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    1974!

    Arguably, one of the best years in music [[I guess during the Rock/Soul/Pop era.....). There so, so many great songs and recordings that came out at that time. Not all were masterpieces, but most were very popular across the board! Tell me your favorite songs from 1974. Here's just one of mine, Lamont Dozier and "Fish Ain't Bitin":


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    I think a more interesting conversation would be the best year in music! I may go with 1966, but it is a very hard task to pick a best year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomas96 View Post
    I think a more interesting conversation would be the best year in music! I may go with 1966, but it is a very hard task to pick a best year.
    Well, I felt 1974 was a pretty special year in music and the fact that it is the 40th anniversary are why I chose to focus solely on it for this thread. Another favorite from 1974:


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    1974 was when most people first heard Chaka Khan/Rufus when "Tell Me Something Good" was a huge hit:


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    I think "For The Love Of Money" is a masterpiece from 1974 year [['I'm not totally sure if previously than the "Ship Ahoy" 1974 PIR album, the single was issued in 1973, ??).

    Some others [[I'm sorry if i'm wrong and are not from 1974, I think they are): "A Mother For My Children" and "One For The Money" by The Whispers; "Future Shock" by Curtis Mayfield; "This Can Be Real" by Natural Four; "The Love I Lost" by The Blue Notes; "Love Is The Message" by MFSB; "I'll Always love my mama", by The Intruders; "Thanks For Saving My Life" and "The Whole Town's Talking" by Billy Paul; "I Want You", by Marvin Gaye; "Wonderful" by Isaac hayes; "A Beautiful day" by Ecstasy, passion & pain; "Chaper To keep her" by Johnnie Taylor; "Funky Stuff" by Kool & The Gang; "Sexy mama" by The Moments; "Party Down" by Little Beaver;...

    If I recall a particular 70's year on wich there was a lo t of great albums, was 1976 [["Wake Up Everybody" by The Blue Notes; "Drama V" by The Dramatics; "Chain Reaction" by The Crusaders; "Kickin'" by Mighty Clouds Of Joy; "Love's On The Menu", by Jerry Butler; "All Things In Time", by Lou Rawls; "Love Crazy" by The Miracles; "Bondage", by Angelo Bond; "Rufusized", by Rufus feat. Chaka Khan;...)

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    I don't think theres such a thing as a best year in music for me but I have to admit 1974 was fully loaded with great sounds that shaped my musical tastes for years to come. I'd finished
    high school and left my parents home and moved to South Carolina. It was a hot summer
    and one day I heard Funkadelic's Standing On The Verge Of Gettin' It On on the radio and it
    rocked my world!....

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    In my top 10 of favs from 1974:

    Modulations - I Can't Fight Your Love

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX4mG55obVg

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    Quote Originally Posted by manny View Post
    I think "For The Love Of Money" is a masterpiece from 1974 year [['I'm not totally sure if previously than the "Ship Ahoy" 1974 PIR album, the single was issued in 1973, ??).

    Some others [[I'm sorry if i'm wrong and are not from 1974, I think they are): "A Mother For My Children" and "One For The Money" by The Whispers; "Future Shock" by Curtis Mayfield; "This Can Be Real" by Natural Four; "The Love I Lost" by The Blue Notes; "Love Is The Message" by MFSB; "I'll Always love my mama", by The Intruders; "Thanks For Saving My Life" and "The Whole Town's Talking" by Billy Paul; "I Want You", by Marvin Gaye; "Wonderful" by Isaac hayes; "A Beautiful day" by Ecstasy, passion & pain; "Chaper To keep her" by Johnnie Taylor; "Funky Stuff" by Kool & The Gang; "Sexy mama" by The Moments; "Party Down" by Little Beaver;...

    If I recall a particular 70's year on wich there was a lo t of great albums, was 1976 [["Wake Up Everybody" by The Blue Notes; "Drama V" by The Dramatics; "Chain Reaction" by The Crusaders; "Kickin'" by Mighty Clouds Of Joy; "Love's On The Menu", by Jerry Butler; "All Things In Time", by Lou Rawls; "Love Crazy" by The Miracles; "Bondage", by Angelo Bond; "Rufusized", by Rufus feat. Chaka Khan;...)
    Manny you've got it! You are right on the money with the songs you cited! I agree about 1976 being a year of some of the greatest, most enduring albums [[along with 1978 when I bought close 100 albums that year alone!) .

