| Seventies Almanac - 1970|
n September 25, ABC premiered The Partridge Family, a half-hour sitcom about five kids and their mother who decided to form a rock 'n' roll band (the premise, of course, was stolen directly from the real-life story of a sixties family act, the Cowsills). As in another Screen Gems production, The Monkees, an integral part of each episode was the performance of new songs, released concurrently by Bell Records. The first Partridge Family single, "I Think I Love You," sold over four million copies, and there were ten more hits before the series was cancelled in 1974.
One of the most durable groups of the seventies was Chicago, the most successful jazz-rock ensemble of all time. Formed in the late sixties, they gigged around their namesake city and Los Angeles before being signed by Columbia Records. Their first release, Chicago Transit Authority, came out in 1969, but it wasn't until 1970 that they really emerged with the album Chicago II, which was voted Album of the Year by Cashbox magazine. It included three of their most popular songs: "Make Me Smile," "25 or 6 to 4," and "Color My World." The group continued to score major hits every year through the decade, selling more than 30 million records in the process.
Other Music Highlights of 1970:
- Rock icons Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin die just weeks apart, in London and Los Angeles respectively.
- Religious themes start to appear in songs like "Spirit In The Sky" by Norman Greenbaum, "Let It Be" by the Beatles, "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison, and the play Jesus Christ Superstar.
- Rumors begin to circulate that the Beatles will be breaking up because of differences between Paul and John. Paul releases a homemade album titled McCartney that goes on to become a number one hit.
- On Wednesday, May 20, the Beatles' last film, Let It Be, premieres in London at the Palladium.
- Black Sabbath releases its eponymous debut LP.
- Aerosmith and Kansas form in Sunapee, N.H. and Topeka, respectively.
- Rod Stewart and Ron Wood leave the disintegrating Jeff Beck Group to join the Small Faces, now simply called the Faces.
- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young record "Ohio" to draw attention to the wasteful killing of four young students of the Ohio National Guard at a Kent State University war protest rally.
- American Top 40, a syndicated radio show counting down the Top 40 singles each week as ranked by Billboard magazine, debuts. Host Casey Kasem will remain with the show for 18 years.
- The Rolling Stones leave London Records to form their own label, Rolling Stones Records.
Seventies Daily Music Chronicle - 1970
The Top 40 Singles of 1970:
- "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Simon & Garfunkel (First chart appearance: 2/14/70; Highest position.: #1)
- "American Woman" - The Guess Who (3/28/70; #1)
- "Get Ready" - Rare Earth (4/4/70; #4)
- "Band Of Gold" - Freda Payne (5/30/70; #3)
- "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" - B.J. Thomas (11/22/69; #1)
- "ABC" - The Jackson 5 (3/21/70; #1)
- "Let It Be" - The Beatles (3/21/70; #1)
- "(They Long To Be) Close To You" - Carpenters (6/27/70; #1)
- "Mama Told Me Not To Come" - Three Dog Night (6/6/70; #1)
- "War" - Edwin Starr (7/25/70; #1)
- "Spirit In The Sky" - Norman Greenbaum (3/7/70; #3)
- "Make It With You" - Bread (7/11/70; #1)
- "Venus" - The Shocking Blue (12/20/69; #1)
- "Ball Of Confusion" - The Temptations (6/6/70; #3)
- "Spill The Wine" - Eric Burdon & War (7/11/70; #3)
- "Which Way You Goin' Billy?" - The Poppy Family (4/25/70; #2)
- "Everything Is Beautiful" - Ray Stevens (4/18/70; #1)
- "Lay Down" - Melanie with The Edwin Hawkins Singers (5/16/70; #6)
- "Candida" - Dawn (8/29/70; #3)
- "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" - Sly & the Family Stone (1/10/70; #1)
- "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - Diana Ross (8/15/70; #1)
- "I'll Be There" - The Jackson 5 (9/19/70; #1)
- "Instant Karma (We All Shine On)" - John Ono Lennon (3/7/70; #3)
- "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" - Stevie Wonder (7/4/70; #3)
- "Hitchin' A Ride" - Vanity Fare (5/16/70; #5)
- "Hey There Lonely Girl" - Eddie Holman (1/10/70; #2)
- "I Want You Back" - The Jackson 5 (12/6/69; #1)
- "Ride Captain Ride" - Blues Image (5/23/70; #4)
- "Ooh Child" - The Five Stairsteps (6/20/70; #8)
- "Something's Burning" - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition (3/14/70; #11)
- "All Right Now" - Free (9/5/70; #4)
- "Love On A Two-Way Street" - The Moments (4/18/70; #3)
- "Reflections Of My Life" - The Marmalade (4/4/70; #10)
- "Julie, Do Ya Love Me" - Bobby Sherman (8/15/70; #5)
- "Up Around The Bend" - Creedence Clearwater Revival (5/2/70; #4)
- "Green-Eyed Lady" - Sugarloaf (9/19/70; #3)
- "Turn Back The Hands Of Time" - Tyrone Davis (4/4/70; #3)
- "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" - Edison Lighthouse (2/28/70; #5)
- "The Rapper" - Jaggerz (2/14/70; #2)
- "In The Summertime" - Mungo Jerry (7/25/70; #3)
1970 Singles - Month By Month
Top Albums of 1970:
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20 Popular Movies of 1970:
The Top 20 Television Shows of 1970:
Prime Time TV Schedule - 1970
News Highlights of 1970:
- President Nixon sends combat units into Cambodia.
- At Kent State University, National Guardsmen fire into a crowd protesting the Vietnam War, killing four and wounding eight.
- The Knapp Commission is formed to investigate claims of NYPD corruption started by Frank Serpico.
- Army physician Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald is arrested in what will become known as the the "Fatal Vision" murder case.
- Homosexuals march from New York City's Greenwich Village to Central Park demonstrating for gay rights.
- In New York State, the nation's most liberal abortion law goes into effect.
- The Witness Protection Program is created under the Organized Crime Act.
- A parade of 10,000 women in New York City celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment.
- FBI agents arrest American Communist Angela Davis at a midtown Manhattan motel.
- Anwar Sadat is elected president of the United Arab Republic (Egypt).
- One million cans of tuna are recalled by the FDA because of mercury contamination.
- The film version of M*A*S*H is officially banned from U.S. military installations for "reducing the conventions and paraphernalia of war to total idiocy."
- Notable deaths include actress Frances Farmer and pro football coach Vincent Lombardi.
Sports Winners of 1970:
- Baseball: The Baltimore Orioles beat the Cincinnati Reds 4 games to 1.
- Football: The Baltimore Colts beat the Dallas Cowboys 16-13 on January 17, 1971 at the Orange Bowl in Superbowl V.
- Basketball: The New York Nicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 3.
- Hockey: The Boston Bruins beat the St. Louis Blues 4 games to 0.