doc’s 60s and 70s summer pick #1
Pipeline (Brian Carman and Bob Spickard) — The Chantays, 1962 (#4)
The tune, originally called “Liberty’s Whip,” was renamed after the band members saw a surfing movie showing scenes of the Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii. The tune, fitting in with the popular surfing craze of the time, swiftly rose up the Billboard Pop charts, reaching #4, and becoming a classic hit of its time. The tune is notable for using Alberti bass chords.
Don’t Worry Baby (Brian Wilson, Roger Christian)
Beach Boys — from the 1964 album Shut Down Volume 2. It was also released on 11 May 1964 as the B-side of I Get Around, which became the first #1 single by the Beach Boys. Don’t Worry Baby reached #24.
Surfer Girl (Brian Wilson)
Beach Boys — b/w Little Deuce Coupe (Capitol 5009), released 22 July 1963, #7 Hot 100 — from the 1963 LP Surfer Girl
Ball of Fire (Tommy James, Mike Vale, Bruce Sudano, Woody Wilson*) – Tommy James & the Shondells, Roulette single R-7060, b/w Makin’ Good Time, released September 1969
Tighter, Tighter (Tommy James)
Alive N Kickin’ — Released in May 1970, the single peaked at #7 on the Hot 100 and remained on the chart for 16 weeks (throughout the summer). It sold more than a million copies, and was certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
O-o-h Child (Stan Vincent)
The Five Stairsteps — originally released in February 1970 on the single Buddah BDA 165, as the B-side of “Dear Prudence,” but that record must have been withdrawn because in May 1970 it was reissued under the same catalog number, b/w “Who Do You Belong To”
“O-o-h Child” was by far the most successful single on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart by the Five Stairsteps, reaching #8. It also peaked at #14 on the R&B singles chart, and became the 11th (chronologically) of 15 top forty R&B hits by the Stairsteps from 1966 to 1980.
(below) live TV studio performance for The Barbara McNair Show, Season 2, Episode 27; airdate: 4 April 1971
Wishing You Were Here (Peter Cetera)
Chicago — Originally released in on the album Chicago VII in March 1974. In October that year it became the third single released from the album. It peaked at #11 on the Hot 100 and topped the Billboard Easy Listening chart.
Rock the Boat (Waldo Holmes)
Hues Corporation — Originally released on the group’s 1973 debut album Freedom For The Stallion.Issued in early 1974, the single initially flopped but began to get airplay months later after becoming a disco and club favorite. It caught fire and climbed all the way to #1 in July 1974.
Rock Your Baby (Harry Wayne Casey, Richard Finch)
George McCrae — issued 4 April 1974 on T.K. Records 1004, b/w “Rock Your Baby (Part 2)” — #1 Hot 100 (2 weeks: 13-20 July 1974), #1 R&B (2 weeks: 6-13 July 1974)
Feel Like Makin’ Love (Eugene McDaniels)
Roberta Flack — released 10 June 1974; #1 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 (1 week: 10 August 1974), #1 R&B (5 weeks: 3-31 August 1974), and Easy Listening (2 weeks) charts
Summer (Allen, Brown, Dickerson, Jordan, Miller, Oskar, Scott)
War — # 7 Hot 100, #4 R&B single in 1976; the following is a longer album version
Shannon (Henry Gross)
Henry Gross – 1976
I’m Still in Love with You (Al Green, Willie Mitchell, Al Jackson)
Al Green — issued on the single Hi 45-2216, b/w “Old Time Lovin'” — chart success: #1 R&B, two weeks in August 1972; #3 Hot 100 — It also became the title track of Al Green’s fifth album, released in October 1972
I’m Not in Love (Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman)
10cc — A 6 minute version was released in March 1975 on the album The Original Soundtrack. The single, edited down to under 4 minutes, was released on 31 May 1975.
Chart positions: UK #1, 2 weeks; US #2, 3 weeks: July 26, August 2, and August 9 issues. Three different songs took the number one spot during its three weeks at #2: “The Hustle” (Van McCoy), “One of These Nights” (The Eagles), and “Jive Talkin'” (The Bee Gees).
Musikladen, airdate: 20 August 1975
Hang On In There Baby (Johnny Bristol)
Johnny Bristol — issued in June 1974 on MGM Records M 14715, b/w “Take Care Of You For Me” (Bristol) — chart success: #8 Hot 100, #2 R&B (US), and #3 UK pop
When Will I See You Again (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff)
The Three Degrees — Recorded in 1973, featuring an arrangement by Bobby Martin, and released on their 1973 album The Three Degrees. In the UK, it was released as a single in June 1974, which topped the UK pop chart in August. The US single, Philadelphia International ZS8 3550, was issued on 4 September 1974, b/w Year of Decision (Gamble & Huff).
U.S. chart peaks, Autumn 1974:
#1 — Adult Contemporary
#2 — Hot 100 (pop)
#2 — Disco
#4 — R&B
* Some R-7060 labels include Paul Naumann as co-songwriter (as “P. Naumann”).