Don’s Top 10 From August 11, 1974
“Rock & Roll Heaven” by The Righteous Brothers
(#5 last week) If you’ve ever listened to this over the years & wished it could have been updated to include Elvis & Lennon, here’s your wish.
“Waterloo” by Abba
(#11 last week) Mamma mia.
“The Air That I Breathe” by The Hollies
(#6 last week) First written & recorded by Albert Hammond for his 1972 album “It Never Rains In Southern California”, this track was actually first covered by Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers on a solo album in 1974. It’s been done dozens of time since the Hollies hit big with it. ,
“Rock The Boat” by The Hues Corporation
(#4 last sweek) A song I am proud to say I had a hand in making the biggest hit of 1974 locally. I was working in the music department at New York’s 99X when I happened to pass by the weekly music meeting, where possible songs to add were played & discussed. This was playing, & I popped my head in to say how much I loved it. They probably would have added it anyway, but my of-the-moment opinion seemed to cinch it. One week later, WABC added it at #16. Where’s my gold record?
“Feel Like Makin’ Love” by Roberta Flack
(#10 last week) I had no idea this was written by early 60s pop-soul star Gene McDaniels (“A Hundred Pounds Of Clay”, “Tower Of Strength”). Self-produced by Flack under the name Rubina Flake!
“Sideshow” by Blue Magic
(#8 last week) Quick show of hands: how many of you thought this was The Stylistics when you first heard it? Philly soul at it’s best, co-written by the same team (Vinnie Barrett & Bobby Eli) that did “Love Won’t Let Me Wait” by Major Harris.
“Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” by Elton John
(#3 last week) Nobody was hotter in music in 1974 than this guy. First single from the “Caribou” album, & this featured some stellar backup vocals from Carl Wilson & Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys, and, of all people, a then-unknown Toni Tennille!
(#2 last week) Co-written by K.C. of Sunshine Band fame, before he was famous here in the states! In fact, it was intended to be a KC & The Sunshine Band song, but McCrae just happened to pop into the studio that day, spur-of-the-moment laid down some vocals, & the rest was history.
“The Night Chicago Died” by Paper Lace
(#9 last week) I did not expect to find a video of Paper Lace playing this LIVE. Surprise! They can play pretty good. But that “East Side of Chicago” line still annoys me…..
“Annie’s Song” by John Denver
(#1 last week; 3rd week at #1) One of the ultimate love songs from one partner to another. How could they divorce & ruin the fantasy for us? BTW, Denver was a one-hit wonder in England, & this was the hit.