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Updated on February 10, 2011

Welcome to the Baby Boomer Chronicles, the other BBC. I created this as I have a sentimental and nostalgic side to my nature. While my focus is on the Baby Boomer generation, born during 1946-1964. If you come either late or early to the party, welcome all the same. For me, like many others, great songs mark milestones in time’s passage as a part of life’s journey. When ever a song appeared at the ‘top of the charts’, I usually knew what going on in the world and in my life for during that particular time period. I put up a classic music nugget or two and hope that your memory is jogged in such a way, as mine always is. We will focus on music from year 1960-1989. For me, much earlier, I do not remember well, and after about 1990, my feelings about popular music were akin to those of my parents about the rock and roll era. They still look for that ‘Doggie in the Window’. This focuses primarily on popular music. In any case, let your tastes and imagination take you to ever greater heights. This may well be your catalyst.

"You see, we can move freely within the first 3 dimensions, but within the 4thdimension, time, we are all prisoners".


“The Time Machine” H.G. Wells

In the meantime, who says that we can’t observe and enjoy the changing landscape?

Eres Tu (Touch the Wind) by Mocedades

 "Eres Tu" has the distinction of being one of the few foreign language songs that made the charts over several years. I distinctly remember hearing this great song for the first time during  March-April, 1974

"The Streak" by Ray Stevens

1974 would not have been 1974 without a salute to the streaking craze. This was better than 'Animal House'. It was so much fun being in the university environment during that time. Colorado State competed with University of Colorado in Boulder to see how many streakers each school can get to show up and actually streak. We had crowds/spectators that rivaled any campus sporting event. By late spring, things were getting pretty nasty as these streakers could come at you from anywhere on campus. This was a lot more fun than stuffing phone booths or eating goldfish.

Top Pop 1974

01. The Way We Were » Barbra Streisand
02. Seasons In The Sun » Terry Jacks
03. Love's Theme » Love Unlimited Orchestra
04. Come And Get Your Love » Redbone
05. Dancing Machine » Jackson 5
06. The Loco-Motion » Grand Funk Railroad
08. The Streak » Ray Stevens
09. Bennie And The Jets » Elton John
10. One Hell Of A Woman » Mac Davis
11. Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) » Aretha Franklin
12. Jungle Boogie » Kool & The Gang
13. Midnight At The Oasis » Maria Muldaur
14. You Make Me Feel Brand New » Stylistics
15. Show And Tell » Al Wilson
16. Spiders And Snakes » Jim Stafford
17. Rock On » David Essex
18. Sunshine On My Shoulder » John Denver
19. Sideshow » Blue Magic
20. Hooked On A Feeling » Blue Swede
21. Billy Don't Be A Hero » Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
22. Band On The Run » Paul McCartney & Wings
23. The Most Beautiful Girl » Charlie Rich
24. Time In A Bottle » Jim Croce
25. Annie's Song » John Denver
26. Let Me Be There » Olivia Newton-John
27. Sundown » Gordon Lightfoot
28. (You're) Having My Baby » Paul Anka
29. Rock Me Gently » Andy Kim
30. Boogie Down » Eddie Kendricks
31. You're Sixteen » Ringo Starr
32. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) » Olivia Newton-John
33. Dark Lady » Cher
34. Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me » Gladys Knight & The Pips
35. Feel Like Makin' Love » Roberta Flack
36. Just Dont Want To Be Lonely » Main Ingredient
37. Nothing From Nothing » Billy Preston
38. Rock Your Baby » George McCrae
39. Top Of The World » Carpenters
40. The Joker » Steve Miller Band
41. I've Got To Use My Imagination » Gladys Knight & The Pips
42. The Show Must Go On » Three Dog Night
43. Rock The Boat » Hues Corporation
44. Smokin' In The Boys Room » Brownsville Station
45. Living For The City » Stevie Wonder
46. The Night Chicago Died » Paper Lace
47. Then Came You » Dionne Warwick & The Spinners
48. The Entertainer » Marvin Hamlisch
49. Waterloo » Abba
50. The Air That I Breathe » Hollies
51. Rikki Don't Lose That Number » Steely Dan
52. Mockingbird » Carly Simon
53. Help Me » Joni Mitchell
54. You Won't See Me » Anne Murray
55. Never, Never Gonna Give You Up » Barry White
56. Tell Me Something Good » Rufus
57. You And Me Against The World » Helen Reddy
58. Rock And Roll Heaven » Righteous Brothers
59. Hollywood Swinging » Kool & The Gang
60. Be Thankful For What You Got » William Devaughn
61. Hang On In There Baby » Johnny Bristol
62. Eres Tu (Touch The Wind) » Mocedades
63. Taking Care Of Business » Bachman-Turner Overdrive
64. Radar Love » Golden Earring
65. Please Come To Boston » Dave Loggins
66. Keep On Smilin' » Wet Willie
67. Lookin' For Love » Bobby Womack
68. Put Your Hands Together » O'Jays
69. On And On » Gladys Knight & The Pips
70. Oh Very Young » Cat Stevens
71. Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) » Helen Reddy
72. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road » Elton John
73. I've Been Searchin' So Long » Chicago
74. Oh My My » Ringo Starr
75. For The Love Of Money » O'Jays
76. I Shot The Sherrif » Eric Clapton
77. Jet » Paul McCartney & Wings
78. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me » Elton John
79. Tubular Bells » Mike Oldfield
80. Love Song » Anne Murray
81. I'm Leaving It All Up To You » Donny & Marie Osmond
82. Hello, It's Me » Todd Rundgren
83. I Love » Tom T. Hall
84. Clap For The Wolfman » Guess Who
85. I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song » Jim Croce
86. The Lord's Prayer » Sister Janet Mead
87. Trying To Hold On To My Woman » Lamont Dozier
88. Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing » Stevie Wonder
89. A Very Special Love Song » Charlie Rich
90. My Girl Bill » Jim Stafford
91. My Mistake Was To Love You » Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye
92. Helen Wheels » Paul McCartney & Wings
93. Wildwood Weed » Jim Stafford
94. Beach Baby » First Class
95. Me And Baby Brother » War
96. Rockin' Roll Baby » Stylistics
97. I Honestly Love You » Olivia Newton-John
98. Call On Me » Chicago
99. Wild Thing » Fancy
100. Mighty Love, Pt. 1 » Spinners