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    Quote Originally Posted by splanky View Post
    I don't think theres such a thing as a best year in music for me but I have to admit 1974 was fully loaded with great sounds that shaped my musical tastes for years to come. I'd finished
    high school and left my parents home and moved to South Carolina. It was a hot summer
    and one day I heard Funkadelic's Standing On The Verge Of Gettin' It On on the radio and it
    rocked my world!....
    Splanky, I could have used the descriptor...." One of the most memorable" in terms of music. Check this out:


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    How many times did I sing along with or hum this ditty from the Summer of 1974?


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    Boogie Down-Eddie Kendricks


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    Here's a Billboard Chart for a typical week in 1974. How many of these do you remember?

    BILLBOARD [[USA) MAGAZINE'S SINGLES CHART FOR WEEK OF:March 9,1974

    TW LW Wks. Song-Artist

    1 1 9 SEASONS IN THE SUN-TERRY JACKS

    2 4 10 Boogie Down-Eddie Kendricks

    3 2 16 The Way We Were-Barbra Streisand

    4 5 14 Jungle Boogie-Kool & The Gang

    5 6 18 Rock On-David Essex

    6 9 11 Dark Lady-Cher

    7 3 18 Spiders & Snakes-Jim Stafford

    8 13 6 Mockingbird-Carly Simon & James Taylor

    9 7 16 Until You Come Back To Me-Aretha Franklin

    10 17 7 Sunshine On My Shoulders-John Denver

    11 8 15 Love's Theme-Love Unlimited Orchestra

    12 14 13 Love Song-Anne Murray

    13 18 9 Eres Tu [[Touch The Wind)-Mocedades

    14 20 5 Jet-Paul McCartney & Wings

    15 10 12 Put Your Hands Together-O'Jays

    16 12 14 I Love-Tom T.Hall

    17 24 9 Come And Get Your Love-Redbone

    18 19 9 Sexy Mama-Moments

    19 23 12 Trying To Hold On To My Woman-Lamont Dozier

    20 11 13 You're Sixteen-Ringo Starr

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomas96 View Post
    I think a more interesting conversation would be the best year in music! I may go with 1966, but it is a very hard task to pick a best year.
    Well, there is no one best year. There are many good years for music, and both 1966 and 1974 and among the greatest, IMO. 1974 also had the most #1 singles of the 70s decade.

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    Another classic from 1974: "Let's Straighten It Out" - Latimore


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    and the fun times partying to Kool & The Gang - "Hollywood Swinging"


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    Quote Originally Posted by soulster View Post
    Well, there is no one best year. There are many good years for music, and both 1966 and 1974 and among the greatest, IMO. 1974 also had the most #1 singles of the 70s decade.
    Soulster there were so many good records that came out that year it was ridiculous LOL!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    Soulster there were so many good records that came out that year it was ridiculous LOL!!!
    Damn right!

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    The Spinners had this masterpiece! Spinners - "Love Don't Love Nobody "



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    Quote Originally Posted by soulballad View Post
    KC and the Sunshine band was just starting to blow up big around this time!

    Soulballad, I've always loved this record, but didn't it come out in 1975?

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    This one always reminds of me of the trip to Cedar Point [[major amusement park in Sandusky , Ohio.....)
    Redbone - "Come and Get Your Love"


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    You're right it was 75ish right around the time of the Hustle!

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    Now Redbone was it! Native American Soul brothers!

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    The Spinners "Love Don't Love Nobody was blown up on the Chicago soul stations for years! It was one of their best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulballad View Post
    You're right it was 75ish right around the time of the Hustle!
    The Hustle! I remember well! LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulballad View Post
    The Spinners "Love Don't Love Nobody was blown up on the Chicago soul stations for years! It was one of their best!
    After it came out in mid 74, they played it regularly through the end of the year in Detroit.

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    Some of my favorites from 1974:
    Lady Marmelade - LaBelle
    Tell Me Something Good - Rufus
    Sideshow - Blue Magic
    TSOP - MFSB
    Then Came You - Spinners with Dionne Warwick
    Dancing Machine - Jackson 5
    Help Me - Joni Mitchell
    Jazz Man - Carole King
    One Chain Don't Make No Prison - Four Tops
    Heavenly - The Temptations
    I Feel A Song - Gladys Knight & the Pips
    Band On The Run - Wings
    For The Love Of Money - The O'Jays
    Boogie Down - Eddie Kendricks
    Learning To Love You Was Easy/Bring Back The Love Of Yesterday - The Dells

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    Great list Jim! I will add another of my favorites from 1974, "Midnight At the Oasis" - Maria Muldaur.


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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    The Hustle! I remember well! LOL!
    In the summer of 1975, "The Hustle" was one of the coolest tunes on the radio! It has a cool, strong groove going on under the orchestra.

