My 1974 Charts – December

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3rd December 1974

Winter draws on, christmas shopping for gifts starting, and the annual inrush of christmas classic pop songs had started. No it’s not 2014, it’s my charts in 1974 as I start the tradition of classic pop oldies invasions of the charts. I’m going to put modesty aside and declare I did it ahead of the UK charts, as John & Yoko drop to 2 behind new entry at 1 for christmas classic Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, a whole 12 months actual old! That gives it 3 weeks at 1 in total, and the first time a record came back in under a year to top my chart again. Of course it charts every single year in the UK for the last decade, but you can see why I don’t chart it highly anymore – been there done that many times already.

In at 4, and it’s an influential disco classic, pumping up the bpm’s, a disco diva in the making in Gloria Gaynor, and an exciting cover of The Jackson 5’s Top 5 (in my chart) 1971 ballad, given a very different treatment. I loved it immediately, and I loved Gloria. In at 6, it’s one of those “eh?” moments as an odd reggae obscurity announces itself with echo-effects, whooping, and unusual lyrics, to say the least. I also loved this Rupie Edwards track as it sounded like nothing before, except maybe a more laid back sort of Dave And Ansel Collins. Ire Feelings (Skanga). Skanga! Skanga! I’m feeling high…you know I suspect it might have something to do with substances now I think about it…

Disco Tex, Hot Choc and The Supremes pop up a few mid-table places, as George McRae is back at 16 with another very-KC (of Sunshine Band) disco hit, You Can Have It All, his third in 6 months, and KC’s 5th song. Ringo takes his Only You cover to 20, his 5th solo hit, ahead of his old band’s tracks, The Wombles pop up a christmas place, and TV’s family-friendly comedy-troop The Goodies move over to the singles chart with some very christmassy naughtiness, Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me. Actually the nominal A side was The Inbetweenies, Bill Oddie’s song which grabbed the airplay by default, basically a kiddie novelty hit. The other side was for the grown-up’s, Pythonesque rabble-rousing drunken-singing, as the lads sing the chorus each time omitting a word or syllable. I still find it funny, and the final line sort of puts it into moral context: he’s a most immoral Santa, they aren’t promoting that sort of behaviour! Honest! Finally John Christie pops in with 60’s fave Everybody Knows, a cover of the tuneful Dave Clark 5 big hit from 1967. Dave didn’t mind, I know that cos he produced the record.

1 ( NEW ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
2 ( 1 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
3 ( 2 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
4 ( NEW ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
5 ( 3 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
6 ( NEW ) IRE FEELINGS (SKANGA) Rupie Edwards
7 ( 4 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
8 ( 8 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
9 ( 7 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
10 ( 6 ) JUKEBOX JIVE The Rubettes

11 ( 5 ) OH YES YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL Gary Glitter
12 ( 14 ) GET DANCING Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
13 ( 18 ) CHERI BABE Hot Chocolate
14 ( 19 ) WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO? The Supremes
15 ( 10 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
16 ( NEW ) YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL George McRae
17 ( 9 ) SHBOOM (LIFE COULD BE A DREAM) Sha Na Na
18 ( 13 ) JUNIOR’S FARM Paul McCartney & Wings
19 ( 21 ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
20 ( 26 ) ONLY YOU Ringo Starr

21 ( 25 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
22 ( 11 ) GOODBYE NOTHIN’ TO SAY The Javells featuring Nosmo King
23 ( 24 ) WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMAS The Wombles
24 ( 16 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
25 ( 17 ) GET BACK The Beatles
26 ( 15 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals
27 ( 27 ) CANDY BABY Beano
28 ( NEW ) THE INBETWEENIES/ FATHER CHRISTMAS DO NOT TOUCH ME The Goodies
29 ( 20 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
30 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY KNOWS John Christie

31 ( 12 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
32 ( 22 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
33 ( 23 ) GAUDETE Steeleye Span
34 ( 28 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
35 ( 29 ) WILDCAT Merlin
36 ( 30 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
37 ( 36 ) YOU’RE THE FIRST, THE LAST, MY EVERYTHING Barry White
38 ( 31 ) TELL HIM Hello
39 ( 33 ) SHA LA LA LA (MAKES ME HAPPY) Al Green
40 ( 32 ) HOW LONG Ace

In real life, musician Nick Drake had quietly passed away with little publicity, Python was drawing to a close on TV, and the IRA had been outlawed. In my world of hobbies, DC Comics had kept on getting more fun and glossy, the Legion especially with new artist Dave Cockrum just getting better and better – at least until his strop with DC Comics, before pissing off to Marvel with his great costumes, artwork and ideas for X-Men, the classic years. I loved it so much I started buying multiple copies and keeping them in mint condition in bags. Fanboy!! Still got them mint though.

Big film at the cinema was the third disaster movie blockbuster in three months, and the best one, as Irwin Allen followed up Poseidon Adventure with the spectacle of The Towering Inferno. If a film ever inspired a fear of disaster in me it was this one, the thought of being trapped above a burning fire helpless in a skyscraper. Never felt comfortable with the thought of living or working way on high, subsequently. The film had Steve McQueen and Paul Newman together for the first time, a host of golden oldies like Fred Astaire, and it became an instant fave, though it wouldn’t make my lists these days. Scene of the film was poor old veteran Jennifer Jones falling out of a glass lift just after helping a kiddie. There’s gratitude for you, do a good deed etc.!


10th December 1974

After 2 weeks shoved down by xmas oldies, Bachman-Turner Overdrive reassert themselves on top, it was pretty popular at school and still sounded exciting. You Ain’t Seen N-n-n-n-nothing Yet! 2 weeks at 1 instead of 4 thanks to the oldies, it seems strange saying oldies for records that were 1 and 2 years old! These days records stay in the chart for 1 to 2 years! Those days they were golden oldies!

The christmas records keep on coming though, The Goodies get listed separately on the chart, and brand new christmas songs from Mud, at 20, with UK chart-topper Lonely This Christmas, and Les Grey doing a whimsical Elvis impersonation for their 4th hit of the year, but a major change in sound as they see the Glam Rock writing on the wall for all pop stars, this time it’s a charming, sad love song, and one that still hangs about at christmas time. The Wombles shoot up to 7, Wombling Merry Christmas giving them their biggest Wombling hit, and one of many songs written by Mike Batt in my charts this year. Showaddywaddy come back with a follow-up hit to Hey Rock ‘n’ Roll (I wasn’t keen on previous singles) with the sweet Hey Mr. Christmas, a xmas record you never hear anywhere these days. Mr. Big debut at 29 with the charming cockney Christmas with Dicken, a xmas flop, though Mr. Big finally got a UK chart hit with the fab Romeo in 1977.

Phil Spector’s classic early 60’s xmas album gets it’s first chart entry as Darlene Love takes Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) in at 30 as radio plays quite a few of it’s tracks. Darlene was actually the singer of He’s A Rebel, the brilliant cover of Gene Pitney’s song masterminded by Phil Spector, but it was credited to another entirely different act, The Crystals. In my charts she’d already appeared on backing vocals on Be My Baby, Monster Mash and Da Do Ron Ron, but she wouldn’t get another new go till the 90’s, following U2 grabbing her for backing vocals on their cover of the song – and it was another christmas goodie from Home Alone movies.

Away from christmas, Abba come back with their only single to fail to chart in the UK, So Long. It wasn’t playlisted by the BBC, though Radio Luxembourg did and it was fab, should have been a glam-tastic hit, in at 17 for their 4th hit of the year, 5th as songwriters. I had faith in Abba. Also The Faces, and what turned out to be their last record with Rod Stewart – You Can Make Me Dance Sing Or Anything (etc) might have been amusingly titled but it was more groovy Rod than rocky Faces, and the writing was on the wall for the split. In at 13, a forgotten gem, the single from Deep Purple’s Roger Glover’s Butterfly Ball album, a thematic work with guest vocalists and an animated video. The great vocalist on Love Is All is Ronnie James Dio, of Rainbow and other metal bands – spot the connections? Ex-Deep Purple members mostly! It was a kids TV fave and bubbled under the charts but never broke into the 50, sadly.

Finally, Je T’Aime Moi Non Plus, a very naughty 1969 UK number one that I’d never heard in my life (it had been banned) started to get plays on Radio Luxembourg after being reissued and a hit all over again. Jane Birkin was the actress partner of French cult star Serge Gainsbourg, and they both provided a lot of breathy noises over the top of a lovely sultry melody. I rather liked it, and as I’d never be able to tape it onto my reel-to-reel tape recorder off the BBC I bought the single – Radio Luxembourg, being so far away, tended to be a medium-wave fading in and fading out and whining and hissing and screeching of broadcasts – but it was worth persevering to get to hear new songs not chosen by the BBC. At 40, one classic I didn’t get until years later, Ralph McTell’s Streets Of London, busker-song-classic, and already 4 years old or so before it charted. It’s a lovely lyric and wistful melody.

1 ( 3 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
2 ( 2 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
3 ( 1 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
4 ( 4 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
5 ( 12 ) GET DANCING Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
6 ( 6 ) IRE FEELINGS (SKANGA) Rupie Edwards
7 ( 23 ) WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMAS The Wombles
8 ( 28 ) THE INBETWEENIES The Goodies
9 ( 16 ) YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL George McRae
10 ( 5 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers

11 ( 9 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 8 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
13 ( NEW ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
14 ( NEW ) FATHER CHRISTMAS DO NOT TOUCH ME The Goodies
15 ( 7 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
16 ( NEW ) YOU CAN MAKE ME DANCE SING OR ANYTHING (EVEN TAKE THE DOG FOR A WALK MEND A FUSE FOLD AWAY THE IRONING BOARD OR ANY OTHER DOMESTIC SHORTCOMINGS) The Faces featuring Rod Stewart
17 ( NEW ) SO LONG Abba
18 ( 14 ) WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO? The Supremes
19 ( 13 ) CHERI BABE Hot Chocolate
20 ( NEW ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud

21 ( NEW ) HEY MR CHRISTMAS Showaddywaddy
22 ( 24 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
23 ( 21 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
24 ( NEW ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
25 ( 17 ) SHBOOM (LIFE COULD BE A DREAM) Sha Na Na
26 ( 26 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals
27 ( 34 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
28 ( 10 ) JUKEBOX JIVE The Rubettes
29 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS WITH DICKEN Mr. Big
30 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME) Darlene Love

31 ( 11 ) OH YES YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL Gary Glitter
32 ( 15 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
33 ( 18 ) JUNIOR’S FARM Paul McCartney & Wings
34 ( 19 ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
35 ( 20 ) ONLY YOU Ringo Starr
36 ( 22 ) GOODBYE NOTHIN’ TO SAY The Javells featuring Nosmo King
37 ( 25 ) GET BACK The Beatles
38 ( 27 ) CANDY BABY Beano
39 ( 29 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
40 ( NEW ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell


School was about to break up any week now, and I’d made some newer friends that I didn’t really know the previous school year, which was great, and I’d obviously turn the conversation over to pop given the opportunity, though cards was the main social activity still. Given my enthusiasm for Queen, Gloria Gaynor, Abba and the very camp Disco Tex at this time, it was just as well I had Beatles, Bachman-Turner Overdrive and others to point to my less-girlie tastes in music. Not that I considered them girlie at all, who cares about categories anyway!

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17th December 1974

It’s a new number one for Disco Tex and his Sex-o-lettes, one of the great pop band names of all-time, Tex was on Top Of The Pops on film in his hat and flamboyant scarf, camping it up something cruel, it was great fun, funny, and tongue-in-cheek all in one, not to mention falsetto-catchy backing singing. Some people hated it, of course. The ones with no sense of humour. Gloria Gaynor, meantime, is in runners-up spot with a serious disco classic.

The christmas songs keep on a-coming, as I really get into the christmas spirit big-time on newies and oldies alike: Showaddywaddy hit the top 10, Gilbert O’Sullivan enters with Christmas Song, his first chart entry in over a year, and his best record since Alone Again (Naturally). As Gilbert has always been over-protective of his back catalogue you won’t find it on any compilation albums I suspect, or else it might have become better known as a christmas classic. Wizzard, meanwhile, stay top 5 with you-know-what as their last UK hit single enters my chart at 14 – are you ready to rock? Too right!

All four Beatles find themselves in the top 40, both all together, and solo, as George enters at 30 with Ding Dong, one of the few New Year pop singles to pop up over the years. I heard it on Radio 2 New Years Eve (2014) so hooray for keeping it vaguely-known, as it’s decent enough. My other fave band, other than The Beatles, and Roy Wood/Wizzard, who were on the decline after a hot streak, was soon to be Abba, doing well at 7 with So Long, their highest chart position since Waterloo hit 1.

KC goes back up to 11, Ray Stevens gets his 3rd hit of the year, this time with the very serious, slightly twee, Everybody Needs A Rainbow, Status Quo enter at 29 with their future UK chart-topper, the fabulous Down Down, and The Trammps debut at 28 with a romping disco version of the 30’s standard Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart. Judy Garland had the first well-known version, though the 50’s doo-wop flavour to The Trammps version shows where they took it from. Fab!

As school term ended, daytime TV was about to open to me – not that there was much in those days – as well as the evenings so that meant The Virginian, a great Western series, Tom & Jerry, still classic, Josie And The Pussycats In Outer Space (cartoon singing all-girl group on a spaceship with a cat. Honest!), the new animated Star Trek series (which I loved), The Generation Game (with Bruce Forsyth, of course, good game, good game), bald cop Kojak (Telly Savalas was huge in the UK), Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads, Cannon (US PI), Top Of The Pops (of course), Jackanory had Ted Hughes’ The Iron Man (one of my future all-time fave films), Johnny Morris was still producing Animal Magic for kids, and had been my whole life as far as I could recall by then, Mission:Impossible was still chock full of plot-twisting, and The Magic Roundabout was still wondering about Florence.

1 ( 5 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
2 ( 4 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
3 ( 1 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
4 ( 2 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
5 ( 3 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
6 ( 7 ) WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMAS The Wombles
7 ( 17 ) SO LONG Abba
8 ( 8 ) THE INBETWEENIES The Goodies
9 ( 13 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
10 ( 21 ) HEY MR CHRISTMAS Showaddywaddy

11 ( 32 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
12 ( 16 ) YOU CAN MAKE ME DANCE SING OR ANYTHING (EVEN TAKE THE DOG FOR A WALK MEND A FUSE FOLD AWAY THE IRONING BOARD OR ANY OTHER DOMESTIC SHORTCOMINGS) The Faces featuring Rod Stewart
13 ( 14 ) FATHER CHRISTMAS DO NOT TOUCH ME The Goodies
14 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY TO ROCK Wizzard
15 ( 24 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
16 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
17 ( 12 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
18 ( 6 ) IRE FEELINGS (SKANGA) Rupie Edwards
19 ( 9 ) YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL George McRae
20 ( 20 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud

21 ( 30 ) CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME) Darlene Love
22 ( 38 ) CANDY BABY Beano
23 ( 22 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
24 ( 18 ) WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO? The Supremes
25 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens
26 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS SONG Gilbert O’Sullivan
27 ( 25 ) SHBOOM (LIFE COULD BE A DREAM) Sha Na Na
28 ( NEW ) ZING WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART The Trammps
29 ( NEW ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
30 ( NEW ) DING DONG George Harrison

31 ( 15 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
32 ( 19 ) CHERI BABE Hot Chocolate
33 ( 23 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
34 ( 26 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals
35 ( 27 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
36 ( 28 ) JUKEBOX JIVE The Rubettes
37 ( 29 ) CHRISTMAS WITH DICKEN Mr. Big
38 ( 33 ) JUNIOR’S FARM Paul McCartney & Wings
39 ( 35 ) ONLY YOU Ringo Starr
40 ( 40 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell


24th December 1974

It was Christmas Eve and all through the house not a thing was stirring not even a mouse. Well, a hamster was, my brothers pet. I was doing my charts, meanwhile, and Gloria Gaynor gets her first week on top with the awesome Never Can Say Goodbye, a hectic dance with a tune and soaring strings, even better than the original achingly sweet and mournful Jackson 5 version, which had peaked at 2 in my charts. The Wombles go christmassy at 4, and Abba go top 5 for the second time. So Long? No chance!

George Harrison rings in the new, just behind old mucker John at 7, his 4th hit in 4 years, and biggest since My Sweet Lord hit 1. Never was prolific, George. It wouldn’t be christmas without Slade would it? Of course not! So it’s back in at 18 a year after hitting my top 3 – remember it all started here in popchartfeak world. Just saying it like it is, you can blame me it’s still doing the same 40 years later if that helps! Another regular classic bubbling under the UK 75 is The Ronettes fabulous Sleigh Ride. Ronnie Spector undoubtably glad she got away from Phil in the end, but here’s her 2nd hit of the year, after Be My Baby hit 1, with the track off A Christmas Gift For You, and just ahead of the other track at 20 for Darlene Love.

At 21, David Essex gets his 4th hit of 1974 with the title track from his 2nd movie Stardust, almost menacing and serious, in contrast to Gonna Make You A Star. David continues to be under-rated as a writer and performer, what he lacked in vocal dexterity he made up for in spades with conviction. The thinking schoolgirl’s popstar was Mr. Essex. Mud take a shock tumble, peaking at 20 after a run of 6 top 3’s (including 4 chart-toppers), I just preferred them glam and laddy to be honest at the time, though it will be back in christmas future to make amends. Billy Swan’s country-pop classic, covered by Elvis, and a minor anthem, I Can Help enters at 30, and it’s still a great song. Finally The Tymes scrape in at 40 with their UK number one in January 1975, Ms Grace. I like it now, but then it pissed me off for keeping Gloria Gaynor off the UK charts top spot. Bah!

