Yesterday, while sitting enjoying a sip of wine and conversation with my music-loving friend, a thought flashed through my mind...in one side and out the other, leaving a trail, but not a clue as to the name of the thought! Since that "flash" I've been tearing my hair out trying to think of a particular rock group. I had taped, onto reel-to-reel, years ago, a borrowed album of not an extremely well-known a band. They weren't a "commercially-popular" group, but they were excellent. Of course, the reel-to-reel tape player is long gone, as are the tapes...as is my memory of the particular group's name! And ever since its teasing, fleeting appearance in my mind yesterday, leaving behind not a trace of a clue to its name other than a vague, foggy image, I've been tormented, trying desperately to recall. Isn't this kind of thing so damn frustrating?
As I've been going slowly insane here trying to remember, I've been searching the Net in an attempt to trigger some movement in my brain. I've come up with a list of pop/rock music from the early to mid-seventies that still stands up today....see what you think...
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg - The Rolling Stones
- The Air That I Breathe - The Hollies (always has been a big favourite of mine)
- Already Gone - Eagles
- Annie's Song - John Denver
- Another Park, Another Sunday - The Doobie Brothers
- Back Home Again - John Denver
- The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me - Gladys Knight & The Pips
- Billy, Don't Be a Hero - Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods (this is a bit "whatever" but it reminds me of a special time in my life...so it always brings back memories when I hear it)
- The Bitch is Back - Elton John
- Bungle in the Jungle - Jethro Tull
- Call on Me - Chicago
- Can't Get Enough - Bad Company
- Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe - Barry White
- Carefree Highway - Gordon Lightfoot
- Cat's in the Cradle - Harry Chapin
- Clap for the Wolfman - The Guess Who
- Come and Get Your Love - Redbone
- Come Monday - Jimmy Buffett
- Country Bumpkin - Cal Smith
- If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot
- Daybreak - Nilsson
- Devotion - Earth, Wind & Fire
- Distant Lover - Marvin Gaye
- Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me - Elton John
- Dream On - The Righteous Brothers
- Fly Like An Eagle - The Steve Miller Band
- Take The Money & Run - The Steve Miller Band
- Piano Man - Billy Joel
- Ricky Don't Lose That Number - Steely Dan
- Do It Again - Steely Dan
- Dirty Work - Steely Dan
- Reelin' In the Years - Steely Dan (Oh! The whole album "Can't Buy a Thrill")!
- Feel Like Makin' Love - Roberta Flack
- Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Free Man in Paris - Joni Mitchell
- Haven't Got Time For the Pain - Carly Simon
- Help Me - Joni Mitchell
- Hooked On A Feeling - Blue Swede
- I Can Help - Billy Swan
- I Feel a Song (in My Heart) - Gladys Knight & The Pips
- I Honestly Love You - Olivia Newton-John
- I Shot the Sheriff - Eric Clapton
- I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song - Jim Croce
- Joy (Pt. 1) - Isaac Hayes
- Lookin' for a Love - Bobby Womack
- Midnight at the Oasis - Maria Muldaur
- Midnight Rider - Gregg Allman
- Mockingbird - Carly Simon & James Taylor
- My Thang - James Brown
- The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace (this was on the same compilation album as "Billy Don't Be a Hero...so same memories of that time)
- One Hell of a Woman - Mac Davis
- Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues) - Three Dog Night
- Please Come To Boston - Dave Loggins
- River's Risin' - Edgar Winter Group
- Rock and Roll Heaven - The Righteous Brothers
- Seasons In the Sun - Terry Jacks - (based on a Jacques Brel song)
- Je t'aime - Jacques Brel
- The Show Must Go On - Three Dog Night
And how-about the "Easy Rider" soundtrack!!! Oh! Dear! How could I even think of leaving out Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks"?
Did I hear someone mention "Canned Heat"? And of course, Deep Purple had to join in!
*Cough*...excuse me! Who opened The Doors and let Hendrix and Joplin in?
I shouldn't start on music...I never know where to end! Same goes with books...I'll have to formulate a list of books and authors soon, too...just to stir up the pot even more!
In the meantime, I'll keep tearing my hair out, strand by strand, until I can remember the name of the band that originally started all of this!