Relive The 5 Debut Singles From The Best New Rockers Of 1972
Everyone has to start somewhere and 1972 saw the emergence of new musicians ready to take on rock. Here are their debut singles:
Eagles – Take It Easy
It opened their debut album and eventually became one of their signature songs. Initially written by Jackson Browne, he had a tough time finishing it and at the time, Glenn Frey lived in the same apartment building as him. It was Frey who offered to help write the song. Browne recalled, “And he finished it in spectacular fashion. And, what’s more, arranged it in a way that was far superior to what I had written.”
Steely Dan – Dallas
It’s the first recording Steely Dan released and this single was not included in their debut album Can’t Buy a Thrill. The band’s drummer Jim Hodder sang lead. The song’s been largely forgotten and even the band members themselves aren’t too fond of it.
Raspberries – Don’t Want To Say Goodbye
A beautiful ballad, it was a hit in the band’s native Cleveland but didn’t crack the top 20 in the national charts. Still, it has that Paul McCartney vibe that’s just lovely.
Jackson Browne – Doctor, My Eyes
It was a surprise hit for Jackson Browne, peaking at #8 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It was also a crowd favorite and it became a staple in his live repertoire. David Crosby and Graham Nash provided harmony vocals.
Gary Glitter – Rock and Roll Parts 1 and 2
Although he had more than 25 hit singles, this was his only top 10 hit in the United States. It’s one of the best examples of glam rock.