1976 ~ the United States of America celebrates 200 years of Independence from England, and Jimmy Carter, Democrat, defeats Gerald Ford, Republican, for President of the US. The disco sound had just begun, and songs began to be a little more controversial with their lyrics.
Johnnie Taylor and the Muscle Shoals Band recorded "Disco Lady," the first song to include the word "disco" in the title, and which became the first platinum single for disco music. It retained the top spot on the pop charts for over four weeks and six weeks on the R&B charts.
Elton John and Kiki Dee recorded this song, which became Elton's sixth number one U.S. single, topping the charts for four weeks. It also became his first number one in the UK, remaining there for six weeks.
"Play That Funky Music" recorded by Wild Cherry. It hit number one in September 1976, and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, for the sale of two million recordings. It became both popular and controversial for its entreaty "Play that funky music, white boy." This song was Wild Cherry's only hit.
Another top song with controversial lyrics in 1976 was Rod Stewart's recording of "Tonight's the Night." It suggested a seduction, where the girl in question was told to "Loosen off that pretty French gown, let me pour you a good long drink, ohhh baby, don't you hesitate," and "You'd be a fool to stop this tide, spread your wings and let me come inside." Rod Stewart's girlfriend at the time, Britt Ekland, sang the French words at the end of the song. The Muscle Shoals Band also participated in this recording.
This song, recorded by The Manhattans, spent two weeks at number one on both the pop and R&B charts. It was a little controversial because the lyrics were spoken to a lover with whom the singer was breaking off their relationship.
He mentions "I won't be able to see you anymore, Because of my obligations and the ties that you have." Although the feelings are still strong, he feels they have done the wrong thing, and wants her to "turn and walk away, don't look back, I wanna remember you just like this, Let's just kiss and say goodbye."
I remember these all very well...huge Elton fan so that would have made my list for sure! H5
Oh, I remember 1976 very fondly :) I love all these songs, thanks for the trip back in time :)
I would have to say number 3 was the catchy one for me. :)
Play that funky music, Nancy!
I still love "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." Can't beat it for a feel-good, happy beat. "Ooooh baby, when you knock on my door..." "Oh, I gave you my key!"
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