Thursday, June 22, 2017
US Top 20 Singles: w/e June 24, 1972
As a change of pace, I felt like diving into chart mixes as a fun exercise. They're quick and easy to do (although it it sometimes tricky weaving these together in a mix, some odd juxtapositions pop up and as much as I'd like to switch some songs around so the mix would hang together better, I am staying true to the countdown), the playlist is already set out for me so very little research is involved and they're great snapshots of a place in time. I certainly spent a lot of my childhood listening to top 40 radio and these charts bring back wonderful memories. I used this anniversary week in 1972 as a good place to start because I was buying 45's for myself by this time with my weekly allowance and I would make lists of the countdowns and spend whole nights deciding which 45 I would buy that week with my dollar bill. I had really started doing that in earnest in 1971, the first single I bought of my own accord was the Stampeders' "Sweet City Woman" in August of that year... but I did this mix in June, so... you decide what form of OCD I have. ;)
I owned three of these 45's at the time; "Candy Man" (c'mon, I was six years old), "(Last Night) I Didn't Get To Sleep At All" (I was a huge 5th Dimension fan then and I still am today), and the one I played the most, "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" which really captured my imagination at the time. I will choose my favorite from each of these charts and use the 45 image as the representative photo for each mix and there was no way I could deny "Troglodyte" its rightful place here.
Soft rock was ruling the week with a handful of straight pop and soul singles filling the chart out. Jimmy Castor and Billy Preston are really the heaviest, wildest things on offer here. "If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want To Be Right)" was first recorded by the Emotions, however that version was not released and Luther Ingram was the first to hit the charts with the song which was also given later Hot 100 chart placings with covers by Millie Jackson and Barbara Mandrell. Rod Stewart also hit the UK charts in 1980 with his 1977 recording of it but that was never released as a single in the US.