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Chart Digging: October 4, 1975

Friday, October 4th, 2013

So, picking up where we left off yesterday, here’s the Billboard Top Ten from October 4, 1975, thirty-eight years ago today:

“Fame” by David Bowie
“I’m Sorry/Calypso” by John Denver
“Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glen Campbell
“Run Joey Run” by David Geddes
“Mr. Jaws” by Dickie Goodman
“Bad Blood” by Neil Sedaka
“Ballroom Blitz” by the Sweet
“Dance With Me” by Orleans
“Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady” by Helen Reddy
“Rocky” by Austin Roberts

Wow. That’s a sorry Top Ten, given that the autumn of 1975 was one of the better seasons of my life. One of the records – “Dance With Me” – ranks among my all-time favorites, and I like well enough the Bowie, Campbell, Sedaka and Reddy records, but the other five? I can live without hearing any of them ever again, and I’ve felt that was since the autumn of 1975.

Not that far down the chart, though, come bunches of records that help make the memories of that season so special: The Spinners, Janis Ian, Jefferson Starship, Paul Simon with Phoebe Snow, Leon Russell, Earth Wind & Fire and more. (And if you’re a fan of the autumn of 1975, you can figure out the titles of the records pretty easily.)

As usual though, our task is lower down, but instead of our usual six records, we’re going to look at only three today.

Sitting at No. 98 is a record I don’t recall from that autumn of 1975 even though it eventually rose to No. 35: “Let’s Live Together” by the Road Apples. The group hailed from Boston and had the record originally released on the Mums label before Polydor picked up the track. The various surveys available at the Airheads Radio Survey Archive show the record unsurprisingly strong in Boston, going to No. 1 on WBZ and to No. 2 on WRKO. It also hit the Top Ten on stations in Brunswick, Maine; Albany, Georgia; and Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s a decent record, but I don’t feel as if I missed out on anything not having heard it back then.

Singer Evie Sands has popped up in this space once before, when I was scanning a list of artists who’d had records on the Cameo label; Sand’s 1968 record, “Billy Sunshine” (No. 133) was one of those, the second of seven records the Brooklyn-born singer would put in or near the Hot 100. The last of her hits was at its peak during the first week of October 1975 when “I Love Makin’ Love To You” was sitting at No. 50. According to the surveys at ARSA, the record made the Top Ten at KISN in Vancouver, Washington, and just missed the Top Ten at KNMS in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Again, it’s a decent record but nothing that would make me fire up the time machine for a trip to 1975.

Having looked around near No. 100 and at No. 50, let’s split the difference for our third record of the day. Right at No. 75 we find Waylon Jennings’ thumping critique of 1970s country music: “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” was on its way to a peak of No. 60 and to a week on the top of the country chart. I find the song a little ham-handed and old fogy-ish, and I wonder as I write what Jennings – whose last hit came in 1983 and who passed on in 2002 – would think of today’s country music, which, as I’ve said at least once in this space, sounds an awful lot like 1970s Rolling Stones tracks with an occasional fiddle or steel guitar splashed on top. Just to be consistent, we’ll check survey action; ARSA shows that the record hit No. 9 in, unsurprisingly, Nashville.