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I’ll be your Friend

Some highlights from the music industry for 1972: Sammy Davis, Jr. makes a guest appearance on the television show All in the Family. Elvis and Priscilla Presley separate. James Taylor and Carly Simon are married in a tiny ceremony in Simon’s Manhattan apartment. The first New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, with host Dick Clark, airs on ABC with Three Dog Night as the featured act. Blood, Sweat & Tears, Helen Reddy and Al Green also perform.
Overall, I did not find as many songs that I liked from 1972, as I did from ’70 and ’71.
But, there were great songs: “Rocket Man”, “Day by Day”, “Jesus is just Alright”, “Horse with no Name”, etc.
And, there were great artists: David Bowie, ABBA, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, the Carpenters, etc.
My favorite song from 1972 is “Lean on Me”.
“Lean on Me” is sung by Bill Withers. I don’t think I ever knew who sang the song. I do not remember ever not knowing this song. I like it because it is the ultimate friend song. It describes the unconditional love between two human beings.

This song was featured on the album “Still Bill”. It was Bill’s second album. Funny how I feel I can call him Bill. It is that friendship thing! He wrote the song using a Wurlitzer electric piano that he was able to get from the proceeds of his first album: “Just as I Am” which featured “Ain’t no Sunshine”.

Something that I found interesting about him: He spent nine years in the Navy, where he had speech therapy to overcome his stuttering. What an inspiring story. (songfacts.com)
There are two memories that I have of this song.
In 2005 I was watching the Disney Channel movie Buffalo Dreams with my three daughters, 1, 7, and 9 years old at the time. In the movie, the way they calm the buffalo down is by singing “Lean on Me.” There’s also a little girl in the movie that isn’t deaf, but refuses to speak since her and her brother’s parents died in a car crash. At the end of the movie, she ends up having to sing “Lean on Me” to calm a buffalo and save her brother.


The second memory is pretty recent. My daughter’s high school class sang this at their graduation. It was awesome. It made me smile and laugh.


Picture credits: rubbercityreview.com  en.wikipedia.org


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