Wednesday, April 12, 2017

#AtoZChallenge 1970's Billboard Hits - J is for...


Before we get started on today's #AtoZChallenge, I would be remiss if I didn't pay respects to another 'J' artist.  John Geils, guitarist and founder of the J Geils Band passed away yesterday. He was 71. I'll do a regular post about him after this challenge has completed, but I do wish to extend my condolences to his family and fans at this time.


Moving right along with the #AtoZChallenge.  Today is the eleventh day of the challenge and that brings us to the letter J. These three songs were the top ‘J’ songs according to the Billboard Hot 100 Year-End lists.



1971 - Joy to the World - Three Dog Night


"Joy to the World" is a song written by Hoyt Axton, and made famous by the band Three Dog Night. The song is also popularly known by its opening lyric, "Jeremiah was a bullfrog". Three Dog Night originally released the song on their fourth studio album, Naturally in November 1970 and subsequently released an edited version of the song as a single in February 1971.

The song, which has been described by members of Three Dog Night as a "kid's song" and a "silly song", topped the main singles charts in North America, was certified gold by the RIAA, and has since been covered by multiple artists.  It is also played at the end of every Denver Broncos home victory.

The single had been out less than two months, when on April 9, 1971, "Joy to the World" was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, for shipments of over 1,000,000 units across the United States. The record was also given a Gold Leaf award by RPM magazine for sales of over a million units. The record won the award for the Best Selling Hit Single Record by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers in March 1972. It was also ranked by Billboard magazine as the year-end #1 pop single of 1971.

The single went on to sell 5 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.





1971 -  Just My Imagination - Temptations

"Just My Imagination" is a song by American soul group The Temptations. Released on the Gordy label, and produced by Norman Whitfield, it features on the group's 1971 album, Sky's the Limit. When released as a single, "Just My Imagination" became the third Temptations song to reach number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. The single held the number one position on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart for two weeks in 1971, from March 27 to April 10. "Just My Imagination" also held the number-one spot on the Billboard R&B Singles chart for three weeks, from February 27 to March 20 of that year. The song finished out the year on the Billboard Hot 100 Year-end Charts at number 9.






1975 - Jive Talkin' - Bee Gees

"Jive Talkin' " is a song by the Bee Gees, released as a single in May 1975 by RSO Records. This was the lead single from the album Main Course and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100; it also reached the top-five on the UK Singles Chart in the middle of 1975. Largely recognised as the group's "comeback" song, it was their first US top-10 hit since "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart".

The song was originally called "Drive Talking". The song's rhythm was modelled after the sound their car made crossing the Julia Tuttle Causeway each day from Biscayne Bay to Criteria Studios in Miami.

According to Maurice Gibb, while hearing this rhythmic sound, "Barry didn't notice that he's going 'Ji-Ji Jive Talkin'', thinking of the dance, 'You dance with your eyes'...that's all he had...exactly 35 mph...that's what we got." He goes on to say, "We played it to [producer] Arif [Mardin], and he went 'Do you know what "Jive Talkin'" means?' And we said 'Well yeah, it's, ya know, you're dancing.' He says 'NO...it's a black expression for bullshitting.' And we went 'Oh, Really?!? Jive talkin', you're telling me lies...' and changed it."

The song is ranked on the Billboard Hot 100 Year-end Chart for 1975 at number 11.







Be sure to follow the 2017 AtoZ Challenge playlist for all of the songs featured in this years challenge.




Did you listen to any of these tunes in the 70's?  Would you like to know more about these artists in future posts? Let me know in the comments.

What does tomorrow bring?
Tomorrow brings us the letter 'K'. 
Any guesses as to which Billboard Hits from the 70s will be showcased?






26 comments:

  1. Now, Jive Talkin' is a song I recognise :) I don't know the other two though, so they were an education.
    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles - Dragon Diaries

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    1. Hey there Sophie

      Glad that I could introduce you to some new songs.

