My 1974 weekly charts – with youtube videos

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8th JAN 1974

Yes, freed from the UK singles charts – I now was free to include any tracks I liked, and I did so, album tracks, flops and especially American hits as I listened more to Paul Gambaccini’s American charts countdown and also I discovered the American forces radio Europe network (living in Gloucester we had different radio signals from previous Lincoln where Radio Luxembourg was the only alternative to radio 1).
It was also the last year of school for a lot of kids who’d been caught by the raising of school leaving age, and weren’t that interested in being there till 16. Hey ho. In those days local factories took on apprentices straight from school, and they wanted to be earning cash to go out to discos and suchlike. A new year and lots of new exciting records! The Sweet got their 5th consecutive number one with the stomping Teenage Rampage, one my brother bought and which I initially preferred to Chin-Chapman’s classic Tiger Feet from Mud (the one I bought with my birthday record tokens, yes I was now sweet 16, all shy and innocent, and much more interested in DC Comics and Pop music, and Star Trek, than anything else. I even used to read sciencefiction novels back then. Yes I had time to actually read books. Wow!)
highest new entry was the radio played track for the album Band On The Run which had already topped the charts. I had little money for albums, so I can’t express how frustrating it was to absolutely love a record and not be able to buy it. For months. A bit like 2014, then, only then it was rare, now it’s common.

A third Chinn-Chapman hit machine track also entered high for Suzi Quatro and what a gem, though that was also a few weeks away from release. Lulu was back. With a Bowie bang! The absolutely marvellous cover of his The Man Who Sold The World set Lulu on a path to kinda-cool (occasionally) and a chameleon-like musical career after her pop days of the 60’s. Meanwhile future-charters pop in lower down with flops that shoulda been hits, Gallagher & Lyle and Sutherland Brothers, writers of hit songs for others, most notably Tina Turner and Rod Stewart. Yes, Rod’s Sailing was a Sutherland Brothers cover version. Can I just say he completely changed the band’s version and turned it into a dirge? Just like almost all of his cover versions. Check out the original, way better.

1 ( 3 ) TEENAGE RAMPAGE The Sweet
2 ( NEW ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
3 ( 2 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
4 ( 9 ) TIGER FEET Mud
5 ( 1 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
6 ( NEW ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
7 ( 10 ) (I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Bubble Rock
8 ( 7 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
9 ( 14 ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Leo Sayer
10 ( 5 ) ROLL AWAY THE STONE Mott The Hoople

11 ( 6 ) STREETLIFE Roxy Music
12 ( 21 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie
13 ( 8 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
14 ( 15 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
15 ( 12 ) REMEMBER (SHA LA LA LA) The Bay City Rollers
16 ( NEW ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD Lulu
17 ( 16 ) BLACK CAT WOMAN Geordie
18 ( 11 ) HELEN WHEELS Wings
19 ( 25 ) ROCKIN’ ROLL BABY The Stylistics
20 ( 22 ) THE LOVE I LOST Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes

21 ( RE ) GOD BLESS Dexter Redding
22 ( 13 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE Barry Blue
23 ( 17 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
24 ( RE ) SOLITAIRE Andy Williams
25 ( 18 ) TRUCK ON (TYKE) T.Rex
26 ( NEW ) SHINE A LIGHT Gallagher & Lyle
27 ( NEW ) DREAM KID The Sutherland Brothers
28 ( RE ) SORROW David Bowie
29 ( 20 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
30 ( NEW ) HOW COME Ronnie Lane

15th JAN 1974

In which Paul McCartney gets the thrusting frantic sax rock album track to the top, the best thing he’d done since leaving The Beatles, and his 3rd number one outside the fabs. The ever-present Cher gets a big chart entry with a gypsy murder ballad, what a corker, drama of the first order! The critically-acclaimed Todd Rundgren enters with his huge American classic hit Hello It’s Me. such a gorgeous song, and a crime it’s unknown in the UK, the melody and his honeyed vocals are achingly brilliant.

