Issue #256 - Boss Jock Shadoe Stevens with the cover of KHJ’s “Sounds of the Sixties” double album.
The Carpenters look SO young! I really loved "Close to You" when it came out."Canned Ham" is about as far from "Spirit in the Sky" as you can get. We never heard from Norman Greenbaum again, unfortunately.I liked that "Ball of Confusion" mentioned "the Beatles' new record's a gas.""Don't It Make You Want to Go Home" is, like "Is That All There Is?" a song that one can't appreciate until at least middle age. Brook Benton's version is nice, but I prefer Joe South's original. It's one of the few songs that can actually bring tears to my eyes as I ponder its loss of what we can never get back.
Mountain's "Mississippi Queen" was my new favorite "heavy" song. I'd see them at the Long Beach Arena a few years later.
Steve...valid point you make about Joe South's "Don't It Make You Want To Go Home", but I could see it being updated.South laments the loss of Grandma's pasture and the wild berry patch to a drive in theater and a drag strip. As he was born in 1940, he was looking back on a joyous Southern boyhood, before the economic/population boom of the Sunbelt (and indirectly, the upheavals of the civil rights movement).The point is--someone born in the 50s or 60s who grew up in that same place could now sing about the happy places of HIS youth that are now vanished---the drive-in that's now a Home Depot, and the drag strip replaced by an office park.
Yep, and in fact it's how I feel every time I drive back through Long Beach, Calif., my hometown and where I grew up in the 1960s and '70s. And you're closer to the truth than just generically: One of the things I miss is the local drive-ins that weren't far from our home. They have been replaced by business parks and malls.
I can relate to the drag strip reference. I moved from Woodland Hills to Lomita around the time of this survey and Lions Drag Strip became a favorite place to go. I loved the sights and sounds of the cars doing battle. I was crushed when it closed in Dec. 1972. No more Boss Radio, no more Lions. What was the world coming to? One of the only things I've managed to hold on to from my youth are a pair of tickets from Lions.I also remember the drive-ins in the South Bay well. Long Beach, Vermont, Harbor, San Pedro, Torrance, and the Roadium. Great fun.
It's impressive that the Carpenters were starting to make a name for themselves within a week after A&M released their second single, when their first single ("Ticket To Ride") failed to make a dent and almost cost them their recording contract! Here it is already hitbound and KHJ is featuring them with a photo! "Close To You" must have been some record. I heard a story where some girls were screaming when it came on the car radio. I prefer "We've Only Just Begun."
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