By Jack Sharkey, December 1, 2017

 

1971

Motown, a landmark record by Carole King and the early rumblings of heavy metal made their mark, but it was ex-Beatles and bubblegum music that ruled the year. 

 

It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr It was Ringo who won the race of ex-Beatles to solo success. Playing piano with gloves on notwithstanding, you have to admit he had the cool factor in 1971.    

 

I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family (David Cassidy) As big as some stars and teen idols get in this day of fractured media, it's not possible to compare just how big David Cassidy was in the early 1970s. TV, radio, concerts, the cover of Tiger Beat, Cassidy was simply everywhere.     

 

My Sweet Lord - George Harrison Sure he got sued and was found guilty of "unconsciously plagiarizing" The Chiffons early 60s hit "He's So Fine," but Harrison's post-Beatle work, however sparse, was the best of the lot.      

 

One Bad Apple - The Osmonds The Jackson 5 were the kings of bubblegum but the Osmonds were huge long before that unfortunate Donny and Marie Show. The studio musicians, engineers, producers and songwriters who made the Osmonds, Jackson 5 and the Partrdige Family happen were the best in the business at that time or pretty much any other so it's really not surprising to see how well the music has aged.

 

Imagine - John Lennon Before it became an unfortunate and awkward candle-waving network television New Year's Eve anthem, Lennon's 1971 masterpiece was a divisive and poorly interpreted song about peace and humanity that drew the line right smack down the middle of the Generation Gap.     

 

 

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