Candlewick Green (who?!) cover Jigsaw and get a hit in my chart. For once, though, the definitive version was 20 years in the future – Saint Etienne! ** Fancy, I think an all-girl combo (don’t quote me it was a long-time ago!) cover The Troggs ** Schoolteacher Clifford has another of his wistful, lovely singles, only one of which was a hit (Gaye) ** The Isley Brothers back again with classy soul ** Alice Cooper enters with the last of his run of hit singles ** 10CC sneak in with one of their (at this point) semi-regular flops, a quirky, witty, inventive song all about the hit-making money-machine record industry manufactured stars. A bit like 2014 then. 10CC have never got the recognition they deserve because wit, sarcasm and irony seem to go over most music fan’s heads, sadly, especially when you can’t be pigeon-holed in musical terms.

1 ( 2 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
2 ( 4 ) TIGER FEET Mud
3 ( 1 ) TEENAGE RAMPAGE The Sweet
4 ( 3 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
5 ( NEW ) DARK LADY Cher
6 ( 5 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
7 ( 8 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
8 ( 16 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD Lulu
9 ( 10 ) ROLL AWAY THE STONE Mott The Hoople
10 ( 11 ) STREETLIFE Roxy Music

11 ( 12 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie
12 ( 6 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
13 ( NEW ) HELLO IT’S ME Todd Rundgren
14 ( 9 ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Leo Sayer
15 ( 19 ) ROCKIN’ ROLL BABY The Stylistics
16 ( 13 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
17 ( 17 ) BLACK CAT WOMAN Geordie
18 ( NEW ) WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE Candlewick Green
19 ( NEW ) WILD THING Fancy
20 ( 7 ) (I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Bubble Rock

21 ( 15 ) REMEMBER (SHA LA LA LA) The Bay City Rollers
22 ( 14 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
23 ( 24 ) SOLITAIRE Andy Williams
24 ( NEW ) SCULLERY Clifford T. Ward
25 ( 20 ) THE LOVE I LOST Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
26 ( 30 ) HOW COME Ronnie Lane
27 ( 21 ) GOD BLESS Dexter Redding
28 ( NEW ) HIGHWAYS OF MY LIFE The Isley Brothers
29 ( 23 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
30 ( NEW ) TEENAGE LAMENT ’74 Alice Cooper


31 ( NEW ) THE WORST BAND IN THE WORLD 10CC

22nd JAN 1974

2nd week at the top for hero Paul McCartney & his missus, and had I been listing albums Band On The Run would have topping too, they played a different track when it topped the chart on Johnnie Walker’s Radio 1 lunchtime show so I got a good idea just how good it was – even if I didn’t have the money to buy it! Still Macca’s finest post-Beatles album.

Mud stuck at 2 again, and Cher up to 3, Suzi back into the top 10, Todd makes it for the first official time (though I Saw The Light would have made it a year earlier had I allowed non-chart singles), and highest new entry is a hot new radio exclusive for Alvin Stardust, following up his chart-topper My Coo Ca Choo – in the real world it was Jealous Mind that hit number 1. 10CC go top 20, Stealer’s Wheel get their third hit with Star (future Baker Street-man Gerry Rafferty on vocals) and ultimate soul vocalist Aretha Franklin returns for the first time in 2 years with a gorgeous Stevie Wonder cover. Juuuuust gorgeous.

1 ( 1 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
2 ( 2 ) TIGER FEET Mud
3 ( 5 ) DARK LADY Cher
4 ( 3 ) TEENAGE RAMPAGE The Sweet
5 ( 4 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
6 ( 8 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD Lulu
7 ( 12 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
8 ( 13 ) HELLO IT’S ME Todd Rundgren
9 ( 9 ) ROLL AWAY THE STONE Mott The Hoople
10 ( NEW ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust

