. It also went to number 1 on the New Zealand Lever chart, mark Wynters 1962 cover of the song on the Pye Records label also made the UK Singles Chart, reaching number six in Britain. Donny Osmonds cover version of Go Away Little Girl reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on September 11,1971 and it remained in the top position for three weeks. Osmonds version also went to number 36 on the Australian Go-Set chart and it was certified Gold by the RIAA on October 13,1971. Marlena Shaw does a version called Yu-Ma/Go Away Little Boy from her 1977 album Sweet Beginnings and this reached number twenty one on the Billboard R & B chart staying in the Top 100 for eleven weeks. In the 1980s it became a popular UK record on the Rare Groove dance scene, Steve Lawrence singles at AllMusic. com Donny Osmond singles at AllMusic. com Lyrics to the songGo Away Little Girl – "Go Away Little Girl"
16. Donny Osmond – Donald Clark Donny Osmond is an American singer, actor, radio personality, and former teen idol. Osmond has also been a talk and game show host, record producer, in the mid-1960s, he and four of his elder brothers gained fame as the Osmonds. Osmond went solo in the early 1970s, covering such hits as Go Away Little Girl, for over thirty-five years, he and younger sister Marie have gained fame as Donny & Marie, partly due to the success of their 1976–79 self-titled variety series, which aired on ABC. The duo also did a 1998–2000 talk show and have been headlining in Las Vegas since 2008, in 1989, Osmond had two big-selling recordings, the first of which, Soldier of Love, was initially credited to a mystery artist by some radio stations. Starting in July 1992, Osmond played Joseph in the Elgin Theatres Toronto production of Joseph, the musical then toured North America until 1998. Creator Andrew Lloyd Webber chose him for the 1999 film version, in 2009, Osmond won the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars. Osmond appeared as a guest judge on Strictly Come Dancing on week 3 of the 12th series, Osmond was born on December 9,1957 in Ogden, Utah, the seventh son of Olive May and George Virl Osmond. He is the brother of Alan, Jay, Jimmy, Merrill, Wayne, Marie, Tom, Alan, Jay, Merrill, Wayne, and Donny were members of the popular singing group The Osmonds. Osmond was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah along with his siblings, Osmond has traced some of his family ancestry back to Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, his journey was documented in a BBC Wales program, Donny Osmond Coming Home. On the BBCs The One Show, a plaque was unveiled in the town to commemorate the ancestors of Donny Osmond, in his youth, Osmond held a ham radio license, KA7EVD. Andy Williams father, Jay Emerson Williams, saw the Osmond Brothers perform on a Disneyland televised special as a barbershop quartet, in short order, the group was invited to audition for The Andy Williams Show. In 1963, Donny Osmond made his debut on the show at the age of 5 singing You Are My Sunshine, the brothers continued to perform on the show throughout the 1960s along with a visit from their sister Marie. Osmond became a teen idol in the early 1970s as a solo singer, Osmond, Bobby Sherman, and David Cassidy were the biggest Cover Boy pop stars for Tiger Beat magazine in the early 1970s. His first solo hit was a cover of Roy Orbisons 1958 recording of Sweet and Innocent, in the 1980s, Osmond re-invented himself and abandoned the earlier television show image crafted to appeal to young viewers. They succeeded, returning Osmond to the US charts in 1989 with the Billboard Hot 100 No.2 song Soldier of Love, the campaign to market Soldier Of Love received considerable airplay with the singer being presented as a mystery artist before his identity was later revealed. Launching an extensive tour in support of the Eyes Dont Lie record, he enlisted Earth Wind & Fire and Kenny Loggins guitarist Dick Smith along with keyboardist Marc Jackson. Osmond was often reluctant to perform his earliest songs, in particular Go Away Little Girl, now he embraces his initial recording period with fondness, and recognizes that his many fans around the world are always excited and appreciative to hear his earliest chart successes. Osmond was the guest vocalist on Dweezil Zappas star-studded version of the Bee Gees Stayin Alive which appeared on Zappas 1991 album Confessions, the song also included guitar solos from Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, Warren DeMartini, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tim PierceDonny Osmond – Osmond in 2010
17. Take Me Home, Country Roads – It was first recorded by John Denver and included on his 1971 breakout album, Poems, Prayers & Promises. The song was a success on its release and was certified Gold by the RIAA on August 18,1971. The song became one of John Denvers most popular and beloved songs and it has continued to sell, with over a million digital copies sold in the United States. It is considered to be Denvers signature song, the song also has a prominent status as an iconic symbol of West Virginia, which it describes as almost Heaven, for example, it was played at the funeral memorial for U. S. Senator Robert Byrd in July 2010, in March 2014, it became the official state anthem of West Virginia. Danoff and his then-wife, Mary Nivert, wrote I Guess Hed Rather Be in Colorado and Take Me Home, Country Roads, Danoff has stated he had never been to West Virginia before co-writing the song. Inspiration for the song had come while driving to a reunion of Niverts relatives in nearby Maryland. To pass the time en route, Danoff had made up a ballad about the winding roads they were taking. Later, he changed the story to fit that of an artist friend and he had even briefly considered using Massachusetts rather than West Virginia, as both four-syllable state names would have fitted the songs meter. Starting December 22,1970, John Denver was heading the bill at The Cellar Door, Danoff and Nivert opened for him as a duo named Fat City. After the Tuesday post-Christmas re-opening night, the three headed back to their place for an impromptu jam, on the way, Denvers left thumb was broken in an automobile accident. He was taken to the hospital, where a splint was applied, by the time they got back to the house, he was, in his own words, wired, you know. Danoff and Nivert then told him about the song that they had working on for about a month. They sang the song for Denver and as he recalled, I flipped, the three stayed up until 6,00 a. m. changing words and moving lines around. When they finished, John announced that the song had to go on his next album, the song was premiered December 30,1970, during an encore of Denvers set, with the singers reading the words from a folded piece of paper. This resulted in an ovation, one of the longest in Cellar Door history. They recorded it in New York City in January 1971, Take Me Home, Country Roads appeared on the LP Poems, Prayers & Promises and was released as a 45 in the spring of 1971. Original pressings credited the single to John Denver with Fat City and it broke nationally in mid-April, but moved up the charts very slowlyTake Me Home, Country Roads – "Take Me Home, Country Roads"
18. John Denver – He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the decade and one of its best selling artists. By 1974, he was established as Americas best selling performer. After traveling and living in numerous locations while growing up in his military family, Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed, with total record sales of over 33 million. He recorded and performed primarily with a guitar and sang about his joy in nature, his disdain for city life, his enthusiasm for music. Denver starred in films and several television specials in the 1970s and 1980s. He continued to record in the 1990s, also focusing on issues by lending vocal support to space exploration. He lived in Aspen, Colorado for much of his life and was known for his love of Colorado which he sang about numerous times, in 1974 Denver was named poet laureate of the state. The Colorado state legislature also adopted Rocky Mountain High as one of its two songs in 2007. Denver was a pilot and died at the age of 53 in a single-fatality crash of his personal experimental aircraft. Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. was born in Roswell, New Mexico, to Lt. Col. Henry John Deutschendorf, Sr. an Air Force officer, Henry Sr. was of German ancestry, and met and married his Oklahoma Sweetheart. Denvers Irish Catholic and German maternal grandmother was the one who imbued Denver with his love of music. In his autobiography, Take Me Home, Denver described his life as the eldest son of a family shaped by a father who could not show his love for his children. He is also the nephew of singer Dave Deutschendorf of The New Christy Minstrels, because Denvers father was in the military and his family moved often, it was difficult for him to make friends and fit in with other children of his own age. Constantly being the new kid was troubling for the introverted Denver, and he grew up feeling like he should be somewhere else. While living in Tucson, Arizona, Denver was a member of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus for two years, Denver was happy living in Tucson, but his father was transferred to Montgomery, Alabama, then in the midst of the Montgomery boycotts. The family later moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where Denver graduated from Arlington Heights High School, attending high school in Fort Worth was a distressing experience for the disenfranchised Denver. In his third year of school, he borrowed his fathers car and ran away to California to visit family friends. His father flew to California in a jet plane to retrieve himJohn Denver – John Denver, 1973
19. Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) – Just My Imagination is a song by American soul group The Temptations. Released on the Gordy label, and produced by Norman Whitfield, it features on the groups 1971 album, when released as a single, Just My Imagination became the third Temptations song to reach number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. The single held the one position on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart for two weeks in 1971, from March 27 to April 10. Just My Imagination also held the spot on the Billboard R&B Singles chart for three weeks, from February 27 to March 20 of that year. Today, Just My Imagination is considered one of the Temptations signature songs and it is also the final Temptations single to feature founding members Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams. During the process of recording and releasing the single, Kendricks left the group to begin a solo career, in 2004, Rolling Stone magazine listed Just My Imagination as number 389 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. A full orchestral arrangement with strings and French horns adorning a bluesy rhythm track, the lyrics capture his resignation to his fantasies. The song as a whole captures their full effect on him. In the bridge, the narrator prays that he will never lose her love to another, for Erlewine, the Temptations performance has a dream-like quality, quietly drifting through the singers hopes and desires. We must add that just as the track the movement from dream to reality. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, producer/composer Norman Whitfield, by 1970, the Temptations had released psychedically-influenced hits such as Runaway Child, Running Wild, Psychedelic Shack, Ball of Confusion, and the Grammy Award-winning Cloud Nine. Just My Imagination was the result of one of the few times that Whitfield relented and produced a ballad as a single for the group and he approached Barrett Strong, and asked him to pull out that song we were messing around with a year ago. Because Im going to record it today, Norman Whitfield began the recording of Just My Imagination by preparing the songs instrumental track. The Temptations had heard the Funk Brothers tracks and loved them, but were knocked out, according to Otis Williams. The Temptations added their vocals at Motowns Hitsville USA headquarters, the song was recorded in the midst of a bitter feud between Kendricks and the Temptations de facto leader, Otis Williams. Dissatisfied and frustrated with Williams leadership, Kendricks began to withdraw from the group, when Kendricks told his friend ex-Temptation David Ruffin about his problems in the group, Ruffin convinced Kendricks that he should begin a solo career. After a final altercation during a November 1970 Copacabana engagement, both Kendricks and Williams agreed that it would be best for Kendricks to leave the group, by the time Just My Imagination was recorded, Williams and Kendricks were no longer on friendly speaking terms. Nevertheless, Williams was impressed by Kendricks performance on the recording, as for Kendricks, he was eventually replaced by Damon Harris, who would be featured in the groups 1973 hit Papa Was a Rollin StoneJust My Imagination (Running Away with Me) – "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)"
20. The Temptations – The Temptations are an American vocal group known for their success with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. Known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy wardrobe, having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history. As of 2015, the Temptations continue to perform with one member, Otis Williams. Featuring five male vocalists and dancers, the formed in 1960 in Detroit. In 1964, Bryant was replaced by David Ruffin, who was the lead vocalist on a number of the groups biggest hits, including My Girl, Aint Too Proud to Beg, and I Wish It Would Rain. Ruffin was replaced in 1968 by Dennis Edwards, with whom the group continued to record hit records such as Cloud Nine, the groups lineup has changed frequently since the departures of Kendricks and Paul Williams from the act in 1971. Over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and fourteen R&B number-one singles, and their material has earned them three Grammy Awards. The Temptations were the first Motown recording act to win a Grammy Award - for Cloud Nine in 1969 -, six of the Temptations were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Three classic Temptations songs, My Girl, Just My Imagination, the Temptations were also ranked at number 68 on Rolling Stone magazines list of the 100 Greatest Artists of all time. Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams started singing together in church as children, by their teenage years, they formed a doo-wop quartet in 1955 with Kell Osborne and Wiley Waller, naming themselves the Cavaliers. After Waller left the group in 1957, the trio left Birmingham to break into the music business. The group settled in Detroit where they changed their name to the Primes under the direction of Milton Jenkins, the Primes soon became well known around the Detroit area for their meticulous performances. Jenkins later created a group, The Primettes, later known as the Supremes. Kendricks was already seen as an idol in the Detroit area while Williams was well received for his baritone vocals. Texas teenager Otis Williams moved to Detroit as a youngster to be with his mother, by 1958, Williams was the leader of a vocal group named Otis Williams and the Siberians. The group included Elbridge Al Bryant, James Pee-Wee Crawford, Vernard Plain, the group recorded a song, Pecos Kid for a label run by radio deejay Senator Bristol Bryant. Shortly after its release, the changed its name to The El Domingoes. Following this, Montgomery native Melvin Franklin replaced Arthur Walton as bass vocalist and Franklins cousin, Detroit-born Richard Street, signing with Johnnie Mae Matthews Northern Records, the group had their name changed again to The DistantsThe Temptations – The "Classic 5" lineup of the Temptations: David Ruffin (bottom left), Melvin Franklin (top left), Paul Williams (top right), Otis Williams (bottom right), and Eddie Kendricks (center) c. 1965.
21. Tony Orlando and Dawn – Tony Orlando and Dawn is an American pop music group that was popular in the 1970s. Their signature hits include Candida, Knock Three Times, Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree, Tony Orlando was born Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis on 3 April 1944. After almost a decade of singing and with only three Top 40 hits, two in 1961 and another in 1969 as the singer for the studio group Wind. He stopped singing entirely, and by 1970 he was a demo singer. He began publishing music for April-Blackwood Music, a division of Columbia Records, then Orlando received Candida, a song that other producers and singers had turned down. Originally, Orlando was not able to lend his name to the song, as he was working for April-Blackwood, the background singers on the track were Sharon Greane, Linda November, Jay Siegel, and Toni Wine, who co-wrote the song. Phil Margo played drums on the session, and the arranger was Norman Bergen. After the single hit No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100, the ensemble then recorded the follow-up song Knock Three Times, which topped the Hot 100 on 23 January -6 February 1971. Bell Records was desperate to have an act to promote Dawns records. Orlando asked former Motown/Stax backing vocalists Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson to become Dawn, the threesome then went on the road after Candida and Knock Three Times. After a tour of Europe, Hopkins and Vincent assumed background vocal duties in the studio as well and they were joined in the studio by Vincents sister Pamela Vincent, who in addition to singing, arranged all the backing vocals. Prior touring commitments with Aretha Franklin prevented Vincent from appearing with Dawn on tour, the first single with their voices in the background was Runaway/Happy Together in 1972. The group released another single in 1973, and it became their next No.1 single — Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree. In terms of sales, this single was the most successful in the groups career, the groups next single, Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose, went to No. CBS gave the group a television variety show from the summer of 1974, after The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour ended its run, the show was in the same vein as its predecessor and became a Top 20 hit. In 1975 a remake of the Sam Cooke song Cupid became the groups last Top 40 single on the Hot 100, Sing reached No.7 on the Adult Contemporary Chart in 1977. The group went their separate ways later that year and would have one more single. Orlando is still a popular performer on tour regularly with the Lefty BrothersTony Orlando and Dawn – Telma Hopkins, Tony Orlando and Joyce Vincent Wilson at the premiere of their television show, 1974.
22. Me and Bobby McGee – Me and Bobby McGee is a song written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, originally performed by Roger Miller. S. Singles chart in 1971, making the song the second posthumously released No.1 single in U. S. chart history after The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding, billboard ranked Joplins version as the No.11 song for 1971. The suggestion for the title came from producer and Monument Records founder Fred Foster, Kristofferson did not write the song for Joplin, but it became strongly associated with her after her death. The song is the story of two drifters, the narrator and his girlfriend Bobby McGee, the couple hitches a ride from a truck driver and sing as they drive through the American south. They visit California and then part ways, with the songs expressing his sadness after her departure. Roger Miller was the first artist to record the song and it appeared at No.12 on the U. S. country chart in 1969. Gordon Lightfoots version hit No.13 on the pop music chart, the song was included on a Statler Brothers album but was not released as a single. Kenny Rogers and The First Edition recorded the song and released in on their album Ruby, Joplin recorded the song for inclusion on her Pearl album only a few days before her death in October 1970. Studio musician Stephen Ryder manned the keyboard for that session, Kristofferson had sung the song for her, and singer Bob Neuwirth taught it to her. Kristofferson did not know she had recorded it until after her death, the first time he heard her recording of it was the day after she died. Joplins version topped the charts to become her only one single and in 2004. In 2002, Jennifer Love Hewitt remade Joplins version of the song using acoustic equipment and included it in her fourth studio album BareNakedMe and Bobby McGee – "Me and Bobby McGee"
23. Janis Joplin – She died of an accidental drug overdose in 1970, aged 27, after releasing three albums. A fourth album, Pearl, was released a more than three months after her death, reaching number 1 on the charts. Joplin rose to fame in 1967 during an appearance at Monterey Pop Festival, as the singer of the then little-known San Francisco psychedelic rock band Big Brother. After releasing two albums with the band, she left Big Brother to continue as a solo artist with her own backing groups, first the Kozmic Blues Band and she appeared at the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour. Five singles by Joplin went into the Billboard Top 100, including Me and Bobby McGee, which reached number 1 in March 1971. Her most popular include, Piece of My Heart, Cry Baby, Down on Me, Ball n Chain, Summertime, Maybe, and Mercedes Benz. Joplin, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, was known for her performing ability. Audiences and critics alike referred to her presence as electric. Rolling Stone ranked Joplin number 46 on its 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and she remains one of the top-selling musicians in the United States, with Recording Industry Association of America certifications of 15.5 million albums sold in the USA. Janis Lyn Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on January 19,1943, to Dorothy Bonita East, a registrar at a college, and her husband, Seth Ward Joplin. She had two siblings, Michael and Laura. The family attended the Church of Christ, the Joplins felt that Janis needed more attention than their other children. Primarily a painter while still in school, she first began singing blues and she attended Thomas Jefferson High School, where she was a classmate of Super Bowl winning American football coach Jimmy Johnson. She stated while in school, that she was mostly shunned. Joplin was quoted as saying, I was a misfit, I read, I painted, I thought. As a teen, she became overweight, and her skin broke out so badly she was left deep scars that required dermabrasion. Other kids at school would routinely taunt her and call her names like pig, freak, nigger lover. The campus newspaper, The Daily Texan, ran a profile of her in the issue dated July 27,1962, while at UT she performed with a folk trio called the Waller Creek Boys and frequently socialized with the staff of the campus humor magazine The Texas RangerJanis Joplin – Janis Joplin in 1969
