The Music of 1973

There was some back and forth on Twitter, before the debate, about how old people were “The year Joe Biden was elected to joined the Senate.” It got me thinking about the music from that epoch. That year was 1973.

some songs from that year… Some I had forgotten. Some I wish I had.

  Artist Song
1 Tony Orlando and Dawn Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree
2 Jim Croce Bad Bad Leroy Brown
3 Roberta Flack Killing Me Softly With His Song

“Tie a Yellow Ribbon” was played so much that year, and entered the collective consciousness that a comment was made about it in Marvel’s The Defenders series when the character Luke Cage gets out of prison.

Other “notable” songs from that year, that made it into the top 100, include Donny Osmond, with “The Twelfth Of Never,” Bobby “Boris” Pickett and The Crypt Kickers with “Monster Mash” and Cher with “Half Breed.” Bette Midler had 2 songs in the top 100, as did The Carpenters.

It wasn’t all insanity. Pink Floyd hit the US charts for the first time with the song “Money,” and Edgar Winter Group produced both “Free Ride,” and “Frankenstein” that year.

5 thoughts on “The Music of 1973

  1. I’m not an expert on Joe Biden history, but unless he was elected in a special election, he was elected in 1972, not 1973. Congressional elections are always held in even-numbered years and the winner takes office the following January. (I thought everyone knew this, but it tripped up John Kerry when he blamed Nixon for his (Kerry’s) allegedly spending Christmas 1968 in Cambodia, when Tricky Dick didn’t become President till the following month.)

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    • Thanks for bringing that to my attention. It is what I get for typing blog posts in the middle of the night, while I’m on Twitter, and doing 2 other things…

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  2. Monster Mash was in 63 not 73. Money is best forgotten like some old mother in law you never got along with. The first three you listed are classics. Like Led Zeppelin and many of the groups long since discarded on the trash heap of music it clear why disco became so popular.

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    • Actually it was originally released in 1962, but then it was re-released in 1973. I can’t find out why, and it charted hitting #1 for a week in August of all months, and hitting #38 for the year.

      But it is probably a better song than “Tie a Yellow Ribbon…”

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