Saturday, May 07, 2022

Top 40 Music Debuts in 1972 - May 6, 1972


 The Billboard Charts were released on Saturday 5/6/1972...  Which fed directly into the American Top 40 radio show.  I enjoy looking back at the charts from 50 years ago to revisit the soundtrack of my youth.  I've been doing a monthly rundown for about a year and a half, usually posted sometime mid/late in the corresponding month.  As I was updating my 1971 spreadsheet this morning, I decided to do a quick look at this week, the first week of 1972.  We'll see if this becomes a regular thing.  ughts / comments welcome.

Let's get to it:

At #1 this week was The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, bt Roberta Flack.  In its 4 week at the top, equaling the 4 week runs fir American Pie and Without You from earlier in the year. 

The following songs made their Top 40 debut on 5/9/1972:

That's a pretty strong group of songs, and they're all in my collection. 




Sunday, April 24, 2022

Capture52 - 52 Week Challenge - 2022 edition - Week 16

    So, there's a photography thing, Capture52, where they provide a weekly topic and you're challenged to take a photo based on it.    I discovered it on 365project a couple of years ago, and have dabbled with it a couple of times.  But I've never made it far into the year, never close to all 52 weeks.  But I'm giving it another shot in 2022.  It'll be interesting to see.  Besides their Facebook group (which has almost 2,400 members), and 365project, there's an Instagram hashtag, I'm trying to post to all three.  You can see how my year progresses by clicking on my tag:  52weekchallenge2022 - 16 weeks and still rocking!

Week 16 (16 April - 22 April) Tell a story This week your challenge is to capture a compelling image that tells a story





April 1972 on the Music Charts

  Continuing the series of hits -of-the-month, moving to April 1972.  Fifty years ago (Yikes!)

There were 5 weeks in April of 1972, and there were 59 songs that spent time in the Top 40.  That's pretty much on pace with January's 60 (5 weeks), February's 54 (4 weeks) and March's 56 (4 weeks).  And over those 5 weeks, only 2 songs topped the charts:  America's "A Horse With No Name" continued at #1 for the first 2 weeks (3 total), followed by Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" over the last 3 weeks of April.

Here's the top 10 songs of the month, ranked by average chart position over the 4 weeks of the month:  

  1. A Horse With No Name - America - 2.6
  2. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack - 3.2
  3. I Gotcha - Joe Tex - 3.8
  4. Rockin' Robin - Michael Jackson - 4.4
  5. Heart Of Gold - Neil Young - 6.8
  6. In The Rain - The Dramatics - 7.6
  7. Puppy Love - Donnie Osmond - 8.4
  8. Betcha By Golly, Wow - The Stylistics - 8.6
  9. Day Dreaming - Aretha Franklin - 10.6
  10. A Cowboys Work Is Never Done - Sonny and Cher - 11.2

Sort of a mixed bag in the Top 10 this month, not that many classics (in my humble opinion).

Meanwhile, Twenty-two (22) made their Top 40 debut. Againm a but of a mixed bag  Here they are (listed by entering position):

  • Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens - 27
  • Back Off Boogaloo - Ringo Starr - 31
  • Suavecito - Malo - 32
  • Jump Into The Fire - Harry Nilsson - 32
  • Little Bitty Pretty One - Jackson 5 - 32
  • Look What You Done To Me - Al Green - 33
  • Vincent (Starry Starry Night) - Don McLean - 35
  • Oh Girl - The Chi-lites - 35
  • The Family Of Man - Three Dog Night - 36
  • You Colud Have Been A Lady - April Wine - 36
  • Me And Julio Down By The School Yard - Paul Simon - 36
  • I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers - 37
  • Nice To Be With You - Gallery - 37
  • Help Me Make It Through The Night - Gladys Knight And The Pips - 38
  • The Candy Man - Sammy Davis, Jr. - 38
  • Taxi - Harry Chapin - 38
  • Slippin' Into Darkness - War - 39
  • Hot Rod Lincoln - Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen - 39
  • Run Run Run - Jo Jo Gunne - 40
  • (Last Night) I Didn't Get To Sleep At All - The 5th Dimension - 40
  • King Heroin - James Brown - 40
  • Mister Can't You See - Buffy Sainte-Marie - 40



Saturday, April 16, 2022

Capture52 - 52 Week Challenge - 2022 edition - Week 15

   So, there's a photography thing, Capture52, where they provide a weekly topic and you're challenged to take a photo based on it.    I discovered it on 365project a couple of years ago, and have dabbled with it a couple of times.  But I've never made it far into the year, never close to all 52 weeks.  But I'm giving it another shot in 2022.  It'll be interesting to see.  Besides their Facebook group (which has almost 2,400 members), and 365project, there's an Instagram hashtag, I'm trying to post to all three.  You can see how my year progresses by clicking on my tag:  52weekchallenge2022 - 15 weeks and still rocking!

Week 15 (9 April - 15 April) Orange: I’s an uninspiring colour. Prove me wrong.





