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

My 1974 Charts – May

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Me and the neighbours 1974

7th May 1974

Exams were very much flavour of the month, both CSE’s and GCE O Levels. I ended up doing CSE’s, on the grounds that I’d changed schools inconveniently about 7 months before and the syllabus wasn’t the same as North Kesteven. Boo hoo for me, though it did spread out the revising times (of the few notes I had) over a longer period which meant I could stay at home and revise to Radio One and Radio Luxembourg (many of the obscure chart entries come from them). How did I do? Glad you asked. Took months to get the results, but I got grade 1 for CSE Maths and French (O level equivalent grades) and passed in O levels, English Language, Geography, I think.

My fave comic book Legion Of Super Heroes was well revitalised by now, so it came as a shock to me that they actually killed off one of the heroes, Invisible Kid. Sounds petty, but heroes just didn’t killed in comic books, it wasn’t the done thing when they’d been around for over 10 years. These days they kill off superheroes on a monthly basis and re-invent them monthly too. Invisible Kid, however, stayed dead, despite being previous leader of the Legion and a popular character. He’s still dead. Of course so is the rest of the Legion now, those DC toads killed them off years ago in a pathetic attempt to start from scratch which failed, not once, not twice, not thrice, but four times in 20 years. Think Marvels’ Avengers and X-Men movies, combined, and that’s the Legion, who were there first. Marvel were the copies, there’s no justice sometimes…

Pop music: (at last). Sparks finally do it, after playing subordinate to Abba and Wizzard for 4 weeks, overhaul them both and properly start their career. Fab! Barry White gets to 11 with his flop UK single (it’s good) just ahead of the UK success of Seals & Croft’s song as performed (way better) by the Isley Brothers, Summer Breeze highest new entry at 12 and it’s still brilliant guitar-soul.

In at 13, The Locomotion. Not Kylie, no. Not Little Eva either (she’d peaked Top 3 in 1972 already). No, this was a plodding heavy pop metal cover from Grand Funk that inexplicably hit big in the USA and my charts – I think it was the novelty value of being a totally different cover version. Smiffy at 15, Tranquility at 20, Melanie at 30, all obscure radio faves that sold about 6 copies each. I never managed to find copies, and haven’t heard them for 40 years, so I’m going to treat myself right now – if I can find them on youtube. Back in a jiffy!

Smiffy is pedestrian glam rock. Tranquility is not on the net, sadly, but was their final single release (harmony folkrock) before splitting up. Songwriter Terry Shaddick apparently went on to co-write Physical for Olivia Newton-John, so he prob made a few bob out of it. Melanie’s track is OK, and her final john-chart-hit for 9 years. Showaddywaddy. TV talent-show winners with a record deal, who’d’a thought of that eh? 50’s throwback stylee, this debut hit was actually glamtastically stomping singalong fun. In other words utterly unlike 21st century talent show winners, give or take the odd Olly Murs.

Quo drop by trying to break the rules, but sounding like their earlier boogie hits instead, so pretty much sticking to the rules. Gigliola Cinquetti finally charts some weeks after Eurovision. This one was the main opposition to Abba and Mouth Macneal in the contest (and Olivia) and it was a slow ballad, so I hated it on principle for doing so well against my newly-beloved Abba. After it became the latest of 4 eurovision big hits in 1974, it kinda grew on me. It’s very MOR Italian big ballad, but it’s gorgeous!! Still.

1 ( 3 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
2 ( 1 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WINTER Wizzard
3 ( 2 ) WATERLOO Abba
4 ( 4 ) T.S.O.P. (THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA) M.F.S.B. (featuring the Three Degrees)
5 ( 5 ) JUDY TEEN Cockney Rebel
6 ( 6 ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
7 ( 8 ) LUCINDA Howard Werth
8 ( 7 ) RED DRESS Alvin Stardust
9 ( 9 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Blue Swede
10 ( 22 ) BENNY AND THE JETS Elton John

11 ( 24 ) HONEY PLEASE CAN’T YA SEE Barry White
12 ( NEW ) SUMMER BREEZE The Isley Brothers
13 ( NEW ) THE LOCOMOTION Grand Funk Railroad
14 ( 34 ) ONLY FOR THE CHILDREN The Stylistics
15 ( NEW ) SEE YA LATER (LITTLE BABY LOVE) Smiffy
16 ( 30 ) A TOUCH TOO MUCH Arrows
17 ( NEW ) HEY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Showaddywaddy
18 ( 10 ) TEEN WAVE Ricky Wilde
19 ( 12 ) THE YEAR OF DECISION The Three Degrees
20 ( NEW ) MIDNIGHT FORTUNE Tranquility

21 ( NEW ) BREAK THE RULES Status Quo
22 ( RE ) I’LL TAKE YOU HOME AGAIN KATHLEEN Lieutenant Pigeon
23 ( NEW ) GO (BEFORE YOU BREAK MY HEART) Gigliola Cinquetti
24 ( 26 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal
25 ( 21 ) SPIDERS AND SNAKES Jim Stafford
26 ( 29 ) RHODE ISLAND RED Ike & Tina Turner
27 ( 16 ) THE CAT CREPT IN Mud
28 ( 15 ) THE MAN WHO TURNED ON THE WORLD Friends Of St Francis
29 ( 28 ) THE JARROW SONG Alan Price
30 ( NEW ) LOVE TO LOSE AGAIN Melanie

31 ( 11 ) I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE THE FEELING Buffy Sainte-Marie
32 ( 13 ) MISSTRA KNOW IT ALL Stevie Wonder
33 ( 15 ) ON THE LINE Graham Nash
34 ( 14 ) SHANG A LANG Bay City Rollers
35 ( 17 ) PAPER MOON Nemo (aka Jonathan King)
36 ( 19 ) SEASONS IN THE SUN Terry Jacks
37 ( 18 ) DOCTOR’S ORDERS Sunny
38 ( 20 ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
39 ( 27 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
40 ( NEW ) THE NIGHT CHICAGO DIED Paper Lace

14th May 1974

2 weeks on top for Sparks, but it’s straight in at 2 for Cozy Powell’s drumming instrumental follow-up to Top 3 Dance With The Devil. I loved the hook, it reminded me of a 60’s instrumental hit I’m struggling to recall the name of. The even better Judy Teen goes up to 3, and the Isleys get their biggest hit in 5 years with Summer Breeze at 6, while runner-up to Abba overtakes them, shocker! Yes Gigliola up to 7. Melanie goes Top 20, the rest shuffle about overtaken by all the new entries.

In at 12, one of David Essex’ minor hits, but it’s cool, all bluesy, saxey and multi-track-delayed-vocaley (made up words). I also had a thing about America, the land of my dreams – the pop culture was so much more exciting than the dreary UK pop culture, mostly. Only another 5 years to wait for the reality of it. Even better, though, Bryan Ferry had another solo album of covers out, oldies done modern stylee, and the 60’s soul dance hit The In Crowd is turned into a glam sax-full finger-snapping thundering guitar gem. Love it love it.