11 ( 6 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
12 ( 7 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
13 ( 11 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie
14 ( 24 ) SCULLERY Clifford T. Ward
15 ( 15 ) ROCKIN’ ROLL BABY The Stylistics
16 ( 16 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
17 ( 10 ) STREETLIFE Roxy Music
18 ( 20 ) (I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Bubble Rock
19 ( 14 ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Leo Sayer
20 ( 31 ) THE WORST BAND IN THE WORLD 10CC

21 ( 18 ) WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE Candlewick Green
22 ( 19 ) WILD THING Fancy
23 ( 28 ) HIGHWAYS OF MY LIFE The Isley Brothers
24 ( 21 ) REMEMBER (SHA LA LA LA) The Bay City Rollers
25 ( 22 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
26 ( 30 ) TEENAGE LAMENT ’74 Alice Cooper
27 ( NEW ) STAR Stealer’s Wheel
28 ( 26 ) HOW COME Ronnie Lane
29 ( 25 ) THE LOVE I LOST Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
30 ( NEW ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin
31 ( 29 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight

29th JAN 1974

3 weeks for Jet, Cher at 2, Suzi up to 4, and heading up a mini-invasion of new entries a new track from my hero Roy Wood. Not a single (and hit) for months, but those reggae bagpipes (all played by Roy of course) were off-the-wall fab to me and just beat out previous hero Marc Bolan with his first (and last) ballad single, the sprawling Teenage Dream.

At 14, no it’s not 1990, it’s 1974 and a high entry for non-UK hit The Joker. I like to think I’m ahead of the game at spotting hits but even so, 16 years!! Just behind The Hollies and their best-ballad, even though it had to wait until 1988 re-issue to hit my number one, it’s plaintive and emotional in a good way. Neil Young’s After The Goldrush gets a wonderful acapella treatment from Prelude, soft hippie cajun folkrock from Medicine Head, cajun stroprock from Brownsville Station (2 months ahead of charting), and sexy fabulous smooth soul from the great Barry White all entering.

1 ( 1 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
2 ( 3 ) DARK LADY Cher
3 ( 2 ) TIGER FEET Mud
4 ( 7 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
5 ( 10 ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust
6 ( 8 ) HELLO IT’S ME Todd Rundgren
7 ( 4 ) TEENAGE RAMPAGE The Sweet
8 ( 5 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
9 ( NEW ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
10 ( NEW ) TEENAGE DREAM Marc Bolan and T.Rex

11 ( 14 ) SCULLERY Clifford T. Ward
12 ( 6 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD Lulu
13 ( 11 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
14 ( NEW ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
15 ( NEW ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
16 ( 12 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
17 ( 13 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie
18 ( 20 ) THE WORST BAND IN THE WORLD 10CC
19 ( 16 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
20 ( 23 ) HIGHWAYS OF MY LIFE The Isley Brothers

21 ( 30 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin
22 ( 9 ) ROLL AWAY THE STONE Mott The Hoople
23 ( 18 ) (I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Bubble Rock
24 ( 24 ) REMEMBER (SHA LA LA LA) The Bay City Rollers
25 ( 19 ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Leo Sayer
26 ( NEW ) SLIP AND SLIDE Medicine Head
27 ( NEW ) AFTER THE GOLDRUSH Prelude
28 ( NEW ) SMOKING IN THE BOYS ROOM Brownsville Station
29 ( NEW ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP Barry White
30 ( 26 ) TEENAGE LAMENT ’74 Alice Cooper
31 ( 15 ) ROCKIN’ ROLL BABY The Stylistics
32 ( 27 ) STAR Stealer’s Wheel

5th Feb 1974

Mud climb to the top for the 3rd consecutive single (with Crazy peaking at 2 before that), that famous (in the UK) party classic that lads for once didn’t mind copying a dance to. Great stuff! Clifford and Hollies go Top 10, Todd Top 5, Aretha Top 20 and new entries: from Ringo Starr, covering a 50’s teen pop ballad to fun effect and a US Number One; Love Unlimited Orchestra, or the backing to soul girl group Love Unlimited, or Barry White essentially doing a gorgeous strings-based orchestral soul instrumental that also topped the US charts. I think it’s fairly clear that the American record buyer was doing a better job than the British singles buyer at this time, at least in terms of chart positions. Elsewhere a trio of worldwide flop singles (boo!) from The Tremeloes, now well out of step with the music scene, Neil Sedaka (not that he cared much given what happened next in his career) and Joni Mitchell (who was an albums artist anyway) and her fab Raised On Robbery.

