#AtoZChallenge 1970's Billboard Hits - T is for...
Today the #AtoZChallenge brings us to the letter T. These three songs were the top ‘T’ songs according to the Billboard Hot 100 Year-End lists.
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Today’s theme for the Monday’s Music Moves Me is ‘AtoZChallenge T or songs about Travel. I had already written my post before joining up with the #4M group, so for this time, will use my 'T' songs. Be sure to stop by the hosts to find a list of everyone participating.
1973 - Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree - Tony Orlando and Dawn
"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" is a song by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando. It was ranked as number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Year-End charts in 1973.
It reached number one on both the US and UK charts for four weeks in April 1973, number one on the Australian charts for seven weeks from May to July 1973 and number one on the New Zealand charts for ten weeks from June to August 1973. It was the top-selling single in 1973 in both the US and UK.
In 2008, Billboard ranked the song as the 37th biggest song of all time in its issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Hot 100.
The song is told from the point of view of someone who has "done his time" but is uncertain if he will be welcomed home.
He writes to his love, asking her to tie a yellow ribbon around the "ole oak tree" in front of the house (which the bus will pass by) if she wants him to return to her life; if he does not see such a ribbon, he will remain on the bus (taking that to mean he is unwelcome) and understand her reasons ("put the blame on me"). He asks the bus driver to check, fearful of not seeing anything.
To his amazement, the entire bus cheers the response – there are 100 yellow ribbons around the tree, a sign he is very much welcome.
1974 - TSOP - MFSB
"TSOP" is a 1974 hit recording by MFSB featuring vocals by The Three Degrees. A classic example of the Philadelphia soul genre, it was written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff as the theme for the American musical television program Soul Train, which specialized in African American musical performers. The single was released on the Philadelphia International label. It was the first television theme song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and it is arguably the first disco song to reach that position.
1977 - Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright) - Rod Stewart
"Tonight's the Night" is a song by Rod Stewart, recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama for his 1976 album A Night on the Town. The song became his second US chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100, peaked at No. 5 in the UK, No. 3 in Australia and charted well in other parts of the world as well. It was the number 1 song on Billboard's 1977 year-end chart. It became the best-selling single of 1977 in the United States.
According to Dan Peek of America, Stewart's inspiration for "Tonight's the Night" was America's Top 30 hit "Today's the Day": Peek recalls that one evening when he and his guest Rod Stewart were playing together in Peek's home recording studio: "I played 'Today's the Day', the song I had been working on. Rod said that he liked it and that it gave him an idea for a song. Of course after his recording of 'Tonight's the Night' came out I laughed when I remembered what he'd said. I'm sure I probably smacked my forehead and said: 'Why didn't I think of that?'"
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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 'U'.
Any guesses as to which Billboard Hits from the 70s will be showcased?