The Top Ten THIS WEEK — 1975
Maybe you were there…with [lastfm]Joe Walsh[/lastfm] as the opening act, [lastfm]Elton John[/lastfm] put on two standing room only concerts this week in 1975 at Dodger Stadium. On Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and 26th, the now Rock Superstar took the stage wearing his trademark glasses and a sequined Dodger uniform. He was the first rock ‘n’ roll act to play the venue since [lastfm]The Beatles[/lastfm] in 1966. He has the #8 hit this week. Next week it will reach #1.
The TOP TEN This Week in 1975….WHERE WERE YOU???
(last week’s position in brackets)
1. Bad Blood/[lastfm]Neil Sedaka[/lastfm] (1) — spending its third and final week at #1, this turned out to be Neil’s biggest hit. [lastfm]Elton John[/lastfm] sings backing vocals. This was a great year for Neil. After disappearing off the charts for almost ten years, he came back with 2 #1 songs, “Laughter In The Rain” and THIS one, wrote “Love Will Keep Us Together,” a #1 hit earlier this year for the Captain and Tennille, and scored a few more Top 40 hits. Ironically, Elton John will knock Neil out of the top spot next week.
2. I’m Sorry/Calypso/[lastfm]John Denver[/lastfm] (2) — in its third of four weeks at #2, “I’m Sorry” spent a week at #1 in late September/early October. Radio stations started playing the “flip” side, “Calypso,” along with the “A” side after “I’m Sorry” slipped out of the top spot. “Calypso” was a song about the Calypso, a ship that was bought by Jacques Cousteau and converted to an oceanographic vessel for reasearch on the ocean and the effects of pollution on the sea. The tandem of “I’m Sorry”/”Calypso” would spend a total of 9 weeks in the top ten, making “I’m Sorry” John’s 4th biggest hit of all time and “Calypso” his 5th most popular.
3. Miracles/[lastfm]Jefferson Starship[/lastfm] (3) — in its peak position, “Miracles” is spending its 2nd of three weeks at #3. It’s the group’s 4th biggest hit of all time and the first top ten hit with the name “Jefferson Starship” on the label instead of “[lastfm]Jefferson Airplane[/lastfm].” The name became “Jefferson Starship” in late 1974. The group’s name would change yet again in the fall of 1985 when they became simply “[lastfm]Starship[/lastfm].” They had top ten hits under all THREE different names. We can’t think of another group that equalled that accomplishment.
4. Lyin’ Eyes/[lastfm]The Eagles[/lastfm] (4) — this is one of the few times in chart history that the top 4 songs stayed in the exact same positions for two weeks in a row. There was a log jam at the top. “Lyin’ Eyes” will peak at #2 the week after next and become the Eagles’ only #2 hit without reaching the top. They had 5 number one tunes.
5. They Just Can’t Stop It (Games People Play)/[lastfm]The Spinners [/lastfm](9) — formed in Detroit, the group was originally known as “The Domingoes.” They became the Spinners in 1961 and would toil on the charts for over a decade before having their first top ten hit, “I’ll Be Around” in 1972. “It’s A Shame” was their first hit of note, reaching #14 in 1970.
6. Feelings/[lastfm]Morris Albert [/lastfm](7) — this is either a song you love and that makes you cry OR a song that makes you quickly reach for another button on the radio. We happen to be in the former category. We think that if you’re a guy whose heart has been broken, you should find a copy of “Feelings,” listen to it and get in touch with your feminine side (and, really…. it’s OK to cry……..really).
7. Who Loves You/[lastfm]The 4 Seasons[/lastfm] (10) — this was the group’s first top ten song since 1967’s “C’mon Marianne.” The title was said to be inspired by Telly Savalas’ “Kojak” character in the TV series of the same name. If you remember, he’d always ask, “Who loves ya, baby??”
8. Island Girl/[lastfm]Elton John [/lastfm](36) — as you can see, this song is super hot, jumping up 28 positions from last week. It would be next week’s NUMBER ONE song. By this time in Elton’s fabulous rock ‘n’ roll career, he’s already had 5 #1 songs. This would be his 6th. He’s now had 19 tunes in the Top 100. This is from his “Rock Of The Westies” album.
9. Ballroom Blitz/[lastfm]Sweet [/lastfm](5) — it peaked at #5 last week. Sweet formed in England with Brian Connelly as lead singer. They reached #3 in 1973 with “Little Willy,” their first chart success, and never hit that high on the charts again, though they’d score two more top ten hits after “Blitz.”
10. It Only Takes A Minute/[lastfm]Tavares[/lastfm] (11) — the group’s only top ten hit, though they’d have another fairly successful song in a year when “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” will reach the top 15. Tavares is a family vocal group consisting of five brothers from New Bedford, Massachusetts.