Let’s head to the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania and to radio station WEEX in Easton, where we’ll hear their Top 10 from April 5, 1975. You might notice I only show positions 1 through 9; that’s because one of the Top 10 was a two-sided hit.
- Shirley & Co., “Shame Shame Shame” Shirley Goodman and crew were a disco band, although this seems more R&B than anything. This reached #12 on the Hot 100, but #1 on the Dance and R&B charts and did very well in Europe. Their other singles were all released in 1975 as well, but only one reached the Hot 100, “Cry Cry Cry” (#91).
- Chicago, “Harry Truman” Chicago VIII was not an especially well-received album, because after near non-stop touring they had nothing in the tank for another album. Robert Lamm wrote this after reading Merle Miller’s Plain Speaking, basically an interview with Mr. Truman shortly before he died. The song reached #13 nationally.
- LaBelle, “Lady Marmalade” Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash had been performing together as LaBelle since 1971, but it took a change of label and the production wizardry of Allen Toussaint to get their first big hit. It reached #1 on the US Pop and R&B charts and #7 on the Dance chart.
- Olivia Newton-John, “Have You Never Been Mellow” Title track from her 1975 album, it was her second straight #1 hit on the Pop and Adult Contemporary charts and reached #3 on the Country chart. At this point in her career, she could sing a Sociology textbook and young men would fall in love with her. Trust me, I know.
- Sugarloaf featuring Jerry Corbetta, “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” Sugarloaf had a huge hit with “Green-eyed Lady” a few years earlier and couldn’t buy a hit after that. Eventually they wrote a song about it and, lo and behold, it reached #9 on the Hot 100 and #5 in Canada. It was the group’s last single.
- Leo Sayer, “Long Tall Glasses” Leo ditched the clown costume and came up with another Top 10 hit, peaking at #9 nationally.
- Minnie Riperton, “Lovin’ You” Minnie apparently wrote the melody to distract her young daughter Maya so that Minnie could spend time with her husband, Richard Rudolph. (Yes, her daughter is the comedian Maya Rudolph.) The song reached #1 on the Hot 100, #3 on the R&B chart, and #4 on the Dance chart. Minnie hits a number of very high notes in this, so you might want to adjust the volume accordingly.
- Ringo Starr, “The No No Song”/”Snookeroo”” A two-sided hit for Ringo. “The No No Song” was a particular favorite of a few friends of mine, and I can’t disagree with them, while “Snookeroo” was written for Ringo by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, which is why, halfway through the video, you start seeing pictures of Elton. Both songs ultimately reached #3 nationally.
- Elton John, “Philadelphia Freedom” And speaking of Sir Elton, he topped the chart in Easton with this song, written as a favor to his friend Billie Jean King, at the time part of the WTT Philadelphia Freedoms. It was a #1 nationally and also reached the Top 40 on the R&B chart. The kids at Soul Train seemed to like it.
WEEX is now an all-sports station, simulcast on 1320 by Allentown’s WTKZ.
And that’s The Friday 5×2 for April 5, 2019. Happy birthday, Mark!