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MIKE SMITH’S HOT HUNDRED UK HITS

1975

 

1975 saw the growth of Disco music and the fading away of Glam Rock.  This change led to a large number of different acts appearing in the UK charts during this year.  There are in fact 36 new names in this 1975 listing, but very few went on to have a long chart career, and several turned out to be one-hit-wonders.  Only three acts have as many as three hits in this listing.  They are the Bay City Rollers who were the top British group of the year, David Bowie, who had four entries in the Top 20, although one of those was "Space Oddity", a reissue of his 1969 hit.  The third act was American Soul group the Stylistics, who achieved four Top 20 hits, and remained more popular in the UK than at home.  A mention should also be made for Frankie Valli who had two solo hits plus two hits with his group the Four Seasons.

From the UK, Elton John, David Essex, Rod Stewart, Showaddywaddy, and Hot Chocolate all had a couple of substantial hits in the charts.  John Lennon, whose solo career had been a bit sporadic, had his classic "Imagine" single in the 1975 charts for the first of three appearances over the next three decades.  From Sweden, Abba had the first two of 18 consecutive Top 10 hits which continued until 1981, making them a dominant force for the remainder of the decade.

The Americans still had a good look-in.  The Country Rock band the Eagles finally reached the British singles charts in 1975, having had several hits in the USA since 1972.  The year also witnessed the unexpected return of the late 1950s/early 1960s guitarist Duane Eddy, although it was very much a one-off.  Other revived names from the States included Art Garfunkel (originally one half of Simon & Garfunkel) who had the first of two chart toppers in the 1970s, crooner Johnny Mathis, who had not been in the UK Top 10 since 1960, and those 'Jersey Boys', the Four Seasons who had their first Top 10 hit for ten years.  Other acts from the USA in the charts this year included the Carpenters, the Drifters, Gladys Knight & The Pips, and Barry White.

These are my personal favourite recordings from this particular year, listed in the order in which they entered the UK hit singles chart.  You may not agree with my choices, but these were UK chart hits* that had plenty of air play on the music radio stations of the day, such as BBC Radio 1, Capital Radio, and Radio Luxembourg.

*1 song not a hit in the UK.

 


1

Title: Boogie On Reggae Woman
Artist: Stevie Wonder
Writer(s): Stevie Wonder
Entered chart 11 Jan 1975; Highest Position 12; Weeks on chart: 8.

Stevie Wonder was born on 13 May 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan, USA, but he grew up in Detroit, Michigan, USA.  He was blind almost from birth, but began singing in a church choir as a child.  He was signed to Tamla Motown records at the age of eleven, and made several records.  In 1963, when he was 12, he had his first hit, "Fingertips", which went to Number One on the USA charts.  His next few releases, however, did not reach the charts, and there was a danger that Motown might drop him.  However, he was given one last chance to produce a hit, and with his musical mentors, Sylvia Moy and Henry Cosby, he wrote "Uptight (Everything's Alright)".  The single reached number 3 in the USA, peaking at number 14 in the UK - his debut hit there.  His career grew from there with a series of hit singles and albums over the following years.  By the end of the 20th century, he had scored 54 hit singles and 17 Top 30 hit albums in the UK.  He has continued to record and perform until the present time, although at greater intervals than in the earlier decades.  His most recent original album release was in 2005.
# This single came from Wonder's album "Fulfillingness' First Finale", which reached number five in the UK album chart.  This was his only chart entry of 1975.  He was back, however, in late 1976 with a Top 10 single and the album "Songs In The Key Of Life", which reached number two in the UK album chart.  In fact, Wonder was becoming mainly an album act.  Whilst his singles were a bit hit or miss, he had eight consecutive Top 10 original albums in the charts from 1973 to 1985.


2

Title: Sugar Candy Kisses
Artist: Mac & Katie Kissoon
Writer(s): Wayne Bickerton & Tony Waddington
Entered chart 18 Jan 1975; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 10.

Mac & Katie Kissoon were a brother and sister duo, both born in Port of Spain, Trinidad on 11 Nov 1943 (Mac) and 11 Mar 1951 (Katie).  They emigrated to the UK with their family in 1962.  Both began recording and performing separately with different groups during the second half of the 1960s.  They first recorded together in 1971 when they issued the song "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep".  The Kissoons missed out to a rival version from Scottish group Middle Of The Road which went to Number One in the UK (see year 1971, song 41).  Mac & Katie's version peaked at number 41 in the UK, but reached number 20 in the USA.  The duo's first chart success in the UK came in 1975 when "Sugar Candy Kisses" climbed up to number three.  This was followed by the Top 10 hit "Don't Do It Baby" later in the year.  They only had two further smaller hits in the UK, but they were very popular in the Netherlands, where they had several hits, including two Top 10 entries during 1979-1980.  In the 2000s, Katie provided backing vocals on several album recordings for other artists, and performed the same role on their concert tours.
# The duo's next hit came in May (song 36).
# The songwriters Bickerton and Waddington had written all of the Rubettes hits in 1974.


3

Title: January
Artist: Pilot
Writer(s): David Paton
Entered chart 18 Jan 1975; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 10.

Pilot was a Scottish rock group formed during 1973 in Edinburgh by David Paton and Billy Lyall.  Both Paton and Lyall had been in the the Bay City Rollers before that band reached the height of its fame.  In 1974 they recorded their debut album "From The Album Of The Same Name", which was not a hit, but featured the song "Magic".  The recording peaked at number eleven in the UK but it reached Number One in Canada and number five in the USA.  Even the afore-mentioned album reached number 82 on the American Top 200 album chart.  The band's next release, in January 1975, the aptly-named "January", went to Number One in the UK, but two further releases only made the Top 40.  The band broke up in 1978, and Paton with two other members of the band joined the Alan Parsons Project which had a few album hits in the second half of the 1970s and early 1980s.
# This was the band's second of two Top 10 hits that they enjoyed.  Only two minor hits followed.


4

Title: Angie Baby
Artist: Helen Reddy
Writer(s): Alan O'Day (American singer-songwriter)
Entered chart 18 Jan 1975; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 10.

Helen Reddy (25 Oct 1941 - 29 Sep 2020), was born in Melbourne, Australia.  She started singing as a child, and took part in several talent contests.  One contest had a winning prize of a trip to New York, in 1966.  She decided to remain in the USA to pursue her ambition to be a successful singer.  She moved to Los Angeles and eventually gained a recording contact with Capitol records.  During the 1970s, Reddy enjoyed success in the USA, where she placed 15 singles in the top 40.  Six made the top 10 and three reached Number One, including her signature hit "I Am Woman", in 1972.  On television, she was the first Australian to host a one-hour weekly primetime variety show on an American network, along with specials that were seen in more than 40 countries.  Her only major successes in the UK were her Top 10 single "Angie Baby", and her "Best of Helen Reddy" album which reached number five on the UK album chart in 1976.  She continued successfully in the USA until she retired from live performance in 2002, although she made a come-back from 2011 for special events.  She suffered from Addison's disease and dementia in her later years, and died on 29 September 2020 in Los Angeles, aged 78.


5

Title: Purely By Coincidence
Artist: Sweet Sensation
Writer(s): David Parton
Producer: Tony Hatch
Entered chart 18 Jan 1975; Highest Position 11; Weeks on chart: 7.

Sweet Sensation were a British Soul group formed in Manchester in 1971.  It was an eight-piece band with lead singer Marcel King (4 Jan 1957 - 5 Oct 1995), who was 17 when this song was recorded, which he sang in a falsetto voice.  They came to prominence when they appeared on the TV talent show "New Faces" in early 1974.  One of the judges on the show's panel was record producer Tony Hatch, who had crafted numerous hits for Petula Clark in the 1960s.  Hatch saw their potential and arranged for them to sign a record deal with Pye records.  Their first release did not reach the charts but the second offering, "Sad Sweet Dreamer" (see year 1974, song 71), became a Number One hit in the UK, and it even reached the Top 20 in the USA.  One further release reached number eleven in January 1975, but there were no further hits, and the band was dissolved in 1977.
# This was the second of their two chart entries.


6

Title: Please Mr Postman
Artist: The Carpenters
Writer(s): Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland & Robert Bateman
Entered chart 18 Jan 1975; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 12.

The Carpenters were a brother and sister duo from Connecticut, USA.  The act comprised Richard Carpenter (born 15 Oct 1946) and Karen Carpenter (2 Mar 1950 - 4 Feb 1983).  Karen provided the vocals and sometimes drums, while Richard provided the arrangements,  instrumentation (mostly piano), and sometimes backing vocals.  During the 1970s they were an extremely popular easy-listening act with numerous hit singles and albums throughout the world.  Their compilation album "The Singles 1969-1973" reached Number One in the UK and remained on the album chart for well over two years, with seven other albums reaching the Top 10.  They toured the world extensively for a decade, but Karen began to suffer from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, although she always denied the suggestion.  However, in early February 1983 she collapsed and died from a heart attack brought on by anorexia nervosa.  Richard Carpenter then began producing a new album of unreleased Carpenters recordings which was issued later in 1983.  Since then he has produced several compilation albums, and in 2018 an album of the duo's hits with orchestration from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was issued, reaching number eight in the UK album chart.
# This song was first recorded in 1961 by Motown group the Mavelettes, and their version reached Number One on the American charts.  It was recorded in 1963 by the Beatles for their second album "With The Beatles".  The Carpenters' version went to Number One in the USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa.
# This was the Carpenters' first Top 10 hit since October 1973.  Their next, however, came in April 1975 (song 31).


7

Title: Star On A TV Show
Artist: The Sylistics
Writer(s): Hugo & Luigi and George David Weiss
Entered chart 25 Jan 1975; Highest Position 12; Weeks on chart: 8.

The Stylistics was a smooth Soul five-piece vocal group that was formed in Philadelphia, USA in 1970.  The group was characterised by the falsetto voice of Russell Thompkins Jr (born on 21 Mar 1951 in Philadelphia, USA) and the smooth sound created by producer Thom Bell.  This combination resulted in a series of six UK hits until the summer of 1974.  Thom Bell stopped working with the group at that time, but production was taken over by record label owners Hugo & Luigi with arrangements by Van McCoy.  This resulted in another run of ten hits in the UK, with seven of those reaching the Top 10.  However, this second run of hits over the years 1974 to 1976, did not do well in the USA where the new Disco sound was becoming dominant.  In addition to the singles success in the UK, the group's "Best Of" album went to Number One on the British album chart, where it eventually stayed for 63 weeks.  The group continued for the next two decades, but Thompkins left in 2000.  He released a solo album in 2002, but in 2004 Thompkins formed a new group, Russell Thompkins Jr & The New Stylistics.  They are still performing (as a trio) at the present time.
# This was the group's first of four UK Top 20 hits during 1975, one of which made Number One, and two others reached the Top 5.  The next hit came in May (song 37).


8

Title: I'm Stone In Love With You
Artist: Johnny Mathis
Writer(s): Thom Bell, Linda Creed & Anthony Bell
Entered chart 25 Jan 1975; Highest Position 10; Weeks on chart: 12.

Johnny Mathis was born on 30 Sep 1935 in Texas, USA, but his family moved to San Francisco, where he grew up.  His father encouraged him to sing, and he was having voice lessons from the age of 13.  He began singing in clubs in 1955, and was soon given a recording contract.  His crooning style was very popular with the older generation, and TV appearances increased his popularity.  He issued dozens of albums of ballads and standards, as well as having some success in the singles market.  He had not enjoyed a UK Top 10 single since 1960 when "My Love For You" reached number nine (see year 1960, song 87), so, this hit single was quite unexpected.  In 1976 his Christmas perennial, "When A Child Is Born", first entered the UK charts, reaching Number One.  A few further hits continued in the UK until 1979.
# This song was originally a hit for Soul group the Stylistics in 1972 (see year 1972, song 85).


9

Title: Shoorah! Shoorah!
Artist: Betty Wright
Writer(s): Allen Toussaint
Entered chart 25 Jan 1975; Highest Position 27; Weeks on chart: 7.

Betty Wright (21 Dec 1953 - 10 May 2020) was born in Miami, Florida, USA.  Betty joined the family Gospel group when she was a child, but that broke up in 1965 when she was eleven.  She then decided to follow an R&B musical career, and began recording when just twelve.  She continued singing whilst still at school, and became well-known in the Miami area.  When only 17 she had her first national hit record, and followed that with several R&B hits over the next couple of years.  Her first appearance in the UK charts came in early 1975 when "Shoorah! Shoorah" reached the Top 30.  A follow-up in April that year got two places higher, but a sustained chart career in the UK did not ensue.  Although she continued to record, she was also a backing singer on the albums of several other artists during the 1980s and 1990s.  In the 2000s she was a vocal producer for several prominent vocalists, but still often performed on stage and TV.  Sadly she died from cancer, in Miami, at the age of 66.


10

Title: Your Kiss Is Sweet
Artist: Syreeta
Writer(s): Stevie Wonder & Syreeta Wright
Entered chart 1 Feb 1975; Highest Position 12; Weeks on chart: 8.

Syreeta (3 Aug 1946 - 6 Jul 2004) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.  The family moved around the USA, until they settled in Detroit as Syreeta began high school.  After competing her education she got an office job with Motown records, but was soon recording demos for established artists.  She met Stevie Wonder at Motown in 1968 and they began songwriting together.  In September 1970 she and Wonder married in Detroit, and they worked on Wonder's next couple of albums, although they divorced in 1972.  In 1974, Syreeta issued a new album which included the single "Your Kiss Is Sweet", which was a Top 20 hit in the UK, but did not chart in the USA.  She later began recording with Billy Preston (who worked with the Beatles in the late 1960s), and they enjoyed the UK number two hit "With You I'm Born Again" in 1979.  She also continued to work with Wonder on his albums into the 1980s, and she issued albums into the 1980s as well.  Wright briefly lived in Ethiopia in the mid-1970s, where she worked as a Transcendental Meditation teacher.  She eventually settled in Los Angeles, where she lived for the rest of her life.  She died in 2004 from congestive heart failure, a side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatments she was receiving for breast and bone cancer, at the age of just 57.