4 years before the Jacksons Blamed It On The Boogie, and 9 years before Michael Jackson warned of the Thriller, The Jackson released a great funky warning about The Boogie Man (he’s gonna get you). Obviously too scary as it bombed except in my chart. It’s a goodie. Three Dog Night turn up 5 years after Joy To The World, and show just how good Leo Sayer is by doing an inferior cover (and huge US hit). I was listening to the American charts on the American Forces radio network by this time, in the evenings, which is why there’s so many popping up in my charts. Talking of: the fab Staple Singers made 3 in 1972 in my chart (I’ll Take You There), so good they decided to do a soundalike follow-up (and huge US hit) 2 years later, popping in at 29 just behind my favourite novelty record maker Ray Stevens. He had loads of funny records, including the one new at 28, The Streak. The craze of taking your clothes off and running round naked in public was big news, so he naturally took the piss. It was hilarious for 2 or 3 weeks, then saturation set in and it stopped being funny. Then annoying. That’s the problem with novelty records when you hear them too much.

1 ( 1 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
2 ( NEW ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
3 ( 5 ) JUDY TEEN Cockney Rebel
4 ( 7 ) LUCINDA Howard Werth
5 ( 6 ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
6 ( 12 ) SUMMER BREEZE The Isley Brothers
7 ( 23 ) GO (BEFORE YOU BREAK MY HEART) Gigliola Cinquetti
8 ( 4 ) T.S.O.P. (THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA) M.F.S.B. (featuring the Three Degrees)
9 ( 2 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WINTER Wizzard
10 ( 3 ) WATERLOO Abba

11 ( 11 ) HONEY PLEASE CAN’T YA SEE Barry White
12 ( NEW ) AMERICA David Essex
13 ( NEW ) THE IN CROWD Bryan Ferry
14 ( NEW ) THE BOOGIE MAN The Jackson 5
15 ( 15 ) SEE YA LATER (LITTLE BABY LOVE) Smiffy
16 ( 13 ) THE LOCOMOTION Grand Funk Railroad
17 ( 17 ) HEY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Showaddywaddy
18 ( 30 ) LOSE TO LOVE AGAIN Melanie
19 ( 8 ) RED DRESS Alvin Stardust
20 ( 18 ) TEEN WAVE Ricky Wilde

21 ( 21 ) BREAK THE RULES Status Quo
22 ( 16 ) A TOUCH TOO MUCH Arrows
23 ( 14 ) ONLY FOR THE CHILDREN The Stylistics
24 ( 24 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal
25 ( 26 ) RHODE ISLAND RED Ike & Tina Turner
26 ( 19 ) THE YEAR OF DECISION The Three Degrees
27 ( NEW ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Three Dog Night
28 ( NEW ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
29 ( NEW ) IF YOU’RE READY (COME GO WITH ME) The Staple Singers
30 ( 22 ) I’LL TAKE YOU HOME AGAIN KATHLEEN Lieutenant Pigeon

31 ( 9 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Blue Swede
32 ( 10 ) BENNY AND THE JETS Elton John
33 ( 20 ) MIDNIGHT FORTUNE Tranquility
34 ( 25 ) SPIDERS AND SNAKES Jim Stafford
35 ( 27 ) THE CAT CREPT IN Mud
36 ( 28 ) THE MAN WHO TURNED ON THE WORLD Friends Of St Francis
37 ( 29 ) THE JARROW SONG Alan Price
38 ( 31 ) I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE THE FEELING Buffy Sainte-Marie
39 ( 39 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
40 ( 40 ) THE NIGHT CHICAGO DIED Paper Lace

21st May 1974

A big leap to 1 for Ray Stevens comedy hit, his second number one 4 years after his previous whopper, Everything Is Beautiful, not even a novelty hit that one, it’s a gospel song with a gorgeous tune and a kiddie refrain intro. I was mad on that one for years. I was mad on The Streak for at least one week. Sadly, it stops Cozy Powell getting to the top. Boo!

3 classic new entries though, in at 5 1968 Motown flop, now a Northern Soul re-issue, and the best ever record to come out of that scene, R. Dean Taylor’s There’s A Ghost In My House is fabulous. One of the very few white singers on Motown, he was a busy songwriter and had a 1968 hit with Gotta See Jane. So good, The Fall covered this song, but the original is the best, stonkingly dancetastic and frantictastic. At 6, a Lynsey De Paul song, a cinematically epic record by popular back-up singers Thunderthighs (see Walk On The Wild Side, Mott The Hoople etc) it’s a dramatic story song, sweeping strings and it’s a forgotten classic. Lynsey, meanwhile, is in at 27 herself with a delightful 50’s-pop-styled ditty, but it was generous to give away the better song.

At 15 it’s a debut for First Class and the equally epic-sounding Beach Baby, a retro Beach Boys harmonies, Summer Of Love vibing and referencing, sweeping gem. Just as cinematic as Thunderthighs, it’s much poppier, romping along and reminding one of Let’s Go To San Fransisco by The Flowerpot Men, which featured Jon Lord of Deep Purple fame. Actually it samples it, virtually. Actually it’s the same bandmembers, John Carter (who wrote this hit with his wife), and Tony Burrows on vocals. Actually it’s not a debut hit at all for Tony Burrows, who’d topped my chart as Edison Lighthouse in 1970, charted as White Plains, Butterscotch, The Pipkins and long-before-Eurovision Brotherhood Of Man, and sung lead on all of them. His early band links with massive pop songwriters Roger Greenaway and Roger Cook obviously didn’t hurt his career, and to be fair he was a great singer. Still love this summer-sounding record, pure summer of 74 for me.

Other stuff: The Locomotion shoots up to 4. Mystifyingly. Bryan Ferry goes Top 10, 5th in a row for Roxy/Ferry. Aretha Franklin pops in at 28 with a sweet soul ballad, and Showaddywaddy almost get a top 10 hit at 11. They went no higher, at least not till 1975.

 

1 ( 28 ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
2 ( 2 ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
3 ( 1 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
4 ( 16 ) THE LOCOMOTION Grand Funk Railroad
5 ( NEW ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
6 ( NEW ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
7 ( 6 ) SUMMER BREEZE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 3 ) JUDY TEEN Cockney Rebel
9 ( 4 ) LUCINDA Howard Werth
10 ( 13 ) THE IN CROWD Bryan Ferry

11 ( 17 ) HEY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Showaddywaddy
12 ( 12 ) AMERICA David Essex
13 ( 7 ) GO (BEFORE YOU BREAK MY HEART) Gigliola Cinquetti
14 ( 18 ) LOSE TO LOVE AGAIN Melanie
15 ( NEW ) BEACH BABY First Class
16 ( 14 ) THE BOOGIE MAN The Jackson 5
17 ( 5 ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
18 ( 10 ) WATERLOO Abba
19 ( 9 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WINTER Wizzard
20 ( 23 ) ONLY FOR THE CHILDREN The Stylistics

21 ( 8 ) T.S.O.P. (THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA) M.F.S.B. (featuring the Three Degrees)
22 ( 24 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal
23 ( 11 ) HONEY PLEASE CAN’T YA SEE Barry White
24 ( 19 ) RED DRESS Alvin Stardust
25 ( 26 ) THE YEAR OF DECISION The Three Degrees
26 ( 15 ) SEE YA LATER (LITTLE BABY LOVE) Smiffy
27 ( NEW ) OOH I DO Lynsey De Paul
28 ( NEW ) I’M IN LOVE Aretha Franklin
29 ( RE ) GETTING OVER YOU Andy Williams
30 ( 37 ) THE JARROW SONG Alan Price

