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One Chart Dig: February 26, 1975

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

It’s been a busy week around here already: There was an event at church that took a good chunk of Monday, and yesterday, I took my mom to an eye appointment and out on some errands. And nobody really wants to go outside much at all these days, as the Polar Vortex spins out of control and pushes the temperature and the wind chill lower and lower. (The temperature as I write is -7 with a wind chill of -23.)

So I’m tending today to things that should have been done two days ago. But I did take a look back this morning at the Billboard Hot 100 from February 26, 1975, thirty-nine years ago today. The top slots were filled, as can be expected, with familiar records from familiar names; Average White Band, Eagles, Grand Funk, Doobie Brothers, Olivia Newton-John and so on.

But there were several unfamiliar titles as I made my way down the chart, and many of them could have reasonably been highlighted here. I kept going, though, all the way to the bottom of the chart, to No. 110 in the Bubbling Under section. And there I found “Swing Your Daddy” by Jim Gilstrap.

Gilstrap, according to Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles, is an R&B singer from Texas who did some backing vocals along the way for Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones. “Swing Your Daddy” is kind of odd, with a churchy organ intro and a faux-Fifties background chorus behind Gilstrap’s smooth vocal. Ah, well, it was 1975, and we listened to some odd things. The record went to No. 55, the best performance of three records that Gilstrap got into the Hot 100 (all in 1975), and it went to No. 10 on the R&B chart.

As it happens, I had a track by Gilstrap on my mp3 shelves without even knowing it: I learned from Gilstrap’s entry at Wikipedia that he provided the vocals for “I’ve Got You Where I Want You,” about thirty seconds of which was used in the soundtrack to the 1975 spy flick Three Days Of The Condor. I remember seeing the film in Alexandria, a small town about seventy miles northwest of St. Cloud, and I’ve had the soundtrack for a while, but Gilstrap’s track – offered in full in the soundtrack recording – was unfamiliar to me this morning. It’s nothing deep, but I like it.