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US Top 20 Singles: w/e June 28, 1975

US Top 20 Singles: w/e June 28, 1975

Playing tracks by

Seals & Crofts, Frankie Valli, Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony, Joe Simon, Olivia Newton-John and more.

Chart positions

This upload was 19th in the #oldies chart and 87th in the #pop chart.

A continuous mix of the top 20 US singles from Billboard's Hot 100 for the week ending June 28, 1975 in descending order from #20 to #1.

http://www.markbowenmixes.com/2017/06/us-top-20-singles-we-june-28-1975.html

Comments

Diagonals
Diagonals

Grr, sorry, can't reply to your reply. Thanks for the kind words - it was a work of boredom one day and also wanting to try to figure out who the hell The Mission were. Those two songs are so singular and unlike anything else I've really heard. And it makes perfect sense that it would be him, if it is him. (He did some pretty fantastic work with The Beach Boys prior to his Tennille gig.) AND - the idea that there might be at least two more of these songs out there. With those titles? (They seriously just made up their own language there - it's just so beautifully insane!) I dearly wish I was in a position to be able to get in touch with Mr Dragon, because I'd love to ask him about this. Hell, I'd start a record label out of my own pocket to reissue that one 45 and put out any other songs he has. That's what I need to do - set out to get in touch with him while he's still with us. And you're right - what else might there be out there from the pre-Beach Boys / Captain & Tennille period? If it's anything like The Mission, I want to hear it!!!

Diagonals
Diagonals

Holy crap!!! How do we get this?! Ohmygod!

Diagonals
Diagonals

To answer your post (it weirdly doesn't let me post a reply to your reply) - There's a 45 I have been obsessed with for probably nearly 20 years by an obscure group called The Mission of which there is basically zero known about them. I've used them in my mixes. There's one 45, it's hard to find, and it is amazing. I haven't heard ANYTHING like it. The weird almost monk-chant-ish vocals, the time signature changes, the keyboard solos that sound like guitar solos, the fact that the lyrics seem to be made up partially of a language they made up...Just astounding. They've shown up on a couple of CD-R psych comps in the past few years, but they've always been a mystery. I set out to try to find out what I could. I wrote about it on my blog - I am not trying to plug my dinky blog, I promise, but if you're interested, it's a pretty interesting thing:
https://diagonalsblog.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-mission.html

Mark Bowen
Mark Bowen

Shazam..... my mind has been fully blown! I've had "Calmilly" for many years and love it deeply and I'm now trying to get my footing in light of your information. Mr. Dragon must have a treasure chest of unreleased demos and such, can you imagine? I was already such a fan of his work, but now the mind boggles at what else might be lurking in the shadows. Brilliant writing on your blog, by the way, that was a dream to read.

Diagonals
Diagonals

Though I generally don't believe in "guilty pleasures" - if you like something, what is there to feel guilty about? - unless it's really something you should feel guilty about, like killing someone or being Tom Cruise, but if I had a "secret shame" it is my genuine, non-ironic appreciation of Captain & Tennille. Did I ever tell you the story about Captain? (Real name Daryl Dragon, of course - which is such an incredible name it seems like such a waste to use a stage name, though Daryl Dragon or Daryl & Tennille doesn't quite scan. Dragon & Tennille. That should have been it.) But - I think Dragon is behind some really incredible, ridiculously rare amazing psych music in the late 60s, of which apparently only one 45 was recorded, but it was a mystery 45. Did I ever tell you that story?

Mark Bowen
Mark Bowen

I share the non-ironic admiration of the Captain and Tennille. I was 9/10 years old when their first two albums were released and I played them frequently, mostly due to Daryl Dragon's amazing synth work - "Broddy Bounce" and "Going Bananas" had a huge influence on me and even today I think they qualify as masterpieces of the zolo genre. To say you've piqued my interest about a psych mystery 45 possibly involving Daryl Dragon is an enormous understatement! Tell me everything you know, please.

seventyfive

Ah great, 1975! The year I discovered and got hooked on the weekly pop charts. Thanks for this lovely trip down memory lane. Just realized how much the melodic line in the verses of "Sister Golden Hair" resembles that of Nilsson's "Without You". Never noticed that before. And you seem to have found the single edit of "Only Women". Nice segue from "Get Down On The Floor" into "Listen To What The Man Said". And wow, "Wildfire"! Never charted in Europe, which is a downright crime.

Mark Bowen
Mark Bowen

Thank you kindly! Now that you've mentioned it, I certainly hear the similarity of those melodies. I love stuff like that... makes me wonder if it was an intentional tip of the hat or purely accidental. Either way, I love both of those songs. Thanks so much for listening and your support, I greatly appreciate it!