Helen Wheels – Paul McCartney and Wings

Chart Position: 10

  • Written by Paul and Linda McCartney
  • Lead vocals: Paul McCartney
  • Guitar: Paul McCartney, Denny Laine
  • Backing vocals: Linda McCartney, Denny Laine, Ian & Trevor
  • Recorded in Lagos Nigeria
  • Produced by Paul McCartney
  • Helen Wheels is the name given to Paul McCartney’s Land Rover
  • Guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Sewell departed Wings shortly before recording began on the 1973 LP Band On the Run
  • Later recorded by Def Leppard (2014)

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(I’ve Got to) Use My Imagination – Gladys Knight and the Pips

Chart Position: 4

  • Written by Gerry Goffin and Barry Goldberg
  • Lead vocals: Gladys Knight
  • Backing vocals: Merald Knight, Edward Patten and William Guest
  • Produced by Kenny Kerner
  • Recorded in New York City NY
  • Originally recorded by Barry Goldberg (1973)
  • Also recorded by Martha Reeves, The Rides (2016)

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Come Live With Me – Ray Charles

Chart Position: NR

  • Written and produced by Ray Charles
  • Keyboards: Ray Charles
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA

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Me and Baby Brother – War

Chart Position: 15

  • Written and produced by War
  • Vocals: Howard Scott, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Harold Brown, Papa Dee Allen, Charles Miller and Lee Oskar
  • Saxophone: Charles Miller
  • Keyboards: Lonnie Jordan
  • Guitar: Howard Scott
  • Harmonica: Lee Oskar
  • Produced by Jerry Goldstein, Lonnie Jordan and Howard Scott
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA

Big Time Operator – Keith Hampshire

Chart Position: NR

  • Keith Hampshire is from London U.K.

Gloria – Laura Branigan

Chart Position: 2

  • Originally recorded by Umberto Tozzi (1979)
  • Written by Umberto Tozzi, Giancarlo Bigazzi and Trevor Veitch (English lyrics)
  • Keyboards: Michael Boddicker, Greg Mathieson
  • Guitar: Steve Lukather, Michael Landau
  • Backing vocals: Jim Haas, Joe Chemay, Jon Joyce, Lisa Sarna, Stephanie Spruill, Julia Tillman Waters and Maxine Willard Waters
  • Produced by Jack White and Greg Mathieson
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • This is Laura Branigan’s biggest hit single

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Close Enough to Perfect – Alabama

Chart Position: NR

  • Written by Carl Chambers
  • Lead vocals: Randy Owen
  • Guitar: Randy Owen, Jeff Cook, Fred Newell, Billy Reynolds
  • Backing vocals: Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry, Billy Reynolds
  • Produced by Harold Shedd and Alabama
  • Recorded in Nashville TN

Valley Girl – Frank and Moon Zappa

Chart Position: 32

  • Written by Frank and Moon Zappa
  • Vocals: Frank and Moon Zappa
  • Guitar: Frank Zappa, Ray White
  • Produced by Frank Zappa
  • Moon Zappa is Frank Zappa’s daughter
  • Moon Unit developed the lyrics as a parody of typical “valley girl” slang (valley being California’s San Fernando valley)
  • Frank Zappa is a member of Mothers of Invention
  • This is Frank Zappa’s biggest hit single and Moon Zappa’s only hit single
  • Frank Zappa once said he thought his kids Moon Unit, Dweezle, Diva and Ahmet Rodan would catch the most flack for their last name

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Mystery Girl – Dukes

Chart Position: NR

  • Written by Dominic Bugatti and Frank Musker
  • Vocals: Dominic Bugatti and Frank Musker
  • Guitar: Steve Lukather
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • Produced by Arif Mardin
  • This is Dukes’ only hit single

Love or Let Me Be Lonely – Paul Davis

Chart Position: 40

  • Originally recorded by Friends of Distinction (1970)
  • Written by Skip Scarborough, Anita Poree and Jerry Peters
  • Keyboards: Paul Davis
  • Produced by Ed Seay and Paul Davis
  • Also recorded by Merry Clayton (1971) and Maxine Nightingale (1977)