This week in music: 1970 Jackson 5

This week in music: 1970 Jackson 5

(KFVS) - Lets' turn back the clock and see what was taking place during the summer of 1970.

If you went cruisin' it didn't cost all that much because gas selling for 36 cents a gallon.

The U-S lowered the voting age to 18 from 21 as President Richard Nixon signs the voting bill into law in June of that year.

The toy of the summer was the cheap children stereo record player. That little record player with two speakers cost less than $20.

Women were shopping for fringe topped boots with suede leather uppers.  Boots like the ones you see here cost about $22.

There was a lot of buzz about The Beatles, especially after Paul McCartney announced the band had broken up.  Their last number one hit was a song of the summer.  More on that in just a bit.

While we're talking music, here are the best selling songs from this week in 1970.  Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 had Vanity Fare at number five with Hitchin' a Ride.  The song is about a young man hitchhiking because he has no money.  It was really the UK band's only hit record. Believe it or not Vanity Fare is still around and still performs Hitchin' a Ride to this very day.

We mentioned The Beatles earlier.  Their hit song The Long And Winding Road was coming off a two week stay at number one.  It checked in at number four this week.  It was the group's 20th and final number one hit.  It caused quite a controversy.  Producer Phil Spector added strings and overdubs to the recording which angered Paul McCartney so much he took legal action to dissolve The Beatles.
  
At number three was The Temptations with Ball of Confusion.  The song is remembered for its repeated use of the phrase "and the band played on" meaning no one was paying attention to world problems.
  
Three Dog Night was in the number two spot with Mama Told Me (Not to Come).  Randy Newman wrote the song for Eric Burdon of The Animals  in 1966. It was supposed to be released as a single but was withdrawn at the last moment.  Four years later Three Dog Night recorded and released their version which became a number one hit for the group.

But in the top spot for the final week of June 1970 was The Love You Save by The Jackson 5.  The song was the group's third of four straight number one hits.
Those four hits: I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save and I'll Be There cemented The Jackson 5 as Motown's number one act. The group replaced the Supremes as the company's number one focus in the 1970's.

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