31 ( 20 ) TEEN WAVE Ricky Wilde
32 ( 21 ) BREAK THE RULES Status Quo
33 ( 22 ) A TOUCH TOO MUCH Arrows
34 ( 25 ) RHODE ISLAND RED Ike & Tina Turner
35 ( 27 ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Three Dog Night
36 ( 29 ) IF YOU’RE READY (COME GO WITH ME) The Staple Singers
37 ( 30 ) I’LL TAKE YOU HOME AGAIN KATHLEEN Lieutenant Pigeon
38 ( 31 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Blue Swede
39 ( 32 ) BENNY AND THE JETS Elton John
40 ( 33 ) MIDNIGHT FORTUNE Tranquility

28th May 1974

There was quite a strong Northern Soul movement around the lads who tended not to stay on at school after 16 (ROSLA kids who wanted to go at 15 – Raising Of School Leaving Age – and get an apprenticeship at the local big employer, or other stuff) so it was sort-of cool. R. Dean Taylor was cool. Deservedly a 60’s classic at the top, and joined by another 2- both of them The Monkees. I was getting fed up with limiting my charts with rules so I opened them up to anything that was available or new. I’d just bought The Monkees budget hits album and was loving every track, revisiting old faves from when I was a kiddie, and finding new gems. The single was out again, and the TV show may even have been having one it’s regular Beeb-edited selective repeats (so many episodes they never broadcast, so many they did broadcast had different songs). Net effect: I’m A Believer in at 4, as perfect as the day it was born, and Monkees Theme (from the TV show) at 22, incredibly every single classic record pre-dated my charts, so this was their chart debut, and the start of my voyage of 60’s rediscovery and discovery which is still ongoing.

Cozy Powell, 3 weeks at 2, all behind a different chart-topper…and he never did get there! The Streak proving to be a flash in the pan drops to 5, and Ronnie Lane’s gorgeous Poacher in at 9, already bigger than How Come. Band On The Run makes a proper entrance at 13 under the new rules, giving a belated follow-up to number 1 Jet for Macca & co. Deservedly, it’s brilliant, sprawling, varied and melodic. Lynsey gets her 4th top 20 hit (and at least 6th or 7th as songwriter), and soul classic Be Thankful is in at 23. Very much in the style of Timmy Thomas’ 1973 classic Why Can’t We Live Together, and almost as good. Smooth, jazzy, soulful, gospelly and wonderful.

Chart notes: 3 eurovision side by side 18,19,20, and two Elton side by side 38, 39. Yet another new underwhelming Elton turgid ballad (though I grew to love it 20 years later) being overshadowed by the ongoing brilliance of Bennie & The Jets, US monster hit single.

1 ( 5 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
2 ( 2 ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
3 ( 3 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
4 ( NEW ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
5 ( 1 ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
6 ( 6 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
7 ( 7 ) SUMMER BREEZE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 10 ) THE IN CROWD Bryan Ferry
9 ( NEW ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
10 ( 12 ) AMERICA David Essex

11 ( 11 ) HEY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Showaddywaddy
12 ( 8 ) JUDY TEEN Cockney Rebel
13 ( RE ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
14 ( 4 ) THE LOCOMOTION Grand Funk Railroad
15 ( 15 ) BEACH BABY First Class
16 ( 14 ) LOSE TO LOVE AGAIN Melanie
17 ( 27 ) OOH I DO Lynsey De Paul
18 ( 18 ) WATERLOO Abba
19 ( 13 ) GO (BEFORE YOU BREAK MY HEART) Gigliola Cinquetti
20 ( 22 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal

21 ( 19 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WINTER Wizzard
22 ( NEW ) MONKEES THEME The Monkees
23 ( NEW ) BE THANKFUL FOR WAHT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
24 ( 28 ) I’M IN LOVE Aretha Franklin
25 ( 16 ) THE BOOGIE MAN The Jackson 5
26 ( 17 ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
27 ( 30 ) THE JARROW SONG Alan Price
28 ( 29 ) GETTING OVER YOU Andy Williams
29 ( 36 ) IF YOU’RE READY (COME GO WITH ME) The Staple Singers
30 ( 35 ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Three Dog Night

31 ( 9 ) LUCINDA Howard Werth
32 ( 20 ) ONLY FOR THE CHILDREN The Stylistics
33 ( 21 ) T.S.O.P. (THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA) M.F.S.B. (featuring the Three Degrees)
34 ( 23 ) HONEY PLEASE CAN’T YA SEE Barry White
35 ( 24 ) RED DRESS Alvin Stardust
36 ( 25 ) THE YEAR OF DECISION The Three Degrees
37 ( 26 ) SEE YA LATER (LITTLE BABY LOVE) Smiffy
38 ( 39 ) BENNY AND THE JETS Elton John
39 ( NEW ) DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
40 ( 31 ) TEEN WAVE Ricky Wilde

My 1974 Charts – April

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Those goldfish lasted until a heron ate them (bastard) 20 years later. Quite a bit bigger by then…

 

2nd April 1974

second week on top for Queen, and my chart starts to get more volatile as I get exposed to more and more non-chart music. I was still only compiling a 30, but my chart rules meant many a great record was evicted to make way, and far too early, so Ive expanded to 40 to include those that I still really loved from the week before but hadn’t room for.

New peaks for Three Degrees at 2, Rubettes at 3 (yet to chart anywhere else), and highest new entry from Mud at 6. The Cat Crept In is very much Tiger Feet part 2, but great nonetheless, and Mud at the time were on a roll after 3 in a row at the top of my chart. Genesis get a Top 10 hit 4 years before they did it in the real charts, and the Doobie’s almost make it at 11. New at 16 is Elton John. Not Candle, which peaked at 30, but the far superior B Side which hit the top in the USA. Benny & The Jets was a live slow stomping soul record, and should have been an A Side.

The Bee Gees by now were out of fashion completely, their new single Mr Natural stiffing everywhere except in my charts. I’m nothing if not loyal to great pop stars, and this was a perfectly good record, also skirting with smooth soul. R’n’b the way to go boys! Back with a 60’s girl group pastiche, Limmie & The Family Cooking were fun at 20, and rocking it big-time with menacing guitars and a big vocal is the stupendous On The Run, big on radio Luxembourg and nowhere else. Never became a hit sadly, but the lead singer of Scorched Earth became somewhat better known two years later, solo: Billy Ocean. To this day, still his best record.

The Wombles were back, and Mike Batt starting to get into his Womble stride, starting a string of inventive, musically diverse novelty records. Proving that novelty records can be fun and clever. I defy anyone not sing along to this one! At 25, the Luxembourg Eurovision entry, getting hammered on the station, at 26 Ricky Wilde’s glamtastic teenpop final try at a career. Kim’s pop career added synths but essentially used the same formula, so hooray for brother Ricky!

