- Sharing the Night Together by Dr. Hook.
- Up The Ladder To The Roof - The Supremes (one of the hits they had w/ Jean Terrell on lead vocals post-Miss Ross).
- The original "McArthur's Park," i.e., the one that's actually a little bit obscure, is a groovy '60s hit. Jimmy Webb wrote it. Richard Harris sang it. A lovely bit of LA ephemera.
- Two songs that totally ruled, though they might not be precisely obscure, were "In the Summertime" and "Spirit in the Sky."
"Have a drink, have a drive, go out and see what you can find."
- Your two examples are far from oddly obscure.
- Young Hearts Run Free by Candy Stanton.
- FREE -- "All Right Now"
Great riding-around-fast-song when I first got my driver's license.
- The Fifth Dimension was groovy, and "California Soul" is not overplayed.
Herman's Hermits' "No Milk Today" is bouyant AND moody.
- "Grazing in the Grass" by the Friends of Distinction
- "Sunday Will Never Be the Same" - Spanky and Our Gang (I think it is 60s, though)
We've Got to Get It On Again" - Adrissi Brothers
"Say it Ain't So" -Murray Head
- JAMES BROWN -- "My Thang"
Deep lyrics are the hallmark feature of all JB's songs.
- Hmmm. apparently "obscure" means not a current hit.
- With dancin'!
- Sugar Baby Love
The Last Farewell
Love Really Hurts Without You
Save Your Kisses For Me
Did You Boogie With Your Baby
Armed And Extemely Dangerous
I'm On Fire-5000 Volts
- You can't be both obscure and a hit.
- Nathan Jones and Stoned Love by the Ross-less Supremes.
Smiling Faces by the Undisputed Truth.
- If you want obscure, try the extended play version of "Smiling Faces" by the Temptations.
The arrangement by David Van De Pitte of this Norman Whitfield/Barrett Strong classic is magnificent.
- Kenny Rankin's album INSIDE, from 1975, has lots of obscure, groovy songs. No hits, as it were. Here's his version of Stevie Wonder's "Creepin'":
- Peter Allen's "Six-thirty, Sunday Morning," from his TAUGHT BY EXPERTS album. One of the best obscure songs from 1976. The whole album is perfect, his best record. I don't think it's out on CD.
- r14, thank you for reminding me about Love Really Hurts Without You. I love that song.
- Run Joey Run - David Geddes
Sky High - Jigsaw
Walking in Rhythm - The Blackbyrds
- "Leaving L.A." by Deliverance
- "You, Me, and Mexico" - Edward Bear
- "This Time Around," from Peter Allen's TAUGHT BY EXPERTS.
- Private Affair - Garfield (1977)
Sing It, Shout It - Starz (1977)
The Tower - Angel (1975)
In Trance - Scorpions (1976)
Parents - Budgie (1973)
Black Velvet Stallion - Budgie (1976)
Sail On, Sail Away - Moxy (1975)
Space Station #5 - Montrose (1973)
Run Of The Mill - Judas Priest (1974)
Coliseum Rock/It's A Riot - Starz (1978)
I Can't See My Feelings - Budgie (1975)
Wild Cherry - Foghat (1974)
Action - Sweet (1976 - a big hit then, forgotten now, great song!)
Soldier of Fortune - Deep Purple (1974)
- the best business in the line of business is to mind your business!
To Each His Own - Faith, Hope & Charity
- I second NATHAN JONES. It brings back so many good memories. Gay Liberation. It was a great song but not good enough to keep The Supremes on the charts without Diana. I loved the quadrophonic effect in the bridge.
- Don't give up on us
- Shake it up, Shake it down
Move it in Move it round, disco lady!
- "Lovin' The Night Away" by Decoupage
"Sweet Lucy's Pussy" by Desi's Boyz
"Born Too Early To Live" by The Preemies
"Ease It On In" by Big Black Joe
"Love Theme From Suspiria" by Dario Argento
"Slap The Face, Snort That Line" by Glen Campbell & Tanya Tucker
- Indiana Wants Me. Awful.
- AVERAGE WHITE BAND -- "Pick Up the Pieces" ~1974
- Poppy Family -where evil grows
check out the brown-haired Kenny Rogers at the beginning of the clip
- WILD CHERRY -- "Play That Funky Music"
- ERIC BURDON & WAR -- "Spill the Wine" 1970
- Barry Manilow's VSM
Kentucky Fried Chicken
- Dancin' by ONJ and The Tubes. Yeah it's from Xanadu, but I love how they pull the two pieces together in the end.
- Walk Away by Donna Summer
- r31's mind stinks
- All I Know - Art Garfunkel
- THE BABYS -- "Isn't It Time"
John Waite was the lead singer.
