March Madness on the Top 40 in 1970

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beatles_let_it_beTopics in the news in mid-March 1970 included the Expo ’70 World’s Fair opening in Osaka, Japan. (Wow, the whole concept of a World’s Fair seems like a lifetime ago…) The second generation Camaro hit Chevy auto dealerships. UCLA would soon win (yet another) NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.

Green Beret Jeffrey MacDonald killed his wife and children at Fort Bragg, NC, claiming that a Charles Manson-like group of hippies had committed the murders. Oof… let’s get to the matter at hand – this week’s Top 40 radio hits – stat!

Bubbling under the Top 10 at #18 on San Francisco’s KFR was “Woodstock,” the lead single from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s Déjà Vu album, which coincided with the release of the Woodstock movie. Man, look at all them hippie freaks!

Chairmen of the Board were a soul music group from Detroit who scored four Top 40 singles in 1970-71, none bigger than their first, “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” which was at #10 on its way to a #3 hit nationally.

Tiger Beat 1970 Bobby ShermanThe man really couldn’t sing but the girls didn’t seem to notice. In March 1970, 26-year-old Bobby Sherman was at the top of his game. “Easy Come, Easy Go” was the second in a string of Top 10 singles that also included “Little Woman” and “Julie Do Ya Love Me.” Sherman became a breakout star thanks to his role as the stuttering Jeremy Bolt on the ABC TV Western Here Come The Brides and was on the cover of all the fan magazines.

We admittedly hadn’t thought of Frijid Pink for years until we were researching this story. The Detroit band enjoyed their only hit single with a cover of “House of the Rising Sun” and some pretty impressive guitar licks.

Badfinger had their first of four consecutive hits with “Come and Get It,” which was written and produced by none other than Paul McCartney for the Fab Four’s own Apple Records.

The Plastic Ono Band was the collaboration between John Lennon and Yoko Ono. “Instant Karma! lived up to its name as it was written, recorded and released within a matter of days. The song was produced by Phil Spector and also features Billy Preston and George Harrison.

We’ve written about Norman Greenbaum‘s great “Spirit in the Sky” before. It’s been featured as our Classic Video. One of those songs that really brings you back.

What can we say about the Jackson 5‘s “ABC” that hasn’t already been said? It was the second of four consecutive #1 singles for the Motown group.

The stunning “Let it be” from The Beatles was, of course, a #1 U.S. pop hit and to many it signals the end of the group. It’s composer, Paul McCartney, announced his departure shortly thereafter.

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10. “Give Me Just a Little More Time” – Chairmen of the Board

9. “Long Lonesome Highway” – Michael Parks

8. “Didn’t I” – Delphonics

7. “Easy Come Easy Go” – Bobby Sherman

6. “House of the Rising Sun” – Frijid Pink

5. “Come and Get It” – Badfinger

4. “Instant Karma!” – Plastic Ono Band

3. “Spirit in the Sky” – Norman Greenbaum

2. “ABC” – Jackson 5

1. “Let it Be” – The Beatles

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