The Chi-Lites were back, 2 years on from some real gems and a number one Oh Girl, with a charming ditty later covered by UB40. Lieutenant Pigeon had had their day, and a number one in my chart with Desperate Dan (Mould Old Dough hit 2) but I had enough affection for the jaunty piano romping to chart this cover of an Irish ballad standard beloved of many a drunk. Finally, at 30, a song about sad DJ’s from storytale songwriter Harry Chapin, who wrote many fab songs only to die young on his way to a charity gig when a huge log came lose from the megatruck in front of his car.

1 ( 1 ) SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen
2 ( 4 ) THE YEAR OF DECISION The Three Degrees
3 ( 5 ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
4 ( 6 ) DOCTOR’S ORDERS Sunny
5 ( 2 ) SEASONS IN THE SUN Terry Jacks
6 ( NEW ) THE CAT CREPT IN Mud
7 ( 8 ) HELP ME Joni Mitchell
8 ( 11 ) I KNOW WHAT I LIKE (IN YOUR WARDROBE) Genesis
9 ( 7 ) I GET A LITTLE SENTIMENTAL The New Seekers
10 ( 3 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings

11 ( 20 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC The Doobie Brothers
12 ( 23 ) ANGEL FACE The Glitter Band
13 ( 25 ) THE STING The Ragtimers
14 ( 29 ) LET ME PUT MY SPELL ON YOU Merlin
15 ( 9 ) I SHALL SING Art Garfunkel
16 ( NEW ) BENNY AND THE JETS Elton John
17 ( NEW ) MR NATURAL The Bee Gees
18 ( 30 ) THE GOLDEN AGE OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Mott The Hoople
19 ( 12 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
20 ( NEW ) A WALKIN’ MIRACLE Limmie & The Family Cooking

21 ( NEW ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
22 ( 13 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Charlie Rich
23 ( 24 ) DREAM WORLD Don Downing
24 ( NEW ) REMEMBER (YOU’RE A WOMBLE) The Wombles
25 ( NEW ) BYE BYE I LOVE YOU Irene Shears
26 ( NEW ) TEEN WAVE Ricky Wilde
27 ( 14 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
28 ( NEW ) HOMELY GIRL The Chi-Lites
29 ( NEW ) I’LL TAKE YOU HOME AGAIN KATHLEEN Lieutenant Pigeon
30 ( NEW ) W.O.L.D. Harry Chapin

31 ( 15 ) EMMA Hot Chocolate
32 ( 10 ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust
33 ( 16 ) GET OFF MY CLOUD Bubble Rock
34 ( 17 ) THERE’LL BE ANOTHER NIGHT Jimmy Helms
35 ( 19 ) DIRTY OL’ MAN The Three Degrees
36 ( 18 ) MOCKINGBIRD James Taylor and Carly Simon
37 ( 21 ) SCHOOL LOVE Barry Blue
38 ( 31 ) LOVE’S THEME Love Unlimited Orchestra
39 ( 22 ) I’VE GOT TO USE MY IMAGINATION Gladys Knight & The Pips
40 ( 27 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro

9th April 1974

The manic, exciting pace of the music scene stepped up a pace this week with two memorable debuts, and a rare 1-2 new entry from nowhere. It was Eurovision, saturday night and as usual I was babysitting for cash at my regular’s near where I lived at RAF Innsworth. Got the kids to bed early so no interruptions (I hoped!) for a glorious evening entertainment. Olivia Newton-John and Irene Shears I already knew and had charted, but two lept right out at me, the fab Mouth & MacNeal (who had charted 2 years earlier for me on the back of a US hit) and a new act with garish clothes and a striking blonde, and a glampop stomper with a brilliant tune and lyric. It was called Waterloo and it was love at first sight. From this moment on Abba charted everything they released in my charts, and I was soooo happy they won. So good it became an American hit.. Mouth & MacNeal also charted at 24, the 4th from the contest in 1974.

In a normal week, the headline would have been all about Sparks, a quirky American duo of brothers from out of this universe. Tagged along with glam rock, but actually they were (and remain) unique in sound and unclassifiable. This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us came on the radio and blew my mind instantly with it’s insistent keyboard synth sound, the relentless quirky lyrics and flowing melody, and the crescendo of guitars interrupting that manic Russell Mael falsetto vocal. Not to mention brother Ron’s alien staring face when they finally got on telly. OMG! Brilliant.

This was all bad news for my 2nd fave pop group (after Wizzard) Mud, who had to settle for 3 with all my other faves pushed down 3 places. In at 9, though, a Swedish rock version of Jonathan KIng’s 1971 number one Hooked On A Feeling. It went to the top in the States, where they knew it as a bizarre cover of B.J.Thomas’ country pop original. JK added the ooga cha ga’s and it now seems immortality of sorts beckons as it’s selling well ahead of the release of big movie Guardians Of The Galaxy, in which it features prominently. It recharted in my chart a few weeks back. Just remember, ya heard it here first!:)

In at 16, a track no-one recalls, a Radio Luxembourg fave, The Friends Of St Francis with the joyous The Man Who Turned On The World. I’ve been trying to get hold of a copy of this for 40 years, with no luck. Come on itunes! Sweeping strings and choruses of voices over a mediaeval-style soloist. Fab. Elsewhere, another great Stevie Wonder (UK only) single, a solo hit from former Hollies, and Crosby Stills & Nash man, Graham Nash, On The Line, a minor entry for wannabee pop star Simon Jones, and a great Philly soul record from The Intruders. I really really needed to have done a Top 50 minimum by now, but that was still months away!

1 ( NEW ) WATERLOO Abba
2 ( NEW ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
3 ( 6 ) THE CAT CREPT IN Mud
4 ( 1 ) SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen
5 ( 2 ) THE YEAR OF DECISION The Three Degrees
6 ( 3 ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
7 ( 4 ) DOCTOR’S ORDERS Sunny
8 ( 5 ) SEASONS IN THE SUN Terry Jacks
9 ( NEW ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Blue Swede
10 ( 21 ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth

11 ( 8 ) I KNOW WHAT I LIKE (IN YOUR WARDROBE) Genesis
12 ( 7 ) HELP ME Joni Mitchell
13 ( 14 ) LET ME PUT MY SPELL ON YOU Merlin
14 ( 10 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
15 ( 24 ) REMEMBER (YOU’RE A WOMBLE) The Wombles
16 ( NEW ) THE MAN WHO TURNED ON THE WORLD Friends Of St Francis
17 ( 17 ) MR NATURAL The Bee Gees
18 ( 9 ) I GET A LITTLE SENTIMENTAL The New Seekers
19 ( 26 ) TEEN WAVE Ricky Wilde
20 ( 20 ) A WALKIN’ MIRACLE Limmie & The Family Cooking

21 ( 18 ) THE GOLDEN AGE OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Mott The Hoople
22 ( 28 ) HOMELY GIRL The Chi-Lites
23 ( 12 ) ANGEL FACE The Glitter Band
24 ( NEW ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal
25 ( 25 ) BYE BYE I LOVE YOU Irene Shears
26 ( 19 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
27 ( NEW ) MISSTRA KNOW IT ALL Stevie Wonder
28 ( NEW ) ON THE LINE Graham Nash
29 ( NEW ) SHE WAS JUST A YOUNG GIRL Simon Jones
30 ( NEW ) I’LL ALWAYS LOVE MY MAMA The Intruders

