My Weird Musical Memories of the 70s: 1975

It’s 1975, and I’m seven years old. As you can expect, I’m getting more and more memories here, so the songs of 1975 I recall is a much longer list.

There are songs I simply remember hearing, such as “Laughter in the Rain” by Neil Sedaka (#8), “Best of My Love” by The Eagles (#12), “Dance With Me” by Orleans (#69), “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” by B.J. Thomas (#17), and “No No Song” by Ringo Starr (#87), but I don’t have anything particularly solid associated with them.

The #1 song, “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Captain and Tennille was ubiquitous, but they wouldn’t have their variety show until a year later (was there any easy listening pop group that didn’t have a variety show at some point? I assume Shields and Yarnell had a top 40 hit?)

The #2 song, “Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glen Campbell, serves double duty here. Not only do I remember it (I loved it) but it was also a part of something else. Back then you had these comedy pieces that DJs would put together where there would be some kind of storyline and bits of currently popular songs would be inserted in as punchlines. One of these was “Mr. Jaws” by Dickie Goodman, where the joke on “Rhinestone Cowboy” made me laugh and laugh because I was seven.

My sister Carol was way into Barry Manilow, and I certainly remember “Mandy” (#35), but it’s a later hit that will really jar memories for me.

I mentioned last time some songs being memorable because my mom would make fun of them. Two more show up here with “My Eyes Adored You” by Frankie Valli (#5) and “Feelings” by Morris Albert (#45). This latter song she would sing as “Feelings! Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa feelings!” which we would make fun of. As for my dad, one of the very few pop songs I remember him taking a genuine liking to was “Lady” by Styx (#60).

There are also — surprise! — songs I found spooky here, including a classic spooky song, “Angie Baby” by Helen Reddy (#28). Right next to it at #29 is “Jackie Blue” by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, was another one I found a little creepy, but I can’t really say why. I also remember being kind of weirded out by David Bowie’s “Fame” (#7).

On the other end, there’s one of the saddest songs ever played, “Wildfire” by Michael Martin Murphey (#39) (and I say that knowing it follows “Cat’s in the Cradle”). Because I didn’t really pay attention to all of the lyrics it was sad to me because the pony dies! But the woman also dies and SHE’S COMING FOR HIM. True fact: when the CB radio fad hit my aunt had one and my cousin and I would annoy people on it. The handle I decided on for myself was “Wildfire”.

This chapter’s been lackluster, I know, but it’s about to pick up. Incidentally, when I first started thinking about all this 70s music a few weeks ago, “Have You Never Been Mellow” by Olivia Newton-John (#36) got stuck in my head. The very next day I was out shopping and that song, which I hadn’t heard in decades, came on the muzak. NONE DARE CALL IT COINCIDENCE!

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