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My 54TH Birthday

This Saturday June 05TH 2021 is my 54TH birthday ! I was born at 10:13 PM CDT in Room 340 at Selma Baptist Hospital in Selma Alabama. My Dad was stationed at nearby Craig Air Force Base at the time. We were there until early in 1969, and then my Dad left the USAF to begin a new career in life insurance. We moved to Greenbelt Maryland (just outside of Washington D.C.). That’s where my Dad was born and raised (D.C. and adjacent Prince Georges County Maryland). He lived there for the first 22 years of his life. After graduating from Bladensburg High School (Class Of 1959) he attended 4 years at the University Of Maryland in College Park. He joined the USAF in 1963.

Fast forward to June 05TH 1971 (also a Saturday), and here’s the scene with me – 50 years ago:

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1971

Every Friday 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, 25, 30, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 5TH Friday of the month, so it’s a special, as I go back 50 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 02ND 1971:

  1. “Joy To The World” – Three Dog Night
  2. “Put Your Hand In The Hand” – Ocean
  3. “Never Can Say Goodbye” – Jackson 5
  4. “What’s Going On” – Marvin Gaye
  5. “I Am … I Said” – Neil Diamond

That’s obviously not my Top 5 chart from exactly 50 years ago. That’s the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 from back then. Casey Kasem (my childhood idol) counted down the hits from coast to coast on the new “American Top 40” weekly radio show, and he counted down those hits towards the end of his broadcast on that first Sunday of May of 1971.

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“Joy To The World” was the greatest Three Dog Night song ever, and one of the greatest songs of all-time as far as I’m concerned. It’s in heavy rotation on my iPod Shuffles that play at my desk at my workplace. It’s garnered almost 900 plays over the past 10½ years. Some people think that it was their breakthrough smash, but it was actually their 9TH Top 40 hit.

Ocean’s “Put Your Hand In The Hand” is actually a new favorite for me. I bought the single in 2012, and it’s garnered over 725 plays since then. There’s an outdoor church that meets every Sunday morning in Cambier Park over in downtown Naples Florida. One Sunday on one of my occasional visits (while on vacation) the Praise & Worship band performed that song on stage, and I realized that it was a Christian song. I may have bought the single when I returned home from Naples.

And what can I say about one of my favorite singers of all-time – Neil Diamond ?  “I Am … I Said” is also in heavy rotation, and it’s one of his greatest songs ever. I’ve got 5 Neil Diamond songs currently in heavy or active rotation, and I’m getting ready to add to my Neil Diamond singles collection. His music playing on the car radio provides some of the earliest memories of my childhood in Greenbelt, Lanham, Seabrook, Glenn Dale, and Bowie in Prince Georges County Maryland.

Next Friday on RETRO I’ll go back 15 years ago to May 2006 – where there’s an Angel at # 1.

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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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1971

Every Friday 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, 25, 30, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 5TH Friday of the month, so it’s a special, as I go back 50 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday January 31ST 1971:

  1. “Knock Three Times” – Dawn
  2. “My Sweet Lord” – George Harrison
  3. “Lonely Days” – Bee Gees
  4. “One Less Bell To Answer” – The 5TH Dimension
  5. “Rose Garden” – Lynn Anderson

That’s obviously not my Top 5 chart from exactly 50 years ago. That’s the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 from back then. Casey Kasem counted down the hits from coast to coast on the new “American Top 40” weekly radio show, and he counted down those hits towards the end of his broadcast on that Sunday in 1971.

I was 3½-years-old back then. That was a year or two before I got my own radio to play with and listen to, but I do remember hearing all of those songs on the radio when they were hits. I lived with my Mom and Dad in a cozy apartment in Greenbelt Maryland at the time. They were in their mid-to-late-20s.

Next Friday on RETRO I’ll go back 15 years ago to February 2006.

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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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1971

I love doing this feature on Fridays. It’s an ode to my long-running hobby of a #CountUp of the top pop hits each week. It’s also a nod to my previous endeavor online – the predecessor to this blog – my own once-popular dot.com hit music web site that ran from the late-1990s through the first year of my salvation. I once had a feature on there called “The Major’s MASSIVE Memories” where I highlighted the greatest hits of my life.

Today – Friday June 05TH 2020 – is my 53RD birthday ! It feels great to be 53. Some days I feel 53. Some days I feel older than 53. Other days I feel younger. Speaking of younger:

YEP – That’s me from exactly 49 years ago on Saturday June 05TH 1971. There I am turning 4 years old blowing out the candles on my birthday cake. That was in our cozy apartment in Greenbelt Maryland.

If I was listening to the radio on that day (and I probably was) I was listening to WWDC AM-1260 where I first discovered pop music. Here are the Top 5 hits from coast-to-coast on my 4TH birthday:

1. “Brown Sugar” – The Rolling Stones
2. “Joy To The World” – Three Dog Night
3. “Want Ads” – The Honey Cone
4. “It Don’t Come Easy” – Ringo Starr
5. “Rainy Days And Mondays” – The Carpenters

I loved Three Dog Night growing up as a little kid, and I still love them today. “Joy To The World” is actually in heavy rotation today on my iTunes Library and iPod Shuffles. It’s one of the greatest hits of my life. Here’s Three Dog Night performing at the cocktail party on the Monday November 29TH 1971 episode of “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” – one of my favorite TV shows back in the day:

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