- Thanks r18. I haven't thought of Kenny Rankin in a long time. I loved his song, "Silver Morning" and still do.
- I Can Help - Billy Swan
Say Goodnight - Paul McCartney and Wings
With Your Love - Jefferson Starship
Stay Awhile - The Bells
Summer - War
Telephone Line - Electric Light Orchestra
Devil Woman - Cliff Richard
Bad Time - Grand Funk Railroad
Hey St. Peter - Flash in the Pan
Stand Tall - Burton Cummings
- You're Havin' My Baby! (what a lovely way to say how you feel about me!)
- Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes
- "Arrow Through Me" by Wings.
I used to love that song. Depressed for a week when it peaked around #30 then just fell off the charts in 1979.
- Billy Don't Be a Hero sappy anti-war song that's actually about the civil war.
- Who Do You Think You Are - Jigsaw
- Popcorn - Hot Butter
Emma - Hot Chocolate
Blue Money - Van Morrison
Don't Cry Joni - Conway Twitty
He Don't Love You (like I love you) - Tony Orlando and Dawn
Our Love - Natalie Cole
Love Will Find a Way - Pablo Cruise
So Into You - Atlanta Rhythm Section
Give It Up Or Let Me Go - Bonnie Raitt
Sufficiently Breathless - Captain Beyond
Superman - The Kinks
- The perfect pairing-- Robin Trower and James Dewar, "Long Misty Days."
- Another gem from Robin Trower, with James Dewar's killer vocals -- "In City Dreams."
- "One Fine Morning" - Lighthouse
This song reminds me of I'm Your Vehicle, with all the driving, blaring horns.
- Starlight, ELO.
- Speaking of ELO: "Last Train to London" (maybe a little more "disco" than "groovy" though...)
- From '71, "Do Ya" by THE MOVE
Jeff Lynn was in this group before forming ELO.
This is a better version of this great song
- Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again -- The Fortunes.
- Do Ya Know What I Mean? -- Lee Michaels
- In the Summertime -- Mungo Jerry
- "Shame, Shame, Shame" - Shirley and Company
- CLARENCE CARTER -- "Strokin' "
Popular in bars.
- I Can't Stand the Rain (Disco version by Eruption - 1978)
Originally recorded by Ann Peebles in 1973. I never heard this song in my life before last month then saw this clip from the BBC's Top of the Pops rebroadcast, heard it being played in the supermarket AND a friend started singing it out of the blue. All within the space of a week.
- R62, it's also on Tina Turner's "Private Dancer" album.
- Sundown by Gordon Lightfoot.
- Not obscure but about as "groovy" as you can get: Afternoon Delight by the Starland Vocal Band.
- R65, that is one of the worst songs of any decade.
It's so much worse, even, than "We Built This Country," which so many people think -- or have been sheepled into saying -- is the worst song ever, that I can't believe anyone put it on a list of "groovy" anything.
- [quote] It's so much worse, even, than "We Built This Country," which so many people think -- or have been sheepled into saying -- is the worst song ever
There's another song you should hear. People think it's really bad. It's called, "We Built This City."
- That's it. Thanks, R67, for the correction. And the side of cunt.
- Father Christmas by the Kinks. Possibly the only holiday song about robbing and beating up Santa Claus
- Its groovy and 70's,the song might have been a hit but this cover can probably be called oddly obscure
- Baby, It's You.
- Not so obscure but Love to Love You, Baby, performed by Donna Summer on Soul Train.
- Like R71's choice, a selection from 1969, Mind Body and Soul.
- Rock and Roll Hoochie Coo.
- MacArthur's Park and One Less Bell to Answer are from the 60s, not the 70s.
- America owns this thread with Woman Tonight - what the hell is going on with this reggae fusion freakout?
- The Snake - Al Wilson
Jeans on - David Dundas
Forever and Ever - Demis Roussos
Don't Give Up On Us Baby - David Soul
Avenues and Alleyways - Tony Christie
- R41 - Beautiful!
- r59 am I wrong or is it actually titled 'One Monkey Don't Stop No Show?'
I don't know how obscure this was but it's odd, 70's, and groovy, enjoy to long version...
- R76 "One Less Bell To Answer" from The Fifth Dimension is from 1970.
R65 Always loved that song. It always brings back great memories for me. Never understood the hate for it, but to each their own.
