1974

Number Ones:
The Way We Were - Barbra Streisand [Columbia 45944] (Hamlisch) was a movie title song.
Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks [Bell 45432] (Brel, McKuen) is the French song ‘Le moribond’ by Jacques Brel [‘61, Phillips]. Rod McKuen’s translation appeared on the Kingston Trio LP Time to Think [‘64, Capitol 2011], and was released as a single by McKuen [‘68, Warner Brothers 7243]. McKuen had originally recorded it in 1961 for an album which was eventually released in 1963 or ‘64, titled Seasons in the Sun [In 1003].
Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede [EMI 3627] (Mark James) was originally a hit for B.J. Thomas [‘68, Scepter 12230].
Show and Tell - Al Wilson [Rocky Road 30073] (Jerry Fuller) was a single [‘73, Columbia 45835] from Johnny Mathis’ LP Killing Me Softly With Her Song [‘73, Columbia KC 32258].
Billy Don’t Be a Hero ­- Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods [ABC 11435] (Callander, Murray) was a Number One U.K. hit for Paper Lace [‘74, Bus Stop BUS 1014].
You’re Sixteen - Ringo Starr [Apple 1870] (Sherman, Sherman) was a hit for Johnny Burnette [‘60, Liberty 55285].
The Loco-Motion - Grand Funk [Capitol 3840] (Goffin, King) was a hit for Little Eva [‘62, Dimension 1000] and would hit Number One later for Kylie Minogue [‘88, Geffen 27752].
Sunshine on My Shoulders - John Denver [RCA 0213] (Denver, Kniss, Taylor) is from Denver’s 1971 LP Poems, Prayers & Promises [RCA Victor 4499].
I Shot the Sheriff - Eric Clapton [RSO 409] (Marley) is from the Wailers’ 1973 LP Burnin’ [Island 9256; single ‘74 Island 004].
Top Fives:
The Entertainer - Marvin Hamlisch [MCA 40174] (Joplin) is a Scott Joplin rag [1903] featured in the movie The Sting.
Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) - Aretha Franklin [Atlantic 2995] (Broadnax, Paul, Wonder) was recorded in 1967 by Stevie Wonder [Tamla] but not released.
Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me - Gladys Knight & the Pips [Buddah 403] (Weatherly) was first recorded by Danny Thomas [c. ‘71, RCA Victor ?]. It was a Number One country hit for Ray Price [‘73, ‘You’re the Best…’, Columbia 45889].
Rock and Roll Heaven - Righteous Brothers [Haven 7002] (Alan O’Day, J. Stevenson) was first issued by Climax [‘73, Rocky Road 30072].
I’ve Got to Use My Imagination - Gladys Knight & the Pips [Buddah 393] (Goffin, Goldberg) was originally a single for its writer, Barry Goldberg [‘73, Atco 6946]; it was also on Martha Reeves self-titled debut LP [‘74, MCA 414].
The Show Must Go On - Three Dog Night [Dunhill 4382] (Courtney, Sayer) was a British hit for Leo Sayer [‘73, Warner Brothers 7768].
I’m Leaving It (All) Up to You - Donny & Marie Osmond [MGM/Kolob 14735] (Harris, Terry) is a remake of the Dale & Grace hit (see 1963).
Americans - Byron MacGregor [Westbound 222] (Sinclair) also charted for its writer Gordon Sinclair [‘The Americans (A Canadian’s Opinion)’ Avco 4628]. It is a narration to the background music of ‘America the Beautiful’ [1895].
Rikki Don’t Lose That Number - Steely Dan [ABC 11439] (Becker, Fagen) borrows its opening riff from ‘Song for My Father’ by Horace Silver from the Blue Note album of the same name [‘64, BST-84185].
The Lord’s Prayer - Sister Janet Mead [A&M 1491] (Strals) is a setting to music of Matthew 6:9-13.
Mockingbird - Carly Simon & James Taylor [Elektra 45880] (Foxx, Foxx) is a remake of the hit by Inez Foxx (see 1963).
On and On - Gladys Knight & the Pips [Buddah 423] (Mayfield) is from the movie Claudine.
Top Tens:
The Air That I Breathe - Hollies [Epic 11100] (Hammond, Hazlewood) was from Albert Hammond’s LP It Never Rains in Southern California [‘72, Mums 31905].
Everlasting Love - Carl Carlton [Back Beat 27001] (Cason, Gayden) had previously been a hit for Robert Knight [‘67, Rising Sons 705] and, in the U.K., for Love Affair [‘68, CBS 3125].
Another Saturday Night - Cat Stevens [A&M 1602] (Cooke) is a remake of Sam Cooke’s 1963 hit [RCA Victor 8164].
Wildwood Weed - Jim Stafford [MGM 14737] (Bowman, Stafford) first appeared on the LP Our Man in Trouble by Don Bowman [‘64, RCA 2831].
Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield [Virgin 55100] (Oldfield) was used as the theme music for the movie The Exorcist.
Never My Love - Blue Swede [EMI 3938] (Addrisi, Addrisi) is a remake of the Association’s hit (see 1967).
You Won’t See Me - Anne Murray [Capitol 3867] (Lennon, McCartney) is from the Beatles’ Rubber Soul [‘65, Capitol 2442].
