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What’s At No. 100? (11/30/74)

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Okay, so it’s the last day of November, and our time-waster today is to take a look at the Billboard Hot 100 from this date in 1974, looking at the Top Ten and then taking a chance on whatever might be sitting at No. 100.

Here’s the Top Ten from that chart forty-four years ago today:

“I Can Help” by Billy Swan
“Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas
“When Will I See You Again” by the Three Degrees
“Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied” by B.T. Express
“Longfellow Serenade” by Neil Diamond
“Everlasting Love” by Carl Carlton
“My Melody Of Love” by Bobby Vinton
“You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet/Freewheelin’” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
“Cat’s In The Cradle” by Harry Chapin
“Angie Baby” by Helen Reddy

Boy, there are some clinkers in there: The records by Carl Douglas, Bobby Vinton and Harry Chapin are pretty much guaranteed to make me wince (and if I’m in the car, punch a button for another station). I’m not all that fond of “I Can Help,” either, having heard it too many times on the Atwood Center jukebox at St. Cloud State forty-four years ago. (Someone who hung out in the snack bar must have really liked the record because it felt back then as if I heard it every day at The Table.) And after forty-four years, I still go back and forth on “Longfellow Serenade.”

Of the others, the records by the Three Degrees and Helen Reddy and the A-side of the Bachman-Turner Overdrive are on my iPod, and the Carl Carlton record should be (and will be within minutes). I took a few minutes this morning to listen to the B-side of the Bachman-Turner Overdrive record – Joel Whitburn notes in Top Pop Singles that the track, an instrumental, is dedicated to Duane Allman – and was not impressed.

What about B.T. Express? Well, maybe I should pop it into the iPod; it might be good for a kitchen dance or two.

As usual these days, though, we have business at the lowest end of the chart. We’re going to see what’s at No. 100.

And we find a classic track that I heard almost daily in September and October of 1974 while I sipped coffee at The Table: “Then Came You” by Dionne Warwick and the Spinners. By the end of November, the record was in its last of its nineteen weeks in the Hot 100. A little more than a month earlier, it had been at No. 1. It’s a gem polished by a lot of good memories.

One Chart Dig: September 7, 1974

Friday, September 7th, 2012

With the road still bumpy here at the Echoes In The Wind studios, we’ll talk at length next week about early September of 1974. In the meantime, it’s instructive enough to know that the No. 1 record on the Billboard pop chart as I prepared to head back to school after an often joyful, sometimes perplexing, frequently astounding and occasionally sorrowful twelve months was “(You’re) Having My Baby,” a disturbing piece of dreck by Paul Anka (billed as “with Odia Coates”).

There are relatively few records that I dislike so intensely that I’ll switch the radio station or turn the music off. That Anka single is one of them. But leavening that displeasure were several records in the Top Ten from that long-ago September week that were pretty good. For example, the No. 10 single that week was “Then Came You” by Dionne Warwick & The Spinners.

Heading into the lower portion of that week’s Billboard Hot 100, we find a great record, the Staple Singers’ “City in the Sky.”

“City in the Sky” was one of the Staples’ last releases on Stax before the group left that label for Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom label. The record was sitting at No. 79 during the first week in September 1974, and it would go no higher. (It got to No. 4 on the R&B chart.) It should have done much better.