24. Tired of Being Alone – Tired of Being Alone is a soul song written by Al Green that became popular in the early 1970s and remains popular to this day, being a score in popular shows such as Nip/Tuck. It reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the Hot Soul Singles Chart, Billboard ranked it as the No.12 song for 1971. Though released on the 1971 album, Al Green Gets Next to You, problems occurred with the first recording, so it was postponed for production. It was altered and perfected the second time around, Tired of Being Alone was produced and recorded by Willie Mitchell at Hi Records and mixed by Mitchell and Terry Manning. In 1973, Green performed the song with Chicago on the TV special Chicago in the Rockies, in 2002, this recording appeared as a bonus track on the remastered version of Chicago VI. In 2004, Greens version was ranked #293 on Rolling Stones list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1992 Scottish band Texas covered Tired of Being Alone, which became a hit in the United Kingdom. A re-recorded version later appeared on their 2000 album, The Greatest Hits, in addition to Texas, Tired of Being Alone has also been covered by Michael Bolton, Tom Jones, the Subdudes and by Eran James. Graham Bonnet of Rainbow, MSG, and Alcatrazz fame covered Tired of Being Alone on 1977s Graham Bonnet, tarja Turunen covered the song on her 2012 album Act I, Live in Rosario. American singer Sybil released a cover as a single in 1996. The original Al Green version was featured in the 1995 film Dead Presidents, lyrics of this song at MetroLyricsTired of Being Alone – Side-A label of original 1971 edition
25. Al Green – Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, Green was referred to on the museums site as being one of the most gifted purveyors of soul music. He has also referred to as The Last of the Great Soul Singers. Green was included in the Rolling Stone list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, Al Green was born Albert Leornes Greene on April 13,1946, in Forrest City, Arkansas. The sixth of ten born to Cora Lee and Robert G. Greene, Jr. a sharecropper. The Greene family relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the late 1950s, Al was kicked out of the family home while in his teens, after his religiously devout father caught him listening to Jackie Wilson. I also listened to Mahalia Jackson, all the great gospel singers, but the most important music to me was those hip-shakin’ boys, Wilson Pickett and Elvis Presley. Whatever he got, I went out and bought, in high school, Al formed a vocal group called Al Greene & the Creations. Two of the members, Curtis Rodgers and Palmer James. In 1968, having changed their name to Al Greene & the Soul Mates, they recorded the song Back Up Train, the song was a hit on the R&B charts. However, the groups subsequent follow-ups failed to chart, as did their debut album, while performing with the Soul Mates, Green came into contact with Memphis record producer Willie Mitchell, who hired him in 1969 to be a vocalist for a Texas show with Mitchells band. Following the performance, Mitchell asked Green to sign with his Hi Records label, having noted that Green had been trying to sing like Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett and James Brown, Mitchell became his vocal mentor, coaching him into finding his own voice. Before releasing his first album with Hi, Green removed the final e from his name, subsequently, he released Green Is Blues, which was a moderate success. His follow-up album, Al Green Gets Next to You, featured the hit R&B cover of the Temptations I Cant Get Next to You, Greens next album, Lets Stay Together, solidified his place in soul music. The title track was his biggest hit to date, reaching number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts, the album became his first to be certified gold. His follow-up, Im Still in Love with You went platinum with the help of the singles Look What You Done for Me and the title track, both of which went to the top ten on the Hot 100. His next album, Call Me, released in 1973, produced three top ten singles, You Ought to Be with Me, Call Me and Here I Am. Greens album Livin for You, released at the end of 1973, was his last album to be certified gold, Green continued to record successful R&B hits in the next several years including Livin for You, Lets Get Married, Sha-La-La, L-O-V-E and Full of Fire. His last Hi Records album, Truth n Time, was released in 1978, two years later, he left Hi for Myrrh Records and recorded only gospel music for the next decade and a halfAl Green – Green in concert at the Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California, July 2006.
26. Want Ads – Want Ads was a million-selling Number 1 pop and R&B hit recorded by female group, Honey Cone for their third album Sweet Replies and also appears on their fourth album Soulful Tapestry. The song on the Detroit-based Hot Wax label was written by Greg Perry, General Norman Johnson and it was produced by staff producer, Greg Perry, and features a young Ray Parker, Jr. on rhythm guitar. Want Ads was released as the first single from Soulful Tapestry in the United States in the spring of 1971, with the catchy opening line of Wanted, young man, single and free, Want Ads was born. The idea for the song started when studio engineer Barney Perkins, while looking through the section of a newspaper. Perry, as producer and songwriter for the project, felt that the idea might work, the duo brought in Johnson, leader of Chairmen of the Board, to contribute to the writing, after co-writing Somebodys Been Sleeping with Perry for the Hot Wax group,100 Proof. The song was first recorded by another Hot Wax/Invictus act, Glass House led by Freda Paynes younger sister, Payne did not like the song and with Perry being equally unsatisfied with that version, she and Freda recorded the song themselves. Still unsatisfied, Payne later suggested that Honey Cone lead singer Edna Wright record it after she had passed through the studio, the initial version of the song, titled Stick Up, would eventually be recorded and released as the groups follow up to Want Ads. It would peak at #11 on the pop charts in August and this song was covered by Ullanda McCullough and made into a disco song for her 1979 album Love Zone and by Taylor Dayne in 1988 for her hugely successful debut album Tell It to My Heart. The song was used as a sample in Heaven, Mary Marys 2005 lead-off single from their self-titled third studio album. The single made history breaking and setting records when it remained at one for nine consecutive weeks on the Billboard Gospel Radio chart back in 2005. Edna Wright also makes a cameo appearance at the end of the music video singing along to the chorus. Want Ads debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 79 on April 10,1971, within nine weeks on the chart, Want Ads was at the number one position for the week starting June 12. Billboard ranked it as the No.13 song for 1971, the song went on to receive gold certification selling more than one million units in the U. S. The songs popularity had DJs playing the version that was available on the Soulful Tapestry album. This was rare at the time, the song is said to have been a major contributor to the structure, sound, and grit of the pre-disco movement that would rock the popular music world. Lead vocals, Edna Wright Background vocals, Shellie Clark, Carolyn Willis Engineer, Barney Perkins Sound clip on EdnaWright-HoneyCone. com Lyrics of this song at MetroLyricsWant Ads – "Want Ads"
27. James Taylor – James Vernon Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and he is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No.3 single Fire and Rain and had his first No.1 hit the year with Youve Got a Friend. His 1976 Greatest Hits album was certified Diamond and has sold 12 million US copies, following his 1977 album, JT, he has retained a large audience over the decades. Every album that he released from 1977 to 2007 sold over a million copies and his chart performance had a resurgence during the late 1990s and 2000s, when he recorded some of his most-awarded work. He achieved his first number one album in the US in 2015 with his recording Before This World. He is notable for his covers of other peoples songs, such as How Sweet It Is. James Vernon Taylor was born at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on March 12,1948 and his father was from a well-off family of Southerners of Scottish ancestry. His mother, the former Gertrude Woodard, studied singing with Marie Sundelius at the New England Conservatory of Music and was an opera singer before the couples marriage in 1946. James was the second of five children, the others being Alex, Kate, Livingston and they built a house in the Morgan Creek area off the present Morgan Creek Road, which was sparsely populated. James would later say, Chapel Hill, the Piedmont, the hills, were tranquil, rural, beautiful. Thinking of the red soil, the seasons, the way things smelled down there, I feel as though my experience of coming of age there was more a matter of landscape, James attended public primary school in Chapel Hill. Isaacs career prospered, but he was away from home, on military service at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. Isaac Taylor later rose to dean of the UNC School of Medicine from 1964 to 1971. The Taylors spent summers on Marthas Vineyard beginning in 1953, Taylor first learned to play the cello as a child in North Carolina and switched to the guitar in 1960. He began attending Milton Academy, a boarding school in Massachusetts in fall 1961. Summering before then with his family on Marthas Vineyard, he met Danny Kortchmar, the two began listening to and playing blues and folk music together, and Kortchmar quickly realized that Taylors singing had a natural sense of phrasing, every syllable beautifully in time. I knew James had that thing, Taylor wrote his first song on guitar at 14, and he continued to learn the instrument effortlesslyJames Taylor – Taylor in the mid-1970s
