Originally written September 1, 2013.
Hi, kids! It’s time for another Top 10 Flashback, Labor Day edition! I’m the guy who wastes his time doing this every week. Looking at what we’ve done so far, I see that we have been giving our friends out west short shrift, so let’s take a look at the top ten songs from this Labor Day and back to school week in 1974 according AM 1230, KRIZ in Phoenix. Survey dated September 2, 1974.
Let’s do it!
Wildwood Weed – Jim Stafford
Pot was mainstream enough by this time that a song like this could make the top ten with few eyelashes batted. And who really gave a damn about the people who gave a damn?
Q: What’s the most common word in a stoner’s vocabulary?
A: Ear. As in *toke* “Ear!”
(Read more about this song here.)
Rock The Boat – Hues Corporation
This had been #1 for much of the summer, and it was still hanging around in September. Great song that’s unfairly dismissed as disco. Legendary Motown/Funk Brothers bassist James Jamerson played on this, and if you listen to the bass line, you’ll find he didn’t have much to do here. My guess is he needed the paycheck
Leaving It All Up To You – Donny & Marie Osmond
Well, ya gotta take the bad with the good. At least Marie was hot.
Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Elton John
I actually think this is one of his weaker songs, but a relatively weak song from Sir Elton, who could do no wrong in those days, is still superb.
Rock Me Gently – Andy Kim
This is a really tough song to dislike. Go ahead, play it. I dare you not to sing along.
The Night Chicago Died – Paper Lace
There was a renewed fascination with the Prohibition-era gangsters in the mid-70’s, and this song played right into it. Fun fact: Paper Lace did the original version of “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero,” which gave them all sorts of bragging rights. Or something.
Feel Like Makin’ Love – Roberta Flack
Not to be confused with the Bad Company song of the same title and time. Quite a sexy little number. You could consider this the female answer to Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.
I Shot The Sheriff – Eric Clapton
Sure, the original Bob Marley version was superior, but I’ll bet he was glad Clapton covered it. He certainly made a few bucks because of it, and the song was introduced to a much wider audience, as was Marley himself. Sounds like a win-win to me.
Tell Me Something Good – Rufus
Good song, and Chaka Khan sure was doable, wasn’t she?
http://thebig8.net/number_1_then_and_number_1_now.wav <—Number 1 then and number 1 now!
Here it is, ladies and gentlemen, the top song in Phoenix, Arizona, according to AM 1230, KRIZ, the first week of September, nineteen hundred and seventy-four, is:
As always, you are encouraged to contribute below. And remember, you’re always #1 with us!