1 ( 2 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 1 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
3 ( 3 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
4 ( 6 ) WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMAS The Wombles
5 ( 7 ) SO LONG Abba
6 ( 4 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
7 ( 30 ) DING DONG George Harrison
8 ( 10 ) HEY MR CHRISTMAS Showaddywaddy
9 ( 9 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
10 ( 5 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard

11 ( 16 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 8 ) THE INBETWEENIES The Goodies
13 ( 13 ) FATHER CHRISTMAS DO NOT TOUCH ME The Goodies
14 ( 14 ) ARE YOU READY TO ROCK Wizzard
15 ( 15 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
16 ( 12 ) YOU CAN MAKE ME DANCE SING OR ANYTHING (EVEN TAKE THE DOG FOR A WALK MEND A FUSE FOLD AWAY THE IRONING BOARD OR ANY OTHER DOMESTIC SHORTCOMINGS) The Faces featuring Rod Stewart
17 ( 11 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
18 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
19 ( NEW ) SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes
20 ( 21 ) CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME) Darlene Love

21 ( NEW ) STARDUST David Essex
22 ( 17 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
23 ( 26 ) CHRISTMAS SONG Gilbert O’Sullivan
24 ( 20 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
25 ( 25 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens
26 ( 22 ) CANDY BABY Beano
27 ( 29 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
28 ( 18 ) IRE FEELINGS (SKANGA) Rupie Edwards
29 ( 19 ) YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL George McRae
30 ( NEW ) I CAN HELP Billy Swan

31 ( 23 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
32 ( 24 ) WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO? The Supremes
33 ( 27 ) SHBOOM (LIFE COULD BE A DREAM) Sha Na Na
34 ( 28 ) ZING WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART The Trammps
35 ( 31 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
36 ( 32 ) CHERI BABE Hot Chocolate
37 ( 33 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
38 ( 36 ) JUKEBOX JIVE The Rubettes
39 ( 35 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
40 ( NEW ) MS GRACE The Tymes

TV at christmas was always a huge treat for me, so many great films and specials – this week there was The Time Machine, still a fave film version of the H.G. Wells novel, and The Marx Brothers in Go West. I love the Marx Brothers, especially Groucho, a major hero of mine at the time with his one-liners and put-downs. Top Of The Pops, of course, and future christmas regular (for a decade or so at any rate) The Goodies And The Beanstalk, a repeat of brilliant TV western comedy Alias Smith And Jones, and some bonus holiday Star Trek episodes (hooray!) each day. On BBC2, the fantastic MASH, the watchable Call My Bluff, Film Night has interviews with the Python team on location for The Holy Grail (that would be good to see again, probably wiped like everything else from this era, though), and I first watched the disturbing film “If” with Malcolm McDowell, which had an effect on me in more than one way, not the violence, which shocked, but the elite school life scenes.

The Radio Times, from whence this information comes (I don’t have THAT good a memory) had printed a letter from 15-year-old Peter Capaldi earlier in the year praising Doctor Who, though I take issue with the insistence of the BBC calling the TV animated great Top Cat “Boss Cat”. On every day, the title theme is Top cat, the cat is called Top cat and TC in the show, and it was called Top Cat when first shown in the early 60’s (inspired by Sgt Bilko), but no, there was a cat food called Top Cat and they wouldn’t want to be seen advertising. Mad BBC, absolutely insane. No idea what was on ITV, but probably a James Bond film at sometime and an episode of Rising Damp, a great cast, great script, great characters.


31st December 1974

New Years Eve, and I was at home watching TV. I know this because I saw the new year in (for the first time, almost sweet seventeen years old) watching Billy Wilder’s classic bittersweet comedy The Apartment on my black & white TV in my bedroom. It became an instant tearjerking (yet feelgood) fave, and I loved Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon already anyway (and Fred MacMurray playing a non-Disney nastier role than we were used to). I’d also bought myself a brand new proper spiral-bound notepad to make my charts more official-looking, and to be able to incorporate more records in my first official top 50 – just like Record Mirror which published all the charts that mattered at that time, including the UK Top 50 singles chart, and which was my must-buy bible.

So, first top 50 number one? I bought the record, and made it my top record in protest at the BBC not playing it (it was just outside the top 30), and cos I loved it anyway: naughty Je T’Aime..Moi Non Plus, completely absent from my 1969 charts age 11, completely owned 5 years on aged 16. Yay! With the extra 10 places lots of new entries for records that would otherwise not have charted, and quite a few re-entries showing just how many records were missing out on decent chart runs with the restricted slots available. To be honest even 50 wasn’t enough, really, but it was good enough for the BBC….

David Essex gets his 5th consecutive top 10 single, Billy Swan his first, christmas records suffer a decline, and highest new entry is Australian MOR I Am Woman and Delta Dawn big American star, Helen Reddy. Not eligible for my charts pre-1974 (as she’d had no UK hits) but Angie Baby changed all that, a spooky, swirling, disturbing minor classic and US number one. In at 16. At 18, Stevie Wonder gets his 5th chart hit of 1974 with the groovy Boogie On Reggae Woman, while actual reggae men popped in lower down, Ken Boothe’s follow-up to Everything I Own (Crying Over You) and John Holt’s jolly version of Gladys Knight’s weepy 1972 ballad hit Help Me Make It Through The Night.

The Jackson 5 near the end of their Motown career, with Life Of The Party, a flop single, in at 29 and almost 5 years of hits. For the first time (and last?) I chart an extended dance record twice, as the second half was on the B side (as was the fashion in those days, it was cut in half, faded out, and faded in on the B side) – Disco Tex’ Get Dancin’ Part 2. At 40, it’s a genuine huge American hit, his 2nd chart entry of the year for Harry Chapin, and the powerful, touching song Cats In The Cradle, the story of a dad with no time for his kid getting his comeuppance when old. I loved it to bits, and still do, despite the UK hit version being the trashy 1992 Ugly Kid Joe bloated monster. It lacks the subtlety and feeling of the original entirely.

Also in, Kenny with The Bump, a monster dance craze of the time, and this was the buttock-clashing cash-in pop single from the Bay City Rollers writer-producers Martin and Coulter, they of Puppet On A String, and many a hit record fame. They had even had a great 1973 number one for me with Irish singer Kenny, Heart Of Stone. Knowing they were onto a good thing, they nicked the name, gave it to a young band, and new pop stars were born. I wasn’t a huge fan though. The Carpenters I was a huge fan of, but the sudden change to jolly pop instead of classy ballad pop (like jolly Top Of The World and Jambalaya) had disappointed me, so this jolly cover of the Marvelettes 60’s song took a bit of getting used to, but it won me over in the end.

1 ( 15 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
2 ( 1 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
3 ( 2 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
4 ( 3 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
5 ( 6 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
6 ( 7 ) DING DONG George Harrison
7 ( 5 ) SO LONG Abba
8 ( 9 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
9 ( 21 ) STARDUST David Essex
10 ( 30 ) I CAN HELP Billy Swan

11 ( 4 ) WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMAS The Wombles
12 ( 10 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
13 ( 8 ) HEY MR CHRISTMAS Showaddywaddy
14 ( 14 ) ARE YOU READY TO ROCK Wizzard
15 ( 16 ) YOU CAN MAKE ME DANCE SING OR ANYTHING (EVEN TAKE THE DOG FOR A WALK MEND A FUSE FOLD AWAY THE IRONING BOARD OR ANY OTHER DOMESTIC SHORTCOMINGS) The Faces featuring Rod Stewart
16 ( NEW ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
17 ( 17 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
18 ( NEW ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder
19 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
20 ( 12 ) THE INBETWEENIES The Goodies

21 ( 13 ) FATHER CHRISTMAS DO NOT TOUCH ME The Goodies
22 ( 27 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
23 ( 22 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
24 ( 18 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
25 ( 19 ) SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes
26 ( 26 ) CANDY BABY Beano
27 ( 23 ) CHRISTMAS SONG Gilbert O’Sullivan
28 ( 20 ) CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME) Darlene Love
29 ( NEW ) LIFE OF THE PARTY The Jackson 5
30 ( 28 ) IRE FEELINGS (SKANGA) Rupie Edwards

31 ( 39 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
32 ( 29 ) YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL George McRae
33 ( 38 ) JUKEBOX JIVE The Rubettes
34 ( RE ) OH YES YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL Gary Glitter
35 ( 24 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
36 ( 25 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens
37 ( NEW ) GET DANCIN’ PART 2 Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
38 ( NEW ) CRYING OVER YOU Ken Boothe
39 ( NEW ) HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT John Holt
40 ( NEW ) CATS IN THE CRADLE Harry Chapin

41 ( RE ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
42 ( NEW ) THE BUMP Kenny
43 ( NEW ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
44 ( RE ) MY BOY Elvis Presley
45 ( RE ) WILDCAT Merlin
46 ( 37 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
47 ( RE ) ONLY YOU Ringo Starr
48 ( RE ) SHA LA LA LA (MAKES ME HAPPY) Al Green
49 ( 34 ) ZING WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART The Trammps
50 ( 36 ) CHERI BABE Hot Chocolate


On TV Christmas day Top Of The Pops had Jimmy Saliva hosting so I guess it’ll never be broadcast ever again, though it is in the vaults. Ditto Part 2 as DLT was hosting, convicted of the ban-worthy crime of copping a feel. Santa had brought me gifts, though none of them spring to mind – I think Partridge Family Greatest Hits was probably one, record vouchers another (grandma often used to get me those), and on telly a fave film from Singapore RAF cinema days, True Grit, with John Wayne, the fab Kim Darby, and even fabber when non-acting Glen Campbell. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Race, were other film feast faves and the great Harry O David Janssen TV detective show was on along with some Doctor Who repeats.

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My 1974 Charts – November

Gloucester just outside the cinema

Gloucester just outside the cinema


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5th November 1974

3 weeks on top for Killer Queen, holding off an instant oldie challenge from Marvin Gaye’s Top 10 hit from 1969, I Heard It Through The Grapevine going even better second-time around to 2. That’s not the last time it will chart either, being as it’s such an all-time classic. KC gets a second top 5, as Scorched Earth (Billy Ocean) returns to the top 10 for the second time in 1974.

The Glitter Band get a good jump to 14, their second top 20 hit of the year, while newly entering all in a neat row behind Mike McGear’s Paul McCartney song…it’s 3 Beatles tracks from the reactivated Magical Mystery Tour EP, giving me an opportunity to chart 3 non-singles that should all have been singles: Paul’s gorgeous Fool On The Hill at 17, John’s powerful I Am The Walrus at 18, and Paul’s sweet Your Mother Should Know at 19, Mike Batt having just charted with it before the Fabs.

Proper new stuff is relegated to the lower end, Fancy return with their second chart-entry, a USA hit, Touch Me at 23, while The Three Degrees get their FIFTH chart entry of 1974, as Get Your Love Back sees them back in uptempo mode at 25. Elton’s back with an epic version of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, keeping up The Beatles theme. I AM rather a fan, if it’s not obvious yet! The Chi-Lites get their 4th hit, Too Good To Be Forgotten not as big as earlier ones, ditto Lynsey De Paul’s No Honestly, her 5th hit, getting on for 10th as a songwriter, and TV sitcom theme tune. Husband & Wife John Alderton and Pauline Collins starred, it was mildly amusing mostly for Pauline Collins. Finally Dionne Warwick gets her first actual chart entry in my charts, bizarrely, long after her great Bacharach/David period had ended, here with US number one Then Came You, jointly with the Spinners, their 3rd hit.

Earthquake had come out in the States, an exciting, big-budget all-star cast disaster movie with Charlton Heston headlining. He’d switched from biblical blockbusters to sci-fi and disaster blockbusters with Planet Of The Apes, and although this one wasn’t in the same league, it did provide a faaab Universal Studios theme park ride for a few decades which I saw many times. My record collection (singles mostly) was growing quite fast these days, as I’d come across some more back-street ex-chart singles shops, some as low as 5 pence, or 10% of a full price single. 10 for the price of 1! Bargain! Usually 20p or 25p was more usual though. To put that into context in 2014 prices, that’s about £5 for a single or 50p for a bargain cut rate bargain bin single. Downloads are twice that absolute bargain bin price. Music has never been cheaper: fact!

1 ( 1 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
2 ( NEW ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
3 ( 3 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
4 ( 2 ) ROCKIN’ SOUL The Hues Corporation
5 ( 9 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
6 ( 4 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
7 ( 8 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
8 ( 5 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
9 ( 6 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
10 ( 24 ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth

11 ( 14 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
12 ( 15 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
13 ( 11 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
14 ( 30 ) LET’S GET TOGETHER AGAIN The Glitter Band
15 ( 10 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
16 ( 18 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
17 ( NEW ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
18 ( NEW ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
19 ( NEW ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
20 ( 7 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music

21 ( 19 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
22 ( 12 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
23 ( NEW ) TOUCH ME Fancy
24 ( RE ) THE WILD ONE Suzi Quatro
25 ( NEW ) GET YOUR LOVE BACK The Three Degrees
26 ( 23 ) FAREWELL Rod Stewart
27 ( 21 ) MINUETTO ALLEGRETTO The Wombles
28 ( 17 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
29 ( 29 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
30 ( 20 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds

31 ( 13 ) YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ Stevie Wonder
32 ( 16 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
33 ( 22 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
34 ( 25 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
35 ( 40 ) YOU LITTLE TRUSTMAKER The Tymes
36 ( NEW ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
37 ( 38 ) FAR FAR AWAY Slade
38 ( NEW ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN The Chi-Lites
39 ( NEW ) NO HONESTLY Lynsey De Paul
40 ( NEW ) THEN CAME YOU Dionne Warwick & The Detroit Spinners


12th November 1974

4 weeks on top for Queen, but just at those Beatles! I’d picked up an ex-chart copy of Get Back, which led me to think it was re-issued in amongst all the glam rock and soul records, which was enough for me to rechart it at 4, Top 5 5 years after first doing the business. Not only that but B side Don’t Let Me Down, also on that famous rooftop goodbye performance, John’s song, charts at 18. So, that means George’s production of Ravi Shankar at 6, Magical Mystery Tour tracks at 15, 16, 17, Elton John’s version of John’s Lucy In The Sky up to 19, and Macca’s new single under-performing at 28 – Junior’s farm just wasn’t up to par, not even as good as most of the tracks off Band On The Run, never mind The Beatles invasion of my charts long before it was fashionable (eg 1976) – and finally Macca’s better song for his brother Mike at 29. Phew!

On Top Of The Pops we had amusingly-named and ground-breaking Javells FEATURING Nosmo King and his Northern Soul hit new at 9 – there are probably earlier examples of “featuring” but that was the first one to me, and just ahead of The Guess Who at 10 – or Bachman-Turner Overdrive as they were now called, and the epic metal pop classic You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet. Not arf! Brilliance. Bad news for Ken Boothe who just can’t break the 10, while some Latin chanting pops back in for Steeleye Span as Christmas was in the air, a year on. Gaudete. Russ Ballard, ex of Argent, and before he became a smash songwriter, debuts at 30 with Fly Away, annoyingly not on itunes. Jimmy Ruffin follows up his oldie hit with a 1970 oldie re-issue, Farewell Is A Lonely Sound at 33. 50’s popstar Paul Anka’s back with his MOR You’re Having My Baby, which seemed to offend feminists at the time, largely for the use of “My” rather than “Our” as far as I can tell. Finally, Barry White’s biggest, best, and most-famous song struggles in at 37, his 6th hit but the formula was wearing thin for me at the time. Pity cos it’s fab, actually!

On TV, The Six Million Dollar Man was thrilling kids, but Lee Majors was always the sexy young Heath Barklay to me, in Barbara Stanwyck’s 60‘s TV western The Big Valley, not the moustachio’d rebuilt bland hero, nor the man lending his missus his surname for Charlie’s Angels. The Time Tunnel fave of 1967/8 was being repeated, I was big on 60’s nostalgia, still babysitting for cash to feed my vinyl and DC Comics habits, which were getting quite pricey, so I got to watch a lot of Saturday Night TV. I still have nightmares of having to watch Match Of The Day and Parkinson cos nothing else was on the 3 channels (yes count ‘em, 3!!!). Parkinson’s constant slagging off of pop and lamenting on the good old days when music was music used to piss me off, though he was actually good at his job and let the stars come through at ease. Match Of The Day is an hour of my weekly life wasted, I tended to read Planet Of The Apes comics or anything else that was to hand really.

