EVERY Billboard #1 hit discussion thread 1958-Present

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  1. Manapua

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    Lyin' Eyes also gave the band their first Grammy award for Best Pop Vocal Performance.
     
  2. Grant

    Grant A 60s, 70s & 90s Lovin' Musical Free-Spirit

    I'm calling it R&B with funky guitar licks from Joe Walsh.

    Actually, Don Henley explained that the song is about putting things off in your life. But, he sure loves the supernatural imagery to keep the song from sounding preachy, something the haters of the band is often accused of doing.

    I first got the album in the 90s when they did their first round of CD remasters. I immediately loved the album, and the instrumental "Journey Of The Sorcerer" was a nice surprise.

    It's a shame that there are so many ignorant-ass people in the world.
     
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  3. Hey Vinyl Man

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    Don Felder says in his book that the line "I've been searching for an angel in white" was originally "I've been searching for the daughter of God," but the rest of the band talked him out of it due to concerns that it'd get them in trouble like the Beatles with the bigger-than-Christ incident.
     
  4. Grant

    Grant A 60s, 70s & 90s Lovin' Musical Free-Spirit

    The song is credited to Don Henley and Glenn Frey.
     
  5. Witchy Woman

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    Those aren’t Joe Walsh’s licks. He doesn’t join the band until Hotel California.

    I know Henley has said that but I still believe the song has a theme. He was very intentional in his lyric-writing.
     
  6. Witchy Woman

    Witchy Woman Forum Resident

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    Henley did indeed write the line but Felder in his book discusses why Henley changed it.
     
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  7. Grant

    Grant A 60s, 70s & 90s Lovin' Musical Free-Spirit

    I thought I read somewhere that Walsh was an unofficial member in 1975, and did have uncredited work on the album.

    Yes, the theme of the song is procrastination.
     
  8. Grant

    Grant A 60s, 70s & 90s Lovin' Musical Free-Spirit

    Hey Vinyl Man above stated that Don Felder claims he wrote the line. Now: which Don is telling the truth? I'm inclined to believe Don Henley because he is officially listed as a co-writer, and has his signature supernatural lyrics.
     
  9. Witchy Woman

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    I’ve never heard that and I’m unaware of any source that claims that. Leadon was still very much a part of the band on OOTN and he and Felder very capable lead guitarists. Frey was no slouch either, for that matter. Walsh did tour with them around 74-75 and even joined them on stage. Maybe that’s what you’re thinking of.

    I don’t know if Hey Vinyl Man really meant to say that Felder made that claim. I read the book and Felder never said he wrote the line or any of the lyrics. Again, he was relating why Henley changed it, because Felder and others didn’t think “daughter of God” would go over well.
     
  10. Grant

    Grant A 60s, 70s & 90s Lovin' Musical Free-Spirit

    I know. Perhaps Hey Vinyl Man got the two Dons mixed up.
     
  11. Manapua

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    Here's a fun fact. The Eagles had 5 #1 singles but not one spent more than a week at the top. Not even that revered song about traveling accommodations in the Golden state.
     
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  12. Hey Vinyl Man

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    Which doesn't mean no one else had any role whatsoever. Ringo didn't get writing credit for "A Hard Day's Night," after all.


    No, he didn't. :) If you reread my initial post, you'll see I never said anything about Don Felder claiming to have written any part of the song. He (and reportedly at least some of the others) simply talked Henley into changing that one line.


    ETA: Okay, I think I see the cause of the confusion. When I said "the rest of the band talked him out of it," by 'him' I meant Henley, not Felder.
     
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  13. Manapua

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    Glam was never the force on the American charts that it was say, in the UK. It certainly dominated there in a way we yanks never heard or apparently, understood. Still, some songs and recording acts did manage to navigate their way through the R&B, Disco, Country and Pop that was the mainstay here and one of those is this great Glam/Pop rocker by Sweet, Ballroom Blitz (#5). It certainly brings back memories of Bowie, Queen, Mott the Hoople, T-Rex and yes, even the music of Rocky Horror.

     
  14. sunspot42

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    This one is very Rocky Horror. Glam was well past its sell-by date at this point, and this single hailed from '73 in Europe. Sloppy Euro seconds. I have no memory of this song at all from the time, and don't remember ever hearing it on oldies radio. First time I remember encountering it was in the '90s, in association with Wayne's World.

