My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1970

Every 2ND, 3RD, and 4TH Friday of the month I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 5TH Friday of the month, so it’s a special. Back in 1970 I was a 3-year-old living with my Mom and Dad at the Chelsea Wood Apartments in Greenbelt Maryland. My Grandmom and Granddad lived just a few miles away in Lanham Maryland. I was already listening to Top 40 radio, and these hits were the hottest in the land exactly 50 years ago this weekend – for the week ending Sunday August 02ND 1970:

  1. “(They Long To Be) Close To You” – The Carpenters
  2. “Make It With You” – Bread
  3. “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)” – Three Dog Night
  4. “Band Of Gold” – Freda Payne
  5. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” – Stevie Wonder

Bread’s “Make It With You” is currently in heavy rotation on my iPod Shuffles, and “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)” is currently in active rotation with 660 plays over the past 10 years (a play about every 5 to 6 days since 2010). Three Dog Night are (by far) my favorite band of the early-1970s. I have a bunch of their hits on my iTunes Library that I rotate in and out. One of my favorite performances of them (recently featured here on my blog) was when they hosted the cocktail party on a November 1971 episode of “Rowan And Martin’s Laugh-In”. They performed “Joy To The World” in-between the party jokes.

Next week on RETRO I’ll have another special. Maybe I’ll stay in the 1970s – the greatest decade of music that ever existed.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with 2 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

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Fort Myers Beach

Surprise ! I’ve returned home from vacation again. Just 23 days after returning home from my 9-day / 2-state / 1,690-mile road-trip vacation I embarked on a much shorter road-trip vacation to a beach that’s much closer to home.

This trip was not quite 50 hours and just 271 miles from start to finish. I visited Fort Myers Beach for the 9TH time in 9 years. It was 135½ miles up – and 135½ miles back. I drove up there right after my church service on Sunday. Once I arrived at my hotel I parked my car, and it stayed parked until I departed on Tuesday morning.

I first discovered “The Island” (as the locals call it) of Fort Myers Beach at the end of April 2011. I spent 3 nights there, and I fell in love with what I saw. I also visited in October 2011, March 2012, June 2012, June 2013, October 2013, June 2015, and July 2019. So I visited 6 times during the first 2½ years, and then I skipped a year before my 7TH visit, and then I skipped 4 years before my 8TH visit. This year’s visit was exactly a year to the day after last year’s visit.

I did the same thing that I’ve done on previous visits. I walked the beach several times near my hotel. I took the trolley to the other end of the island and back. I visited the 560-foot-long pier. I walked the downtown shopping district. I enjoyed big meals at some of their unique restaurants. I took lots of photos everywhere I went to remind me forever of the good times I enjoyed.

I love viewing my photos of all of my previous visits to the island – both the “best of the best” photos that made it onto my Flickr site, as well as those that weren’t as good. Even the bland photos remind me of good times at my favorite beach town in Southwest Florida. You can check out my Fort Myers Beach album on Flickr here.

None of the photos from this newest trip are on there yet, but some of them will be soon. In the meantime here are 3 from this 9TH visit to “The Island”:

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