1 ( 1 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
2 ( 3 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
3 ( 2 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
4 ( NEW ) GET BACK The Beatles
5 ( 7 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
6 ( 6 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
7 ( 4 ) ROCKIN’ SOUL The Hues Corporation
8 ( 5 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
9 ( NEW ) GOODBYE NOTHIN’ TO SAY The Javells featuring Nosmo King
10 ( NEW ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive

11 ( 11 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
12 ( 15 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
13 ( 14 ) LET’S GET TOGETHER AGAIN The Glitter Band
14 ( 10 ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
15 ( 18 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
16 ( 17 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
17 ( 19 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
18 ( NEW ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles
19 ( 36 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
20 ( 20 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music

21 ( 9 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
22 ( 13 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
23 ( 12 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
24 ( 24 ) THE WILD ONE Suzi Quatro
25 ( 23 ) TOUCH ME Fancy
26 ( NEW ) GAUDETE Steeleye Span
27 ( RE ) MAGIC Pilot
28 ( NEW ) JUNIOR’S FARM Paul McCartney & Wings
29 ( 16 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
30 ( NEW ) FLY AWAY Russ Ballard

31 ( 8 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
32 ( 35 ) YOU LITTLE TRUSTMAKER The Tymes
33 ( NEW ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
34 ( NEW ) YOU’RE HAVING MY BABY Paul Anka
35 ( 37 ) FAR FAR AWAY Slade
36 ( 39 ) NO HONESTLY Lynsey De Paul
37 ( NEW ) YOU’RE THE FIRST, THE LAST, MY EVERYTHING Barry White
38 ( RE ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
39 ( 32 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
40 ( 34 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae


19th November 1974

B-b-b-baby, You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet knocks Queen off the top, as rock, and indeed rock and roll, takes over the chart. The soaring guitar riffs and the pounding driving rhythm is the key to this record, it sounded like nothing else when it came out fresh and exciting. Familiarity (and Smashie and Nicie) may have dulled that somewhat, but it’s still a cracker. Pepperbox, after a long climb, gets to 3, they synthy catchy instrumental all but forgotten these days, sadly.

It’s a top 10 clear-out, headed by one of Gary Glitter’s better singles at 4, Oh Yes You’re Beautiful, highest new entry, joining The Glitter Band in my charts and a dilemma for me – do I feature the youtube video (assuming one is on there) or do I pretend he never existed for the convenience of history re-writers…? Hmmm. New at 6, 50’s stylee, and a second top 10 hit for The Rubettes with Jukebox Jive, retro pop, 50’s actual song cover for Sha Na Na, an American 50’s covers band who had a hit with Shboom (Life Could Be A Dream), and who have many tracks on itunes – but not this one! Doh! So many great old records are still not available in the digital universe.

In at 9, a third hit for The Equals (aka Eddy Grant) as Baby Come Back makes my top 10 6 years late – it just predated my charts, but was a properly famous record in those days in the UK, and it was good to see it in the top 10. Merlin get a second chart hit, with Wildcat, T.Rex pop in with a Zip Gun Boogie at 29, having yet to fail to chart in 4 years. Not one of Bolan’s best though, to be fair! Ace enter at 35. How Long? Yes, it’s Paul Carrack’s debut hit, the terrific ballad that became a US hit and kickstarted a long career that sees him still charting in my charts 40 years on. Never made it big, or famous, but he kept on going where others fell by the wayside, with his great soulful voice and melodic ballads, mostly. Talking of soul, Al Green gets a comeback 5th hit with Sha La La, while glam rockers Hello cover 60’s pop hit Tell Him, originally by The Exciters.

In the news, atrocious pub bombings, and some murderous Lord killed his nanny and disappeared famously. People do seem to enjoy killing other people for no good reason. Hateful. On a happier note, DJ Sarah Cox popped into the world this week, good for her and now good for Radio 2. On TV Mary Tyler Moore Show spin-off Rhoda, with the sharp loveable Valerie Harper as star, debuted. Playing her sister? Future Marge Simpson, Julie Kavner! Hong Kong Phooey upped the Kung Fu mania a level, from Hannah-Barbera – a last fling of the career dice I think. The fantastic Rockford Files, made James Garner a household name all over again, and Harry O, another classy detective show, kept The Fugitive’s David Janssen in work. Both had great supporting casts of character actors. The Night Stalker was a pre-X-Files show about vampires and aliens, with Darren McGavin, who guested nicely in X-Files in tribute to this largely-forgotten (but good) show. Sadly, Star Trek: The Animated Series (actual original cast actors and proper scripts) ended, but hey ho, give it 5 years and a movie will possible come along, I say!

1 ( 10 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
2 ( 1 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
3 ( 5 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
4 ( NEW ) OH YES YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL Gary Glitter
5 ( 9 ) GOODBYE NOTHIN’ TO SAY The Javells featuring Nosmo King
6 ( NEW ) JUKEBOX JIVE The Rubettes
7 ( 3 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
8 ( 4 ) GET BACK The Beatles
9 ( NEW ) BABY COME BACK The Equals
10 ( NEW ) SHBOOM (LIFE COULD BE A DREAM) Sha Na Na

11 ( 8 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
12 ( 21 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
13 ( 15 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
14 ( 19 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
15 ( 11 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
16 ( 13 ) LET’S GET TOGETHER AGAIN The Glitter Band
17 ( 16 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
18 ( 17 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
19 ( 20 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
20 ( 22 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance

21 ( NEW ) WILDCAT Merlin
22 ( 23 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
23 ( 25 ) TOUCH ME Fancy
24 ( 26 ) GAUDETE Steeleye Span
25 ( 24 ) THE WILD ONE Suzi Quatro
26 ( 14 ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
27 ( 27 ) MAGIC Pilot
28 ( 30 ) FLY AWAY Russ Ballard
29 ( NEW ) ZIP GUN BOOGIE T.Rex
30 ( 18 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles

31 ( 6 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
32 ( 37 ) YOU’RE THE FIRST, THE LAST, MY EVERYTHING Barry White
33 ( 35 ) FAR FAR AWAY Slade
34 ( 36 ) NO HONESTLY Lynsey De Paul
35 ( NEW ) HOW LONG Ace
36 ( NEW ) TELL HIM Hello
37 ( NEW ) SHA LA LA LA (MAKES ME HAPPY) Al Green
38 ( 38 ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
39 ( 28 ) JUNIOR’S FARM Paul McCartney & Wings
40 ( RE ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN The Chi-Lites


26th November 1974

The first record to return to number one in my charts (after a chart absence)? John & Yoko with their Christmas classic, 2 years after topping my chart and being one of my christmas single purchases, it was back again, selling well and getting airplay as pop christmas songs really did get a hold of Radio 1 from hereon in – Phil Spector’s christmas album peppered around with newer and older xmas tracks. I was still mad on BTO though, at 2. More oldies appear: Johnny Nash’s 1968 Top 5 reggae (forgotten) great Hold Me Tight is back at 8, The Supremes debut UK hit follows up Baby Love this time round, as Where Did Our Love Go enters at 19, having also been a 1972 chart-topper – for Donnie Elbert. Obscurity of the week? Beano at 27 with doo-wop-ish teen pop Candy Baby – they later turned up UK Eurovision heats as Scramble, and this was an Italian chart hit.

One of the catchiest, campest, maddest disco hits enters at 14 for the brilliantly-named Disco Tex and the Sex-o-lettes, if that doesn’t scream out tongue-in-cheek I’d like to know what does! Hot Chocolate do mellow pop at 18 with Cheri Baby for 4 straight years of top 20 hits, The Wombles get an unimaginable 5th Top 30 hit in under a year with the great Wombling Merry Christmas. All day long we will be wombling in the snow? Snow? In these global warming UK days! Hah! 25 showcases one of my fave Bond themes, but not one that the public went for, The Man With The Golden Gun, Lulu’s 5th chart hit in 6 years. I also loved the movie, Christopher Lee, fabulous Asian locales, Britt Ekland, what’s not to love! Finally Ringo and Elvis pop in with covers, of The Platters and Richard Harris respectively, though Ringo is leapfrogged by John at 1, Paul at 13 with Junior’s Farm and some Beatles tracks above him! Where’s George? Not far off actually….

How about a school story? Errr, hmm, well Bachman-Turner Overdrive were quite popular in the 6th form block, and I got some brownie points knowing the B side to Roxy Music’s streetlife from a sporty cool kid I admired a fair bit, not to mention finishing off a song-line he started singing: Sunshine… “on my shoulder”. John Denver UK flop, showing that not only was I obsessive before, during and since 1974 about pop music, the fact that I recall these instances and I’ve forgotten his name says something about me. Oops! I associate people with the music they like I’m afraid, and it tends to stick in my mind for years n years!

1 ( NEW ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
2 ( 1 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
3 ( 3 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
4 ( 2 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
5 ( 4 ) OH YES YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL Gary Glitter
6 ( 6 ) JUKEBOX JIVE The Rubettes
7 ( 7 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
8 ( NEW ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
9 ( 10 ) SHBOOM (LIFE COULD BE A DREAM) Sha Na Na
10 ( 11 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band

11 ( 5 ) GOODBYE NOTHIN’ TO SAY The Javells featuring Nosmo King
12 ( 12 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
13 ( 39 ) JUNIOR’S FARM Paul McCartney & Wings
14 ( NEW ) GET DANCING Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
15 ( 9 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals
16 ( 13 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
17 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles
18 ( NEW ) CHERI BABE Hot Chocolate
19 ( NEW ) WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO? The Supremes
20 ( 20 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance

21 ( 26 ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
22 ( 15 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
23 ( 24 ) GAUDETE Steeleye Span
24 ( NEW ) WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMAS The Wombles
25 ( NEW ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
26 ( NEW ) ONLY YOU Ringo Starr
27 ( NEW ) CANDY BABY Beano
28 ( 14 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
29 ( 21 ) WILDCAT Merlin
30 ( 17 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles

31 ( 36 ) TELL HIM Hello
32 ( 35 ) HOW LONG Ace
33 ( 37 ) SHA LA LA LA (MAKES ME HAPPY) Al Green
34 ( 27 ) MAGIC Pilot
35 ( 38 ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
36 ( 32 ) YOU’RE THE FIRST, THE LAST, MY EVERYTHING Barry White
37 ( 25 ) THE WILD ONE Suzi Quatro
38 ( NEW ) MY BOY Elvis Presley
39 ( 34 ) NO HONESTLY Lynsey De Paul
40 ( NEW ) COSTAFINE TOWN Splinter

My 1974 Charts – October

Gloucester Bus Station

Gloucester Bus Station

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1st October 1974

In amongst playing bridge at break-time’s in the 6th form block, and feeling quite adult these days, someone brought in tapes of some odd semi-experimental album music, one of which had been featured in the scariest, most disturbing film I was to see (5 years later) in my life: The Exorcist. The music was jaw-dropping, especially the spoken-word sequence where instruments add in announced one by one, before climaxing together in a fabulous folkrock hippie majesty. I heard Hergest Ridge first, the follow-up, but it was Tubular Bells that astounded me. As they are essentially one piece, I just called them very long singles and charted them briefly. So here they are, at 1 and 2, Mike Oldfield’s first (instant) number one, and the first act to hold down the top 2 in my chart, and the only albums ever to chart.

That means, with Ravi Shankar at 3, Thunderthighs grabbing a second Top 10 hit at 6, and others hanging in there, that the first UK singles chart hit is at 7 (and that had peaked in my charts long before it was a hit). I really was more and more interested in non-chart stuff! Paul McCartney’s bruv goes up to 10, his first since Lily The Pink to get that high, while highest actual single new entry is George McCrae’s follow-up to Rock You Baby, at 13, one place lower than the man who wrote and produced it: KC. Barry Blue enters at 14 with his 5th hit, Hot Shot, all chanting glam-rock cossack stylee, while at 15 it’s First Choice getting a 3rd hit (but UK flop) with the The Player, and at 16 it’s John Lennon back with a bang, an American chart-topper, a minor UK hit, and more than a little Elton John in it. Hey, whatever gets you thru the night! Elton bet John it would get to number one, and if it did John had to join Elton on stage (and which he did for his last-ever concert-performance – the one that got him back-together with Yoko).

The fab Barry Reynolds record that I still desperately want is at 17, Polly Brown I’m playing a lot at the moment, it’s much better than I remembered, jolly thumping soulpop, and at 18, and at 21 Fox pop back in again with the odd Only You Can (breathe in “oh oh oh oh o only you”) still 3 months away from charting in the UK. Lastly, but not leastly, taking a leaf out of Bryan Ferry’s book, retro lounge-lizard stylee, Australian Gary Shearston covers Cole Porter’s sophisticated 1934 classic I Get A Kick Out Of You. Whereas Smoke Gets In Your Eyes left me cold, Ferry’s first mis-step, this was something else entirely: it’s the definitive version, from the 40‘s-styled vocal phrasing, and the drug-referenced wonderful lyrics, to the violin accentuating and underpinning and dominating the track, it’s a forgotten piece of minor genius. I never get tired of hearing it, and it was a huge hit, thankfully, in the UK.

In the oldies chart 1971 Japanese-language, kiddie-chanting, drum-heavy oddity Yamasuki finally gets to the top as it gets cut down to 10, with Mouth and MacNeal’s 1972 hit (but not in the UK) reissued and in at 7, giving them 3 Top 10’s inside 6 months. Then nothing ever again….

1 ( NEW ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
2 ( 7 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
3 ( 4 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
4 ( 1 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
5 ( 2 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
6 ( 25 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
7 ( 6 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
8 ( 3 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
9 ( 8 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
10 ( 20 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear

11 ( 14 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
12 ( 11 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
13 ( NEW ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
14 ( NEW ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
15 ( NEW ) THE PLAYER First Choice
16 ( NEW ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
17 ( 22 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
18 ( 10 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
19 ( 28 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
20 ( 18 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim

21 ( 37 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
22 ( 5 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
23 ( 15 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
24 ( 9 ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
25 ( 23 ) COLDWATER CANYON Dory Previn
26 ( 12 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
27 ( 21 ) MAGIC Pilot
28 ( 27 ) (I GOT THE) MUSIC IN ME The Kiki Dee Band
29 ( 19 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
30 ( NEW ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston

31 ( 13 ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
32 ( 16 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
33 ( 17 ) LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME) Reunion
34 ( 24 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
35 ( 26 ) THE WILD ONE Suzi Quatro
36 ( 29 ) IT’S BETTER TO HAVE Don Covay
37 ( 30 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Alaska
38 ( 31 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
39 ( 32 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
40 ( 34 ) MRS VANDEBILT Paul McCartney and Wings

OLDIES CHART 1st October 1974

1 ( 8 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
2 ( 2 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
3 ( 3 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
4 ( 1 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
5 ( 4 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
6 ( 5 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
7 ( NEW ) HOW DO YOU DO Mouth And MacNeal
8 ( 7 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
9 ( 10 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
10 ( 9 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes

8th October 1974

From Tubular Bells folk to Beatlestastic Indian Spector, as George Harrison’s definitively-produced version of Ravi Shankar’s I Am Missing You hits the top. That’s something Norah Jones has yet to do….! The 2 Mike Oldfield albums drop heavily, not from lack of love, it’s from lack of hearing – I couldnt afford to buy them so had to make do with hearing them once or twice at school, then that was it till I was older and could buy them. Shankar Family I could afford, though. Mike McCartney hits a new peak of 6 with Paul’s very Wings-tastic track (pity he didn’t stick his version on the fab Venus & Mars album), while Barry Reynolds grows to 8, outsider or not, it’s a terrific point of view and should have been a hit. Barry Blue, which WAS a minor hit, hot shots it to 2, his 3rd Top 3 hit, and the late Lynsey De Paul gets a co-writer credit on it.

New at 11, it’s a 4th fab big hit for David Essex, the terrific Gonna Make You A Star (on TOTP Paul & Linda I recall were on, and mimed along to the I Don’t Think So line. That’s probably better than my half-recall of DLT miming-along to it, cos if that’s true, and if it hasn’t been wiped, it’ll never get broadcast again thanks to the nutjobs at the BBC). At 12, it’s a second hit for KC, sounding his funky horn, replacing his own Queen Of Clubs, and keeping his own I Can’t Leave You Alone at 13. In 1974/5, KC WAS disco music, no question.

In at 17, back with Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry gets a 5th Top 20 hit, with the fantastic All I Want Is You, exciting, sax-y, and building, I love it to bits still. In at 18, his 3rd hit in 12 months, it’s Robert Knight’s 60’s retro northern soul version of My Rainbow Valley – a song that was a hit for the Love Affair in 1968, yes them what had a huge massive number one with his Everlasting Love. This sounds like an original version to me, unless he was getting some sweet revenge, but either way it’s not quite as good as vocalist Steve Ellis’ Love Affair version. Great song though. Pilot, meanwhile get a 2nd top 20 hit. Ho ho ho, it’s magic!

New at 23, OK Chicago from studio group Resonance, a funky, police-siren, almost jazz avante-garde French producers who seem to be the same ones behind Pepperbox (hit my chart a few weeks back, and a few weeks into the future). Forgotten goodie! In at 24 another instrumental, Santana’s debut hit with the 1970 track, Samba Pa Ti, a gorgeous sultry guitar-based latin-rock classic, with The Commodores making it 3 instrumentals in a row. Dave Edmunds get a new rocking hit at 29, his 4th, while his first hits 1 on my oldies chart 4 years late. I Hear You Knocking, but you can’t come in, 50’s stylee fabulousness. At 30, Garfunkel gets his 3rd of the year, all off the same album, and lastly on the oldies Eddie Holman’s 1970 hit Hey There Lonely Girl soul classic enters at 3, as it enters the UK charts, like Santana 4 years late. Main difference being I didn’t know Samba Pa Ti was old.. Santana did eventually grab a number one, and then another, 25 years into the future.

