Number Ones:
Joy to the World - Three Dog Night [Dunhill/ABC 4272] (Axton). This version was released on LP before Hoyt Axton’s Joy to the World [‘71, Capitol 788].
My Sweet Lord - George Harrison [Apple 2995] (Harrison) was close enough to the Chiffons 1963 hit ‘He’s So Fine’ [Laurie 3152] to result in a lawsuit and a judgment against Harrison. It was first recorded by Billy Preston [‘70, Apple 1826].
Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Indian) - Raiders [Columbia 45332] (Loudermilk) had charted for Don Fardon (see 1968).
Go Away Little Girl - Donny Osmond [MGM 142185] (Goffin, King) was a hit for Steve Lawrence (see 1963).
Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes [Enterprise 9038] (Hayes) is a movie title theme.
Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin [Columbia 45314] (Foster, Kristofferson) charted country for Roger Miller [‘69, Smash 2230] and was recorded by Kris Kristofferson on his debut LP [‘70, Kristofferson Monument SLP-18139, later reissued as Me and Bobby McGee].
You’ve Got a Friend - James Taylor [Warner 7498] (King) is from Carole King’s Tapestry [‘71, Ode 77009]. It also charted for Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway [‘71, Atlantic 2837].
Number Twos:
One Less Bell to Answer ­- 5th Dimension [Bell 940] (David, Bacharach) was a single for Keely Smith [‘67, Atlantic 2429], and charted Easy Listening for Rosemary Clooney [‘68, Dot 17100].
Superstar - Carpenters [A&M 1289] (Bramlett, Russell) was a single for Delaney & Bonnie [‘69, Atco 6725]. A live version of ’Superstar’ by Joe Cocker, with Rita Coolidge, appears on Mad Dogs and Englishmen [‘70, A&M 6002]. It was also released as a single by Cher [‘71, Atco 6793]. It later charted for Luther Vandross as a medley with ‘Until You Come Back to Me’ [‘84, Epic 04969].
Put Your Hand In the Hand - Ocean [Kama Sutra 519] (Maclellan) is from Anne Murray’s LP Snowbird [‘70, Capitol 579].
She’s a Lady - Tom Jones [Parrot 40058] (Anka) is from Paul Anka’s LP The ‘70s [‘69, RCA 4309]; he re-recorded it for Paul Anka [‘72, Buddah 5093].
Spanish Harlem - Aretha Franklin [Atlantic 2817] (Leiber, Spector) was a hit for Ben E. King [‘61, Atco 6185].
Top Fives:
Yo-Yo - Osmond [MGM 14295] (Joe South) was a single for Billy Joe Royal [‘66, Columbia 43883]. It was included in the 1972 LP Joe South [Capitol ST-845].
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - Joan Baez [Vanguard 35138] (Robertson) is from The Band [‘69, Capitol 132].
Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson [Columbia 45252] (South) first appeared on the LP Billy Joe Royal [‘67, Columbia 2781]. It was on Joe South‘s debut LP Introspect [’69, Capitol 108] and was a single for Dobie Gray [‘69, White Whale 300].
For All We Know - Carpenters [A&M 1243] (James, Karlin, Wilson) was introduced by Larry Meredith in the 1970 film Lovers and Other Strangers.
Smiling Faces Sometimes­ - Undisputed Truth [Gordy 7108] (Whitfield, Strong) is from the Temptations’ 1971 LP The Sky’s the Limit [Gordy 957].
Black Magic Woman - Santana [Columbia 45270] (Green) is from the Fleetwood Mac LP English Rose [‘68, Epic 26446].
An Old Fashioned Love Song - Three Dog Night [Dunhill/ABC 4294] (Williams) preceded the release of Paul Williams’ version on Just an Old Fashioned Love Song [A&M 4327] by a month or two.
I Hear You Knocking - Dave Edmunds [MAM 3601] (Bartholomew, King) was a 1955 R&B hit for Smiley Lewis (see 1955).
Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner [Liberty 56216] (Fogerty) is a remake of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s hit [‘69, Fantasy 619].
Top Tens:
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Aretha Franklin [Atlantic 2796] (Simon) was a big hit for Simon & Garfunkel [‘70, Columbia 45079].
Stoney End - Barbra Streisand [Columbia 45236] (Nyro) was a single for Laura Nyro, paired with ‘Wedding Bell Blues’ [‘66, Verve Folkways 5024].
Sweet and Innocent - Donny Osmond [MGM 14227] (Hall, Sherrill) was recorded by Roy Orbison [‘58, RCA 7381].
All I Ever Need Is You - Sonny & Cher [Kapp 2151] (Holiday, Reeves) is from Ray Charles’ Volcanic Action In My Soul [‘71, ABC 726].
Liar - Three Dog Night [Dunhill 4282] (Ballard) was first done by Russ Ballard’s group Argent [‘70, Date 1659].
