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This week, The Foote Files take you back to 1975 and the ten most popular songs in the nation!
It was quite a year. The Vietnam War ended that April. President Gerald Ford had been in office only a few months after the resignation of Richard Nixon.
1975 was a year of not only some great pop music but songs that crossed over into other music genres. Country artists such as Glen Campbell, Freddy Fender, John Denver, Billy Swan, Michael Martin Murphey, and even Linda Ronstadt. Lots of one hit wonders too from artists like Janis Ian, Pilot, Ace, and The Three Degrees. Disco was getting started too with Joe Simon (“Get Down, Get Down On The Floor”) and Van McCoy (“The Hustle”).Mega stars of the day consisted of Elton John, The Bee Gees, The Eagles, The Doobie Brothers, and Paul McCartney and Wings.
And now we count down the ten top songs of 1975 as determined by Billboard Magazine:
10. Thank God I’m A Country Boy (John Denver)
9. One Of These Nights (The Eagles)
8. Laughter In The Rain (Neil Sedaka)
7. Fame (David Bowie)
6. Shining Star (Earth Wind & Fire)
5. My Eyes Adored You (Frankie Valli)
4. Before The Next Teardrop Falls (Freddy Fender)
3. Philadelphia Freedom (Elton John)
2. Rhinestone Cowboy (Glen Campbell)
And the #1 song of 1975 was………Love Will Keep Us Together from Captain & Tennille.
But there was one song that was released in 1974 but is credited as the #100 song of 1975. The group was headed by a hairdresser named Sir Monti Rock (born Joseph Montanez) who had been a teen idol and a regular on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson during the 60’s. Taking the pseudonym of Disco-Tex, his group consisted of record producer Bob Crewe (The Four Seasons and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheel), Kenny Nolan, and Cidny Bullens, they called themselves Disco-Tex And The Sex-O-Lettes. Their first hit from Chelsea Records was “Get Dancin”, one of the early disco songs of the 1970’s, written and produced by Bob Crewe. Here is a link to this song.
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