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June 1974

June 4, 2014 | 1974, Commentary

As the Class of ’14 at my old High School graduated and addressed by a member of the Class of ’74, I am thinking back on June of 1974. I was finishing my Sophomore year of High School, a year I term as my ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ year. Some could call it my ‘Happy […]

The Loco-motion

May 15, 2010 | 1974, Carole King, Female, Grand Funk (Railroad), Group, Number 1

Grand Funk, the self proclaimed American Band, was pure rock band. In 1974 as they were working on their album Shinin’ On and was thinking that they may need one more song to complete it. Mark Farner as a lark began singing ‘Everybody’s doing a brand new dance now’, which with standard reaction other members […]

Herbie Hancock – Chameleon

October 1, 2009 | 1974, Male

Herbie Hancock is one of those musicians who seem to have been around forever. He first came on the scene in 1962 when he recorded his album Watermelon Man then got more attention when he joined Miles Davis and his band. He also composed the music for Bill Cosby’s Fat Albert TV cartoon series. By […]

Dolly Parton – I Will Always Love You

September 21, 2009 | 1974, Country, Female, Number 1

To many when they think of the song I will Always Love You, they will think about the version that Whitney Houston sang from the movie My Bodyguard. But long before that it was done by its composer Dolly Parton. Parton wrote the song in 1973 and released it as one of the songs on […]

Terry Jacks – Seasons in the Sun

September 15, 2009 | 1974, Male, Number 1, Top 40

This was originally posted in August of 2008 with a video of a 1973 performance by Terry Jacks. That video has been removed and I can’t find a 70s version of the song only this one from the mid 2000s. Seasons in the Sun, the story of a dying man, bidding farewell to friends and […]

Charlie Rich – A Very Special Love Song

September 3, 2009 | 1974, Country, Male

1974 was a big year for county singer Charlie Rich, not to say that 1973 wasn’t big too. However in 1974 Charlie, known as the Silver Fox, reached Number 1 on the county charts with 5 different songs. In March it was There Won’t Be Anymore for 2 weeks, April came with A Very Special […]

Chicago – Mongonucleosis

August 21, 2009 | 1974, Album Cuts, Chicago, Group

From their 1974 double album Chicago VII. In some ways Chicago VII brings back a feeling of their first three albums where there are a number of instrumentals along with the rock arrangements. The first disk is mostly made of up Jazz favor instrumentals. Mongonucleosis is one of these instrumental pieces and was composed by […]

Jackson 5 – Dancing Machine

June 29, 2009 | 1974, Group, Jackson 5, Male, Michael Jackson

By 1974 the Jackson 5 had not only added their younger brother Randy to the group, but were also on a downturn in the music industry. Before Dancing Machine their last top 10 hit was in 1972 with Sugar Daddy. Part of this was that Motown wasn’t sure in what direction they wanted the act […]

The Osmonds – Music Through the Ages

May 14, 2009 | 1974, Group, Osmonds

From the Donny and Marie Show. The Osmonds seem to have been born to entertain. Over 50 years ago brothers Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay began performing together as a young barbershop Quartet. They appeared in Disneyland as well as on the Andy Williams show in the 1960s. By the beginning of the 1970s the […]

Ray Stevens – The Streak

September 24, 2008 | 1974, Male, Number 1

The clip of this song is not from the 70′s but was made later. Not sure when. Anyway it was the spring of 1974, near the end of the Streaking craze when Ray Stevens reached the top of the Charts with this song. It also hit Number 3 on the Billboard Country chart. It was […]

John Denver – Follow Me

August 7, 2008 | 1974, John Denver, Male

John Denver was one of the biggest artist of the early 1970′s. Before his 1971 hit Take Me Home (Country Roads) he was known more as a song writer. He wrote the Peter, Paul and Mary hit Leaving on a Jet Plane. Follow Me was one of his best songs. This is from a 1974 […]

Kiki Dee – I Got The Music in Me

August 6, 2008 | 1974, Female, Group, Top 40

Kiki Dee’s solo hit on Elton John’s Rocket Records

Paper Lace – Billy Don’t Be A Hero

August 1, 2008 | 1974, Group, Top 40

It was the summer of 1974 and people were walking down the street singing and humming Don’t Be a Hero and The Night Chicago Died. Paper Lace’s song was The Night Chicago Died and Billy Don’t Be a Hero was by Do Donaldson and the Heywoods. Many, myself included, didn’t even realize that Billy Don’t […]

Andy Kim – Rock Me Gently

July 31, 2008 | 1974, Male, Top 40

In 2008 Jeep used this song in a commercial and a whole new audience fell in love with the song. It was originally a hit in 1974 by its writer, Andy Kim. Andy Kim was also one of the songwriting team, along with Jeff Barry, of songs recorded by the Archies. Sugar Sugar by the […]