As I Suspected . . .

While digging into several Billboard Hot 100s from July 8 across the years yesterday, I noted that my files did not show a Bubbling Under section for the Hot 100 from July 8, 1972. I was careful as I wrote not to say that there was no such section, as I was pretty sure there had been.

And soon enough, two readers told me my hunch was correct: Long-time reader and frequent commenter Yah Shure emailed me, and reader Milton Butler left a comment at the post. Both of them included a list of the fourteen records that made up that Bubbling Under section of the chart for July 8, 1972. (My thanks to both of them!)

A note about the files I use when I look at the Billboard pop charts from over the years: They are Notepad files that I found at one forum or another maybe eight years ago, and I have no idea of their origin. Someone with more time than sense expended a lot of effort in compiling every weekly pop chart from December 1954 to mid-July 2004. Sometimes, they have a Bubbling Under section and sometimes they don’t.

Yah Shure and Milton found the Bubbling Under section for that week by combing through the digital file of the magazine offered at Google Books. I don’t know whether the unknown compiler of the files I use simply missed it or just decided to skip it. Nor do I know if the magazine offered a Bubbling Under section every week, but there are a good number of weekly charts in my files that do not have that section. And I have to admit I’d never thought of looking into the digital files at Google Books to find out more information.

Anyway, now that I have the information, I should use it. Yesterday’s piece looked at records in those various July 8 charts that were ranked at No. 100 and at the bottom of the Bubbling Under section. Here are the records that were Bubbling Under in the July 8, 1972 chart:

101. “Rock & Roll Crazies” by Stephen Stills & Manassas
102. “Hushabye” by Robert John
103. “Down On Me” by Janis Joplin
104. “Hot Fun In The Summertime” by David T. Walker
105. “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” by Heaven Bound w/Tony Scotti
106. “Bad Side Of The Moon” by April Wine
107. “Café” by Malo
108. “See You In September” by Mike Curb Congregation
109. “Put It Where You Want It” by the Crusaders
110. “Circus” by Mike Quatro
111. “One A.M.” by the Dillards
112. “Everybody Plays The Fool” by the Main Ingredient
113. “You’re Still A Young Man” by Tower Of Power
114. “Say What I Feel” by B.W. Stevenson

B.W. Stevenson’s “Say What I Feel” spent two weeks at No. 114 then fell out of the chart, although it went to No. 38 on the adult contemporary chart. It was the first charting record for Stevenson, who is likely best remembered for his 1973 hit “My Maria,” which went to No. 9 and spent a week at No. 1 on the AC chart. (In 1996, Brooks & Dunn’s cover of “My Maria” was No. 1 on the country chart for three weeks.) Stevenson, who passed on during heart surgery in 1988, placed three other records in the lower half of the Hot 100 between 1973 and 1977. The best known of them was “Shambala,” which stalled at No. 66 in the spring of 1973 but which Three Dog Night covered and took to No. 3 at about the same time.

“Say What I Feel,” which was written by Michael Martin Murphey, was pulled from Stevenson’s 1972 self-titled album, and Yah Shure sent me a link to a video that offers it and another tune from that 1972 album, “Save A Little Time For Love.” (“Say What I Feel” starts at about the two-minute point of the video.)

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2 Responses to “As I Suspected . . .”

  1. Tim McMullen says:

    Stevenson’s albums were quite lovely. He did a very nice version of one of Michael Martin Murphey’s finest songs, “Texas Morning,” although I actually prefer Mike Nesmith’s recording from “Nevada Fighter” (not to mention Murphey finally covering it on his “Peaks, Valleys, Honky Tonks & Alleys” album and more recently in “Campfire on the Road”).

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