    I miss that whole era of instrumentals: swirling strings and horns over a bed of groove. TSOP, Love's Theme...all great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimBagley View Post
    One Chain Don't Make No Prison - Four Tops
    Your list has all my favorites in it, but this one, in my opinion, was the last great Four Tops song in the fine soul tradition. Levi Stubbs was dripping sweat on this one!

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    Then there was the coolest song about prostitution! Four Tops.- "Midnight Flower"


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    Now, if you don't mind, I will offer up the track listing of my homemade 1974 comp. Certainly it has more than soul music on it. Just for the sake this forum and for further discussion and debate, I highlighted the songs I feel are R&B.


    VOL 1
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    01 - Jet - Paul McCartney & Wings
    02 - You're Sixteen [[You're Beautiful And You're Mine) - Ringo Starr
    03 - Spiders & Snakes - Jim Stafford
    04 - Painted Ladies - Ian Thomas
    05 - A Love Song - Anne Murray
    06 - Time In A Bottle - Jim Croce
    07 - W.O.L.D. - Harry Chapin
    08 - Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks
    09 - Sunshine On My Shoulders [single version] - John Denver
    10 - Dark Lady - Cher
    11 - Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo [single version]- Rick Derringer
    12 - Jim Dandy - Black Oak Arkansas
    13 - Rock On - Devid Essex
    14 - The Way We Were [single version] - Barbra Streisand
    15 - Put Your Hands Together - O'Jays
    16 - Boogie Down [single version] - Eddie Kendricks

    17 - Make Yours A Happy Home - Gladys Knight & The Pips
    18 - Touch A Hand [[Make A Friend) - Staple Singers
    19 - Heavenly - The Temptations
    20 - Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo [[Heartbreaker) - The Rolling Stones


    VOL 2
    =====


    01 - Mockingbird - Carly Simon and James Taylor
    02 - Thanks For Saving My Life - Billy Paul
    03 - Come and Get Your Love [single version] - Redbone

    04 - Hooked On A Feeling - Blue Swede
    05 - The Loco-Motion - Grand Funk
    06 - Oh My My - Ringo Starr
    07 - Eres Tu [[Touch the Wind) - Mecolades
    08 - Star - Steeler's Wheel
    09 - The Entertainer - Marvin Hamilisch
    10 - Oh Very Young - Cat Stevens
    11 - Mighty Love-Pt. 1 - Spinners
    12 - Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me - Gladys Knight & The Pips
    13 - Lookin' for a Love - Bobby Womack
    14 - One Chain Don't Make No Prison [album version] - The Four Tops

    15 - If You Love Me Let Me Know - Olivia Newton-John
    16 - If You Wanna Get To Heaven - Ozark Mountain Daredevils
    17 - I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song - Jim Croce
    18 - Mighty Mighty - Earth, Wind & Fire
    19 - Love's Theme [single version] - Love Unlimited Orchestra
    20 - TSOP [[The Sound of Philadelphia) - [single version] - MFSB

    21 - My Girl Bill - Jim Stafford
    22 - The Lord's Prayer - Sister Janet Mead
    23 - La Grange - ZZ Top


    VOL 3
    =====


    01 - Already Gone - Eagles
    ---There was originally "The Streak" by Ray Stevens here---
    03 - Midnight At The Oasis - Maria Muldaour
    04 - Rikki Don't Lose That Number [single version] - Steely Dan
    05 - The Show Must Go On [single version] - Three Dog Night
    06 - I Just Don't Want to Be Lonely - The Main Ingredient
    07 - [[I've Been) Searching So Long [45 version] - Chicago
    08 - Bennie And The Jets - Elton John
    09 - King Of Nothing - Seals & Crofts
    10 - Dancing Machine - Jackson 5
    11 - Waterloo - ABBA
    12 - Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing [45 version] - Stevie Wonder
    13 - Billy, Don't Be A Hero [45 version] - Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
    14 - Help Me - Joni Mitchell
    15 - Band On The Run - Paul McCartney & Wings
    16 - You Won't See Me [single version] - Anne Murray
    17 - Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot
    18 - For The Love Of Money [45 version] - O'Jays
    19 - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Elton John
    20 - Jazzman - Carole King



    VOL 4
    =====


    01 - You Make Me Feel Brand New - The Stylistics
    02 - Hollywood Swinging - Kool & The Gang

