I started high school in 1969 and went for a year to "the Annex" in Baltimore. Our school had so many students all the 10th graders had to go here and we became pretty tightly bonded because of it. These are thirteen of the songs that meant the most to me in 1970.
1. "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" by Simon & Garfunkel. The words to this song really affected me and I tried really hard to be able to play this on my guitar. Actually, I could but I just couldn't get my voice into the right octave.
2. "War" by Edwin Starr. The war in Viet Nam was going strong. I remember watching news stories and it was horrifying but so far away. My best friends and I wanted to be correspondents for the school newspaper. The sponsor was our English teacher and our first order of business was a name. There was a bunch of us brainstorming and we finally agreed on Western Annex Rapper. The school administrators, though, rejected the name because the anagram was WAR. Boy were we pissed! The English teacher came up with an alternative that was really hard to swallow: Western Annex Wrapper Paper. Ugh. But what else could we do?
3. "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)" by Three Dog Night--3DN was one of my favorite bands of the times!
4. "Cracklin Rosie" by Neil Diamond--my all time favorite singer!
5. "Spill The Wine" by Eric Burdon & War--what a strange trip they were on!
6. "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum--I loved this song (still do) but found the lyrics kind of scary then. Thinking about war, the end of the world and, well, death in general, just scared me!
7. "The Long & Winding Road" by The Beatles--a sad song for me because after that, The Beatles broke up.
8. "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" by Melanie & The Edwin Hawkins Singers--I loved the whole sound of this song!
9. "Ball of Confusion" by The Temptations--It sure was in 1970!
10. "Ride Captain Ride" by Blues Image--I just liked the tune!
11. "Indiana Wants Me" by R. Dean Taylor--This is another one I liked for its lyrics and sound.
12. "United We Stand" by Brotherhood of Man--I loved the message. I took it more to mean all people together rather than a couple or a small group of friends.
13. "Up Around The Bend", "Who'll Stop The Rain", & "Lookin' Out My Back Door" by Creedence Clearwater Revival". I can never pick just one CCR song! They're probably my favorite band of all time.