11

Title: My Eyes Adored You
Artist: Frankie Valli
Writer(s): Bob Crewe & Kenny Nolan
Entered chart 1 Feb 1975; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 11.

Frankie Valli was born on 3 May 1934 in Newark, New Jersey, USA.  He became famous as the lead singer with the group the Four Seasons.  He had begun singing in the 1950s with various groups, but it was In 1960, with the Four Seasons, that his career took off.  Their first hit on both sides of the Atlantic was "Sherry", which was an American chart-topper.  Other similar recordings followed and they managed to hit the UK charts through to 1966.  Valli continued to record with the group, but also recorded as a solo artist.  In 1970 he had his first UK solo hit with "You're Ready Now" (see year 1970, song 100) which was made in 1966, but not released in the UK until four years later.  His next solo hit came in 1975, when he reached the Top 10 with "My Eyes Adored You", which was an American Number One.  He had more hits with the Four Seasons, as well as solo, during the mid-to-late 1970s.  He has continued to perform in concert tours during the 2010s, but went to the UK for a farewell tour at the end of 2018.
# His next UK hit came in June this year (song 47).


12

Title: Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)
Artist: Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
Writer(s): Steve Harley
Entered chart 8 Feb 1975; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 9.

Steve Harley was born on 27 Feb 1951 in Deptford, south London, England.  Steve's first guitar was a Christmas gift from his parents when he was ten-years-old.  He took classical violin lessons from the age of nine to fifteen and played in his Grammar school orchestra.  He had set his sights on a career in journalism, and got a job with the Daily Express in 1968.  He later took a job with a local newspaper group in Essex, and then worked on the East London Advertiser in the heart of London's East End.  However, his love of music had grown, and after a stint with a Folk music group, he formed Cockney Rebel in 1972, and signed a deal with EMI records.  The first single "Sebastian", did not chart in the UK, but went to Number One in the Netherlands and Belgium.  The group first charted in the UK during 1974 with "Judy Teen" which reached number five, followed by another Top 10 entry.  In February 1975 they hit Number One in the UK with "Make Me Smile", and they had two Top 10 albums during 1974-1975.  In the 1980s Harley turned to acting, and starred in the stage musical "Marlow".  More roles followed into the 2000s.  For nine years from 1999, Steve Harley presented BBC Radio Two's "Sounds of the Seventies", and he has composed many songs for other performers over the years.
# His next Top 10 hit came 1976, a recording of the Beatles' song "Here Comes The Sun".


13

Title: Pick Up The Pieces
Artist: The Average White Band
Writer(s): The Average White Band
Entered chart 22 Feb 1975; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 9.

The Average White Band was a white Soul/Funk band, formed in London by six musicians originating from Dundee, Scotland.  They had played together in Scotland previously, but had gone to London as individuals.  Featuring two saxophonists and a trumpeter, they gained a support slot at an Eric Clapton concert in 1973, and shortly after signed a recording contract.  Their debut album "Show Your Hand" in 1973 did not reach the charts, but their 1974 album "AWB", recorded in Los Angeles, reached number six in the UK, and went all the way to Number One in the USA.  A single taken from the album, "Pick Up The Pieces", which was largely an instrumental piece, also peaked at number six in the UK but reached Number One in the USA.  With that American success, the band remained in Los Angeles, and two further albums over 1975-1976 reached the USA Top 10, although they did not do so well in the UK.  In 1980, they had a number twelve Disco hit in the UK with "Let's Go Round Again".  After that initial success, their popularity began to wane, and the band broke up in 1983.  However, with mostly new personnel, they reformed in 1989 and further recordings have been made, as well as performances into the 2010s.
# The song "Pick Up The Pieces" has been recorded by several Jazz instrumentalists.


14

Title: Mandy
Artist: Barry Manilow
Writer(s): Scott English & Richard Kerr
Entered chart 22 Feb 1975; Highest Position 11; Weeks on chart: 9.

Barry Manilow was born on 17 Jun 1943 in Brooklyn, New York, USA.  He is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, musician, producer and actor, with a career that has spanned more than 50 years.  He began as a songwriter in the 1960s, but turned to singing in the early 1970s.  His hit recordings include "Mandy", "Could It Be Magic", "I Write the Songs", "Can't Smile Without You" and "Copacabana (At the Copa)".  He recorded and released numerous hit singles and albums from the mid-1970s to the beginning of the 2000s.  He has had six Top 10 albums in the UK, but in the USA he has scored numerous Top 10 albums up to 2014.  He has produced albums for other artists including Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson and Sarah Vaughan, and has been nominated for a Grammy Award (winning once) as a producer, arranger and performer a total of fifteen times (and in every decade) from 1973 to 2015.  Manilow has sold more than 85 million records as a solo artist worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.
# This was Manilow's first hit in the UK and first Number One in the USA.
# The song was co-written by American singer-songwriter Scott English under the original title of "Brandy", and his version reached the Top 20 of the UK charts in 1971.  


15

Title: There's A Whole Lot Of Loving
Artist: Guys 'n' Dolls
Writer(s): Christian Arnold, David Martin & Geoff Morrow
Entered chart 1 Mar 1975; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 11.

Guys 'n' Dolls was formed in November 1974, after a production company held auditions for three young men and three young women to perform as a vocal group.  The six original members were Paul Griggs, David Van Day, Dominic Grant, Thereza Bazar, Martine Howard and Julie Forsyth (daughter of entertainer Bruce Forsyth).  Guys 'n' Dolls first single, "There's a Whole Lot of Loving", was released in January 1975.  The song was originally recorded in September 1974 by a group of session singers (including the ubiquitous Tony Burrows) for a TV advertisement for McVitie's biscuits.  Guys 'n' Dolls were formed to cash in upon the popularity of the jingle.  However, the group was not ready to record a new version required for the single's hasty release and so the voices of the session singers remained on the single.  The song became an immediate hit, rising to number two in the UK singles chart, launching the group to overnight stardom.  They had one more Top 10 entry, being a remake of Dusty Springfield's hit from 1966 "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me", in 1976.  However, only two further recordings reached the charts, peaking at numbers 38 and 42.  In mid-1977 David Van Day and Thereza Bazar left to form the duo Dollar, who had a successful chart career with several hits from 1978 to 1988.  Guys 'n' Dolls continued as a quartet, but broke up in 1985.


16

Title: Young Americans
Artist: David Bowie
Writer(s): David Bowie
Entered chart 1 Mar 1975; Highest Position 18; Weeks on chart: 7.

David Bowie (8 Jan 1947 - 10 Jan 2016) was born in south London, England.  He developed an interest in music as a child, eventually studying art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963.  "Space Oddity" became his first entry on the UK charts after its release in July 1969.  Following a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the Glam Rock era with his flamboyant alter ego Ziggy Stardust.  The character was spearheaded by the success of his single "Starman" and the album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars", which won him widespread popularity and recognition.  After an uneven period in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single "Ashes to Ashes", its parent album "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)", and "Under Pressure", a 1981 collaboration with Queen.  He reached his commercial peak in 1983 with "Let's Dance", which topped both the UK and USA charts.  Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles.  He stopped touring after 2004 and his last live performance was at a charity event in 2006.  In 2013, Bowie returned from a decade-long recording hiatus with the album "The Next Day".  He remained musically active until he died of liver cancer in New York City at age 69, two days after the release of his final album, "Blackstar" (2016).
# This track was featured on his ninth studio album, also titled "Young Americans".  The album reached number two on the UK album chart, which perhaps explains the single's disappointing number 18 peak.  In the USA, it was Bowie's first Top 40 (reached number 28) appearance on the American singles chart.  The album did even better, reaching number nine on the USA album chart.  Later in 1975, Bowie was at Number One in the USA with the release "Fame" (song 60).


17

Title: Bye Bye Baby
Artist: Bay City Rollers
Writer(s): Bob Gaudio & Bob Crewe
Entered chart 8 Mar 1975; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 16.

The Bay City Rollers was a Scottish band from Edinburgh, formed originally in the 1960s under different names.  Although the personnel changed a few times, the best-known line up comprised lead singer Les McKeown (12 Nov 1955 - 20 Apr 2021, born in Edinburgh),  guitarists Eric Faulkner and Stuart Wood, bassist Alan Longmuir (20 Jun 1948 - 2 Jul 2018), and drummer Derek Longmuir.  They signed a contract with Bell records and had their first hit in 1971, "Keep On Dancing", which reached the UK Top 10 (see year 1971, song 71).  They did not have another hit until 1974 when they began a run of Top 10 hits until 1976.  Fan adulation for the group during that time was dubbed 'Rollermania', echoing the 'Beatlemania' of the 1960s.  They also had some success in the USA in the mid-1970s, with three of their releases reaching the American Top 10.  After their popularity began to wane, there were several personnel changes, but they continued into the 1980s.  Various regroupings and reunions have taken place since then, with tours at home and abroad in the 2010s.
# This recording was the band's first of two Number Ones that they enjoyed.  Their next came in July this year (song 52).
# The song was previously recorded by the American vocal group, the Four Seasons, in 1965.  That version reached number twelve in the USA, Number One in Canada, but did not chart in the UK.


18

Title: Girls
Artist: Moments & Whatnauts
Writer(s): Venus Dodson, Al Goodman & Harry Ray
Entered chart 8 Mar 1975; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 10.

The Moments and Whatnauts were two separate vocal groups that were put together by their record company for this recording.  The Moments was a trio, including the co-writers of this song, Al Goodman & Harry Ray.  They had formed in the mid-1960s in Washington DC, and some changes of personnel took place over a few years.  They enjoyed several USA hits during those years, but it was not until 1975 when they collaborated with the Whatnauts that they first appeared on the UK charts.  They had a further Top 10 hit in July this year (song 53), and another in 1977, but that was it in the UK.  They changed the group name to Ray, Goodman & Brown in 1980 and they had several more hits in the USA.  Ray and Goodman have both died, but the group continues with new members.
The Whatnauts were formed in Baltimore, Maryland, USA in 1969.  They had a few hits in America during the first half of the 1970s, but have not charted in the UK, except for this collaboration with the Moments.


19

Title: Play Me Like You Play Your Guitar
Artist: Duane Eddy
Writer(s): Keith Potger & Tony Macaulay
Entered chart 8 Mar 1975; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart: 9.

Guitarist, Duane Eddy was born on 26 Apr 1938 in Corning, New York, USA.  His family moved to Arizona when he was a young teen, and he started playing guitar with a friend when he was 16.  They got a few gigs on a local radio station, where Duane met Lee Hazlewood, who would help develop the "twangy" guitar sound that was Eddy's trademark.  He began recording in 1957, and his recording of "Rebel Rouser" became an international hit in 1958.  Eddy enjoyed numerous hit singles and albums during the early 1960s, and has continued making some live appearances into the 21st century.  In November 2018 he made a short concert tour of the UK to celebrate his 80th birthday.
# This was Eddy's first Top 10 hit since 1962, and indeed his first hit of any sort since August 1963.  In common with his previous Top 10 hit (see year 1962, song 89), this recording features a female chorus called The Rebelettes.  Unfortunately, this hit did not start a new run of UK chart entries, and his next appearance in the charts did not come until 1986, when he collaborated with the UK production team Art of Noise on a remake of his old hit "Peter Gunn".
# This song was written by the British songwriters Tony Macaulay and founding member of The Seekers and New Seekers, Keith Potger.  This recording was produced by Tony Macaulay.


20

Title: Philadelphia Freedom
Artist: Elton John
Writer(s): Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Entered chart 8 Mar 1975; Highest Position 12; Weeks on chart: 9.

Elton John was born on 25 Mar 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex (north-west London).  He learned to play piano at an early age, and by 1962 had formed Bluesology, an R&B band with whom he played until 1967.  He met his longtime musical partner Bernie Taupin in 1967, after they both answered an advert for songwriters.  For two years, they wrote songs for artists including Lulu, and John worked as a session musician for artists including the Hollies and the Scaffold.  Elton John was also one of several singers in the late 1960s and early 1970s who recorded covers of hit songs for sale as budget-priced albums in shops like Woolworths.  In 1971, his first hit single, "Your Song", taken from his second album, "Elton John", reached the top ten in the UK and the USA.  From that point he gradually became a star and by the end of the 20th century he had achieved over seventy hit singles in the UK charts and some 36 albums in the album chart.  In the USA he has had more than 50 Top 40 hits and seven consecutive number-one albums.   His tribute single "Candle in the Wind 1997", rewritten in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and USA singles charts.  He has also composed music for the musical film and stage presentation "The Lion King", as well as for several other musicals.  Elton John owned Watford Football Club from 1976 to 1987 and from 1997 to 2002, and is an honorary Life President of the club.  In 2019 a biographical film tilted "Rocket Man", about Elton John's life from childhood to the 1980s, was released.
# This recording was not issued on an album at the time, but was included on "Elton John's Greatest Hits volume 2" in 1977.  "Philadelphia Freedom" was his fourth Number One single in the USA, but it did not even reach the Top 10 in the UK.  His first British chart-topper came in 1976.  However, he was achieving well on the UK album chart with eleven consecutive Top 10 albums from 1972 to 1978, four of which reached Number One.
# Philadelphia is a city in the south-east corner of Pennsylvania, USA.  It was founded in 1682, and has a population of over 1½ million.
# John's next Top 20 hit came in October this year (song 81).


21

Title: What Am I Going To Do With You
Artist: Barry White
Writer(s): Barry White
Entered chart 8 Mar 1975; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 8.