28. Mr. Big Stuff – Mr. Big Stuff is a song by singer Jean Knight. The song was recorded in 1970 at Malaco Studio in Jackson, Mississippi, both songs are defined by two bar, off-beat bass lines and tight arrangements by Wardell Quezergue. Released on Knights 1971 debut album of the title, it became a huge crossover hit. The song spent five weeks at one on the Billboard Soul Singles chart and peaked at No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. Billboard ranked it as the No.18 song for 1971, the song went double platinum and the No.1 Soul Single of the year. Knight performed the song on Soul Train on December 11,1971, Mr. Big Stuff would become one of Stax Records most popular and recognizable hits. It was also featured in the 1977 mini-series The Bronx Is Burning, No credits are listed for the Malaco studio musicians on the record. American all-female heavy metal band Precious Metal released a cover of the song from their self-titled 1990 album, martha Wash covered the song for the soundtrack of the film Disneys D2, The Mighty Ducks. Canadian singer Sheree Jeacocke included a cover of the song on her 1995 EP Jeacocke, r&B duo Nikki & Rich recorded a cover of the song for the 2011 film Hop. Britta Phillips, as the character Billy, did a cover on this on the 1988 movie Satisfaction. K, in 1987, rapper Heavy D recorded Mr. Big Stuff, which also became a hit. Though his version was different from the original version, Knights hook line was prominently featured throughout the song. In 1994, the song was interpolated into TLCs Switch on their CrazySexyCool album. A sample of the composition was used for the song by Queen Latifah, Shades and Free. Mr. Big Stuff was sampled in 2000 by Everclear in the song AM Radio from their album Songs from an American Movie Vol. One, Learning How to Smile. Girl Talk sampled a portion of this song on his track, lyric in their song Johnny Ryall from Pauls Boutique. R&B and soul artist John Legend sampled Mr. Big Stuff for the lead single Who Do We Think We Are from his fourth album Love in the Future, lyrics of this song at MetroLyricsMr. Big Stuff – "Mr. Big Stuff"
29. Jean Knight – Jean Knight is an American soul, R&B and funk singer, best known for her 1971 Stax Records hit single, Mr. Big Stuff. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, after graduating from high school, Caliste began singing at her cousins bar Lauras Place and caught the attention of many different bands who were willing to accompany her. In 1965, she recorded a demo of a version of Jackie Wilsons song Stop Doggin Me Around. Her demo attracted record producer Huey Meaux, who signed her to a contract at the Jet Star/Tribe record labels. Shortly thereafter, Caliste adopted the name of Jean Knight. She recorded four singles, making a name for herself locally, by the late 1960s, it was obvious that her career was not living up to her high expectations, so she went to work as a baker in the cafeteria of Loyola University in New Orleans. In early 1970, she was discovered by songwriter Ralph Williams, with Williams connections, she came in contact with record producer Wardell Quezergue. In May of that year, she went to Malaco Studios in Jackson, Mississippi, after the session was finished, the song was shopped to producers at several national labels, all of whom rejected it. But when King Floyds hit Groove Me became a #1 R&B hit in early 1971, a producer at Stax Records remembered Knights recording of Mr. Big Stuff, and released it. The song also proved to be an instant smash in 1971, reaching #2 on the pop chart and it went double-platinum and received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female, it lost to Aretha Franklins version of Bridge Over Troubled Water. It sold over two copies and was awarded a gold disc by the R. I. A. A. Knight performed the hit song on Soul Train, the next year, Knight was named the Most Promising Female Vocalist. An album of the name proved to be fairly successful. A couple more hits followed, but disagreements with her producer and her label terminated Knights involvement with Stax. After leaving Stax, Knight recorded songs for small labels. She ended up performing and touring the local oldie circuit, things changed in 1981, when she met local producer Isaac Bolden, who signed her to his Soulin label. Soon, Knight found herself touring consistently, in 1985, she gained more recognition when she covered Rockin Sidneys zydeco novelty hit, My Toot Toot. Her version proved to be most successful, reaching #50 on the pop chart, Knight was then given a chance to perform it on the TV variety show Solid GoldJean Knight – Jean Knight
30. Brown Sugar (song) – Brown Sugar is a song by The Rolling Stones. It is the track and lead single from their 1971 album Sticky Fingers. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it No.495 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, the song was written by Jagger with Marsha Hunt in mind, Hunt was Jaggers secret girlfriend and mother of his first child Karis. It is also claimed it was written with Claudia Lennear in mind, Lennear made this claim on BBCs Radio 4, saying that it was written with her in mind because at the time when it was written, Mick Jagger used to hang around with her. In the documentary film Gimme Shelter, a mix of the song is played back to the band while they relax in a hotel in Alabama. In the liner notes to the 1993 compilation album Jump Back, Jagger says, The lyric was all to do with the combination of drugs. This song was a very instant thing, a high point. The song is in compound AABA form, in the Rolling Stone interview with Jagger, he spoke at length about the song, its inspiration and success — including claiming credit for writing the lyrics. He attributed the success of the song to a good groove, after noting that the lyrics could mean so many lewd subjects, he again noted that the combination of those subjects, the lyrical ambiguity was partially why the song was considered successful. God knows what Im on about on that song, All the nasty subjects in one go. I never would write that song now, when Jann Wenner asked him why, Jagger replied, I would probably censor myself. Id think, Oh God, I cant, I cant just write raw like that. The lyrical subject matter has often been a point of interest, an alternative version was recorded on 18 December 1970, at Olympic Studios in London, after a birthday party for Richards. It features appearances by Al Kooper on piano, and Eric Clapton on slide guitar, Richards considered releasing this version on Sticky Fingers, mostly for its more spontaneous atmosphere, but decided on the original. The alternative version, which had previously been only on bootleg recordings, was released in June 2015 on the Deluxe. To promote the song, they performed on Top of the Pops with the performance taped sometime around late March 1971, in the US, Billboard ranked it as the No.16 song for 1971. In the UK the single was issued in mono using a now-rarely heard bespoke mono mix. This mono mix has never used on any compilationBrown Sugar (song) – "Brown Sugar"
31. The Rolling Stones – The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The original line-up consisted of Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Stewart was removed from the official line-up in 1963 but continued as a touring member until his death in 1985. Jones left the less than a month prior to his death in 1969, having already been replaced by Mick Taylor. After Taylor left the band, Ronnie Wood took his place in 1975 and has been on guitar in tandem with Richards ever since, following Wymans departure in 1993, Darryl Jones joined as their touring bassist. Other touring keyboardists for the band have been Nicky Hopkins, Billy Preston, the band was first led by Jones, but after teaming as the bands songwriters, Jagger and Richards assumed leadership while Jones dealt with legal and personal troubles. The Rolling Stones were at the forefront of the British Invasion of bands that became popular in the US in 1964, and identified with the youthful and rebellious counterculture of the 1960s. Rooted in blues and early rock and roll, the group began a period of musical experimentation in the mid-1960s that peaked with the psychedelic album Their Satanic Majesties Request. During this period, they were first introduced on stage as The Worlds Greatest Rock, the band continued to release commercially successful records in the 1970s and sold many albums, including Some Girls and Tattoo You, which were their most popular albums worldwide. From 1983 to 1987, tensions between Jagger and Richards almost caused the band to split, however, they managed to patch up their friendship in 1987. They separated temporarily to work on projects and experienced a comeback with Steel Wheels. Since the 1990s, new recorded material from the group has been increasingly less well-received, despite this, the Rolling Stones have continued to be a huge attraction on the live circuit, with stadium tours in the 1990s and 2000s. By 2007, the band had four of the top five highest-grossing concert tours of all time, Voodoo Lounge Tour, Bridges to Babylon Tour, Licks Tour and A Bigger Bang Tour. The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, Rolling Stone magazine ranked them fourth on the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list and their estimated album sales are above 250 million. They have released 30 studio albums,18 live albums and numerous compilations, Let It Bleed was their first of five consecutive number one studio and live albums in the UK. Sticky Fingers was the first of eight number one studio albums in the US. In 2008, the band ranked 10th on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists chart, in 2012, the band celebrated its 50th anniversary. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger were childhood friends and classmates in Dartford, Kent, Jagger had formed a garage band with Dick Taylor, mainly playing Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Howlin Wolf and Bo Diddley material. Jagger met Richards again in 1960 on platform two of Dartford railway station, the Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records that Jagger carried revealed a common interest that prompted their musical partnershipThe Rolling Stones – The Rolling Stones performing at Summerfest festival in June 2015 Left to right: Charlie Watts (drums), Ronnie Wood (rhythm guitar), Mick Jagger (vocals), Keith Richards (lead guitar)
32. Do You Know What I Mean – Do You Know What I Mean is a song written and performed by Lee Michaels. It reached #6 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100, the song was featured on his 1971 album, 5th. The song was produced by Michaels, the single ranked #19 on Billboards Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1971. Simon Turner released a version of the song on his 1973 album, renée Geyer released a version of the song as a single in 1981 in Australia. Gwen McCrae released a version of the song as a single in 1984 which reached #83 on the U. S. R&B chart, Myles Goodwyn featuring Lee Aaron released a version of the song as a single in 1988 which reached #47 in Canada. It was featured on his album, Myles Goodwyn, kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys released a version of the song on his 2014 album, No GuaranteeDo You Know What I Mean – Michaels in 1968.