1 ( 3 ) TIGER FEET Mud
2 ( 2 ) DARK LADY Cher
3 ( 5 ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust
4 ( 1 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
5 ( 6 ) HELLO IT’S ME Todd Rundgren
6 ( 11 ) SCULLERY Clifford T. Ward
7 ( 7 ) TEENAGE RAMPAGE The Sweet
8 ( 8 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
9 ( 15 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
10 ( 4 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro

11 ( 10 ) TEENAGE DREAM Marc Bolan and T.Rex
12 ( 13 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
13 ( 9 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
14 ( 14 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
15 ( 21 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin
16 ( 17 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie
17 ( 16 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
18 ( 18 ) THE WORST BAND IN THE WORLD 10CC
19 ( 20 ) HIGHWAYS OF MY LIFE The Isley Brothers
20 ( NEW ) YOU’RE SIXTEEN Ringo Starr

21 ( NEW ) LOVE’S THEME Love Unlimited Orchestra
22 ( 19 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
23 ( 26 ) SLIP AND SLIDE Medicine Head
24 ( 12 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD Lulu
25 ( 27 ) AFTER THE GOLDRUSH Prelude
26 ( 23 ) (I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Bubble Rock
27 ( 29 ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP Barry White
28 ( NEW ) DO I LOVE YOU The Tremeloes
29 ( NEW ) A LITTLE LOVIN’ Neil Sedaka
30 ( NEW ) RAISED ON ROBBERY Joni Mitchell

31 ( 32 ) STAR Stealer’s Wheel
32 ( 24 ) REMEMBER (SHA LA LA LA) The Bay City Rollers

12th Feb 1974

Cher finally gets to the top, and what a dramatic murder epic is still is to me. Fab, and her 2nd to date (with Sonny). Former topper Jet drops dramatically due to my “5 week only” rule on album tracks and non-hits – sadly I kept this all year, or else Jet would have hung around for weeks at the top until it was officially released. Anyway, where a record prematurely gets evicted it gets a bonus position of 31 to indicate it would have been much higher!

Highest new entry at 12 from Hudson-Ford, very much Part Of The Union part 2 in sound (The Strawbs hit essentially being Hudson-Ford) and all but forgotten these days, sadly. Barry White claws up slowly, but his Orchestra rockets to 6, Joni goes Top 20, and 2 more entries from ELO rockin’ it up and Charlie Rich croonin’ a country classic.

1 ( 2 ) DARK LADY Cher
2 ( 1 ) TIGER FEET Mud
3 ( 3 ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust
4 ( 5 ) HELLO IT’S ME Todd Rundgren
5 ( 9 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
6 ( 21 ) LOVE’S THEME Love Unlimited Orchestra
7 ( 11 ) TEENAGE DREAM Marc Bolan and T.Rex
8 ( 10 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
9 ( 8 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
10 ( 6 ) SCULLERY Clifford T. Ward

11 ( 7 ) TEENAGE RAMPAGE The Sweet
12 ( NEW ) BURN BABY BURN Hudson-Ford
13 ( 12 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
14 ( 15 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin
15 ( 16 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie
16 ( 30 ) RAISED ON ROBBERY Joni Mitchell
17 ( 28 ) DO I LOVE YOU The Tremeloes
18 ( 20 ) YOU’RE SIXTEEN Ringo Starr
19 ( 23 ) SLIP AND SLIDE Medicine Head
20 ( 18 ) THE WORST BAND IN THE WORLD 10CC

