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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 science fiction 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




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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




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10CC deserve their own caption here, fab band, love 'em to bits.

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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 Walkerís Radio 1 lunchtime show so I got a good idea just how good it was - even if I didnít have the money to buy it! Still Maccaís 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, Stealerís 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




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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 itís not 1990, itís 1974 and a high entry for non-UK hit The Joker. I like to think Iím 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, itís plaintive and emotional in a good way. Neil Youngís 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










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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 didnít 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 50ís 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 itís 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



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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 ď5 week onlyĒ 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 rockiní it up and Charlie Rich crooniní 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




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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 happensÖ)

Todd and Clifford make an early departure (enforced) while lots of chart activity a-goiní-on: Hudson Ford to 3, Ringo to 6, Charlie Rich at 8 and ELO 9 to make for a fresh Top 10. Roy Woodís yonks-from-release Going Down The Road re-enters, while Brownsville Station re-enters due to UK chart success. New stuff, 60ís 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 donít get songs about people and history anymore! Thatís 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



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26th Feb 1974

Jetís 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 legendís 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, thoughÖ

Ex-Flirtations and UK TV regular singer Pearly Gates had a girlie 60ís-stylee non-hit, Barry Blue appeals to kids with his School Love 50ís 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 itís delightful mis-heard lyric (to me): the angelic, marvellous, sweet Karen singing jauntily ďson of a gun weíll have a big fart on the bayouĒ is a moment to treasure. Go on, listen to it, Iím 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



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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, Kimís 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 Malinchakís single, and Pearly Gates non-hit I note as I heard from a friend that sheíd been on All-Star Family Fortunes 2 weeks ago (I donít watch) along with 80ís disco diva Miquel Brown (her sis) and niece Sinitta. Funny olí world, donít 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


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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 Donít 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 heíd died in a plane crash a year or so before and this was his posthumous US chart-topper. Gorgeous song, and thatís a new entry for 3 consecutive weeks for 3 plane crash pop stars posthumously charting. Obviously all the rageÖ

In at 6, debuting, cool sound of Philadelphia, the cool Three Degrees. They werenít cool for long, but in early Ď74 they were, as the Philly Sound ruled. Itís their best record, still. In at 14, a debut hit for 50ís 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 Kingís back, never one to turn down a chance for cash, itís 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 Iím not even sure it was the best of her 6 songs that got voted for. Its low chart position (for me) shows I wasnít 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


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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


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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, whoís 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 ďLater With Jools HollandĒ 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 Olí Man. The lyrics, ďYouíre a dirty olí man, you canít keep your hands to yourselfĒ, obviously should have been aimed at a certain white-haired DJ in retrospect.

Just below them, the poor olí Glitter Band. Garyís backing band, they had their own career take off as Garyís 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


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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 hadnít 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 Doobieís 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. Iím nothing if not loyal to great pop stars, and this was a perfectly good record, also skirting with smooth soul. Ríníb the way to go boys! Back with a 60ís 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 Wildeís glamtastic teenpop final try at a career. Kimís 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 DJís 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



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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 regularís 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 Ainít Big Enough For Both Of Us came on the radio and blew my mind instantly with itís 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 Ronís 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 KIngís 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.Thomasí country pop original. JK added the ooga cha gaís and it now seems immortality of sorts beckons as itís 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. Iíve 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


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16th April 1974

Still 1-2-3 for Abba, Sparks, Mud and Benny & The Jet shoots up to 4, Eltonís 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, ďPromĒ). I was new boy, Suzanne in our class was dateless, we were both nice so everyone reasoned weíd 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 Iíd 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 - Iíd said it wasnít that I didnít like her and she just added in the ďenoughĒ on the end of the sentence. I was pretty much left in the cold for the rest of the year by the class, and Iíve felt awful about it for 40 years. As The Hollies (spot the link above) once sang, Iím truly Sorry Suzanne - it wasnít 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



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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, thatís 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 Ďní Roll Winter now anyway. DJ Johnny Walker fave Lucinda pops in at 4, for some reason I went mad on it immediately, I mean itís 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. Steveís 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 1930ís 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 didnít 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 wasnít involved anymore.

Finally, Alvinís 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 didnít. 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


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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 Iíve 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 Whiteís relative flop single amongst a run of hits, Honey Please Canít 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 Iím 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 itís 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, itís 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 60ís though. Ike & Tina finally get a follow-up hit to the eternal Nutbush City Limits - at least in my charts that is, rockiní it big with a song about a chicken. Iím sure itís 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 Ďní 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-Chapmanís 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




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7th May 1974

Exams were very much flavour of the month, both CSEís and GCE O Levels. I ended up doing CSEís, on the grounds that Iíd changed schools inconveniently about 7 months before and the syllabus wasnít 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 didnít killed in comic books, it wasnít the done thing when theyíd 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. Heís 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 Marvelsí Avengers and X-Men movies, combined, and thatís the Legion, who were there first. Marvel were the copies, thereís 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 (itís good) just ahead of the UK success of Seals & Croftís song as performed (way better) by the Isley Brothers, Summer Breeze highest new entry at 12 and itís still brilliant guitar-soul.

In at 13, The Locomotion. Not Kylie, no. Not Little Eva either (sheíd 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 havenít heard them for 40 years, so Iím 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. Melanieís track is OK, and her final john-chart-hit for 9 years. Showaddywaddy. TV talent-show winners with a record deal, whoídía thought of that eh? 50ís 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. Itís very MOR Italian big ballad, but itís 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


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Hello, John

Eurovision 1974 is my favourite contest ever wub.gif , even not only because ABBA and Olivia. If my charts were compiled in 1974, I could easily have 5 different Eurovision songs at # 1 (mentioned "Waterloo", "Long Live Life" + also German "Die Sommermelodie", Irish "Cross Your Heart" and Norwegian "The First Day of Love")

Also love "Keep Me Warm", "Bye Bye I Love You" (first entry composed by Eurovision veteran Ralph Siegel) and "Mein Ruf Nach Dir".

There is my full ranking . Top 9 is very good.
01. ABBA - Waterloo (Sweden)
02. Cindy and Bert - Die Sommermelodie (Germany)
03. Tina Reynolds - Cross Your Heart (Ireland)
04. Anne-Karine Strom - The First Day Of Love (Norway)
05. Olivia Newton-John - Long Live Love (United Kingdom)
06. Ireen Sheer - Bye, Bye, I Love You (Luxembourg)
07. Carita Holmstrom - Keep Me Warm (Finland)
08. Mouth and MacNeal - I See A Star (Netherlands)
09. Piera Martell - Mein Ruf Nach Dir (Switzerland)
10. Jacques Hustin - Fleur De Liberte (Belgium)
11. Gigliola Cinquetti - Si (Italy)
12. Romuald - Celui Qui Reste Et Celui Qui S'en Va (Monaco)
13. Paulo De Carvalho - E Depois Do Adeus (Portugal)
14. Korni Grupa - Moja Generacija (Yugoslavia)
15. Peret - Canta Y Se Feliz (Spain)
16. Kaveret - Natati La'khayay (Israel)
17. Marinella - Krasi, Thalasa Ke T' Agori Mou (Greece)

I'm never was a fan of Italian Eurovision songs. smile.gif

Recap of all ESC 1974 songs here :

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