1973 Joni Mitchell – You Turn Me On, I’m A Radio

1973 Joni Mitchell – You Turn Me On, I’m A Radio 

Joni Mitchell’s album Blue came out in 1971. Despite winning critical praise and later becoming one of the most beloved albums of the seventies, no hit singles came from the album.

Her record label insisted she record something “radio-friendly” for her next album (For the Roses) and she responded by writing the song You Turn Me On, I’m A Radio. Several friends helped with the recording session, including Graham Nash, David Crosby, and Neil Young. The only musical contribution from the three that survived the session was Graham’s harmonica backup.

Joni meant the song as a sarcastic slap at her label, but as you might expect, the song turned into a hit record. They released the single in November 1972, and it peaked at #25 on the Hot 100 and reached #13 on the Adult Contemporary chart in early 1973. It was the first time Joni landed in the top forty in the US.

Joni wrote her next single from the album about James Taylor and his heroin addiction. By the time Joni recorded the song, James had ended their relationship and taken up with Carly Simon, whom he eventually married.

That single did not chart at all. 


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