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.
- 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.
- David Cassidy, “Daydreamer” This was a #1 hit in the UK and South Africa that didn’t make a dent in the US market.
- 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.
- Elton John, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” This was a hit just about everywhere it was released.
- ABBA, “Ring Ring” A song from before they became famous in the US and UK. Went to #1 in their native Sweden.
- 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.
- Jody Wayne, “The Wonder Of Your Love” South African singer who was born in Bangalore to Canadian parents. Does some pretty good country music.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
I’m having lots of fun with ARSA, The Airheads’ Radio Survey Arhive, that has music surveys from all over the world. Today I decided to leave it up to chance, and I found the survey for this week in 1975 from Springbok Radio in Johannesburg, South Africa. It has an interesting variety of music, to say the least, so let’s have a look at their Top 10.
- Lionel Petersen, “Private Number” Discogs tells us “Lionel Petersen was born and bred in Alexandra Township. He used to front a very dynamic band called Thunderballs. Later he moved to Capetown where he had a stint with The Rockets. He also worked with the Invaders. Some of his early hits were Private Number, I Need A Little Love and his cover version of Joe Tex’s That’s The Way (Plum Records, 1976)…” It also tells us that he became a born-again Christian in 1985 and “decided to use his talents to glorify the Lord.”
- Della Reese, “Don’t You Know” Delloreese Patricia Early, better known as Della Reese, was a jazz and gospel singer, actress, and ordained minister who was a familiar face on TV here in the US where she turned up in a number of guest appearances (she played Mr. T’s mother on an episode of The A-Team) and appeared frequently on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. She was discovered by gospel legend Mahalia Jackson after she won a contest, and soon was singing jazz in nightclubs and making records. This recording is from 1959, but as you can hear it’s a classic. Della passed away last Novmber.
- Heintje Simons, “Jouw Hart Is Weer De Mijne” Heintje is a Dutch singer who started recording in Afrikaans when he was 20 with this record, which reached #4 on the South African official chart. He is popular in the German-speaking countries and evidently in China. He continues to perform as Hein Simons, and released the album Heintje Und Ich last year.
- The Boones, “Viva España (Forever A Song In My Heart)” The Boones are the daughters of Pat Boone, Cherry, Debby, Laury and Lindy. I believe that’s their father singing with them on this one. Generally a gospel quartet, they made the occasional foray into pop.
- Barry Manilow, “Mandy” Barry needs no introduction to anyone listening to pop radio in the ’70’s, and he remains popular with audiences (of a certain age) today. This was his #1 hit from the year before in the US.
- Telly Savalas, “If” Who loves ya, baby? Jennifer Aniston’s godfather and mid-’70’s sex symbol Telly Savalas was at the height of his popularity as the star of TV’s Kojak when he recorded this on his eponymous 1974 album. Seriously, though, Telly was an acomplished actor, voice actor, and not a bad singer.
- Nazareth, “Love Hurts” I was surprised to learn that this song is a cover of an Everly Brothers hit from 1960. Written by Boudleaux Bryant, as so many of the Everlys’ hits were, the Scottish band Nazareth had an international hit with it in 1975.
- Styx, “Lady” A Chicago band who, in the early ’70’s, played at a dance at Mary’s high school. From their second album, Styx II (I think the same guy who named Chicago’s albums named it), it got airplay on WLS before going national in 1974. Having ascended and descended the Hot 100 in the US, it was making its way around the world in ’75.
- ABBA, “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do” Fresh off their victory in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, ABBA issued this as their second single off their eponymous 1975 album, and it was their second international hit after “Waterloo.”
- Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, “As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone” Loretta and Conway recorded 11 albums together between 1971 and 1988. This was a #1 hit in the US and Canada in 1974, and topped the chart here in 1975.
And that’s the Friday 5×2 for June 8, 2018.