    03 - The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace
    04 - One Hell Of A Woman - Mac Davis
    05 - Let It Ride [single version] - Backman-Turner Overdrive
    06 - Sure As I'm Sittin' Here [single version] - Three Dog Night
    07 - Train Of Thought - Cher
    08 - Haven't Got Time For The Pain - Carly Simon
    09 - Free Man In Paris - Joni Mitchell
    10 - Play Something Sweet [[Brickyard Blues) [single version] - Three Dog Night
    11 - The Payback [[Part 1) - James Brown
    12 - Ballero [live] - War

    13 - I Won't Last A Day Without You - Carpenters
    14 - Workin' At The Car Wash Blues - Jim Croce
    15 - Air That I Breathe - Hollies
    16 - Takin' Care Of Business - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
    17 - Please Come To Boston - Dave Loggins
    18 - Annie's Song - John Denver
    19 - Finally Got Myself Together [[I'm a Changed Man) - The Impressions
    20 - On And On - Gladys Knight & The Pips

    21 - Carefree Highway - Gordon Lightfoot


    VOL 5
    =====


    01 - Pinball Wizard - Elton John
    02 - Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe [single version]- Barry White
    03 - The Bitch Is Back - Elton John
    04 - Rock Me Gently - Andy Kim
    05 - Rock Your Baby [single version] - George McCrae
    06 - Skin Tight [single version] - Ohio Players
    07 - Sideshow - Blue Magic

    08 - Who Do You Think You Are - Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
    09 - Radar Love [radio version] - Golden Earring
    10 - You Haven't Done Nothin' - Stevie Wonder
    11 - Rock The Boat [single version] - The Hues Corporation
    12 - You Little Trustmaker - The Tymes
    13 - Be Thankful For What You've Got [single version] - William DeVaughn

    14 - Machine Gun - Commodores
    15 - Then Came You - Dionne Warwich with Spinners
    16 - Tell Me Something Good [single version] - Rufus
    17 - Feel Like Makin Love - Roberta Flack
    18 - Nothing From Nothing - Billy Preston

    19 - Earache My Eye featuring Alice Bowie - Cheech & Chong
    20 - I Shot The Sherrif [single version] - Eric Clapton


    VOL 6
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    01 - Do It Baby - The Miracles
    02 - Sweet Home Alabama [single version - Lynyard Skynyard
    03 - Call On Me - Chicago
    04 - Can't Get Enough [single Version] - Barry White

    05 - Evil Boll-Weevil - Grand Canyon
    06 - Beach Baby - First Class
    07 - Hang On In There Baby - Johnny Bristol
    08 - Do It [['Till You're Satisfied) [single version] - B.T. Express

    09 - Whatever Gets You Thru The Night - John Lennon Ono Band
    10 - You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
    11 - I Can Help - Billy Swan
    12 - I Honestly Love You - Olivia Newton-John
    13 - I Got The Music In Me - Kiki Dee Band
    14 - Life Is A Rock [[But The Radio Rolled Me) - Reunion
    15 - The Wall Street Shuffle [single version] - 10cc
    16 - Wishing You Were Here - Chicago
    17 - Tin Man - America
    18 - Laughter In The Rain - Neil Sedaka


    VOL 7
    =====


    01 - Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas
    02 - When Will I See You Again - The Three Degrees
    03 - My Melody Of Love = Bobby Vinton
    04 - Everlasting Love - Carl Carlton
    05 - Sha La La La [[Make Me Happy) - Al Green

    06 - Clap For The Wolfman - The Guess Who
    07 - Bungle In The Jungle - Jethro Tull
    08 - You're My First, My Last, My Everything - [single version] - Barry White
    09 - Angie Baby - Helen Reddy
    10 - Junior's Farm - Paul McCartney & Wings
    11 - Sally G - Paul McCartney & Wings
    13 - You Got The Love [single version] - Rufus
    14 - Longfellow Seranade - Neil Diamond
    15 - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - Elton John
    16 - Boogie On Reggae Woman [single version] - Stevie Wonder
    17 - Cats In The Cradle - Harry Chapin
    Last edited by soulster; 05-12-2014 at 02:50 PM. Reason: tyops

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    Rock On - David Essex........ I loved it!

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    Now how in the World can we have a retrospective discussion about the music of 1974 without mentioning this JAM~!!!


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    It was also the year of the big.................."PAYBACK!"


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    One thing that the listings above prove. Most of these people were very very talented and Disco did not ruin the charts the way rap has. There is such a difference in taste here for everyone. Hey remember we all knew who was singing what as well. Midnight at the Oasis and the Ohio Players on the charts there was enough for Mommy and Daddy and the kids!