Barry White (12 Sep 1944 - 4 Jul 2003) was born in Galveston, Texas, USA, but he grew up in Los Angeles.  He began singing in the early 1960s, often with groups, sometimes solo, and he began producing recordings in the second half of the 1960s.  In the early 1970s he had success with girl group Love Unlimited and their hit "Walking In The Rain With The One I Love" (see year 1972, song 52), which White wrote, arranged and produced.  In 1973 White created the Love Unlimited Orchestra, which was used mainly to provide backing for for himself and the girl group.  However, the orchestra also recorded instrumental tracks, and they had the hit "Love's Theme" (see year 1974, song 8).  White had a couple of small hits before his first UK Top 10 in August 1974.  This kicked off his solo career in the USA and UK, where he had ten Top 20 hits by the end of the 1980s.  He continued recording and performing until the end of the 1990s.  In the early 2000s he suffered from kidney failure, and a stroke in 2003, which led to his death at the age of 58.
# This recording was taken from his 1975 album "Just Another Way To Say I Love You", which reached number twelve on the UK album chart.  His next Top 10 hit came in December this year (song 100).


22

Title: Let Me Be The One
Artist: The Shadows
Writer(s): Paul Curtis
Entered chart 8 Mar 1975; Highest Position 12; Weeks on chart: 9.

The Shadows were originally Cliff Richard's backing band, and were at first called The Drifters.  Whilst remaining Cliff Richard's backing band for several years, The Shadows enjoyed considerable success in their own right, and in the early to mid-1960s, were Britain's top instrumental group, achieving five Number One hits plus an additional nine Top 10 entries out of 24 hits in total during the 1960s.  Not content with that, they had more hits in the 1970s and early 1980s.  They had often provided Cliff Richard with vocal support both on recordings and on the stage, in addition to the instrumental backing.  They issued a few vocal singles during the 1960s, and one, "Don't Make My Baby Blue" became a Top 10 entry in 1965 (see year 1965, song 68).  At the time of this recording, the members were: Hank Marvin (guitar and vocals), Bruce Welch (guitar and lead vocals), Brian Bennett (drums), John Farrar (piano and vocals), and Alan Tarney (bass guitar).  The group has officially disbanded, but they have reunited for special concerts with Cliff Richard two or three times in recent years.
# This song, performed by the Shadows, was the UK's Eurovision Song Contest entry of 1975.  It came second in the contest, losing to the Netherlands (see song 28).
# The Shadows next hit came in 1978 when they reached number five in the UK charts with an instrumental version of "Don't Cry For Me Argentina".


23

Title: Fox On The Run
Artist: The Sweet
Writer(s): Brian Connolly, Steve Priest, Andy Scott & Mick Tucker (members of the band)
Entered chart 15 Mar 1975; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 10.

The Sweet was a British Glam Rock band that found fame in the early 1970s.  The original lineup comprised lead vocalist Brian Connolly (5 Oct 1945 - 10 Feb 1997), bass player Steve Priest (23 Feb 1948 - 4 Jun 2020), guitarist Andy Scott (born 30 Jun 1949), and drummer Mick Tucker (17 Jul 1947 - 14 Feb 2002). The band was formed in London in 1968 and achieved their first hit, "Funny Funny", in early 1971 after teaming up with songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman.  They went on to have considerable chart success, achieving ten Top 10 hits by 1978, including a Number One and no less than five number twos in the UK charts.  They also had success in other parts of Europe, and in the USA where they enjoyed four Top 10 hits.  Sweet had their last international success in 1978 with "Love Is Like Oxygen".  Connolly left the group in 1979 to start a solo career and the remaining members continued as a trio until disbanding in 1981.  From the mid-1980s, Scott, Connolly and Priest each played with their own versions of Sweet at different times.  Connolly died in 1997, Tucker in 2002 and Priest in 2020.   Andy Scott, with a new line up, still tours the UK and the rest of Europe.
# This was the band's first hit single to be written by the band, rather than the songwriters Chinn and Chapman.  It was a great success, reaching Number One in Australia, Denmark, Germany and South Africa.  It also reached the Top 10 of several other countries, including the USA.  Their next Top 10 entry in the UK came in 1978, which was their last major hit.
# This is a different song to "Fox On The Run" by Manfred Mann, which was a hit in 1968 (see year 1968, song 99).


24

Title: Swing Your Daddy
Artist: Jim Gilstrap
Writer(s): Kenny Nolan
Entered chart 15 Mar 1975; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 11.

Jim Gilstrap was born on 10 Nov 1946 in Texas, USA.  Gilstrap served in the Vietnam war during the late 1960s, and began his musical career upon his return.  Although he worked with a couple of groups in the early 1970s, his main job was as a studio session musician.  Gilstrap sang the first two lines of Stevie Wonder's recording of "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (see year 1973, song 38).  He recorded a couple of albums, the first of which contained the song "Swing Your Daddy", and the single reached number ten in the USA.  Despite that modest success, he continued as a prolific session musician, and has performed on dozens of albums by various artists into the 2010s.  This single is his only (solo) appearance in the UK charts.


25

Title: The Way We Were / Try To Remember
Artist: Gladys Knight & The Pips
Writer(s): Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman & Marvin Hamlisch / Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones (American songwriter)
Entered chart 15 Mar 1975; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 15.

Gladys Knight & The Pips was a Tamla Motown group initially, but their greatest success came with a move to Buddah records in 1973.  The group started as family group, the Pips, in 1952, when Gladys was just seven!  They changed the group name in 1961 to showcase their lead singer, Gladys Knight (born 28 May 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA).  They had a few local hits in Georgia, but it was in 1966 when they signed with Motown that they began USA-wide and international success.  They did not reach the level of popularity as other Motown acts such as the Supremes and Four Tops, however.  Following contractual disagreements, the group left Motown for Buddah in 1973, and they enjoyed several hits including "Midnight Train To Georgia" which was an American Number One (number 10 in the UK).  The group disbanded in 1989 when Gladys went solo.  In 1989 she recorded "License to Kill" for the James Bond movie of the same title, which was a Top 10 hit in the UK and Germany.  In the 2010s she is still making occasional concert appearances, and she performed at an outdoor festival in London during 2018.
# This is a medley of two songs.  "The Way We Were" was originally recorded by American performer Barbra Streisand in 1973 and was the lead track on her album of the same title.  Released as a single, it reached Number One in the USA (UK number 31) in 1974.  The song was also featured in the 1973 American romantic drama film, also called "The Way We Were" which starred Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford.
  "Try To Remember" was written for the 1960 stage musical comedy "The Fantasticks".  It has been recorded by numerous artists and there were three different versions in the USA charts during 1965.
# This was the first hit in the UK for
Gladys Knight & The Pips since 1973.  However, they were back in the Top 10 in August this year (song 58).


26

Title: Take Good Care Of Yourself
Artist: The Three Degrees
Writer(s): Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff
Entered chart 12 Apr 1975; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart: 9.

The Three Degrees is a female vocal trio formed in Philadephia, USA during the early 1960s.  There has always been a rotation of group members (some 15 women have been members at one time of another), but at the time of this hit, the singers were lead vocalist Sheila Ferguson (born 8 Oct 1947), Fayette Pinkney (10 Jan 1948 – 27 Jun 2009) and Valerie Holiday (born 2 Dec 1947).  They made several recordings during the late 1960s and early 1970s, but it was not until they signed with Philadelphia International records that they became a major act.  Their debut album spawned their first hit single "Year Of Decision", as well as the international best seller "When Will I See You Again", which reached Number One in the UK (see year 1974, song 55).  More hits followed during the 1970s, and they toured the UK several times in that decade.  Fayette Pinkney left in 1976 and was replaced by Helen Scott.  The trio's final Top 10 hit came in 1979, and Sheila Ferguson left in 1986.  She was replaced, but there were several changes of personnel over the following years, with some members leaving and returning.  Nevertheless, the group continues to tour and perform in the 21st century with Valerie Holiday (continuous member since 1967), Helen Scott and Freddie Pool.
# This recording followed the trio's successes of 1974, but despite their popularity, they did not reach the UK Top 10 again until 1979.  They had one Top 40 hit in 1976, no UK hits in 1977, and a number 12 hit in 1978.  But 1979 saw them with three Top 10 hits in the UK charts.  Their 1975 album, also called "Take Good Care Of Yourself", reached number six on the UK album chart.


27

Title: Loving You
Artist: Minnie Riperton
Writer(s): Minnie Riperton & Richard Rudolph
Entered chart 12 Apr 1975; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 10.

Minnie Riperton (8 Nov 1947 - 12 Jul 1979) was born in Chicago, USA.  She was interested in music as a child, and by her teens she was performing with a local group called the Gems.  The group became known well enough to begin work as backing singers at Chess records in Chicago during the early 1960s.  They provided backing for the Fontella Bass hit "Rescue Me" in 1965 (see year 1965, song 96).  Riperton released her first solo album in 1970.  However, by 1973 she was a semi-retired mother of two living in Florida.  But she was invited to join Epic records in Los Angeles to record a new album.  That album, "Perfect Angel", reached number four in the USA album chart (number 33 in the UK).  "Loving You" was taken from the album, and the single reached Number One in America and number two in the UK.  No other singles reached the British charts, although she had success on the American R&B charts.  In 1976 she announced that she was suffering from breast cancer which had spread to other organs.  She continued touring through 1977 and 1978, but she succumbed to the disease in 1979 aged just 31.


28

Title: Ding-A-Dong
Artist: Teach-In
Writer(s): Dick Bakker, Will Luikinga & Eddy Ouwens
Entered chart 12 Apr 1975; Highest Position 13; Weeks on chart: 7.

Teach-In was a Dutch vocal group, comprising five guys and a female lead singer (Getty Kaspers).  They had formed in the late 1960s in the Netherlands, and during 1974, the group had three Top 20 hits on the Dutch charts.  In 1975 they represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest, which they won with the song "Ding-A-Dong".  The recording reached the Top 10 of several European countries, and even reached number 22 on the American easy-listening chart.  They had a few more Dutch hits, but lead singer Getty Kaspers left in 1976, and other changes of personnel occurred over the next couple of years.  Despite that they had a few more hits but eventually broke up in 1980.  Some reunions have taken place from time to time.  This recording is the group's only appearance in the UK charts.


29

Title: Take Your Mama For A Ride
Artist: Lulu
Writer(s): Kenny Nolan
Entered chart 19 Apr 1975; Highest Position 37; Weeks on chart: 4.

Lulu was born on 3 Nov 1948 near Glasgow, Scotland.  She started singing at a young age and by the time she was 13 she had a manager and was singing with a band around Glasgow.  Her manager took her to London in early 1964 and arranged a recording deal with Decca Records.  Her debut single, "Shout", was an American R&B song written by the Isley Brothers.  It was an instant hit, and Lulu's career took off from there.  However, some of her recordings with Decca did not sell as well as was hoped and she missed the charts completely in 1966.  So, in 1967 she moved to EMI's Columbia label, and producer Mickie Most.  This gave her a new start, with hits for the rest of the 1960s.  Lulu was given her own BBC TV series in 1968, which ran annually until 1975.  In 1969 she represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest, where she came joint first.  She continued to record and tour in the following decades, and in 1993 achieved her first chart-topper when she sang with boy band Take That on "Relight My Fire".  She was in the Top 10 again in 2002 when she duetted with Ronan Keating with the song "We've Got Tonight".  Recording and touring continued, and she embarked on another concert tour of the UK during the autumn of 2017.
# This track was included on Lulu's 1976 album "Heaven and Earth and the Stars", which also featured the hit recording "The Man Who Sold The World" (see year 1974, song 6) and the James Bond theme "The Man With The Golden Gun" (see year 1974, song 90).  The album failed to reach any album charts.  Lulu did not appear in the charts again until 1981.
# The writer of this song also wrote "Swing Your Daddy" - song 24 above.


30

Title: The Night
Artist: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Writer(s): Al Ruzicka & Bob Gaudio
Entered chart 19 Apr 1975; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart: 9.

The Four Seasons is a vocal group, characterised by the falsetto voice of Frankie Valli (born 3 May 1934 in Newark, New Jersey, USA).  In 1960, they they began working with record producer Bob Crewe, with Frankie Valli as the lead singer.  The rest of the band was Bob Gaudio on keyboards and tenor vocals (also their songwriter), Tommy DeVito on lead guitar and baritone vocals, and Nick Massi on electric bass and bass vocals.  Their first hit on both sides of the Atlantic was "Sherry", which was an American chart-topper.  Other similar recordings followed and they managed to hit the UK charts through to 1966 despite the prominence of the British beat groups, although many of the singles peaked at low positions.  They also had hits during the 1970s, including several solo recordings by Frankie Valli.  The band is still performing, but with Valli as the only original member.  A farewell concert took place London in December 2018.
# This was the band's first UK hit since 1967, although lead singer Frankie Valli had charted solo in 1970, and again in early 1975 (song 11 above).  The group was in the charts again in September this year (song 77), and so was Frankie Valli, with a solo hit in June (song 47).
# "The Night" was first issued in 1972, but did not reach the charts.  However, it became popular on the Northern Soul circuit in England, and went to number seven upon re-release in 1975.


31

Title: Only Yesterday
Artist: The Carpenters
Writer(s): Richard Carpenter & John Bettis
Entered chart 19 Apr 1975; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart: 10.

The Carpenters were a brother and sister duo from Connecticut, USA.  The act comprised Richard Carpenter (born 15 Oct 1946) and Karen Carpenter (2 Mar 1950 - 4 Feb 1983).  Karen provided the vocals and sometimes drums, while Richard provided the arrangements,  instrumentation (mostly piano), and sometimes backing vocals.  During the 1970s they were an extremely popular easy-listening act with numerous hit singles and albums throughout the world.  Their compilation album "The Singles 1969-1973" reached Number One in the UK and remained on the album chart for well over two years, with seven other albums reaching the Top 10.  They toured the world extensively for a decade, but Karen began to suffer from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, although she always denied the suggestion.  However, in early February 1983 she collapsed and died from a heart attack brought on by anorexia nervosa.  Richard Carpenter then began producing a new album of unreleased Carpenters recordings which was issued later in 1983.  Since then he has produced several compilation albums, and in 2018 an album of the duo's hits with orchestration from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was issued, reaching number eight in the UK album chart.
# This recording is from their 1975 album "Horizon", which reached Number One on the UK album chart.  The single was the last Top 10 that the duo had in the USA, although in the UK they had one more Top Tenner in 1977.


