- Elton John, who had already racked up hits with softies like Daniel, Rocket Man and Crocodile Rock, came out swinging with Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting.
- Chicago, who lulled us with Color My World and gave us the happy romp of Saturday in the Park, lurched onto the radio with Feelin' Stronger Every Day. (Little did I know that in the late 1960s, Chicago was a hard-rocking band. Give the live Toronto 1969 album a listen for a great example of this period.)
- Paul McCartney, the epitome of sweetness, did James Bond and released Live and Let Die in the summer of '73.
- Gilbert O'Sullivan -- the epitome of syrupy pop at the time -- released Get Down. OK, it's a stretch, but his loving ode to a misbehaving dog was uptempo and was a virtual rocker compared to Claire and Alone Again, Naturally.
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