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    Quote Originally Posted by splanky View Post
    I don't think theres such a thing as a best year in music for me but I have to admit 1974 was fully loaded with great sounds that shaped my musical tastes for years to come. I'd finished
    high school and left my parents home and moved to South Carolina. It was a hot summer
    and one day I heard Funkadelic's Standing On The Verge Of Gettin' It On on the radio and it
    rocked my world!....
    And of course, the P-Funk organization didn't stop there, having also released Up For The Down Stroke from the reactivated Parliament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephanie View Post
    One thing that the listings above prove. Most of these people were very very talented and Disco did not ruin the charts the way rap has. There is such a difference in taste here for everyone. Hey remember we all knew who was singing what as well. Midnight at the Oasis and the Ohio Players on the charts there was enough for Mommy and Daddy and the kids!
    You have that right Stephanie. I could hear "The Streak" one minute and the next hear the Stylistics singing " You Make Me Feel Brand New "! LOL!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmyfunk View Post
    And of course, the P-Funk organization didn't stop there, having also released Up For The Down Stroke from the reactivated Parliament.
    That was one of our Jr. High School JAMS Timmy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    Now how in the World can we have a retrospective discussion about the music of 1974 without mentioning this JAM~!!!
    It's in my list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    It was also the year of the big.................."PAYBACK!"
    To this day, the only place to find the 45 version on CD with the DJ voice-over is on an out-of-print Billboard Top R&B Hits: 1974. Shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephanie View Post
    One thing that the listings above prove. Most of these people were very very talented and Disco did not ruin the charts the way rap has.
    Rap didn't ruin anything! If you want to blame anything, blame the artists and producers who insisted on putting a rap into the middle of every R&B song.

    There is such a difference in taste here for everyone.
    And, that's the way I listen to music. I don't limit myself to just one type. I can't put my musical tastes in a box like some people here can. Back in 1974, when you turned on the radio, there was something there for almost everybody. You may even have had the tolerance to sit through the ones you didn't like, but something you did always came up.

    Hey remember we all knew who was singing what as well.
    I doubt it. If people can't remember today, what makes you think they could back then?

    Midnight at the Oasis and the Ohio Players on the charts there was enough for Mommy and Daddy and the kids!
    But, your older brother had to endure "Billy, Don't be A Hero"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulster View Post
    It's in my list.
    Sorry. Your list is so long and so inclusive, you might end the discussion right there! LOL! Let's have a little more fun remembering, cool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulster View Post
    Rap didn't ruin anything! If you want to blame anything, blame the artists and producers who insisted on putting a rap into the middle of every R&B song.



    And, that's the way I listen to music. I don't limit myself to just one type. I can't put my musical tastes in a box like some people here can. Back in 1974, when you turned on the radio, there was something there for almost everybody. You may even have had the tolerance to sit through the ones you didn't like, but something you did always came up.



    I doubt it. If people can't remember today, what makes you think they could back then?



    But, your older brother had to endure "Billy, Don't be A Hero"!
    or, "The Night Chicago Died"! LOL!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    Sorry. Your list is so long and so inclusive, you might end the discussion right there! LOL! Let's have a little more fun remembering, cool?
    Sorry man! I just listen to old music every day, all the time. I live with the stuff.

    I put these comps together for my personal enjoyment, but I don't think they are always so diverse or all-inclusive. But, that list represents all of what I heard and liked in that year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    or, "The Night Chicago Died"! LOL!!!
    Naw! That one had respect among the older guys, for some reason. My ex-wife who was several years younger than me even liked it over "Billy...".

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    Soulster, you remember this one from '74? It wasn't a
    HUGE hit nationally, but got airplay in my area and was a number one in the U.K. Sweet Sensation and "Sad Sweet Dreamer":


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    Another unforgettable classic from '74, Earth, Wind & Fire - "Mighty Mighty"


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    One of my favorites from Lamont Dozier came out in '74... "Why Can't We Be Lovers" Such a beauty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    Soulster, you remember this one from '74? It wasn't a
    HUGE hit nationally, but got airplay in my area and was a number one in the U.K. Sweet Sensation and "Sad Sweet Dreamer":

    Oh, sure! That was a national U.S. hit single. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 on January 11, 1975, and got to #14. So, it kinda doesn't belong on this thread if you're talking about the U.S.. It got played heavily out here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulster View Post
    Oh, sure! That was a national U.S. hit single. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 on January 11, 1975, and got to #14. So, it kinda doesn't belong on this thread if you're talking about the U.S.. It got played heavily out here.
    Well see it got played several times in late '74 on CKLW [[which covered Southwestern Ontario Canada, as well as Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland etc....) which is why I included it in 1974. Yeah CKLW was a Canadian station, so technically it was not played in the U.S. until 1975.

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