32

Title: Stand By Your Man
Artist: Tammy Wynette
Writer(s): Billy Sherrill & Tammy Wynette
Entered chart 26 Apr 1975; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 12.

Tammy Wynette (5 May 5 1942 - 6 Apr 1998) was born in Mississippi, USA, and became one of the top female Country music singers of the 1970s and 1980s.  She had a poor and difficult upbringing, and after leaving school she had a series of manual jobs.  However whilst working in Alabama during 1965 she had a chance to sing on a local Country music TV show.  That lead to a record deal and a move to Nashville, Tennessee, the home of American Country music.  Her second single release became a big hit in 1967.  This success grew to see her become a major music star in the USA.  The song "Stand By Your Man" was recorded in 1968 and was an American hit in that year.  It was not released in the UK until 1975, when it went to Number One on the British charts.  It was followed by "D.I.V.O.R.C.E." which made number twelve in the UK, having also been recorded in 1968.   Her popularity began to fade during the 1990s, and having endured numerous health issues during her adult life, involving some 26 major operations, she died from heart failure in 1998 at the age of 55.


33

Title: I Wanna Dance Wit Choo
Artist: Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes
Writer(s): Bob Crewe & Denny Randell
Entered chart 26 Apr 1975; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 10.

Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes was a group featuring Monti Rock III (born Joseph Montanez Jr., 29 May 1942 in New York City).  Also in the band was the co-writer of this song, Bob Crewe, who was well-known as a song writer for the Four Seasons during the 1960s, and Kenny Nolan who wrote a couple of the songs featured earlier in this listing.  The only female member was Cindy Bullens who was a backing singer for Elton John, Rod Stewart and many others.  This group had enjoyed a hit in 1974, "Get Dancing" (see year 1974, song 88), but this was the second of just two appearances they had in the UK charts.


34

Title: Let Me Try Again
Artist: Tammy Jones
Writer(s): Sammy Cahn & Paul Anka
Entered chart 26 Apr 1975; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 10.

Tammy Jones is a Welsh singer, born on 12 Mar 1944 in Bangor, Wales.  She began singing at a young age and by her teens was performing on stage and on TV in her native Wales.  She sang also Welsh, and her first record releases were in the Welsh language.  She came to British-wide fame in 1975 when she appeared on the TV talent show "Opportunity Knocks", which she won for six consecutive weeks.  This led to the release of her only UK hit single, "Let Me Try Again".  An album of the same title reached number 38 on the UK album chart.  She performed in summer seaside shows and pantomimes for several years afterwards.
# This was originally a French song called "Laisse Moi Le Temps" which was provided with English lyrics by
Sammy Cahn and Paul Anka.  It was recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1973, two years before Tammy Jones.  It was a minor hit in the USA for Sinatra.


35

Title: Oh Boy
Artist: Mud
Writer(s): Sonny West, Bill Tilghman & Norman Petty
Entered chart 26 Apr 1975; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 9.

Mud was a Rock band formed in London during 1966 by Rob Davis (born 1 Oct 1947) and Les Gray (9 Apr 1946 - 21 Feb 2004).  They began recording in 1967 but without any commercial success for several years.  But in 1973 they signed with Mickie Most's RAK label, and with help of songwriters Chinn and Chapman (who had written several hits for the band Sweet), hits started coming the way of Mud.  They had three hits in 1973, but 1974 saw them have their first Number One with the catchy "Tiger Feet".  That started a run of Top 10 hits that extended into 1976.  In 1975 they achieved five Top 10 hits, and in 1974 they made Number One with their Christmas hit "Lonely This Christmas", which has enjoyed radio airplay every December until the present time.  As their popularity waned in the late 1970s, they decided to split up in 1979.  Following the break up, Gray formed a new band, Les Gray's Mud, and they continued to perform, with a changing series of musicians, until Gray's death in 2004.  Since then various musicians have continued performing under that band name. 
# The band took a break from songs written by Chinn and Chapman, and instead revived this song which was originally a hit in 1958 for Buddy Holly & The Crickets, although it was credited to just the Crickets at that time (see year 1958, song 9 in these lists).  Mud went on to have a successful 1975, with a further three Top 10 hits by the end of the year.


36

Title: Don't Do It Baby
Artist: Mac & Katie Kissoon
Writer(s): Wayne Bickerton & Tony Waddington
Entered chart 3 May 1975; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart: 8.

This was the duo's follow-up to their hit of January, "Sugar Candy Kisses" (see song 2 above).  This was also by the same songwriters, but it turned out to be their second and final Top 10 entry.  Two smaller hits followed, and that was it.
# The song was recorded first by the Rubettes for their 1975 album "We Can Do It", but it was not issued as a single.


37

Title: Sing Baby Sing
Artist: The Stylistics
Writer(s): Hugo & Luigi and George David Weiss
Entered chart 10 May 1975; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 10.

This was the group's follow-up to their hit of January, "Star On A TV Show" (song 7).  "Sing Baby Sing" was the first in a run of six consecutive Top 10 hits through to August 1976.  This track was featured on the Stylistics album "Thank You Baby", which reached number five on the UK album chart from July 1975.  The band's next hit came in July, which was their only UK Number One (song 54).


38

Title: Three Steps To Heaven
Artist: Showaddywaddy
Writer(s): Eddie Cochran & Bob Cochran
Entered chart 17 May 1975; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 11.

Showaddywaddy is a Rock 'n' Roll band specialising in revivals of songs from the late 1950s and early 1960s.  The band was formed in Leicester, England in 1973.  They came to prominence after appearing on the TV talent show "New Faces".  The group was fronted by Dave Bartram (born 23 Mar 1952), and he remained in the group until 2011 when he then became their manager.  They first reached the charts in 1974, and went on to have 23 hits, ten of which made the Top 10, until 1982.  They have continued to perform until the present, although there have been several personnel charges, especially in recent years.
# This song was written and first recorded by American Rock 'n' Roll performer Eddie Cochran in 1960.  His version reached Number One in the UK just weeks after he was killed in a road accident (see year 1960, song 43).


39

Title: Thanks For The Memory
Artist: Slade
Writer(s): Eddie Cochran & Bob Cochran
Entered chart 17 May 1975; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart: 7.

Slade was a Glam Rock band formed in Wolverhampton, England during the late 1960s (under a different name) by Noddy Holder (born 15 Jun 1946), Jim Lea (born 14 Jun 1949), with lead guitarist Dave Hill and drummer Don Powell.  As Slade they obtained a deal with Polydor records, and from 1971 to 1977 they had 19 hit singles, with twelve consecutive Top 10 hits which includes six Number Ones.  They were the most successful group of the 1970s in terms of singles sales.  Their most successful recording is "Merry Xmas Everybody" which reached Number One in 1973, but has become a seasonal perennial, being played on radio and in shopping centres every December since.  They lost some momentum in the late 1970s, but bounced back in 1980, enjoying hits for most of that decade.  However, with falling sales and general disillusionment in the band, it broke up in 1992.  Noddy Holder then moved into acting and radio DJ work.  Lee continued writing songs and making occasional recordings.  Hill and Powell formed Slade II and began touring and recording into the 2010s.
# As mentioned in the introduction to this page, Glam Rock was fading away during 1975, and so this was Slade's final Top 10 hit of the 1970s, although they did have two hits that reached number eleven, in 1975-1976.  It was then quiet until 1981 when they suddenly bounced back with another Top 10 hit.


40

Title: Roll Over Lay Down
Artist: Status Quo
Writer(s): Rossi/Young/Lancaster/Parfitt/Coghlan
Entered chart 17 May 1975; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart: 7.

Status Quo found fame as a Psychedelic band, but had lasting success through the 1970s, 1980s and beyond as a Rock band, sometimes referred to as a Boogie band.  The origins of the group go back to 1962.  They performed under different names for five years, but became Status Quo in 1967 with members Francis Rossi (born 29 May 1949, south London), Rick Parfitt (12 Oct 1948 - 24 Dec 2016), Alan Lancaster (7 Feb 1949 - 26 Sep 2021), and John Coghlan.  They had a deal with Pye Records and had their first hit, "Pictures Of Matchstick Men", in early 1968.  They accrued five hits by the end of 1970.  There was then a gap of two hitless years until they emerged as a Rock band in 1973 with the hit recording "Paper Plane" on the Vertigo label, where they remained for a couple of decades.  Their first Number One came in 1974 ("Down Down"), and they have had over sixty hits in the UK singles charts, continuing well into the 2000s.  They opened the "Live Aid" fund-raising event in 1985, and have continued with recording and live concert work into the 2010s despite forced personnel changes.
# This recording was part of a three-track EP of live performances, titled "Live!".  The studio version of the song was featured on the band's 1973 album "Hello!", which reached Number One on the UK album chart.  This was their only 1975 entry on the UK singles chart, although they went to Number One on the album chart with "On The Level".  They were in the Top 10 of the UK singles charts again in February 1976.


41

Title: Proud One
Artist: The Osmonds
Writer(s): Bob Gaudio & Bob Crewe
Entered chart 24 May 1975; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 8.

The Osmonds was a family group comprising brothers Alan (born 22 Jun 1949), Wayne (born 28 Aug 1951), Merrill (born 30 Apr 1953), Jay (born 2 Mar 1955) and Donny (born 9 Dec 1957).  The older siblings began singing at a young age, and the oldest four began appearing on American TV, notably on the Andy Williams show from 1962 to 1969.  As they grew older they moved into more contemporary material, and were joined by Donny in the late 1960s.  They first appeared in the UK charts in 1972, and their second entry in November ("Crazy Horses") was a Top 10 hit over the Christmas period.  "Love Me For A Reason" was the group's fourth Top 10 hit and was a strong harmony ballad.  They continued having hits until the end of 1975, but remained a successful live act for several years.  Alan and Wayne have retired from performing, and Donny concentrates on his TV presentation work and concerts in Las Vegas and other venues.  Merrill and Jay continue performing as the Osmonds.
# This recording was the group's final Top 10 hit in the UK and final Top 40 hit in the USA.  They only had two further small hits in the British charts.
# The song was written for and recorded by the American group the Four Seasons in 1966.  That version was not a hit in the UK.


42

Title: The Hustle
Artist: Van McCoy
Writer(s): Van McCoy
Entered chart 31 May 1975; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 12.

Van McCoy (6 Jan 1940 - 6 Jul 1979) was born in Washington DC, USA.  He took an interest in music from a young age, and by the time he was twelve he was writing his own songs and performing at amateur events.  He relocated to Philadelphia in the late 1950s where he began arranging and producing recordings as well as still writing songs.  His material provided hits for many artists and groups, particularly on the American R&B charts.  In the early 1970s he began arranging songs for the Stylistics which became major hits.  In 1975 he made an album of his own compositions called "Disco Baby", which included the track "The Hustle".  Issued as a single, it went to Number One in the USA and number three in Britain.  Another couple of singles followed, but with less success.  However, in 1977 McCoy was in the UK Top 10 again with "The Shuffle", although that recording did not reach the USA Top 100.  Sadly, McCoy died from a heart attack in 1979 at the age of just 39.


43

Title: I'm Not In Love
Artist: 10cc
Writer(s): Eric Stewart & Graham Gouldman
Entered chart 31 May 1975; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 11.

10cc was a British band, formed in 1972.  The members were Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme.  They were two pairs of songwriters - Gouldman and Stewart, as well as Godley and Creme.  Graham Gouldman in particular was a well-known songwriter, having composed hits for the Yardbirds and the Hollies amongst others during the 1960s.  The band became very successful, and from 1972 to 1978, 10cc had five consecutive UK top-ten albums, plus twelve singles in the UK Top 40, three of which were the chart-toppers "Rubber Bullets" (1973), "I'm Not in Love" (1975) and "Dreadlock Holiday" (1978).  "I'm Not in Love" was their breakthrough worldwide hit and is known for its innovative backing track.  Godley and Creme quit the band in 1976 due to artistic disagreements and became a duo act who had a couple of Top 10 hits in 1981.  They were replaced, and the band continued recording and performing until the end of 1978.  There were reunions of all four members from time to time, but Stewart left the band in 1995.  Since 1999, Gouldman has led a touring version of 10cc with four others.
# This recording was innovative in that the voices of the band were over-dubbed multiple times to create a 'choir' providing the background vocal sound.  The female voice speaking mid-song was by studio secretary Kathy Redfern.  The recording reached number two in the USA, and Number One in Canada and Ireland.
# The band was next in the UK Top 10 in November with "Art For Art's Sake" (song 95).


44

Title: Tears On My Pillow
Artist: Johnny Nash
Writer(s): Ernie Smith (Jamaican singer-songwriter)
Entered chart 14 Jun 1975; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 11.

Johnny Nash ( 19 Aug 1940 - 6 Oct 2020) was born in Houston, Texas, USA.  He started recording in the latter part of the 1950s, releasing his debut album in 1958.  He issued numerous albums and singles over the next decade, with modest success in the USA.  He travelled to Jamaica in early 1968, and was impressed by the local Reggae music (sometimes known as Rocksteady at that time).  Nash actually recorded a couple of songs whilst there, and the trip inspired him to write his first UK hit "Hold Me Tight" (year 1968, song 67) which had a Rocksteady (Reggae) beat.  This led to a series of UK hits through to the mid-1970s, including his Number One "Tears On My Pillow" in 1975.  He was still recording in the early 2000s, but he died in October 2020 at the age of 80.
# Nash had enjoyed seven Top 10 hits in the UK from 1968, but this, his only Number One, turned out to be his last major recording.  Four more small hits followed up to a remix of "I Can See Clearly Now" in 1989.


45

Title: Make The World Go Away
Artist: Donny & Marie Osmond
Writer(s): Hank Cochran
Entered chart 21 Jun 1975; Highest Position 18; Weeks on chart: 6.

