Saturday, December 26, 1970

James Brown - Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved (Pt. 1) (1970)

Get Up, Get into It, Get Involved was released as a two-part single in late 1970. In this super tight and funky live J.B.'s performance from 1971, co-writer Bobby Byrd joins in on backing vocals.

The track first charted on Cash Box's Top 100 Singles charts on December 26, 1970, reaching #63 with a bullet. It would peak at #35 five weeks later on January 30, 1971.

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Saturday, December 12, 1970

Edwin Starr - Stop The War Now (1970)

Note from 2009 - Edwin Starr's classic version of "War" (originally written and produced by Norman Whitfield for the Temptations) remains powerful nearly forty years after its release in the summer of 1970, when it climbed the charts and eventually spent three weeks as the #1 pop song in America. But this stunning follow-up track packs an even bigger punch because it was never as big of a hit and today is largely forgotten. Yet its message remains as timely as ever. U.S. troops out of Iraq, now!

Stop The War Now first charted on Cash Box's Top 100 Singles charts on December 12, 1970, reaching #58 with a bullet. It peaked five weeks later at #24, on January 16, 1971.

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Saturday, November 28, 1970

Curtis Mayfield - (Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go (1970)

After I saw Superfly at the Pink House for the first time in the early 90s, my housemate Jay Murray got his hands on Curtis Mayfield's The Anthology 1961-1977, and it went into heavy rotation on our communal stereo system. This cut was an instant favorite.

This Joint of the Back-In-The-Day first charted on Cash Box's Top 100 Singles charts on November 28, 1970, reaching #72 with a bullet. It would peak at #24 nine weeks later on January 30, 1971.

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Saturday, November 21, 1970

Supremes & Four Tops - River Deep, Mountain High (1970)

Cover of the seminal track Phil Spector produced for Ike & Tina Turner. This version of River Deep, Mountain High, with vocals by Diana Ross' replacement, newly installed member Jean Terrell, made it to #7 on the Billboard R&B charts and #14 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was produced by Ashford & Simpson and became the highest-charting version of this song released in the U.S, since Ike & Tina's original did far worse. That failure greatly rocked Phil Spector's world and sent him into the downward spiral that eventually led to the unraveling of his career.

The Supremes-Four Tops rendition first charted on Cash Box's Top 100 Singles charts on November 21, 1970, reaching #77 with a bullet. It would peak at #15 six weeks later on January 2, 1971.

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Saturday, November 14, 1970

Al Green - I Can't Get Next To You (1970)

Live performance from 1972 of Al Green killing it with his cover of the Norman Whitfield-penned Temptations track. I Can't Get Next To You originally went to #1 Pop and #1 R&B on the Billboard charts in the fall of 1969. This version was the title track from Al's 1971 LP Al Green Gets Next To You, and made it to #60 Pop and #11 R&B.

Al Green's version first hit Cash Box's Top 100 Singles charts on November 14, 1970, reaching #96. It would peak at #70 five weeks later on December 19, 1970.

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Saturday, November 7, 1970

Chairmen Of The Board - Pay To The Piper (1970)

This qualifies as my second favorite Chairmen of the Board track (with "Saginaw County Line" from 1972's Bittersweet LP taking top honors). Pay To The Piper was a single off their second record, 1971's In Session, and made it to #13 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #4 R&B.

The track first hit Cash Box's Top 100 Singles charts on November 7, 1970, reaching #83 with a bullet. It would peak at #10 six weeks later on January 16, 1971.

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Saturday, October 31, 1970

The Supremes - Stoned Love (1970)

A positive track about peace, love and understanding, and a Frank Wilson production featuring Jean Terrell on lead vocals.

Originally titled "Stone Love," the title refers to the love we all share for each other as brothers and sisters living on the same planet. When it was mistakenly re-titled "Stoned Love" during the release process, the song was mistakenly thought by some to be about drugs.This caused controversy but probably helped increase sales. It was an infectiously upbeat number to begin with, and became the Supremes' last top ten U.S. pop hit, spending five weeks in the top ten.

Stoned Love first hit Cash Box's Top 100 Singles charts on October 31, 1970, reaching #84 with a bullet.

