Monthly Archives: May 2012

Hues Corporation – Rock the Boat

First Hit #1: July 6, 1974 Let’s define a big chorus song. It’s a track where you remember the chorus, and that part of the song sticks in your mind, so much you forget other parts even exist. Rock the … Continue reading

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Gordon Lightfoot – Sundown

First Hit #1: June 29, 1974 Gordon Lightfoot is a Canadian treasure and cultural icon, which makes it kind of weird when I see that his music actually caught on in other countries. It’s a strange thing to say, but … Continue reading

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Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods – Billy Don’t Be a Hero

First Hit #1: June 15, 1974 The most chipper song ever written about dying in a war, Billy Don’t Be a Hero does exactly what you expect it to. From the moment the chorus kicks in, you know exactly where … Continue reading

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Paul McCartney and Wings – Band on the Run

First Hit #1: June 8, 1974 While the albums McCartney II and Ram have recently received a critical reappraisal, I’ll still vouch for Band on the Run being the best album Paul McCartney ever did post-Beatles. Yes, that is not … Continue reading

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Ray Stevens – The Streak

First Hit #1: May 18, 1974 Streaking was an inexplicable fad that began in the ’70s, involving naked people running around for some reason. I don’t understand the trend, and while it still happens it seems like an odd thing … Continue reading

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Grand Funk – The Loco-Motion

First Hit #1: May 4, 1974 Grand Funk, what the hell are you doing covering the Loco-motion? A cover of the Little Eva hit would make sense from a dance artist, for example, perhaps one named Kylie, but Grand Funk … Continue reading

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MFSB and The Three Degrees – TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)

First Hit #1: April 20, 1974 Disco group and acronym enthusiasts MFSB’s big hit, TSOP, was the theme song for Soul Train, which works on a couple levels. One, it’s a song that’s fun to dance to, an instrumental that … Continue reading

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