Donny and Marie are brother and sister.  Donny had enjoyed several major hits, including three Number Ones, in the UK over 1972 and 1973.  He was also a member of the family group The Osmonds, with whom he was having further hits.  Marie had enjoyed one solo hit in the UK during late 1973.  For more info on these artists see year 1973, song 19 (Donny) and year 1973, song 93 (Marie).  They specialised in reviving old songs, and this song was written in 1960.  It was originally recorded by Ray Price, whose version reached number two on the USA Country chart.  In 1966, a version by Eddy Arnold went to the top of the American Country music chart, number six on the USA pop charts, and number eight on the UK charts (see year 1966, song 15).  It has been recorded by numerous other Country music performers.  Donny and Marie had their final UK hit as a duo in January 1976.


46

Title: Misty
Artist: Ray Stevens
Writer(s): Erroll Garner (American jazz pianist) & Johnny Burke
Entered chart 21 Jun 1975; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 10.

Ray Stevens was born on 24 January 1939 in Georgia, USA.  Following his secondary education he went to college to study music.  He was soon making records, often with a comedy slant.  In 1966 he began recording more mainstream material, and several of his songs were recorded by other artists.  In 1970 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and became a record producer, whilst still making records himself.  Also in 1970 he recorded his song "Everything Is Beautiful" which went to Number One in the USA charts.  Several more hits followed during the 1970s, either comedy, Country, or mainstream.  He has continued to record and perform in the Country/Comedy genre into the 2010s.
# This recording is from Stevens' 1975 album, also called "Misty".  The album reached number three on the USA Country Music chart, and the single did exactly the same.  This was his final Top 10 hit in the UK, with two Top 40 hits following until 1977.
# This song was written in 1954 as an instrumental by the Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner (1923-1977), and recorded by him in 1955.  The lyrics were added a little later by American songwriter Johnny Burke (1908-1964).  It was a UK hit for American crooner Johnny Mathis in 1960 (see year 1960, song 10).


47

Title: Swearin' To God
Artist: Frankie Valli
Writer(s): Bob Crewe & Denny Randell
Entered chart 21 Jun 1975; Highest Position 31; Weeks on chart: 5.

This was Valli's follow-up to his earlier (solo) hit, "My Eyes Adored You " (song 11 above).  This release did badly in the UK charts by comparison with the earlier hit which reached number five.  "Swearin' To God" reached number six in the USA and Number One in Canada.  The recording features American vocalist Patti Austin singing a response to Valli's praise in the middle of the song.  Valli had a number eleven hit in 1976, but in 1978 he had a major hit with the theme to the musical film "Grease".  Meanwhile, he was in the UK Top 10 with his group Four Seasons in September this year (song 77).


48

Title: Eighteen With A Bullet
Artist: Pete Wingfield
Writer(s): Pete Wingfield
Entered chart 28 Jun 1975; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart: 7.

Pete Wingfield was born on 7 May 1948 in Hampshire, England.  He learned to play piano as a boy, and developed a keen interest in American Soul and R&B music.  By his teens he was a music journalist, but still had time to perform with a couple of bands.  He also spent time as a session musician, and performed on the albums of several prominent musicians.  His only hit record in the UK was "Eighteen With A Bullet", which also did well in America, reaching number 15 there.  He continued with his session work and song writing after that, and his songs were recorded by the likes of Olivia Newton-John and Patti LaBelle for albums.  He also played live with Van Morrison and the Everly Brothers during the 1980s and 1990s.


49

Title: Barbados
Artist: Typically Tropical
Writer(s): Jeff Calvert & Max West
Entered chart 5 Jul 1975; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 11.

Typically Tropical was a duo comprising Jeff Calvert & Max West.  They were recording studio engineers who wrote and recorded this song.  They wrote additional songs for two albums, but neither reached the charts.  They had no further success as recording artists, but wrote the song "I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper" which was a Top 10 hit for Sarah Brightman in 1978.
# In 1999 "Barbados" was adapted by the Dutch Eurodance group, the Vengaboys, and released under the title of "We're Going To Ibiza".  It too reached Number One in the UK charts.


50

Title: Rolling Stone
Artist: David Essex
Writer(s): David Essex
Entered chart 5 Jul 1975; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 7.

David Essex was born on 23 Jul 1947 in east London, England.  He thought he might become a footballer before his singing and acting career took off.  He first recorded in 1965 and toured with a band for two years.  In 1971 he got the lead role in the stage musical "Godspell", and in 1973 he starred in the film "That'll Be The Day" along with Ringo Starr.  He had his first hit single, "Rock On" in 1973, which was taken from his debut album also titled "Rock On".  The album reached number seven on the UK album chart.  Essex has placed 25 hits on the singles charts, including eight Top 10s and two Number Ones.  He has also seen many albums reach the album chart.  He has continued with recording and acting in films, TV and on the stage up to the present time.
# This was his first hit of 1975, and followed "Stardust" in December 1974 (see year 1974, song 95).  "Rolling Stone" was featured on his 1975 album "All The Fun Of The Fair", which reached number three on the UK album chart.  His next hit, "Hold Me Close", came in September, and was his second Number One (see song 73).


51

Title: Blanket On The Ground
Artist: Billy Jo Spears
Writer(s): Roger Bowling (Country music songwriter)
Entered chart 12 Jul 1975; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 13.

Billy Jo Spears (14 Jan 1937 - 14 Dec 2011) was an American Country music singer.  She was born in Texas, and made her professional debut at the age of 13.  She issued her first recordings whilst still a teenager, and moved to Nashville, the home of Country music in 1964.  It wasn't until 1969 that she had her first substantial hit, but from 1972 to 1974 she was without a recording contract.  A new deal in 1975 resulted in her big hit "Blanket On The Ground", which went to Number One on the American Country music chart, but did not cross over to the mainstream in the USA.  Although Country music has never been very popular in the UK, throughout the decades some recordings have taken off in Britain, and that was the case with "Blanket On The Ground".  In just the following year she was back in the UK Top 10 with "What I've Got In Mind".  However, just two minor hits followed that.  Nevertheless, she remained popular in the UK and some albums she recorded in the 1980s and 1990s had a UK-only release.  She recovered from triple bypass surgery in 1993 and continued to tour for more than 16 years afterwards.  Sadly she died from cancer in her home state of Texas at the age of 74.


52

Title: Give A Little Love
Artist: Bay City Rollers
Writer(s): John Goodison & Phil Wainman (British songwriters)
Entered chart 12 Jul 1975; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 9.

This was the group's follow up to their hit of March, "Bye Bye Baby", (song 17).  This was also a Number One, but it was their last as well.  However, they had a further three Top 10 hits until autumn 1976, followed by two smaller hits in 1977.  Their next hit came in November (song 93).


53

Title: Dolly My Love
Artist: Moments
Writer(s): Venus Dodson, Al Goodman
Entered chart 19 Jul 1975; Highest Position 10; Weeks on chart: 9.

This was the Soul group's follow up to the hit they had with the Whatnauts in March (song 18).  This time they were working by themselves, and enjoying their second Top 10 hit in the UK.  A release in September stalled at number 42, but they were in the Top 10 for a third and final time in 1977.  See song 18 for more group info.


54

Title: Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)
Artist: The Stylistics
Writer(s): Hugo & Luigi and George David Weiss
Entered chart 26 Jul 1975; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 11.

This was the Stylistics' follow up to their May hit, "Sing Baby Sing" (song 37).  This was the group's only Number One hit, which reached a lowly number 51 in the USA.  Another Top 10 hit came along in November (song 90), which gave them a total of four UK hit singles in 1975.


55

Title: The Last Farewell
Artist: Roger Whittaker
Writer(s): Roger Whittaker & Ron A Webster
Entered chart 26 Jul 1975; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 14.

Roger Whittaker was born in Nairobi, Kenya on 22 Mar 1936.  His parents were from Staffordshire, England, but they emigrated to Kenya to run a farm there when Kenya was still a British colony.  Upon completing his education, and serving in the army in Kenya, Whittaker moved to the UK in 1959 to study, where he gained a Batchelor of Science degree.  He was singing in local clubs during this time, and having acquired a recording contract he began appearing on TV as well.  He moved to EMI's Columbia label in 1966, and had his first hit in 1969 with "Durham Town".  He scored a Top 10 hit in 1970 ("I Don't Believe In If Anymore"), but he was mostly an album artist, having eleven charting albums by 1996.  He became very popular in other parts of Europe, and had 25 albums issued in Germany, many sung in the German language.  He is now retired apart from occasional appearances at special events, and has been living in France since 2012.
# The origins of this song are very unusual.  Whittaker hosted a radio program in the UK during 1971, and he would invite listeners to send their poems or lyrics and he would write the music to go with the words.  One of the poems sent in was "The Last Farewell", written by Ron A. Webster.  Whittaker duly wrote the music, and the song was performed on the show, and later recorded for an album.  Four years later, a chance hearing of the song resulted in it being played several times on an American radio station and, released as a single, it climbed to number 19 on the USA charts.  It then began selling in other parts of the world, including the UK, where it became his biggest hit.
# Whittaker had only one more entry in the UK singles charts - a duet with Des O'Connor in 1986.
# Elvis Presley recorded the song in 1976, and the recording was a minor hit in the UK during 1984, peaking at number 48.


56

Title: El Bimbo
Artist: Bimbo Jet
Writer(s): Claude Morgan
Entered chart 26 Jul 1975; Highest Position 12; Weeks on chart: 10.

Bimbo Jet was a French Euro Disco group led by Claude Morgan and Laurent Rossi that gained international fame during the summers of 1974 and 1975 with the song "El Bimbo".  "El Bimbo" was popular with other musicians and orchestra leaders, with Paul Mauriat having capitalized well from his own instrumental arrangement in 1975.  The song, in a tango arrangement, was also heard in four of the seven "Police Academy" films, starting in 1984.  "El Bimbo" was released in France in June 1974, and in the UK in August 1975.  The track went to Number One in France and number 12 in the UK Singles Charts, and reached the Top 10 of several other countries.  This is the only entry they had in the UK charts.


57

Title: Jive Talkin'
Artist: The Bee Gees
Writer(s): Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Entered chart 26 Jul 1975; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 11.

The Bee Gees were brothers Barry Gibb (born 1 Sep 1946, Isle of Man), and twins Robin Gibb (22 Dec 1949 - 20 May 2012) and Maurice Gibb (22 Dec 1949 - 12 Jan 2003), also born on the Isle of Man.  The three brothers grew up in Manchester, UK, but in the mid-1950s the family moved to Australia.  They began performing at a young age, and by 1960 they were appearing on TV.  After achieving their first chart success in Australia as the Bee Gees with "Spicks and Specks", they returned to the UK in January 1967, when producer Robert Stigwood began promoting them to a worldwide audience.  In 1967 they had their first UK hit, the somewhat morbid song "New York Mining Disaster 1941", which reached number twelve.  Hits continued through the remainder of the 1960s, when they enjoyed success in the USA as well.  Things went quiet in the early 1970s, but in the mid-1970s they jumped on the Disco bandwagon and became superstars.  They wrote several songs for the 1977 film "Saturday Night Fever" which starred John Travolta, and singles as well as the soundtrack album were worldwide hits.  Their success continued through the following decades, and they also wrote and produced many hits for other artists.  Their final new album came in 2001, but with the death of Maurice two years later, the other two embarked on solo projects apart from a couple of charity events where they performed together.  Robin died in 2012, and Barry has since performed and recorded solo.
# This was the first hit for the brothers since the summer of 1972 when "Run To Me" was in the Top 10 (see year 1972, song 57).  This marked a revival for the trio, who had faded away in the intervening years.  The arrival of the Disco sound gave them a new impetus, culminating in them being asked to write songs for the Disco-based film "Saturday Night Fever", which was released in 1977.  "Jive Talkin" was written for their 1975 album "Main Course" which was not a hit.  They included the song in their package of material for the film, but the song was not featured as it was used for a scene that was cut from the film.  The song remained on the film soundtrack album however, and the album reached Number One in the UK and USA.
# The group's next hit came in summer 1976, "You Should Be Dancing", also featured in the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack.


58

Title: Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me
Artist: Gladys Knight & The Pips
Writer(s): Jim Weatherly (American singer-songwriter)
Entered chart 2 Aug 1975; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart: 10.

This was the group's follow-up to their hit of April, being the medley of "The Way We Were" & "Try To Remember" (song 25).  Again, this was not an original song, but one that was first recorded in 1973 by Country music singer Ray Price.  His version reached Number One on the American Country music chart.  The Gladys Knight version reached number three on the USA pop charts.  A number of easy-listening artists have recorded the song for albums.
# Knight and the Pips had a small hit in the UK during November this year, but were in the Top 10 again in May 1976 with their famous recording "Midnight Train To Georgia".


59

Title: That's The Way (I Like It)
Artist: KC & The Sunsine Band
Writer(s): Harry Wayne Casey & Richard Finch
Entered chart 2 Aug 1975; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 10.

KC & The Sunshine Band were formed in Florida, USA in 1973 by lead singer Harry Wayne Casey (KC) and musicians from the TK record studios, also in Florida.  The first couple of releases in the USA did reasonably well, and the band was in the UK Top 10 in August 1974 with "Queen Of Clubs".  That was followed by "That's The Way (I Like It)" which was a Number One in the USA, Canada and the Netherlands.  They had three more chart-toppers in the USA during the 1970s, they toured the UK during 1975, and became one of the top Disco acts of the second half of the 1970s.  However, as the 1980s progressed, Disco music faded away, and although they had a Number One hit in the UK in 1983, the group was dissolved in 1985.  KC revived the band in the 1990s and toured again, but no new hits were forthcoming. 
# In 1984, the UK band Dead Or Alive recorded the song and their version reached number 22 in the UK charts.


60

Title: Fame
Artist: David Bowie
Writer(s): David Bowie, Carlos Alomar & John Lennon
Entered chart 2 Aug 1975; Highest Position 17; Weeks on chart: 8.

