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Updated on September 6, 2011

Welcome to the Baby Boomer Chronicles, the other BBC. I created this as I have a sentimental and nostalgic side to my nature. While my focus is on the Baby Boomer generation, born during 1946-1964. If you come either late or early to the party, welcome all the same. For me, like many others, great songs mark milestones in time’s passage as a part of life’s journey. When ever a song appeared at the ‘top of the charts’, I usually knew what going on in the world and in my life for during that particular time period. I put up a classic music nugget or two and hope that your memory is jogged in such a way, as mine always is. We will focus on music from year 1960-1989. For me, much earlier, I do not remember well, and after about 1990, my feelings about popular music were akin to those of my parents about the rock and roll era. They still look for that ‘Doggie in the Window’. This focuses primarily on popular music. In any case, let your tastes and imagination take you to ever greater heights. This may well be your catalyst.

"You see, we can move freely within the first 3 dimensions, but within the 4thdimension, time, we are all prisoners".


“The Time Machine” H.G. Wells

In the meantime, who says that we can’t observe and enjoy the changing landscape?


Kodachrome by Paul Simon

This song takes me back to 1973, the summertime. This is a considerable time before the age of digital photography, huh? Remember all the audiophile hot shots with their classic reel to reel tape decks?

Bad Bad Leroy Brown by Jim Croce

 A tribute to a great artist who left us too soon, Jim Croce was killed in a plane crash later during this year.

Top Pop of 1973

01. Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree » Tony Orlando & Dawn
02. Bad Bad Leroy Brown » Jim Croce
03. Killing Me Softly With His Song » Roberta Flack
04. Let's Get It On » Marvin Gaye
05. My Love » Paul McCartney & Wings
06. Why Me » Kris Kristofferson
07. Crocodile Rock » Elton John
08. Will It Go Round In Circles » Billy Preston
09. You're So Vain » Carly Simon
10. Touch Me In The Morning » Diana Ross
11. The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia » Vicki Lawrence
12. Playground In My Mind » Clint Holmes
13. Brother Louie » Stories
14. Delta Dawn » Helen Reddy
15. Me And Mrs. Jones » Billy Paul
16. Frankenstein » Edgar Winter Group
17. Drift Away » Dobie Gray
18. Little Willy » Sweet
19. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life » Stevie Wonder
20. Half Breed » Cher
21. That Lady » Isley Bros.
22. Pillow Talk » Sylvia
23. We're An American Band » Grand Funk Railroad
24. Right Place, Wrong Time » Dr. John
25. Wildflower » Skylark
26. Superstition » Stevie Wonder
27. Loves Me Like A Rock » Paul Simon
28. The Morning After » Maureen McGovern
29. Rocky Mountain High » John Denver
30. Stuck In The Middle With You » Stealers Wheel
31. Shambala » Three Dog Night
32. Love Train » O'Jays
33. I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More » Barry White
34. Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose » Tony Orlando & Dawn
35. Keep On Truckin' (Pt. 1) » Eddie Kendricks
36. Dancing In The Moonlight » King Harvest
37. Danny's Song » Anne Murray
38. Monster Mash » Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt Kickers
39. Natural High » Bloodstone
40. Diamond Girl » Seals & Crofts
41. Long Train Running » Doobie Brothers
42. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) » George Harrison
43. If You Want Me To Stay » Sly & The Family Stone
44. Daddy's Home » Jermaine Jackson
45. Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye) » Gladys Knight & The Pips
46. I'm Doing Fine Now » New York City
47. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love » Spinners
48. Daniel » Elton John
49. Midnight Train To Georgia » Gladys Knight & The Pips
50. Smoke On The Water » Deep Purple
51. The Cover Of Rolling Stone » Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
52. Behind Closed Doors » Charlie Rich
53. Your Mama Don't Dance » Loggins & Messina
54. Feelin' Stronger Every Day » Chicago
55. The Cisco Kid » War
56. Live And Let Die » Wings
57. Oh, Babe, What Would You Say? » Hurricane Smith
58. I Believe In You » Johnnie Taylor
59. Sing » Carpenters
60. Ain't No Woman (Like The One I Got) » Four Tops
61. Dueling Banjos » Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandel
62. Higher Ground » Stevie Wonder
63. Here I Am (Come And Take Me) » Al Green
64. My Maria » B.W. Stevenson
65. Superfly » Curtis Mayfield
66. Get Down » Gilbert O'Sullivan
67. Last Song » Edward Bear
68. Reelin' In The Years » Steely Dan
69. Hocus Pocus » Focus
70. Yesterday Once More » Carpenters
71. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy » Bette Midler
72. Clair » Gilbert O'Sullivan
73. Do It Again » Steely Dan
74. Kodachrome » Paul Simon
75. Why Can't We Live Together » Timmy Thomas
76. So Very Hard To Go » Tower Of Power
77. Do You Want To Dance? » Bette Midler
78. Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu » Johnny Rivers
79. Ramblin' Man » Allman Brothers
80. Masterpiece » Temptations
81. Peaceful » Helen Reddy
82. One Of A Kind (Love Affair) » Spinners
83. Funny Face » Donna Fargo
84. Funky Worm » Ohio Players
85. Angie » Rolling Stones
86. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) » Blue Ridge Rangers
87. Don't Expect Me To Be Your Friend » Lobo
88. Break Up To Make Up » Stylistics
89. Daisy A Day » Jud Strunk
90. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001) » Deodato
91. Stir It Up » Johnny Nash
92. Money » Pink Floyd
93. Gypsy Man » War
94. The World Is A Ghetto » War
95. Yes We Can Can » Pointer Sisters
96. Free Ride » Edgar Winter Group
97. Space Oddity » David Bowie
98. It Never Rains In Southern California » Albert Hammond
99. The Twelfth Of Never » Donny Osmond
100. Papa Was A Rolling Stone » Temptations


How did that 1973 thing go for you?

You have to think about 1973, Without looking it up in Wikipedia, which events do you remember? Review in your mind by month by month and see which events come to mind. I do that here and I promise not to cheat....

I know the news stories that got my attention:

1. January, 1973 The Vietnam War Draft ends. This effectively ends the 1960's and all it represented, inaugurating a new era.

2. January, 1973 Former President Lyndon Johnson dies

Summer, 1973- Endless Watergate hearings on television.


1973: Freshman year at the 'U'. Beer breakfasts and parties, kept my grades up though. Things were going to get tougher next year.

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      8 years ago

      Hey, Alastar, thanks for checking this out, no one can say that 1973 was uninspiring. Well out of that list of the top 100, you will find that special memory and melody. Funny thing about music, when I hear a song I can usually go back to the time it was on the chart and remember what I was all about at that moment. Close as we can get to time travel. Have a happy 4th Cred 2

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      Alastar Packer 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      What a fantastic list of 1973 song hits. O the memories! Some I haven't heard or forgotten about. 1973 was a challenging year for this teenager and one of the best memories is sitting on a gigantic granite rock on a nearby small mt. with a most beautiful 14 year old girl as we talked to each other about our deepest feelings and secrets. Thank you Credence2. This is a series I'll finish.:D


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