This is the second installment in a continuing series on songs I heard on my Panasonic RF-930 radio, first on AM, then on FM, during the 1970s, a decade that began with me in seventh grade and ended with me graduating from college.
We have a ways to go. For better or worse, we’re going in chronological order. So this year, 2010, is all about 1970. Here’s why.
Though I’ve been a journalist forever, I’ve never kept journals. Music brings back memories, for me, for lots of people. A certain song, a certain place, a certain person, that kind of thing. That’s part of the joy — at least for me — of taking that journey week by week, year by year.
That said …
In the second week of January 1970, the brief, intense stardom of Joe South was just about peaking. It was a time when the Top 40 had room for a variety of styles, among them rock, soul and country. Joe South, an Atlanta native, brought all that to the table.
After releasing four singles in 1969 — most notably “Games People Play” and “Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home” — South launched one more toward the Top 10 as 1969 turned into 1970. “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” turned out to be South’s biggest hit, but it also was the last time he made the Top 40.
“Walk A Mile In My Shoes,” Joe South, from “Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home,” 1970. (The buy link is to a double CD set also featuring “Introspect,” South’s debut LP from 1969.)
“Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home” was one of the first 45s we ever had, but I liked the flip side better. It was more upbeat than the hit, which even a 12-year-old — as I was — could tell was a bit of a downer. So enjoy a little bonus.
“Heart’s Desire,” Joe South, from “Games People Play,” 1969. It’s the B side on the “Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home” 7-inch, Capitol 2592. (The buy link is to a double CD set also featuring the “Joe South” LP from 1971.)