31 ( 11 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC The Doobie Brothers
32 ( 13 ) THE STING The Ragtimers
33 ( 15 ) I SHALL SING Art Garfunkel
34 ( 16 ) BENNY AND THE JETS Elton John
35 ( 22 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Charlie Rich
36 ( 23 ) DREAM WORLD Don Downing
37 ( 27 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
38 ( 29 ) I’LL TAKE YOU HOME AGAIN KATHLEEN Lieutenant Pigeon
39 ( 30 ) W.O.L.D. Harry Chapin
40 ( 31 ) EMMA Hot Chocolate

16th April 1974

Still 1-2-3 for Abba, Sparks, Mud and Benny & The Jet shoots up to 4, Elton’s fab B side, all 4 could easily be number one really it was that tight at the time at the top. My charts starting to have less and less in common with the BBC charts, stuffed as they were with TV reality stars and MOR. My tastes were maturing more into albums acts and tracks, not unusual for 16-year-olds.

Highest new entry was fab Native Canadian Buffy at 13, always had a soft spot for her ballads. Graham Nash at 21 joined at 24 by Allan Clarke the other main Hollies vocalist, fresh off Air That I Breathe. Sideshow would be covered 2 years later by the Surprise Sisters, an even better version, and still frustratingly not a big hit. The Stylistics having a rare flop in the UK with Only For The Children, not that they cared they just flipped it over and the B Side became a huge UK and US hit (You Make Me Feel Brand New). Finally, new for Bowie, another old album track. Bowie new stuff was always punctuated with old stuff, not exactly being short of fab back catalogue for RCA and others to bung out in between albums. Then there’s Roxy’s Eno and his odd debut single. I liked it, ahead of it’s time it was, and future legendary record producer or what!

It was around this time I was coerced into agreeing to go what they called school disco (or these days, “Prom”). I was new boy, Suzanne in our class was dateless, we were both nice so everyone reasoned we’d be perfect as a match. Sadly, no-one had counted on sheer terror, panic and cold sweats on my part at having to go out with a girl fro the first time, really. She could tell I was unhappy a couple of days later, and knew I’d been pushed into it, so she had a quiet word which gave me the opportunity to back out. Being a cowardly tit, and being very confused generally at that time, I took it and left her thinking it was her – I’d said it wasn’t that I didn’t like her and she just added in the “enough” on the end of the sentence. I was pretty much left in the cold for the rest of the year by the class, and I’ve felt awful about it for 40 years. As The Hollies (spot the link above) once sang, I’m truly Sorry Suzanne – it wasn’t you, honest, it was me. What a twa*t.
1 ( 1 ) WATERLOO Abba
2 ( 2 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
3 ( 3 ) THE CAT CREPT IN Mud
4 ( 34 ) BENNY AND THE JETS Elton John
5 ( 4 ) SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen
6 ( 5 ) THE YEAR OF DECISION The Three Degrees
7 ( 7 ) DOCTOR’S ORDERS Sunny
8 ( 8 ) SEASONS IN THE SUN Terry Jacks
9 ( 9 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Blue Swede
10 ( 19 ) TEEN WAVE Ricky Wilde

11 ( 16 ) THE MAN WHO TURNED ON THE WORLD Friends Of St Francis
12 ( 13 ) LET ME PUT MY SPELL ON YOU Merlin
13 ( NEW ) I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE THE FEELING Buffy Sainte-Marie
14 ( 10 ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
15 ( 15 ) REMEMBER (YOU’RE A WOMBLE) The Wombles
16 ( 17 ) MR NATURAL The Bee Gees
17 ( 22 ) HOMELY GIRL The Chi-Lites
18 ( 27 ) MISSTRA KNOW IT ALL Stevie Wonder
19 ( 11 ) I KNOW WHAT I LIKE (IN YOUR WARDROBE) Genesis
20 ( 18 ) I GET A LITTLE SENTIMENTAL The New Seekers

21 ( 28 ) ON THE LINE Graham Nash
22 ( NEW ) SEVEN DEADLY FINS Eno
23 ( 21 ) THE GOLDEN AGE OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Mott The Hoople
24 ( NEW ) SIDESHOW Allan Clarke
25 ( 24 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal
26 ( NEW ) ONLY FOR THE CHILDREN The Stylistics
27 ( NEW ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SUICIDE David Bowie
28 ( 39 ) W.O.L.D. Harry Chapin
29 ( 12 ) HELP ME Joni Mitchell
30 ( 23 ) ANGEL FACE The Glitter Band

31 ( 6 ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
32 ( 14 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
33 ( 20 ) A WALKIN’ MIRACLE Limmie & The Family Cooking
34 ( 25 ) BYE BYE I LOVE YOU Irene Shears
35 ( 26 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
36 ( 29 ) SHE WAS JUST A YOUNG GIRL Simon Jones
37 ( 30 ) I’LL ALWAYS LOVE MY MAMA The Intruders
38 ( 31 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC The Doobie Brothers
39 ( 32 ) THE STING The Ragtimers
40 ( 33 ) I SHALL SING Art Garfunkel

 

23rd April 1974

In which new faves who came straight in at 1 (Abba) are knocked by old faves Wizzard coming straight in at 1, that’s 4 in a row chart-toppers and one more for Roy Wood solo. I always thought they should have hung on till December to issue this single, their last great glamrock record, but hey ho, no-one remembers Rock ‘n’ Roll Winter now anyway. DJ Johnny Walker fave Lucinda pops in at 4, for some reason I went mad on it immediately, I mean it’s good, but not great, and not a hit anywhere.

The Three Degrees replace themselves in the Top 10, in combo with house band at the Philadelphia record label, Mother Father Sister Brother, better known as MFSB. Big US hit that one, all strings n soul. In at 8 a debut hit for the fab Cockney Rebel (essentially Steve Harley of course) and the fab Judy Teen. Steve’s vocal style was unique, and this record sounded like nothing else before it, fresh and exciting.

Nemo are back, 2 years after The Sun Has Got His Hat On, with another 1930’s pastiche cover of an oldie from that period. The song had just become popular again thanks to the movie of that name, and also featured on cool sitcom MASH. Jonathan King didn’t fool me though, it as his 3rd hit in 4 months, the previous under Bubble Rock. Bay City Rollers also are back with soundalike follow-up to Remember, Shang A Lang, on their way to teenybop stardom now that the aforementioned JK wasn’t involved anymore.

Finally, Alvin’s 3rd hit, Andy Williams latest, a big amusing US hit from Jim Stafford and Native American band Redbone finally get a follow-up hit (in my charts) to the awesome atmospheric Witch Queen Of New Orleans. Bizarrely this one became a big US hit, but Witch Queen didn’t. Racism!