      ~Mary

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  2. Hi Mary God do I feel old after reading Sophia post any way I have and love too listen too all three of this weeks songs
    Roger

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    1. LOL Roger,

      You're not the only old fart around here. I'm going to guess that tomorrow will have one song that you don't have in your collection.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      ~Mary

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  3. Was saddened to see the news of John Geil's passing when I signed into Facebook this morning. I will also have to work in a tribute post into my Music Monday. I listened to all of these songs as a young adult. Now I will have "Jive talkin'" stuck in my ear.

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    1. Hi Alana

      Of all the songs to get stuck in your head, that one isn't too bad! Puts a little pep in your step.

      I look forward to your tribute post. Thanks for stopping by!

      ~Mary

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  4. Three dog night best selling album in the 70's interesting achievement
    Thanks for sharing
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    1. It's a great album, if you ever get the opportunity to listen to it.

      ~Mary

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  5. Mary, "Joy to the World" great Three Dog Night song! "Just My Imagination" by The Temptations is so smooth - love that song and The Bee Gees "Jive Talking" sets my body in motion every time I hear it. Thanks for the boogie woogie tunes this morning. ;) Please JUMP over to look at today's edition of Art Sketching Through the Alphabet Letter "J" whenever you get a sec and have fun a2zing!

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    1. Hey there Cathy

      I'll be over to visit your latest posts in a little bit. Had a crazy busy day, with unexpected work tossed in the mix. Glad I could help keep you in your boogie shoes!

      ~Mary

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  6. Love me some Three.Dog.Night!!
    And I love that you're featuring the Bee Gees again. Theirs is such an interesting story...and sad too with all the loss. Makes their music all the more special.
    Grooving on the Temptations too. Fun songs this morning!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hey there Michele!

      The Bee Gees had hits left and right in the 70's and into the early 80's. I can't help but not feature them.

      ~Mary

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  7. Great lineup! That's interesting about Three Dog Night. I heard something similar about the Blink 182 song "First Date". They were asked for a single from their record company and considered this a silly summer throwaway. I think it's great!

    http://darlamsands.blogspot.com/

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    1. What's that old saying? "One person's junk is another's treasure". I think many artists when they are starting out over criticize their own works, but when turned loose to the public they quickly learn just how good their music is.

      ~Mary

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    1. Sing it with me! Joy to the fishies in the deep blue sea, Joy to you and me! Great earworm.

      ~Mary

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  9. MARY, MARY, QUITE EXTRAORDINARY ~
    For my favorite version of 'JOY TO THE WORLD' you can go to about the 16:30 mark (Link:] HERE.

    ~ D-FensDogG
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    1. Stephen darlin'

      That version is whackadoodle!

      ~MMQE

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  10. 'Joy to the World' makes me smile (and usually sing along) whenever I hear it. My first rock concert ever was with my new boyfriend (now husband) in the fall of 1971. It was a Three Dog Night show. Fond memories there, along with the second song, which was the same time frame. "Jive Talkin'" is one of those songs that gets into your head and you can't get it out. A real ear worm! LOL My favourite song from that album is 'Nights on Broadway'. This is when the Bee Gees first started going Disco.

    Debbie @ THE DOGLADY'S DEN
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    1. Debbie

      That is an awesome memory, and a very good reason to smile. Nights on Broadway is a great song. The Bee Gees really reigned during the Disco Era, didn't they?

      ~Mary

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  11. Enjoyed all three in today's selection! Bee Gees were huge in my 70's world, and into the 80's as well.

    Nilanjana
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. Thanks, Nilanjana!

      The Bee Gees were a big part of my musical world in the 70's and 80's as well.

      ~Mary

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  12. Way ta go! Luvin them all! Great choices I must say. Sorry I didn't get here earlier, but I had some big time computer/internet problems today, but I finally fixed it and so here I am. Have a great evening & see ya tomorrow! BIG HUGS

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    1. Thanks, Marie!

      I was already running just a bit behind, but I got called in to work at the last minute, and the put me even further behind. Hopefully I will be able to catch up soon. Thanks for stopping in. Glad to hear you got your computer/internet fixed.

      ~Mary

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  13. Very nostalgic. I love these old lyrics, they had meaning at that time.

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    1. Hi Lois!

      I love taking walks down memory lane. I get caught up in the music sometimes.

      ~Mary

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