Bang a Gong (Get It On)- T. Rex

Chart Position: 10

  • Written by Marc Bolan
  • Lead vocals: Marc Bolan
  • Guitar: Marc Bolan
  • Keyboards: Rick Wakeman
  • Backing vocals: Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman
  • Saxophone: Ian McDonald
  • Produced by Tony Visconti
  • Recorded in London U.K.
  • This is T Rex’s biggest U.S. hit single
  • The original U.K. release was titled ‘Get It On’; the U.S. release was renamed to avoid confusion with Chase’s ‘Get It On’ (1971)
  • The line at the fade “And meanwhile I’m still thinking” is lifted from Chuck Berry’s “Little Queenie” (1959)
  • Marc Bolan died in an auto accident in 1977
  • Later recorded by Top of the Pops (1971), James Last (1971), Air Mail (1971), Les Humphries Singers (1971), Gloria Jones (1976), Joe Perry Project (1983), Witch Queen (1979), Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1985), Power Station (1985), Gary Glitter (1987), The Damned (1987), Martin O’ Sullivan (1988), Metal Gurus (1991), Rave Elements (1993), Kramer (1998), Glitterband (1996), Blondie (1993), Strange Fruit (1994), Dynamo 5 (2002), Neanderthal Spongecake (2002), Jean-Baptiste Mondino (2005), Santana feat. Gavin Rossdale (2010), Matt Turk (2010), Chris Norman (2011) and many others

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Iron Man – Black Sabbath

Chart Position: NR

  • Lead vocals: Ozzy Osbourne
  • Written by Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne, Tommy Iommi and Bill Ward
  • Guitar: Tommy Iommi
  • Produced by Rodger Bain
  • Recorded in London U.K.
  • Tribute band Mac Sabbath released a parody version titled “Frying Pan” in 2014
  • Later recorded by Black Sabbath (1998)

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Down by the Lazy River – Osmonds

Chart Position: 4

  • Written by Alan and Merril Osmond
  • Lead vocals: Donnie Osmond
  • Backing vocals: Alan, Merril, Wayne and Jay Osmond
  • Produced by Alan Osmond and Michael Lloyd
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA

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Country Wine – Raiders

Chart Position: NR

  • Lead vocals: Mark Lindsay
  • Keyboards: Bob Wooley

Stay With Me – Faces

Chart Position: 17

  • Lead vocals: Rod Stewart
  • Written by Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood
  • Guitar: Ronnie Wood
  • Keyboards: Ian McLagan
  • Recorded in the U.K.
  • Produced by Faces and Glyn Johns
  • Originally named Small Faces, the band dropped the ‘small’ after Rod Stewart joined as lead vocalist in 1969
  • Later recorded by Elf (1972), Elkie Brooks (1978), Rod Stewart (1993) and Def Leppard (1992)

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Cry – Lynn Anderson

Chart Position: NR

Gypsy – Fleetwood Mac

Chart Position: 12

  • Written by Stevie Nicks
  • Lead vocals: Stevie Nicks
  • Guitar: Lindsey Buckingham
  • Keyboards: Christine McVie
  • Backing vocals: Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham
  • Produced by Richard Dashell
  • Recorded in Herouville France
  • This song is a tribute to Stevie Nicks’ friend Robin Anderson who was dying of leukemia

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Big Fun – Kool and the Gang

Chart Position: 21

  • Lead vocals: James ‘J.T.’ Taylor
  • Written by Robert Bell, George Brown, Ronald Bell and Kool and the Gang
  • Guitar: Charles Edward Smith
  • Keyboards: Curtis Williams, Ronald Bell, Eumir Deodato
  • Backing vocals: George Brown, Robert Bell, Ronald Bell
  • Saxophone: Curtis Williams, Ronald Bell
  • Produced by Eumir Deodato
  • Recorded in New York City NY

Jump to It – Aretha Franklin

Chart Position: 24

  • Written by Luther Vandross and Martin Miller
  • Backing vocals: Luther Vandross and Cissy Houston
  • Produced by Luther Vandross
  • At the time this was Aretha Franklin’s biggest hit single since 1974, marking a career revitalization

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I Get Excited – Rick Springfield

Chart Position: NR

  • Written by Rick Springfield
  • Guitar: Rick Springfield, Charles Sandford
  • Keyboards: Gabriel Katona, Alan Pasqua
  • Backing vocals: Tommy Funderburk, Tom Kelly, Richard Page
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • Produced by Keith Olsen