Today on the Top 6 at 6 I'm playing the Top 6 songs in Cleveland from this week in 1974.
Jim Croce wrote "Time in a Bottle" his wife Ingrid told him she was pregnant with his son, Adrian, in December 1970. It appeared on his 1972 debut album You Don't Mess Around with Jim and was never intented to be released as a single.
When Jim Croce was killed in a plane crash in September 1973, the song's lyrics, dealing with immortality and the wish to have more time, came across as if he had had a presentiment, subsequently received a lot of airplay. It was eventually issued as a 7", it became his second and final #1 hit.
"Time in a Bottle" has been covered many times, including on October 8, 1977 episode of The Muppet Show. The Muppet version features an old scientist that drinks a potion to reduce his age.
Here are the Top 6 songs in Cleveland from this week in 1974:
6. Top Of The World - Carpenters
5. Hello It’s Me – Todd Rundgren
4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
3. Show & Tell – Al Wilson
2. The Joker – Steve Miller Band
1. Time In A Bottle – Jim Croce