Looking at the list of songs that reached the Top Ten during my high school years, I see a lot of artists that made it just once. They might have had several other hits before and after the period from June 1970 to September 1974, but only one in the period. I’ll devote this week’s Friday 5×2 to some of the more successful ones, but today I want to cover two songs that were among my favorites.
Al Wilson had a minor hit in 1968 with “The Snake,” which reached #27 on the pop chart and #32 on the R&B chart that year, then worked in relative obscurity until 1973, when “Show and Tell” reached #1 on the Pop chart, #10 on the R&B chart, and #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
The other is “Ride, Captain, Ride,” by Florida-based Blues Image, a band that bbroke up shortly after the song was released. The members went their separate ways and worked with Iron Butterfly, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Steppenwolf, Alice Cooper, and Three Dog Night. This single was released in April 1970 from their third and last album, Red, White, and Blues Image, reached the Top Ten in June, and spent five weeks there, peaking at #4.
Al Wilson and Blues Image, your Two for Tuesday, July 25, 2017.