1 ( NEW ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WINTER Wizzard
2 ( 1 ) WATERLOO Abba
3 ( 2 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
4 ( NEW ) LUCINDA Howard Werth
5 ( 10 ) TEEN WAVE Ricky Wilde
6 ( NEW ) T.S.O.P. (THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA) M.F.S.B. (featuring the Three Degrees)
7 ( 5 ) SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen
8 ( NEW ) JUDY TEEN Cockney Rebel
9 ( 9 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Blue Swede
10 ( 3 ) THE CAT CREPT IN Mud

11 ( 4 ) BENNY AND THE JETS Elton John
12 ( 13 ) I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE THE FEELING Buffy Sainte-Marie
13 ( 18 ) MISSTRA KNOW IT ALL Stevie Wonder
14 ( 22 ) SEVEN DEADLY FINS Eno
15 ( 6 ) THE YEAR OF DECISION The Three Degrees
16 ( 7 ) DOCTOR’S ORDERS Sunny
17 ( 8 ) SEASONS IN THE SUN Terry Jacks
18 ( 21 ) ON THE LINE Graham Nash
19 ( NEW ) PAPER MOON Nemo (aka Jonathan King)
20 ( 14 ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth

21 ( NEW ) SHANG A LANG Bay City Rollers
22 ( NEW ) RED DRESS Alvin Stardust
23 ( 24 ) SIDESHOW Allan Clarke
24 ( 26 ) ONLY FOR THE CHILDREN The Stylistics
25 ( 27 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SUICIDE David Bowie
26 ( 11 ) THE MAN WHO TURNED ON THE WORLD Friends Of St Francis
27 ( 15 ) REMEMBER (YOU’RE A WOMBLE) The Wombles
28 ( NEW ) GETTING OVER YOU Andy Williams
29 ( NEW ) SPIDERS AND SNAKES Jim Stafford
30 ( NEW ) COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone

31 ( 12 ) LET ME PUT MY SPELL ON YOU Merlin
32 ( 16 ) MR NATURAL The Bee Gees
33 ( 17 ) HOMELY GIRL The Chi-Lites
34 ( 19 ) I KNOW WHAT I LIKE (IN YOUR WARDROBE) Genesis
35 ( 20 ) I GET A LITTLE SENTIMENTAL The New Seekers
36 ( 23 ) THE GOLDEN AGE OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Mott The Hoople
37 ( 25 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal
38 ( 28 ) W.O.L.D. Harry Chapin
39 ( 29 ) HELP ME Joni Mitchell
40 ( 30 ) ANGEL FACE The Glitter Band

30th April 1974

2 weeks for Wizzard at 1, presiding over a static chart, being as I was mad on all of the Top 3. The Rubettes re-entered at 6 as it finally started to sell and thus became eligible to re-enter having been cruelly evicted early under my daft rules which penalised non-UK-chart records. Of course it went on to top the UK charts – but not mine! There I’ve given it away!

Alvin, up at 7, a Mansfield lad, and his 3rd top ten in a row with the good glam Red Dress. New ones? Barry White’s relative flop single amongst a run of hits, Honey Please Can’t Ya See was actually as good as the hits, so probably Radio 1 chose not to play it. It charted at 25 in mine, and I’m right. Better, though, was the new entry at 27, the title track off the album, and follow-up to biggest record of 1974 so far (Jet), Band On The Run quietly brought it’s grand and gentle charms into the chart. The style of ballad, huge crescendo, gentle end on a long unedited single popped up the following year on a track nobody recalls, Boheme Rhapperseedee I think it was called. If ever a track could be called Epic, it’s Band On The Run. Macca was on fire!

Alan Price was back on one of his regular come-back hit sojourns, with his ode to home and the famous Jarrow March, The Jarrow Song, all brass-band and sweeping charm. His best tracks, it has to be said, were in the 60’s though. Ike & Tina finally get a follow-up hit to the eternal Nutbush City Limits – at least in my charts that is, rockin’ it big with a song about a chicken. I’m sure it’s poultry of some sort…! Finally, at 30, Arrows, UK-based US-hit-machine-protegees of Chinn-Chapman who were starting to show signs of being past their peak (too many acts vying for the songs!). One of Arrows B Sides eventually became a monster hit though – for Joan Jett. Yes, I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll was one a rare Chinnychap missfire, really shoulda been an A side boys. The link with Joan Jett is Suzi Quatro. Joan loved Suzi, Suzi was Chinn-Chapman’s star lady, Joan Jett gets their song big sales.

1 ( 1 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WINTER Wizzard
2 ( 2 ) WATERLOO Abba
3 ( 3 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
4 ( 6 ) T.S.O.P. (THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA) M.F.S.B. (featuring the Three Degrees)
5 ( 8 ) JUDY TEEN Cockney Rebel
6 ( RE ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
7 ( 22 ) RED DRESS Alvin Stardust
8 ( 4 ) LUCINDA Howard Werth
9 ( 9 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Blue Swede
10 ( 5 ) TEEN WAVE Ricky Wilde

11 ( 12 ) I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE THE FEELING Buffy Sainte-Marie
12 ( 15 ) THE YEAR OF DECISION The Three Degrees
13 ( 13 ) MISSTRA KNOW IT ALL Stevie Wonder
14 ( 21 ) SHANG A LANG Bay City Rollers
15 ( 18 ) ON THE LINE Graham Nash
16 ( 26 ) THE MAN WHO TURNED ON THE WORLD Friends Of St Francis
17 ( 10 ) THE CAT CREPT IN Mud
18 ( 19 ) PAPER MOON Nemo (aka Jonathan King)
19 ( 16 ) DOCTOR’S ORDERS Sunny
20 ( 17 ) SEASONS IN THE SUN Terry Jacks

21 ( 20 ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
22 ( 29 ) SPIDERS AND SNAKES Jim Stafford
23 ( 11 ) BENNY AND THE JETS Elton John
24 ( 31 ) LET ME PUT MY SPELL ON YOU Merlin
25 ( NEW ) HONEY PLEASE CAN’T YA SEE Barry White
26 ( 37 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal
27 ( NEW ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
28 ( NEW ) THE JARROW SONG Alan Price
29 ( NEW ) RHODE ISLAND RED Ike & Tina Turner
30 ( NEW ) A TOUCH TOO MUCH Arrows

31 ( 7 ) SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen
32 ( 14 ) SEVEN DEADLY FINS Eno
33 ( 23 ) SIDESHOW Allan Clarke
34 ( 24 ) ONLY FOR THE CHILDREN The Stylistics
35 ( 25 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SUICIDE David Bowie
36 ( 27 ) REMEMBER (YOU’RE A WOMBLE) The Wombles
37 ( 28 ) GETTING OVER YOU Andy Williams
38 ( 30 ) COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone
39 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STOP The Osmonds
40 ( NEW ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Marvin Gaye & Diana Ross

 

My 1974 Charts – March

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My school, swapping 45’s with Barney Robbo..

5th March 1974

Spring has sprung, and family outings to Bristol Zoo one overcast Sunday while listening to the chart show. We have the photos, so I know we went, and I probably sulked at not being back in time for the chart show, but to be honest the only real memory I have is sitting in the car (yes we actually had one now, affluent!) overlooking the River Severn while the music played.

A 5th week at 1 for Jet, lots of rebounds for Love Unlimited Orchestra, Hollies, Steve Miller & Brownsville Station as my chart rules meant exits from the UK Top 50 and over 5 weeks uncharted meant records got the boot early, victims this week being Cher, Melanie & others, who are listed outside the 30.