33. Lee Michaels – Lee Eugene Michaels is an American rock musician who sings and accompanies himself on organ, piano, or guitar. He is best known for his virtuosity on the Hammond organ, peaking in 1971 with his Top 10 pop hit single. Michaels began his career with The Sentinals, a San Luis Obispo, Michaels joined Barbata in the Joel Scott Hill Trio, a group led by guitarist Joel Scott Hill. Michaels later moved to San Francisco, where he joined a version of The Family Tree. In 1967, he signed a contract with A&M Records, releasing his album, Carnival of Life. As a session musician, he played with Jimi Hendrix, among others and this unorthodox approach attracted a following in San Francisco, and some critical notice. But Michaels did not achieve commercial success until the release of his fifth album. That album, titled 5th and released in 1971, produced a surprise US Top 10 hit and it was an autobiographical homage to the loss of a girlfriend. Michaelss Top 40 follow-up, a version of the Motown standard, Can I Get a Witness, peaked at #39 on Christmas Day of 1971. Billboard ranked Do You Know What I Mean as the No.19 song for 1971, Michaels recorded two more albums for A&M before signing a recording contract with Columbia Records in 1973. But his Columbia recordings failed to generate much interest, and Michaels had gone into semi-retirement from the industry by the end of the decade. Once he had regained full rights, Michaels granted licenses to Rhino Records. In November 2015, Manifesto Records released his catalog of A&M albums in compact discs and in re-mastered digital form. Lee Michaels Biography on allmusic. com Lee Michaels MySpace tribute page Archive. org version of LeeMichaels. com 2009-2015Lee Michaels – Michaels in 1968.
34. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – Levon Helm provided the lead vocals. The song is a narrative relating the economic and social distress experienced by the Southern United States during the last year of the American Civil War. Frequently appearing on lists of the best rock songs of all time, joan Baez recorded a cover of the song that became a top-five chart hit in late 1971. The song was written by Robbie Robertson, the lyrics tell of the last days of the American Civil War and the suffering of Southerners. Robertson stated that he had the music to the song in his head, then the concept came to him and he did research on the subject. Levon Helm, a native of Arkansas, stated that he assisted in the research for the lyrics, in his 1993 autobiography, This Wheels on Fire, Helm wrote, Robbie and I worked on The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down up in Woodstock. I remember taking him to the library so he could research the history and geography of the era, Dixie is the historical nickname for the states making up the Confederate States of America. The Band frequently performed the song in concert, and it is included on the live albums Rock of Ages. The song was included in the concert on Thanksgiving Day 1976 which was recorded in the film about the concert, The Last Waltz. The last time the song was performed by Helm was in The Last Waltz, Helm refused to play the song afterwards. It was #245 on Rolling Stone magazines list of the 500 greatest songs of all time, pitchfork Media named it the forty-second best song of the Sixties. The song is included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fames 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and Time magazines All-Time 100. Ralph J. Gleason explains why this song has such an impact on listeners, the only thing I can relate it to at all is The Red Badge of Courage. It has that ring of truth and the aura of authenticity. The song has become a part of the ideology of Lost Cause of the Confederacy reflecting the perception of the South prostrate in defeat, billboard ranked it as the No.20 song for 1971. The version reached number six in the pop charts in the UK in October 1971, the song became a Gold record. Baezs version made changes to the song lyrics from the original. In more recent years in her concerts, Baez has performed the song as written by RobertsonThe Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
35. Joan Baez – Joan Chandos Baez is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. Baez has performed publicly for over 55 years, releasing over 30 albums, fluent in Spanish and English, she has recorded songs in at least six other languages. She is regarded as a singer, although her music has diversified since the counterculture days of the 1960s and now encompasses everything from folk rock and pop to country. In recent years, she has found success interpreting songs of modern songwriters such as Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Steve Earle and her recordings include many topical songs and material dealing with social issues. She began her career in 1960 and achieved immediate success. Her first three albums, Joan Baez, Joan Baez, Vol.2, and Joan Baez in Concert all achieved gold status and stayed on the Billboard. Songs of acclaim include Diamonds & Rust and covers of Phil Ochss There but for Fortune and she is also known for Farewell, Angelina, Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word, Forever Young, Joe Hill, Sweet Sir Galahad and We Shall Overcome. Baez will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7,2017, Baez was born on Staten Island, New York, on January 9,1941. Joans grandfather, the Reverend Alberto Baez, left Catholicism to become a Methodist minister and her father, Albert Baez, was born in Puebla, Mexico and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where his father preached to—and advocated for—a Spanish-speaking congregation. Albert first considered becoming a minister but instead he turned to the study of mathematics and physics, Albert was later credited as a co-inventor of the x-ray microscope. Baez, is a mathematical physicist, whom Albert interested in physics as a child, born in April 1913, she died on April 20,2013, days after her one hundredth birthday. Baez had two sisters — the elder, Pauline Thalia Baez Bryan, and the younger, Mimi Fariña, Mimi, also a musician and activist, died of cancer in California in 2001. The Baez family converted to Quakerism during Joans early childhood, and she has continued to identify with the tradition, particularly in her commitment to pacifism, while growing up, Baez was subjected to racial slurs and discrimination due to her Mexican heritage. Consequently, she became involved with a variety of social causes early in her career and she declined to play in any venues that were segregated, which meant that when she toured the Southern states she would play only at black colleges. Joan graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1958, Joan Baez became involved with a variety of social causes early in her career, including civil rights and non-violence. Social justice, she stated in the PBS series American Masters, is the core of her life. The opening line of Baezs memoir And a Voice to Sing With is I was born gifted, a friend of Joans father gave her a ukulele. She learned four chords, which enabled her to play rhythm and blues and her parents, however, were fearful that the music would lead her into a life of drug addictionJoan Baez – Baez performing in 1973
36. Marvin Gaye – Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. During the 1970s, he recorded the concept albums Whats Going On and Lets Get It On, Gayes later recordings influenced several contemporary R&B subgenres, such as quiet storm and neo soul. Following a period in Europe as a tax exile in the early 1980s, Gaye released the 1982 Grammy Award-winning hit Sexual Healing, on April 1,1984, Gayes father, Marvin Gay Sr. fatally shot him at their house in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. Marvin Gaye was born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. on April 2,1939, at Freedmans Hospital in Washington, D. C. to church minister Marvin Gay Sr. and domestic worker Alberta Gay. His first home was in a housing project, the Fairfax Apartments at 1617 1st Street SW in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood. Although one of the citys oldest neighborhoods, with many elegant Federal-style homes, most buildings were small, in extensive disrepair, and lacked both electricity and running water. The alleys were full of one- and two-story shacks, and nearly every dwelling was overcrowded, Gaye and his friends nicknamed the area Simple City, owing to its being half-city, half country. Gaye was the second eldest of the four children. He had two sisters, Jeanne and Zeola, and one brother, Frankie Gaye and he also had two half-brothers, Michael Cooper, his mothers son from a previous relationship, and Antwaun Carey Gay, born as a result of his fathers extramarital affairs. Gaye started singing in church when he was four years old, Gaye and his family were part of a Pentecostal church known as the House of God. The House of God took its teachings from Hebrew Pentecostalism, advocated strict conduct, Gaye developed a love of singing at an early age and was encouraged to pursue a professional music career after a performance at a school play at 11 singing Mario Lanzas Be My Love. His home life consisted of brutal whippings by his father, who struck him for any shortcoming, the young Gaye described living in his fathers house as similar to. living with a king, a very peculiar, changeable, cruel, and all powerful king. He felt that had his mother not consoled him and encouraged his singing and his sister later explained that Gaye was beaten often, from age seven well into his teenage years. Gaye attended Syphax Elementary School and then Randall Junior High School, Gaye began to take singing much more seriously in junior high, and he joined and became a singing star with the Randall Junior High Glee Club. In 1953 or 1954, the Gays moved into the East Capitol Dwellings public housing project in D. C. s Capitol View neighborhood and their townhouse apartment was Marvins home until 1962. Gaye briefly attended Spingarn High School before transferring to Cardozo High School, at Cardozo, Gaye joined several doo-wop vocal groups, including the Dippers and the D. C. Gayes relationship with his father worsened during his years, as his father would kick him out of the house often. In 1956, 17-year-old Gaye dropped out of school and enlisted in the United States Air Force as a basic airmanMarvin Gaye – Washington, D.C.'s Columbia Heights where Marvin Gaye attended Cardozo High School, not far from Deanwood, where he grew up
37. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey – Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey is a song by Paul and Linda McCartney from the album Ram. Billboard ranked it number 22 on its Top Pop Singles of 1971 year-end chart and it became McCartneys first gold record as a solo artist. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey is composed of several unfinished song fragments that McCartney stitched together similar to the medleys from the Beatles album Abbey Road, lindas voice is heard in the harmonies as well as the bridge section of the Admiral Halsey portion of the song. McCartney said Uncle Albert was based on his uncle, hes someone I recall fondly, and when the song was coming it was like a nostalgia thing. McCartney also said, As for Admiral Halsey, hes one of yours, McCartney has described the Uncle Albert section of the song as an apology from his generation to the older generation, and Admiral Halsey as an authoritarian figure who ought to be ignored. Despite the disparate elements that make up the song, author Andrew Grant Jackson discerns a coherent narrative to the lyrics, related to McCartneys emotions in the aftermath of the Beatles breakup. In this interpretation, the song begins with McCartney apologizing to his uncle for getting nothing done, McCartney stated that he put the butter in the pie so that it would not melt at all. The hands across the section which follows could be taken as evocative of the command All hands on deck. Rousing McCartney to action, perhaps to compete with Lennon, Paul McCartney won the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists in 1971 for the song. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of one million copies. According to Allmusic critic Stewart Mason, fans of Paul McCartneys music are divided in their opinions of this song. Mason himself considers it churlish to be annoyed by the song, given that the song isnt intended to be completely serious, on the US charts, the song set a songwriting milestone as the all-time songwriting record for the most consecutive calendar years to write a #1 song. This gave McCartney eight consecutive years, leaving behind Lennon with only seven years, Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey appears on the Wings Greatest compilation album released in 1978, even though Ram was not a Wings album. It appears on several solo Paul McCartney compilations, the US version of All the Best. as well as Wingspan, Hits and History, and on both the standard and deluxe versions of Pure McCartney. Harry Shearer uses a sample of Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey for the Apologies of the Week segment of Le Show. The film Greenberg includes a scene in which the character Florence, drunk on champagne, jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard covered the song on his 1971 album First Light. The song is mentioned in the lyrics of the song Hillcrest by New Zealand band The Changing Same, band on the Run, A History of Paul McCartney and WingsUncle Albert/Admiral Halsey – "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"
