Saturday, August 12, 2017

US Top 40 Singles: w/e August 15, 1970

Three singles in this anniversary week's chart have both sides of the 45's credited - The Jackson 5's "The Love You Save" backed with "I Found That Girl", Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Lookin' Out My Back Door" coupled with "Long As I Can See The Light" and both sides/parts of James Brown's "Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine" which is presented here in its continuous promo version.

Neil Diamond's "Solitary Man" is the original 1966 recording (this time issued with a different b-side than the original single) - the first time around it peaked at #55 but on its current run takes it to the top 40 but not quite the top 20 (peaking at #21). A good number of cover versions/revivals also in this week's chart - Ike & Tina covering Sly Stone, Neighborhood covering Joni Mitchell, Three Dog Night covering Randy Newman, and The Assembled Multitude covering The Who, who in turn are covering Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues". Two other songs in the countdown were originally b-sides of other hits by other artists. Blood, Sweat & Tears' version of Goffin-King's "Hi-De-Ho" was earlier the b-side to Dusty Springfield's "Willie & Laura Mae Jones" - and the Carpenters' "(They Long To Be) Close To You" (their biggest hit, #1 for four weeks) was originally on the flip side of Richard Chamberlain's 1963 hit "Blue Guitar". Yet another song in this week's chart was originally written and recorded by General Johnson & Chairmen Of The Board and was even the b-side of their current single when Clarence Carter gave "Patches" a reworking and took it to #4 in the Hot 100 (and #2 in the R&B charts) eventually earning the songwriters a 1971 Grammy for Best Rhythm & Blues Song.

  • 1 Maybe by Three Degrees
  • 2 Hitchin' A Ride by Vanity Fare
  • 3 Julie Do Ya Love Me by Bobby Sherman
  • 4 I Want To Take You Higher by Ike & Tina Turner
  • 5 Groovy Situation by Gene Chandler
  • 6 Do You See My Love (For You Growing) by Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  • 7 Solitary Man by Neil Diamond
  • 8 Teach Your Children by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • 9 Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) by Melanie with the Edwin Hawkins Singers
  • 10 The Sly, The Slick And The Wicked by The Lost Generation
  • 11 Big Yellow Taxi by Neighborhood
  • 12 Hand Me Down World by Guess Who
  • 13 Everybody's Got The Right To Love by The Supremes
  • 14 Summertime Blues by The Who
  • 15 Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Diana Ross
  • 16 Hi-De-Ho by Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • 17 Westbound #9 by Flaming Ember
  • 18 Lookin' Out My Back Door by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • 19 Long As I Can See The Light by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • 20 Are You Ready? by Pacific Gas & Electric
  • 21 Ohio by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • 22 Tell It All Brother by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
  • 23 Overture From "Tommy" by The Assembled Multitude
  • 24 25 Or 6 To 4 by Chicago
  • 25 The Love You Save by Jackson 5
  • 26 I Found That Girl by Jackson 5
  • 27 Patches by Clarence Carter
  • 28 Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine (Part I & Part II) by James Brown
  • 29 (If You Let Me Make Love To You Then) Why Can't I Touch You? by Ronnie Dyson
  • 30 Lay A Little Lovin' On Me by Robin McNamara
  • 31 I Just Can't Help Believin' by B.J. Thomas
  • 32 O-O-H Child by 5 Starsteps
  • 33 Ball Of Confusion by The Temptations
  • 34 Tighter Tighter by Alive & Kicking
  • 35 Mama Told Me (Not To Come) by Three Dog Night
  • 36 Band Of Gold by Freda Payne
  • 37 War by Edwin Starr
  • 38 In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry
  • 39 Spill The Wine by Eric Burdon & War
  • 40 Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) by Stevie Wonder
  • 41 Make It With You by Bread
  • 42 (They Long To Be) Close To You by Carpenters


  1. Such a lot of classics in this one. I like that you've included both tracks of the double A-sides. As always, the information you share with us is invaluable. It really puts the songs in historical perspective. I didn't know about the original of "Patches", for instance. As much as I love Clarence Carter's version, I really want to check out the one by Chairmen of the Board now. Another discovery for me: "Maybe" by the Three Degrees. I only know their Gamble/Huff songs and the later stuff they did with Giorgio Moroder, but apparently they had a "previous life". Like it a lot. And I'm amazed at the number of times B.J. Thomas seems to pop up in these charts. Not pleasantly amazed, but amazed all the same. Still, there are plenty of great songs here. "War" always gets to me, and I can't help humming along to Mungo Jerry (trying not pay too much attention to the lyrics, that make the "Bertha Butt Boogie" sound positively feminist in comparison).

  2. I neglected to mention that "Maybe" was also a cover of the Chantels song and also previously recorded by the Three Degrees in '66 with a different lead vocalist. I'm always surprised at the amount of recycling going on in these old charts, but I guess I shouldn't be.. I reckon it's always been a big part of pop. Yes, ha, the ever present B.J. Thomas, he'll be popping up again in the upcoming '71 chart mix too. He has a couple of hidden gems... the single he did with Stevie Wonder (with Darlene Love and Gloria Jones on backing vocals!) in '72 is fantastic but unfortunately only made the chart for 2 weeks and, even more unfortunately, peaked at the lowest possible ranking of #100. The Mungo Jerry song would not fly today - not only for the sexism, but the "have a drink, have a drive" line would certainly ground it as well. It always reminded me of T. Rex in a skiffle mood though, ha. As always, thanks for your great comment, seventyfive!