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Saturday, January 17, 1970

The Temptations - Psychedelic Shack (1969)

Produced by Norman Whitfield. Psychedelic Shack was released on December 28, 1969, the title track off the Temptations' LP that would drop three months later, in March 1970. It first hit Cash Box's Top 100 Singles chart on January 17, 1970, debuting at #44 with a bullet.

R.I.P. Norman Whitfield (1940-2008).

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Brenda & The Tabulations - The Touch Of You (1969)

Brenda & The Tabulations were a soul group with a retro doo-wop sound formed in 1966 out of Philly. The Touch Of You first hit Cash Box's Top 100 Singles chart on January 17, 1970, debuting at #94. It eventually went to #50 on the Billboard pop chart and #12 R&B.

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Les McCann & Eddie Harris - Compared To What (1969)

Wow, this track has been covered by over 270 artists. Check out those timeless, hard-hitting lyrics: "President he's got his war / Folks don't know just what it's for / Nobody gives us rhyme or reason / Have one doubt they call it treason." The original was recorded by Les McCann and released on his 1966 LP, Les McCann Plays The Hits. Roberta Flack's 1969 version was later featured on the Boogie Nights soundtrack in 1997.

The Les McCann-Eddie Harris version was recorded live at the 1969 Montreux Jazz Festival and released as a single off their Swiss Movement LP. Compared To What first hit Cash Box's Top 100 Singles chart on January 17, 1970, debuting at #96. It went gold and eventually reached #35 on the Billboard R&B chart, and was included on the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese's Casino (1995).

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Thelma Houston - Save The Country (1970)

Save The Country was written by Laura Nyro in response to the assassination of RFK, and was covered by the Fifth Dimension. Thelma Houston's version first hit Cash Box's Top 100 Singles chart on January 17, 1970, debuting at #97.

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Saturday, January 10, 1970

James Brown - Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn (Pt. 2) (1969)

Both parts of this James Brown track were released as consecutive singles, and both charted. Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn (Pt. 1) went to #2 R&B and #21 Pop. Part Two first hit Cash Box's Top 100 Singles charts on January 10, 1970, debuting at #74 with a bullet, eventually reaching #6 R&B and #40 Pop.

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Nina Simone - To Be Young, Gifted and Black (1969)

As explained in the interview which opens the above video, North Carolina born and bred Nina Simone was inspired to write this song by a New York Times article about her deceased friend Lorraine Hansberry's play by the same name. Released in 1969 on Nina's Black Gold LP, To Be Young, Gifted and Black first hit Cash Box's Top 100 Singles charts on January 10, 1970, debuting at #93. It would eventually go all the way to #8 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart, but peaked at #76 on the Billboard pop chart. White folks weren't very hip to that shit at the time! But they missed out, because this was a true civil rights anthem. Near the end of the video, when the song is over, check out how nuts the crowd at Morehouse College got, there was a lot of love in that room.

R.I.P. Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) and Nina Simone (1933-2003).

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Delfonics - Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) (1969)

Produced and co-written by Thom Bell. One of the Delfonics' biggest hits, it went gold and won a Grammy for them in 1970. Released in December 1969 on Philly Groove Records, Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) first hit Cash Box's Top 100 Singles chart on January 10, 1970, debuting at #97. It would eventually go all the way to #3 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart, and #10 on the Billboard pop chart.

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Kool and the Gang - The Gang's Back Again (1970)

This was the B-side to a single off their self-titled debut album. Kool's Back Again was the A-side on the flip. The Gang's Back Again first hit Cash Box's Top 100 Singles charts on January 10, 1970, debuting at #98.

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Ike & Tina Turner - Bold Soul Sister (1969)

Wow, Tina killed it during this Ed Sullivan show performance on January 11, 1970. Bold Soul Sister had just first hit Cash Box's Top 100 Singles chart the day before, January 10, 1970, debuting at #100.

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Saturday, January 3, 1970

Marvin Gaye - How Can I Forget (1970)

Produced by Norman Whitfield. How Can I Forget You first hit Cash Box's Top 100 Singles charts on January 3, 1970, debuting at #56 with a bullet.

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