1 ( 3 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
2 ( 14 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
3 ( 6 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
4 ( 4 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
5 ( 5 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
6 ( 10 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
7 ( 8 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
8 ( 17 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
9 ( 1 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
10 ( 7 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation

11 ( NEW ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
12 ( NEW ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
13 ( 13 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
14 ( 2 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
15 ( 15 ) THE PLAYER First Choice
16 ( 16 ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
17 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
18 ( NEW ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
19 ( 21 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
20 ( 27 ) MAGIC Pilot

21 ( 20 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
22 ( 12 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
23 ( NEW ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
24 ( NEW ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
25 ( 11 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
26 ( 9 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
27 ( 19 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
28 ( 30 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
29 ( NEW ) NEED A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLUES Dave Edmunds
30 ( NEW ) SECOND AVENUE Garfunkel

31 ( 18 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
32 ( 22 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
33 ( 23 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
34 ( 24 ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
35 ( 25 ) COLDWATER CANYON Dory Previn
36 ( 26 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
37 ( 28 ) (I GOT THE) MUSIC IN ME The Kiki Dee Band
38 ( 29 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
39 ( 31 ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
40 ( 32 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks

OLDIES CHART 8th October

1 ( 2 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
2 ( 1 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
3 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
4 ( 7 ) HOW DO YOU DO Mouth And MacNeal
5 ( 3 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
6 ( 5 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
7 ( 6 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
8 ( 4 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor

15th October 1974

Another new number 1: Dracula’s Daughter! Yes, the previous year Monster Mash had almost become the first Halloween song to top my charts, but Thunderthighs went ahead and did it almost a decade before Thriller did it as well. Their follow-up to the much-better Central Park Arrest, Dracula’s Daughter had little BBC airplay to mention, so it was doomed to failure really, but it was a great cheesy tongue-in-cheek girlgroup novelty that desrves to join the rather limited number of perennial Halloween Faves. In my dreams, of course, but it would make a change from Ghostbusters year after bloody year!

Rocketing up to 3, Roxy Music get their 2nd top 3 hit, cos all i want is them, and David Essex gets his biggest hit at 4 cos he’s gonna make you a star. I don’t think so! Highest new entry at 5, and following-up a number one, sounding NOTHING like it’s rocking predecessor it’s a Killer Queen, a sophisticated 40’s pastiche rock generation stylee, and oh what a fantastic record too. KC, meanwhile, follows-up his 2 number ones (one with George McCrae) with 2 more top 10 hits (one with George McCrae).

Santana smoothly guitar slide it to 11, Gary Shearston kicks it up to 13 smoothly, and a batch of new entries pop in between 24 and 30: Stevie Wonder’s vitriolic (and grammatically incorrect) You Haven’t Done Nothing rips into Tricky Dicky, all funk vitriol, and one of his forgotten classics, possibly due to the specifically politically 1974 nature of the lyrics. Nixon resigned when he heard it. Probably. The Hues Corporation follow up Rock The Boat with the identikit (but fun) Rockin’ Soul, while The Wombles (and Mike Batt’s) best record adds a bit of kiddy Mozart classical to the charts with the wonderful Minuetto Allegretto. We were minuetting mad, back in 1718 when Bulgaria was a lad. Sparks get a 4th hit with their 3rd single, the slow ballad Mother Earth as my 3rd hit (and their 4th single) drops out of the chart (for now). I still say Island Records got them the wrong way round. Bay City Rollers now pop in very briefly and lowly, where once they had big hits, and it’s not hard to see why when All Of Me Loves All Of You is basically (non-UK-hit, US Number-one) Saturday Night part 4. Livvy is back, though, with a huge US chart-topper, the touching I Honestly Love You, signalling a new phase in her now-US-based career.

It’s the last oldies chart, down to 6, with dave Edmunds at 1, Eddie Holman’s fab Lonely Girl at 2, and the UK hit release of Phil Spector’s Da Doo Ron Ron bringing The Crystals in at 6.


So, as TV pundits like to start their sentences these days, what about politics ’74 (albeit mine grammatically having a point rather than a dramatic pause while brain gets in gear). So. As it turns out Harold Wilson’s Labour Party scraped a victory together this week, dumping the Lib Lab pact partners, and causing a minor amount of approval in our working class household. Yes, those were the days when Labour stood for the less-well-off. I was in the process of becoming a little more politically interested, taking on an O Level in British Constitution in the 6th form, which informed me somewhat more than I was before on the history of British politics. Our (very likely) gay teacher was pretty fair in party presentation, which led me to lean in a sort of vague Liberal/Labour way, and a way in which I’ve more or less continued to lean ever since. Of course, it all went horribly wrong after Harold Wilson bailed out, and UK politics has since left much to be desired, albeit amongst the betterment of society generally, it must be said.

The USA of course, had Gerald “watch that step” Ford in charge, as Watergate trials took over the news, and Nixon had a bright future as a disembodied head on Futurama to look forward to. Meanwhile at the movies, Airport ’75 was out in the USA, the sequel to Airport, and a jumbo-sized (literally) disaster movie with a cast of veterans introduced to me, amongst current ones like Helen Reddy, pop star and singing nun. It’s hard to take her seriously now, after the way-better Airplane! parodied it hilariously, the nun’s guitar periodically wacking-out the life-support drip of an ailing smiling little girl. Fab! From TV, Ed Sullivan moved on to the final Variety Show in the sky, his passing largely unknown in the UK, but known to me from my Singapore days where TV showed USTV re-runs. I mostly recall Topo Gigio though, not The Beatles debut (being as it was 1969/70). I hated Topo Gigio. Pop onto Youtube and see why….

1 ( 3 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
2 ( 1 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
3 ( 17 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
4 ( 11 ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
5 ( NEW ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
6 ( 2 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
7 ( 13 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
8 ( 4 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
9 ( 12 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
10 ( 5 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People

11 ( 24 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
12 ( 18 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
13 ( 28 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
14 ( 8 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
15 ( 7 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
16 ( 6 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
17 ( 9 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
18 ( 10 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
19 ( 23 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
20 ( 14 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield

21 ( 16 ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
22 ( 21 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
23 ( 20 ) MAGIC Pilot
24 ( NEW ) YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ Stevie Wonder
25 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ SOUL The Hues Corporation
26 ( RE ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
27 ( NEW ) MINUETTO ALLEGRETTO The Wombles
28 ( NEW ) NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH Sparks
29 ( NEW ) ALL OF ME LOVES ALL OF YOU The Bay City Rollers
30 ( NEW ) I HONESTLY LOVE YOU Olivia Newton-John

31 ( 15 ) THE PLAYER First Choice
32 ( 19 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
33 ( 22 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
34 ( 25 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
35 ( 26 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
36 ( 27 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
37 ( 29 ) NEED A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLUES Dave Edmunds
38 ( 30 ) SECOND AVENUE Garfunkel
39 ( 31 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
40 ( 32 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta

OLDIES CHART 15th Oct 1974

1 ( 1 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
2 ( 3 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
3 ( 2 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
4 ( 4 ) HOW DO YOU DO Mouth And MacNeal
5 ( 5 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
6 ( NEW ) DA DO RON RON The Crystals

22nd October 1974

Queen get their 2nd number one in a row with the fabulous Killer Queen, and I had no idea what Moet Chandon was till I heard the lyric. Champagne wasn’t something you came across much in the RAF world. At runners-up for the 2nd time, The Hues Corporation follow-up Rockin’ Soul rocks the boat. Fab Gary Shearston opines mere alcohol doesn’t thrill him at all. Me neither, but I certainly get a kick out of his record being at 5. As the Oldies chart fades away, a batch of tracks in it turn up as new entries and re-entries in the Top 40, but you can assume they would have been higher in previous weeks than the chart positions this week, headed by Dave Edmunds at 7 kicking out his own new record.

Stevie goes 20, Pepperbox pops back as it starts to make the UK charts, and Fox continue to yo-yo about. New at 30 are the Netherlands band The Cats, Be My Day being a Caribbean-styled singalong Ditch and German Number One, and catchy enough. Peter Shelley had a sweet Uk hit with Gee Baby, though he impressed me more as the writer/producer of Alvin Stardust records, Alvin very sadly passed away this week just ahead of his last album being released.

bad photo of the entrance to Chosenhill 6th form block

bad photo of the entrance to Chosenhill 6th form block

At school, one of the new subjects I’d taken on was O Level geology, which turned out to be quite dry and name-heavy. I actually love the subject these days, but all the bloody essays about Orthoclase Feldspar and Quartz and this mineral and that mineral got a bit tedious, I didn’t do very well, and eventually approached the teacher to give him the bad news that I was giving it up. I actually liked the teacher, or Nick The Prick as his nickname went (he had a habit of unconsciously scratching as if he had crabs), and regret that now. Hey ho. In sports, which seldom interested me outside tennis and the Olympics, Muhammed Ali had a bit of a rumble in the jungle coming up. He was also a family hero dating back to the days of Cassius Clay, dad being a big boxing fan. In those days you could convert to Islam without being thought a potential terrorist, and still be a big media darling hero beloved of millions. Ah those were the days….

1 ( 5 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
2 ( 25 ) ROCKIN’ SOUL The Hues Corporation
3 ( 1 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
4 ( 3 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
5 ( 13 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
6 ( 2 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
7 ( NEW ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
8 ( RE ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
9 ( 9 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
10 ( 8 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson

11 ( 11 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
12 ( 7 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
13 ( 4 ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
14 ( 14 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
15 ( 24 ) YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ Stevie Wonder
16 ( 10 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
17 ( 12 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
18 ( 18 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
19 ( 19 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
20 ( 6 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue

21 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
22 ( 15 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
23 ( RE ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
24 ( 32 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
25 ( 27 ) MINUETTO ALLEGRETTO The Wombles
26 ( 16 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
27 ( 29 ) ALL OF ME LOVES ALL OF YOU The Bay City Rollers
28 ( 28 ) NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH Sparks
29 ( 23 ) MAGIC Pilot
30 ( NEW ) BE MY DAY The Cats

31 ( 17 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
32 ( 20 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
33 ( 21 ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
34 ( 22 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
35 ( 26 ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
36 ( 30 ) I HONESTLY LOVE YOU Olivia Newton-John
37 ( NEW ) DA DOO RON RON The Crystals
38 ( 31 ) THE PLAYER First Choice
39 ( 33 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
40 ( NEW ) GEE BABY Peter Shelley

29th October 1974

2 weeks at one, equalling 7 Seas Of Rhye, for Queen, while Pepperbox makes the Top 10 for the second time just ahead of Resonance’s OK Chicago at 11 – they had a double-album package once upon a time, so it’s fair enough they chart together. Highest new entry is Ken Boothe and his delicious reggae working of Bread’s Everything I Own. David Gates was a terrific songwriter, but Bread hardly had any hits, being lumped into a sweet MOR bracket along with the equally derided Carpenters by the rock fraternity. Yah Boo Sucks to them, it’s a great record (the original) and this version is just as good in a totally different way, the mark of a good song. Boy George of course copied Ken’s version and grabbed a second UK chart-topper for the song.

Rod Stewart says Farewell at 23 – not to us, that is, but to The Faces (shortly) and his credibility, for the most part, but this was a great little gem in the style of his previous solo hits. Billy Ocean is back at 24 for a second attempt at a UK hit with his previously John-charted great record On The Run. It didn’t work, but he got there 18 months later anyway with another one, under a new name (as opposed to Scorched Earth). The Glitter Band are at 30 with the fun glam Let’s Get Together Again. Nothing to do with their (soon-to-be-former) boss, but they have been equally banished by association from musical history. Not by me, though. One of Slade’s best records for some bizarre reason didn’t do well in my charts, Far Far Away is a great song from a largely dull, but not bad, movie Slade In Flame, but the singles so far in 1974 had not impressed me much and they’d fallen off my fan radar a bit by this time. Pity, it’s terrific! Finally, veteran 60’s group The Tymes comeback with a catchy sweet soul shuffler, matching The Drifters UK-based revival, but the effect is somewhat reduced when it sounds like they are singing You Little Trussmaker. I mean, someone has to make trusses, but a tribute song is a little OTT.

1 ( 1 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
2 ( 2 ) ROCKIN’ SOUL The Hues Corporation
3 ( 7 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
4 ( 6 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
5 ( 5 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
6 ( 3 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
7 ( 4 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
8 ( 23 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
9 ( 9 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
10 ( 10 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson

11 ( 19 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
12 ( 8 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
13 ( 15 ) YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ Stevie Wonder
14 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
15 ( 24 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
16 ( 21 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
17 ( 17 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
18 ( 26 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
19 ( 16 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
20 ( 14 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds

21 ( 25 ) MINUETTO ALLEGRETTO The Wombles
22 ( 22 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
23 ( NEW ) FAREWELL Rod Stewart
24 ( RE ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
25 ( 12 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
26 ( RE ) LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME) Reunion
27 ( 20 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
28 ( 13 ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
29 ( 18 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
30 ( NEW ) LET’S GET TOGETHER AGAIN The Glitter Band

31 ( 11 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
32 ( 27 ) ALL OF ME LOVES ALL OF YOU The Bay City Rollers
33 ( 28 ) NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH Sparks
34 ( 29 ) MAGIC Pilot
35 ( 30 ) BE MY DAY The Cats
36 ( 31 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
37 ( 32 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
38 ( NEW ) FAR FAR AWAY Slade
39 ( NEW ) DOWN ON THE BEACH TONIGHT The Drifters
40 ( NEW ) YOU LITTLE TRUSTMAKER The Tymes

My 1974 Charts – September

waltzer gloucester 74

waltzer gloucester 74

3rd September 1974

Time was up: no job, so back to school for me along with a group of other re-takers for a year of GSE’s proper this time, and including mate Ian. Based in a newly-built 6th-form block, the teachers were much less condescending and willing to regard the students as not kids. All in all, a massive leap forward, even if a school uniform of sorts (albeit less strict and non-green-blazered, hooray!) was required. This was to become the first year of school I’d enjoyed since leaving Singapore.

In the charts, Mama Cass gets a 5th non-consecutive week on top while Mama Come Out is the highest entry at 12, Medicine Head’s 4th hit (in my charts – in the world it was a floppy) and rather fab. Kung Fu Fighting hits 7 – haiiii-ya! – while Abba’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Band replaces Abba’s song Honey Honey in the Top 10. I’ll say it again: I said I was an Abba fan from the moment I saw them!

Pans People get a new entry at 13. No, you’re not imagining things, they had an actual stab at being pop stars, and it was written and produced by Mike Batt, a bit moody, a bit rockpop. I loved it, the vocals could have been better of course, but I forgive them! Alvin You You You’s up to 18, meanwhile, while it’s pure Silly Love at 20 for 10CC, his 4th Top 20, their 6th. New entries for soulster songwriter Johnny Bristol and his wonderful Hang On In There Baby at 27, while his terrific song Love Me For A Reason, as covered by the Osmonds, slips in at 40, under-appreciated by me at the time (but loved by me now). Leo Sayer gets his 3rd hit with the jolly-sounding Long Tall Glasses, Syreeta debuts at 29 with the sweet Spinnin’ and Spinnin’, not only Stevie Wonder’s missus of the time and written by both, but a great singer. Finally, Mike McGear’s in at 30 (aka Mike McCartney, Paul’s bruv) with Paul’s very-Wings-tastic song Leave It, just a few places lower than the actual Wings-tastic Mrs Vandebilt.

In the diminishing oldies chart JK’s Hooked On A Feeling is reissued following its cover-version by Blue Swede – and it tops my chart for the 2nd time. Oogachagga oogachagga…!

1 ( 1 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
2 ( 3 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
3 ( 6 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
4 ( 8 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
5 ( 2 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
6 ( 5 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
7 ( 11 ) KUNG FU FIGHTING Carl Douglas
8 ( 16 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BAND Abba
9 ( 7 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
10 ( 4 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band

11 ( 14 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
12 ( NEW ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
13 ( NEW ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
14 ( 13 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
15 ( 9 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
16 ( 12 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
17 ( 10 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
18 ( 25 ) YOU YOU YOU Alvin Stardust
19 ( 20 ) AFTER THE SHOW Kevin Ayers
20 ( 28 ) SILLY LOVE 10C.C.

21 ( 18 ) THE WIZARD OF LOVE The Pearls
22 ( 22 ) MRS VANDEBILT Paul McCartney and Wings
23 ( 15 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
24 ( 23 ) ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT Cat Stevens
25 ( 17 ) 2 WHEELS Firebird
26 ( 21 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
27 ( NEW ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
28 ( NEW ) LONG TALL GLASSES Leo Sayer
29 ( NEW ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
30 ( NEW ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear

31 ( 19 ) Y VIVA ESPANA Sylvia
32 ( 24 ) GOLDEN DAY Rain
33 ( 26 ) THE BLACK-EYED BOYS Paper Lace
34 ( 27 ) RING RING Abba
35 ( 29 ) THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LOVE (BABY) Wizzard
36 ( 30 ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
37 ( 31 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
38 ( 32 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
39 ( 33 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
40 ( NEW ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON The Osmonds

OLDIES!

