Wednesday, September 6, 2017

American Jukebox: September 1974





Here's another installment of pop, soul & country singles that would have been the newest records stocked in jukeboxes across America during the month of September 1974. Eleven of them would be top ten chart hits, three of those hitting number one. Elton may have closely missed the top spot, with his newest single "The Bitch Is Back" reaching #4, but he was certainly riding high at the peak of his popularity, on tour with Kiki Dee opening and a greatest hits package in the near future. One song in this mix shows up twice, Tim Moore's "Second Avenue". Mr. Moore wrote the song and his original version didn't quite make it to the top 40 (peaking at #58) but Art Garfunkel, at the time dropping his given name and being billed as simply Garfunkel, did manage to get a shortened arrangement into the lower reaches of the top 40 chart. I couldn't decide which version was better so opted to include them both! For whatever reason, Garfunkel's version was never released on any of his regular albums and appears on only one of his hits compilations, the 1988 "Garfunkel" release.





1. Reunion - "Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me)" (#8)
2. Billy Swan - "I Can Help" (#1)
3. John Lennon - "Whatever Gets You Through The Night" (#1)
4. Bachman-Turner Overdrive - "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" (#1)
5. Eagles - "James Dean" (#77)
6. Suzi Quatro - "All Shook Up" (#85)
7. The Kiki Dee Band - "I've Got The Music In Me" (#12)
8. Raspberries - "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)" (#18)
9. The Righteous Brothers - "Give It To The People" (#20)
10. Three Dog Night - "Play Something Sweet" (#33)
11. Hudson Brothers - "So You Are A Star" (#21)
12. Kathy Dalton - "Boogie Bands And One Night Stands" (#72)
13. Three Degrees - "When Will I See You Again" (#2)
14. John Denver - "Back Home Again" (#5)
15. Tim Moore - "Second Avenue" (#58)
16. Garfunkel - "Second Avenue" (#34)
17. Jim Weatherly - "The Need To Be" (#11)
18. Ronnie Milsap - "Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends" (#95)
19. Spinners - "Love Don't Love Nobody (Part 1)" (#15)
20. Earth, Wind & Fire - "Devotion" (#33)
21. William DeVaughn - "Blood Is Thicker Than Water" (#43)
22. Smokey Robinson - "Virgin Man" (#56)
23. Ace Spectrum - "Don't Send Nobody Else" (#57)
24. Marvin Gaye - "Distant Lover (live)" (#28)
25. First Choice - "The Player (Part 1)" (#70)
26. Elton John - "The Bitch Is Back" (#4)
27. Kool & The Gang - "Higher Plane" (#37)
28. Ohio Players - "Skin Tight" (#13)
29. Gino Vannelli - "People Gotta Move" (#22)
30. B.T. Express - "Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)" (#2)'''
31. The Blackbyrds - "Do It, Fluid" (#69)
32. Al Green - "Sha La La (Make Me Happy)" (#7)
33. Bobby Vinton - "My Melody Of Love" (#3)
34. ABBA - "Honey Honey" (#27)
35. Carl Carlton - "Everlasting Love" (#6)

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