This was Bowie's follow-up to his hit of March, "Young Americans", (song 16).  This also came from his album "Young Americans", which reached number two in the UK album chart, and probably explains the Top 20-only peaks of those two singles.  It was a different story across the Atlantic where "Fame" became his first Number One single in the USA and Canada.  Bowie had met John Lennon whilst they were both living in New York.  A jam session between them resulted in the completion of the song.  Lennon is featured on the recording, providing backing vocals and rhythm guitar.
# Bowie was next in the UK charts in October with a re-release of his 1969 hit "Space Oddity".  The original release reached number five in the UK charts (see year 1969, song 73), but the 1975 reissue went all the way to Number One, giving Bowie his first UK chart-topper.  His next hit with original material came in November this year (song 96).


61

Title: Love Will Keep Us Together
Artist: The Captain & Tennille
Writer(s): Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield
Entered chart 2 Aug 1975; Highest Position 32; Weeks on chart: 5.

The Captain & Tennille were a husband and wife duo, comprising 'Captain' Daryl Dragon (27 August 1942 - 2 Jan 2019) and Toni Tennille (born 8 May 1940).  They were both keyboardists and met during 1972 in southern California.  They started singing together and gained a recording contract with A&M records in 1974.  Their first hit was this song which reached Number One in the USA.  They enjoyed seven Top 10 hits in the USA until 1980, but interest in the UK was much lower key, with their only Top 10 hit coming in 1980, which was also their final UK chart entry.  The couple married in November 1975 but divorced in 2014.  In between they had their own TV series in the late 1970s, and during the 1980s Tennille also worked as a backing vocalist on the albums of Elton John, Art Garfunkel and Pink Floyd.  They continued performing into the 2000s, but ill health began to effect Dragon from 2010 and he died in 2019 at the age of 76.


62

Title: A Child's Prayer
Artist: Hot Chocolate
Writer(s): Errol Brown
Producer: Mickie Most
Entered chart 9 Aug 1975; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart: 10.

Hot Chocolate is a five-piece Soul band from London, England which became one of the most successful acts during the 1970s and 1980s.  It was formed by Errol Brown (12 Nov 1943 - 6 May 2015, born in Jamaica) and Tony Wilson (born in Trinidad on 8 Oct 1947).  They started in 1968 as a Reggae band, but from 1970, under the guidance of producer Mickie Most, they moved to a Soul/Pop style.  Their first hit was "Love Is Life" in 1970, and this began a run of 25 UK Top 40 singles (12 Top 10) until 1984.  Later in the 1980s, reissues returned them to the charts.  There were some personnel changes from time to time, with Wilson leaving in 1976 and Errol Brown departing in 1986.  The band broke up after Brown's departure for a solo career, but it was reformed with a new vocalist in 1992, with another new vocalist in 2010, and it continues to perform in Britain and Europe until the present.
# This was the band's first Top 10 hit since March 1974 (see year 1974, song 23).  They had enjoyed two hits in the meanwhile, with one ("Disco Queen") reaching number eleven.  However, they were back in the Top 10 during November this year with "You Sexy Thing" (song 89).


63

Title: Don't Throw It All Away
Artist: Gary Benson
Writer(s): Gary Benson
Entered chart 9 Aug 1975; Highest Position 20; Weeks on chart: 8.

Gary Benson is a British singer-songwriter.  Strangely, there seems to be no biographical information about Gary Benson on the Internet, not even the date and place of his birth.  The first mention is the arrival of this, his only UK hit recording, on the UK charts.  The song had originally been recorded by The Shadows, and they had performed it in the 1975 "A Song for Europe" contest, where it finished fourth of six entries (The Shadows went on to perform the winning song at the Eurovision Song Contest - see song 22 above).  "Don't Throw It All Away" was recorded in the USA by The Delfonics in 1978 although it was not a hit on either side of the Atlantic.  Benson continued to write for the next several decades, and in 1990, his song "Close To You" was recorded by Maxi Priest, whose rendition reached the Top 10 in the UK, and Number One in the USA.


64

Title: One Of These Nights
Artist: The Eagles
Writer(s): Don Henley & Glenn Frey
Entered chart 9 Aug 1975; Highest Position 23; Weeks on chart: 7.

The Eagles are an American Country Rock band formed in Los Angeles in September 1971. The founding members were Glenn Frey (6 Nov 1948 - 18 Jan 2016), Don Henley (born 22 Jul 1947), Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner.  Frey and Henley first played together when they joined Linda Ronstadt's backing band for her tour in 1971.  Leadon and Meisner were in the band as well, and the four decided to form their own band.  They released their first album ("The Eagles") in 1972.  None of the band's early American hits reached the UK charts.  In fact, the band's first British hit did not come until 1975, after they had enjoyed eight hit singles in the USA.  However, all of their American hits were included on the album "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" (released 1976) which reached number two on the UK album chart, where it remained for 77 weeks.  Guitarist and vocalist Joe Walsh joined the band in 1975, replacing Leadon.  The Eagles hit their commercial peak in late 1976 with the release of the album "Hotel California", which went on to sell more than 26 million copies in the USA alone and more than 42 million copies worldwide.  The Eagles broke up in July 1980, but reunited in 1994 for the album "Hell Freezes Over", a mix of live and new studio tracks.  They toured consistently and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.  In 2007, the Eagles released "Long Road Out of Eden", their first full studio album in 28 years and their sixth American Number One album.  The next year they launched the Long Road Out of Eden Tour in support of the album.  In 2013, they began the extended History of the Eagles Tour in conjunction with the band's documentary release, "History of the Eagles".  Glenn Frey died in January 2016, but they reformed in 2017, with Deacon Frey (Glen Frey's son) and Country singer Vince Gill sharing lead vocals for Frey's songs.
# Finally, the Eagles reached the UK singles chart after they had enjoyed several hits in the USA from 1972.  Although the number 23 peak was not impressive, the album "One Of These Nights" reached number eight in the UK album chart.  They were in the UK singles charts again in November (song 87).


65

Title: Summertime City
Artist: Mike Batt
Writer(s): Mike Batt
Entered chart 16 Aug 1975; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 8.

Mike Batt was born on 6 Feb 1949 in Southampton, England.  He started a career in the music industry in his teens, and by the time he was 19 he was an A&R man at Liberty Records UK.  He was writing and producing as well as finding new talent, and found time to make a few recordings of his own.  He came to fame when he was asked by the BBC to write music for their proposed animated children's' programme, "The Wombles" in 1974 (see year 1974, song 7).  In additional to writing the songs, Batt and other musicians dressed up in Womble costumes and performed the songs on TV.  Four singles including the Christmas hit "Wombling Merry Christmas" reached the UK Top 10 during 1974.  Three albums of Wombling songs also reached the UK album chart in 1974.  After that fad faded he was back producing recordings, and released the song "Summertime City" in 1975, which was used by the BBC for their "Seaside Special" TV series.  The single reached the Top 10 in the UK, but it was his only solo hit.  He wrote the song "Bright Eyes" in 1979 for the animated film version of "Watership Down".  Recorded by Art Garfunkel, the song reached Number One in the UK Singles Charts that year.  During the 1980s he was working on numerous projects with a variety of different artists.  One collaboration was with Justin Hayward (Moody Blues), and the resultant album "Classic Blue" reached number 47 in the album chart during late 1989.  In 2002 he discovered Katie Melua, and the song Batt wrote for her, "The Closest Thing To Crazy" reached number ten in the UK charts from late 2003.  Batt continues writing, producing and arranging music until the present.


66

Title: Sailing
Artist: Rod Stewart
Writer(s): Gavin Southerland
Entered chart 16 Aug 1975; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 34*.

Rod Stewart was born 10 Jan 1945 in north London, England.  His father was Scottish, and Stewart has always celebrated his Scottish roots.  He came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the Jeff Beck Group, and then the Faces, but he recorded solo in addition to his group duties.  Stewart's 1971 solo album "Every Picture Tells a Story" made him a household name, reaching Number One in the UK and USA.  The album contained the Tim Harding song "Reason To Believe", which was issued as a single.  The B-side of that record was "Maggie May" which soon became the dominant side, reaching Number One on both sides of the Atlantic (see song 72).  His fame grew to worldwide proportions, and he has sold over 120 million records throughout the world.  He has had nine Number One albums in the UK Album chart, and his tally of 62 UK hit singles includes 31 that reached the Top 10, six of which were chart toppers.  Stewart has had 16 Top 10 singles in the USA.  From 2002 to 2010 he issued five albums in his "Great American Songbook" series, which were all successful in the charts.  He was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to music and charity.  His most recent original album, "Blood Red Roses", was issued in 2018.
# The song "Sailing" was written by Gavin Southerland of the Scottish Folk/Rock duo the Southerland Brothers, and recorded by them in 1972.  Rod Stewart recorded the song for his album "Atlantic Crossing", which reached Number One on the UK album chart from the end of August 1975.  "Sailing" was issued as a single and reached Number One on the UK singles chart.  In 1976, the recording was used by the BBC for their TV documentary series about the British aircraft carrier "Ark Royal".  As as result, the recording charted again in October 1976, reaching number three.
* The 34 weeks is the total of weeks the recording spent on the charts during 1975, 1976 and 1987 when it peaked at number 41.
# Stewart was next in the UK Top 10 from November 1975 (song 91).


67

Title: Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Artist: Eric Clapton
Writer(s): Bob Dylan
Entered chart 16 Aug 1975; Highest Position 38; Weeks on chart: 4.

Eric Clapton was born on 30 Mar 1945 in Surrey, England.  He learned to play guitar as a young teenager and he began to take a keen interest in American Blues music.  In 1962 he began performing with groups in local venues, and in 1963 he joined the Yardbirds (see year 1965, song 26).  They enjoyed growing success, but Clapton left after their first hit recording as he thought the group had gone too pop rather than Blues.  He then joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, but left them in 1966 to be part of the super group Cream.  By 1967 he was regarded as one of Britain's finest guitarists, and Cream performed in New York that year.  However, the band broke up in 1968, and Clapton spent a few years collaborating with various American bands, culminating in his hit "Layla" (in 1972) credited to Derek & The Dominoes (see year 1972, song 62).  He then began recording as a solo artist, and had the 1974 hit "I Shot The Sheriff" which reached Number One in the USA.  The track was featured on his album "461 Ocean Boulevard" which reached Number One in the USA during 1974 (number three in the UK).  His success continued into the 21st century, and he accrued 38 hit albums in the UK from 1974 to 2020, 18 of which reached the Top 10.
# The song was written by Bob Dylan for the soundtrack of the 1973 film "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid".  Released as a single two months after the film's premiere, it became a worldwide hit, reaching the Top 10 in several countries, and number 14 in the UK charts during October 1973.  
# The Clapton version stalled at number 38 in the UK, and did not chart in the USA.  Although Clapton's next single hit did not come until 1977, his album "No Reason To Cry" reached the Top 10 of the UK album chart in 1976.
# In 1992 a version of the song recorded by American Hard Rock band Guns N' Roses, reached number two in the UK charts.  
# In 1996 Scottish musician Ted Christopher wrote a new verse for "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" in memory of the schoolchildren and teacher killed in the Dunblane school massacre.  The recording of the song, featuring children from the village singing the chorus, reached Number One on the UK charts, under the artist credit of Dunblane.  The proceeds went to charities for children.


68

Title: Do It Again
Artist: Steely Dan
Writer(s): Walter Becker & Donald Fagen
Entered chart 30 Aug 1975; Highest Position 39; Weeks on chart: 4.

Steely Dan was a duo comprising Donald Fagen (born 10 Jan 1948, New Jersey, USA) and Walter Becker (20 Feb 1950 - 3 Sep 2017, born New York City).  The pair met in New York in 1968, and began songwriting together with moderate success.  They formed the band Steely Dan in 1971.  Their style, a blend of Rock, Jazz and Latin, soon attracted attention, and they were in the USA singles and album charts from 1973.  Their first American hit, "Do It Again", finally reached the UK charts in 1975, although it only just scraped into the Top 40 (number six in the USA).  They were far more popular in America than in the UK, although they did score a Top 10 album ("Aja") in 1977 in the British album chart.  Initially the band had a fixed lineup, but in 1974, Becker and Fagen retired the band from live performances to become a studio-only band, opting to record with a revolving cast of session musicians.  They disbanded in 1981, but reunited in 1993 and resumed live performance, as well as recording new material.  Becker died in 2017, but Fagin continued to tour under the band name, the latest performances being in 2019.
# The duo's next and biggest UK hit single, "Haitian Divorce", came in December 1976.


69

Title: Moonlighting
Artist: Leo Sayer
Writer(s): Leo Sayer & Frank Farrell
Entered chart 30 Aug 1975; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 8.

Leo Sayer was born on 21 May 1948 at Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, England.  Sayer began his music career co-writing songs with British singer-songwriter David Courtney (including "Giving It All Away", which gave Roger Daltrey of the Who his first solo hit in 1973).  Also in 1973, Sayer began his career as a recording artist under the management of Adam Faith, who arranged Sayer's record deal.  He went on to have a very successful career, enjoying seven consecutive Top 10 hits until 1977, with three more up to 1982.  Also in 1977 he had two consecutive Number One hits in the USA.  In Britain he also had six Top 10 albums in the album chart.  In the 1990s he had financial difficulties, but successfully sued his management and record company for unpaid royalties.  He moved to Australia in the early 2000s and became an Australian citizen in 2009.  Since that time he has recorded in Australia and mostly performed in that country.
# This was Sayer's only hit single of 1975.  He did, however, have a Top 10 entry on the album chart with "Another Year", from which this single is taken.  He was back in the charts during 1976 with another Top 10 single and another Top 10 album.


70

Title: Paloma Blanca
Artist: The George Baker Selection
Writer(s): George Baker
Entered chart 6 Sep 1975; Highest Position 10; Weeks on chart: 10.

