Wildfire – Michael Murphey

Chart Position: 3

  • #39 bestseller for 1975
  • Written by Michael Murphey and Larry Cansler
  • Keyboards: Jac Murphy
  • Guitar: Michael Murphey, Richard Dean, Sam Broussard
  • Backing vocals: Jeff Hanna, Tracy Nelson, Michael McKinney and Jimmy Ibbotson
  • Produced by Bob Johnston
  • Recorded in Nashville TN
  • This is Michael Murpheys biggest hit single
  • Michael Murphey is from Dallas TX
  • Michael Murphey later went by his full name Michael Martin Murphey
  • Later recorded by Ray Conniff (1975), Michael Martin Murphey w/San Antonio Symphony Orchestra (1995), David Osborne (1996), Tracy Byrd (2001), Mark Burchfield (2005), Mary Beth Cross (2006), Gil Caro (2007), Paul Myers (2013), Doris Day (2014), Jimmy Fortune (2017) and Jonathan Coulton (2019)

(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet – Sha Na Na

Chart Position: NR

  • Originally recorded by Reflections (1964)
  • Written by Bob Hamilton and Freddie Gorman
  • Vocals: Scott Simon, Donald York, John Marcellino, Dennis Greene, John Bauman, Lennie Baker, Scott Powell
  • Guitar: Elliot Randall
  • This is Sha Na Na’s biggest hit single
  • The 1978 incarnation of Sha Na Na had an appearance in the blockbuster film adaptation of Grease, as the fictional band Johnny Casino & the Gamblers
  • Also recorded by Peter’s Faces (1964), Roamers (1964), Staccatos (1965), Racket Squad (1967), Michael & Messengers (1967), Ultimate Spinach (1969), Joe Goldmark (1977), Mental as Anything (1980), Cools (1982), Inmates (1984), Scott Kempner (1992), Stephen Bishop (1994), Undertones (2004), Mike Stone (2007), Emerson Parris (2017), Aaron Michael (2018) and Conny & Duckies (2019)

Rainy Day People – Gordon Lightfoot

Chart Position: 26

  • Written by Gordon Lightfoot
  • Guitar: Gordon Lightfoot, Red Shea, Terry Clements
  • Keyboards: Nick DeCaro
  • Produced by Lenny Waronker
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • Later recorded by Laurie Bower Singers (1976), Mac Wiseman (1977), Olenka Krakus (2011), Natural Shocks (2011) Pat Surface (2012) and Lullaby Players (2013)

Give the People What They Want – O’Jays

Chart Position: NR

  • Written and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
  • Vocals: Dennis Harris, Eddie LeVert, Walter Williams and William Powell
  • Keyboards: Bunny Sigler
  • Recorded in Philadelphia PA

Bad Luck – Harold Melvin and Bluenotes

Chart Position: 15

  • Written by Victor Carstarphen, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead
  • Lead vocals: Teddy Pendergras
  • Instruments: MFSB
  • Backing vocals: Bernard Wilson, Lawrence Brown, Lloyd Parks
  • Produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
  • Recorded in Philadelphia PA

Me and Mrs Jones – Dramatics

Chart Position: NR

  • Originally recorded by Billy Paul (1972)
  • Written by Leon Huff, Kenny Gamble and Cary Gilbert
  • Lead vocals: Ron Banks
  • Backing vocals: William Howard, Elbert Wilkins, Willie Ford and Larry Demps
  • Also recorded by Johnny Mathis (1973), Roy Meriwether Trio (1973), Top of the Pops (1973), Ronnie Foster (1973), Hiltonaires (1973), Gene Russell (1973), Barbara Mason (1973), Sound Effects (1973), Peddlers(1974), Monk Montgomery (1974), Pat Britt (1975), Sun City Girls (1986), Thomas Lang (1987), Sarah Jane Morris (1988), Freddie Jackson (1992), Amii Stewart (1995), Daryl Hall and John Oates (1995), Blowing Free (1995), Ed Calle (1996), Wandering Eyes (1998), BB Band (1999), Irene Reid (2000), Dwight Lennox (2002), Robson Green (2002), Dave Cloud (2004), Nick the Nightfly & Monte Carlo Nights Orchestra (2005), Joan Crowe (2005), Sandrine (2005), Michael Buble (2007), Dolf de Vries w/Billy Paul (2007), Danny Grant (2007), Syesha Mercado (2008), Soul Stew (2008), Sir Charles Jones (2009), Hullabahoos (2009), Tower of Power (2009), Julian (2010), Hit Co. (2011), Counterparts (2011), Monique Kessous (2012), Stig Rossen (2012), Harold Sanditen (2013), Scott Chapman (2014), Jabberwocks (2016),Three Degrees (2016), Nathan Foley (2018) and many others

