One Chart Dig: January 3, 1972

We’re twelve days past the winter solstice, the day when daylight is most scarce here in the Northern Hemisphere. On that day – December 22 – the sun rose here at 7:54 a.m. and set at 4:36 p.m., giving us eight hours and forty-two minutes of daylight.

Today, the sun rose at 7:56 and will set at 4:45 p.m., meaning that in these twelve days, we’ve gained back eleven minutes of daylight as we head toward summer time and the fifteen hours of daylight it brings. I should be encouraged, but I’m not. So I’m going to go find some figurative shelter in a few moments.

Talking about shelter, however, brings to mind Merry Clayton. Forty years ago this week, she had a record in the Billboard Hot 100. “After All This Time,” a track pulled from her second, self-titled, album was sitting at No. 71; it would go no higher.

“After All This Time” was the third of six singles that Clayton would get in or near the Hot 100 between 1970 and 1988. The best-performing were her last two, both of which peaked at No. 45: “Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow” – the theme from the television series Baretta –in 1975, and “Yes,” from the soundtrack to the movie Dirty Dancing, in 1988.

Here’s “After All This Time.”

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2 Responses to “One Chart Dig: January 3, 1972”

  1. Steve E. says:

    “After All This Time” charted on the KHJ Boss 30 in Southern California, peaking at No. 25 in late 1971. What’s odd for me is that even though I was listening almost exclusively to KHJ at that time (I was 13), I have no memory of this record, either by title or by hearing it. There aren’t many titles from 1968 to the late 1970s that have disappeared from my memory, but this was one.

  2. Paco Malo says:

    With that voice and raw soul sensibility how could this woman not have been a superstar? She still lives on in Scorsese films and a timeless performance on the album Let it Bleed. Thanks for digging this out.

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