Tuesday, June 27, 2017

US Top 20 Singles: w/e June 29, 1974

Paul McCartney makes his own appearance at #8 with the title track from his & Wings' "Band On The Run" LP and then a second appearance as half of the songwriting partnership on Anne Murray's cover of the Beatles 1965 album track "You Won't See Me" which logs in at #12 on this week's chart. The newly reformed Righteous Brothers make an entry at #19 with "Rock And Roll Heaven" written by Alan O'Day (who also wrote Helen Reddy's "Angie Baby" and would have a major hit of his own with "Undercover Angel"). The song was originally recorded by Climax (of "Precious And Few" fame) and paid tribute to Jimi, Janis and Otis but it failed to chart. When the Righteous Brothers recorded it, the producers Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter added a new verse to include recently departed artists Bobby Darin and Jim Croce which replaced an original verse memorializing Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens in the Climax version. Perhaps it was felt that Buddy and Ritchie already got their due respect in Don McLean's "American Pie". Producer Thom Bell has two of his productions in this week's top 20: The Spinners' great "I'm Coming Home" and The Stylistics' legendary classic "You Make Me Feel Brand New", both written by Bell with Linda Creed.

  • 1 Sideshow by Blue Magic
  • 2 Rock And Roll Heaven by The Righteous Brothers
  • 3 I'm Coming Home by Spinners
  • 4 Rikki Don't Lose That Number by Steely Dan
  • 5 Dancing Machine by The Jackson 5
  • 6 One Hell Of A Woman by Mac Davis
  • 7 The Streak by Ray Stevens
  • 8 On And On by Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • 9 You Won't See Me by Anne Murray
  • 10 The Air That I Breathe by The Hollies
  • 11 Annie's Song by John Denver
  • 12 Rock Your Baby by George McCrae
  • 13 Band On The Run by Paul McCartney & Wings
  • 14 Hollywood Swinging by Kool & The Gang
  • 15 Rock The Boat by The Hues Corporation
  • 16 If You Love Me (Let Me Know) by Olivia Newton-John
  • 17 Be Thankful For What You Got by William DeVaughn
  • 18 You Make Me Feel Brand New by The Stylistics
  • 19 Billy Don't Be A Hero by Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
  • 20 Sundown by Gordon Lightfoot

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