You Really Got Me – Kinks

Chart Position: 7

  • #82 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 greatest songs
  • Written by Ray Davies
  • Lead vocals: Ray Davies
  • Guitar: Ray and Dave Davies
  • Backing vocals: Dave Davies, Pete Quaife
  • Keyboards: Arthur Greenslade
  • Produced by Shel Talmy
  • Recorded in London U.K.
  • The distinctive ‘fuzz’ sound on guitar was obtained by Ray Davies by abusing his amplifier; electronic devices for obtaining this effect were not available in 1964
  • Later recorded by Typhoons (1964), Moments (1964), Don Devil & Drifters (1964), Boomerangs (1965), Boss Guitars (1965), Larry Page Orchestra (1965), Blizzards (1965), Knickerbockers (1965), Londonderry Strings (1965), West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band (1966), Human Instinct (1969), Mott the Hoople (1969), Stackwaddy (1972), Heavy Cruiser (1973), Buddy Miles Express (1973), Ray Burgess (1975), 801 (1976), Skid Row (1976), Eclipse (1977), Van Halen (1978), Robert Palmer (1978), Rosetta Stone (1978), Rico (1979), Sheena & Rokkets (1979), Silicon Teens (1980), Johnny & Hurricanes (1980), Dalek I Love You (1980), Oingo Boingo (1981), Tight Fit (1981), Helen Schneider (1981), Sly & Family Stone (1983), Paul Revere & Raiders (1983), London Symphony Orchestra w/Royal Choral Society (1983), Outcasts (1984), Apollos (1985), Warfare (1986), Forcefield (1987), Lords of the New Church (1989), Boy Howdy (1992), 13th Floor Elevators (1992), Rave Elements (1993), David Essex (1994), Iggy Pop (1995), Sugar Beats (1997), Ray Davies (1998), Toots & Maytals (1998), Dave Davies (1998), Surphonics (2000), Rick Derringer (2000), Superdrag (2001), Tommy Angelo (2001), Juggernaut Jug Band (2001), Eve 6 (2002), Nice Cream (2005), Marty Casey (2005), Daddy Mack Blues Band (2006), Sanjaya Malakar (2007), New York Minute (2007), Jim Lea (2007), Patron Saints (2008), akiko (2009), Sugarpie & Candymen (2010), Stephen Bennett (2010), Ray Davies & Metallica (2010), Ali Campbell (2010), Hit Co. (2011), Pink Turtle (2012), Olsen Brothers (2013), TRacy Thornton (2013), Smithereens (2014), KC & Sunshine Band (2015), Artichoke (2017), Cavale (2017), Off Our Rocker (2017), Shadows of Knight (2018), Moon Loungers (2018) and many others

What Good Am I Without You – Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston

Chart Position: NR

  • Written by Mickey Stevenson and Alphonso Higdon
  • Vocals: Marvin Gaye, Kim Weston
  • Backing vocals: Andantes
  • Instruments: Funk Brothers
  • Recorded in Detroit MI
  • Produced by Mickey Stevenson

I Don’t Want to See You Again – Peter and Gordon

Chart Position: 16

  • Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • Vocals: Peter Asher and Gordon Waller
  • Guitar: Peter Asher, Gordon Waller
  • Produced by Dave Dexter Jr. and Norman Newell
  • Recorded in London U.K.

Listen Lonely Girl – Johnny Mathis

Chart Position: NR

  • Written by Bobby Scott, James Lyons and Richard Ahlert