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Carole King’s 300-Plus-Week-Album-Charting Record

On April 10, 1971, Carole King’s Tapestry was a new entry at #79 on the Billboard Top LP’s chart. In 11 weeks, it would go to #1 and remain at the top of the album charts for the next 15 … Continue reading

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I only wanted to be just a man, fulfilled but a little more free (Chicago III hits high in 1971)

On Jan. 30, 1971, Chicago III was the highest ranking album to enter the Billboard Top LP’s chart, landing at #22. In four weeks it would plateau at #2 (for two weeks), kept out of the #1 spot by the … Continue reading

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Laura, I saw you open in LA … (Todd Rundgren & Runt, 1971)

Forgive me for going off on another Laura Nyro digression. This post is about singer-songwriter-musician-producer-computer-software-developer Todd Rundgren, who once said his way of songwriting changed when he was introduced to Laura Nyro’s music. In 1968, while playing in the Philadelphia … Continue reading

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Family Affair — Sly Stone in 1971

On Dec. 4, 1971, Sly Stone knocked Isaac Hayes’ “Theme from Shaft” from the top position on the Billboard Hot 100. It would be his last #1 single. Sly Stone had been a popular disc jockey in the Bay Area … Continue reading

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The words will make you out ‘n’ out — Yes (Fragile, 1971)

Fragile, the fourth album for Yes on Atlantic Records, was released on Nov. 26, 1971 — that is, everywhere except the US. Atlantic held its release in the States for two months because the label was still seeing steady sales … Continue reading

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He’s a complicated man (Shaft hits #1 in Nov. ’71)

On Nov. 6, 1971, the #1 album in the US was the soundtrack to a motion picture about a “black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks…” … that’s according to the opening lyrics of Isaac Hayes’ … Continue reading

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” … attracts me like no other lover …” (something from George Harrison in 1969)

In 1969, five days after the release of their album “Abbey Road” in the US, The Beatles released George Harrison’s “Something” as a single in the US on Oct. 6 (it would be released in the UK at the end … Continue reading

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