Tuesday, June 27, 2017
US Top 20 Singles: w/e June 28, 1975
Quite a number of cover version revivals of older hits (and non-hits), seven in total! Ray Stevens' cover of the jazz standard "Misty", Linda Ronstadt's take on the Everly Brothers' "When Will I Be Loved", The Doobie Brothers successful revival of "Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)" which had previously been a chart hit for both Kim Weston and the Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight & The Pips' interesting version of Barbra Streisand's hit "The Way We Were" which also included some recitation on the topic of nostalgia from the Broadway musical number "Try To Remember" featured in the play "The Fantasticks" and then a couple of songs that weren't hits originally. "Please Mr. Please" was first released by its writer Bruce Welch (of the Shadows) but didn't make any impact until Olivia Newton-John's release. And then the big one from this week, "Love Will Keep Us Together" which was originally written, recorded and released by Neil Sedaka (with 10cc as the backing group - who are also in this week's chart at #17 with "I'm Not In Love"!) but it was Captain & Tennille's version that was the smash hit, becoming the best selling US single of 1975. The Captain & Tennille version cleverly weaves in a tip of the hat to Neil with the fade out lyrics of "Sedaka is back" which was a nice tribute to the legendary songwriter who was indeed experiencing a new wave of personal success at the time.