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The Late Movies: 1971

Labor Day weekend is traditionally what we think of as the end of summer. That’s just a little sad, even if you love autumn as I do. For some folks, the summer of 2011 will be the most important summer they will ever remember. I had a summer like that forty years ago in 1971. One thing that sticks with me is the music. Take a little trip back in time with me for some of the tunes of 1971.

Brown Sugar

The Rolling Stones from the album Sticky Fingers. You could even unzip the fly on the album cover!
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Proud Mary

Ike and Tina did a cover version of the 1968 Creedence Clearwater song, and scored a big hit. They performed it on this 1974 episode of The Midnight Special.
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Don’t Pull Your Love

By Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds. I saw them at the local college.
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I Just Want to Celebrate

Rare Earth performed their 1971 hit on The Midnight Special in 1973.
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It Don’t Come Easy

The hit by Ringo Starr, performed at the Concert for Bangladesh.
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Joy to the World

Three Dog Night had several hits in 1971, but “Joy to the World” was the biggest by far.
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Another Day

Paul McCartney and his new band with his wife Linda, Wings.
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Me and You and a Dog Named Boo

Kent LaVoie recorded under the name Lobo, which many of us assumed was a band, but no. My friends and I sang this song constantly that summer; I still don’t know why.
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Nathan Jones

Performed by The Supremes. I found out tonight that Bananarama later did a cover of this.
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An Old Fashioned Love Song

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Day After Day

No, they weren’t the Beatles, but Badfinger learned a lot from them at Apple.
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She’s a Lady

This recording is from 1974, but the hit was in 1971. You might recall this song from the movie Bend It Like Beckham.
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A Grass Roots Medley

I’m not really sure when this performance was recorded, but The Grass Roots had several hits in 1971. I, and all my friends, would track the entire 16 Greatest Hits LP over and over until the grooves were worn.
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Stoney End

Anything Laura Nyro wrote seemed to be a guaranteed hit in those days. Barbra Streisand did justice to Stoney End. Here the Laura Nyro version here.

The problem is that I selected about thirty songs for this post, and that’s too many. Here are some that almost made it but didn’t (probably because there isn’t a good video available, but also becauseĀ  can’t post them all):

Maggie May
Tiny Dancer
Treat Her Like a Lady
Double Barrel
Get It On (Bang a Gong)
For All We Know
Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again
Hey Big Brother
How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
Black Dog
Colour My World
Love Her Madly
Love the One You’re With

Yeah, it was a good year for music. Or maybe that’s just me.


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