Showing posts with label 1974. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1974. Show all posts

Aug 10, 2019

Lady Marmalade by Patti LaBelle (1974)

Lady Marmalade by Patti LaBelle (1974)
"Lady Marmalade" is a song written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan. The song is famous for its sexually suggestive chorus of "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?", which translates into English as "Do you want to sleep with me (tonight)?". The song first became a popular hit when it was recorded in 1974 by the American girl group Labelle. Labelle held the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week, and also topped the Canadian RPM national singles chart.


Aug 1, 2019

(I've Been) Searchin' so Long (Live) by Chicago (1974)

(I've Been) Searchin' so Long (Live) by Chicago (1974)
"(I've Been) Searchin' So Long" is a song written by James Pankow for the group Chicago and recorded for their album Chicago VII (1974). The first single released from that album, it reached number 9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It also hit number 8 on the Adult Contemporary chart. In Canada, the song peaked as high as number 5.


Jul 6, 2019

Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)

Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)
"Sweet Home Alabama" is a song by Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd that first appeared in 1974 on their second album, Second Helping. It reached number 8 on the US chart in 1974 and was the band's second hit single.


Jun 30, 2019

I Can Help by Billy Swan (1974)

I Can Help by Billy Swan (1974)
"I Can Help" is a song written and performed by Billy Swan. Released in July 1974, the song was a big crossover smash, reaching No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Country Singles charts late that fall. Although Swan had other charting singles on both the Hot 100 and country charts, the song is generally recognized as being Swan's only major hit single release.

In addition to being a No. 1 country and pop hit, "I Can Help" reached No. 6 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Singles chart and No. 6 on the United Kingdom's Record Retailer chart.


Come And Get Your Love by Redbone (1974)

Come And Get Your Love by Redbone (1974)
"Come and Get Your Love" is a song by Native American rock band Redbone. The song was originally released as a promo track under the name "Hell" and was later featured on the album Wovoka (1973), under its current name. The song was released as the album’s first single the following year. The song peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on April 13, 1974. It spent 18 weeks in the Top 40 and landed as the fourth-most popular song on the Hot 100 for 1974. The single was certified gold by the RIAA on April 22, 1974, which indicates that it had shipped over a half-million copies in North America. The song is Redbone's highest charting single and one of two Top 40 hits by the band. (An earlier recording, "The Witch Queen of New Orleans," peaked at number 21 in 1972.)


May 30, 2019

When Will I See You Again (single) by The Three Degrees (1974)

When Will I See You Again (single) by The Three Degrees (1974)
"When Will I See You Again" is a song released in 1974 by American soul group The Three Degrees, from their third album The Three Degrees. The song was written and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The violin strings were an arrangement written by the great arranger Belford "Sinky" Hendricks who arranged songs for many top flight groups and recording artist during the 20th Century. Sheila Ferguson sang the lead, accompanied by Fayette Pinkney and Valerie Holiday. Billboard named the song #67 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.



It was one of the most successful recordings of the "Philly Soul" era. In the U.S.,"When Will I See You Again" peaked at #2 on the pop singles chart, Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas kept it from the #1 spot.

On other US charts, the song reached #1 on the adult contemporary chart, and #4 on the R&B chart in the autumn of 1974. In the UK, it fared even better, spending two weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart in August 1974.

May 27, 2019

Seasons In The Sun by Terry Jacks (1974)

Seasons In The Sun by Terry Jacks (1974)
"Seasons in the Sun" is an English-language adaptation of the song "Le Moribond" by Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel with lyrics rewritten by American singer-poet Rod McKuen. It became a worldwide hit in 1974 for Canadian singer Terry Jacks. Jacks's version is one of the fewer than forty all-time singles to have sold 10 million copies worldwide.