21 ( 17 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
22 ( NEW ) MA MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
23 ( NEW ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Charlie Rich
24 ( 22 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
25 ( 27 ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP Barry White
26 ( 29 ) A LITTLE LOVIN’ Neil Sedaka
27 ( 24 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD Lulu
28 ( 14 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
29 ( 19 ) HIGHWAYS OF MY LIFE The Isley Brothers
30 ( 26 ) (I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Bubble Rock
31 ( 4 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings

19th Feb 1974

3rd week of all-change at the top, this time for Love Unlimited Orchestra. I still love it, reminds me of enforced Sunday family drives to Bristol Zoo and The American Museum near Bath, and listening to the chart rundown on the radio in the car on the way back. My beloved reel-to-reel tape recorder was in for repairs for most of Feb through April so I had to subsequently fill in gaps by buying as many singles as I could scrape pocket-money permitting (I babysat for other forces families for cash in those days when they fancied an evening out, and was popular as I was dependable, sensible and easily fobbed off with 50p rather than the more appropriate pound or two. That was the price of a new single, as it happens…)

Todd and Clifford make an early departure (enforced) while lots of chart activity a-goin’-on: Hudson Ford to 3, Ringo to 6, Charlie Rich at 8 and ELO 9 to make for a fresh Top 10. Roy Wood’s yonks-from-release Going Down The Road re-enters, while Brownsville Station re-enters due to UK chart success. New stuff, 60’s soul legends basically, Smokey Robinson’s native american lament, The Temptations Eddie Kendricks (back in Chris Malinchak-sampled UK Top 40 this week), and The Four Tops, all flops in the UK where the much-slower singles chart was still stuffed with some of my earlier hits, or new entries like Alvin Stardust which had been in my charts for weeks, now at 2. Highest new entry, though, Robert Knight and his original of the British number from 1968 for Love Affair, following up B side chart hit Love On A Mountain Top. Nottingham TV-pushed band Paper Lace enter with future UK number one (and covered in the US too) bizarrely about dying in the American Civil War. We just don’t get songs about people and history anymore! That’s not a good thing, honest!

1 ( 6 ) LOVE’S THEME Love Unlimited Orchestra
2 ( 3 ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust
3 ( 12 ) BURN BABY BURN Hudson-Ford
4 ( 1 ) DARK LADY Cher
5 ( 2 ) TIGER FEET Mud
6 ( 18 ) YOU’RE SIXTEEN Ringo Starr
7 ( 5 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
8 ( 23 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Charlie Rich
9 ( 22 ) MA MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
10 ( 16 ) RAISED ON ROBBERY Joni Mitchell

11 ( 8 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
12 ( 9 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
13 ( 7 ) TEENAGE DREAM Marc Bolan and T.Rex
14 ( RE ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
15 ( 20 ) THE WORST BAND IN THE WORLD 10CC
16 ( 11 ) TEENAGE RAMPAGE The Sweet
17 ( 19 ) SLIP AND SLIDE Medicine Head
18 ( 17 ) DO I LOVE YOU The Tremeloes
19 ( NEW ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
20 ( 21 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell

21 ( 14 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin
22 ( NEW ) JUST MY SOUL RESPONDING Smokey Robinson
23 ( NEW ) BOOGIE DOWN Eddie Kendricks
24 ( 25 ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP Barry White
25 ( 27 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD Lulu
26 ( 24 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
27 ( NEW ) I JUST CAN’T GET THE FEELING The Four Tops
28 ( NEW ) BILLY DON’T BE A HERO Paper Lace
29 ( 28 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
30 ( RE ) SMOKIN’ IN THE BOYS ROOM Brownsville Station

31 ( 4 ) HELLO IT’S ME Todd Rundgren
32 ( 31 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
33 ( 10 ) SCULLERY Clifford T. Ward
34 ( 15 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie
35 ( NEW ) REBEL REBEL David Bowie

