You’re My Blessing – Lou Rawls

Chart Position: NR

  • Written and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
  • Recorded in Philadelphia PA

 

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New Romance – Spider

Chart Position: NR

  • Lead vocals: Amanda Blue
  • Guitar: Keith Lentin
  • Keyboards: Holly Knight
  • Spider is from New York City NY
  • This is Spider’s biggest hit single
  • Following her time with Spider, Holly Knight became a very successful songwriter for other artists and won three Grammy awards

 

Never Been to Spain – Three Dog Night

Chart Position: 5

  • Written and originally recorded by Hoyt Axton (1971)
  • Lead vocals: Chuck Negron
  • Backing vocals: Cory Wells, Danny Hutton
  • Keyboards: Jimmy Witherspoon
  • Guitar: Michael Alsup
  • Produced by Richard Podolor
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • Also recorded by Elvis Presley (1972), Lettermen (1972), Waylon Jennings (1972), Cher (1972), Kings Road (1972), Robb McConnell & Boss Brass (1972), ‘Elvis’ Granberg & New Jordal Singers (1973), Sammi Smith (1974), Country Road (1974), Joy Fleming (1974), Ike and Tina Turner (1977), Freddie Starr (1979), Blue Dogs (1991), Chuck Negron (1999), Matt Lewis (2004), Suzie Vinnick (2011) and many others

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Its One of Those Nights (Yes Love) – Partridge Family

Chart Position: 20

  • Written by Tony Romeo
  • Lead vocals: David Cassidy
  • Backing vocals: Shirley Jones, Jackie Ward, John and Tom Bahler, Ron Hicklin
  • Guitar: Louie Shelton, Tommy Tedesco, Larry Carlton
  • Keyboards: Mike Melvoin
  • Produced by Wes Farrell
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • Later recorded by David Cassidy (2001)

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Another Puff – Jerry Reed

Chart Position: NR

  • Written by Earl Jarrett and Jerry Reed
  • Guitar: Jerry Reed
  • Produced by Chet Atkins
  • Recorded in Nashville TN
  • This song, about a man trying to quit smoking in the face of new health warnings, eerily presaged Jerry Reed’s death from emphysema in 2008

Make Me the Woman That You Go Home To – Gladys Knight and the Pips

Chart Position: 27

  • Written by Clay McMurray
  • Lead vocals: Gladys Knight
  • Backing vocals: Merald Knight, Edward Patten and William Guest
  • Recorded in Detroit MI
  • Produced by Johnny Bristol and Clay McMurray

Tupelo Honey – Van Morrison

Chart Position: NR

  • Written by Van Morrison
  • Keyboards: Ted Templeman, Mark Jordan
  • Guitar: Ronnie Montrose, Van Morrison
  • Backing vocals: Ronnie Montrose, Janet Planet, Ellen Schroer, Boots Houston
  • Flute: Bruce Royston
  • Produced by Van Morrison and Ted Templeman
  • Recorded in San Francisco CA
  • Later recorded by Dusty Springfield (1973) and Cassandra Wilson (1993)

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The Witch Queen of New Orleans – Redbone

Chart Position: 21

  • Written and produced by Lolly and Pat Vegas
  • Lead vocals: Lolly Vegas
  • Guitar: Lolly and Pat Vegas, Tony Bellamy
  • Keyboards: Lolly and Pat Vegas
  • Backing vocals: Pat Vegas, Tony Bellamy, Peter DePoe
  • This song’s protagonist, Marie Laveau, was a 19th century practitioner of voodoo in New Orleans LA
  • Later recorded by Chantoozies (1987)

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Do the Funky Penguin – Rufus Thomas

Chart Position: NR

  • Written by Rufus Thomas, Jo Bridges and Mack Rice
  • Instruments: The Movement
  • Produced by Tom Nixon
  • Recorded in Memphis TN

 

It Ain’t Me Babe – Turtles

Chart Position: 8

  • Written and originally recorded by Bob Dylan (1964)
  • Lead vocals: Howard Kaylan
  • Backing vocals: Mark Volman
  • Guitar: Al Nichol
  • Produced by Bones Howes, Lee Lasseff and Ted Feigin
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • Turtles are from Los Angeles CA
  • Also recorded by Johnny Cash (1964), Joan Baez (1964), Joe & Eddie (1965), Johnny Sea (1965), Dino Desi & Billy (1965), David Jones (1965), Silkie (1965), Billy Strange (1965), Surfaris (1965), Gene Norman Group (1965), Jan & Dean (1965), Hunters (1965), Fleetwoods (1965), Spokesmen (1965), Jerry Lewis Singers (1965), Bobby Bare (1966), Nancy Sinatra (1966), Duane Eddy (1966), Isla Cameron (1966), Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs (1968), Murray Head (1966), Sebastian Cabot (1967), Bedford Incident (1969), Maxine Weldon (1971), Hugo Montenegro (1970), Sound Symposium (1969), Bryan Ferry (1974), Sandy Denny & Friends (1989), Peter Paul & Mary (1990), Kristen Hall (1991), Mayfly (2000), Bobby Solo (2004), Don Wilson (2004), Lucy Kaplansky (2001), Dave Melillo (2005), Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Witherspoon (2005), Silvertide (2006), New Found Glory (2007), Linda Gail Lewis (2007), Redwing (2007), Grassmasters (2010), Editors (2010), Band of Skulls (2012) and many others

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