New stuff? Queen. They got a spare slot on Top Of The Pops, and the record was SO exciting and unusual I charted it on one listen. That lead singer certainly grabbed attention, and the seaside singalong at the end was genius. The New Seekers were back with their final hit single (sort of) an old-fashioned jaunty singalong with a great melody. Ricky Wilde, Kim’s Bro, charted for the third time – poor Rick, always the bridesmaid, he never did get a hit! Gladys Knight at this stage was having sporadic hits, this was one of the flops, upbeat funk. Even funkier, minor classic Funky Nassau, it does what it says on the label.

At 29, another late legend to join Otis in my charts, Buddy Holly, dead for 15 years by then, and his greatest hit. It was amazing that Holly, having diesd when I was 1 year old, was pretty much a chart regular over the subsequent 15 years in the UK. Eddie Kendricks climbs to 6, a recent voice from the past on Chris Malinchak’s single, and Pearly Gates non-hit I note as I heard from a friend that she’d been on All-Star Family Fortunes 2 weeks ago (I don’t watch) along with 80’s disco diva Miquel Brown (her sis) and niece Sinitta. Funny ol’ world, don’t think about someone for 40 years, then boom! Back again!

1 ( 1 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
2 ( 4 ) LOVE’S THEME Love Unlimited Orchestra
3 ( 2 ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust
4 ( 8 ) RAISED ON ROBBERY Joni Mitchell
5 ( 7 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
6 ( 14 ) BOOGIE DOWN Eddie Kendricks
7 ( 6 ) TIGER FEET Mud
8 ( 5 ) BURN BABY BURN Hudson-Ford
9 ( 15 ) MOCKINGBIRD James Taylor and Carly Simon
10 ( 11 ) MA MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra

11 ( 16 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
12 ( 19 ) (SITTING ON THE) DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
13 ( 10 ) YOU’RE SIXTEEN Ringo Starr
14 ( 13 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
15 ( 21 ) JUST MY SOUL RESPONDING Smokey Robinson
16 ( 9 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Charlie Rich
17 ( 20 ) JOHNNY AND THE JUKEBOX Pearly Gates
18 ( 24 ) BILLY DON’T BE A HERO Paper Lace
19 ( 28 ) SCHOOL LOVE Barry Blue
20 ( NEW ) SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen

21 ( NEW ) I GET A LITTLE SENTIMENTAL The New Seekers
22 ( NEW ) I’VE GOT TO USE MY IMAGINATION Gladys Knight & The Pips
23 ( NEW ) MRS MELINSKI Ricky Wilde
24 ( RE ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
25 ( RE ) SMOKIN’ IN THE BOYS ROOM Brownsville Station
26 ( NEW ) FUNKY NASSAU The Beginning Of The End
27 ( 22 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
28 ( 23 ) TEENAGE DREAM Marc Bolan and T.Rex
29 ( NEW ) IT DOESN’T MATTER ANYMORE Buddy Holly
30 ( 26 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin

31 ( 3 ) DARK LADY Cher
32 ( 12 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie
33 ( 17 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
34 ( 18 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
35 ( NEW ) THE WOMBLING SONG The Wombles

12th March 1974

6 weeks for Jet, big jump for the sentimental New Seekers, and loads of new entries shoving out loads of other tracks that would easily have been charting on long runs had I done a 75 in those days, notably UK number one Billy Don’t Be A Hero, peaking at 18! In at 4 highest new entry, former Poppy Family Canadian singer Terry Jacks with his hushed version of a Jaques Brel song. The sombre tone was excelled by Hot Chocolate having another musical change of direction, opting for moody death ballad Emma, a wannabe star who never made it. Oudoing both, though, Jim Croce in at 15 with Time In A Bottle, poignant is an understatement as he’d died in a plane crash a year or so before and this was his posthumous US chart-topper. Gorgeous song, and that’s a new entry for 3 consecutive weeks for 3 plane crash pop stars posthumously charting. Obviously all the rage…

In at 6, debuting, cool sound of Philadelphia, the cool Three Degrees. They weren’t cool for long, but in early ‘74 they were, as the Philly Sound ruled. It’s their best record, still. In at 14, a debut hit for 50’s doo-wop sounds, glam-stylee, studio session musicians using the name Rubettes. Plugged heavily on Radio Luxembourg it was months before the Beeb and chart entry status beckoned. Jonathan King’s back, never one to turn down a chance for cash, it’s a carbon copy treatment of another Rolling Stones classic to his previous hit, only this misfired. Jimmy Helms gets a third hit in my charts. You might know him better as a member of 90’s hit band Londonbeat. I know him better as Jimmy Helms, great UK soul singer who’s had his 70’s TV performances wiped. They exist only in my memory…

Having another solo hit, the pure-voiced Art Garfunkel Shall Sing, just above Livvie. Yes, Eurovision, a bit military march-y, and I’m not even sure it was the best of her 6 songs that got voted for. Its low chart position (for me) shows I wasn’t that impressed compared to every UK entry from Puppet onwards. I saw Livvie in Bournemouth 2012 and she sang it live for the first time in decades, and it rather surprisingly brought a tear and smile to my face. Aaaahhhh!

1 ( 1 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
2 ( 2 ) LOVE’S THEME Love Unlimited Orchestra
3 ( 3 ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust
4 ( NEW ) SEASONS IN THE SUN Terry Jacks
5 ( 21 ) I GET A LITTLE SENTIMENTAL The New Seekers
6 ( NEW ) THE YEAR OF DECISION The Three Degrees
7 ( 7 ) TIGER FEET Mud
8 ( 9 ) MOCKINGBIRD James Taylor and Carly Simon
9 ( 6 ) BOOGIE DOWN Eddie Kendricks
10 ( 5 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies

11 ( 11 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
12 ( 20 ) SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen
13 ( 17 ) JOHNNY AND THE JUKEBOX Pearly Gates
14 ( NEW ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
15 ( NEW ) TIME IN A BOTTLE Jim Croce
16 ( 8 ) BURN BABY BURN Hudson-Ford
17 ( 19 ) SCHOOL LOVE Barry Blue
18 ( NEW ) THERE’LL BE ANOTHER NIGHT Jimmy Helms
19 ( NEW ) EMMA Hot Chocolate
20 ( 22 ) I’VE GOT TO USE MY IMAGINATION Gladys Knight & The Pips

21 ( RE ) I JUST CAN’T GET THE FEELING The Four Tops
22 ( NEW ) GET OFF MY CLOUD Bubble Rock
23 ( 25 ) SMOKIN’ IN THE BOYS ROOM Brownsville Station
24 ( 14 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
25 ( 10 ) MA MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
26 ( 13 ) YOU’RE SIXTEEN Ringo Starr
27 ( 16 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Charlie Rich
28 ( NEW ) I SHALL SING Art Garfunkel
29 ( NEW ) LONG LIVE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
30 ( RE ) CANDLE IN THE WIND Elton John

31 ( 4 ) RAISED ON ROBBERY Joni Mitchell
32 ( 12 ) (SITTING ON THE) DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
33 ( 15 ) JUST MY SOUL RESPONDING Smokey Robinson
34 ( 31 ) DARK LADY Cher
35 ( 32 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie

19th March 1974

7 weeks at the top for Wings, making it one of my all-time longest runs at that time, making for a very rock-tastic Top 2 with newcomers Queen at 2. Hot Chocolate get their 7th Top 10, Rubettes their first, and the lead singer shown in the video and on TV, well he wasn’t the one with the excruciatingly-pitched voice. It was a session-singer tiff and he emerged in his own right…later in 1974!

