The Vinyl Countdown with Terri Hazlett

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November 15 1971

This Sunday’s WJPA Vinyl Countdown revisits November 15, 1971 when:

  • Van Morrison finally had a hit with his three-year-old “Tupelo Honey” after he re-recorded the song with a new producer.
  • Donnie Elbert, whose “Have I Sinned” was a big hit only in Western Pennsylvania, finally made the national charts with a remake of a number one Supremes’ song.
  • Melanie released what was to become her biggest record – “Brand New Key” – but several radio stations banned it because of what they perceived as suggestive lyrics.
  • Eight songs by family acts, including The Staple Singers, Osmonds, the Carpenters, and Sonny and Cher were all in the top 40.
  • The fastest moving song of the week was the instrumental theme to the movie, “Summer of 42

And the number one song was an iconic ballad by a Chicago soul group.

You’ll hear that hit, and all of the big hits of November 15, 1971 this Sunday at noon on WJPA.

The Vinyl Countdown is presented by Guitar Gallery, Monongahela Valley Hospital and by Slovenian Savings and Loan.




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