30 Years in My Musical Wheelhouse: 1972

1972 was the year in which I finished one of my favorite grades in school, third grade. My teacher continues to be something of a saint in my book. She lives an active life in my town while we stay in touch via Facebook. Her name is Nancy Dix, and she was the correct combination of compassion and toughness that I always craved in educators. Unfortunately, as educators, we will never reach all of our students, but it seems that the students we connect with we end up sharing a special life-long bond.

Carly Simon

Mrs. Dix was the first person I remember who encouraged me to embrace all of my quirky sides as my true self. When your peers think you are weird, it makes a young person’s life a little rough. But, when there is an adult who understands you, the world opens up. It’s a shame that I had to wait another four years having another educator who view me through a serious lens.

Big Star

It was in 1972 that my music affliction began to take a serious turn. I discovered FM radio that year, which increased the colors on my musical palette thanks to the best radio station I ever heard in my life, 93.1 FM WNAP, “The Buzzard.” Their combination of deep rock cuts and Top 40 pop hits was innovative and ahead of its time. And, they had the best combination of on air personalities ever assembled, most of whom went on to bigger fame in bigger markets. Yet, all have stated that their best years were spent in “Naptown,” as Indy used to be called.

Stevie Wonder 1971 on “Top Of The Pops”

In addition to FM radio, my family became a regular presence at the local country club, which gave me access to the musical tastes of the high school kids of the upper middle class. Those tastes coupled with the tastes of my more working class neighbors gave me an interesting mix of great music of the day.

War

Growing up, I was always drawn to older people, especially those who were in high school while I was in elementary school. I found that I could learn so much from them about socialization. Plus, their experiences were so much better than my peers’ experiences. I don’t know how many days I sat in an inconspicuous place in a neighbor’s garage or family room while the older kids interacted, played music, smoked cigarettes and made out. These teens allowed this bratty kid to sort through their 45s and LPs while there, even occasionally letting do a stack of 45s on the record player.

Alice Cooper Band

Those fun, easy days are long gone. Still, they were an important part of my development as a man and a music aficionado. Therefore, those things mix together to make 1972 so special in my personal history.

And, now it’s time for a countdown.

50. Humble Pie – Smokin’

49. Neu! – Neu!

48. Deep Purple – Made in Japan

47. The Temptations – All Directions

46. Eagles – Eagles

45. T. Rex – The Slider

44. Little Feat – Sailin’ Shoes

43. The Doobie Brothers – Toulouse Street

42. Marvin Gaye – Trouble Man

41. Bread – Baby I’m-A Want You

40. Rod Stewart – Never a Dull Moment

39. Jim Croce – You Don’t Mess Around with Jim

38. The Staple Singers – Be Altitude: Respect Yourself

37. Al Green – I’m Still in Love with You

36. The Band – Rock of Ages

35. Aretha Franklin – Young, Gifted and Black

34. Yes – Close to the Edge

33. The O’Jays – Back Stabbers

32. Bill Withers – Still Bill

31. Curtis Mayfield – Superfly

30. The J. Geils Band – Live: Full House

29. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath, Vol. 4

28. Elton John – Honky Chateau

27. Van Morrison – Saint Dominic’s Preview

26. Slade – Slayed?

25. Al Green – Let’s Stay Together

24. Jackson Browne – Jackson Browne (Saturate Before Using)

23. The Allman Brothers Band – Eat a Peach

22. Carly Simon – No Secrets

21. Stevie Wonder – Music of My Mind

20. War – The World Is a Ghetto

19. Jimmy Cliff (and Others) – The Harder They Come

18. Nick Drake – Pink Moon

17. Randy Newman – Sail Away

16. Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes

15. Lou Reed – Transformer

14. Roxy Music – Roxy Music

13. Deep Purple – Machine Head

12. Chicago – Chicago V

11. Alice Cooper – School’s Out

10. Raspberries – Fresh

9. Paul Simon – Paul Simon

8. Stevie Wonder – Talking Book

7. Steely Dan – Can’t Buy a Thrill

6. Raspberries – Raspberries

5. The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street

4. Neil Young – Harvest

3. David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars

2. Todd Rundgren – Something/Anything?

1. Big Star – #1 Record

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

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