26th Feb 1974

Jet’s back at the top, having been released at last, for a fourth week at number one, bad news for Alvin as his bid for a second one falters at 2. Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell hits 8 (lead single off the great album Court and Spark), while fellow singer-songwriter husband-wife James & Carly copy Melanie by covering an oldie, but as a duet. Real-oldie follows his son Dexter into the charts with a reissue of the late legend’s classic 1968 hit, Otis Redding and Dock Of The Bay, which would have been a big hit in 1969 for me had I allowed oldies in (it was a track on 16 Big Hits, a hits album I badgered my dad to buy ). Not the last time it would chart, though…

Ex-Flirtations and UK TV regular singer Pearly Gates had a girlie 60’s-stylee non-hit, Barry Blue appeals to kids with his School Love 50’s pastiche, having abandoned his Gary Glitter-sound alike phase. I doubt he knew what was coming, but the good news is the BBC can still play a record that sounds like Gary Glitter without fear of letters from Mr & Mrs Angry of Mayfair. Sneaking in for one solitary week a record you may have heard of, from Elton John. I was a huge fan of Elton, but I have never got this dirge. Honestly, the biggest-selling record in history, over-rated much! A week at 30 is about right, the far superior B side Bennie & The Jet was a massive US hit and should have been an A side in the UK in 1974 (not 1976 after the oomph had died out). Jambalaya I mention for it’s delightful mis-heard lyric (to me): the angelic, marvellous, sweet Karen singing jauntily “son of a gun we’ll have a big fart on the bayou” is a moment to treasure. Go on, listen to it, I’m right!

1 ( 32 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
2 ( 2 ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust
3 ( 4 ) DARK LADY Cher
4 ( 1 ) LOVE’S THEME Love Unlimited Orchestra
5 ( 3 ) BURN BABY BURN Hudson-Ford
6 ( 5 ) TIGER FEET Mud
7 ( 7 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
8 ( 10 ) RAISED ON ROBBERY Joni Mitchell
9 ( 8 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Charlie Rich
10 ( 6 ) YOU’RE SIXTEEN Ringo Starr

11 ( 9 ) MA MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
12 ( 34 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie
13 ( 11 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
14 ( 23 ) BOOGIE DOWN Eddie Kendricks
15 ( NEW ) MOCKINGBIRD James Taylor and Carly Simon
16 ( 19 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
17 ( 12 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
18 ( 14 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
19 ( NEW ) (SITTING ON THE) DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
20 ( NEW ) JOHNNY AND THE JUKEBOX Pearly Gates

21 ( 22 ) JUST MY SOUL RESPONDING Smokey Robinson
22 ( 20 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
23 ( 13 ) TEENAGE DREAM Marc Bolan and T.Rex
24 ( 28 ) BILLY DON’T BE A HERO Paper Lace
25 ( 16 ) TEENAGE RAMPAGE The Sweet
26 ( 21 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin
27 ( 24 ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP Barry White
28 ( NEW ) SCHOOL LOVE Barry Blue
29 ( 26 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
30 ( NEW ) CANDLE IN THE WIND Elton John
31 ( 25 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD Lulu
32 ( NEW ) JAMBALAYA The Carpenters

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2 thoughts on “My 1974 weekly charts – with youtube videos

  1. Hi, John!
    Great Chart! So Jet entered your Chart 2 month before the original release date in UK.
    Nice to see Todd Rundgren and Clifford T. Ward (american infulence?) in your Chart. And non-charted song from 10cc (one of my fave bands from the 70’s) of cause.
    Don’t remember some of the songs here as the one from Cher, Geordie, Gallagher & Lyle and Ronnie Lane. Would be interesting to check them out.

    • Thanks Andrej, there’s no videos for some of the acts so I havent put a link on (yet) though Cher will be on shortly as it’s yet to peak in my chart:)

      As I only had a top 20 or 30 (plus a few bubblers) in 1974 the turnover was high, and I eventually found records weren’t getting the recognition they deserved, so I made it a top 50 in Jan 1975 which worked much better!

      Loads more obscure ones though in 1974 and loads that charted long before they were hits:)

      cheers!
      john

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