Saturday, April 09, 2022

Capture52 - 52 Week Challenge - 2022 edition - Week 14

    So, there's a photography thing, Capture52, where they provide a weekly topic and you're challenged to take a photo based on it.    I discovered it on 365project a couple of years ago, and have dabbled with it a couple of times.  But I've never made it far into the year, never close to all 52 weeks.  But I'm giving it another shot in 2022.  It'll be interesting to see.  Besides their Facebook group (which has almost 2,400 members), and 365project, there's an Instagram hashtag, I'm trying to post to all three.  You can see how my year progresses by clicking on my tag:  52weekchallenge2022 - 14 weeks and still hanging in there!!

Week 14 (2 April - 8 April) Close up/macro You don’t need a macro lens to get up close. Free choice of subject.  Photo was taken 8 April (in the time window), but just now posting...

Close up of an old penknofe that belonged to my Grandfather...




Saturday, April 02, 2022

One Subject April

One of the photo sites I frequent does a challenge for April: "pick a subject and then think of a new and different way to take a picture of if every day..." I missed it last year, but in 2020 I shot 30 photos of an Oak tree. I'm already a day late this year, but going to try for around the house/yard. I was cleaning the gutters today, so here you go!


Note:  if you want to join in, I've also started a hashtag at instagram:  30


Capture52 - 52 Week Challenge - 2022 edition - Week 13

      So, there's a photography thing, Capture52, where they provide a weekly topic and you're challenged to take a photo based on it.    I discovered it on 365project a couple of years ago, and have dabbled with it a couple of times.  But I've never made it far into the year, never close to all 52 weeks.  But I'm giving it another shot in 2022.  It'll be interesting to see.  Besides their Facebook group (which has almost 2,400 members), and 365project, there's an Instagram hashtag, I'm trying to post to all three.  You can see how my year progresses by clicking on my tag:  52weekchallenge2022

Week 13 (26 Mar – 1 April) Something you made We all make things whether it be a cup of coffee, a meal or an elaborate art/craftwork. Show us what you made. No photo’s of your kids. Yes you made them, but think of something else.


Boy, I struggled with this. I'm just not all kind of creative (outside photography), After much consternation, I came up with this. I had the opportunity in my job (a few years ago) to write technical papers for industry conferences, and I have a notebook of most of them. This one is from 2004 and titled "Harmonic Sharing for Effective Detection of Transformer Inrush Condition in Differential Protection Schemes"...

It's been over 10 years since I've had the opportunity to write / present a paper, life has led me in ther directions.

Friday, April 01, 2022

Second Place Winner

 BetterPhoto has announced the winners for their February contest, I managed a 2nd Place Winner in the category Elements Of Design.  




Here's the photo, you can see all of the February winners HERE

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Capture52 - 52 Week Challenge - 2022 edition - Week 12

     So, there's a photography thing, Capture52, where they provide a weekly topic and you're challenged to take a photo based on it.    I discovered it on 365project a couple of years ago, and have dabbled with it a couple of times.  But I've never made it far into the year, never close to all 52 weeks.  But I'm giving it another shot in 2022.  It'll be interesting to see.  Besides their Facebook group (which has almost 2,400 members), and 365project, there's an Instagram hashtag, I'm trying to post to all three.  You can see how my year progresses by clicking on my tag:  52weekchallenge2022

Week 12 (19 Mar - 25 Mar) Tools We all have them, we all use them. Photograph them!



Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Capture52 - 52 Week Challenge - 2022 edition - Week 11

     So, there's a photography thing, Capture52, where they provide a weekly topic and you're challenged to take a photo based on it.    I discovered it on 365project a couple of years ago, and have dabbled with it a couple of times.  But I've never made it far into the year, never close to all 52 weeks.  But I'm giving it another shot in 2022.  It'll be interesting to see.  Besides their Facebook group (which has almost 2,400 members), and 365project, there's an Instagram hashtag, I'm trying to post to all three.  You can see how my year progresses by clicking on my tag:  52weekchallenge2022

I think I'm finally caught up...  for now, at least

Week 11 (12 Mar - 18 Mar) Chocolate We all love chocolate, resist the temptation to eat it and create a chocolate themed image this week






Sunday, March 20, 2022

March 1972 on the Music Charts

 Continuing the series of hits -of-the-month, moving to March 1972.  Fifty years ago (Yikes!)

There were 4 weeks in March of 1972, and there were 56 songs that spent time in the Top 40.  That's pretty much on pace with January's 60 (5 weeks), and February's 54 (4 weeks).  And over those 4 weeks, 3 songs topped the charts:  Harry Nilsson's "Without You"  held the top spot for the first 2 weeks, finishing out a 4 week run at #1.  Neil Young's "Heart Of Gold" took over for 1 week, then gave way to America's "A Horse With No Name".  What a great trio of songs!

