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70s Music-Songs from 1975

Updated on March 23, 2013

Where were you in 1975?

I turned 13 in late 1975. At thirteen, most teenagers are very interested in the music around them. I was no exception. My radio was always on.

For me, 1975 is when I began to listen less to my Daddy's old country music and more of my own. Admittedly, some of that had to do with a boy down the street that I was beginning to take an interest in. He introduced me to the Bee Gees and "Jive Talkin'". "Jive Talkin'" would become my first 45 rpm vinyld record that I ever bought. I still own it today, over 30 years later.

I wanted to share with you the number one hits for 1975 according to Billboard. I have added bits of trivia that I've either researched online or are fond memories of my own. I hope you enjoy them.

  • Angie Baby - Helen Reddy

This is one of my all-time favorite hits by Helen Reddy. My favorite line is "it's so nice to be insane, no one asks you to explain". There is an interesting video for this song that I have included to the right.

  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - Elton John

I've always wondered what the heck this song meant. It appears I was not alone. According to Wikipedia, Lucy O'Donnell was one of Julian Lennon's classmates that he drew a picture of and showed his father John Lennon. John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the song inspired by this drawing.

  • Mandy - Barry Manilow

This was the start of a string of hits for him. Not necessarily one of my favorites, but umistakeably Barry Manilow. Have you ever noticed that even the word "Manilow" is so mellow? Pincus was his real last name. I think I like Manilow better too.

  • Please Mr. Postman - The Carpenters

Some Karen Carpenter trivia found on Wikipedia: She dated some rather well-known men including Tony Danza, Steve Martin and Alan Osmond. In Playboy magazine's annual opinion poll in 1975, its readers voted Karen Carpenter as the Best Rock Drummer of the year.

  • Laughter In The Rain - Neil Sedaka

This is one of those songs that leaves people arguing about whether it's a man or a woman who sings it. It's the beautiful voice of Neil Sedaka. In 1975 Neil Sedaka was the opening act for The Carpenters World Tour. 1975 was also Neil's most successful year.

  • Fire - Ohio Players

They were originally known as the Ohio Untouchables. I just love the grunts in this song. Have you noticed it is now being used as the theme to Gordon Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen" on FOX?

  • You're No Good - Linda Ronstadt

Born Maria Linda Ronstadt, she was once known as the "Queen of Rock" and the highest paid woman in rock. She was also voted the Top Female Pop Singer of the 70s. What happened to her? It appears that her autobiography, to be titled Simple Dreams - A Musical Memoir, is scheduled to be released on September 17, 2013.

  • Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band

The Average White Band, a Scottish funk band, amazingly is still together and touring!

  • Best Of My Love - Eagles

Here's a bit of Texas trivia for you regarding the Eagles. The American Airlines center in Dallas holds the record for largest ribbon cutting ceremony ever (7/27/01) according to the Guinness Book of Records. The first event at the American Airlines center occurred the next day (7/28/01) with an Eagles concert.

  • Have You Never Been Mellow - Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John's sister Rona, also an actress, was once married to Grease co-star Jeff Conaway.

  • Black Water - The Doobie Brothers

This song's most memorable refrain is, "I'd like to hear some funky Dixieland, pretty mama come and take me by the hand"

  • My Eyes Adored You - Frankie Valli

My favorite line: "you were 5th grade, I was 6th, when we came to be"

The Muppets

  • Lady Marmalade-LaBelle

I only recently (in the last year or two) learned what it is they are saying in this song! Makes the song even more fun now. "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir" means "Do you want to sleep with me tonight?" in French. The 2001 remake by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink won each of them a Grammy after being a #1 hit for 5 weeks. It was released on the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack.

  • Lovin' You - Minnie Riperton

Minnie's squeal in this song is ear-piercing. She developed breast cancer and passed away in 1979 in her husband's arms while listening to a song Stevie Wonder made for her.

  • . Philadelphia Freedom - The Elton John Band

The song was written by co-written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin as a favor to Elton's friend, tennis star Billie Jean King. She was part of the Philadelphia Freedoms tennis team.

