KICK (1340 AM, Springfield, Missouri) currently bills itself as “The Ozarks’ Big Talker,” but in 1975 they were a Top 40 station. Let’s set the WABAC for 1975 and check out their Top 10, shall we? Note that, as is usually the case in January, most of these songs were already on the chart from 1974.
- Eagles, “Best Of My Love” I had to use a live version because YouTube blocked all the studio versions. As Don Henley (at least that’s who I think it is) announced at the beginning, this was written by them and J. D. Souther, who joins them onstage. This was a #1 hit for them in the US and Canada in late 1974 and early 1975.
- Barry White, “You’re The First, The Last, My Everything” One of the truly great voices in R&B, Barry took this to #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.
- Neil Sedaka, “Laughter In The Rain” From his appropriately-titled Sedaka’s Back, this launched the rebirth of Neil’s career. It reached #1 for a week on the Hot 100. It was his first record on Elton John’s Rocket label.
- Stevie Wonder, “Boogie On Reggae Woman” from his 1974 album Fulfillingness’ First Finale, this went to #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart. I once saw Stevie in the Newark airport. He didn’t see me, though. *rimshot*
- Paul McCartney, “Junior’s Farm” This is generally credited to just Paul, although Wings was on the record. Or maybe it was Paul and Wings, I’m not sure. Anyway, this single-only release reached #3 on the Hot 100.
- Ringo Starr, “Only You (And You Alone)” Originally recorded by The Platters in 1955, Ringo took this to #6 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Easy Listening chart.
- Barry Manilow, “Mandy” From his second album, 1974’s Barry Manilow II, this was Barry’s breakout hit, reaching #1 on the Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary chart in both the US and Canada.
- Carl Douglas, “Kung Fu Fighting” A one-hit wonder in the US, this reached #1 and pretty much killed his career.
- Elton John, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” Rarely does an artist do a Beatles song better than The Fab Four, but Elton came pretty close here. He had help from John Lennon, who apeared on the single as “Dr. Winston O’Boogie.” This reached #1 for two weeks in January 1975, right around this time.
- Carpenters, “Please Mr. Postman” Karen and Richard Carpenter were huge in the ’70’s, and this cover of The Marvelettees’ #1 song from 1961 (the first #1 on the Hot 100 on Motown Records) did as well as the original, reaching #1 on the Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary chart.
And that’s The Friday 5×2 for January 18, 2019.