1973. Ugh. Rock N Roll was losing its edge, and then some unknown band like Focus got a lot of airplay, at least for a few minutes. We did our best to ignore the yodeling, except for the Popeye part. Here’s a rare live version of “Hocus Pocus,” with Gladys Knight(?!) doing the intro.
1973 also brought this to our FM converters so we could hear it on our AM car radios. Golden Earring‘s greatest hit, “Radar Love,” wasn’t their best song, but it was great roadtrip music.
1973 had THIS highlight, though: Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” (before he went weeny on us).
1973 music sucked on a whole lotta levels never seen before. Top BillBoard hits included:
“You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon
“Crocododile Rock” by Elton John
“Bad Bad Leroy Brown” by Jim Croce
“Top of the World” by the Carpenters
“There’s Got To Be A Morning After” by Maureen McGovern
“Tie a Yellow Ribbofdpnoa oh man I can’t type any more of that garbage without gagging.
BUT THERE WAS THIS:
Gladys Knight was awesome. We were all Pips in the days of old (“Whoo-whoo!”). Then I lost my direction again with this:
Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein” was being played on the radio about the same time brother Johnny Rick Derringer was getting airplay for “Rock And Roll Hoochie Coo.” [cbullitt corrected me in the comments section.]
Johnny Winter was better at the blues, but he cranked on Dylan’s “Highway 61.” (Look for G.E. Smith on rhythm guitar.)
Dang. I could take this string for another dozen utoobage links, but I’ll cut it here… temporarily.
* “SatMat” means “Saturday Matinee.” It looked better abbreviated on the title.
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I was gonna bust you for not having Frankenstein on there ’till I scrolled down. If you’re interested he’s a version with Leon Russell.
His brother Johnny–the original Texas guitar slinger. If it weren’t for him Stevie Ray would have never had a bass player.
BTW, Rock & Roll Hoochie Coo is a Rick Derringer Tune, Rick played with Edgar. There is a version on the live Road Work album with Johnny playing along–also Still Alive and Well, and Johnny B. Goode.
BBTTWW, I used to have a Gibson Firebird, not original like Johnny’s, an ’81 reissue. Awkward to play but great tone.
There were several other videos that I wanted to link to, but the post was getting too long. (Nice find btw – Edgar Winter’s keyboard… with a whammy bar!)
You’re absolutely right about R&R HC, that it was Rick Derringer’s hit, not Johnny Winter’s. Glad to have watchdog critics to keep me in line. =)
Trivia: Derringer was lead vocal for the McCoy’s 1965 hit “Hang on Sloopy.” (Re-recorded in 1975. It had been adopted as a comeback song for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team.)
We, of course had the 45rpm of Hang on Sloopy, never knew Derringer was with them.
Speaking of odd-ball s***, did you ever have a copy of “Get Back to Toronto” it was an earlier EMI version of “Let It Be.” Different versions of songs, different titles, some different songs entirely. If you ever come across it, get it. “The Christmas Message” sounds like Firesign Theater.
Frankenstein is just about my favorite piece of pure “highway music,” although Radar Love is right up there with it. And I just ran across my copy of the “Moving Waves” LP from Focus while going through boxes in the garage earlier today.
How could I have completely forgotten Hocus Pocus? Thanks for posting it.
lolar– I asked myself the same question after bumping into it on the Utoobage.
cbull– Just found out why I thunk Johnny Winter did “Rock N Roll Hoochie Coo.” It was because he did, and it was included in a great Columbia Records compilation titled “Different Strokes.”