A Pretty Good Guy

  • CHRIS KNIGHT: A PRETTY GOOD GUY: 2001: This album was released on 9.11.01. After his debut album in 1998- his label dropped him and it took three years to get a new label and a new album. More strong songwriting- in the mold of Steve Earle and John Prine two of Knight’s heroes. Among my favorites on this -Becky’s Bible, If I Were You, A Pretty Good Guy, Oil Patch Town,  Send A Boat and  Down The River. I am hoping to see Knight in concert in a couple months.

I was on a little car trip today and on SiriusXM Radio listened to American Top 40 on the 70’s at 7 channel with Casey Kasem from April 10, 1976. A mixed bag of songs that week- a lot of trash but some diamonds- my favorites from the week- in no order- a top 10- Dream Weaver- Gary Wright, Dream On- Aerosmith, Right Back Where We Started From- Maxine Nightingale, Golden Years- David Bowie, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do- Abba, Rhiannon-Fleetwood Mac, Sara Smile- Hall and Oates, Misty Blue-Dorothy Moore, Strange Magic- ELO and Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen… Note- Disco Lady has to be one of the most obscene songs ever on the radio!

1 1 DISCO LADY –•– Johnnie Taylor (Columbia)-10 (2 weeks at #1) (1)
2 2 DREAM WEAVER –•– Gary Wright (Warner Brothers)-15 (2)
3 3 LONELY NIGHT (Angel Face) –•– The Captain and Tennille (A&M)-12 (3)
4 4 LET YOUR LOVE FLOW –•– The Bellamy Brothers (Warner Brothers / Curb)-11 (4)
5 6 RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM –•– Maxine Nightingale (United Artists)-9 (5)
6 7 DREAM ON –•– Aerosmith (Columbia)-23 (6)
7 16 BOOGIE FEVER –•– The Sylvers (Capitol)-9 (7)
8 11 ONLY SIXTEEN –•– Dr. Hook (Capitol)-15 (8)
9 12 SWEET LOVE –•– The Commodores (Motown)-16 (9)
10 10 GOLDEN YEARS –•– David Bowie (RCA)-18 (10)

11 13 SHOW ME THE WAY –•– Peter Frampton (A&M)-8 (11)
12 15 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY –•– Queen (Elektra)-15 (12)
13 5 SWEET THING –•– Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan (ABC)-15 (5)
14 8 DECEMBER, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) –•– The Four Seasons (Warner Brothers / Curb)-16 (1)
15 17 THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH (All Over the World) –•– The Carpenters (A&M)-7 (15)
16 9 MONEY HONEY –•– The Bay City Rollers (Arista)-10 (9)
17 14 DEEP PURPLE –•– Donny and Marie Osmond (MGM)-18 (14)
18 27 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE –•– Elvin Bishop (Capricorn)-6 (18)
19 19 ALL BY MYSELF –•– Eric Carmen (Arista)-17 (2)
20 59 WELCOME BACK –•– John Sebastian (Reprise)-3 (20)

21 21 ACTION –•– Sweet (Capitol)-9 (21)
22 22 LOVE MACHINE (Part 1) –•– The Miracles (Tamla)-25 (1)
23 26 I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO –•– Abba (Atlantic)-9 (23)
24 20 TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT –•– Eagles (Asylum)-17 (4)
25 18 TANGERINE –•– The Salsoul Orchestra (Salsoul)-12 (18)
26 34 SHANNON –•– Henry Gross (Lifesong)-7 (26)
27 31 LIVIN’ FOR THE WEEKEND –•– The O’Jays (Philadelphia International)-6 (27)
28 28 ONLY LOVE IS REAL –•– Carole King (Ode)-9 (28)
29 29 LOOKING FOR SPACE –•– John Denver (RCA)-6 (29)
30 30 LOVE FIRE –•– Jigsaw (Chelsea)-10 (30)

31 35 LORELEI –•– Styx (A&M)-9 (31)
32 33 YOU’LL LOSE A GOOD THING –•– Freddy Fender (ABC / Dot)-9 (32)
33 37 FOPP –•– The Ohio Players (Mercury)-8 (33)
34 39 SARA SMILE –•– Daryl Hall and John Oates (RCA)-11 (34)
35 41 STRANGE MAGIC –•– Electric Light Orchestra (United Artists)-5 (35)
36 38 WE CAN’T HIDE IT ANYMORE –•– Larry Santos (Casablanca)-9 (36)
37 45 TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN –•– Barry Manilow (Arista)-4 (37)
38 49 MISTY BLUE –•– Dorothy Moore (Malaco)-4 (38)
39 46 RHIANNON (Will You Ever Win) –•– Fleetwood Mac (Reprise)-6 (39)
40 40 HIT THE ROAD JACK –•– The Stampeders (Quality)-7 (40)

This evening listened to all three hours of The NEON BEAT- on Radio George


  1. Good stuff! I had never heard of Chris Knight before. After listening into the first tunes of this album, it sounds like his music is right my alley. I’ve heard some music from Steve Earle before and liked it as well. Knight also reminds me a bit of John Mellencamp, who is one of my absolute favorite root rockers.

    As for the Top 40 from April 10, 1976, I take these tunes any day over the crap you find in the charts these days. Sure, the majority of stuff wasn’t that great, but there were some gems, such as “Dream On” (Aerosmith), “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Queen), “Take It To The Limit” (Eagles) and “Rhiannon” (Fleetwood Mac). Some of the other tunes I like include “Dream Weaver” (Gary Wright), “December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)” (Four Seasons) and “Show Me The Way” (Peter Frampton).

    By comparison, looking at the current charts, I hardly know any of the artists, not to mention their music, so I would be hard pressed to point out my favorite songs! I think Ed Sheeran is pretty talented and see is listed at no. 7 with a tune called “Perfect.” I’m currently listening to it, and it’s okay. Another name I recognize is country artist Jason Aldean who is at no. 36 with “You Make It Easy” – not a bad tune either; in fact, there are some similarities to Chris Knight. 🙂

    • One of these weeks I am going to go to the Billboard Top 100 and force myself to listen to every song– how many do you think I will like? If I like ten I’d be shocked but who knows….I am sure you are correct that the top 40 from 1976 would be much more to my liking…. Found it interesting that two of the top 6 songs- had titles with Dream in it.

    • Sadly, taking a quick glance at the current remaining songs, I hardly spot anything. There is a Chris Stapleton tune (“Broken Halos”) at no. 64 I would listen to. I’ve heard and like some of his music.

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