1971 Saturday Morning Flashback [Playlist]

smf 125 1971 Saturday Morning Flashback [Playlist]In 1971, minimum wage was $1.60 an hour and a new stereo LP cost around $3.50 (8 tracks and cassettes were a dollar more). It was a fertile year for music, with unforgettable recordings from the Stones, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, Carole King, Marvin Gaye, The Doors, and, well, 4 hours worth of great songs!

Here’s today’s playlist:


  • Song – Artist
  • Changes – David Bowie
  • I’d Love to Change the World – Ten Years After
  • Morning Rain – Fleetwood Mac
  • Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
  • Memphis – Faces
  • Willin’ – Little Feat
  • Tired of Being Alone – Al Green
  • Dead Flowers – Rolling Stones
  • Another Day – Paul McCartney & Wings
  • Bertha – Grateful Dead
  • Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin
  • 20th Century Man – The Kinks
  • Shaft – Isaac Hayes
  • Misty Mountain Hop – Led Zeppelin
  • I Feel the Earth Move – Carole King
  • Illegal Smile – John Prine
  • When I’m Dead and Gone – McGuinness Flint
  • Mercy Mercy Me – Marvin Gaye
  • Jeepster – T. Rex
  • Rock and Roll Stew – Traffic
  • Goin’ Mobile – The Who
  • Walk Away – James Gang
  • The WASP – The Doors
  • Everything’s Coming Our Way – Santana
  • Wild Night – Van Morrison
  • Chicago – Graham Nash
  • Imagine – John Lennon
  • Respect Yourself – Staple Singers
  • Where do the Children Play – Cat Stevens
  • Every Picture Tells a Story – Rod Stewart
  • Tiny Dancer – Elton John
  • Life on Mars? – David Bowie
  • Hot Rod Lincoln – Commander Cody
  • Proud Mary – Ike & Tina Turner
  • Room Full of Mirrors – Jimi Hendrix
  • Baby Blue – Badfinger
  • Don’t Try to Lay no Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock & Roll – Long John Baldry
  • California Man – The Move
  • Watching the River Flow – Bob Dylan
  • Wild Horses – Rolling Stones
  • Next week: 1987 (April 7)

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  • debbie korell

    Happy April Fools day XRT i remember some of your famous pranks….

    like when you gave the directions that when in a circle…
    or almost lost your lincense with pay per raido…. 20 years b efore it came real
    or the dead rock star concert in the partk
    or your new home… on the bridge of the chicago tiver

    love to all of you

  • Lango6

    Often think that 1971 was one of the greatest for music as evidenced by this list. Too bad George Harrison’s tremendous work form All Things Must Pass didn’t make the cut. While it was officially released in 1970, it spent its time at the top of the charts in 1971 and since this playlist is attempting to recreate what we may have heard in that year, Harrison’s work belongs there too.

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