1 ( NEW ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
2 ( 3 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
3 ( 1 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
4 ( 2 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
5 ( 4 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
6 ( 5 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes
7 ( 6 ) BACK STREET LUV Curved Air
8 ( 7 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
9 ( 8 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
10 ( 9 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
11 ( 10 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
12 ( 11 ) A HORSE WITH NO NAME America
13 ( 13 ) MONKEES THEME The Monkees
14 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
15 ( 14 ) I AM WHAT I AM Greyhound
16 ( 15 ) SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper
17 ( 18 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
18 ( 16 ) STAY WITH ME The Faces

10th September 1974

A brand new entry at 1 for Magpie presenter Mick Robertson, like Pans People at 3 trying to have a pop career. Both were good tries, though the tango wasn’t exactly in vogue in 1974, the record managed to get on TOTP and I was mad on it for a while. Other TV shows having less of an impact on my charts would have been: Doctor Who (of course!), Rising Damp, Planet Of The Apes, Rhoda and The Goodies, whereas at the movies the disaster movie was taking over, notably The Towering Inferno which was terrific when it came out.

Ray Stevens goes back up to a new peak of 4 with his novelty track giving my entire Top 5 a non-UK-hit-floptastic quality (and 7 of the 10 failed to chart, as my tastes and the singles chart went their own ways). That said, Andy Fairweather-Low’s fab Reggae Tune did chart in both, and in at 14 here, his first chart hit since Hello Susie when Amen Corner charted with Roy Wood’s song 5 years earlier. Elton has another go at a rocking single, for a change, and it wasn’t bad, the title Bitch Is Back hinting at future campness, and in at 17.

I Am Missing You is in at 27, another non-hit, and very Indian-sounding to my delight, from Ravi Shankar and his friends: one in particular being George Harrison, who gave it a Phil Spector production, joined in, and released it on his own Dark Horse label. Sadly, I was one of the few to bother buying it! Ravi wrote a top notch toon, and of course donated Norah Jones to the world 5 years later, and a much longer chart career and sales than her dad. At 28, the one-hit (UK charts) wonder that is Brian Protheroe with the absolutely gorgeous Pinball, sounds as good as it did 40 years ago. Joni Mitchell meanwhile grabs another popchartfreak hit single with the delicious Free Man In Paris, her 3rd of the year and taken again from the wonderful Court And Spark album. Finally, sneaking in at 30 is Noosha Fox and the very odd and unusual breathless pop of Only You Can, which I loved right away. It took the UK record buyer 3 months to decide they liked it too.

1 ( NEW ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
2 ( 1 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
3 ( 13 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
4 ( 17 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
5 ( 4 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
6 ( 5 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
7 ( 12 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
8 ( 6 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
9 ( 14 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
10 ( 10 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band

11 ( 7 ) KUNG FU FIGHTING Carl Douglas
12 ( 11 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
13 ( 3 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
14 ( NEW ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
15 ( 15 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
16 ( 9 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
17 ( NEW ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
18 ( 16 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
19 ( 29 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
20 ( 27 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol

21 ( 28 ) LONG TALL GLASSES Leo Sayer
22 ( 22 ) MRS VANDEBILT Paul McCartney and Wings
23 ( 26 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
24 ( 20 ) SILLY LOVE 10C.C.
25 ( 19 ) AFTER THE SHOW Kevin Ayers
26 ( 8 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BAND Abba
27 ( NEW ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
28 ( NEW ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
29 ( NEW ) FREE MAN IN PARIS Joni Mitchell
30 ( NEW ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox

31 ( 18 ) YOU YOU YOU Alvin Stardust
32 ( 21 ) THE WIZARD OF LOVE The Pearls
33 ( 23 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
34 ( 24 ) ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT Cat Stevens
35 ( 25 ) 2 WHEELS Firebird
36 ( 30 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
37 ( 37 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
38 ( 34 ) RING RING Abba
39 ( 36 ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
40 ( 38 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray

Over in the oldies chart, Jonathan King gets a 2nd week on top, and new in at 7 is The Yamasukis – I say new, but actually it’s a drop from 2 in the actual singles chart having suddenly found out it’s an old record and transferred it over. A minor follow-up hit in the UK, and second-time around, it’s 1968 Motown gem Gotta See Jane from R.Dean Taylor, a literally driving dance number, “mmmm red lights green lights speeding through the dark nights”, ahhh just fab fab fab. In at 9, and on the budget album wot I bought, it was. Lastly, as hilariously parodied by The Goodies the following year, in at 13 it’s Presley: Reg Presley and the terrific Wild Thing. (Goodies: Hold me…tight. (strangling sound) Not. Quite. That. Tight). The Troggs became better known for allowing Wet Wet Wet to ruin one of Reg’s sweetest songs – though he WAS laughing all the way to the crop circles.

1 ( 1 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
2 ( 4 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
3 ( 3 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
4 ( 2 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
5 ( 6 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes
6 ( 5 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
7 ( NEW ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
8 ( 8 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
9 ( NEW ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
10 ( 7 ) BACK STREET LUV Curved Air

11 ( 10 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 9 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
13 ( NEW ) WILD THING The Troggs
14 ( 14 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
15 ( 12 ) A HORSE WITH NO NAME America
16 ( 15 ) I AM WHAT I AM Greyhound

17th September 1974

My singles-buying was helped heavily by my blagging my way to continue doing swimming in Gloucester town centre swimming pool, along with mate Ian, as a means of avoiding rugby and cricket – there weren’t any other sports on the agenda, and they were the two most-hated sports of all as far as I’m still concerned. That meant I could continue to get cheap ex-chart singles as soon as they hit the bargain bins. Yay!

It’s 2 weeks for Mick Robertson and his frizzy hair on top. If only Susan Stranks had joined him in a duet on a record! Up to 4, ex-Amen Corner singer Andy gets his 2nd-biggest hit, after Half As Nice topped the chart in 1969. The Commodores fabby funky instrumental jumps to 6, machine gunning Syreeta at 7, who’s left spinnin’ and spinnin’ in a very melodic Stevie-Wonder-fashion. Rufus almost make the 10, though Chaka and Rufus had bigger hits ahead, as did Elton at 12.

In at 18, Sparks make it 3 out of 3 with the fab insistent Something For The Girl With Everything, a future single in 1975, but here an early album track hit as I am left bemused as to why they went with a different 3rd UK hit single. Same goes for Macca, Mrs Vandebilt at 20, such an obviously great single-that-wasn’t. At 22 is Reunion, a group of studio musicians based around Joey “Yummy Yummy Yummy” Levine, 60’s bubblegum act Ohio Express. The song is regarded as a novelty, but it’s much better than that, it’s a speed-rap history of rock, pop, soul, blues in 3 minutes, the number of acts name-checked is (literally) breath-taking to try keeping up with, and the chorus is singalong delight. It was an actual UK chart hit too, as well as the USA.

Elton’s gal (on his Rocket record label) Kiki Dee gets a second hit with the rocking Music In Me, still sounds terrific. Don Covay funks in with It’s Better To have, and Polly Brown gets her 2nd hit in the chart with Up In A Puff Of Smoke (that’s her in Sweet Dreams), minus the black make-up this time. Over in the oldies chart, JK gets a 3rd week on top, his 4th in total, but R. Dean is nipping at his heels. Splishing splashing – calling out her name I gotta see Jane. Fan-bloody-tastic.

1 ( 1 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
2 ( 2 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
3 ( 3 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
4 ( 14 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
5 ( 5 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
6 ( 12 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
7 ( 19 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
8 ( 4 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
9 ( 16 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
10 ( 7 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head

11 ( 18 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
12 ( 17 ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
13 ( 10 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
14 ( 28 ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
15 ( 20 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
16 ( 13 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
17 ( 21 ) LONG TALL GLASSES Leo Sayer
18 ( NEW ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
19 ( 15 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
20 ( 22 ) MRS VANDEBILT Paul McCartney and Wings

21 ( 23 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
22 ( NEW ) LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME) Reunion
23 ( RE ) THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LOVE (BABY) Wizzard
24 ( 29 ) FREE MAN IN PARIS Joni Mitchell
25 ( 30 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
26 ( 27 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
27 ( 36 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
28 ( NEW ) (I GOT THE) MUSIC IN ME The Kiki Dee Band
29 ( NEW ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
30 ( NEW ) IT’S BETTER TO HAVE Don Covay

31 ( 6 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
32 ( 8 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
33 ( 9 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
34 ( 11 ) KUNG FU FIGHTING Carl Douglas
35 ( 24 ) SILLY LOVE 10C.C.
36 ( 25 ) AFTER THE SHOW Kevin Ayers
37 ( 26 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BAND Abba
38 ( 31 ) YOU YOU YOU Alvin Stardust
39 ( 32 ) THE WIZARD OF LOVE The Pearls
40 ( 33 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers

1 ( 1 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
2 ( 9 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
3 ( 2 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
4 ( 4 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
5 ( 3 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
6 ( 7 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
7 ( 6 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
8 ( 5 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes
9 ( 8 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
10 ( 13 ) WILD THING The Troggs
11 ( 10 ) BACK STREET LUV Curved Air
12 ( 11 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
13 ( 15 ) A HORSE WITH NO NAME America
14 ( 14 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

24th September 1974

3 weeks on top Tango-ing, and Pans People dance into 2nd place. Up 22 places to 4 though, it’s Ravi Shankar, as the melody kicks into my mind, leapfrogging Syreeta who gets a Top 5 hit with a Stevie Wonder co-write, as a full-write Wonder song hits 10 for Rufus. Stevie was so prolific during this period he could afford to give away loadsa great songs. Elton bitches his way to 9, love those buzzsaw guitars and the venom-in-cheek. Mike McGear replaces his brother at 20, and there’s a bunch of new entries..

The first of only two examples of an album making my chart pops in at 7 – a schoolmate took it into the 6th form revision area and played it, and it blew my mind it was so unusual. It was a follow-up album, instrumental, and a complete work, no tracks, so I allowed it in. It was called Hergest Ridge and the young whippersnapper was called Mike Oldfield on new label Virgin run by a young hippie called Richard Branson. I wonder if he became a high-flyer…?

Highest new single entry is Pilot’s follow-up hit, the less good (but more commercial, and debut UK/US hit) Magic. Very catchy though. At 22, an utterly obscure unobtainable single on RAK records by Barry Reynolds, Outsiders Point Of View: more of a prog rock act, this was one slow sultry falsetto soul-rock fusion that deserved to be big. I’ve just heard it for the first time in 40 years on youtube, and it’s fab, not dated at all. I believe young Barry went on to guide Marianne Faithful’s Broken English phase and onwards. I want this single badly!

At 23, the recently late folk semi-legend Dory Previn with Coldwater Canyon, a Joni Mitchell-esque appeal to me, while at 25 Thunderthighs return with a second hit, not quite the dramatic cinematic Lynsey De Paul song this time (nor Walk On The Wild Side either), but a halloween novelty song that’s a barrel of laughs. It’s cheesy in a great way, and really should be played each year at the end of October right after Monster Mash. It’s Dracula’s Daughter and sounds like you’d imagine it would, horror effects and girlie vocals and monster-movie lyrics. Suzi Quatro, meanwhile, gets her 6th straight Top 30 hit with The Wild One and at 30 it’s Alaska. Who? No idea, google doesn’t help me, it’s that obscure. I never bought it, and just have an image of a sort of pleasant harmony track. It was a long time ago…!

1 ( 1 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
2 ( 3 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
3 ( 4 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
4 ( 26 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
5 ( 7 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
6 ( 9 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
7 ( NEW ) HERGEST RIDGE Mike Oldfield
8 ( 5 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
9 ( 12 ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
10 ( 11 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus

11 ( 13 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
12 ( 15 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
13 ( 14 ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
14 ( 6 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
15 ( 8 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
16 ( 18 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
17 ( 22 ) LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME) Reunion
18 ( 21 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
19 ( 10 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
20 ( 27 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear

21 ( NEW ) MAGIC Pilot
22 ( NEW ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
23 ( NEW ) COLDWATER CANYON Dory Previn
24 ( 19 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
25 ( NEW ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
26 ( NEW ) THE WILD ONE Suzi Quatro
27 ( 28 ) (I GOT THE) MUSIC IN ME The Kiki Dee Band
28 ( 29 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
29 ( 30 ) IT’S BETTER TO HAVE Don Covay
30 ( NEW ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Alaska

31 ( 2 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
32 ( 16 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
33 ( 17 ) LONG TALL GLASSES Leo Sayer
34 ( 20 ) MRS VANDEBILT Paul McCartney and Wings
35 ( 23 ) THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LOVE (BABY) Wizzard
36 ( 24 ) FREE MAN IN PARIS Joni Mitchell
37 ( 25 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
38 ( 31 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
39 ( 32 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
40 ( 33 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel

On the oldies chart, R. Dean Taylor gets his 2nd Number 1 of the year the poundingly brilliant Gotta See Jane, while Dave Edmunds enters at 2 with his classic 4-year-old I Hear You Knocking, a song I missed at the time (being in Singapore) but caught in the year-end chart rundowns of late 1971 and loved. A kiddie-fave of mine from 1968 pops in at 6, the charmingly quirky, and so-so 60’s Judy In Disguise, taking me back to RAF Swinderby days. With Glasses! At 12, it’s a future ELO USA hit (1976ish) but here it’s a Move B Side to California Man from 1972. That’s very fair though, as Jeff Lynne wrote it, it’s the last side of the last Move single, and the next thing he did was ELO’s 10538 Overture, so it’s beautifully connectivizing. Made-up word! Do Ya? Not ‘arf pop-pickers!

1 ( 2 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
2 ( NEW ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
3 ( 1 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
4 ( 4 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
5 ( 5 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
6 ( NEW ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred And His Playboy Band
7 ( 7 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
8 ( 6 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
9 ( 8 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes
10 ( 9 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
11 ( 10 ) WILD THING The Troggs
12 ( NEW ) DO YA The Move

My 1974 Charts – August

6th August 1974

3rd week on top for the now tragically late Mama Cass, while Sweet Sensation hit 3 2 months ahead of topping the UK chart, and Annie’s Song puts John Denver into my Top 10 for the first time also 2 months ahead of hitting the UK number 1 spot. Just saying…..

Not hitting the top spot anywhere, Mouth and MacNeal’s fab We’re Gonna Have A Party hits 9 and becomes the highest-charting of their 3 chart entries. At 10, Bay City Rollers return to the Top 10 for the first time since they started having UK hits again – I’ll be honest, the best Rollers pop records were all of their singles released from 1971 through to 1973, all bar one flops. Summerlove Sensation was a good tune though.

Oldies take over numbers 11 to 15, Jimmy Ruffin’s classic up to 12 as it climbs the UK chart, and two new entries with Lady Willpower for Gary Puckett & The Union Gap following up Young Girl, and returning to my charts 6 years on, and Scott McKenzie’s classic John Phillips song and hippie anthem (Mamas and Papas – spot the link with Cass Elliot) in at 15. San Fransisco was on CBS, who along with Warner Brothers were on a bit of reissue campaign, some I bought some I couldn’t afford, but at the age of 16 I now had a decade of familiar back catalogue to chart and try to buy, as I really started to get into the 60’s as retro faves. Like most 16-year-old’s, though, not too fussed about stuff from before I was born, apart from a few odd ones.

Wizzard’s new single catastrophically only hits 16 while a much catchier album track Come Back Karen (all 50’s-styled) enters at 24, and The Rolling Stones, and the great bubble-machine video, pop in at 29 announcing It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll – well I like it at any rate! This is the last chart to contain oldies until the new year, as the volume just got to be too much and started to swamp the new stuff from next week – so I had to take the practical viewpoint of compiling a separate Oldies chart till the reissues ebbed down a bit. They still deserved to chart, but I thought it fairer they should compete with other oldies rather than current stuff. How exciting!

1 ( 1 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot

2 ( 2 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children

3 ( 9 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation

4 ( 4 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae

5 ( 3 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation

6 ( 6 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim

7 ( 22 ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver

8 ( 5 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel

9 ( 29 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal

10 ( 21 ) SUMMERLOVE SENSATION The Bay City Rollers

11 ( 11 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia

12 ( 25 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin

13 ( 14 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees

14 ( NEW ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett And The Union Gap

15 ( NEW ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie

16 ( 23 ) THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LOVE (BABY) Wizzard

17 ( 7 ) ROCKET Mud

18 ( 15 ) AMATEUR HOUR Sparks

19 ( 12 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings

20 ( 10 ) DAYBREAK Nilsson

21 ( 8 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot

22 ( 16 ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet

23 ( 28 ) WINDOW SHOPPING R. Dean Taylor

24 ( NEW ) COME BACK KAREN Wizzard

25 ( 17 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci

26 ( 24 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams

27 ( 18 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray

28 ( 20 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5

29 ( NEW ) IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (BUT I LIKE IT) The Rolling Stones

30 ( 27 ) GOLDEN DAY Rain

31 ( 13 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.

32 ( 19 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur

33 ( 26 ) BORN WITH A SMILE ON MY FACE Stephanie De Sykes

34 ( 30 ) PLEASE PLEASE ME David Cassidy

35 ( 31 ) IT’S ALL UP TO YOU Jim Capaldi

36 ( 32 ) ON TOP OF THE WORLD The Settlers

37 ( NEW ) SUNDOWN Gordon Lightfoot

38 ( NEW ) (I’M) LEAVIN’ IT ALL (UP TO YOU) Donny And Marie Osmond

39 ( NEW ) HELLO SUMMERTIME Bobby Goldsboro

40 ( NEW ) JUST FOR YOU The Glitter Band

13th August 1974 Charts

George McCrae’s Rock Your Baby finally grabs the top slot, although it had actually peaked earlier in my affections, it still deserved to be a number one even though Mama Cass’ death continued to sadden me when playing her old and new records. Mouth and MacNeal hit 4, and new in at 7 is a Radio Luxembourg playlist track Pepperbox, an instrumental with a hint of the Rockford Files theme tune, a bit clappy, a bit synthy, which sounded unlike anything I’d heard before, and loved instantly. The UK record-buying public eventually agreed with me 3 months later.