How did the 1974 thing go for you?

You have to think about 1974, Without looking it up in Wikipedia, which events do you remember? Review in your mind by month by month and see which events come to mind. I do that here and I promise not to cheat....

I know the news stories that got my attention:

1. August, 1974 - Richard Nixon resigns as President to be succeeded by Gerald Ford.


1974: Sophomore year at the 'U'. Freshman parties are over, have to buckle down and hit the books. No time for streaking this year.

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    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Hi, molometer, thanks for joining the club. I am delighted that you enjoyed this, come back and visit again soon

      Let me know which tune of the year was your favorite..


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      Micheal is 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      As a card carrying member of the BBC I found this hub very interesting and reminded me of all those great tunes.

      Well done and look forward to reading the rest.

    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Hey, Alastar, you bet,, I followed all the 60's pop and r&b bands during that time I was growing up. The Turtles were definitely on the top of the charts during the latter half of the 1960's. I recognized the song, immediately. I really want to take this BBC into the 1960's, but I was hassled by Hub Pages about duplicate content, but it is a series, for heavens sake. I loved all the music, everything regarding the period. Keep coming back, I am going the expand this one or the other, it is no longer a preference, but a quest.

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      Alastar Packer 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      That was along time ago Cred. Thank goodness I was barely in my Btw, have you ever heard the Turtles "Shes My Girl?"

    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Alastar, you know that it is always a thrill to have you drop by. It was a hot year for music and I seemed so much more attuned to things back then. I remember the Oscar debacle with David Niven. It has been so long and so many of the performers of stage and screen have passed on.

      Geea, 38 years ago, has it been so long?

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      Alastar Packer 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Cred I'm glad claptona reminded me of this great Baby Boomer Chronicles you've done. 1974 was a good year for the music and this list sure does bring back the memories. Faves on the list here were: Midnight at the Oasis: Help Me: Time in a Bottle. Who can forget the streak craze. Do you recall that years Oscars when the guy streaked behind David Niven when he was making an award and he said something to the effect about the fellow showing all his shortcomings LOL!

    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      John, I am glad that you enjoyed the visit, weren't them the days? Yeah, I am getting along in years, please visit again!

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      John D Wilson 

      7 years ago from Earth

      Wow Crede,

      Good Hubs!

      I could spend a lot of time here - brings back many memories!

      Great job!

      Aren't you kind of showing your age here? :o) !


      Cheers buddy!


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