38. Paul McCartney – Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained fame with the rock band the Beatles, largely considered the most popular. His songwriting partnership with Lennon is the most celebrated of the post-war era, after the bands break-up, he pursued a solo career and formed the band Wings with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine. McCartney has been recognised as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time, More than 2,200 artists have covered his Beatles song Yesterday, more than any other copyrighted song in history. Wings 1977 release Mull of Kintyre is one of the all-time best-selling singles in the UK.5 million RIAA-certified units in the United States. McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Starr all received The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1965, McCartney has released an extensive catalogue of songs as a solo artist and has composed classical and electronic music. He has taken part in projects to promote international charities related to subjects as animal rights, seal hunting, land mines, vegetarianism, poverty. He has married three times and is the father of five children, James Paul McCartney was born on 18 June 1942 in Walton Hospital, Liverpool, England, where his mother, Mary Patricia, had qualified to practise as a nurse. His father, James McCartney, was absent from his sons birth due to his work as a firefighter during World War II. Paul has one brother, Michael. Though the children were baptised in their mothers Catholic faith, their father was a former Protestant turned agnostic, McCartney attended Stockton Wood Road Primary School in Speke from 1947 until 1949, when he transferred to Joseph Williams Junior School in Belle Vale because of overcrowding at Stockton. In 1953, with three others out of ninety examinees, he passed the 11-Plus exam, meaning he could attend the Liverpool Institute. In 1954, he met schoolmate George Harrison on the bus from his home in Speke. The two quickly became friends, McCartney later admitted, I tended to talk down to him because he was a year younger. McCartneys mother Mary was a midwife and the primary wage earner, her earnings enabled them to move into 20 Forthlin Road in Allerton. She rode a bicycle to her patients, McCartney described an early memory of her leaving at about three in the morning streets, on 31 October 1956, when McCartney was fourteen, his mother died of an embolism. McCartneys loss later became a point of connection with John Lennon, whose mother, McCartneys father was a trumpet player and pianist, who had led Jim Macs Jazz Band in the 1920s. He kept a piano in the front room, encouraged his sons to be musical and advised Paul to take piano lessonsPaul McCartney – Paul McCartney in 2010
39. Linda McCartney – Linda Louise, Lady McCartney was an American musician, photographer, animal rights activist, entrepreneur and publisher who was married to Paul McCartney of the Beatles. Prior to marrying Paul, she was a photographer of celebrities and contemporary musicians. Her photos were published in the book Linda McCartneys Sixties, Portrait of an Era. Linda married McCartney in 1969 at St Johns Wood Church in London and her daughter, Heather Louise, from her first marriage to Melville See, was adopted by her new husband. Together, the McCartneys had three other children, in 1971, after they married and following the break-up of the Beatles the previous year, Paul and Linda McCartney recorded the album Ram. Shortly afterwards, they formed the band Wings and she continued to be part of her husbands touring band following Wings break-up in 1981 up until The New World Tour in 1993. She was a rights activist and wrote and published several vegetarian cookbooks. In 1995 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and died from the disease in 1998 at the age of 56, McCartney was born Linda Louise Eastman, the second-eldest of four children, in New York City. She had one brother, John, born in 1939. Her father, Leopold Vail Epstein, was born in 1910 to Jewish Russian immigrants and he later changed his name to Lee Eastman. At her fathers request, Lawrence wrote the song Linda when McCartney was four, the song was recorded by Buddy Clark in 1947 and went to number 1 on the charts. It was again recorded in 1963 by Jan and Dean, McCartneys mother, Louise Sara Eastman, was from a German Jewish family and was the daughter of Max J. Lindner—founder of the Lindner Company clothing store in Cleveland, Ohio. McCartney grew up in the affluent Scarsdale town of Westchester County, New York, following high school, McCartney attended Vermont College, receiving an Associate of Arts degree in 1961. While her brother John followed in his fathers footsteps, also going to Harvard to study law, Linda was less ambitious and avoided such intellectual pursuits. She was considered the sheep of the family, who lacked serious academic desires. Nature and animals were her primary interests, John later became Paul McCartneys attorney and manager. After graduating from Vermont College, she attended the University of Arizona, while there, McCartneys mother died in the 1962 crash of American Airlines Flight 1 in Queens, New York. McCartney later said that because of her mothers death, she hated travelling by air, in Arizona she took up nature photography as a hobbyLinda McCartney – Linda and Paul McCartney with Wings in 1976
40. Bill Withers – William Harrison Bill Withers, Jr. is an American singer-songwriter and musician who performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985. He recorded several hits, including Lean on Me, Aint No Sunshine, Use Me, Just the Two of Us, Lovely Day. Withers won three Grammy Awards and was nominated for four more and his life was the subject of the 2009 documentary film Still Bill. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, Withers was born the youngest of six children in the small coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia. He was born with a stutter and has said he had a hard time fitting in, raised in nearby Beckley, he was thirteen years old when his father died. Withers enlisted with the United States Navy at the age of 18 and served for nine years, during which time he got over his stutter, Mr. Withers left the Navy in 1965. Using the $250 he received from selling his furniture to IBM co-worker Ron Sierra, he picked up, when he debuted with the song Aint No Sunshine he refused to resign from his job because of his belief that the music business was a fickle industry. During early 1970, Withers demonstration tape was auditioned favorably by Clarence Avant, Avant signed Withers to a record deal and assigned former Stax Records stalwart Booker T. Jones to produce Withers first album. Four three-hour recording sessions were planned for the album, but funding caused the album to be recorded in three sessions with a break between the second and final sessions. Just as I Am was released in 1971 with the tracks, Aint No Sunshine, the album features Stephen Stills playing lead guitar. On the cover of the album, Withers is pictured at his job at Weber Aircraft in Burbank, California, at the 14th annual Grammy Awards on Tuesday, March 14,1972, Withers won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for Aint No Sunshine. The track had sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA in September 1971. During a hiatus from touring, Withers recorded his second album, the single, Lean on Me went to number one the week of July 8,1972. It was Withers second gold single with confirmed sales in excess of three million and his follow-up, Use Me released in August 1972, became his third million seller, with the R. I. A. A. Gold disc award taking place on October 12,1972 and his performance at Carnegie Hall on October 6,1972, was recorded, and released as the live album Bill Withers, Live at Carnegie Hall on November 30,1972. In 1974, Withers recorded the album +Justments, due to a legal dispute with the Sussex company, Withers was unable to record for some time thereafter. Footage of his performance was included in the 1996 documentary film When We Were Kings, other footage of his performance is included in the 2008 documentary film Soul Power which is based on archival footage of the 1974 Zaire concert. After Sussex Records folded, Withers signed with Columbia Records in 1975 and his first album release with the label, Making Music, Making Friends, included the single Shes Lonely, which was featured in the film Looking for Mr. GoodbarBill Withers – Withers in a 2020
41. Signs (Five Man Electrical Band song) – Signs is a song by the Canadian rock group Five Man Electrical Band. It was written by Les Emmerson and popularized the relatively unknown band, Signs was originally released that year as the B-side to the relatively unsuccessful single Hello Melinda Goodbye. Re-released in 1971 as the A-side, Signs reached No.4 in Canada, Billboard ranked it as the No.24 song for 1971. Signs was covered and recorded live by Tesla for their Five Man Acoustical Jam album in 1990, peaking at number 8 on the Pop charts. This cover had some changes to the lyrics, the line blockin out the scenery was changed to fuckin up the scenery. A studio version recorded in 2007 used the original lyrics, the opening line of the song, And the sign said long haired freaky people need not apply, was sampled by Fatboy Slim for his song Dont Let The Man Get You Down, from his Palookaville album. ApologetiX recorded a parody of the song titled Lions, telling the story of Daniel in the lions den and it was originally included on the cassette of Radical History Tour, and was later re-issued on the Directors Cut edition of Isnt Wasnt Aint. The Evolution Control Committee used only part of the opening line the sign said long haired freaky people on the track Freaky People from their 2011 album All Rights Reserved. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyricsSigns (Five Man Electrical Band song) – "Signs"
42. Five Man Electrical Band – The Five Man Electrical Band is a Canadian rock group from Ottawa. They had many hits in Canada, including the top 10 entries Half Past Midnight, Absolutely Right, internationally, they are best known for their 1971 hit single Signs. The band The Staccatos was formed in Ottawa in 1963 and it initially included singer Dean Hagopian, guitarist Vern Craig, bass player Brian Rading and singer/drummer Rick Bell. Hagopian left after about a year, and was replaced by vocalist and guitarist Les Emmerson, the Staccatos made their debut as a recording act in 1965, with their early singles being written by the team of Craig and Emmerson. After releasing a single on a small independent label, the group signed to Capitol Records of Canada. Several follow-ups also cracked the top 40, and The Staccatos were rising stars in their native country and their debut album, Initially, came out in 1966, and featured their hits to that point as well as several new recordings. In the summer of 1966, Mike Bell joined the group as a second drummer, shortly thereafter, the group had their biggest hit to date with Half Past Midnight, which rose to #8 on the Canadian charts. This was the second Staccatos single written solely by Emmerson, who by this point was writing most of the original material. Also in 1967, The Staccatos issued a joint album with The Guess Who, the Staccatos follow-ups to Half Past Midnight did not meet with as much success in Canada. In the US, the situation was worse – the bands failed to chart at all. Looking for a new direction, at the end of 1968, Ted Gerow was added to the line-up on keyboards, and shortly thereafter, Vern Craig left. Around the same time, while recording their full album. After discussing various possibilities, bassist Rading seized upon a song Emmerson had written called Five Man Electrical Band, the bands name was duly changed, and Five Man Electrical Band released their self-titled album in early 1969. Their album, meanwhile, contained a mixture of new material, at the end of 1969, the band ended their relationship with Capitol and signed with MGM Records. The bands first two singles on MGM both charted in the mid-50s in Canada, in 1971, the band had their first international success when their label reissued the second MGM single Hello Melinda, Goodbye/Signs, originally recorded in Los Angeles, with the sides reversed. Disc jockeys and the public took to Signs, it reached #4 in Canada, #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R. I. A. A. in August 1971. In the next few years a number of charting singles were release, Absolutely Right, Money Back Guarantee, Werewolf, I’m A Stranger Here and several others, all written by EmmersonFive Man Electrical Band – Les Emmerson in Ottawa in 2008.
