Day 78: Heart of Gold

Song: “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young
Reached #1: March 18, 1972 (his first, 1 week)

Live in New York, 2008

So… how many #1 singles does Neil Young have?

Of course, it’s a trick question – this is it.  None of his singles with CSNY, Crazy Horse, or Buffalo Springfield reached #1, nor have any of his subsequent solo singles.

So… does it matter?

Of course, it’s also a trick question. Neil Young isn’t about singles – he’s about music, and he’s been one of the most influential performers and writers of his 40 years.

There’s no way I can sum up Young’s Hall of Fame career, nor would I want to try.

I’ll just hit Play and listen to Young singing “Heart of Gold” 37 years after its release, and enjoy that it sounds almost the same as the original recording… well, except for the fact that James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt weren’t doing backing vocals on the live version…

No songs hit #1 on March 19, so tomorrow, I’ll find something to talk about from today’s list…

Other songs that reached #1 on March 18:
1967 –
“Penny Lane” by the Beatles (their thirteenth, 1 week)
1978 – “Night Fever” by the Bee Gees (their sixth, 8 weeks)
2000 – “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child (their second, 3 weeks)
2006 – “So Sick” by Ne-Yo (his first, 2 weeks)

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