Spotify is a good music streaming service: they have almost everything I’m looking for, they allow me to follow artists and music that I like, they suggest artists to me, and they create some pretty good playlists for me. One of those playlists is called "Time Capsule," which they claim will "take [me] back in time." It’s not a really long playlist, but it’s a good one. Anyway, I took the last ten items from the list and built a playlist for you. It’s uncanny just how well they know me…
- Al Green, "I’m Still In Love With You": Title track from Reverend Al’s 1972 album, it topped the R&B chart for two weeks and reached #3 on the Hot 100 that year.
- Elton John & Kiki Dee, "Don’t Go Breaking My Heart": A 1976 song by Elton and Bernie Taupin, writing as "Ann Orson" and "Carte Blanche." He originally was going to do this with Dusty Springfield, who was ill, so Kiki Dee filled in and did an admirable job. It reached #1 in the US, Canada and the UK.
- Chicago, "If You Leave Me Now": From Chicago X, a song written and sung by Peter Cetera. He wrote it at the same time he wrote "Wishing You Were Here" for Chicago VII and held onto it. This was a #1 song in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Australia.
- REO Speedwagon, "Roll With The Changes": From REO’s 1978 album You Can Tune A Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Fish, It’s one of their better-known songs, but only reached #58 in the US and #65 in Canada.
- Wet Willie, "Keep On Smilin’": A while back, I remembered that I had seen Jimmy Hall in concert with another band, and wrote to ask what the other band was. He wrote back and was just the nicest guy… anyway, this is the title track from Wet Willie’s 1974 album, and also their most successful single, reaching #10 on the Hot 100.
- David Bowie, "Young Americans": Title track from his 1975 album, the first after Bowie dropped the Ziggy Stardust glam-rock style. It reached #28 on the Hot 100, #33 in Canada, and #18 in the UK.
- The Dramatics, "In The Rain": From The Dramatics’ 1972 album Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get. The song reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.
- Boz Scaggs, "We’re All Alone": Boz wrote this and released it on his 1976 album Silk Degrees. It became a hit for Frankie Valli and a megahit for Rita Coolidge in 1977.
- America, "Tin Man": A 1974 song by Dewey Bunnell for their album Holiday. It reached #4 on the Hot 100, #1 on the US Adult Contemporary chart, #7 in Canada, and #5 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.
- Hot Chocolate, "You Sexy Thing": Written by Errol Brown and Tony Wilson, who also wrote "Brother Louie" that was covered by Stories in 1973. It reached #2 in the UK in 1975 and #3 on the Hot 100 a year later in the US.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 22, 2021.