Monday, December 14, 2020

December 14th, 1970

Wow ... The December 14th Chart includes a special Christmas Song section of seven tracks ... three of which have remained holiday classics ever since.  ("Amazing Grace" a Christmas song?  I'm not sure I ever heard it played in that context before ... and you're much more likely to hear "The Marvelous Toy" by The Chad Mitchell Trio than you are The Irish Rovers.  Bobby Sherman?  Probably not at all.  And exactly who are The Jane Avenue Bus Stop???
Still, it's a nice touch for the holidays.

Meanwhile, "My Sweet Lord" continues to rule The Top 40 ... with "One Less Bell To Answer" now planted at #2.  "Knock Three Times" is right behind it with a bullet ... and then the two new Top Ten entries are "Stoned Love" and "No Matter What." 

The Supremes / Four Tops version of "River Deep, Mountain High" moves up eleven places this week from #34 to #23 ... and Edwin Starr's "War" sequel, "Stop The War Now" (as well as Neil Diamond's version of "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother") also climb eleven places this week.

Dave Edmund's remake of "I Hear You Knocking" was a real surprise in December of 1970 ... it premiers at #28 ... and one of my favorite songs of all time, "If I Were Your Woman" by Gladys Knight and the Pips, is new at #33.

Adult Contemporary Music seems to be making a mark this week with Ray Price's "For The Good Times" landing at #26 and Perry Como premiering at #37 with "It's Impossible."  (Hey, wait a minute ... WCFL wouldn't flip to a Beautiful Music Format until 1976!!!  What the heck is going on here?!?!)