What’s up, loyal readers? It may be September now, but both the calendar and the thermometer say it’s still summer – we’re flirting with 90 degrees (F) today here in the Motor City. Don’t think that’ll last long, but if you’re looking for something that will, how about a Top 10 flashback?
Since we went northwest last week, how about northeast this time? Well, in the good ol’ US of A, it doesn’t get any more northeast than Maine, a place where they actually serve lobster sandwiches at McDonald’s, so let’s hit the hamlet of Norway, population 5014. Yes, kids, Norway, Maine actually had its own Top 40 station in WNWY, 92.7 on the dial. Unlike a lot of small-market FMs, this one was live & local with personalities behind the mic. It was the kind of station where beginning broadcasters used to cut their teeth; now most of these small stations get their programming from a satellite service or automation, which deprives newcomers of a place to learn the ropes and deprives small communities of a voice. Today the station is WOXO and plays country – not sure if it’s still a local voice. I sure hope so. In any event, it was indeed playing the hits for the greater Norway metropolitan area this week in 1975, and even published a survey. Why don’t we listen in?
So we gotta fight the powers that be! Survey dated September 8, 1975.
Mike Post – The Rockford Files
Well, I’ve already done a nice writeup of this one, so go ahead and read it. I’ll wait.
Glen Campbell – Rhinestone Cowboy
Like it or not, this song is unforgettable. Aw, c’mon, it’s not THAT bad, but it did sound better 39 years ago.
Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds – Fallin’ In Love
If you have decent speakers, turn this up a bit and find out why some of us still love the sound of vinyl. This is just plain a good piece of pop.
James Taylor – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
All right, ladies and gentlemen, the bride and groom will now cut their cake! Oh-oh, look out! They smashed it in each other’s faces! Wow, who saw THAT coming?
Sorry. After 25+ years in the business, that’s the only thing I can associate with this song. It’s OK, but James Taylor’s no Marvin Gaye.
Bee Gees – Jive Talkin’
This song was inescapable that summer. Somewhat dated compared to the Saturday Night Fever stuff, but still good to hear.
Eagles – One Of These Nights
If there were an official song of the summer of ’75, this would be it. It’d sound great on a tinny portable radio at the beach. Load it in your MP3 player while there’s still some summer left!
War – Why Can’t We Be Friends
I’ll just copy/paste my comment from last year:
War was a great group, and I own an original vinyl copy of this album, which also contains the megahit “Low Rider,” which everyone thinks Cheech & Chong did.
Elton John – Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Again from last year:
This is it, ladies and gentlemen – the absolute pinnacle of Elton John’s career. It’s his & Bernie Taupin’s masterpiece. A strong case could be made for “Love Lies Bleeding/Funeral For A Friend,” but this one’s personal, sung from the heart. It was all downhill from here, with only one more good album after this.
Olivia Newton-John – Please Mr. Please
I’m not gonna kick a dead horse here. You regular readers know of my dislike for ON-J’s songs. If you’re new to the game, you know now.
No “oh, wow” song this week, and that’s too bad, because we need a buffer to prepare you for the absolute horror that is the number one song this week at lil’ ol’ WNWY in Norway, Maine. How bad can it be? I’ve never seen him act this way, my God, he’s goin’ crazy!
Hey, I warned you, so I’m not responsible. The song was written by Paul Vance, who also gave us “Playground In My Mind” and “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” among many others. David Geddes is from Michigan, and took his last name from a street in Ann Arbor. On behalf of the state of Michigan, please accept my most heartfelt apology. I promise we’ll never do it again.
Now go forth, be fruitful and multiply – just watch out for Julie’s dad!