In at 9, Ray Stevens taking the pee again, this time the US TV show Midnight Special, not instant like The Streak, but not as tiresome after repeat listens, and the Mildred Queen And The Dips bit is still funny (Gladys Knight And The Pips pastiche). The man behind Rock Your Baby, Harry Casey, gets his own band to debut at 11, with the awesome Queen Of Clubs. The pace, the exciting new TK disco sounds, and the passionate delivery announced a new sort of dance music was about to take over from the slick Philly soul sounds that dominated. Funkier and grittier, and spearheaded by a white boy with funk attitude. Rock journos of the time failed to appreciate how influential and timeless KC & co would be. I was incensed when a very expensive 80’s History Of Rock weekly volume of all important Music acts from Bill Haley onwards didn’t even mention KC. So, a big raspberry to them. Wrong again, as journalists often are with pop music.

Firebird enter at 12. Who? No idea, only that they appeared on Lift Off With Ayshea (ITV music show) the week before and I like it enough to chart it. Haven’t heard it in 40 years, just youtubed it…and it’s Rubettes-styled pop. Cockney Rebel follow-up Judy Teen with Mr. Soft, not as good but not bad at 25, ahead of Paper Lace’s third single, The Black-Eyed Boys, which fits in with the motorcycle theme of Firebird.

1 ( 4 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae

2 ( 1 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot

3 ( 5 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation

4 ( 9 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal

5 ( 2 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children

6 ( 3 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation

7 ( NEW ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers

8 ( 6 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim

9 ( NEW ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens

10 ( 8 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel

11 ( NEW ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band

12 ( NEW ) 2 WHEELS Firebird

13 ( 10 ) SUMMERLOVE SENSATION The Bay City Rollers

14 ( 27 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray

15 ( 21 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot

16 ( 26 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams

17 ( 16 ) THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LOVE (BABY) Wizzard

18 ( 7 ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver

19 ( 17 ) ROCKET Mud

20 ( 28 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5

21 ( 18 ) AMATEUR HOUR Sparks

22 ( 19 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings

23 ( 24 ) COME BACK KAREN Wizzard

24 ( 23 ) WINDOW SHOPPING R. Dean Taylor

25 ( NEW ) MR. SOFT Cockney Rebel

26 ( NEW ) THE BLACK-EYED BOYS Paper Lace

27 ( 29 ) IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (BUT I LIKE IT) The Rolling Stones

28 ( 20 ) DAYBREAK Nilsson

29 ( 25 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci

30 ( 30 ) GOLDEN DAY Rain

31 ( 22 ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet

32 ( 31 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.

33 ( 32 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur

34 ( 34 ) PLEASE PLEASE ME David Cassidy

35 ( 35 ) IT’S ALL UP TO YOU Jim Capaldi

36 ( 36 ) ON TOP OF THE WORLD The Settlers

37 ( 37 ) SUNDOWN Gordon Lightfoot

38 ( 38 ) (I’M) LEAVIN’ IT ALL (UP TO YOU) Donny And Marie Osmond

39 ( 39 ) HELLO SUMMERTIME Bobby Goldsboro

40 ( 40 ) JUST FOR YOU The Glitter Band

ARCHIVE CHART 13th Aug 1974

Meanwhile, on the brand new oldies chart, the new entry at number one is Be My Baby, Phil Spector’s genius creation for the Ronettes. Dad bought this single in 1966, in a batch of oldie 45’s for the new record player, so I grew up with it really. Dirty Dancing made it immortal, but it’s a perfect pop single. Another 60’s girl group at 2, Baby Love, a famous record for 10 years by this time, and a hit all over again in the UK (with the added Diana Ross not being there on the label back when they were a band as opposed to a vehicle for her superstardom). The rest of the chart is made up of carry-overs from the previous week’s chart, and a host of tracks that had been hits before in my charts, so I’ll just mention those that hadn’t been – The Crystals Da Do Ron Ron, also Phil Spector, and this time one that also made the UK charts again in 1974. Should have been Be My Baby! Frank Sinatra’s lovely Strangers In The Night from 1966 pops in at 19 in it’s MOR huggableness. The repeat hits from The Faces and Alice Cooper were tracks on EP’s split up into individual entries, I think.

1 ( NEW ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes

2 ( NEW ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes

3 ( 11 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia

4 ( 12 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin

5 ( NEW ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon

6 ( 13 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees

7 ( 15 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie

8 ( NEW ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

9 ( NEW ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt

10 ( 14 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett And The Union Gap

11 ( NEW ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins

12 ( NEW ) A HORSE WITH NO NAME America

13 ( NEW ) I AM WHAT I AM Greyhound

14 ( NEW ) BACK STREET LUV Curved Air

15 ( NEW ) STAY WITH ME The Faces

16 ( NEW ) CINDY INCIDENTALLY The Faces

17 ( NEW ) POOL HALL RICHARD The Faces

18 ( NEW ) DA DO RON RON The Crystals

19 ( NEW ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra

20 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND James Taylor

21 ( RE ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap

22 ( RE ) SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper

23 ( NEW ) ELECTED Alice Cooper

24 ( NEW ) NO MORE MR. NICE GUY Alice Cooper

20th August 1974

With their first number one it’s KC And The Sunshine Band and the whooping fantastic Queen Of Clubs. How good was KC? He knocked off his own number one, Rock Your Baby, which he kindly gave away. Highest new entry at 6 though is from The Yamasukis. Who? Technically it’s a 1971 reissue (I wasn’t aware it was an oldie or it would have been in my oldies chart, on John Peel’s Dandelion label, of a French-production duo experimenting with world sounds under the name Yamasuki. This single has Japanese-language shouting over Japanese language chorus of children, and it’s terrific World pop music that never was a hit. Influential? Well, the B Side is Aieaoa, which would eventually become a hit for Black Blood, Bananarama and a theme tune of the 2010 World Cup under the title Aie-a-mwana. The duo worked with many European hit acts writing and producing for the likes Sheila B. Devotion, Gibson Brothers, Ottawan. For current music fans, Daniel Vangarde (real name Bangalter) is the father and early supporter of his son, Thomas. You might know him better as a Daft Punk member….

After weeks of up and downs, Sweet Dreams reach a new peak of 11, oh Abba really should released it! New at 17 it’s The Pearls 5th hit, a tribute (honestly) to Roy Wood, who appropriately is one place higher with Wizzard. It’s almost as if I knew! (I did). At 18, Swedish Sylvia sings the first international European package holiday hit, Y Viva Espana. I got so sick of hearing it months later that I avoided Spain and package holidays for a good 30 years, till I saw the error of my ways. Spain is fab.

In at 25, his 4th chart hit, and the man who just sold his guitar for over a million pounds, Alvin Stardust. He paid £1 and got Buddy Holly and The Beatles to sign it, and he’s from Mansfield, so I consider that a better investment than going down the pits. Behind it’s Cat Stevens, long a fave of mine since Matthew And Son, here with a cover of Sam Cooke’s Another Saturday Night, and his 6th or 7th hit since 1970. 10CC follow up a chart-topper with Silly Love, quirky and playful as ever at 28, while Rufus Tell Me Something Good and debut at 29, Chaka Khan’s chart debut 4 years ahead of her UK singles debut. A Stevie Wonder song and a huge US hit. At 30, though, a novelty hit that became an anthem, Carl Douglas and Kung Fu Fighting, a UK record that broke big for Carl and Biddu worldwide, on the back of 1974’s absolute kung fu mania. Trust me, it was HUGE that year, on the back of the death of Bruce Lee, who was idolised by some schoolmates.

On The Oldies chart Bob & Marcia get that topper, the rest mostly shuffle a bit.

1 ( 11 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
2 ( 2 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
3 ( 1 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
4 ( 3 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
5 ( 4 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
6 ( NEW ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
7 ( 5 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
8 ( 9 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
9 ( 6 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
10 ( 7 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers

11 ( 16 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
12 ( 10 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
13 ( 12 ) 2 WHEELS Firebird
14 ( 26 ) THE BLACK-EYED BOYS Paper Lace
15 ( 8 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
16 ( 17 ) THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LOVE (BABY) Wizzard
17 ( NEW ) THE WIZARD OF LOVE The Pearls
18 ( NEW ) Y VIVA ESPANA Sylvia
19 ( 22 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
20 ( 14 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray

21 ( 20 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
22 ( 15 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
23 ( 25 ) MR. SOFT Cockney Rebel
24 ( 30 ) GOLDEN DAY Rain
25 ( NEW ) YOU YOU YOU Alvin Stardust
26 ( NEW ) ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT Cat Stevens
27 ( 18 ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
28 ( NEW ) SILLY LOVE 10C.C.
29 ( NEW ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
30 ( NEW ) KUNG FU FIGHTING Carl Douglas

31 ( 13 ) SUMMERLOVE SENSATION The Bay City Rollers
32 ( 19 ) ROCKET Mud
33 ( 21 ) AMATEUR HOUR Sparks
34 ( 23 ) COME BACK KAREN Wizzard
35 ( 24 ) WINDOW SHOPPING R. Dean Taylor
36 ( 27 ) IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (BUT I LIKE IT) The Rolling Stones
37 ( 28 ) DAYBREAK Nilsson
38 ( 29 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci
39 ( 31 ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet
40 ( 32 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.

1 ( 3 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
2 ( 2 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
3 ( 7 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
4 ( 1 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes
5 ( 9 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
6 ( 6 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
7 ( 8 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
8 ( 5 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
9 ( 4 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
10 ( 10 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett And The Union Gap

11 ( 11 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
12 ( 12 ) A HORSE WITH NO NAME America
13 ( 13 ) I AM WHAT I AM Greyhound
14 ( 14 ) BACK STREET LUV Curved Air
15 ( 19 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
16 ( 15 ) STAY WITH ME The Faces
17 ( 16 ) CINDY INCIDENTALLY The Faces
18 ( RE ) MONKEES THEME The Monkees
19 ( 22 ) SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper
20 ( 18 ) DA DO RON RON The Crystals

21 ( 20 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND James Taylor
22 ( 23 ) ELECTED Alice Cooper
23 ( 17 ) POOL HALL RICHARD The Faces
24 ( 21 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
25 ( 24 ) NO MORE MR. NICE GUY Alice Cooper

27th August 1974

The summer was drawing to a close, and both my mate Ian and myself had no employment plans or prospects so we decided to go back to school and do O Levels again, as grades weren’t enough for CSE’s to do A levels. I think. To be honest, the exact reason is hazy, and A levels would have been fine for me, the only reason I ended up doing CSE’s was being a late school arrival and trying to catch up in 7 or 8 subjects. I would have been fine on a level playing field.

Hey ho, I enjoyed life not being at school though, and all my hobbies. Cass Elliot goes back up again to number one for the 4th week. 3 weeks at 2 were a bonus. Yamasuki (haaaaaiya!) is up to 3, and it’s an Abba-tastic week as Honey Honey breaks into the top 10, while B side of Ring Ring (which i’d bought in the ex-chart singles box from my regular post-chart-rundown record shop checkout on Thursdays) Rock ‘n’ Roll Band gives the Abba boys lead-vocal duties for the first time, and adds yet another record with “rock” in the title to the charts. Ring Ring meanwhile bounces back at 27.

Highest new entry is a Motown instrumental funk goodie, Machine Gun, and a debut hit for a band called The Commodores. No Lionel Richie ballading on show here at all, though, he’s busy doing the synth hooky bits! Big climbs for Rufus and Chaka Khan, and Carl Douglas, a new entry for ex-Soft Machine vocalist, the late Kevin Ayers and his very sweet After The Show, a non-hit everywhere, sadly. Keeping up with the album tracks theme, Mrs Vandibilt, a great Band On The Run non-single, gives Macca his 3rd hit of the year. The hook goes Hey! Hey Ho! Think someone else borrowed that one eventually.

Oldies? Baby Love gets on top, Diana Ross’ first number one since Surrender topped in 1971, and the Supremes first ever, shockingly. Curved Air take those delicious Back Street Luv progrock vibes into the 10, along with Judy Collins’ gorgeous Joni Mitchell folk cover of Both Sides Now.The chart gets cut down to 20 tracks as there are no new reissues to supply the chart with new entries.

1 ( 2 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
2 ( 3 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
3 ( 6 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
4 ( 1 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
5 ( 4 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
6 ( 7 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
7 ( 9 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
8 ( 5 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
9 ( 11 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
10 ( 8 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens

11 ( 30 ) KUNG FU FIGHTING Carl Douglas
12 ( 29 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
13 ( 12 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
14 ( NEW ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
15 ( 10 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
16 ( NEW ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BAND Abba
17 ( 13 ) 2 WHEELS Firebird
18 ( 17 ) THE WIZARD OF LOVE The Pearls
19 ( 18 ) Y VIVA ESPANA Sylvia
20 ( NEW ) AFTER THE SHOW Kevin Ayers

21 ( 15 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
22 ( NEW ) MRS VANDIBILT Paul McCartney and Wings
23 ( 26 ) ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT Cat Stevens
24 ( 24 ) GOLDEN DAY Rain
25 ( 25 ) YOU YOU YOU Alvin Stardust
26 ( 14 ) THE BLACK-EYED BOYS Paper Lace
27 ( RE ) RING RING Abba
28 ( 28 ) SILLY LOVE 10C.C.
29 ( 16 ) THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LOVE (BABY) Wizzard
30 ( 27 ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver

31 ( 19 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
32 ( 20 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
33 ( 21 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
34 ( 22 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
35 ( 23 ) MR. SOFT Cockney Rebel
36 ( 31 ) SUMMERLOVE SENSATION The Bay City Rollers
37 ( 32 ) ROCKET Mud
38 ( 33 ) AMATEUR HOUR Sparks
39 ( 34 ) COME BACK KAREN Wizzard
40 ( 35 ) WINDOW SHOPPING R. Dean Taylor

1 ( 2 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
2 ( 1 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
3 ( 3 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
4 ( 5 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
5 ( 4 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes
6 ( 14 ) BACK STREET LUV Curved Air
7 ( 8 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
8 ( 10 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
9 ( 9 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
10 ( 11 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
11 ( 12 ) A HORSE WITH NO NAME America
12 ( 7 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 18 ) MONKEES THEME The Monkees
14 ( 13 ) I AM WHAT I AM Greyhound
15 ( 19 ) SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper
16 ( 16 ) STAY WITH ME The Faces
17 ( 17 ) CINDY INCIDENTALLY The Faces
18 ( 15 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
19 ( 20 ) DA DO RON RON The Crystals
20 ( 21 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND James Taylor

My 1974 Charts – July

2nd July 1974

School was sort of out, as previously mentioned, but also sort of not, as there wasn’t much in the way of classes left to take, so lots of spare time, great for pop music, playing tennis, watching TV, reading my DC comics purchases (Legion of Super-Heroes and Superman family especially, which all seemed to be on an up with new writers like Cary Bates and the return of child prodigy Jim Shooter imminent) – still babysitting for cash, of course, it was a toss-up between singles, budget albums and comics competing for my money. By a process of elimination, given that I had no idea what I wanted to do (mundane jobs didn’t appeal much), I think I was getting used to the idea of going back to the 6th form to properly take some O Levels and have a full year of study – but hoping I wouldn’t be the only one, which I wasn’t as mate Ian was also planning on doing the same (he came very late in the school year), and we hung around a lot over the summer, he’d drop by at random and put up with my ungrateful moods at being interrupted mid-pop or sci-fi or TV. Yes, I was a bit stroppy at 16. OK a lot stroppy.

Anything that interrupted Top Of The Pops, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Python would send me into a sulk. Sulk sulk sulk. Sulky bleeder! For me, it was a major trauma, cos there was no such thing as video as it was a one-off chance to ever see them, or miss the delight for ever. Well, as regards Top Of The Pops it actually WAS a one-off chance to see them thanks to short-sighted besuited BBC so and so’s, who wiped the tapes, destroying great performances for ever just because it didn’t have Bill Haley or Bing Crosby on the show (yes, they kept those episodes, being old gits and all!) Now that I’m older than they were, I’m allowed to make ageist remarks, honest, they deserve it because it’s true. Kept the music of their youth and wiped mine. Good thing I’m not bitter…

The charts? 2 weeks on top for 10CC, and Paul McCartney up to 2, leapfrogging his own old song at 3, as sung by Anne Murray. The big news is in at 5, new entry, George McCrae and Rock Your Baby. Essentially a KC & The Sunshine Band record with guest vocalist, this was a key record, generally regarded as the start of disco music (although The Sound Of Philadelphia and Barry White might make that claim too), but in topping the UK and US charts it was announcing disco was here in a big way. I think it’s no co-incidence that it topped the UK charts during a period when Top Of The Pops was off the air (BBC strikes of course) so people were judging current pop on the record alone, and this was a great one.