  • (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song - B. J. Thomas

I've always loved BJ's voice.BJ stands for BIlly Joe and even though he was born in Oklahoma he was raised in Texas. The Muppets performed this song in 1976 on The Muppet Show. See the video to the right.

  • He Don't Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando and Dawn

Thelma Hopkins of Dawn went on to have a wonderful career in acting on such shows as: Bosom Buddies (with Tom Hanks and Peter Scolera), Gimme a Break, Family Matters, and Half and Half.

  • Shining Star - Earth, Wind & Fire

The inspiration for "Shining Star" came during a nightly walk by a band member during their recording of "That's the Way of the World". He was looking at the starry sky and became inspired. He shared his concepts for the song with the other band members and a hit was born.

  • Before The Next Teardrop Falls - Freddy Fender

Another voice I just love! This is one of those songs where the artist sounds like he really means what's he saying. I love that. See a live version of this song to the right.

  • Thank God I'm A Country Boy - John Denver

John Denver was born as Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. in Roswell, New Mexico but grew up in Texas.

  • Sister Golden Hair - America

The song is about a man having a tough time working up the courage to marry his girlfriend. He is experiencing a lot of self-doubt. He makes a proposal that she "meet him half-way" Some took that to mean that he just wanted to live together as opposed to getting married. This concept was criticized in conservative circles but very popular with the younger generation.

  • Love Will Keep Us Together - The Captain & Tennille

This song, by Daryl Dragon and his wife Toni went on to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

  • Listen To What The Man Said - Paul McCartney & Wings

Wings is accredited with 12 top-10 singles in the United Kingdom and 14 top-10 singles in the United States. Six of those in the US were #1s.

  • The Hustle - Van McCoy/The Soul City Symphony

I never quite learned all of the steps to this song. I was too young to get into discos at this point. The Hustle won the Grammy Award for "Best Pop Instrumental Performance".

  • One Of These Nights - The Eagles

The song has been cited by Frey as his all-time favorite Eagles song. It's one of my favorites as well.

  • Jive Talkin' - Bee Gees

I've already revealed my connection to this song. Check out The Bee Gees 1975 appearance on the Mike Douglas Show singing it live. Another interesting piece of trivia is that Barry Gibb has shared that the rhythm you hear at the beginning of the song was inspired by the sound of a vehicle crossing a bridge.

  • Fallin' In Love - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds

I was always confused about who all these names are. Now, I know. The band was comprised of Dan Hamilton on guitar and lead vocals, Joe Frank Carollo on bass and vocals, and Tommy Reynolds on multiple instruments and vocals. All of them had previously played in The T-Bones, a 1960s band noted for the instrumental hit "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)".

  • Get Down Tonight - KC and the Sunshine Band

Perhaps you've read my hub discovering that the philtrum is what I consider the sexiest part of a person's body. You'll then realize why I like Harry Casey (KC) of KC and the Sunshine Band.

  • Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell

I remember standing outside a college gymnasium with a group of friends belting out the lyrics to this song while we waited to enter the gym with our projects for the Science Fair. My project was about the affects of different elements on the growth of bean sprouts. Yeah, I didn't win.

  • Fame - David Bowie

David Bowie's birth name is David Robert Hayward-Jones. "Fame" was co-written by John Lennon. Fame, fame, fame, fame, fame, fame, fame, what's your name, what's your name, what's your name?

  • I'm Sorry - John Denver

This was John Denver's final #1 hit. This song was one of only six songs released in 1975 that hit it big on the country and pop charts. The other five were John Denver's "Thank God I'm a Country Boy", "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" by Freddy Fender, "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" by B.J. Thomas, "Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell, and "Convoy" by C.W. McCall.

  • Bad Blood - Neil Sedaka

The backup vocals on this song are none other than Elton John.

  • Island Girl - Elton John

I remember my Uncle telling me that that song was about a prostitute. I just fixated on the lyric about her wrapping her legs around you like a well-worn tire. I always thought that was a funny way of putting it. Seems my uncle was correct. According to Wikipedia, the lyrics are indeed about a man who wants to take a prostitute back to Jamaica.

