Black Dog – Led Zeppelin

Chart Position: 15

  • #294 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 greatest songs
  • Written by Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant
  • Lead vocals: Robert Plant
  • Guitar: Jimmy Page
  • Produced by Jimmy Page
  • Recorded in Headley Grange U.K.
  • The song’s title, never mentioned in the lyrics, was inspired by a stray black labrador retriever who roamed the grounds of Headley Grange during recording sessions
  • Inspired by Muddy Waters’ ‘Electric Mud’
  • Drummer John Paul Jones devised a quirky time signature for this song intending that listeners not be able to dance to it
  • The guitar intro by Jimmy Page was described by Page as ‘warming up the army of guitars’
  • The title of Led Zeppelin’s 1971 LP is a series of unintelligible symbols but is commonly called ‘Zoso’; it became Led Zeppelin’s biggest selling LP
  • The a capella verses were inspired by Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Oh Well’ (1969)
  • Later recorded by CCS (1972), Eumir Deodato (1975), Foley (1982), Hampton String Quartet (1995), Dread Zeppelin (1990), Paul Shaffer (1993), Deborah Harry (1994), Coalesce (1999), Tracy Bonham (2003), Masterplan (2002), Hayseed Dixie (2005), Heart (2007), Jizzy Pearl (2006), Keith Emerson (2008), Bob Welch (2011), John Craigle (2012) and many others

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Gimme Some More – J.B.’s

Chart Position: NR

  • Written and produced by James Brown
  • Recorded in N Augusta SC
  • The only lyrics to this song are the song’s title (repeated)
  • J.B.’s are the backing band for singer James Brown
  • This is J.B.’s only hit single

Don’t Say You Don’t Remember – Beverly Bremers

Chart Position: 15

  • Written by Helen Miller and Estelle Levitt
  • Guitar: Don Thomas
  • Keyboards: Norman Bergen
  • Produced by David Lipton and Steve Metz
  • Originally recorded by Goggles (1970)
  • This is Beverly Bremers’ biggest hit single
  • Beverly Bremers is from St. Louis MO

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Standing in for Jody – Johnnie Taylor

Chart Position: NR

  • Written by Bobby Newsome and Kay Barker
  • Produced by Don Davis
  • Recorded in Muscle Shoals AL

Precious and Few – Climax

Chart Position: 3

  • Written by Walter D. Nims
  • Lead vocals: Sonny Geraci
  • Backing vocals: Ron Hicklin Singers
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • Produced by Larry Cox
  • Climax is from Los Angeles CA
  • This is Climax’s biggest hit single
  • Sonny Geraci is a former member of Outsiders
  • Sonny Geraci died in Feb 2017

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I Wrote a Simple Song – Billy Preston

Chart Position: NR

  • Written by Billy Preston and Joe Greene
  • Keyboards: Billy Preston
  • Guitar: David T. Walker
  • Backing vocals: Clydie King, Venetta Fields, Merry Clayton, Patrice Holloway, Jesse Kirkland, Duane Rogers
  • Produced by Billy Preston
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA

Move ’em Out – Delaney and Bonnie

Chart Position: NR

  • Lead vocals: Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett
  • Written by Steve Cropper and Bettye Crutcher
  • Guitar: Delaney Bramlett, Steve Cropper, Eric Clapton
  • Keyboards: Leon Russell
  • Produced by Delaney Bramlett
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA

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Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) – Temptations

Chart Position: 1

  • #9 bestseller for 1971
  • #51 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 100 greatest pop songs
  • #399 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 greatest songs
  • Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong
  • Lead vocals: Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams
  • Backing vocals: Dennis Edwards, Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams, Richard Street
  • Recorded in Detroit MI
  • Produced by Norman Whitfield
  • Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams departed Temptations in 1971
  • Paul Williams died in 1973
  • This song was written towards the end of the sixties but was not introduced to The Temptations until after a string of socially-conscious numbers had run their course by 1970
  • Later recorded by Rance Allen Group (1971), Charmers (1971), Jimmy London (1972), Undisputed Truth (1973), Donald Byrd (1976), Rolling Stones (1978), 15-16-17 (1978), Lillo Thomas (1983), Ruby Turner feat. Temptations (1988), Harvard Radcliffe Opportunes (1993), Four Shadow (1995), Detroit Underground (1997), Randy Klein (1998), Bette Midler (2000), Kevin Mahogany (2002), Peter Cox (2003), Will Downing (2003), Human Nature (2006), Boyz II Men (2007), Dianne Reeves (2008), Rod Stewart (2009), Rockapella (2013) and many others

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After the Fire is Gone – Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn

Chart Position: NR

  • Written by L.E. White
  • Vocals: Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn
  • Produced by Owen Bradley
  • Recorded in Nashville TN
  • Later recorded by Willie Nelson (1976), Tanya Tucker (2010) and Allison Moorer & Steve Earle (2010)

My Sweet Lord – Billy Preston

  • Written by George Harrison and Lonnie Mack
  • Keyboards: Billy Preston
  • Backing vocals: Edwin Hawkins Singers
  • Produced by George Harrison and Billy Preston
  • Recorded in London U.K.
  • This was the original recording of this song; it was not released in the U.S. until several months after George Harrison’s version became a #1 hit
  • George Harrison was sued in 1976 by Lonnie Mack over the origins of this song; Mack alleged plagiarism of Chiffon’s ‘He’s So Fine’ (1963), which Mack had written
  • Also recorded by Andy Williams (1971), Ronnie Aldrich (1971), Homer Louis Randolph III (1971), Ray Conniff (1971), Bola Sete (1971), Johnny Mathis (1971), Edwin Starr (1971), Eddy Arnold (1971), Stu Phillips & Hollyridge Strings (1971), John Holt (1971), Marion Williams (1971), Paul Mauriat (1972), Franck Pourcel (1971), Iva Zanicchi (1972), Nina Simone (1972), Richie Havens (1972), Julio Iglesias (1975), Marjorie McCoy (1973), The Tribe (1972), Violinaires (1973), Chiffons (1975), Leon Patilla (1981), Larry Norman (1977), Stacey Q (1997), Boy George (1992), Wailing Souls (1998), Aretha Franklin (1999), David Young (2000), Crown of Thorns (2002), Girlyman (2003), Little Roy (2005), Les Fradkin (2005), Klaus Voorman (2009), Baha Men (2010) and many others