Not much new entry-wise, just Sunny rattling on about her medical complaint. I liked this record straight away, for a while, and long-term, errr not so much. A bit of ragtime from big movie The Sting at 30, just behind some 1972 US rock, the fab Listen To The Music, which still needs to be a proper-sized hit in the UK. By now about one-third of my charts were not yet UK Top 40 hits, though some would be later in the month or year.

1 ( 1 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
2 ( 12 ) SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen
3 ( 4 ) SEASONS IN THE SUN Terry Jacks
4 ( 6 ) THE YEAR OF DECISION The Three Degrees
5 ( 5 ) I GET A LITTLE SENTIMENTAL The New Seekers
6 ( 2 ) LOVE’S THEME Love Unlimited Orchestra
7 ( 3 ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust
8 ( 14 ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
9 ( 19 ) EMMA Hot Chocolate
10 ( 8 ) MOCKINGBIRD James Taylor and Carly Simon

11 ( 10 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
12 ( 13 ) JOHNNY AND THE JUKEBOX Pearly Gates
13 ( NEW ) DOCTOR’S ORDERS Sunny
14 ( 11 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
15 ( 15 ) TIME IN A BOTTLE Jim Croce
16 ( 9 ) BOOGIE DOWN Eddie Kendricks
17 ( 28 ) I SHALL SING Art Garfunkel
18 ( 18 ) THERE’LL BE ANOTHER NIGHT Jimmy Helms
19 ( 17 ) SCHOOL LOVE Barry Blue
20 ( 20 ) I’VE GOT TO USE MY IMAGINATION Gladys Knight & The Pips

21 ( 22 ) GET OFF MY CLOUD Bubble Rock
22 ( 21 ) I JUST CAN’T GET THE FEELING The Four Tops
23 ( 16 ) BURN BABY BURN Hudson-Ford
24 ( 27 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Charlie Rich
25 ( 24 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
26 ( 26 ) YOU’RE SIXTEEN Ringo Starr
27 ( 25 ) MA MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
28 ( 23 ) SMOKIN’ IN THE BOYS ROOM Brownsville Station
29 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC The Doobie Brothers
30 ( NEW ) THE STING The Ragtimers

31 ( 7 ) TIGER FEET Mud
32 ( 29 ) LONG LIVE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
33 ( 31 ) RAISED ON ROBBERY Joni Mitchell
34 ( 32 ) (SITTING ON THE) DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
35 ( 34 ) DARK LADY Cher

26th March 1974

At last a new number one – Queen. I was an instant fan, they were fab, and this corker should have been bigger than it was. Bad news for Terry Jacks, who’s Seasons had to settle for runner-up in my charts (Number One everywhere else though!). Late summer chart-topper Sugar Baby Love hits 5 in my charts in Spring, Art Garfunkel gets his first solo Top 10 (after 6 with Paul Simon), and Joni Mitchell gets her 2nd in a row, straight in at 8 with the gorgeous Help Me, a fave on Old Grey Whistle Test, the album-oriented late evening “Later With Jools Holland” of its day, and which I was becoming more interested in.

Talking of Album-oriented – Prog rock pops in at 11, Genesis debut with the wonderfully quirky Wardrobe song, more Peter Gabriel than Phil Collins, but all members were to have chart entries galore for, ooh, the next 30 years. The Three Degrees had yet to chart, but I already was getting into their previous flop single, Dirty Ol’ Man. The lyrics, “You’re a dirty ol’ man, you can’t keep your hands to yourself”, obviously should have been aimed at a certain white-haired DJ in retrospect.

Just below them, the poor ol’ Glitter Band. Gary’s backing band, they had their own career take off as Gary’s was about to decline – maybe they saw the writing on the wall – but seem to have unfairly also been wiped from history for daring to have named themselves Glitter. Angel Face is a great glam-rock pop-song, they wrote their own stuff, and deserve at least the odd radio play! Merlin were one of those pop bands that never made it (not that surprisingly to be honest), but I liked them, and bought the album. So it sold at least one copy. Hooray!

1 ( 2 ) SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen
2 ( 3 ) SEASONS IN THE SUN Terry Jacks
3 ( 1 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
4 ( 4 ) THE YEAR OF DECISION The Three Degrees
5 ( 8 ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
6 ( 13 ) DOCTOR’S ORDERS Sunny
7 ( 5 ) I GET A LITTLE SENTIMENTAL The New Seekers
8 ( NEW ) HELP ME Joni Mitchell
9 ( 17 ) I SHALL SING Art Garfunkel
10 ( 7 ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust

11 ( NEW ) I KNOW WHAT I LIKE (IN YOUR WARDROBE) Genesis
12 ( 14 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
13 ( 24 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Charlie Rich
14 ( 11 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
15 ( 9 ) EMMA Hot Chocolate
16 ( 21 ) GET OFF MY CLOUD Bubble Rock
17 ( 18 ) THERE’LL BE ANOTHER NIGHT Jimmy Helms
18 ( 10 ) MOCKINGBIRD James Taylor and Carly Simon
19 ( NEW ) DIRTY OL’ MAN The Three Degrees
20 ( 29 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC The Doobie Brothers

21 ( 19 ) SCHOOL LOVE Barry Blue
22 ( 20 ) I’VE GOT TO USE MY IMAGINATION Gladys Knight & The Pips
23 ( NEW ) ANGEL FACE The Glitter Band
24 ( NEW ) DREAM WORLD Don Downing
25 ( 30 ) THE STING The Ragtimers
26 ( 23 ) BURN BABY BURN Hudson-Ford
27 ( 25 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
28 ( 26 ) YOU’RE SIXTEEN Ringo Starr
29 ( NEW ) LET ME PUT MY SPELL ON YOU Merlin
30 ( NEW ) THE GOLDEN AGE OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Mott The Hoople

31 ( 6 ) LOVE’S THEME Love Unlimited Orchestra
32 ( 12 ) JOHNNY AND THE JUKEBOX Pearly Gates
33 ( 15 ) TIME IN A BOTTLE Jim Croce
34 ( 16 ) BOOGIE DOWN Eddie Kendricks
35 ( 31 ) TIGER FEET Mud

My 1974 weekly charts – with youtube videos

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8th JAN 1974

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

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

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

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

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

15th JAN 1974

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

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

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

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

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


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

22nd JAN 1974

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

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

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

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

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

29th JAN 1974

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

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

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

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

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

5th Feb 1974

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

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

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

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

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

12th Feb 1974

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

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

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

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

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

19th Feb 1974

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

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

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

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

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

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

26th Feb 1974

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

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

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

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

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