Sunday, October 10, 2021

1971 SUPER CHARTS: Week Ending October 16th

"Maggie May" holds on to the top spot for the third week in a row.  Most of The Top Ten hold steady, with only two new entries this week ... "Sweet City Woman" by The Stampeders moves up from #11 to #8 ... and "Tired Of Being Alone" by Al Green slides into the #10 spot, up from #12 the week before.  Within The Top Ten, "Do You Know What I Mean" by Lee Michaels inches up from #7 to #5.

Cher makes a mega move from #27 to #12 this week with her rising hit "Gypsies, Tramps And Thieves," a jump of fifteen places, while James Taylor's new one, "Long Ago And Far Away" leaps from #44 to #31, a jump of thirteen spots.

Rounding out The Top 40, we see Marvin Gaye up fourteen spots with "Inner City Blues" ... while "You've Got To Crawl" by The Eighth Day is up thirteen,  and holds down the #40 spot.

This week's top debut sits all the way down at #71.  It's "It's Only Love" by Elvis Presley, previously released by B.J. Thomas.  Isaac Hayes' "Theme from 'Shaft'" premiers at #73 while Les Crane's "Desiderata," (a track that will be quickly mocked by the folks at National Lampoon), debuts right behind it at #74.

Also new are "Life Is A Carnival" by The Band (#80), "Baby I'm-a Want You" by Bread (#90), "Wild Night" by Van Morrison (#91), "Respect Yourself" by The Staple Singers (#97) and Barbra Streisand's version of John Lennon's "Mother" ... not one you're ever likely to hear then, now, or as part of the incredible collected Streisand catalog ... nor is it something anyone would have EVER figured she would record!

THIS WEEK IN 1971:  
October 12th – Early rocker Gene Vincent dies of a bleeding ulcer.  He is only 36 years old. 

October 13th – Television Host Billy Bush is born 
Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat / Bruno) is also born on this date 

October 14th – John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival is sued for $500,000 because music publisher Arco Industries claims his song “Travelin’ Band” “contains substantial material copied from Little Richard’s ‘Good Golly Miss Molly.’  The suit will eventually be dropped … but several years later Fogerty would be sued for plagiarizing HIMSELF when his Fantasy Records nemesis Saul Zantz claimed John's then-new record “Old Man Down The Road” sounded too much like Fogerty’s own CCR oldie “Run Through The Jungle.” 

Catch our incredible Creedence Clearwater Revival series here… 

Also on this date, Greenpeace is founded in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 

October 15th – Rick Nelson performs at an oldies festival at Madison Square Garden.  The reaction from the crowd will later serve as inspiration for Rick’s final Top 10 Hit “Garden Party,” which peaked at #3 a year later.

October 17th – Just two weeks after Kevin Richardson of The Backstreet Boys was born, Chris Kirkpatrick of N*Sync also turns 50 … he was born on this date in 1971.  (OMG!  Members of N*Sync and The Backstreet Boys are now in their 50’s!!!)  Can Britney Spears be far behind???  (Actually, she’s got another ten years to go … Britney was born on December 2nd, 1981.)