The George Baker Selection was a Dutch band founded in 1969, comprising George Baker and five others.  They started having hits in the Netherlands and the USA from 1970.  It was not until 1975 that they entered the UK singles charts with the song "Paloma Blanca" which was taken from their fifth studio album.  The single was very successful, reaching Number One in several countries, and number 26 in the USA.  This was the only hit recording the band had in the UK.  The band split in 1978, although Baker revived it between 1982 and 1989.
# The song was covered by Jonathan King, and his version did better in the UK charts, reaching number five in October 1975.
# Paloma Blanca is Spanish for White Dove.


71

Title: There Goes My First Love
Artist: The Drifters
Writer(s): Roger Greenaway & Barry Mason
Entered chart 6 Sep 1975; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 12.

The Drifters are an American vocal group, formed in the early 1950s, and with a constant rotation of members.  A count has indicated that some 60 individuals have performed under the band name at one time or another. The group enjoyed several hits in the 1960s, but in the 1970s, they signed a deal with Bell records and based themselves in the UK, with lead singer Johnny Moore (14 Dec 1934 - 30 Dec 1998).  This gave them a run of nine hit singles, six of which made the Top 10, until the end of 1976.  Members came and went (and returned again) several times during the next three decades.  Johnny Moore died in London at the end of 1998, having been in the group (with some breaks) since he was 21 years old in 1955.  Nevertheless, others continued with the group which has performed into the 21st century, but there have been numerous lawsuits over the use of the group name.  No members of the hits-making versions of the band are in the current lineup.
# This was the first of two Top 10 hits that the group enjoyed in 1975.  Still based in London at this time, the song was provided by the British songwriters mentioned above.  The band's next hit came in November this year (song 94).


72

Title: Heartbeat
Artist: Showaddywaddy
Writer(s): Bob Montgomery & Norman Petty
Entered chart 6 Sep 1975; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart: 7.

This was the follow-up to the band's hit in May (song 38).  This was a revival of a song recorded by Buddy Holly in 1958, which reached the UK charts in January 1959 (see year 1959, song 12 in these lists).  The song was also a minor hit for the England Sisters in February 1960, reaching number 33 in the UK charts.  In June 1992, Nick Berry's version, recorded for the "Heartbeat" TV series (in which Berry starred) reached number two.  The band had a couple of smaller hits in late 1975 and mid-1976, but they were at Number One in the UK charts by November 1976, which started a run of seven consecutive Top 10 hits until the end of 1978.


73

Title: Hold Me Close
Artist: David Essex
Writer(s): David Essex
Entered chart 13 Sep 1975; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 10.

This was his follow-up to "Rolling Stone", a hit in July (song 50).  Like the earlier hit, "Hold Me Close" was featured on the album "All The Fun Of The Fair", which reached number three on the UK album chart.  This was his second of two chart-toppers, but he went on to have numerous additional hits until 1987, although only four reached the UK Top 10.


74

Title: I Only Have Eyes For You
Artist: Art Garfunkel
Writer(s): Harry Warren & Al Dubin
Entered chart 13 Sep 1975; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 11.

Art Garfunkel was born on 5 Nov 1941 in New York City.  He came to fame when he formed a duo with singer-songwriter Paul Simon.  They had met at high school, and decided to sing together using the name of Tom & Jerry, but no substantial success came of that.  In 1963 they began performing and recording under their real names of Simon & Garfunkel.  Things began slowly, but by the latter part of the 1960s they were a highly successful team, with hit singles and albums.  However, they split up after the release of their most successful album "Bridge Over Troubled Water" in 1970.  They pursued solo work after that, although they did reunite several times for special events.  For the next couple of years Garfunkel gave up singing, preferring acting and teaching instead.  However in 1973 he recorded a new album, "Angel Clare" which reached number 14 on the UK album chart.  His 1975 album, "Breakaway" reached number seven in the UK and had the single "I Only Have Eyes For You" taken from it.  The single was a Number One hit in the UK (18 in the USA).  It was not until 1979 that Garfunkel had another hit, but that too went to Number One, being the song "Bright Eyes", which featured in the animated film "Watership Down".  Since that time he has toured and recorded, as well as reuniting with Simon for tours and recording.  He had vocal cord issues from 2010 to 2013, but began singing and touring again from 2014.
# The song was written in 1934 for the film "Dames" in which the song was performed by Dick Powell.  In 1958 American harmony group the Flamingos recorded a Doo-wop version of the song.  It reached number eleven on the USA charts.


75

Title: It's Time For Love
Artist: Chi-Lites
Writer(s): Eugene Record
Entered chart 13 Sep 1975; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 10.

The Chi-Lites were formed in Chicago, USA during 1964 with lead singer and songwriter Eugene Record and Marshall Thompson.  Their first UK hit came in 1971, but in 1972 their recording "Have You Seen Her" reached number three on both sides of the Atlantic.  This was followed by five Top 10 hits in the UK up to the summer of 1976.  In the mid-1970s, most of the group's personnel changed, even seeing the departure of Eugene Record, although Marshall Thompson has remained throughout.  The often-revised band has continued until the present time.  A new album was released in 2006.
# This was the band's second Top 10 hit of the year, although the first of those was a reissue of their earlier hit "Have You Seen Her" (see year 1972, song 9).  They were back in the UK Top 10 for a final time in 1976.


76

Title: Abba
Artist: S.O.S.
Writer(s): Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson & Stig Anderson
Entered chart 20 Sep 1975; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 10.

Abba was a Swedish group who shot to fame when they won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Waterloo".  The members were: Agnetha Fältskog (born 5 Apr 1950 in Jönköping, Sweden), Anni-Frid "Frida" Lyngstad (born 15 Nov 1945 in Ballangen, Norway), Björn Ulvaeus (born 25 Apr 1945 in Gothenburg, Sweden), and Benny Andersson (born 16 Dec 1946 in Stockholm, Sweden).  Following their "Waterloo" success, there was a slight gap in record sales until 1975 when they began a run of 18 UK Top 10 hits, lasting until 1981.  They were the most successful Scandinavian act, with success in the USA, Australia, most of Europe and other parts of the world.  They toured the world extensively during the second half of the 1970s.  In 1977 "ABBA: The Movie" a  drama-documentary about their Australian tour was released.  Three 'greatest hits' albums were issued between 1976 and 1982, but in 1992 their "Gold" compilation album was released, which reached Number One in the UK, eventually staying on the chart for 328 weeks.  The group split in 1982, and Benny and  Björn went on to write the musical "Chess" (with Tim Rice) which opened in London in 1986.  In 1999 a musical called "Mamma Mia!", which featured numerous Abba songs opened in London.  A film version of the musical was released in 2008.  Agnetha has issued several solo albums, the most recent in 2013.  Frida initially retired from the music business and moved to Switzerland.  However, in late 2021 it was announced that Abba had reunited to record a new album called "Voyage".
# This was the recording that kicked off that run of 18 Top 10 hits in the UK.  Whilst this one peaked at number six, their next three releases all went to Number One.  The first of those chart-toppers came in December this year (song 99).


77

Title: Who Loves You
Artist: Four Seasons
Writer(s): Bob Gaudio & Judy Parker
Entered chart 20 Sep 1975; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 9.

This was the group's follow-up to their hit of April, "The Night" (song 30).  Frankie Valli was not given a credit on the record label of this release, unlike the previous hit which was credited to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.  Nevertheless, Valli is present on the recording, taking the lead vocals as usual.  This was their first hit on the Warner Brothers label to which they signed in early 1975.  Their next release came in January 1976, and was a UK Number One hit.
# This recording reached number three in the USA and was their first Top 10 hit there for eight years.


78

Title: Feelings
Artist: Morris Albert
Writer(s): Morris Albert & Louis Gasté 
Entered chart 27 Sep 1975; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 10.

Morris Albert was born on 7 Sep 1951 in São Paulo, Brazil.  He performed with several different bands in Brazil before he gained a solo recording contract and recorded his first album in 1974.  That album reached Number One in his native Brazil.  The single "Feelings" was taken from the album, and became a Top 10 hit in the UK and USA.  However, this success did not lead to a lasting career outside of South America.  This single is the only entry he enjoyed in the UK charts.
# CONTROVERSY:  When first released, this song was claimed by Morris Albert to be all his own composition.  However, a French composer, Louis Gasté recognized the melody as that of his song "Pour Toi" (for you) which he had written in 1956.  He sued for plagiarism of his work and finally won the case in 1988.  Since that time the song is credited with both Albert and
Gasté as co-composers.


79

Title: Rhinestone Cowboy
Artist: Glen Campbell
Writer(s): Larry Weiss
Entered chart 4 Oct 1975; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 12.

Glen Campbell (22 Apr 1936 - 8 Aug 2017) was born in Arkansas, USA.  He was the son of a poor farmer, but he was taught to play guitar at a young age by his uncle.  At the age of 17 he joined his uncle's band, and performed at local venues.  A year later he formed his own band.  In 1960 he moved to Los Angeles to become a session musician.  He worked on the hit recording of many stars of the time, and by 1965 he was making records of his own.  His first substantial hit came in 1967, the year that also gave us "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" (written by Jimmy Webb) which was a Top 30 hit in the USA, although it did not reach the charts in the UK.  He finally entered the British charts in 1969 with another Jimmy Webb song, "Wichita Lineman".  This started a run of successful singles and albums in the USA and UK for several decades.  Sadly he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011.  He decided to go on a final world concert tour in 2012, and to record his final album.  He died in Nashville, Tennessee, USA at the age of 81.
# This was Campbell's first Top 10 hit in the UK since 1970.  The recording reached Number One in the USA, Canada and Ireland.  His next and final UK hit single came in 1977.  Meanwhile, in 1976, his "Twenty Golden Greats" album reached the Number One in the UK album chart.


80

Title: What A Difference A Day Made
Artist: Esther Phillips
Writer(s): María Grever with English lyrics by Stanley Adams
Entered chart 4 Oct 1975; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 8.

Esther Phillips (23 Dec 1935 - 7 Aug 1984) was born in Galveston, Texas, USA.  She began singing in church as a youngster, and by the time she was 14 she had a recording and performing contract with music impresario Johnny Otis.  She was on the American R&B chart as early as 1950, but success did not continue, mainly because she became addicted to heroin.  She recovered from the drug addiction enough to begin singing in small clubs around the southern states in the late 1950s.  She began recording again in 1962 and was soon at Number One on the USA R&B chart.  But the heroin took over again, and once more she went for treatment.  She re-emerged in 1969 and again began recording and performing.  In 1975 she recorded the song "What A Difference A Day Made" with a Disco beat, which reached the Top 20 of the USA charts and number six in the UK.  She continued successfully into the early 1980s, but in 1984, at the age of 48, she died from liver and kidney failure due to long-term drug abuse.  This is her only entry on the UK charts.
# The song was written in 1934 by Mexican songwriter
María Grever.  English lyrics were provided by Stanley Adams, and several recordings were made in the 1930s.  It was successfully recorded by American Soul singer Dinah Washington in 1959, although that version was not a hit in the UK.  The song has been recorded by numerous artists for album tracks.


81

Title: Island Girl
Artist: Elton John
Writer(s): Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Entered chart 4 Oct 1975; Highest Position 14; Weeks on chart: 8.

This was Elton's third hit of 1975, the first of which was "Philadelphia Freedom" which peaked at number 12 in the UK (song 20 above).  Like "Philadelphia Freedom", "Island Girl" went to Number One in the USA, where he was proving to be more popular.  However, 1976 would see him with four Top 40 hits in the UK, including "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", which was his first British Number One (his fifth in the USA).


82

Title: Love Is The Drug
Artist: Roxy Music
Writer(s): Bryan Ferry & Andy Mackay
Entered chart 11 Oct 1975; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 10.

Roxy Music was formed in 1970 by Brian Ferry who also recorded solo from 1973.  The co-writer of this song was the band's saxophone player.  The band had their first Top 10 hit in 1972, and the hits continued until 1982, when they broke up.  Reunions took place several times over the following decades, their last performances being in 2011.  They had eleven Top 10 albums, four of which reached Number One on the UK album chart.  Although Ferry released numerous solo singles and albums, members of Roxy Music frequently provided the backing music on the recordings.
# The band's next substantial hits did not come until the years 1979-1980.  In the meantime, Ferry had three Top 10 singles and one Top 10 album in the UK charts as a solo artist.


83

Title: Hold Back The Night
Artist: The Trammps
Writer(s): Ron Baker, Allan Felder, Norman Harris & Earl Young
Entered chart 11 Oct 1975; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 8.

The Trammps were an American Soul, Funk, and Disco four-piece vocal group whose origins go back to the 1960s.  By the early 1970s they were called the Trammps, and their first hit came in 1972 in the USA and 1974 in the UK.  The band members at this time were Ron Baker, Norman Harris, Earl Young and Ron Kersey.  Only Earl Young still survives.  They were based in Philadelphia, and were backed by the MFSB orchestra on recordings and live performances.  "Hold Back The Night" was their only Top 10 hit in the UK and their biggest hit at that time in the USA.  Their Disco hit "Disco Inferno" in 1977 reached number eleven in the USA and number 16 in the UK, which was effectively their final British hit.


84

Title: Dance With Me
Artist: Orleans
Writer(s): John Hall & Johanna Hall
Entered chart 18 Oct 1975; Highest Position 6 (USA chart data - not a UK hit)

Orleans is an American soft Rock band which enjoyed success in the USA during the 1970s, but never reached the charts in the UK.  The group was  formed in New York during 1972 by John Hall, Larry Hoppen and Wells Kelly.  They were joined later by Hoppen's brother Lance.  They recorded their first album in 1973 but neither it nor the follow-up album reached the American charts.  Their third attempt, however, "Let There Be Music" was a Top 40 hit, and spawned the single "Dance With Me" which reached number six in the USA and number five in Canada.  The follow-up single also reached the Top 10 in the two North American countries.  Hall left the group in 1977 for a solo career, enjoying modest success.  The group continued with new members, and had a 1979 number eleven hit in the USA.  Although the hits dried up, they continued to perform around the USA into the 1980s, although Kelly died from a heroin overdose in 1984.  By the early 1990s, Hall had returned to the group, and they recorded and toured into the early 2000s.  Hall stood for a seat in the USA congress in 2006 which he won, but was defeated four years later.  Larry Hoppen died in 2012, and with Hall once again in the lineup, the band continues to the present time.


