This was the year I turned 13 and just a week before my Bar Mitzvah, I broke my arm badly (as if there’s a good way). The very next day, my grandmother passed away. So it was a stressful week, to say the least.
The year started with William Ayers bombing the Pentagon and “Wheel of Fortune” debuted. There must be a connection. Margaret Thatcher takes over
President Gerald Ford shows he isn’t done forgiving past transgressions and pardons Robert E. Lee (he pardoned former President Nixon a few months earlier) and pays for it with two assassination attempts. Saturday Nights become Live from
After the Thrill Is Gone – The Eagles
Following the success of their previous album, On The Border – which featured the number one hit “Best of my Love,” the Eagles returned to the studio in 1975 to record their follow up, One of These Nights. The three singes taken from this LP – “One of These Nights,””Lyin’ Eyes,” and “Take it to the Limit,” all reached the top 5 on the Hot 100. Although not released as a single, “After the Thrill is Gone” received significant airplay and was included in their second greatest hits package. Written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, this track epitomizes the remarkable chemistry the two artists had in collaborating with one another. The song verbalizes the loss of passion in a relationship that has seen its best days past.
Nights on Broadway - Bee Gees
Although a hugely successful group in
Harry Truman –
Written by Robert Lamm for the album Chicago VIII (1975),this song reached #13 on the
No No Song - Ringo Starr
This was written by Country music star Hoyt Axton and bass player David Jackson. Axton originally recorded the song, which a humorous look at someone who is constantly offered drugs and keeps turning them down. Axton struggled with drug abuse early in his career. In a 2007 Time magazine interview, Ringo was asked about his most memorable guest artists in the studio. His reply: "Hoyt Axton was one of them on the Ringo album. We were doing "No No Song" with the biggest spliff and a large bottle of Jack Daniel's.”
Magic – Pilot
Pilot was a pop rock group formed in 1973 in
Daisy Jane –
After the tremendous success of their debut album and its follow up, Homecoming (featuring the top 5 hit “Ventura Highway”), America’s third release failed to gain much attention (aside from the modestly successful “Muskrat Love” – which hit #1 two years later for the Captain & Tenielle). In an effort to help restart their career, the band enlisted the help of famed Beatle’s producer, George Martin, to record their next album,
Chevy Van – Sammy Johns
Like a lot of musicians, Johns started young. When he was nine, his father presented him with a guitar. By the time he was a teenager in his hometown of
Black Water - Doobie Brothers
Included on the multi-platinum album What Were Once Vices are Now Habits, this song became the Doobie Brothers first number one hit. The inspiration for this single was quite possibly from Mark Twain's books Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, which depicted life on the "Black Water." Following this song, the band continued to have considerable chart success as they morphed from a Dixie-style, southern-rock band – which featured the lead vocals of Patrick Simmons – into a more jazz-oriented ensemble fronted by Michael McDonald. Four years after “Black Water” topped the charts, the Doobies retook the top spot with the McDonald-penned “What a Fool Believes.”
Convoy – C. W. McCall
This is a novelty song inspired by the CB radio craze of the mid-'70s. The story of "Convoy" was told in CB jargon and with a Country and Western (the "C.W.") twang. C.W. McCall is a character created by songwriter Bill Fries. While he displayed musical promise as a child, he was more interested in graphic design. While attending the
Fallin’ in Love – Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds
This was written by Danny Hamilton and his wife Ann. Ann Hamilton: "In the 1970's, as a youngster, I was privileged to have access to the recording industry. At that time, I was married to Dan Hamilton of Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds. Dan had a huge hit record 'Don't Pull Your Love,' when we met. By the time we married, Dan, Joe Frank, and Allan Dennison were working on a new album of original songs. As fate would have it, Dan had some difficulty coming up with lyrics for 3 songs on the album. I submitted my ideas for 'Fallin' In Love,' 'Winners & Losers,' and 'Love Is.' Danny loved the lyrics and I had my first hit record, 'Fallin' In Love.'" Until the band had a hit with this song, they were considered as one-hit-wonders, as the rest of their other singles that followed their other Top 40 hit, "Don't Pull Your Love (Out)," went nowhere. In 1973, Tommy Reynolds, the band's drummer, quit to join a band called Shango and was replaced by Alan Dennison. In 1974, the band signed with Playboy Records, who insisted that they keep their original name (apparently, Playboy thought it would be foolish to jeopardize the very small impact that they had in music). After the success of this song, they changed their name to Hamilton, Joe Frank & Dennison to reflect the new lineup more accurately. Interestingly enough, while the album cover reflected the old name, inside sleeve listed their new one.