The Jackson 5, meanwhile, almost get a funky top 10 hit, and Abba get their follow-up top 20 hit at 18 with Ring Ring. Just to underline it was the start of a habit of going for the wrong single, Sweet Dreams (aka Polly Brown of Pickettywich and Tony Jackson of The Skatalites) covered Abba’s Honey Honey and enter one-place higher at 17. They also got the UK chart hit and Abba didn’t. New at 14, Charlie James is All Fingers And Thumbs, a sweet girlie pop flop radio hit of the time, while The Sweet abruptly change musical direction and release the ambitious “serious” The Six Teens. It’s a great record, but not poptastic in a glam fashion and more or less ended the first phase of their Chinn-Chapman career – and a run of 5 consecutive number one singles in my chart!

In at 27, Terry Jacks follows-up seasons In The Sun with a well-known 1959 Jacques Brel/Rod McKuen song, If You Go Away, and sounds almost comically breathless, especially compared to great past versions from the likes of Dusty, Glen Campbell, and Scott Walker. This was the hit version, though. Go figure! The Drifters are back, even older than If You Go Away, but revitalised, re-located to the UK and with British songwriters, had a long run of pastiche-60’s hits starting with this one. Not up to the actual 60’s songs, of course, but good enough, and with Johnny Moore still on vocals still had the Drifters sound. They were big in the UK, and has-beens in the USA…

1 ( 1 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
2 ( 6 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
3 ( 5 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
4 ( 4 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
5 ( NEW ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
6 ( 8 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
7 ( 9 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
8 ( 2 ) BEACH BABY First Class
9 ( 3 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
10 ( 7 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood

11 ( 16 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
12 ( 15 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
13 ( 11 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
14 ( NEW ) ALL FINGERS AND THUMBS Charlie James
15 ( 12 ) ALWAYS YOURS Gary Glitter
16 ( NEW ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet
17 ( 13 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
18 ( NEW ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
19 ( 26 ) RING RING Abba
20 ( 18 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT Cher

21 ( 14 ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
22 ( 28 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW Mike Batt
23 ( 30 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci
24 ( 24 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
25 ( 20 ) LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN Neil Sedaka
26 ( 23 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
27 ( NEW ) IF YOU GO AWAY Terry Jacks
28 ( 19 ) TOO BIG Suzi Quatro
29 ( 17 ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
30 ( NEW ) KISSIN’ IN THE BACK ROW OF THE MOVIES The Drifters

31 ( 10 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
32 ( 21 ) ZOO GANG Jungle Juice
33 ( 22 ) BANANA ROCK The Wombles
34 ( 25 ) FOXY FOXY Mott The Hoople
35 ( 27 ) IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond
36 ( 29 ) SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper
37 ( 31 ) MY GIRL BILL Jim Stafford
38 ( 32 ) MONKEY GRIP GLUE Bill Wyman
39 ( 33 ) LIVERPOOL LOU The Scaffold
40 ( NEW ) HAVEN’T GOT TIME FOR THE PAIN Carly Simon

 

9th July 1974

Macca gets his 2nd Number One of the year, his 3rd with Wings, his 4th since leaving The Beatles, and his 7th in total including 3 from the Fabs. At the time that gave him 7 equal with Roy Wood topping my all-time list. That keeps off George McCrae from the top, and it was so close I kept switching between the two, using a lot of pencil and erasers. I have to give it to Band On The Run, though, cos it’s so classic, a record I love to bits still. Pure summer of ‘74 for me.

Lots of great new entries too, Sparks in at 6 for the follow-up highest entry, Amateur Hour being equally quirky, but not as epic as This Town. In at 10, a reissue from Edwin Starr from 1969, and his first chart hit since War in 1970. Very Motown-ey. Abba get to 15 with Ring Ring, higher than I remembered (happily), momentarily leap-frogging Honey Honey. The Inruders get a 2nd hit with the smooth Philly sound of horse-racing and a lady love. Garfunkel gets his 3rd solo hit, and what a corker it is, Traveling Boy was a chart flop, criminally, but it’s far and away the best record he’s made outside of Simon and Garfunkel, tearfully beautiful and one of the great Paul William’s best songs. Paul Williams? Singer-songwriter, writer of We’ve Only Just Begun, Evergreen, Rainbow Connection, Rainy Days And Mondays and more recently worked with Scissor Sisters and Daft Punk. That’s not enough, though, Paul Williams is also the same diminutive actor who was an Orang-Utan in Battle For The Planet Of The Apes, an alien in Star Trek: Voyager, a guest on the Muppets, writer of Bugsy Malone songs, Penguin on animated Batman Adventures, and most recently featured on Random Access Memories album. Take it from me, it’s a great song!

Jim Capaldi is back, 2 years after non-hit great Eve, and 7 years after Traffic’s heydays, and it’s also a tearjerking Nilsson-esque corker, It’s All Up To You. Only a minor UK hit, it is criminally obscure these days, but again it’s a fabulous song, sung convincingly passionately. Barry Blue gets his 4th solo hit, this time it’s a sweet pop tune. Barry Blue? Aka Barry Green, writer of many hit songs, including stuff for Diana Ross, Celine Dion, Saturdays, Pixie Lott. I’m not making this up, he is still writing pop songs! He’s also responsible for I Eat Cannibals, of which the less said the better! I was always a fan though (of most of his varied pop stuff). I also bought a budget album this week, R. Dean Taylor’s with new entry Don’t Fool Around On it. While it had some of his old hits on it, it didn’t have the version of Ghost In My House I was expecting. Boo! It goes back up anyway to 7 as a result.

1 ( 2 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
2 ( 5 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
3 ( 3 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
4 ( 4 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
5 ( 1 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
6 ( NEW ) AMATEUR HOUR Sparks
7 ( 17 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
8 ( 6 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
9 ( 7 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
10 ( NEW ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr

11 ( 11 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
12 ( 12 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
13 ( 16 ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet
14 ( 10 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
15 ( 19 ) RING RING Abba
16 ( 8 ) BEACH BABY First Class
17 ( 9 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
18 ( 18 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
19 ( 23 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci
20 ( 13 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow

21 ( 24 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
22 ( NEW ) (WIN PLACE SHOW) SHE’S A WINNER The Intruders
23 ( 14 ) ALL FINGERS AND THUMBS Charlie James
24 ( 27 ) IF YOU GO AWAY Terry Jacks
25 ( 22 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW Mike Batt
26 ( 26 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
27 ( NEW ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
28 ( NEW ) IT’S ALL UP TO YOU Jim Capaldi
29 ( NEW ) MISS HIT AND RUN Barry Blue
30 ( NEW ) DON’T FOOL AROUND R. Dean Taylor

31 ( 15 ) ALWAYS YOURS Gary Glitter
32 ( 20 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT Cher
33 ( 21 ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
34 ( 25 ) LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN Neil Sedaka
35 ( 28 ) TOO BIG Suzi Quatro
36 ( 29 ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
37 ( 30 ) KISSIN’ IN THE BACK ROW OF THE MOVIES The Drifters
38 ( 31 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
39 ( NEW ) JUST DON’T WANT TO BE LONELY The Main Ingredient
40 ( NEW ) THE BANGIN’ MAN Slade

16th July 1974

My chart heavily influenced by a radio show and a comeback 60’s star. Mama Cass (now Cass Elliot, once of the great Mamas & Papas) was releasing a fab tuneful Albert Hammond ballad single, and in the UK recording, so dropped by the weekly Radio 1 new singles review show, Emperor Rosko’s Roundtable. Rosko was cool, American and had pop star guests listening to new singles and giving opinions. Cass was on, and I was excited enough to record it. I fell instantly in love with her new single, a number one new entry. It wasn’t playlisted though, so it had an up and chart career according to when I got to hear it, buy it, and then affected by her sudden young tragic death in London a few weeks later. Dad shouted upstairs to me about the news (she was a family fave) while my visiting mate Ian was a bit bemused, I think, at my feeling so bad about a celebrity death. Cass was the first popstar death that affected me.

On the show, she was enthusiastic about Hues Corporation US smash Rock The Boat, a disco classic, duly in at number 2 behind her, and still sounding great. Mud were back and on the show with an Elvis glamrock imitation, Rocket. Cass and Rosko both wished Elvis would do something anywhere near as exciting, cos it was a great pop song, in at 24. I think Rock Me Gently was also on the show, a forthcoming soul smash for Andy Kim. Who? Writer of many a hit record, including my Singapore obsession Sugar Sugar and other Archies tracks. Of course I liked it! In at 30.

Other newies, Nilsson is back again with a Dracula movie song, amusing and catchy, Daybreak new in at 28, while a song that became better known in cover versions for a while, Don’t You Worry Bout A Thing, is in for Stevie Wonder at 29 for nearly 6 years of chart hits. Bob & Marcia’s 1970 reggae black-pride classic, which I didn’t get to hear at the time (being in Singapore) is re-issued and I love it, in at 21. Leaving The Settlers at 19, last seen with the fab folkpop TV theme tune to Follyfoot, a kids show, The Lightning Tree in 1971, but now sounding like The New Seekers. All this activity meant tough luck for Garfunkel, who’s marvellous Traveling Boy would otherwise be at number 1, The Jackson 5 stuck at 11 for 3 weeks, and some big fallers.

1 ( NEW ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
2 ( NEW ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
3 ( 27 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
4 ( 1 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
5 ( 2 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
6 ( 6 ) AMATEUR HOUR Sparks
7 ( 5 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
8 ( 4 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
9 ( 3 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
10 ( 8 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees

11 ( 11 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
12 ( 12 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
13 ( 13 ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet
14 ( 19 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci
15 ( 22 ) (WIN PLACE SHOW) SHE’S A WINNER The Intruders
16 ( 14 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
17 ( 9 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
18 ( 16 ) BEACH BABY First Class
19 ( NEW ) ON TOP OF THE WORLD The Settlers
20 ( 28 ) IT’S ALL UP TO YOU Jim Capaldi

21 ( NEW ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
22 ( 15 ) RING RING Abba
23 ( 10 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
24 ( NEW ) ROCKET Mud
25 ( 30 ) DON’T FOOL AROUND R. Dean Taylor
26 ( 20 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
27 ( 17 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
28 ( NEW ) DAYBREAK Nilsson
29 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU WORRY ‘BOUT A THING Stevie Wonder
30 ( NEW ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim

31 ( 7 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
32 ( 18 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
33 ( 21 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
34 ( 23 ) ALL FINGERS AND THUMBS Charlie James
35 ( 24 ) IF YOU GO AWAY Terry Jacks
36 ( 25 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW Mike Batt
37 ( 26 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
38 ( 29 ) MISS HIT AND RUN Barry Blue
39 ( NEW ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL BRAND NEW The Stylistics
40 ( NEW ) TONIGHT The Rubettes

23rd July 1974

This was (more or less) the week I convinced my mate Ian to do his own chart, his music tastes were a lot more album-rock-oriented than my more pop-oriented tastes, but there were some overlapping tracks we both liked. He was absolutely insanely mad on T.Rex, had everything he could get his hands on, while I was more of a lapsed fan with the distinctly underwhelming new T.Rex record Light Of Love, a bit too lightweight for me, though his album track entry Venus Loon was more classic T.Rex and would have charted in mine if I was allowing them in at the time. My number one Rocket, was Mud’s 4th, while his chart-topper I Shot The Sheriff was Clapton’s first solo hit, in my chart at 26, his first since Layla in 1972, and the first Bob Marley song to chart since Stir It Up in 1972.

A Horse With No Name, meanwhile is in Ian’s chart (from 1972, also) and is my current Number One as I type, thanks to an advert on TV – now that’s spooky! He probably charted Wizzard, Mud and Cher for my benefit, I’d guess, although Cher was an item with Greg Allman at the time so that might have been an influence too! Ian had an older brother with rock albums so I blame him for Ian’s lack of love for pop

Elsewhere: Nilsson gets his 4th Top 10 hit (which is 3 more than he managed in real life); The Three Degrees get their 4th chart entry, with a change in direction, a smooth Philly ballad, just ahead of MFSB (who they had just guested with) at 28. Stevie goes Top 20, along with Jim Capaldi and Bob & Marcia. The Sweet can’t quite break into the 10, for the first time since Alexander Graham Bell in 1971 and Barry Blue bounces back up to 27.

1 ( 24 ) ROCKET Mud
2 ( 1 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
3 ( 5 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
4 ( 2 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
5 ( 3 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
6 ( 7 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
7 ( 10 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
8 ( 4 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
9 ( 6 ) AMATEUR HOUR Sparks
10 ( 28 ) DAYBREAK Nilsson

11 ( 14 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci
12 ( 13 ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet
13 ( 12 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
14 ( 20 ) IT’S ALL UP TO YOU Jim Capaldi
15 ( 21 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
16 ( 9 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
17 ( 11 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
18 ( 8 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
19 ( 19 ) ON TOP OF THE WORLD The Settlers
20 ( 29 ) DON’T YOU WORRY ‘BOUT A THING Stevie Wonder

21 ( 30 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
22 ( 18 ) BEACH BABY First Class
23 ( 17 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
24 ( 23 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
25 ( 15 ) (WIN PLACE SHOW) SHE’S A WINNER The Intruders
26 ( NEW ) I SHOT THE SHERIFF Eric Clapton
27 ( 38 ) MISS HIT AND RUN Barry Blue
28 ( NEW ) WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN The Three Degrees
29 ( NEW ) LOVE IS THE MESSAGE MFSB
30 ( NEW ) LIGHT OF LOVE T.Rex

31 ( 16 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
32 ( 22 ) RING RING Abba
33 ( 25 ) DON’T FOOL AROUND R. Dean Taylor
34 ( 26 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
35 ( 27 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
36 ( 31 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
37 ( 32 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
38 ( 33 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
39 ( 40 ) TONIGHT The Rubettes
40 ( 37 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan

IAN GALLOWAYS TOP 20
1 I SHOT THE SHERIFF Eric Clapton
2 LIGHT OF LOVE T.Rex
3 BAND ON THE RUN Wings
4 WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10 C.C.
5 IT’S ALL UP TO YOU Jim Capaldi
6 MIKE OLDFIELD’S SINGLE Mike Oldfield
7 TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS Bachman-Turner Overdrive
8 VENUS LOON T.Rex
9 BACK STREET LUV Curved Air
10 HORSE WITH NO NAME America
11 MIDNIGHT Greg Allman
12 TEENAGE DREAM T.Rex
13 7 SEAS OF RHYE Queen
14 PSYCHEDELIC WARLORDS (DISAPPEAR IN SMILES) Hawkwind
15 DARK LADY Cher
16 ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WINTER Wizzard
17 SIX-TEENS Sweet
18 IT’S ONLY ROCK AND ROLL The Rolling Stones
19 ROCKET Mud
20 THE LEOPARDS FEATURING GARDENIA AND THE MIGHTY SLUG T.Rex

30th July 1974

In which it becomes apparent that if you want to make my top 10, have “Rock” in the title, or if you want to chart, TV theme tunes help, Beatles songs help, or being a future UK number one helps..

Yes, half the top 10 have a “rock” in the title, including highest new entry Rock ‘N’ Roll by a choir of kids chanting catchily to a rockpop backdrop, a great record that’s so obscure I can find little about it on the internet, other than it’s an Albert Hammond song, giving him a 1-2 wham! on my chart as Cass Elliot goes back up to 1 ahead of them for a second week on top. If you don’t know Albert Hammond I suggest googling the list of songs he’s written, and prepare to be surprised! I know a great songwriter when I hear one, even if they aren’t all hits! The other songwriting credit is “Paul” which makes me suspect (but I can’t confirm) a certain Lynsey De Paul, who’s not bovvered if it isn’t as she has a new songwriter entry at 27 (Golden Day, theme tune to the Golden Shot TV show) a co-write with Barry Blue (who’s still in the chart as pop star). Just to keep the incestuous popstar cohabiting going on, Rain, the band has Stephanie De Sykes as lead singer, herself a new entry at 26 with theme tune to New Faces. She herself had a go at hit songs with the UK Eurovision entries in 1978 and 1980. Not a lot of people know that, as Michael Caine might say…

Andy Kim gently rocks up to 6, and two future UK chart-toppers get an early chart entry in my charts in place of another which underperformed at 28 (Three Degrees). Sad Sweet Dreamer was a UK smooth soul record and band, that everyone though was a Michael Jackson soundalike, Radio Luxembourg plugged it for ages till it finally sold enough to chart and get picked up by Radio 1. In at 9 in my chart. John Denver gets his first hit song as artist, and it’s his recent reissued UK hit Annie’s Song, sweet and pure country ballad-ing, still a lovely song. In at 22.

Returning? Bay City Rollers, 3 years on, but no longer charting as high as their early releases, as Rollermania takes a hold as they get increasingly more banal, albeit teenypop successful. Wizzard, heroes, are back, and it’s a T.Rex-style disappointment for me, not epic-sounding at all, mostly just an OK ballad at best new at 23. 60’s Motown classic What Becomes Of The Broken-Hearted gets Jimmy Ruffin back charting after a 4-year break, a true great and famous single that one, and a hit all over again in the UK. Another Motown hit for R. Dean Taylor (his 3rd of the year) who’s Window Shopping at 28, just ahead of Mouth and MacNeal’s great Dutchpop follow up to their Eurovision hit. We’re Gonna Have A Party is their best single, but for some inexplicable reason (well, pretty explicable, Radio 1 didn’t play it, Radio Luxembourg did) wasn’t a hit. Lastly, David Cassidy’s back with a Beatles song, a fairly soundalike live cover of Please Please Me. Sadly, due to a tour crush-related fan-death, Cassidy pretty much didn’t tour again for some years.

