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Exhibit No. 7,665,893 that proves the Seventies were awesome:

The weekly airplay chart from Seattle’s KNHC 89.5 for the week ending May 5, 1972, with one of the all-time great train wrecks at Nos. 1 and 2.

(Not to spoil it, but just in case the link doesn’t work or something: That’s “Nights in White Satin” at No. 2 and “Hot Rod Lincoln” at Number One. Like a lottery ticket, they get full credit for getting it in the right order.)

Lots of other great ’72 stuff on that chart, too, including two solo Beatles and Badfinger in the Top Ten, plus Todd Rundgren, Aretha, Dennis Coffey and more.

The Past Daily website put up its own excellent slice of May ’72 not too long ago, featuring an untelescoped 74-minute dose of The Real Don Steele on L.A.’s KHJ.

Some of the songs on the KHJ clip are on the KNHC chart; some aren’t (“Tumbling Dice” and “I Need You” come to mind). Either way, most are great.

1972 was a lousy year for Phillies fans, Clifford Irving, Michelangelo’s Pieta, and fans of the American democratic process … but the best year of Seventies hit radio? Yeah, quite possibly.

 

 

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