Each week William and I select two top hits from the charts in the US and UK starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..through to 1985. We will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time. We are now in the 1970s.
Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my first selection of top 1975 hits which I hope you will enjoy. William.
News Event: January 31st Barry Manilow’s single “Mandy” goes gold
Labelle – Lady Marmelade
“Lady Marmelade,” penned by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan, is famous for its sexually suggestive French chorus “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?” which means in English “Do you want to sleep with me (tonight)?” This was Labelle’s first #1 hit and it topped the charts world wide. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003 and is ranked #479 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
News Event: February 18th 2nd American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win
10 cc – I’m Not in Love
“I’m Not in Love,” composed by band members Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman, was originally conceived as a bossa nova song for guitars. It reached the #1 spot on the UK Singles chart and remained for two weeks. This song was the band’s breakthrough hit worldwide, reaching #1 in Ireland and Canada and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, as well as reaching the top 10 in Australia, New Zealand and several European countries.
News Event: March 22nd 20th Eurovision Song Contest: Teach-In for Netherlands wins singing “Ding-a-dong” in Stockholm
Now time for my first top chart picks from 1975 and I hope you will enjoy my selection
The Bee Gees – Jive Talkin’
“Jive Talkin’ ” is a song by the Bee Gees, released as a single in May 1975 by RSO Records. This was the lead single from the album Main Course (as well as a song on the 1977 Saturday Night Fever soundtrack) and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100; it also reached the top-five on the UK Singles Chart in the middle of 1975. Largely recognised as the group’s “comeback” song, it was their first US top-10 hit since “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” (1971).
News Event: May 11th Natalie Cole releases her debut album “Inseparable” (wins 2 Grammys)
Gloria Gaynor – Never Can Say Goodbye
“Never Can Say Goodbye” is the debut album by Gloria Gaynor, released on MGM Records in January 1975. It is most notable for including several early Disco recordings. The album charted in the US Billboard at number 25 in the US Pop chart, and at number 21 in the US R&B chart. In the UK the album peaked at number 32, “Never Can Say Goodbye” was released in the UK as a single and reached number 2 in early 1975.
Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show
William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.
His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.
While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.
Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.
She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.
Next week 1975 Part One. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.