43. Tom Jones (singer) – Sir Thomas John Woodward OBE is a Welsh singer known by his stage name Tom Jones. Joness powerful voice has been described as a full-throated, robust baritone and his performing range has included pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul and gospel. In 2008, the New York Times called Jones a musical shape shifter, who could slide from soulful rasp to pop croon, with a voice as husky as it was pretty. Jones received a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1966, an MTV Video Music Award in 1989, Jones was awarded an OBE in 1999 and in 2006 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music. Jones was born Thomas John Woodward, at 57 Kingsland Terrace, Treforest, Pontypridd, in Glamorgan and his parents were Thomas Woodward, a coal miner, and Freda Jones. His maternal grandfather, Albert Jones, was Welsh, and his grandmother, Ada Jones, was born in Pontypridd, to parents from Somerset. Jones attended Wood Road Infants School, Wood Road Junior School and he began singing at an early age, He would regularly sing at family gatherings, weddings and in his school choir. Jones did not like school or sports, but gained confidence through his singing talent, at 12 he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Many years later he said, I spent two years in bed recovering and it was the worst time of my life. During convalescence he could do little else but listen to music, Joness bluesy singing style developed out of the sound of American soul music. His early influences included blues and R&B singers Little Richard, Solomon Burke, Jackie Wilson and Brook Benton, as well as Elvis Presley, in March 1957 Jones married his high school girlfriend, Linda Trenchard when they were expecting a child together, both aged 16. The couples son, Mark, was born in the month following their wedding, to support his young family Jones took a job working in a glove factory and was later employed in construction. Joness voice has been described as a full-throated, robust baritone and he became the frontman in 1963 for Tommy Scott and the Senators, a Welsh beat group. They soon gained a following and reputation in South Wales. In 1964, the group recorded several tracks with producer Joe Meek, who took them to various labels. Later that year, Decca producer Peter Sullivan saw Tommy Scott and the Senators performing in a club and directed them to manager Phil Solomon, the group continued to play gigs at dance halls and working mens clubs in South Wales. One night at the Top Hat in Cwmtillery, Wales, Jones was spotted by Gordon Mills, Mills became Joness manager and took the young singer to London, and also renamed him Tom Jones, to exploit the popularity of the Academy Award-winning 1963 film. Eventually, Mills got Jones a recording contract with Decca and his first single, Chills and Fever, was released in late 1964Tom Jones (singer) – Jones singing at House of Blues, Anaheim, California, 10 March 2009
44. Superstar (Jesus Christ Superstar song) – Superstar is the title song from the 1970 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The song is sung by the spirit of Judas Iscariot and it is dominated by Judas repeatedly apologising for asking questions. Jesus does not respond to any of the questions, Superstar was released as a single in 1969, before the album was completed. Sung by Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers, it debuted on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the week ending 31 January 1970. Nearly one year later, the single then re-entered the Hot 100 chart for the week ending 2 January 1971, eventually peaking at No.60 on the chart in early March 1971. The single then fell off the three weeks later, but then almost immediately re-entered the Hot 100 chart a third and final time for the week ending 10 April 1971. It then rapidly climbed the Hot 100 chart during its chart run. It performed even better in Canada, where it peaked on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart at No,6, its highest known position worldwide. A video of the song was released to promote the album, with Murray Head, in order to get the concept album of Jesus Christ Superstar off the ground, Decca/MCA first gave Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice money to make the single and begin the album. They wanted to release the single first, which caused uproar within the MCA board at the time, the single was recorded on 8-track equipment at the Olympic Studios in Barnes, London, with Irish 22-year-old Alan ODuffy as the chief engineer. Lloyd Webber and Rice were backed by MCA and spent a fortune on the recording, including using a full orchestra. The Grease Band, one of the best rhythm sections in the world at time, were brought in as the foundation of the ensemble. When the 1973 film version and its soundtrack was released. During the scene in the film when the song Superstar is played, ted Neeley as Jesus is shown during the song being lowered onto a cross. Laura Osnes, female winner of Grease, Youre the One That I Want, performed the song during the showtunes week. Carly Smithson sang the song during the season of American Idol. Although judge Simon Cowell called it one of his performances of the night. Jodie Prenger and Samantha Barks performed a duet of the song on Id Do Anything which was highly acclaimed, Prenger went on to win the BBC competition and become Nancy in the West End revival of the musical OliverSuperstar (Jesus Christ Superstar song) – "Superstar"
45. Murray Head – Murray Seafield Saint-George Head is an English actor and singer, most recognised for his international hit songs Superstar and One Night in Bangkok, and for his 1975 album Say It Aint So. He has been involved in several projects since the 1960s and continues to record music, perform concerts, Murray Head was born in London to Seafield Laurence Stewart Murray Head and Helen Shingler. Heads father was a filmmaker and a founder of Verity Films. Heads mother played Mme Maigret alongside Rupert Davies in the BBC 1960s television adaptation of the Maigret novels written by Georges Simenon), heads younger brother Anthony Head is also an actor, he starred in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Murray Head was educated at the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in South Kensington, London and Hampton School in Hampton, London and he attended Chiswick Polytechnic in the early 1960s. Head began writing songs as a child, and by the mid-1960s he had a London-based recording contract, with the Trinidad Singers, the song Superstar peaked at No.14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1971. He made his debut in The Family Way, which featured Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett. Head won a role in the Oscar-nominated film Sunday Bloody Sunday, alongside Peter Finch. Despite these successes, he received public attention in the next ten years. In 1973, he appeared in a drama, The Fourth Tower of Inverness. In 1979, Head appeared in the miniseries Prince Regent and the episode of the ITV program Return of the Saint. Head reappeared in the spotlight in 1984 as the American on the album for the musical Chess. The song One Night in Bangkok featured Head on lead vocals and it became the last significant Broadway/West End number to be a hit on American and German radio up until No Matter What by Boyzone in 1996. One Night in Bangkok was a success in both Europe and North America, Head performed the role of world chess champion Frederick Freddie Trumper in the London West End stage production of Chess that premiered on 14 May 1986. The show ran in London until 8 April 1989, during its run, after that, Head had little recording success in the UK or the United States. Fluent in French, he has released a number of albums in that language, a duet with Marie Carmen, Une femme un homme, was released in 1993 and was a hit in French-speaking Canada. In 1999, Head co-wrote the screenplay to Les Enfants du Siècle and he has appeared on television in the UK on The Bill, Casualty, North Square and Judge John Deed. He also played an artist, and love interest of Gina Ward, on 15 March 2010 he appeared in the BBC drama Doctors playing a pop singer, Pete Perry, trying to make a comeback, in which Head sang Robert Johnsons Love in VainMurray Head – Murray Head in concert at Quimper, France, (2013).