85

Title: Right Back Where We Started From
Artist: Maxine Nightingale
Writer(s): Pierre Tubbs & J Vincent Edwards (British songwriters)
Entered chart 1 Nov 1975; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart: 8.

Maxine Nightingale is an English Soul, R&B, and Disco singer.  She was born on 2 Nov 1952 in west London, England.  She began her career in stage musicals, starting during 1969 in "Hair".  This was followed by appearances in the German productions of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Godspell".  After returning to London she was offered the chance to record the Disco song "Right Back Where We Started From" which became a huge hit, reaching number eight in the UK and getting as high as number two in the USA, as well as the Top 10 of several other countries.  Following the American success she relocated to the USA where she has remained.  Only one further hit entered the UK charts, being "Love Hit Me" in 1977, which peaked at number eleven.  From the 1980s she moved into Jazz performance, but in the 21st century she has also appeared on the American seventies nostalgia pop show circuits.
# In 1989 the song was recorded by Sinitta, and her version reached number four on the UK charts that year.


86

Title: Sky High
Artist: Jigsaw
Writer(s): Clive Scott & Des Dyer (band members)
Entered chart 1 Nov 1975; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart: 11.

Jigsaw was a British band formed in Coventry, England in 1966.  Originally a six-piece band, it had reduced to a quartet by the time of this hit.  They were a supporting act for visiting stars from 1970, in which year they also issued their debut album.  They had no chart successes with their early releases, but a song written by members Scott and Dyer was a Top 30 hit for a group called Candlewick Green in 1974.  However, 1975 saw them have a hit with "Sky High" which reached the Top 10 in the UK, USA and several other countries.  However, further chart success eluded them and they finally split in 1983.  Scott and Dyer remained together for song writing, and several of their songs were recorded by a number of different acts over the following years.


87

Title: Lyin' Eyes
Artist: The Eagles
Writer(s): Don Henley & Glenn Frey
Entered chart 1 Nov 1975; Highest Position 23; Weeks on chart: 7.

This was the band's follow-up to their hit of August, "One Of These Nights", (song 64).  This track was also taken from the album "One Of These Nights", which reached number eight on the UK album chart.  The band's next single release, "Take It To The Limit", reached number 12 during March 1976.


88

Title: Imagine
Artist: John Lennon
Writer(s): John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Entered chart 1 Nov 1975; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 10.

John Lennon (9 Oct 1940 - 8 Dec 1980) was born in Liverpool, England, and found fame as a member of the Beatles group.  After the breakup of the band, Lennon pursued a solo career, as did the others.  His first hit after the break up was "Power To The People", although he had enjoyed three hits over 1969-1970 as a member of the Plastic Ono Band.  He had also released albums from 1968 with Yoko Ono, although the first to chart was not until 1971.  His first major album was "Imagine" later in 1971, which not only reached Number One in the album chart, but eventually remained on the chart for 101 weeks.  He had success with both singles and albums until 1975.  He had been fighting deportation from the USA for a couple of years, and having finally been given permanent residency of the USA, he took off the next five years from any recording.  However, in 1980, he and Yoko released their "Double Fantasy" album which hit the top of the album charts in the UK and USA.  From the album came the single "(Just Like) Starting Over", which went to Number One on both sides of the Atlantic.  However in December that year he was shot dead outside his New York apartment by Mark Chapman.  He remains in prison in December 2020.  In the aftermath of Lennon's murder, several of his past recordings re-entered the charts, with the song "Imagine" climbing to Number One, following on directly from "(Just Like) Starting Over".  "Imagine" was re-issued in December 1999, when it reached number three in the UK charts.
# This was the first release of the single "Imagine" in the UK.  It had been recorded in 1971 and was released that year in the USA where it reached number three.  However, the album from which it came, also called "Imagine", was released in the UK during 1971, peaking at Number One on the album Chart.


89

Title: You Sexy Thing
Artist: Hot Choclate
Writer(s): Errol Brown & Tony Wilson
Producer: Mickie Most
Entered chart 8 Nov 1975; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 12.

This was the group's follow-up to their summertime hit "A Child's Prayer" (song 62).  "You Sexy Thing" was their biggest hit at the time, and it went on to enter the UK Top 10 on two more occasions.  It was remixed in 1987 when it reached number ten, and was reissued in 1997 after being featured in the film "The Full Monty", reaching number six in the charts that year.  It also reached number three on the USA charts in 1976.
# The band had three hits in 1976, although the highest only reached number eleven.  However, they were at Number One in 1977 with "So You Win Again".


90

Title: Na-Na Is The Saddest Word
Artist: The Stylistics
Writer(s): Hugo & Luigi and George David Weiss
Entered chart 15 Nov 1975; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 10.

This was the group's fourth UK hit of 1975, which followed their Number One hit of July, "Can't Give You Anything" (song 54).  1976 would see them with three Top 10 hits in the UK, but it all tailed off after that.  For more info about the group see song 7 above.


91

Title: This Old Heart Of Mine
Artist: Rod Stewart
Writer(s): Holland–Dozier–Holland
Entered chart 15 Nov 1975; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 9.

This was Stewart's follow-up to his hit of August, "Sailing" (song 66).  This song was originally recorded by American R&B group, the Isley Brothers in 1965, and was a number three hit for them in the UK during 1968 (see year 1968, song 84).  The recording by Rod Stewart was featured on his 1975 album "Atlantic Crossing" which went to Number One on the UK album chart.  Stewart recorded the song again in 1989 in duet with Ronald Isley, the single reaching number 51 in the UK charts.  That version reached number ten in the USA.
# He was next in the UK charts in June 1976 with the first of two Top 10 hits that year.


92

Title: All Around My Hat
Artist: Steeleye Span
Writer(s): Traditional
Entered chart 15 Nov 1975; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 9.

Steeleye Span is a UK Folk group that was formed in 1969 by two former members of Folk band Fairport Convention.  Steeleye Span first entered the UK album chart in 1971, and their first hit single came in 1973.  There have been numerous comings and goings amongst the band's members, but at the time of this hit the group was a six-piece with lead vocals by Maddy Prior (born 14 Aug 1947 in Blackpool, England).  The album from which the single came, and having the same title, was also a Top 10 hit.  Although there were no chart hits after 1976, the band has continued, with some breaks, until the present, with Maddy Prior still leading the vocals, although the others in the current lineup have mostly joined in the last ten years.
# "All Around My Hat" is a traditional Folk song that dates back some two hundred years.  It has been recorded by several Folk groups and solo performers.


93

Title: Money Honey
Artist: Bay City Rollers
Writer(s): Eric Faulkner & Stuart Wood (group members)
Entered chart 22 Nov 1975; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 9.

This was the band's follow-up to their Number One hit of July, "Give A Little Love" (song 52).  It was the last of three Top 10 hits they enjoyed in 1975.  The recording was a huge world-wide hit for the band, reaching the Top 10 in the USA as well.  1976 would see them with their final two Top 10 hits, and their final Top 10 album.  For more info about the group, see song 17 above. 
# A song with the same title was written in the 1950s, and was recorded by the Drifters, Elvis Presley and many others.  It has no connection with the Bay City Rollers song.


94

Title: Can I Take You Home Little Girl
Artist: The Drifters
Writer(s): Roger Greenaway & Barry Mason
Entered chart 29 Nov 1975; Highest Position 10; Weeks on chart: 10.

This followed the group's hit of September, "There Goes My First Love" (song 71).  This was composed by the same songwriters as the previous hit, and indeed Roger Greenaway had been co-composer on the group's hits of 1974.  They were back in 1976 with three Top 30 entries, although they were the group's final UK hits.


95

Title: Art For Art's Sake
Artist: 10cc
Writer(s): Eric Stewart & Graham Gouldman
Entered chart 29 Nov 1975; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 10.

This was the band's follow-up to their hit of May, "I'm Not In Love" (song 43).  This recording was taken from their album "How Dare You", which reached number five on the UK album chart.  1975 was a very successful year for the band, with a lengthy tour of the UK and several other European countries having taken place.  1976 would see them with two further Top 10 hits.


96

Title: Golden Years
Artist: David Bowie
Writer(s): David Bowie
Entered chart 29 Nov 1975; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart: 10.

This was Bowie's fourth hit of the year, but it was his first Top 10 entry with new material since February 1974.  The recording was the lead single from his tenth studio album "Station To Station" which reached number five on the UK album chart.  In the USA the single reached number ten, and the album number three.  1976 would see him have just one minor hit in the UK singles chart.  However, the afore-mentioned album was not released until early 1976, and a hits compilation, "Changesonebowie", reached number two in the summer, giving him a major presence on the album chart that year.  1977 witnessed Bowie reaching number three with his single "Sound And Vision".


97

Title: Wide Eyed And Legless
Artist: Andy Fairweather Low
Writer(s): Andy Fairweather Low
Entered chart 6 Dec 1975; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 10.

Andy Fairweather Low was born on 2 Aug 1948 in south Wales.  He first came to fame as a founding member of the UK group Amen Corner.  They had a run of four Top 10 hits over the years 1968 and 1969.  However, the band was dissolved in late 1969 and Fairweather Low formed a new group called Fair Weather.  They had just one Top 10 hit in 1970, but again the group was disbanded the following year, and Fairweather Low worked solo from that time.  This was his bigger of just two solo hits that he had.  During the years that followed he worked as a session musician and provided backing for many artists both on recordings and in live concerts.  From 1998 to 2006 he toured with Roger Walters of Pink Floyd, and during that period he also toured with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings.  In 2008-2009 he was part of Eric Clapton's touring band, and he has worked with Clapton several times since.


98

Title: Glass Of Champagne
Artist: Sailor
Writer(s): Georg Kajanus
Entered chart 6 Dec 1975; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 12.

Sailor was a Norwegian/British band lead by Georg Kajanus who was born on 9 Feb 1946 in Trondheim, Norway.  Kajanus moved with his mother and sister to Paris at the age of twelve where he studied music and classical guitar. The family then relocated to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where Kajanus worked as a stained-glass window designer.  Eventually he moved to London, England, and after a spell with other groups, formed the band Sailor in 1973.  Their second album, "Trouble", provided two Top 10 hits, the first of which was "Glass Of Champagne".  With diminishing success, the group broke up in 1978, but reformed in 1989.  They toured throughout Europe in the first half of the 1990s, but Kajanus left the band in 1995.  He was replaced and the band continued in to the 21st century, and with further personnel changes they continue to tour Europe, particularly Germany.
# Their next Top 10 hit came in March 1976.


99

Title: Mamma Mia
Artist: Abba
Writer(s): Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus & Stig Anderson
Entered chart 13 Dec 1975; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 14.

This was the group's follow-up to their September hit, "S.O.S.", (song 76).  The recording is taken from their third album, simply called "Abba" which was a Top 20 hit on the UK album chart.  The following eight albums all reached Number One.  The title "Mamma Mia" was used to name the 1999 musical, which featured numerous Abba songs, and which opened in London.  A film version of the musical was released in 2008.  They were back at Number one in March 1976 with "Fernando".


100

Title: Let The Music Play
Artist: Barry White
Writer(s): Barry White
Entered chart 27 Dec 1975; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart: 8.

This was White's third hit of the year in the UK and his second Top 10 entry.  This track is taken from his album, also titled "Let The Music Play".  It entered the UK album chart on 21 February 1976, and reached number 22.  The single peaked at number 32 on the American (pop) charts, although it reached number four on the more specialist American R&B chart.  His next single, taken from the same album, "You See The Trouble With Me", made number four in the UK during March 1976, although that turned out to be his last British Top 10 entry.  Another dozen recordings charted in the UK until 1996, the highest reaching number twelve.


EXTRA

This extra song did not make it to my Top 100, but is still a favourite, so is listed here.

X1

Title: 99 Miles From L.A.
Artist: Albert Hammond
Writer(s): Albert Hammond & Hal David

Entered chart 24 May 1975; Highest Position 1 (on the USA Adult Contemporary chart - not a UK hit).

Albert Hammond was born on 18 May 1944 in London, England, which is where his family had been evacuated to from Gibraltar during World War II. Shortly after the war, they returned to Gibraltar, where he grew up.  In 1960, he started in music with Gibraltarian band The Diamond Boys, which had no real commercial success, but performed at the first nightclubs in Madrid to stage modern bands.  In 1966, Hammond co-founded the British vocal group the Family Dogg, reaching number 6 on the UK Singles Chart with "A Way of Life" in 1969 (see year 1969, song 45).  He wrote or co-wrote numerous songs, many of which became hits for other acts.  He relocated to the USA in the early 1970s, and began recording as well as continuing to write.  He had more songwriting success through the 1980s ("One Moment In Time" - Whitney Houston), through the 1990s (hits for Diana Ross and Tina Turner), and continues writing in the 21st century.
# This recording is taken from Hammond's 1975 album of the same title.  The song has been recorded by several other artists including Johnny Mathis, Art Garfunkel and Nancy Sinatra.



 

Acts with most appearances in this list:

Stylistics: 4
Frankie Valli: 4 (2 solo and 2 with the Four Seasons)
Bay City Rollers: 3
David Bowie: 3

Composers with most appearances in this list:

Bob Crewe: 5 (1 with Kenny Nolan; 2 with Bob Gaudio; 2 with Denny Randell)
Bob Gaudio: 4 (2 with Bob Crewe; 1 with Al Ruzicka; 1 with Judy Parker)
Hugo & Luigi and George David Weiss: 4 (all for the Stylistics)
Kenny Nolan: 3 (1 with Bob Crewe)

New Names in 1975
To qualify, new acts must have gone on to have at least three entries in these lists.  One-hit Wonders do not qualify.

K C & The Sunshine Band
The Moments
Roxy Music
Showaddywaddy

 


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