Category Archives: 1974

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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Helen Reddy – Angie Baby

First Hit #1: December 28, 1974 Angie Baby begins as a song about an odd girl who is obsessed with the radio, and then turns trippy for no real reason, as she somehow traps a boy in a radio. It’s … Continue reading

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Harry Chapin – Cat’s in the Cradle

First Hit #1: December 21, 1974 Cat’s in the Cradle is a depressing song, but I realize now that it’s a depressing song that’s trying to shame its audience. It’s berating all the dads who aren’t paying attention to their … Continue reading

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Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting

First Hit #1: December 7, 1974 This was originally a B-side, and it feels kind of tossed off, if I’m honest. It just sounds last minute, Douglas needs a song and so he sings about some of his favorite movies, … Continue reading

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Billy Swan – I Can Help

First Hit #1: November 23, 1974 Were charity walks a thing in the ’70s? It seems like a recent invention, but I Can Help is almost designed to advertise them. The first verse is all about how helpful Billy Swan … Continue reading

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John Lennon – Whatever Gets You Thru the Night

First Hit #1: November 16, 1974 John Lennon was the last of the Beatles to have a solo #1, and he did it by teaming with Elton John for something a bit fun and breezy. Those aren’t words that could … Continue reading

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Bachman Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

First Hit #1: November 9, 1974 Canada is your source for big dumb rock with BTO’s You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet. Randy Bachman used to be a member of the Guess Who, but later went out on his own, put … Continue reading

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