    I sorta like it. But "Love Is Like Oxygen" is vastly superior in my book, in all of its proggy/pop glory.
     
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  15. Grant

    Grant A 60s, 70s & 90s Lovin' Musical Free-Spirit

    Yeah, that makes a world of difference.:righton:
     
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  16. Grant

    Grant A 60s, 70s & 90s Lovin' Musical Free-Spirit

    I didn't like "The Ballroom Blitz" when it was on the chart precisely because it was too frantic for my tastes. I didn't know what punk was at that point. It wasn't until the 90s when I started to like the song. Now, it's one of my favorite 70s tunes.
     
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  17. Manapua

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    I'm pretty much on the same page with this one. I wasn't a big glam fan until years later when I started to appreciate the genre. All in the rear view of course.
     
  18. Grant

    Grant A 60s, 70s & 90s Lovin' Musical Free-Spirit

    Oh, I liked some glam, just not this song. In 1975, my head was more into R&B, funk, and disco, with the occasional pop song.
     
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  19. Joey Self

    Joey Self Red Forman's Sensitivity Guru

    First, "The Hustle" never did much for me. I suspect in the mid-70's, I learned to do that dance, or at least a few steps of it, but I can't remember it now.

    As for "One Of These Nights," I go back to a previous note and pick up the story:

    As I said in another note, said best friend and I fell in love (the 17 year old variety--but the first for both of us), and I declared "One Of These Nights" to be 'our song.' I bought the single so we could hear it repeatedly. (Her older brother also had the album that we listened to.) There was that "someday" element for us that was woven in the lyrics. (She was not in any way "the daughter of the devil himself.") I was thinking this peaked a little later in the year, because it was #1 the very week I started dating the second gal.

    In the 43 years since then, I can not hear this song without thinking of her. Oh, I'm happily married now for 37 years, and dated my now-wife for 2 years before that. Add to it, my wife is a big Eagles fan, and I have heard this song a lot with her sitting right beside me in the car. But just as "Love Will Keep Us Together" is forever associated with the first girlfriend, "One Of These Nights" will remind me of the second until I get Alzheimer's--and even then, I may still associate the two.

    All that said, it's not my favorite Eagles song--that would be "Life In The Fast Lane"--but I think I'd still enjoy it without those memories.

    JcS

    P.S. Just as I have located the first one on Facebook, the second one and I became friends there this year. Married with four kids, she is doing well, and looking back, I can say that she was wise to get away from me when she did.
     
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  20. DavidP

    DavidP Forum Resident

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    Listen To What The Man Said went to #1 because it is an example of pop perfection at its finest. The production, the melody, the musicianship and the vocals are simply amazing. Underneath all those layers though, it may not be much of a song, but wow! the end result is insanely radio friendly. A gorgeous melody. Infectuous. It was played everywhere in 1975 and 1976. Classic craftsmanship of the highest order.

    Whenever I play the song, my wife, who is kind-of neutral when it comes to McCartney, says this song instantly takes her back to the mid seventies and the road trips she would take across Canada from Ontario to BC with her mother and grandmother in 75-76-77. The song still resonates with her on an emotional level after all these years.
     
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  21. sunspot42

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    Oddly, I don't really remember "Listen To What The Main Said" from the time. I associate it more with the late '70s and on into the '80s, probably thanks to oldies radio and my circa '82 - '85 Beatles fetish. But I've always liked it - it's really just in the past decade or so I've grown to love it.
     
  22. Victor/Victrola

    Victor/Victrola Makng shure its write

    The wonder of it all, baby....
     
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  23. Black Thumb

    Black Thumb Yah Mo B There

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    Debuting this week was one of my favorite cheese-tastic songs of the decade: "Run Joey Run" by David Geddes.

     
  24. Hey Vinyl Man

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    Very high on my "I don't want to like it but I do" list.
     
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  25. Tim S

    Tim S Forum Resident

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    errr ... can't say I actually "like" this - but the incredible cheesiness is enticing. I particularly like how the
    pregnant daughter cannot sing on key to save her life
     
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