Jacks's version was released in the United States in December 1973, and made the Billboard Hot 100 a month later. On March 2, 1974, the song began a three-week run at number one atop the Hot 100, and remained in the top 40 until almost Memorial Day weekend. Jacks's version also spent one week on the Easy Listening charts. Billboard ranked it as the number two song for 1974.


Beach Baby by The First Class (1974)

Beach Baby byThe First Class (1974)
"Beach Baby" is a song by the British band The First Class. The song, written by John Carter and his wife, Gillian (Jill) Shakespeare, became the band's only substantial hit.

Because of the song's length of being over 5 minutes, several AM radio stations edit the song by fading it out during the second instrumental Bridge.

In 1974, the song became a hit in the UK (where it peaked at #13), and in the US, where it peaked at #4. In Canada, "Beach Baby" was a #1 hit.


Feb 20, 2019

Call Me The Breeze by Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)

Call Me The Breeze by Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)
"Call Me the Breeze" is a rock song by J. J. Cale. It first appeared on his 1972 debut album, Naturally, as the opening track. The song consists of a 12-bar blues guitar shuffle and features the early use of a drum machine.

Like many Cale songs, "Call Me the Breeze" has been covered numerous times by an assortment of musicians, most notably Lynyrd Skynyrd on their albums Second Helping (1974) and the live disc One More from the Road (1976).


Jul 13, 2016

Steely Dan - Rikki Don't Lose That Number from the album Pretzel Logic (1974)

Steely Dan - Rikki Don't Lose That Number from the album Pretzel Logic (1974)
"Rikki Don't Lose That Number" is a single released in 1974 by rock/jazz rock group Steely Dan and the opening track of their third album Pretzel Logic. It was the most successful single of the group's career, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1974.

The song features Jim Gordon on drums, as does the bulk of the Pretzel Logic album. The guitar solo is by Jeff "Skunk" Baxter who would soon go on to join The Doobie Brothers.

Victor Feldman's flapamba (a variant of the marimba) introduction to the song, which opens the album, is cut from the original ABC single version. The MCA single reissue (backed with "Pretzel Logic") includes the flapamba intro but fades out just before the actual end of the track. The introductory riff is an almost direct copy of the intro of Horace Silver's jazz classic "Song for My Father".



Steely Dan — Rikki Don't Lose That Number



Jun 26, 2016

Blue Magic - Sideshow from the album Blue Magic (1974)

Blue Magic - Sideshow from the album Blue Magic (1974)
"Sideshow" is a song recorded by American R&B soul vocal quintet Blue Magic, released in 1974. It was first released on the album Blue Magic and when issued as a single it sold over a million copies, going to #1 R&B and #8 pop in the United States in the summer of 1974. Billboard ranked it as the No. 19 song for 1974. It was covered as a reggae version by Barry Biggs who reached #3 on the UK Singles Chart in January 1977. It has also been covered by Ray, Goodman & Brown, Silk, and Joss Stone.



The song is noted for its introduction, featuring a repeat of the first 10 notes of a slow version of Julius Fucik's "Entrance of the Gladiators" while one of the band's members acts like a master of ceremonies, declaring: "Hurry!! Hurry!!! Step right up! See the saddest show in town for only 50 cents!"

The follow-up song was the similarly themed "Three Ring Circus" (which was similarly covered as a later single by Biggs). Some radio edits fade the song out several seconds earlier before the repeat of the Introduction in the Coda section, which also features a repeat of the chorus, due to the length of the song.

Dec 3, 2015

Elton John - Bennie And The Jets - On Here And There Album (1974)

Elton John - Bennie And The Jets - On Here And There Album (1974)
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"Bennie and the Jets" (also titled as "Benny and the Jets") is a song composed by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The song is written in the key of G major and first appeared on the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album in 1973. "Bennie and the Jets" has been one of John's most popular songs and was performed during John's appearance at Live Aid. The track is spelled Benny on the sleeve of the single and in the track listing of the album, but Bennie on the album vinyl disc label.