Neither Rainbow Children nor Mouth And MacNeal are on youtube so I may have to work out how to post them myself someday!

1 ( 2 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
2 ( NEW ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
3 ( 4 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
4 ( 3 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
5 ( 5 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
6 ( 21 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
7 ( 1 ) ROCKET Mud
8 ( 13 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
9 ( NEW ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
10 ( 10 ) DAYBREAK Nilsson

11 ( 15 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
12 ( 8 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
13 ( 6 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
14 ( 7 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
15 ( 9 ) AMATEUR HOUR Sparks
16 ( 12 ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet
17 ( 11 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci
18 ( 16 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
19 ( 18 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
20 ( 17 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5

21 ( NEW ) SUMMERLOVE SENSATION The Bay City Rollers
22 ( NEW ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
23 ( NEW ) THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LOVE (BABY) Wizzard
24 ( 37 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
25 ( NEW ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
26 ( NEW ) BORN WITH A SMILE ON MY FACE Stephanie De Sykes
27 ( NEW ) GOLDEN DAY Rain
28 ( NEW ) WINDOW SHOPPING R. Dean Taylor
29 ( NEW ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
30 ( NEW ) PLEASE PLEASE ME David Cassidy

31 ( 14 ) IT’S ALL UP TO YOU Jim Capaldi
32 ( 19 ) ON TOP OF THE WORLD The Settlers
33 ( 20 ) DON’T YOU WORRY ‘BOUT A THING Stevie Wonder
34 ( 22 ) BEACH BABY First Class
35 ( 23 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
36 ( 24 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
37 ( 25 ) (WIN PLACE SHOW) SHE’S A WINNER The Intruders
38 ( 26 ) I SHOT THE SHERIFF Eric Clapton
39 ( 27 ) MISS HIT AND RUN Barry Blue
40 ( NEW ) STOP LOOK LISTEN (TO YOUR HEART) Diana Ross And Marvin Gaye

My 1974 Charts – June

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A blurred American Museum 1974 photo, near Bath. I still have the can of uncooked popcorn we bought and never used. Ewwww!

4th June 1974

O level GCE’s drawing to a close, lots of radio listening still, and summer days were here. I had a new friend start at the school, Ian Galloway, who just seemed to rub everyone the wrong way as new boy, but he more or less latched onto me as he lived down the road from us and was into music. I even got him to do a chart in July, but that’ll be a bonus alternative chart to mine then. Ooooh!

In music, Elton’s B side finally topped my chart after yo-yoing up and down randomly as I got to hear it (or not) on radio. Bennie And The Jets is still fab, and it was his second number one (Crocodile Rock being the first). Keeping off The Monkees at 2, it also knocks R. Dean Taylor down prematurely (under my old chart rules that would still be topping). Ronnie Lane goes Top 5, something he’d managed once with the Faces (Stay With Me), and Roy Wood’s album track entry from the start of the year finally gets a single release and enters at 9, bagpipes and all.

Mouth & Macneal go up to 10, thus giving Eurovision 1974 3 top 10 hits. Not to be repeated until well into the 21st century either! The gorgeous Laughter In The Rain is new at 21 for Neil Sedaka, which gave him a new lease of life in the states in 1975 (he was UK based at this time). New also, Mott’s final hit of note, the rather mellow Foxy Foxy; Hudson-Ford’s final hit the very mellow Floating In The Wind; Cher’s Train Of Thought following up a chart-topper, new act Christopher Rainbow with a good (flop) unusual single vocally. Haven’t heard it for 40 years, hoping youtube will help me. 10CC, of course, sneak in at 30 with the very classic Wall Street Shuffle, a song for our times being as it’s a bitter searing attack on bankers greed. See, even pop stars knew it to be a truism, just the equally greedy politicians who felt that people dealing in greed and power were perfectly fine to regulate themselves and do as they please. Should have listened to Godley, Creme, Gouldman and Stewart. 10CC were serious artists, musically versatile and inventive, but having a sense of humour in music (as they often did) really does you no favours with the critics.

1 ( 38 ) BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John
2 ( 4 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
3 ( 1 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
4 ( 9 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
5 ( 3 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
6 ( 2 ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
7 ( 7 ) SUMMER BREEZE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 8 ) THE IN CROWD Bryan Ferry
9 ( RE ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
10 ( 20 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal

11 ( 5 ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
12 ( 6 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
13 ( 13 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
14 ( 23 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
15 ( 15 ) BEACH BABY First Class
16 ( 17 ) OOH I DO Lynsey De Paul
17 ( 11 ) HEY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Showaddywaddy
18 ( 10 ) AMERICA David Essex
19 ( 12 ) JUDY TEEN Cockney Rebel
20 ( 16 ) LOSE TO LOVE AGAIN Melanie

21 ( NEW ) LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN Neil Sedaka
22 ( 22 ) MONKEES THEME The Monkees
23 ( 18 ) WATERLOO Abba
24 ( 29 ) IF YOU’RE READY (COME GO WITH ME) The Staple Singers
25 ( 19 ) GO (BEFORE YOU BREAK MY HEART) Gigliola Cinquetti
26 ( NEW ) FOXY FOXY Mott The Hoople
27 ( NEW ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
28 ( NEW ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT Cher
29 ( NEW ) FLOATING IN THE WIND Hudson-Ford
30 ( NEW ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.

31 ( 21 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WINTER Wizzard
32 ( 14 ) THE LOCOMOTION Grand Funk Railroad
33 ( 24 ) I’M IN LOVE Aretha Franklin
34 ( 26 ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
35 ( 25 ) THE BOOGIE MAN The Jackson 5
36 ( 28 ) GETTING OVER YOU Andy Williams
37 ( 27 ) THE JARROW SONG Alan Price
38 ( 30 ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Three Dog Night
39 ( NEW ) I WON’T LAST A DAY WITHOUT YOU The Carpenters
40 ( NEW ) GUILTY The Pearls

 

11th June 1974

Oldies dominate the Top end if the chart (and elsewhere) as the Monkees get to the top with I’m A Believer, while in at 2 was the record that won the Radio 1 All-time listeners poll earlier in the year. Reissued on the back of that, and a hit all over again, Young Girl was a gem, and Gary Puckett a magnificent vocalist. Times change, and Young Girl is regarded as a bit lyrically dodgy these obsessively pc days (it wasn’t then, at all, not least by all the girls who voted for it). I don’t know why, as the singer makes it clear his attraction for the girl who’s chasing him is a no no cos she’s far too young (despite looking all grown up). Surely in these rewriting history days it’s a model to hold up for men to follow! Hey ho, my charts right from the get go have featured oldies. If it’s good it’s good…

William De Vaughan’s divine Be Thankful goes up to 8, Band On The Run finally breaks into the top 10 as a single release happens and Elton drops from 1 (out of the 30) as he’d used up his allotted Top 30 weeks-on-chart quota permitted for non-singles-hits. New in at 13, on one listen, Jim Stafford’s follow-up to Spiders and Snakes (though release still a way off in the UK) My Girl Bill. Elton John reviewed the new singles releases in one music mag and said he was all ready to see one bloke about to ravish another, and then end goes and spoils it! Yes, the charts weren’t QUITE ready yet for a gay relationship song describing two men kissing – they were actually fighting over the same girl cos she’s My Girl, comma, Bill. Funny!

In at 18, future hit-makers Pilot with the fabulous debut single Just A Smile. I seem to be alone in loving this track, but it’s fabulous. Still. It took over a year for a re-release to chart, but I was right from the beginning. So there! The gorgeous, still regarded well, jazzy, sultry Midnight At The Oasis enters for Maria Muldaur at 19, already way higher than the rubbish UK chart peaks for so many great records in 1974. The Jackson 5, meanwhile get their last big hit. In the USA that is, stiffed in the UK, sadly, but the funky Dancing Machine deserved better. Radio 1 didn’t play it, so that was that really in those days. No hit. Theme tune to TV Show Zoo Gang pops in at 23 for Jungle Juice. I say theme tune, actually it’s a cover – the original theme tune was a Paul & Linda McCartney instrumental (TV show had Brian Keith, John Mills, Barry Morse) – by Tony Hiller of Brotherhood Of Man songwriter note. Talking of Paul, another of his songs slides in, all pleasantly countrified, courtesy Anne Murray having her first hit for 2 years – You Won’t See Me, a great Beatles album track. Also a big US hit. Bit of a theme going on here, not one single current new UK chart hit entering. No Lena Zavaroni, Peters & Lee, Cliff, Cassidy, Perry Como for me, sorry!

1 ( 2 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
2 ( NEW ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
3 ( 4 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
4 ( 9 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
5 ( 5 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
6 ( 3 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
7 ( 6 ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
8 ( 14 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WAHT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
9 ( 13 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
10 ( 7 ) SUMMER BREEZE The Isley Brothers

11 ( 11 ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
12 ( 15 ) BEACH BABY First Class
13 ( NEW ) MY GIRL BILL Jim Stafford
14 ( 12 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
15 ( 10 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal
16 ( 27 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
17 ( 30 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
18 ( NEW ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
19 ( NEW ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
20 ( NEW ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5

21 ( 21 ) LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN Neil Sedaka
22 ( 16 ) OOH I DO Lynsey De Paul
23 ( NEW ) ZOO GANG Jungle Juice
24 ( 8 ) THE IN CROWD Bryan Ferry
25 ( 26 ) FOXY FOXY Mott The Hoople
26 ( 28 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT Cher
27 ( NEW ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
28 ( 17 ) HEY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Showaddywaddy
29 ( NEW ) (SITTING ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
30 ( 22 ) MONKEES THEME The Monkees

31 ( 1 ) BENNY AND THE JETS Elton John
32 ( 18 ) AMERICA David Essex
33 ( 19 ) JUDY TEEN Cockney Rebel
34 ( 20 ) LOSE TO LOVE AGAIN Melanie
35 ( 23 ) WATERLOO Abba
36 ( 24 ) IF YOU’RE READY (COME GO WITH ME) The Staple Singers
37 ( 25 ) GO (BEFORE YOU BREAK MY HEART) Gigliola Cinquetti
38 ( 29 ) FLOATING IN THE WIND Hudson-Ford
39 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STOP The Osmonds
40 ( NEW ) ONE MAN BAND Leo Sayer

 

18th June 1974

Another new number one, and it’s Roy Wood’s reggae bagpipes. I was a huge Roy Wood fan, which explains why this peaked above two much better records (Ronnie Lane at 2 and First Class at 3) who deserved to top my chart more. Anyhoo, it was Roy’s second solo topper, plus 4 with Wizzard, 1 with ELO, and 1 with The Move, for a grand total of 8 in just over 5 years.

10CC meanwhile shuffle up again to 4 for a fourth Top 10 hit, and Pilot and Maria Muldaur join them in the Top 10. Anne Murray starts to catch up on Paul McCartney with one of his old songs, Neil Sedaka cracks the 20 with the gorgeous Laughter In The Rain, and there’s a bunch of familiar names popping in. Gary Glitter gets the highest new entry at 11 with his last UK number one, Always Yours (it’s pretty good, though obviously perma-banned from radio and TV), while Suzi Quatro reckons it’s Too Big at 23. Responses on a postcard…

The Wombles get an unlikely 3rd hit, and change style abruptly, Mike Batt opting for Calypso wombling this time at 25. Another unlikely entry from Rolling Stone Bill Wyman and his Monkey Grip Glue. Sadly, he had to wait another 7 years for a UK solo chart hit. Si Si? Je Suis Un Rock Star..

The Scaffold are back, 5 years since Lily The Pink was in my top 3, keeping up the McCartney presence in the charts (Macca’s brother Mike), with Liverpool Lou, a city I was very familiar with from 1965 through to 1989, even went to two primary schools there. The local pride for Scouse stuff rubs off on non-natives! Meanwhile Albert Hammond gets a re-entry (sort of) of his 2-year-old USA hit classic It Never Rains In Southern California. It’s fab. And finally, those one-hit-Eurovision-wonders Abba decide they want more as Ring Ring rings in at 29, following-up instant Number One Waterloo.

1 ( 4 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
2 ( 3 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
3 ( 12 ) BEACH BABY First Class
4 ( 17 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
5 ( 5 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
6 ( 9 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
7 ( 1 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
8 ( 2 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
9 ( 18 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
10 ( 19 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur

11 ( NEW ) ALWAYS YOURS Gary Glitter
12 ( 27 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
13 ( 6 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
14 ( 7 ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
15 ( 13 ) MY GIRL BILL Jim Stafford
16 ( 16 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
17 ( 11 ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
18 ( 8 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
19 ( 20 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
20 ( 21 ) LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN Neil Sedaka

21 ( 26 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT Cher
22 ( 23 ) ZOO GANG Jungle Juice
23 ( NEW ) TOO BIG Suzi Quatro
24 ( 14 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
25 ( NEW ) BANANA ROCK The Wombles
26 ( 25 ) FOXY FOXY Mott The Hoople
27 ( NEW ) MONKEY GRIP GLUE Bill Wyman
28 ( NEW ) LIVERPOOL LOU The Scaffold
29 ( NEW ) RING RING Abba
30 ( NEW ) IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond

31 ( 10 ) SUMMER BREEZE The Isley Brothers
32 ( 15 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal
33 ( 22 ) OOH I DO Lynsey De Paul
34 ( 24 ) THE IN CROWD Bryan Ferry
35 ( 28 ) HEY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Showaddywaddy
36 ( 29 ) (SITTING ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
37 ( 30 ) MONKEES THEME The Monkees
38 ( 31 ) BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John
39 ( NEW ) I’D LOVE YOU TO WANT ME Lobo
40 ( NEW ) SHE Charles Aznavour

 

 

25th June 1974

Another new number one: 10CC’s classic rock track, I still rate this one enormously, hasn’t dated at all and sounds pretty much unlike any other rock band. Crescendo guitars and whopping rhythms and biting lyrics. Brilliant. Keeps off Beach Baby, though, sadly, cos the retro 60’s harmony pop is pure and delightful.

Not much new entry-wise going on so a bit of shuffling, mostly, not quite sure why but if it was nearing term-end-time we may have gone visiting relatives Oop North meaning not so much radio listening (and no reel-to-reel tape listening). Upwards, though, for Maria Muldaur’s Oasis to 4, ahead of Anne Murray’s Beatles cover leaping past Band On The Run. With Zoo Gang at 21 that’s 3 McCartney songs…but’s that not all! Mike Wombles Batt gets his first solo hit (a year ahead of his UK chart debut) with a delightful 1969 cover of Your Mother Should Know – another Macca Beatles track. With his own Wombles at 22, it’s a bit of a Batt n Mac chart!

Paul Da Vinci falsetto’s his way into the charts at 30. Who? Well, he was the actual vocalist on the Rubettes’ Sugar Baby Love, but a session musician infighting strop led to the group and he parting ways, so the Rubettes mimed along for their first single (but became a good songwriting band a few hits down the line) and Paul had his own solo moment in the sun with the very soundalike (to Sugar Baby Love) but fab Your Baby Ain’t Your Baby Anymore. Cher finally chugs her train of thought into the 20, and it was quite a cool state of mind. As opposed to Chris Rainbow’s Solid State Brain which was a little more racing.

Back in at 29, 2 years on, School’s Out – so I’m guessing it was getting radio plays and reissued action cos school was out. For me, that was the end of my 5th year, old enough to leave school, and no plan whatsoever on what I was going to do. Work didn’t appeal much, and my exams promised not so much what with changing schools and all recently. Stay tuned in for results to both after the glorious summer of ’74, when Top Of The Pops and other shows were taken off the air due to strikes at the BBC, and the effect this had on the charts…

1 ( 4 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
2 ( 3 ) BEACH BABY First Class
3 ( 2 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
4 ( 10 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
5 ( 12 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
6 ( 6 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
7 ( 1 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
8 ( 7 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
9 ( 8 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
10 ( 5 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks

11 ( 16 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
12 ( 11 ) ALWAYS YOURS Gary Glitter
13 ( 13 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
14 ( 14 ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
15 ( 9 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
16 ( 19 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
17 ( 17 ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
18 ( 21 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT Cher
19 ( 23 ) TOO BIG Suzi Quatro
20 ( 20 ) LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN Neil Sedaka

21 ( 22 ) ZOO GANG Jungle Juice
22 ( 25 ) BANANA ROCK The Wombles
23 ( 18 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
24 ( 24 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
25 ( 26 ) FOXY FOXY Mott The Hoople
26 ( 29 ) RING RING Abba
27 ( 30 ) IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond
28 ( NEW ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW Mike Batt
29 ( NEW ) SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper
30 ( NEW ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci

31 ( 15 ) MY GIRL BILL Jim Stafford
32 ( 27 ) MONKEY GRIP GLUE Bill Wyman
33 ( 28 ) LIVERPOOL LOU The Scaffold
34 ( 31 ) SUMMER BREEZE The Isley Brothers
35 ( 32 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal
36 ( 33 ) OOH I DO Lynsey De Paul
37 ( 34 ) THE IN CROWD Bryan Ferry
38 ( 35 ) HEY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Showaddywaddy
39 ( 38 ) BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John
40 ( NEW ) DIAMOND DOGS David Bowie