Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1975 Part One – Labelle, 10CC, Bee Gees, Gloria Gaynor

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.

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 70s: Playback FMWikipedia

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.

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Regular Venue – Cave Wilson

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.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Next week 1975 Part One. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally. 

50 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1975 Part One – Labelle, 10CC, Bee Gees, Gloria Gaynor

  1. Thanks for “I’m Not in Love.” Am I wrong, or is this actually a live version? They nail the sound so well — must have used some of the layered vocal tracks from the record, but there are differences about the lead vocal. Anybody know for sure? (I saw a doc in which the “Big boys don’t cry” voice was actually done by a girl (their wardrobe person or something).

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    • I didn’t know Ted so I checked Wiki.. apparently the studio secretary put her head around the door when they were mulling over something missing on the finished track and it was a Eureka moment.. Kathy Redfern had a whispery voice and she was persuaded to record that line.. I would think for the time their process of using just voices in endless loops and then layering the music tracks on top was quite innovative.. glad you enjoyed.

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  2. A great selection. I love everything the Bee Gees did. It is such a shame only one of the 4 brothers is still here with us. 1975 was a momentous year for me, mosty sad. The music helped get me through it.

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  4. Thank you again for the four great tracks.
    No zumba today as I have stubbed toe (ouch), but my heart was dancing along.
    Loved 10cc and as for the Bee Gees!
    I once saw the Bee Gees in concert in Toronto, when their youngest brother joined them on stage.
    Saturday Night Feaver – well it certainly brought the song (and Travolta dance moves to life!)

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  5. Wonderful selection. I love Jive Talkin’ and I’m Not In Love.
    I remember being at a party where someone kept playing Jive Talkin’ over and over again. I danced so much that the next morning I had blisters on my feet (and very happy memories)!
    I’m a big fan of 10cc. Saw a couple of the original members perform nearly all their old songs at a gig a few years ago. I’m Not In Love takes me right back to school discos, and hoping to be asked to dance…
    Thank you for today’s lovely trip down memory lane.

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  6. I bought a copy of I’m not in Love, and I was surprised at how much I loved the Bee Gees’ new sound for Saturday Night Fever. Two tracks that take me right back to happy times. Thanks!

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