#AtoZChallenge 1970's Billboard Hits - O is for...
Today the #AtoZChallenge brings us to the letter O. These three songs were the top ‘O’ songs according to the Billboard Hot 100 Year-End lists.
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Okay… moving on to today’s songs:
1971 - One Bad Apple - The Osmonds
"One Bad Apple" was a number-one hit single released by The Osmonds on November 14, 1970. It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on January 2, 1971. It hit the top of the chart on February 13, 1971 and stayed there for five weeks. It also reached number six on the R&B chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 4 song for 1971.
The song was written by George Jackson, who originally had the Jackson 5 in mind when he wrote it. The Osmonds' version coincidentally sounded like the Jackson 5 to the point many mistook the Osmonds for the Jacksons on the song when first hearing it. According to Donny Osmond, Michael Jackson later told him that the Jackson 5 almost recorded this song first, but chose to record "ABC" instead.
"One Bad Apple" was also used as the theme to The Osmonds cartoon show on ABC-TV.
1974 - One Hell Of A Woman - Mac Davis
"One Hell of a Woman" is a 1974 song by the American singer-songwriter Mac Davis. The song was written by Davis and Mark James. Released as a single from his album of the same name the song became Davis' second Top 20 hit on the U.S. pop chart, where it peaked at #11 in the fall of 1974. The song remained in the Top 40 for ten weeks. It spent a total of 28 weeks on the national charts, 10 weeks longer than did his number-one hit, "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me." Unusually for Davis, the song did not chart on the American country charts.
1975 - One Of These Nights - Eagles
"One of These Nights" is a song written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey and recorded by the American rock band Eagles. The title track from their One of These Nights album, the song became their second single to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart after "Best of My Love" and also helped propel the album to number one. The single version was shortened from the album version of the song, removing most of the song's intro and most of its fade-out, as well. Henley is lead vocalist on the verses, while Randy Meisner sings high harmony (not lead) on the refrain. The song features a guitar solo by Don Felder that is "composed of blues-based licks and sustained string bends using an unusually meaty distortion tone."
The song was a conscious attempt by the band to write something different from a country-rock and ballad-type song. Don Henley said: "We like to be a nice little country-rock band from Los Angeles ... about half the time." He added: "We wanted to get away from the ballad syndrome with "One of These Nights." With Don Felder in the band now, we can really rock." Frey said that they "wanted 'One of These Nights' to have a lot of teeth, a lot of bite—a nasty track with pretty vocals."
I apologize if the following video is blocked in your country. I sorted through several pages on youtube trying to find one that was unrestricted, but came up empty handed.
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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.
Any guesses as to which Billboard Hits from the 70s will be showcased?