Each week William and I will select two top hits from the charts starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..through to 1985. We will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time.
Welcome to this week’s show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my second selection of top 1970 hits which I hope you will enjoy. William.
News Event: June 12th Rocker and blues singer Janis Joplin debuts in Kentucky
B.B. King – The Thrill Is Gone
This song was originally recorded by Roy Hawkins, who composed the piece with Rick Darnell, in 1951. In 1970 “The Thrill is Gone” became a major hit for B.B. King, and thereafter a blues standard. King’s version of this song peaked at #3 on the R&B chart and #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became one of his signature songs, earning him a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and in 1998 a Grammy Hall of Fame award. Rolling Stone magazine ranked King’s version of the song at #183 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
News Event: August 25th Elton John’s 1st US appearance (Los Angeles)
Freda Payne – Band of gold
This was a monster hit for Freda Payne. It reached #1 in the UK and Ireland, #2 in Canada, #3 in the US, and topped the charts around the world. The song tells a story of a recently married woman whose husband is incapable of loving her (even though he tried) resulting in the couple sleeping in separate rooms on their honeymoon, much to her dismay. It seems as if the marriage ended in the husband’s abandoning his bride, leaving her with no more than the “band of gold” and the dreams she invested in it. Allusions to the husband being either impotent or gay have been suggested as the cause of the breakdown of the relationship. Rolling Stone magazine has ranked this song #391 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
News Event: September 15th Decca awards Bing Crosby a 2nd platinum disc for selling 300 million
Now time for my second top chart picks from 1970 and they certainly bring back memories of dancing every chance we could get in clubs around my home town.
Vanity Fare – Hitchin’ A Ride
“Hitchin’ a Ride” is a song written by Mitch Murray and Peter Callander issued as a single by the English pop/rock band Vanity Fare in late 1969. It reached number 16 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1970, but was a bigger hit in the United States, reaching number 5 on the Hot 100 on June 27, 1970. Billboard ranked the record as the number 14 song of 1970. Vanity Fare – Topic
News Event: November 23rd George Harrison releases “My Sweet Lord” single in the US
Three Dog Night – Mama Told Me Not To Come
“Mama Told Me Not to Come”, also written as “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)”, is a song by American singer-songwriter Randy Newman written for Eric Burdon’s first solo album in 1966. Three Dog Night released a longer, rock ‘n roll and funk-inspired version (titled “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)”) on It Ain’t Easy. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 11 song of 1970. The single was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on July 14, 1970.
Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show
William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.
His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.
While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.
Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.
She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.
Thank you very much for joining us today and we would love you to join us in the spin off shows where we share your memories of the 1960s and your favourite music.. please read how you can take part: The Breakfast Show 2021
Next week 1971 Part One. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.