"Good Friend" - Mary MacGregor
"You're The Love" - Seals & Crofts
"Rocky" - Austin Roberts
"The Night Chicago Died" - Paper Lace
- We're All Alone by Rita Coolidge
- "Moonlight Feels Right" by Starbuck
"So Into You" by Atlanta Rhythm Section
Summer is a great time to watch "Swingtime" a 13 episode drama series about life in the seventies that aired a few years ago on CBS. The music was great and it starred Lana Parilla, who went on to star in "Once Upon A Time" and the awesome Miriam Shor. A really fun show.
- OK, for the mellow side of groovy... obscure and bittersweet. if Music Mike creeps you out, skip to 0:50
- Strawberry Letter 23, first done by Shuggie Otis (obscure version) later by the Brothers Johnson (top ten hit I believe). Great trippy tune that screams 70s groove to me whenever I hear it.
- I LOVE Strawberry Letter 23 by the Brothers Johnson. I have it on my ipod and blast it in my car. The Brothers Johnson had a lot great tunes.
- it took 87 posts to get here, but totally worth it, so slip it right under Quincy Jones
- Fabulous R87. Love it.
- Thomas and Richard Frost's "Visualize" is a gem. The entire LP.
- "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty.. One of the best songs that came out of the 70's and one of my all time favorites.
- " #9 Dream " by John Lennon.. Strange lyrics but an incredibly beautiful arrangement and feel to it.
- If you liked "One Less Bell to Answer," "Wedding Bell Blues" might be up your alley.
- Gypsy Woman - Brian Hyland
Dancing in the Moonlight - Thin Lizzy (different from the King Harvest song, but that's good too)
Love Is The Answer - Todd Rundgren
Beyond The Blue Horizon - Lou Christie
Cherche La Femme - Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band
- The Streisand compilation of A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME with ONE LESS BELL TO ANSWER!
- Moonlight by Starbuck, as mentioned above.
Jackie Blue, by Ozark Mountain Daredevils.
- Herb Alpert - "Rise"
- [quote]MacArthur's Park
NO POSSESSIVE. It's "MacArthur Park," which is an actual place.
God this drives me crazy.
- "This Time I'm In It For Love" - Player.
A Top 10 hit in 1978, but virtually forgotten about today.
- "I Put a Spell on You" by Tim Curry.
- Couldn't Get It Right - Climax Blues Band
- Never underestimate some of the pop that came from the first 3 Partridge Family Albums...
"I Can Feel Your Hearbeat"
"Singing My Song"
"Lay It On The Line"
"One Night Stand"
"I Woke Up In Love This Morning"
"Love Is All I Ever Needed"
Pretty groovy tracks and some well produced pop...
- I think it was the 70s - a song by a former Vegas showgirl, can't remember the name but the last line in every verse was "bla bla Billy Joe Macalester bla bla bla the Tallahatchee Bridge". It was a big hit and a great song. Does anyone remember the name?
- "The Lord's Prayer" by Sister Janet Meade. Just the grooviest, weirdest spiritual Top 40 hit I ever heard.
- Andy Kim's song "Rock Me Gently." Every time I hear it, I know the lyrics are supposed to say "Fuck Me Gently." ("... me slowly. Take it easy. Don't you know? That I have never been loved like this before.")
It's like an early anthem for the early 70s bi-curious!
- r102, Ode to Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry
- Was Bobbie Gentry a Vegas showgirl? I had no idea. I just thought she had witnessed Billy Jo throw that doll off of the Tallahatche Bridge!
- bump for dittees
- I don't see Midnight at the Oasis in this list.
- Lovefire - by Jigsaw (the people who did the original version of Sky High, a classic homo anthem).
- Speaking of THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY, I love this song.
- Shirley and Company, "Shame Shame Shame"
- Up the Ladder to the Roof by the Ross-less Supremes
- One of these nights - The Eagles
R106 , it was a fetus!
- Tired of Being Alone: Al Green
- Put the Bone in - Terry Jacks.
"Cause my doggie has been hit by a car(rrrrrr).
- Minor disco hit, Devil's Run by Peter Jacques Band.
- Wreckless Eric-Whole Wide World
- What is the song where at one point they say (really fast) I can dig it, he can dig it, she can dig it...
- r119, that's Grazin in the Grass by Friends of Distinction
- Come and Get Your Love - Redbone
- "deeper and deeper i go, into the dream world i know". does anybody know what song this is. this is the chorus from a song i heard on radio in newcastle australia. probably 1975 - 1978.
- Andy Pratt was kind of obscure in the '70s. At least, I was the first person I knew who'd heard of him. Here's "Resolution" from the eponymous album:
- R90, "Baker Street" was the utter, absolute, 180-degree [italic]opposite[/italic] of obscure. You couldn't get away from hearing that song at least once an hour in LA in the summer of '78.
- Gerry Rafferty's "Home And Dry" is kind of obscure. It was never a major hit in the US (#28, I think), but a good song nonetheless.
