Can you believe the month is half over? That also means we are halfway through the #AtoZChallenge. Today brings us to the letter N. These three songs were the top ‘N’ songs according to the Billboard Hot 100 Year-End lists.
But first, if you haven’t had the opportunity to vote in the current battle of the bands, I’d like to encourage you to do so. You can find the battle HERE. Voting ends Thursday, April 20 @ 6pm EST.
Okay… moving on to today’s songs:
1972 - Nice To Be With You - Gallery
"Nice to Be With You" is a 1972 song by Gallery, written by Jim Gold. It became an international Top 5 hit, reaching #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the U.S. Cash Box Top 100. It also reached #1 in Canada. The song reached #4 in Australia and #2 in New Zealand. It became a gold record.
1973 - The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia - Vicki Lawrence
"The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" is a Southern Gothic song, written in 1972 by songwriter Bobby Russell and sung by Vicki Lawrence, an American singer, actress, and comedian. Lawrence's version, from her 1973 Bell Records album of the same name, was a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 after its release. In addition to several other renditions, the song was again a hit in 1991 when Reba McEntire recorded it for her album For My Broken Heart.
1978 - Night Fever - Bee Gees
"Night Fever" is a song written and performed by the Bee Gees. It first appeared on the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever. Producer Robert Stigwood wanted to call the film Saturday Night, but singer Robin Gibb expressed hesitation at the title. Stigwood liked the title Night Fever but was wary of marketing a movie with that name.
The string intro of "Night Fever" was inspired by "Theme from A Summer Place" by Percy Faith, according to keyboardist Blue Weaver when he was performing it one morning at the sessions and Barry Gibb walked in and heard the new idea for this song. Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb completed the lyrics for "Night Fever" sitting on a staircase.
The song replaced Andy Gibb's "Love Is Thicker Than Water" at number one and was in turn replaced by Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You" - all of which were written and produced by the Gibb brothers. It would be the third of six consecutive US #1s for the band, tying The Beatles for the record for most consecutive #1 singles. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1978, behind Andy Gibb's "Shadow Dancing."
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.
Also... I'm tossing my hat into the ring and joining Monday Music Moves Me! Another fun bloghop hosted by Marie at Xmas Dolly Won't you join us there as well? Check out Marie's blog for a list of participants!
What does tomorrow bring?Tomorrow brings us the letter 'O'.
Any guesses as to which Billboard Hits from the 70s will be showcased?