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A Fifth Of Beethoven – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band

A Fifth Of Beethoven – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band

When I was a little kid, my dad showed up at the house with a record titled A Fifth Of Beethoven by Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band. We played this record to death. Disco meets classical music. A sound so good they added it to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. I’m going to go out on a limb here and call it sheer brilliance. Today, with sampling and mash-ups on radio formats like … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) – MFSB

TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) – MFSB

It’s impossible to not love “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia).” It’s sweet Philly soul. It’s disco. It is written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the same guys who gave the world The O’Jays and many more soul bands. “TSOP” is recorded by MFSB. An abbreviation for Mother, Father, Sister, Brother and featuring soaring vocals by The Three Degrees. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. In fact, you can make a strong argument … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Also Sprach Zarathustra – Deodato

Also Sprach Zarathustra – Deodato

Also Sprach Zarathustra is one of the best-known instrumental one-hit wonders. You know the famous phrase: Dum. Dum. Dum. Da-dum! Very dramatic stuff. Of course, you probably also know the movie that made this song famous: 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick. It’s a must-see film and widely considered one of the greatest of all time. The song is based on the original music composed by Richard Strauss way back in 1896. … Read entire article »

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Amazing Grace – The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

Amazing Grace – The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

One-hit wonders don’t get more unexpected or unlikely that this one. Today, we bring you “Amazing Grace” by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. No, that’s not some groovy mid-1970s rock band. It’s a cavalry regiment of the British Army, and the senior Scottish regiment. These bagpipe-laying, kilt-wearing lads have their own pipes and drums corp and in 1972, their version of “Amazing Grace” reached #11 on the Billboard Top 40, making The Royal Scots Dragoon … Read entire article »

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Popcorn – Hot Butter

Popcorn – Hot Butter

“Popcorn” is a remarkable piece of pop music because it’s arguably the most famous early synthpop instrumental. You can lump songs like the “Axel F Theme” by Harold Faltermeyer into that same synthpop group. Amazingly, this peppy little version by studio band Hot Butter was the third recorded version of “Popcorn” in three years. And it has been recorded by lots of other bands in the years since it hit the Billboard Top 40 in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s