- Lulu - I Could Never Miss You (a hit in 1981, but it was first released in 1979).
- Dusty was hit or miss in the 70s, but this should have been a hit - Who Gets Your Love
- Steve Forbert's "Goin' down to Laurel" was obscure enough, the original version isn't on youtube. Here's one from 2007.
- Steve Forbert's "It Isn't Going to Be that Way."
- Get Off by Foxy
- Up in a Puff of Smoke - Polly Brown. She once sang in a duo and due to her Dionne Warwick-like sound, the PTB had her "black up" for Top of the Pops. -Cringe-
- r123 -- I bought Andy Pratt's album for his song "Avenging Annie" which was a minor FM station hit here.
It's still around my house somewhere, probably in a banker's box with all my other albums.
- "Sundown" by Gordon Lightfoot and "Baker Street" are by no means "obscure." They were both huge hits. You still hear them on the radio today. "Baker Street" is considered a classic.
- [quote]"Baker Street" is considered a classic.
And it earned its classichood, allsummerlong in 1978. Allsummerlong. Allsummerlong. Allsummerlong.
- Love is like Oxygen, by Sweet
- Cowsills-The Rain the Park and other things
- 1967, R136.
- anything by dusty springfield.
- Run run run Runaway
- The Power of Gold was written by Dan Fogelberg in 1978 and is the tenth and last track off of Fogleberg's release with Tim Weisberg...Twin Sons of Different Mothers.
- Indian Reservation
- Maybe this will be obscure enough.
Lounge-y, Hawaiian pop-rock.
Major regional hit, and did manage to be a very minor hit elsewhere, but seems completely forgotten.
Liz Damon's Orient Express(1971)
- "Step Out" is a mellow early-70's single off of the Mamas and the Papas vastly underrated final album ("People Like Us"). I love the groovy bass, the melancholy tone, and Michelle's tender vocals. It's one of those songs that should have been a hit.
- I'm listening to a retro American Top 40 show from July 1978, and the song "You" by Rita Coolidge is the highest debut. It took me back to that time, I was pretty young, but can remember the music my parents would listen to. They preferred the easy listening variety, and this song seems to have a disco/easy listening feel that seems unique to this era.
I was also a little surprised that this is the only version I could find on You Tube, for a song that was a minor Top 40 hit.
- Second R41 and R135
Not obscure, but neither overexposed: Carol Douglas, "Doctor's Orders
- Celia Cruz, "Quimbara"
- Anyone get this one? Reminiscing? Love it
- Brothers Johnson, "I'll Be Good To You"
- Do-the-hustle bump
- R148 = theme song to the series "Frautown."
- Brother's Gonna Work it Out: Willie Hutch
Mighty High: Mighty Clouds of Joy
Free Me From My Freedom: Bonnie Pointer
You Don't Own Me: Klaus Volmi
Say Goodbye to Hollywood: Ronnie Spector
Discover Me & Walk Away From Love: David Ruffin
Boogie Down: Eddie Kendricks
- Floy Joy by the Supremes
- R145 Thanks for giving some props to that Rita Coolidge song. A great song that deserved better than its Top 30 peak on the Pop Charts. Diana Ross' "Gettin' Ready For Love" is another song from around the same time that has the same Disco/Easy Listening feel to it and has become virtually obscure and forgotten today.
- The Mexican by Babe Ruth.
Usually after I play it, someone asks for a copy.
- Lee Michaels - "Do You Know What I Mean"
Jonathan Edwards - "Sunshine"
- R50, Oh my God! Please tell me you're not a lesbian! LOL. Not that there's anything wrong with lesbians, but it's rare to find a gay man who has a clue who Robin Trower is.
Hearing Trower's music takes me back to the mid-'70s, when I spent my days surfing and hanging out with friends. We surfed a lot of waves, smoked a lot of pot, and sucked a lot of surfer dick (and got mine sucked by a lot of hot surfers), while listening to Robin Trower, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, The Who, The Stones, The Beatles & Grand Funk. Those were the days. Life has sure changed. I haven't surfed in decades or smoked pot in 30 Years. LOL.
R25, THAT is an obscure list of rock classics. I haven't heard many of those since the '70s.
R55, I love that song. ELO rocked!
- Thanks R154, I actually found a disco version of "You" as well. I never knew Rita had disco remixes.
I've been listening to the song all week. I don't know why it's bringing back so many memories for me all of a sudden.
- Dusk - Treat Me Like A Good Piece Of Candy
- Freda Payne - Bring the Boys Home
One of the best anti-war songs ever.
- Alice Cooper - Only Women Bleed