Sunday, May 30, 2021

1971 SUPER CHARTS: Week Ending June 5th

The Rolling Stones hold on to the #1 spot for a second week with "Brown Sugar ... but "Want Ads" by The Honey Cone and "It Don't Come Easy" by Ringo Starr are both vying for this position ... they each move up three places from #5 to #2 and #6 to #3 respectively.

Donny Osmond's "Sweet And Innocent" and "Rainy Days And Mondays" by The Carpenters both make big moves within The Top Ten this week as well.

Carole King jumps from #30 to #13 with "It's Too Late" (one of MY favorite songs of this era) and, in its 11th week, "Treat Her Like A Lady" by Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose finally makes a move of seven places from #24 to #17.

With Donny sitting pretty in The Top Ten, The Osmonds are back with their latest, "Double Lovin'," which climbs from #38 to #22 this week, a move of 16 places.

Outside The Top 40 we see Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds moving up 17 places with "Don't Pull Your Love" ... while James Taylor's version of "You've Got A Friend" climbs an incredible 38 places from #99 to #61!

Playing Favorites:

New music on the chart this week that caught my ear in 1971 include "Sooner Or Later" by The Grass Roots ... and Tommy James has a brand new SOLO hit premiering at #95.  It's called "Draggin' The Line," and it remains one of my favorite Tommy James songs 50 years later.

Also new this week is Olivia Newton-John's version of the Bob Dylan song "If Not For You."  (I heard this track for the very first time on George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" album ... and fell in love with it right away.  Olivia does a VERY credible job with this one.)

And finally, debuting in the #100 spot is a track by The Free Movement called "I've Found Someone Of My Own," another long-time favorite.  (kk)

This Week In 1971:

May 30th – Idina Menzel is born  (Just don't ask John Travolta to talk about it!!!)

June 1st – Elvis’ birthplace (a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi) is opened to the public.

'June 4th – Actor Noah Wyle is born

June 5th – Grand Funk Railroad sells out Shea Stadium in 72 hours, breaking The Beatles’ box office record.  The concert grossed a little over $300,000 … which is just a couple thousand more than The Beatles were paid for their gig!