The Friday 5×2: Springbok Radio, 1974

Let’s head back to Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa (we were there last June) and see what their Top 10 looked like on this day in 1974.

  1. Peter Vee, “The Tips Of My Fingers” Discogs tells us that Peter Vee is a South African singer/songwriter, producer and record company executive, and that this was his biggest solo hit.
  2. David Cassidy, “Daydreamer” This was a #1 hit in the UK and South Africa that didn’t make a dent in the US market.
  3. Johnny Gibson, “My Daddy Was A Rock’n’Roll Man” The site 45cat tells us that this was the first of his two big hits (the other was 1978’s “I Saw The Light”) and that he had a further three that weren’t quite as big.
  4. Elton John, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” This was a hit just about everywhere it was released.
  5. ABBA, “Ring Ring” A song from before they became famous in the US and UK. Went to #1 in their native Sweden.
  6. The Rolling Stones, “Angie” Another huge hit for the Stones. Written primarily by Keith Richards, the song was named for his daughter, not Angela Bowie, as was suspected.
  7. Jody Wayne, “The Wonder Of Your Love” South African singer who was born in Bangalore to Canadian parents. Does some pretty good country music.
  8. David Bowie, “Sorrow” From David’s 1973 album Pin-Ups, on which he did all covers of songs he liked. This was originally done by The Merseybeats.
  9. Ringo Starr, “Photograph” Interesting thing this week: these are either songs I’ve played before and are familiar with, songs I’ve never heard by artists I recognize, or songs I don’t recognize done by artists I don’t recognize. This fits into the fitrst category, and in fact I’m pretty sure I’ve played it recently.
  10. Albert Hammond, “The Peacemaker” American and Canadian audiences remember “It Never Rains In Southern California,” Albert’s only US hit.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for February 1, 2019.

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