Rhino's SUPER HITS OF THE '70s: HAVE A NICE DAY Series Vols. 1-3 [HERC'S M!X]

Much has been written, debated and discussed about Rhino's beloved Super Hits Of The 70s: Have A Nice Day series (HAND) of compact discs and cassettes since their introduction in 1990.  Volume by volume, song by song sound quality analysis has been performed by Ron "Boogiemonster" Gerber (HERE) and suitably nostalgic reviews have been written by the soft rock kid­™ (HERE) yet one issue fans frequently mention about HAND is the lack of a true chronological running order to each album as most of them are ordered by when a song peaked rather than when it was released and later albums in the series seem to be the results of some late in the game licensing deals.  Another grumble from fans is the inclusion of just a dozen songs per CD; for the majority of the albums in the series less than half the disc's capacity was utilized.  Well, your boy HERC took both matters into his own hands and is proud to announce his personal preferred mix of the venerable series.  Owing to the noted K-Tel album influence and inspiration for the series, each volume now has 20 songs, which means there are just fifteen albums in the newly envisioned collection instead of twenty-five as in the original HAND.  And each of those albums will be arranged in strict chronological order based on a song's debut on the Hot 100 (or in one case, The Bubbling Under The Hot 100 chart as the song failed to make the bigs) with ties broken by debut position on chart with lower debuts preceding higher ones, countdown style.  Today and each day until this Friday, HERC will spotlight three albums from his newly sequenced playlists along with his usual A/V embellishments.

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01-0101-01More Today Than YesterdaySpiral Starecase4/5/19698812
01-0201-02Baby It's YouSmith9/6/1969945
01-1101-03TracyCuff Links9/13/1969899
01-0401-04Cherry Hill ParkBilly Joe Royal10/4/19699915
01-0301-05Smile A Little Smile For MeFlying Machine10/4/1969665
01-0501-06Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him GoodbyeSteam10/18/1969761
16-0301-07Midnight CowboyFerrante & Teicher11/1/19699910
01-0701-08Early In The MorningVanity Fare11/22/19697712
01-0801-09ArizonaMark Lindsay12/6/1969979
01-0601-10VenusShocking Blue12/13/1969771
01-1001-11Come Saturday MorningSandpipers12/20/19698417
06-0401-12Oh Me Oh My (I'm A Fool For You Baby)Lulu12/27/19698822
02-0201-13Ma Belle AmieTee Set1/24/1970835
01-0901-14The RapperJaggerz1/31/1970792
02-0101-15Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)Edison Lighthouse2/21/1970685
02-0301-16Spirit In The SkyNorman Greenbaum2/28/1970643
02-0401-17Reflections Of My LifeMarmalade3/14/19709610
02-0501-18For The Love Of HimBobbi Martin3/14/19709313
02-0901-19Hitchin' A RideVanity Fare3/21/1970935
02-0601-20Little Green BagGeorge Baker Selection3/21/19708221

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02-0702-01Which Way You Goin' BillyPoppy Family3/28/19701002
16-0102-02VehicleIdes Of March3/28/1970982
01-1202-03Mississippi QueenMountain4/4/19709221
02-1102-04Everything Is BeautifulRay Stevens4/4/1970741
02-1002-05United We StandBrotherhood Of Man4/18/19709313
02-0802-06My Baby Loves Lovin'White Plains4/18/19709113
03-0102-07Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)Melanie4/25/1970896
06-0102-08Go BackCrabby Appleton5/9/19708636
16-0202-09Ride Captain RideBlues Image5/9/1970854
06-0302-10Gimme Dat DingPipkins5/23/1970659
02-1202-11Lay A Little Lovin' On MeRobin McNamara5/30/19709311
03-0202-12Tighter, TighterAlive & Kicking6/6/1970737
04-1102-13Silver BirdMark Lindsay6/13/19709525
16-0502-14Overture From TommyAssembled Multitude6/27/19708216
03-0302-15In The SummertimeMungo Jerry7/11/1970743
04-0102-16Yellow RiverChristie7/18/19709823
03-1102-17Julie, Do You Love MeBobby Sherman8/1/1970715
03-0502-18Green Eyed LadySugarloaf8/15/1970923
03-0402-19Neanderthal ManHotlegs8/22/19708122
04-0302-20For The Good TimesRay Price8/29/19709111

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03-0903-01Gypsy WomanBrian Hyland9/5/1970943
03-0603-02Indiana Wants MeR. Dean Taylor9/5/1970865
03-0803-03Montego BayBobby Bloom9/12/1970888
03-0703-04I Think I Love YouPartridge Family10/10/1970751
03-1003-05Amos MosesJerry Reed10/31/1970978
05-1203-06Burning BridgesMike Curb Congregation11/7/19709234
04-0503-08Mr. BojanglesNitty Gritty Dirt Band11/21/1970929
04-0203-09Rose GardenLynn Anderson11/28/1970933
04-0603-10Sweet MaryWadsworth Mansion12/26/1970987
05-0403-12SuperstarMurray Head1/2/19718214
04-0403-13Help Me Make It Through The NightSammi Smith1/16/1971988
04-0703-14One Toke Over The LineBrewer & Shipley2/13/19718410
04-0903-15Stay AwhileBells3/6/1971997
05-0103-16Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)Daddy Dewdrop3/6/1971879
04-1003-17WoodstockMatthews' Southern Comfort3/6/19718323
04-0803-18Put Your Hand In The HandOcean3/13/1971872
05-0303-19Here Comes The SunRichie Havens3/20/19719616
05-0203-20Me And You And A Dog Named BooLobo4/3/1971825

Many of the songs featured on the playlists from this post can be found on the following four vintage K-Tel albums:


  1. You know I am a fan of this series - I own all 25 on CD. I suspect you hit the nail on the head regarding the licensing issues that brought in earlier released tracks on later disks - that or the series got so popular it went beyond the original plan. Either way, good stuff. Thanks for remixing it.

  2. I've yet to come across someone who IS NOT a fan of this series. Have you? The fact that most of the songs were available on the K-Tel and Ronco albums I had when I was younger says it all. Even more than twenty years after the Have A Nice Day series first started, some of the songs are still not available anywhere else on CD.