"Bennie and the Jets" was featured on side one of the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album, and Elton John was set against releasing it as a single, believing it would fail. Radio station CKLW in Windsor, Ontario, began heavy airplay of the song and it became the #1 song in Detroit. This attention caused other American and Canadian Top 40 stations to add it to their playlists as well and as a result, the song peaked at #1 on the US singles chart in 1974. In the US, it was certified Gold on 8 April 1974 and Platinum on 13 September 1975 by the RIAA, and had sold 2.8 million copies by August 1976.

"Bennie and the Jets" was also John's first Top 40 hit on what at the time was called the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart, where it peaked at #15, the highest position out of the three of his singles which reached that chart. The acceptance of "Bennie" on R&B radio helped land John, a huge soul music fan, a guest appearance on the 17 May 1975 edition of Soul Train, where he played "Bennie and the Jets" and "Philadelphia Freedom". In Canada, it held the #1 spot on the RPM national singles chart for two weeks (13–20 April), becoming his first #1 single of 1974 and his fourth overall.

Oct 18, 2015

Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown (1974)

Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown (1974) on Sundown Album
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"Sundown" is a song by Canadian folk artist Gordon Lightfoot, released as a single in March 1974.

Sundown reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and easy listening charts and number thirteen on the Hot Country singles chart, as well as number one in Canada on RPM‍ '​s national singles chart. It was Lightfoot's only single to reach number one on the Hot 100.

Eric Clapton - I Shot The Sheriff (1974)

Eric Clapton - I Shot The Sheriff (1974) on Complete Clapton Album
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"I Shot the Sheriff" is a song written by Bob Marley, told from the point of view of a narrator who admits to having killed the local sheriff, and claims to be falsely accused of having killed the deputy sheriff. The narrator also claims to have acted in self-defense when the sheriff tried to shoot him. The song was first released in 1973 on The Wailers' album Burnin'.

Eric Clapton recorded a cover version that was included on his 1974 album 461 Ocean Boulevard. His take on the song belongs to the musical genres of soft rock and reggae. It is the most successful cover version of the song, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2003, Clapton's version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Oct 15, 2015

The Hues Corporation - Rock The Boat (1974)

The Hues Corporation - Rock The Boat (1974)
"Rock the Boat" is a song by American disco group The Hues Corporation in 1974. "Rock the Boat" was written by Waldo Holmes, who also wrote the Blacula songs. "Rock the Boat" was first featured on The Hues Corporation's 1973 album, Freedom for the Stallion (a different edit version, which was the single, later appeared on certain editions of the band's follow-up album, 1974's Rockin' Soul). It was released as the second single from the album in early 1974 to follow-up Stallion‍ '​s title song, which had peaked at #63 on the Hot 100.




Initially, "Rock the Boat" appeared as though it would flop, as months went by without any radio airplay or sales activity. Not until the song became a disco/club favorite in New York did Top 40 radio finally pick up on the song, leading the record to finally enter the Hot 100 and zip up the chart to #1 the week of July 6, 1974, in only its seventh week on the chart (and fourth week in the Top 40). The record also reached the top 10 in the United Kingdom (number 6). "Rock the Boat" is considered one of the earliest disco songs. Some authorities proclaim it to be the first disco song to hit #1, while others give that distinction to "Love's Theme" by Love Unlimited Orchestra, a chart-topper from earlier in 1974. The song became a gold record. It is a heavy airplay favorite on oldie and adult-contemporary stations today.

Oct 13, 2015

Paper Lace - The Night Chicago Died (1974)

Paper Lace - The Night Chicago Died (1974)
"The Night Chicago Died" is a song by the British group Paper Lace, written by Peter Callander and Mitch Murray. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week in 1974, reached number 3 in the UK charts, and number 2 in Canada. It is about a fictional shoot-out between the Chicago Police and members of the Al Capone Syndicate. The narrator retells his mother's anguish while awaiting news of the fate of her husband, a Chicago policeman.


