We visited KQV (AM 1410, Pittsburgh) last October, and I thought it’d be fun to do them again. This time, in July 1972.
- Billy Preston, “Outa-Space” Billy’s first big hit, it reached #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart. Being a lover of instrumentals, that was great with me.
- Eagles, “Take It Easy” Their first single, it reached #12 on the Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary chart. In Canada, it rose to #8.
- Looking Glass, “Brandy” Funny thing: just after I added this to the list, the sound system at Starbucks played the song. One of those songs that everyone seems to like and no one gets tired of. This went to #1 and was their only Top 20 hit.
- Elton John, “Rocket Man” A great song that I could have sworn made it higher than #6.
- Wayne Newton, “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast” “Mr. Las Vegas” had his biggest hit with this, reaching #4.
- Mouth & MacNeal, “How Do You Do” From the Netherlands, M&M had their one US hit with this. They went on to sing Netherlands’s entry in the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest, coming in third.
- Neil Diamond, “Song Sung Blue” This guy was always on the charts in the ’70’s. He reached #1 on both the Hot 100 and the AC chart with this one.
- Gilbert O’Sullivan, “Alone Again (Naturally)” One of those songs everyone loves to hate. Enough people bought it that it reached #1 in the US.
- Alice Cooper, “School’s Out” Title track and only single from his 1972 album. It got to #7 in the US and #1 in the UK.
- Bill Withers, “Lean On Me” A very simple song that nevertheless hit a nerve with a lot of folks, as it reached #1 on the Hot 100 and R&B chart and #4 on the AC chart.
And that’s The Friday 5×2 for July 19, 2019.