Help Me Make It Through the Night - Sammi Smith [Mega 0015] (Kristofferson) is from Kristofferson [‘70, Monument 18139]. It has also charted for Joe Simon [’71, Spring 113], O.C. Smith [‘71, Columbia 45435], Gladys Knight & the Pips [‘72, Soul 35094] and Willie Nelson [‘80, Columbia 11126].
Desiderata - Les Crane [Warner 7520] (Warner, Ehrmann) is a musical setting to a poem my Max Ehrmann, copyrighted in 1927 as ‘Go Placidly Amid the Noise and Haste,’ but perhaps written as early as 1906.
What the World Needs Now Is Love/Abraham, Martin and John - Tom Clay [Mowest 5002] (Bacharach, David, Holler) is a medley of two familiar hits superimposed with news reports. ‘What the World Needs Now Is Love’ was a hit for Jackie DeShannon in 1965 [Imperial 66110]; Dionne Warwick’s version was on Here Where There Is Love [‘67, Scepter 555]. ‘Abraham, Martin and John’, written by Dick Holler, was a 1968 hit for Dion [Laurie 3464], covered in 1969 by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles [Tamla 54184] and Moms Mabley [Mercury 72935].
Cherish - David Cassidy [Bell 45150] (Kirkman) was a 1966 hit for the Association [Valiant 747].
Mr. Bojangles - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band [Liberty 56197] (Walker) was first recorded by its writer, Jerry Jeff Walker: a ‘67 radio studio recording issued in ‘69 [Five Years Gone, Atco 297], and a 1968 single [Atco 6594]. (The recording versions by Walker seem a little unclear). It was first covered by Bobby Cole [‘68, Date 1613].
(Where Do I Begin) Love Story - Andy Williams [Columbia 45317] (Sigman, Lai) is the theme to the movie Love Story, also charting for Henry Mancini [RCA Victor 9927] and Francis Lai [Paramount 0064].
It’s Impossible - Perry Como [RCA 0387] (Wayne, Mazanero) was the 1970 Mexican song ‘Somos Novios’ by Armando Manzanero [RCA].
Top Twenties:
Watching Scotty Grow - Bobby Goldsboro [United Artists 50727] (Davis) - Mac Davis’ version came out a year later on I Believe In Music [Columbia 30926].
She’s Not Just Another Woman - 8th Day [Invictus 9087] (Wilson, Dunbar) is from the LP Somebody’s Been Sleeping In My Bed by 100 Proof Aged in Soul [‘70, Hot Wax 704].
For the Good Times - Ray Price [Columbia 45178] (Kristofferson) was a single for Bill Nash [‘68, Smash 2178] and appeared on Kristofferson [‘70, Monument 18139].
Wild World - Cat Stevens [A&M 1231] (Stevens) was first recorded by Jimmy Cliff (produced by Stevens) [‘70, U.K. Island WIP 6087].
Everybody’s Everything - Santana [Columbia 45472] (Santana, Moss, Brown) was originally called ‘Karate’ and charted for the Emperor’s [‘67, Mala 543] (Writers Moss and Brown were members of this Pennsylvania R&B group.)
Never My Love - 5th Dimension [Bell 45134] (Addrisi, Addrisi) was a hit for the Association (see 1967).
I Don’t Know How to Love Him - Helen Reddy [Capitol 3027] (A. Lloyd Webber, T. Rice) is from the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, and also charted for Yvonne Elliman [Decca 32785] who played Mary Magdalene in the production.
We Can Work It Out - Stevie Wonder [Tamla 54202] (Lennon, McCartney) was a hit for the Beatles [‘66, Capitol 5555].
Oye Como Va - Santana [Columbia 45330] (Puente) was first recorded by Tito Puente [‘62, El Rey Bravo Tico 1086].
Superstar - Murray Head [Decca 32603] (A. Lloyd Webber, T. Rice) was performed by Head in the rock opera concept album Jesus Christ Superstar [‘70, Decca 7206]; the single charted when first released in early 1970.
River Deep - Mountain High - Supremes & Four Tops [Motown 1173] (Spector, Barry, Greenwich) was first recorded as a Phil Spector production by Ike & Tina Turner [‘66, Philles 131].
Double Lovin’ - Osmonds [MGM 14259] (Jackson, Buckins) was originally a single by Spencer Wiggins [‘70, Fame 1470].