You and Me Against the World - Helen Reddy [Capitol 3897] (Williams) appeared on Paul Williams’ LP Here Comes Inspiration [‘74, A&M SP-3606].
Eres Tu (Touch the Wind) - Mocedades [Tara 100] (Calderon), a Eurovision song entry, originated as an instrumental by Spain’s Juan Carlos Calderon [‘73, Jamie].
Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely - Main Ingredient [RCA 0205] (Barrett, Freeman, Eli) had charted for Ronnie Dyson [‘73, Columbia 45867].
Lookin’ For a Love - Bobby Womack [United Artists 375] (Alexander, Samuels) was an R&B hit in 1962 for Womack’s group the Valentinos [SAR 132] and was covered by the J. Geils Band [‘72, Atlantic 2844].
Love Me For a Reason - Osmonds [MGM/Kolob 14746] (Bristol, Brown, Jones) appeared on Johnny Bristol’s Hang On In There Baby [‘74, MGM 4959].
Top Twenties:
I Won’t Last a Day Without You - Carpenters [A&M 1521] (Williams, Nichols) was a single for Paul Williams [‘73, A&M 1409] and Maureen McGovern [‘73, 20th Century 2051]; this version is from the 1972 LP A Song For You [A&M 3511].
The Need to Be - Jim Weatherly [Buddah 420] (Weatherly) appeared on the Danny Thomas LP Tomorrow Belongs to You [‘73, Myrrh 6520]; Thomas’s father-in-law was Weatherly’s manager.
Love Song - Anne Murray [Capitol 3776] (George, Loggins) was the B-side of Loggins & Messina’s ‘My Music’ [‘73, Columbia 45952].
Are You Lonesome Tonight - Donny Osmond [MGM/Kolob 14577] (Turk, Handman) is a remake of Elvis’s hit (see 1960).
Wild Thing - Fancy [Big Tree 15004] (Taylor) is the Troggs’ hit (see 1966).
Promised Land - Elvis Presley [RCA 10074] (Berry) charted for Chuck Berry [‘64, Chess 1916]. Among the many recorded versions is a swamp-pop version by Johnnie Allan [‘71, Jin 244]. The song is based on the country standard ‘Wabash Cannonball’, recorded by the Carter Family [‘32, Victor 23731] and Roy Acuff [‘36, Vocalion 04466], among others.
Who Do You Think You Are - Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods [ABC 12006] (Scott, Dyer) was first recorded by Jigsaw on the U.K. LP I’ve Seen the Film, I’ve Read the Book [‘74, BASF 5051].
Keep On Singing - Helen Reddy [Capitol 3845] (Janssen, Hart) charted for Austin Roberts [‘73, Chelsea 0110].
Rub It In - Billy ‘Crash’ Craddock [ABC 12013] (Martine) charted for Layng Martine [‘71, Barnaby 2041].
Sure As I’m Sitting Here - Three Dog Night [Dunhill 15001] (Hiatt) as a single [‘74, Epic 11095] from John Hiatt’s Hangin’ Around the Observatory [‘74, Epic KE 32688].
My Sweet Lady - Cliff DeYoung [MCA 41056] (Denver) is from John Denver’s Poems, Prayers & Promises [‘71, RCA Victor 4499].
Ain’t Too Proud to Beg - Rolling Stones [Rolling Stone 19302] (Whitfield, Holland) is a remake of the Temptations’ hit [‘66, Gordy 7054].
I’m Coming Home - Spinners [Atlantic 3027] (Bell, Creed) was a single for Johnny Mathis [‘73, Columbia 45908].
Save the Last Dance For Me - DeFranco Family [20th Century 2088] (Pomus, Shuman) was a Number One hit for the Drifters [‘60, Atlantic 2071].
I’m In Love - Aretha Franklin [Atlantic 2999] (Womack) was an R&B hit for Wilson Pickett [‘67-68, Atlantic 2448], and was on Bobby Womack’s LP Fly Me to the Moon [Minit 24014].
Midnight Rider - Gregg Allman [Capricorn 0035] was from the Allman Brothers 1970 LP Idlewild South [Atco 342] and charted for Joe Cocker [‘72, A&M 1370].
Top Thirties :
I Feel a Song (In My Heart) - Gladys Knight & the Pips [Buddah 433] (Camillo, Sawyer) was first recorded by Sandra Richardson [‘71, Buddah 260] and the Stairsteps [‘72, Buddah 277].
After the Goldrush - Prelude [Island 002] (Young) is the title song to a Neil Young LP [‘70, Reprise 6383].
Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo - Rick Derringer [Blue Sky 2751] (Derringer) is from Johnny Winter And [‘70, Columbia 30221].
Jim Dandy - Black Oak Arkansas [Atco 6948] (Chase) was a hit for LaVern Baker [‘57, Atlantic 1116].
Willie and the Hand Jive - Eric Clapton [RSO 503] (Otis) was a hit for the Johnny Otis Show [‘58, Capitol 3966].
Distant Lover - Marvin Gaye [Tamla 54253] (Gaye, Fuqua, Greene) is a live version of a song from Gaye’s ‘73 LP Let’s Get It On [Tamla 329].