Jim Croce "Operator" - Back in 1972, this song, and Harry Chapin's, "Taxi" were my favorite singer-songwriter songs of that year. Jim Croce was such a great talent and Maury Muehleisen was an integral part of Jim's sound. As an aside, back in 2004, when I was regularly working my Shady Grove Radio broadcasts, I delved into Maury Muehleisen's background and ended up buying a copy of his 1970 LP, Gingerbreadd to add to my radio playlist. In searching the web, I also found that Maury's sister, Mary, was working on a book about Maury's life and I contacted her about using some of Maury's songs from Gingerbreadd on my broadcasts. She offered to call me and we talked on the phone for well over an hour about Maury and Jim Croce. Mary commented that Jim realized and had been totally enthusiastic about Maury's contributions to his music. Both Jim and Maury are truly missed by a great many music fans!
The Beatles "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" - I contend that whether or not you were a fan of The Beatles at the outset of the British Invasion, you most likely became one with the release of their 1965 LP, Rubber Soul. With clever lyrics, gorgeous harmonies and catchy melodies, all applied to many themes from whimsy to serious, the whole of their catalog of music was riveting for anyone letting their music in.