It was the first week of December, 1973. It was a few months after our first gas crisis, and a few weeks after Nixon declared "I am not a crook".
But more importantly, Paul McCartney and Wings released the album “Band On The Run”! BOTR ranks #418 in Rolling Stones’ list of the top 500 albums of all time. It spawned 2 top 10 singles, the title track (#1) and Jet (#7) and several other songs well known to listeners of AOR radio. True confession: I never owned BOTR on vinyl, and still only have 8 of its 9 tracks on my iPod. Anyway, it's good stuff.
Also released in the 1st week of December, 1973: Black Sabbath’s “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” and Jim Croce’s “I Got A Name”.
I have both of these albums on vinyl (and digital), and really like them both. Call it a testament to my broad tastes in music, I suppose... even as a 13 year old kid. Although Sabbath Bloody Sabbath didn't spawn any "hits" I rememebr hearing the title track on the radio way back then. And 40 years later, it remains my favorite Sabbath record. On the other end of the Pop-Rock spectrum is Jim Croce's "I Got A Name". Released just 2.5 months after his death, had three hits: "I'll Have To Say I Love You" (#9), "I Got A Name" (#10) and "Workin' At The Car Wash Blues" (#32). But it is solid all around.