  • That's The Way (I Like It) - KC and the Sunshine Band

The song was considered risque because of the obvious implications behind the title as well as its chorus with multiple "uh-huhs". I rather like the Uh huhs. Isn't it funny how that's the part that makes you want to sing along? uh huh, uh huh

  • Fly, Robin, Fly - Silver Convention

This is the first song by a German pop group to hit #1 on the American music charts. It also holds the distinction of being "a Billboard chart-topper with one of the fewest numbers of unique words: six." The only words in the song are : fly, robin, up, to the sky. The German group kept it simple because of the difficulty they had with learning English. According to a segment on VH1, it was said that the song's working title was "Run, Rabbit, Run". I found a video from 1975 of them. They are three attractive women who seriously can NOT dance. You love this...take a look.

  • Let's Do It Again - The Staple Singers

The family's last name was actually Staples. It's a father and his four children. They were award a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.


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      Kathleen Cochran 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      1975 - the year I graduated from college. Thanks for the memories!

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      Karen Curtis 7 years ago from Central Texas

      JBeadle, you're thinking of Dr. Hook. My ex-husband and I actually got to see Dr. Hook in a small venue that holds about 200 people back in the early 80s. He put on a fantastic show and sang all his hits like "Cover of the Rolling Stone", "She Was Only 16", "Sexy Eyes", etc. He performed the first half of his show tugging at his shirt all the time only to discover that he had it on backwards....LOL It was funny.

      Glad I could stir up some fond memories.

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      J Beadle 7 years ago from Midwest

      Double comment but I had to mention how I thought "Doing The Hustle" was "Doing the Hot Dog" and there was some horribly embarrassing event surrounding that error as well as I recall. Hadn't thought about that in decades.

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      J Beadle 7 years ago from Midwest

      I was 12 in 1975. I think my Christmas presents for a few years there were new clock-radios where you could set the radio on to play for a few hours while going to sleep. That way your dad didn't come in at midnight telling you to shut the damn thing off! I think my favorite songs then were things like "Fox On The Run" or songs by Captain Hook? - (she was only 16?)... or Kiss Detroit Rock City even. As well as many of the ones you mentioned. We were all members of Columbia's record of the month club back then (well my mom was). 12 free records for a penny or something? Your hub brought back many pleasant memories of a time that feels sometimes like it was just yesterday and sometimes feels like it must have been a million years ago. I greatly enjoyed this.

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      eugene torlucci 8 years ago

      Great stuff! as a DJ I will be playing these songs at a 1978 class reunion coming up .............thanks

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      LOL....ok....that makes a little more sense now! I'm Karen, nice to meet you Shari!

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      Shari 8 years ago from New York, NY

      KCC .. lol Im Shari .. pleasure to meet you!

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Tony. Who's Shari? :)

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      tony0724 8 years ago from san diego calif

      I was never a disco guy , but I loved that song " Fly Robin Fly ". Nice job Shari !

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas glad you enjoyed it Wavegirl. It's fun to reminsce about those fun times when we were kids.

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      Shari 8 years ago from New York, NY

      KCC- wow. .. take me back. .. what a fun Hub this is! Have You Never Been Mellow .. .was right up there on my list. . as was Angie Baby. .Sister Golden Hair and My Eyes Adored You . . .I now remember in Jr High (middle school is what they call it today) we made up a dance to K.C. and the Sunshine Band. . Get Down Get Down . . . listening to Angie Baby as I write this and I must admit I am loving it all the more listening to it now! Thanks for this one I am really smiling;)

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Catherine....Abba had some hits here, but seems like they were later in the 70s. I just checked my 1976 hub and I didn't see them there either. I only spotlighted 75 and 76. I've had good intentions to do other years, but haven't gotten around to it.

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      Catherine R 8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Great trip down memory lane! Thanks for that. But what about Abba? or weren't they big in the USA?

