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The day the 1970s pop music died


Mac Davis and Helen Reddy have both passed.

I remember Davis best for:

(1) Penning the Elvis Presley hit “In the Ghetto,” which Andrew Sullivan denounced recently for its glorification of Critical Race Theory and the 1619 project.

(2) Writing and performing “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me,” truly one of the most cringe-worthy bits of 1970s misogynist fantasizing (I put it in a tie for #1 in that category with Sammy Johns’ “Chevy Van.”)

(3) Starring opposite Nicke Nolte in North Dallas 40, in which Davis basically played Dandy Don Meredith.

I will always have a warm place in my heart for Reddy, who gave us a number of 70s pop classics, including most famously “I Am Woman.” My favorite however was and is her deliciously creepy 1974 ballad “Angie Baby.”


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