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Baby Boomer Chronicles (BBC) 1972

Updated on March 24, 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”

'City of New Orleans' by Arlo Guthrie

I liked this folk rock song, I hope that you do as well. While this video does not have the artist in actual performance, its sound quality was far superior. The video is still quite the work of art.

'All the Young Dudes' by Mott the Hoople

 FM Rock at its best. Check out the outfits and the contemporary scenes of life during the period. Could not find it on the charts but I liked it all the same.

Top Pop 1972

1. American Pie Don Mclean 2. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face Roberta Flack 3. Alone Again (Naturally) Gilbert 0'Sullivan 4. Without You Nilsson 5. I Gotcha Joe Tex 6. Let's Stay Together Al Green 7. The Candy Man Sammy Davis, Jr. 8. I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash 9. A Horse With No Name America 10. Me and Mrs. Jones Billy Paul 11. Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) Looking Glass 12. Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me Mac Davis 13. Lean On Me Bill Withers 14. Nights in White Satin The Moody Blues 15. I Am Woman Helen Reddy 16. I'll Take You There The Staple Singers 17. Clair Gilbert 0'Sullivan 18. Heart of Gold Neil Young 19. Oh Girl The Chi-Lites 20. Scorpio Dennis Coffey &the Detroit Guitar Band 21. Betcha By Golly Wow The Stylistics 22. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right Luther Ingram 23. The Lion Sleeps Tonight Robert John 24. Too Late to Turn Back Now Cornelius Brothers &Sister Rose 25. Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast Wayne Newton 26. Song Sung Blue Neil Diamond 27. You Are Everything The Stylistics 28. My Ding-A-Ling Chuck Berry 29. Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) The Hollies 30. Burning Love Elvis Presley 31. Sunshine Jonathan Edwards 32. Outa-Space Billy Preston 33. It Never Rains in Southern California Albert Hammond 34. Ben Michael Jackson 35. Papa Was a Rollin' Stone The Temptations 36. Day After Day Badfinger 37. Garden Party Rick Nelson &the Stone Canyon Band 38. Morning Has Broken Cat Stevens 39. Clean Up Woman Betty Wright 40. Rockin' Robin Michael Jackson 41. Precious and Few Climax 42. Down By the Lazy River The Osmonds 43. You Ought to Be With Me Al Green 44. I'm Still in Love With You Al Green 45. Nice to Be With You Gallery 46. Mother and Child Reunion Paul Simon 47. Everything I Own Bread 48. Freddie's Dead Curtis Mayfield 49. Never Been to Spain Three Dog Night 50. The Way of Love Cher 51. (Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All 5th Dimension 52. Summer Breeze Seals and Crofts 53. Hurting Each Other Carpenters 54. Back Stabbers The O'jays 55. Everybody Plays the Fool The Main Ingredient 56. Puppy Love Donny Osmond 57. How Do You Do? Mouth &Macneal 58. Day Dreaming Aretha Franklin 59. If You Don't Know Me By Now Harold Melvin &the Blue Notes 60. Where Is the Love Roberta Flack &Donny Hathaway 61. I'd Love You to Want Me Lobo 62. in the Rain The Dramatics 63. Go All the Way Raspberries 64. Joy Apollo L00 65. I'll Be Around Spinners 66. Sylvia's Mother Dr. Hook &the Medicine Show 67. Rocket Man Elton John 68. School's Out Alice Cooper 69. Jungle Fever Chakachas 70. Troglodyte (Cave Man) Jimmy Castor Bunch 71. Black and White Three Dog Night 72. A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done Sonny and Cher 73. Popcorn Hot Butter 74. Hold Your Head Up Argent 75. If I Could Reach You 5th Dimension 76. Anticipation Carly Simon 77. Drowning in the Sea of Love Joe Simon 78. Witchy Woman Eagles 79. Use Me Bill Withers 80. Saturday in the Park Chicago 81. Tumbling Dice The Rolling Stones 82. I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing New Seekers 83. Hey Girl/I Knew You When Donny Osmond 84. Layla Derek &The Dominos 85. Hot Rod Lincoln Commander Cody &His Lost Planet Airmen 86. You Don't Mess Around With Jim Jim Croce 87. Doctor My Eyes Jackson Browne 88. Coconut Nilsson 89. Rock and Roll Part 2 Gary Glitter 90. Bang a Gong (Get It On) T Rex 91. Something's Wrong With Me Austin Roberts 92. Goodbye to Love Carpenters 93. The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A. Donna Fargo 94. Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues Danny O'Keefe 95. Vincent Don Mclean 96. I Need You America 97. I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing Hillside Singers 98. Beautiful Sunday Daniel Boone 99. Don't Say You Don't Remember Beverly Bremers 100. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Part L) The Honey Cone

How was that 1972 thing for you?

You have to think about 1972, 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. May, 1972 George Wallace, former Alabama Governor was shot and seriously injured.

2. December, 1972, Former President Harry Truman dies at the age of 88


June, 1972: High school graduation-greetings to all GW, Denver alumni.

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    • Little Kim profile image

      Little Kim 6 years ago from Any town U.S.A.

      Cool! I also write songs. Just lyrics though. Music has always comforted me and saddened me. I still can't listen to Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" without crying. Or Tim McGraw's "Don't Take The Girl"

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      Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      1972 was a pivotal year for me. I am quite familiar with Rick Springfield. As my series goes into the 1980s his name will pop up more often. Thanks for the comment, I would like to team up with you as a fellow music lover...

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      Little Kim 6 years ago from Any town U.S.A.

      1972 the year I was born. 23 years too late and a world apart from Rick Springfield. Speak To The Sky is a great song.