Naturally, when I find a page on Wikipedia that I want to work with, they remove it or alter it in such a way I can’t find the damn thing. So, to do this week’s 5×2, I had to find another page, specifically this one. Let’s hope it doesn’t disappear on me as well. Again, I’m avoiding the #1’s because Cathy did them, and I left off a couple that I really wanted to include, which I had already done here. Still, I came up with a dozen of them.
- Jonathan Edwards, “Sunshine” From his eponymous first album, also from 1972, this reached #4. They originally weren’t going to include this on the album or release it or a single, but the engineer screwed up and erased the track they were going to put on the album, so this replaced it. Jonathan is probably happy that happened.
- Malo, “Suavecito” Malo was led by Jorge Santana, brother of Carlos. This song was written by timbales player Richard Bean, who also sang on the track. The song reached #18 on the Hot 100 and #8 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Another song, “Nena,” got a lot of play on FM stations, at least in the Chicago area.
- Mouth and MacNeal, “How Do You Do” Willem Duyn (a/k/a Big Mouth, or just Mouth) and Sjoukje van’t Spijker (a/k/a Maggie MacNeal) were a Dutch duo who would go on to sing The Netherlands’s entry in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, “I See A Star”, where they placed third. This song spent 19 weeks on the Hot 100, peaking at #8.
- Argent, “Hold Your Head Up” Rod Argent, formerly of The Zombies, formed this quartet in 1970, when their eponymous first album came out. This was from their third album, 1972’s All Together Now, and reached #5 on the Hot 100, their only song to crack it. They had a couple more Top 40 hits in the UK, including “God Gave You Rock ‘n’ Roll,” which reached #18 in 1973.
- Sailcat, “Motorcycle Mama” From Decatur, Alabama, they were one of the early Southern pop/rock bands. This was the title track from their 1972 album, and went to #18 on the Hot 100. They broke up shortly after that.
- Danny O’Keefe, “Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues” Danny’s done a lot of recording, both before and after this song came out. This was released in September and reached #9. He earned a gold record for this song, then slipped back into obscurity.
- Albert Hammond, “It Never Rains In Southern California” The song’s title is misleading, because it does indeed rain there, albeit not frequently. Albert is better known for his songwriting, but had a few singles that reached the Hot 100, but only the one Top 40 hit, this one, which reached #5. Another Hammond tune, “99 Miles From L.A.”, which he wrote with Hal David and was recorded by Art Garfunkel, made it to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, but that only reached #91 on the Hot 100.
- Climax, “Precious and Few” From L.A., Climax recorded this in 1970 but didn’t release it until late 1971, after being tested in Hawai’i about six months earlier and in Buffalo and Boston before being released to the rest of the country. It reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Cash Box survey. A follow-up record, “Life and Breath,” went to #1 in Hawai’i, #11 on L.A.’s KHJ radio’s survey, and #15 on the Easy Listening chart, but only reached #52 nationally, after which the band broke up.
- T. Rex, “Bang A Gong (Get It On)”” Glam-rockers T. Rex had their one big US Top 40 hit with this, off of their 1971 Electric Warrior album. It reached #10 on the Hot 100 and #12 on the Cash Box survey. The song was renamed from “Get It On” in the US to avoid confusion with Chase’s one-hit wonder of the same name, from 1971.
- The Pipes & Drums of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, “Amazing Grace” The senior Scottish regiment in the British Army had a hit with this, which reached #1 throughout the Commonwealth and #17 in the US. I bought my bagpipes from the son of their pipe major. Still have them, but I haven’t played them since 1983.
- Chi Coltrane, “Thunder and Lightning” From Racine, Wisconsin, close enough to Chicago to be considered a suburb, Chi Coltrane seemed like a sure bet to be a breakout artist with this song. It reached #17 and was her only hit.
- The Chakachas, “Jungle Fever” A group of Latin soul studio musicians from Brussels, Belgium (which we all know is a hotbed of Latin soul), this song was released in late 1971 and peaked at #8 on the Hot 100 in March 1972. It was banned from the BBC because of the heavy breathing and moaning, which is why I liked it so much.
And that’s your Friday 5×2 (plus two) for November 24, 2017.