On this day in 1972 Neil Young was No.1 at the Hot 100 with “Heart Of Gold”

It was the only No.1 for the singer-songwriter in the U.S

On this day in 1972 Neil Young was No.1 at the Hot 100 with “Heart Of Gold”

Released on his 1972 album “Harvest”, “Heart Of Gold” was Neil Young’s only No.1 song in the U.S Hot 100 chart. The single was released in January 1972 and reached the top of the chart on March 18 of the same year. The song, which features backup vocals of James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, is one of a series of soft acoustic pieces which were written partly as a result of a back injury. Unable to stand for long periods of time, Young could not play his electric guitar and so returned to his acoustic guitar, which he could play sitting down. He also played his harmonica during the three instrumental portions, including the Introduction to the song. Young played this song in 1971 solo shows before recording it. “Heart Of Gold” remains one of Neil Young’s most popular and played songs to this day, however, in 1985, Bob Dylan admitted that he disliked hearing this song, despite always liking Neil Young.

Look back at Neil Young performing “Heart Of Gold”, live at the BBC in 1971

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