Category Archives: 1970s

Catalog: Rufus with Chaka Khan

New feature/format/whatever: looking at an artist’s entire ouevre, à la the Rolling Stone Record Guide. Only I’m not looking at that, I’m doing my own grading. Starting with one of the greatest soul groups of the 1970s, Rufus. I’m only … Continue reading

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No playlist this time. One of my favorite trends growing in the early ’70s is blues records increasingly getting soulful, playing with R&B: B.B. King, Z.Z. Hill (above, one of my faves of ’71), Johnnie Taylor, newcomer Denise LaSalle (who … Continue reading

Posted in 1970s, lists


A sensational year for country: a full third of this list, no less. Here’s the playlist. “After Closing Time,” David Houston & Barbara Mandrell “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Diana Ross “Air,” Ekseption “Airport Love Theme,” Vincent Ball “Always Something … Continue reading

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Back to analog days

For the better part of the last year-and-a-half, I’ve found myself not listening to increasingly less current music, save for what I review for The Singles Jukebox. Instead, I’ve largely been deep-diving into the ’70s, a decade whose music I’ve … Continue reading

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Pop top 40 summer nights super-special: 7/21/79

Not just the pop top 40 from this week 40 years ago, but the country top 10, too, because just look at it. All but two of these are in the accompanying playlist. Hot 100:1 1 BAD GIRLS –•– Donna … Continue reading

Posted in 1970s, charts, country, disco, pop, R&B, rock

Pop top 40 summer nights special: 7/20/74

Continuing a series of looks back at the pop charts in summer, ergo the title change. This chart from 45 years ago is an interesting one; more interesting than I expected, definitely. Songs not in the accompanying Spotify playlist are … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “The Killing of Georgie (Part I & II),” Rod Stewart

Say what you will about Rod Stewart — I mean, we all do — but I will forever appreciate that he wrote, recorded, and got his record company to release as a single a song that was a positive portrayal … Continue reading

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Pop top 40: 3/10/79

40 years ago: arguably, peak disco. Not yet peak yacht rock, but a couple gems show up. And what’s that down below at #35: the first stirrings of the next country crossover boom? Also, the only decent Dire Straits hit! … Continue reading

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Give me your body: the best of Queen

58% on Rotten Tomatoes is frankly higher than I expected for Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic, as most reviews I’ve heard or read have been scathing. But there’s one good thing in all this hubbub over the film: it’s making … Continue reading

Posted in 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, best of, rock

Hot hits: March/April 2018

Been listening to a lot of early ’70s music lately, most of it previously unknown (or at least not terribly familiar) to me. And this song, Carly Simon‘s first single (from her debut album) — goddamn, how lacerating. The musical version … Continue reading

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