Monday’s Music Move Me: Grammy Winners from 1974

The theme for this week, “tunes from the Grammys the year you turned 18,” confused me. I turned 18 in 1974; did the person who gave the prompt want songs from the Grammy Awards ceremony held in 1974 (which honored the best records from 1973), or the songs from 1974 that were honored at the Grammy Awards ceremony in 1975? I decided the answer was “yes,” so here are three songs each from both years

From the 1974 Grammy Awards ceremony:

Roberta Flack, “Killing Me Softly With His Song” This won Record of the Year for Roberta Flack and producer Joel Dorn and Song of the Year for Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel, who wrote it.

Charlie Rich, “Behind Closed Doors” The Silver Fox took the Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male.

Eumir Deodato, “Also Sprach Zarathustra” Deodato took home the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.

And from 1975:

Olivia Newton-John, “I Honestly Love You” The lovely Olivia and her producer, John Farrar, took the Grammy for Record of the Year, and this song also won a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female.

Mike Oldfield, “Tubular Bells (Theme From The Exorcist)” Mike Oldfield won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition. This is only a portion of the full Tubular Bells, which itself is a pretty outstanding record.

Marvin Hamlisch, “The Entertainer” Hamlisch was the big winner in 1975, winning with this for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. He also won, with Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Song of the Year for “The Way We Were,” again with the Bergmans for Album of Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special for The Way We Were, and took home the trophy for Best New Artist. Way to go, Marvin!

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for April 10, 2017.

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27 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Move Me: Grammy Winners from 1974

  1. John, I was 13 the year you turned 18. You’re not too far ahead of me. 🙂 I remember these songs very well, especially Olivia Newton John’s “I Honestly Love You” which is a beautiful ballad and Charlie Rich’s naught song, “Behind Closed Doors” or at least that’s what I thought. lol Thanks for dancing with the 4M gals! Join me on the dance floor, <“>here with A2Z contribution, too!


  2. Yes John… you were right! Read my mind sweetpea!!! hahaha Great job!!! Now I guess I’ll have to call you my little bro from now on! You’re just a youngster you are! LOL Anyway, getting back. Great job pickin’ them too… so Olivia Newton John… well you cannot take her sweetheart voice away from her… I have to say my most favorite movie & tune from her there’s a toss between two with me & that’s Xanadu & Let’s get Physical… omg don’t get me started that one sticks with me for MONTHS! hahahaha So that’s a great one you here too, but behind clothes doors… hahaha my mom’s favorite tune to dance too with my dad. hehehe & who can top Roberta Flack! Ahhhh great tunes my friend! Hope you signed in so the rest of us can enjoy too! Have a rockin’ week! BIG HUGS


    1. Great somg, and I love how he sings the whole thing with a cigar in his mouth. Reminds me of Groucho saying to the couple with fifteen kids “I love my cigar, but I take it out once in a while.”


  3. The first song, “Killing Me Softly” reminds me of when I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter. I went to dinner at a friends house and they served oysters. It was the first time I had eaten raw oysters. I always liked that song.
    Finding Eliza


  4. Well, you saved the best for last, John. I really liked “Tubular Bells” and “The Entertainer” – Thanks for sharing that one instead of “The Way We Were.” It’s funny, I can appreciate some of these songs now, but at the time, the first ones in the list would have had me reaching for the dial, pushing the next button or shoving in a Led Zeppelin 8-Track 🙂


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