episode date - June 6, 2012
I’ve been ranting and raving a lot this year about the glories of music from 1972, but to be completely honest, not all of it was glorious. 1972 signified a change in the pop music field.
The audience that loved pop music in the mid-sixties had grown up to appreciate albums over singles and the change meant a change in terminology for the music. ‘Rock and Roll’ became ‘Rock’, while top 40 music became pop fare, aimed mostly at pre-teens and people who were not particularly serious about their music.
Come to think of it, seriousness was the defining issue. The audience that grew up on the Beatles had developed discerning tastes for music styles, and approached the various budding styles of ‘rock’ much like a wine connoisseur would approach grape varieties. It was all too complicated for casual fans, so the top 40 still served a valid purpose – and in retrospect, many of these top 40 tunes have outlived their more ‘serious’ counterparts.
Songs featured here include;
1) Puppy Love - Donny Osmond (a ‘Bad Hit’)
2) Roundabout (single edit) – Yes
3) Crazy Mama – J.J. Cale
4) Candy Man – Sammy Davis Jr. (a ‘Bad Hit’)
5) Oh Girl – The Chi-Lites
6) I’ll Take You There- The Staple Singers
7) Look What You Done For Me- Al Green
8) Doctor My Eyes- Jackson Browne
9) Baby Blue – Badfinger
10) Suavecito - Malo
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