Tuesday, August 29, 2017

American Jukebox: August 1973




Another batch of songs for the jukebox, some hits (two each that peaked at #1, #2 and #4) and some obscurities as well, all of which would have found their way into US jukeboxes in August of 1973. The Ray Price single "You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me" (a Jim Weatherly composition) only got as high as #82 on the pop chart but went all the way to #1 on the country chart and was later successfully covered by Gladys Knight & The Pips, who would take their version to #3 on the pop chart (and #1 on the soul chart). Similarly, another song here, "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely" by Ronnie Dyson wouldn't crack the top 40 (peaking at #60) but The Main Ingredient would cover it the following year and reach the pop ten ten with their version. Yet another song here, the often maligned "Muskrat Love" by America, was also more successfully covered a few years later with Captain & Tennille making a #4 hit out of it. B.B. King's "To Know You Is To Love You" was written by Syreeta and Stevie Wonder and first appeared on Syreeta's album from 1972. Mr. King's version heard here features a slight re-write as well as keyboard contributions from Stevie himself. The band Cross Country might not ring a bell from their name, but their sound may be familiar as they are three fourths of classic pop band The Tokens, doing a really cool and unusual cover of "In The Midnight Hour". '73 was a fantastic year for pop singles, I hope this mix conjures up great memories for you as it did for me while putting it together!


1. Paul Simon - "Loves Me Like A Rock" (#2)
2. The Pointer Sisters - "Yes We Can Can" (#4)
3. Stevie Wonder - "Higher Ground" (#4)
4. Eddie Kendricks - "Keep On Truckin' (Part One)" (#1)
5. Chi-Lites - "Stoned Out Of My Mind" (#30)
6. Cher - "Half-Breed" (#1)
7. The Spinners - "Ghetto Child" (#29)
8. Tanya Tucker - "Blood Red And Goin' Down" (#74)
9. Alice Cooper - "Billion Dollar Babies" (#57)
10. Elton John - "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" (#12)
11. Doobie Brothers - "China Grove" (#15)
12. Joe Walsh - "Rocky Mountain Way" (#23)
13. Allman Brothers Band - "Ramblin' Man" (#2)
14. Edgar Winter Group - "Free Ride" (#14)
15. James Brown - "Sexy Sexy Sexy" (#50)
16. Deodato - "Rhapsody In Blue" (#41)
17. Miracles - "Don't Let It End" (#56)
18. Gladys Knight & The Pips - "All I Need Is Time" (#61)
19. Ray Price - "The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me" (#82)
20. Neil Diamond - "The Last Thing On My Mind" (#56)
21. America - "Muskrat Love" (#67)
22. Dobie Gray - "Loving Arms" (#61)
23. Cross Country - "In The Midnight Hour" (#30)
24. Sutherland Brothers & Quiver - "(I Don't Want To Love You But) You Got Me Anyway" (#48)
25. Bobby Goldsboro - "Summer (The First Time)" (#21)
26. Conway Twitty - "You've Never Been This Far Before" (#22)
27. New Birth - "Until It's Time For You To Go" (#97)
28. Barry White - "I've Got So Much To Give" (#32)
29. Ronnie Dyson - "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely" (#60)
30. The 5th Dimension - "Ashes To Ashes" (#52)
31. The Sylvers - "Stay Away From Me" (#89)
32. Ohio Players - "Ecstasy" (#31)
33. B.B. King - "To Know You Is To Love You" (#38)
34. Willie Hutch - "Slick" (#65)
35. Rod Stewart - "Twisting The Night Away" (#59)

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