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you very much SEM Pro! It's fun to look back and relive our teen years even for a while, remembering all those firsts. Thanks for your nice compliments and for stopping by and adding comments to my hubs.

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      SEM Pro 8 years ago from North America

      Fabulous job on this hub KCC - VERY impressive! Can't say we had the same taste in music but that's OK, doesn't mean I appreciate your work and research any less. Little older I guess - at the time I probably would have said, "so you're the teeny bopper listening to disco." hehe

      We were all 13 at one time though and music did reach into our soul and mark the memories - our first slow dancin', music we skated to as Whikat said... it's all good and your wonderful writing held my attention so I saw a couple I thoroughly enjoyed too. Thanks!

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      Karen Curtis 9 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Gwendymom! I have done 1975 and 1976. I started 1977 and haven't finished it.

      Eagles put out some good stuff, didn't they, GT?

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      goldentoad 9 years ago from Free and running....

      Eagles are one of my favs too.

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      gwendymom 9 years ago from Oklahoma

      I love so many of these songs. I was only 4 at the time but I remember hearing them and love them. Great Job KCC, can't wait until the next one!

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      Karen Curtis 9 years ago from Central Texas

      I loved Freddie's voice. *sigh* Cryin' is good Raiderfan.

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      raiderfan 9 years ago from Arizona

      I wasn't born yet in 75. But I like Freddie Fender. sometimes he makes me cry.

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      Karen Curtis 9 years ago from Central Texas

      You're welcome Whikat! I love how songs take us back! Thank you for stopping by!

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      Whikat 9 years ago

      KCC, This is a great hub! I enjoyed the memories. I was a skater in my younger years and many of these songs were great to skate to. Great Hub. Thanks for the music.

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      Karen Curtis 9 years ago from Central Texas

      True, so true!

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      Ron Montgomery 9 years ago

      When our knees are up to it!

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      Karen Curtis 9 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Ron! We rock, don't we?! LOL

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      Ron Montgomery 9 years ago

      Great hub, especially for people from that generation. I was also born in1962.

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      I'm on my way over now to check out your new one! :)

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      Karen Curtis 9 years ago from Central Texas

      They are a lot of work, but fun, LM. Don't know how many more I can do before I experience burnout. I did get your email, and the only reason I haven't responded yet, is because I had to run to the post office before they close. They are only open for 2 hours on Saturdays. I'm about to write you back.

      Dottie: I'm glad you enjoyed this! I should have the other one out in the next hour or so.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Love going back to the 70's and listening to that era of music. Nice job KCC. I really enjoyed the videos while sipping my morning coffee. Thanks.

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      Laughing Mom 9 years ago

      Glad to hear you're doing more of these.

      Did you get my email this morning?

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      Karen Curtis 9 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Blondepoet! I am putting the finishing touches on 1976. I plan to do a couple of more too. Glad you enjoyed it.

      Thanks Alekhouse! Jazz, huh? I can find something I like in all genres, too. Glad you enjoyed these. Watch for others to follow.

      Thanks, ladies!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Nice hub. Lots of stuff here. I'm really a jazz enthusiast, but I did enjoy many of these songs during the seventies. Thanks.

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      blondepoet 9 years ago from australia

      Oh fantastic Hub I love so many songs from the seventies, they will never die.

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      Karen Curtis 9 years ago from Central Texas

      G'nite Johnboy.....sorry....I couldn't resist......LOL Johnb...get it? LOL

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      johnb0127 9 years ago from TX

      O yes, a lot of work indeed! Haha. Well, good night from Arlington!

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      Karen Curtis 9 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks John! I'll be adding some more links as I get the time. I had planned to do 1975-1978, but it got rather long. I'm still planning to do the others, but it is a lot of work....but fun!

      Glad you enjoyed them.

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      johnb0127 9 years ago from TX

      Man, all these songs are awesome! Even though I am in high school, I love the oldies music. While my friends listen to Blink 182 and crap, im listenin to The Beatles! I love it! And I also love the hub. Great job


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