“How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” by The Bee Gees (1971)/Al Green (1972)

The Gibb Brothers were many things over the course of their forty years as a musical unit-Beatle clones, disco savants, disco pariahs, resurgent veterans. One thing that remained consistent, regardless of their public perception, was their ability to write a hell of a song. Proof of that talent lies in the mile-long list of Gibb… Read More “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” by The Bee Gees (1971)/Al Green (1972)

“Got To Be There” by Michael Jackson (1971)

“Got To Be There” announced the arrival of Michael Jackson, solo artist. While it certainly set a precedent, MJ and J5 records would remain virtually interchangeable for another eight years. So there’s nothing here that portended Michael’s mastery of pop music with one big exception: that voice. Michael hadn’t hit puberty yet, so “Got To… Read More “Got To Be There” by Michael Jackson (1971)

“Day Dreaming” by Aretha Franklin (1971)

“Day Dreaming” finds Aretha taking it down a notch, toning down the trademark intensity of her initial run of Atlantic classics in favor of a smooth groove. She’s ably assisted by a crack band, including newcomer Donny Hathaway accompanying her on electric piano. Aretha herself provides the song with the tasty and memorable opening acoustic… Read More “Day Dreaming” by Aretha Franklin (1971)