Here's the top 10 songs of the month, ranked by average chart position over the 4 weeks of the month:  

  1. Without You - Nilsson - 3
  2. Heart Of Gold - Neil Young - 3
  3. The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Robert John - 3.75
  4. Everything I Own - Bread - 6
  5. Precious And Few - Climax - 7
  6. Down By The Lazy River - The Osmonds - 7.25
  7. A Horse With No Name - America - 7.5
  8. The Way Of Love - Cher - 8.75
  9. Mother And Child Reunion - Paul Simon - 9.25
  10. Hurting Each Other - Carpenters - 11.5

Twenty (20) made their Top 40 debut. A few real stand outs this month...  Here they are (listed by entering position):

  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack - 17
  • A Horse With No Name - America - 20
  • Day Dreaming - Aretha Franklin - 32
  • Rockin' Robin - Michael Jackson - 33
  • A Cowboys Work Is Never Done - Sonny and Cher - 33
  • Betcha By Golly, Wow - The Stylistics - 34
  • Glory Bound - The Grass Roots - 35
  • No One To Depend On - Santana - 37
  • Give Ireland Back To The Irish - Paul McCartney - 37
  • Puppy Love - Donnie Osmond - 38
  • Crazy Mama - J.J. Cale - 38
  • The Day I Found Myself - The Honey Cone - 38
  • Roundabout - Yes - 39
  • Taurus - Dennis Coffey and The Detroit Guitar Band - 39
  • Every Day Of My Life - Bobby Vinton - 39
  • Could It Be Forever - David Cassidy - 39
  • In The Rain - The Dramatics - 40
  • Take A Look Around - The Temptations - 40
  • Do Your Thing - Isaac Hayes - 40
  • Until It's Time For You To Go - Elvis Presley - 40

Capture52 - 52 Week Challenge - 2022 edition - Week 10

    So, there's a photography thing, Capture52, where they provide a weekly topic and you're challenged to take a photo based on it.    I discovered it on 365project a couple of years ago, and have dabbled with it a couple of times.  But I've never made it far into the year, never close to all 52 weeks.  But I'm giving it another shot in 2022.  It'll be interesting to see.  Besides their Facebook group (which has almost 2,400 members), and 365project, there's an Instagram hashtag, I'm trying to post to all three.  You can see how my year progresses by clicking on my tag:  52weekchallenge2022

Meanwhile, I'm still trying to catch up from being behind:

Week 10 (5 Mar - 11 Mar) Ordinary - This week we challenge you to tell the extraordinary story of something ordinary.


An odd little photo, but it captured my fancy.

Friday, March 18, 2022

Capture52 - 52 Week Challenge - 2022 edition - Week 9

   So, there's a photography thing, Capture52, where they provide a weekly topic and you're challenged to take a photo based on it.    I discovered it on 365project a couple of years ago, and have dabbled with it a couple of times.  But I've never made it far into the year, never close to all 52 weeks.  But I'm giving it another shot in 2022.  It'll be interesting to see.  Besides their Facebook group (which has almost 2,400 members), and 365project, there's an Instagram hashtag, I'm trying to post to all three.  You can see how my year progresses by clicking on my tag:  52weekchallenge2022

Meanwhile, I'm still trying to catch up from being behind:

Week 9 (26 Feb - 4 Mar) Animal Photography Pets, local wildlife, or bugs in your garden, tell the story of a living animal with animal photography.



House Finch at the backyard feeder. Snagging take out breakfast.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Capture52 - 52 Week Challenge - 2022 edition - Week 8

  So, there's a photography thing, Capture52, where they provide a weekly topic and you're challenged to take a photo based on it.    I discovered it on 365project a couple of years ago, and have dabbled with it a couple of times.  But I've never made it far into the year, never close to all 52 weeks.  But I'm giving it another shot in 2022.  It'll be interesting to see.  Besides their Facebook group (which has almost 2,400 members), and 365project, there's an Instagram hashtag, I'm trying to post to all three.  You can see how my year progresses by clicking on my tag:  52weekchallenge2022

Meanwhile, I'm still trying to catch up from being behind:

Week 8 (19 Feb - 25 Feb) Leading Lines - Capture an image with strong leading lines, however you can’t use train tracks, roads or paths. Be creative and think outside the box.




My first bass, bought in 1978. It’s pretty much unplayable these days, but has some mojo for sure.


Monday, March 14, 2022

Capture52 - 52 Week Challenge - 2022 edition - Week 7

 So, there's a photography thing, Capture52, where they provide a weekly topic and you're challenged to take a photo based on it.    I discovered it on 365project a couple of years ago, and have dabbled with it a couple of times.  But I've never made it far into the year, never close to all 52 weeks.  But I'm giving it another shot in 2022.  It'll be interesting to see.  Besides their Facebook group (which has almost 2,400 members), and 365project, there's an Instagram hashtag, I'm trying to post to all three.  You can see how my year progresses by clicking on my tag:  52weekchallenge2022

Meanwhile, I'm still trying to catch up from being behind:

Week 7 (12 Feb - 18 Feb) Coffee Use coffee in your photo this week.



Tough given that I don't drink coffee, I struggled a bit.  And it put me in a dark mood….