Oct 11, 2015

Linda Ronstadt - You're No Good (1974)

Linda Ronstadt - You're No Good (1974)
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"You're No Good" is a song written by Clint Ballard, Jr. which first charted for Betty Everett in 1963 and became a number 1 hit in 1975 for Linda Ronstadt. The original version of "You're No Good" was cut by Dee Dee Warwick for Jubilee Records in 1963 with production by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

It was Linda Ronstadt who would have the biggest success with a remake of "You're No Good" for her double platinum career-defining Heart Like A Wheel album released in late 1974 by Capitol Records. Ronstadt had been featuring the song to close her live shows, her band member Kenny Edwards having suggested it to her, the song first being included in Ronstadt's setlist while she was opening for Neil Young during the first three months of 1973: Ronstadt gave an early performance of "You're No Good" on an episode of The Midnight Special which was broadcast December 21, 1973.

Ronstadt recorded her Heart Like a Wheel album with producer Peter Asher in the summer of 1974 at the Sound Factory: "You're No Good" was a last-minute choice for recording, and while the song was Ronstadt's suggestion Asher recalls: "It was an odd coincidence. She’d been doing the song already, and it was always a favorite song of mine...the version I fell in love with the Swinging Blue Jeans". The original backing track intended for Ronstadt's version of "You're No Good" was recorded July 1, 1974: according to Bob Warford, a guitarist in Ronstadt's touring band who played on the July 1 track: "They were trying to do an R&B version of the song, which was actually closer to the way we did it live than to the released version. We played it at a faster tempo live, which we did on that recording." Ronstadt vetoed the July 1 arrangement: she recalls: "It was just the wrong groove for me. I don’t think I knew how to phrase around [the players] certainly no fault of theirs. They were fantastic."

Barry White - Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe (1974)

Barry White - Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe (1974)
"Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" is a song written, recorded, and produced by Barry White. Released as the first single from his album Can't Get Enough in 1974, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 and U.S. R&B charts and has since become one of his signature tunes. It was his second U.S. chart-topper, after "Love's Theme".



The song is a pop-soul track with lush string arrangements and a disco-influenced beat behind it. The single differs from the LP version in that White sings solo during the intro whereas on the LP version he performs background vocals. The single is also an edit and is mixed differently.

White performed this song live on The Midnight Special in 1974, and on Soul Train on May 24, 1975.

Oct 6, 2015

Helen Reddy - Angie Baby (1974)

Helen Reddy - Angie Baby (1974)
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"Angie Baby" is a popular song that was written by American Alan O'Day, and became a hit for Australian singer Helen Reddy. The song reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart at the end of December 1974 and became one of Reddy's biggest-selling singles. The song also topped the U.S. adult contemporary chart, Reddy's fifth #1 on this chart.

The song's cryptic lyrics have inspired a number of listener theories as to what the song is really about. Reddy has refused to comment on what the true storyline of the song is, partly because she has said she enjoys hearing other listeners' interpretations. Reddy has also said that "Angie Baby" was the one song she never had to push radio stations into playing.

Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods - Billy, Don't Be A Hero (1974)

Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods - Billy, Don't Be A Hero (1974)
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"Billy Don't Be A Hero" is a 1974 pop song that was first a hit in the UK for Paper Lace and then some months later it was a hit in the US for Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods. The song was written by two British song writers Mitch Murray and Peter Callander.

Because the song was released in 1974, it was associated by some listeners with the Vietnam War, though it actually refers to an unidentified war. But the drum pattern, references to a marching band leading soldiers in blue, and "riding out" (cavalry) would seem to be referencing the American Civil War.

The song goes on to describe how Billy is killed in action in a pitched battle after volunteering to ride out and seek reinforcements (which suggests mounted infantry and a lack of modern two-way radio communications). In the end, the woman throws away the official letter notifying her of Billy's "heroic" death.