Amazing Grace - Judy Collins [’70, Elektra 45709] (Newton) is perhaps the best-known hymn in America, written in 1779 by John Newton, with a tune similar to ‘Loch Lomond’ added in 1844 by William Walker. It has been recorded several times by artists in both the white/country and black religious music traditions, beginning with the Original Harp Sacred Choir [1922, as ‘New Britain’, Brunswick 5150]. The Rypens website includes the following in its list: the Wisdom Sisters, listed as the first recording [’26, Columbia], Rev. J.M. Gates (1926) , Dye's Sacred Heart Singers (1928) , Blind Willie McTell (1940) , Jesse Fuller (1940s) blues versions - both instrumental, Dixie Hummingbirds (1946) , Mahalia Jackson (1947) , Five Blind Boys Of Alabama (1950s) in 2001 to the melody of The House Of The Rising Sun, Harmonizing Four (1952) , Weavers (1952) , Howard Adams & The Congregation of the Thornton Old Regular Baptist Church (1959) as if nothing changed since the founding fathers, Janis Joplin (1960s) in medley with Hi Heel Sneakers, Mississimmi Fred McDowell (1966) , Blind Willie McTell (1967) , and Elvis Presley (1971). Mahalia Jackson’s version was from 1947 [Apollo 194]. Joel Whitburn lists over 50 appearances on charting LPs, beginning with The Weavers at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 2 [‘61, a 1960 live performance, Vanguard 9075]. A version by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards [’72, RCA Victor 0709] also became a top 20 hit. It was the title song for Aretha Franklin’s 1972 gospel album [Atlantic 906].
Where Did Our Love Go - Donnie Elbert [All Platinum, 2330] (Holland, Dozier, Holland) was a hit for the Supremes [‘64, Motown 1060].
Here Comes the Sun - Richie Havens [Stormy Forest 656] (Lennon, McCartney) is from the Beatles Abbey Road [‘69, Apple 383].
No Love At All - B.J. Thomas [Scepter 12307] (Carson, Christopher) was a single for Wayne Carson [‘70, Monument 1192] and Lynn Anderson [’70. Columbia 45190].
Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You - Wilson Pickett [Atlantic 2781] (Akines, Bellmon, Drayton, Turner). The writers, as the Corner Boys, recorded ‘Gang War (Don’t Make No Sense}’ aka ‘Don’t Let the Devil Fool You’ [‘69, Neptune 13]. Is this the same song?
Rings - Cymarron [Entrance 7500] (Reeves, Harvey) was recorded by its writers in early 1971 as Running Bear & Goldstein [Amos 160].
Love the One You’re With - Isley Brothers [T Neck 930] (Stills) was first a hit for Stephen Stills [‘71, Atlantic 2778].
Love’s Lines, Angles and Rhymes - 5th Dimension [Bell 965] (Dorothea Jones) was recorded by Diana Ross in the sessions for her 1970 debut LP Diana Ross, but was not released at the time.
You’re All I Need To Get By - Aretha Franklin [Atlantic 2787] (Ashford, Simpson) was a hit for Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell [‘68, Tamla 54169].
Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep - Mac & Katie Kissoon [ABC 11306] (Stott) was a single for Lally Stott [‘71, Philips 40695], and was a large hit in the U.K. for the Middle of the Road [RCA 2047], which beat the Kissoon version to the charts.
Only You Know and I Know - Delaney & Bonnie [Atco 6838] (Mason) was charted for Dave Mason [’70, Blue Thumb 114].
Top Thirties :
I Really Don’t Want to Know - Elvis Presley [RCA 9960] (Barnes, Robertson) is Eddy Arnold’s country song (see 1960).
Never Can Say Goodbye - Isaac Hayes [Enterprise 9031] (Davis) was a hit for the Jackson 5 [‘71, Motown 1179] and would be again for Gloria Gaynor [‘74, MGM 14748].
Woodstock - Matthews’ Southern Comfort [Decca 32774] (Mitchell) is a remake of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s hit (see 1970).
Birds of a Feather - Raiders [Columbia 45453] (South) was a single for Joe South [‘67, Capitol 2060].
(I Know) I’m Losing You - Rod Stewart with Faces [Mercury 73244] (Grant, Whitfield, Holland) is the Temptations’ hit (see 1970).
If Not For You - Olivia Newton-John [Uni 55281] (Dylan) was on Bob Dylan’s New Morning [‘70, Columbia 30290] and George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass [‘70, Apple 639].
Stagger Lee - Tommy Roe [ABC 11307] (Logan, Price) is yet another remake of this traditional song (see 1959).
Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again) - Kris Kristofferson [Monument 8525] (Kristofferson) was originally on the Waylon Jennings LP The Taker/Tulsa [‘70, RCA 4487].
Puppet Man - Tom Jones [Parrot 40064] (Sedaka, Greenfield) charted previously for the 5th Dimension (see 1970).
One Tin Soldier (The Legend of Billy Jack) - Coven [Warner 7509] (Lambert, Potter), used in the movie Billy Jack, had charted for the Original Caste in late 1969-early 1970 [T-A 186].
Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom) - Staple Singers [Stax 0083] (Barry, Bloom) is from The Bobby Bloom Album [‘70, L&R 1035].
Reach Out I’ll Be There - Diana Ross [Motown 1184] (Holland, Dozier, Holland) was a hit for the Four Tops [‘66, Motown 1098].