46. Amos Moses – Amos Moses is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Jerry Reed. It was released in October 1970 as the fourth and final single from the album Georgia Sunshine and this record was Reeds highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, bowing at #97 on 31 October 1970 and peaking at #8 on 27 February -6 March 1971. The song has been used ever since as a line dance taught at local YMCAs, Amos Moses was certified gold for sales of 1 million units by the RIAA. It also appeared on charts in other countries and was #28 on Billboards Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1971. It covers Amos history and his troubles with the law for illegal hunting, including a description of how the town sheriff snuck in the swamp get the boy. The song appears in the video game Grand Theft Auto, San Andreas on the music radio station K-Rose. The song was featured in an episode of the TV show My Name Is Earl and its been covered and recorded by Les Claypool twice. First appearing on Primus Rhinoplasty EP and then on his 2014 Duo de Twang album. Its also been covered by Alabama 3 on their album M. O. R. and by the Pleasure Barons on their 1993 album Live in Las Vegas, cross Canadian Ragweed covered the song on 1999s Live and Loud at the Wormy Dog Saloon. A rock version of Amos Moses featured on The Sensational Alex Harvey Bands 1976 album SAHB Stories, lyrics of this song at MetroLyricsAmos Moses – "Amos Moses"
47. Jerry Reed – Jerry Reed Hubbard, known professionally as Jerry Reed, was an American country music singer, guitarist, and songwriter, as well as an actor who appeared in more than a dozen films. Reed was announced as an inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame on April 5,2017, Reed was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the second child of Robert and Cynthia Hubbard. Reed’s grandparents lived in Rockmart, and he would visit them from time to time and he was quoted as saying as a small child while running around strumming his guitar, I am gonna be a star. I’m gonna go to Nashville and be a star, Reed’s parents separated four months after his birth, and he and his sister spent seven years in foster homes or orphanages. Reed was reunited with his mother and stepfather in 1944, by high school, Reed was already writing and singing music, having picked up the guitar as a child. At age 18, he was signed by publisher and record producer Bill Lowery to cut his first record, If the Good Lord’s Willing, at Capitol Records, he recorded both country and rockabilly singles to little notice until label mate Gene Vincent covered his Crazy Legs in 1958. Reed married Priscilla Prissy Mitchell in 1959 and they had two daughters, Charlotte Elaine Lottie Hubbard Zavala, and Seidina Ann Hubbard, born April 2,1960. Priscilla Mitchell was a member of folk group the Appalachians, and was co-credited with Roy Drusky on the 1965 Country No.1 Yes Mr. Peters. In 1959, Reed hit the Billboard Bubbling Under the Top 100, also known as Roar and he also became a popular session and tour guitarist. In 1962, he scored some success with two singles Goodnight Irene and Hully Gully Guitar, which found their way to Chet Atkins at RCA Victor, who produced Reed’s 1965 If I Dont Live Up to It. In July 1967, Reed had his best showing on the charts with his self-penned Guitar Man. Reeds next single was Tupelo Mississippi Flash, a tribute to Presley. Recorded on September 1, the song became his first Top 20 hit, in a remarkable twist of fate, Elvis came to Nashville to record nine days later on September 10,1967, and one of the songs he became especially excited about was Guitar Man. Reed recalled how he was tracked down to play on the Elvis session, I was out on the Cumberland River fishing and he said, ‘Elvis is down here. We’ve been trying to cut Guitar Man all day long and he wants it to sound like it sounded on your album. I finally told him, Well, if you want it to sound like that, you’re going have to get me in there to play guitar, I pick with my fingers and tune that guitar up all weird kind of ways. Jarvis hired Reed to play on the session, I hit that intro, and face lit up and here we went. Then after he got through that, he cut U. S, Reed also played the guitar for Elvis Presley’s Big Boss Man, recorded in the same session. SJerry Reed – Jerry Reed
48. Temptation Eyes – Temptation Eyes is a 1971 hit song by The Grass Roots. It was the single released from their eighth album, More Golden Grass. It reached number 15 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100, the song spent 18 weeks on the charts, making it their single of greatest longevity, three weeks longer than their greatest hit, Midnight Confessions. The song describes a man trying to win the heart of a girl who is hesitant to love him due to her past experiences, keyboardist Dennis Provisor is given a chance to stand out in this song. After the key changes, Provisor makes a soulful improvise while the other members sing the verse. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics Temptation Eyes at Song FactsTemptation Eyes – The Grass Roots in 1969 Left to Right: Dennis Provisor, Warren Entner, Rob Grill & Rick Coonce
49. The Grass Roots – The Grass Roots is an American rock band that charted frequently between 1966 and 1975. It was originally the creation of Lou Adler and songwriting duo P. F. Sloan, in their career, they achieved two gold albums, one gold single and charted singles a total of 21 times. Among their charting singles, they achieved Top 10 three times, Top 20 three times and Top 40 eight times and they have sold over twenty million records worldwide. Until his death in 2011, early member Rob Grill and a lineup of the Grass Roots continued to play many live performances each year. Since 2012, band members chosen by Grill are carrying on the legacy of the group with nationwide live performances. The name Grass Roots originated in mid-1965 as the name of a project by the Los Angeles songwriter and producer duo of P. F. Sloan. Sloan and Barri had written songs in an attempt by their record company, Dunhill Records. One of these songs was Where Were You When I Needed You, Sloan provided the lead vocals and played guitar, Larry Knechtel played keyboards, Joe Osborn played the bass and Bones Howe was on drums. The song was released under The Grass Roots name and sent, as a demo, when moderate interest in this new band arose, Sloan and Barri went to look for a group that could incorporate the Grass Roots name. They found one in a San Francisco band that won a Battle of the Bands at a Teenage Fair in San Mateo, a new version of Where Were You When I Needed You with that bands lead vocalist, Willie Fulton was recorded. In late 1965, the Grass Roots got their first official airplay on Southern California radio stations, such as KGB in San Diego and KHJ in Los Angeles, with a version of the Bob Dylan song Mr. Jones. Dylan granted Sloan the opportunity to cover the song after Sloan showed appreciation for his first listen to Dylans demo acetate of the song, for some months, the group were the first real Grass Roots. They were utilized by Dunhill to back up The Mamas & the Papas and Barry McGuire, the partnership with Sloan and Barri broke up when the band demanded more space for their own more blues rock-oriented material. Willie Fulton, Denny Ellis, and David Stensen went back to San Francisco, Fulton, Ellis and Stensen continued to appear as the Grass Roots. Dunhill ordered them to cease since they decided to all over again with another group they would groom to be the Grass Roots. In the meantime, the version of Where Were You When I Needed You peaked in the Top 40 in mid-1966. The groups third – and by far most successful – incarnation was found in a Los Angeles band called The 13th Floor. This band consisted of Creed Bratton, Rick Coonce, Warren Entner, but the duo moved on individually and ended up back in LA by 1966, where they formed the 13th Floor and submitted a demo tape to Dunhill RecordsThe Grass Roots – The Grass Roots in 1969 Left to Right: Dennis Provisor, Warren Entner, Rob Grill & Rick Coonce
50. Superstar (Delaney and Bonnie song) – The songs working title during portions of its development was Groupie Song. In its first recorded incarnation, the song was called Groupie, released by Atlantic Records, the full credit on the single was to Delaney & Bonnie and Friends Featuring Eric Clapton. Sung by Bonnie, the arrangement featured slow guitar and bass parts building up to an almost gospel-style chorus using horns, as suggested in the title, the song was the story of a groupie who holds a strong love for a rock musician. After a brief involvement he has moved on to the next town and she is alone, waiting and yearning for a return that will never come. Despite his promises to see her again, the music on the radio is all she has left, through the chorus she pleads, Dont you remember. You told me you loved me, baby You said youd be coming back this way again, baby Baby, baby, baby, baby, oh, baby I love you. But Delaney & Bonnie were not yet known at the time. During the first half of 1970, Joe Cockers Mad Dogs, ex-Delaney and Bonnie vocalist Rita Coolidge was a backup singer on this tour, and song co-writer Leon Russell was the bandleader. Some accounts have Coolidge suggesting or inspiring the creation in the first place. Rita Coolidge has said that she came up with the idea of the song after seeing fans reaction to Eric Clapton. In any case, Coolidge was given a vocal on the song during the tour, she took the verses with an air of resignation. The arrangement was fueled by Russells evocative piano line laced with dynamic fills, with understated horns, guitar, and choir behind it. In August 1970, the live album Mad Dogs and Englishmen was released, using performances of the song under the title Superstar, recorded in March and June of that year. The Mad Dogs album became a hit, reaching number 2 on the Billboard pop albums chart. The performance helped vault Coolidge to greater visibility, especially when it was included in the 1971 film of the revue. The then unknown but very lively singer Bette Midler, subsequently an actress as well, during one such appearance, she sang Superstar in an understated arrangement that featured only a piano for accompaniment. Later, once the Carpenters version had become a hit, she sang it again on The Tonight Show in October 1971, around September 1970, Cher recorded Superstar as her last single for Atco Records. Released in October or November 1970, and in the gap between Sonny and Chers heyday and the start of Chers solo successes, it did not chartSuperstar (Delaney and Bonnie song) – "Superstar"