AMERICAN TOP 40- THE 1970’S- WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 1975

The Number Ones: Hamilton, Joe Frank And Reynolds' “Fallin' In Love”

American Top 40- The 1970’s- Week of August 23, 1975. 1975 was a strange year and this chart is an odd one- so great ones- and some truly historically awful songs- when the worst song of the week isn’t The Osmonds, KC and The Sunshine Band or Captain and Tennille- what does that say? If you’ve never heard it- listen to #37- ‘Run Joey Run’-by David Geddes… and does anyone remember the day on The Gong Show-when ever act sang ‘Feelings?’

QUIZ- THERE IS A SONG ON THIS COUNTDOWN- THAT I ONCE READ THAT SIR ELTON JOHN SAID WAS HIS FAVORITE SONG EVER- WHAT IS IT?

1 5 FALLIN’ IN LOVE –•– Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds (Playboy)-10 (1 week at #1) (1) A
2 2 ONE OF THESE NIGHTS –•– Eagles (Asylum)-13 (1) C
3 12 GET DOWN TONIGHT –•– K.C. and the Sunshine Band (T.K.)-7 (3) F
4 1 JIVE TALKIN’ –•– Bee Gees (RSO)-13 (1) A
5 6 RHINESTONE COWBOY –•– Glen Campbell (Capitol)-13 (5) A+
6 7 WHY CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS? –•– War (United Artists)-17 (6) A
7 8 HOW SWEET IT IS (To Be Loved By You) –•– James Taylor (Warner Brothers)-10 (7) B
8 4 SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT –•– Elton John (MCA)-8 (4) A
9 16 AT SEVENTEEN –•– Janis Ian (Columbia)-11 (9) A-
10 3 PLEASE MR. PLEASE –•– Olivia Newton-John (MCA)-12 (3)A-

11 15 FIGHT THE POWER (Part 1) –•– The Isley Brothers (T-Neck)-10 (11) A
12 9 MIDNIGHT BLUE –•– Melissa Manchester (Arista)-16 (6) B
13 13 LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER –•– The Captain and Tennille (A&M)-19 (1) F–
14 11 I’M NOT IN LOVE –•– 10cc (Mercury)-15 (2) A+
15 19 COULD IT BE MAGIC –•– Barry Manilow (Arista)-9 (15) B
16 20 WASTED DAYS AND WASTED NIGHTS –•– Freddy Fender (ABC / Dot)-10 (16)A+
17 21 FEEL LIKE MAKIN’ LOVE –•– Bad Company (Swan Song)-8 (17)C
18 18 HOLDIN’ ON TO YESTERDAY –•– Ambrosia (20th Century)-11 (18)B
19 22 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD –•– Earth, Wind and Fire (Columbia)-8 (19)A
20 24 BALLROOM BLITZ –•– Sweet (Capitol)-11 (20)A

21 25 THIRD RATE ROMANCE –•– The Amazing Rhythm Aces (ABC)-10 (21)A
22 26 HELP ME RHONDA –•– Johnny Rivers (Epic / Soul City)-7 (22) B-
23 10 THE ROCKFORD FILES –•– Mike Post (MGM)-15 (10)A
24 30 FAME –•– David Bowie (RCA)-9 (24)A+
25 31 TUSH –•– ZZ Top (London)-6 (25) A
26 28 RENDEZVOUS –•– The Hudson Brothers (Rocket)-10 (26) C
27 27 THAT’S WHEN THE MUSIC TAKES ME –•– Neil Sedaka (Rocket)-9 (27)C
28 33 BLACK SUPERMAN / MUHAMMAD ALI –•– Johnny Wakelin and the Kinshasa Band (Pye)-22 (28)B
29 35 I BELIEVE THERE’S NOTHING STRONGER THAN OUR LOVE –•– Paul Anka with Odia Coates (United Artists)-5 (29)F
30 40 SOLITAIRE –•– The Carpenters (A&M)-4 (30]A

31 36 DAISY JANE –•– America (Warner Brothers)-6 (31) B
32 32 ‘TIL THE WORLD ENDS –•– Three Dog Night (ABC)-8 (32) B-
33 37 TWO FINE PEOPLE –•– Cat Stevens (A&M)-6 (33) A
34 42 THE PROUD ONE –•– The Osmonds (MGM)-5 (34) D
35 45 FEELINGS –•– Morris Albert (RCA)-10 (35) D
36 43 HOW LONG (Betcha’ Got a Chick On the Side) –•– The Pointer Sisters (Blue Thumb)-6 (36) B-
37 54 RUN JOEY RUN –•– David Geddes (Big Tree)-4 (37) F- – –
38 44 DREAM MERCHANT –•– New Birth (Buddah)-8 (38) B-
39 41 GLASSHOUSE –•– The Temptations (Gordy)-7 (39) A
40 50 IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE –•– Tavares (Capitol)-5 (40) A-

12 responses to “AMERICAN TOP 40- THE 1970’S- WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 1975

  1. couple on there I don’t know (including the Temptations one, suprisingly) but majority I really like. But, yes, you’re so right about ‘Run Joey Run’… I got a big 70s compilation set not long ago that had it and I listened to it…oh man, that’s a bad song in every respect! I didn’t like it back then, but now, it’s a candidate for worst chart hit of the decade I think.

  2. I despised Jefferson Starship. What hokey, popped-up, sell out version of Jefferson Airplane. I feel the same about the Bachman Turner Overdrive-Guess Who association. The Guess Who were great.

    • I agree with every name change- especially by the time they got to Starship- pathetic! Of course the garbage they produced sold.

  3. In the late 60s to early 70s, the Top 40 was marked by healthy variety, even if there was the odd stinker. This survey is downright bi-polar. Some great ones amid the crap but I stopped listening to AM soon after this period.

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