The Year was 1975... the Month: April ---
Today we can hear a putrid, watered down version "Lovin' You" ("Lovin' you is easy 'cause you're beauful.") in a mind-numbing television commercial. But in April of 1975 we got to hear the fresh, touching original version by Minnie Riperton. It was a crazy time, but there was still terrific music out there.
The number one song in April 1975 was "Philadelphia Freedom," by Elton John. This was one of three top-20 hits he had in 1975. Elton John was hot in the 70s!
So was former Beatle, Ringo Starr. Today, he is hawking mutual funds. (Now there's a weird juxtaposition for you!) But in April, 1975, he was sending mixed messages, too. His number four hit was the "No No Song":
"No no no no, I don't sniff it no more;
I'm tired of waking up on the floor.
No, thank you, please,
It only makes me sneeze;
And then it makes it hard to find the door."
Brand new on the charts was the last big hit for B. J. Thomas, "Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song." Joe Cocker had his most memorable hit from the 70s: "You Are So Beautiful." And Leo Sayer had his first big hit in the U.S., "Long Tall Glasses"; but most of us remember it as "I Can Dance."
I could not dance in 1975, and I still cannot dance a quarter of a century later. But I know the music that I like... it is the same music I liked in April of 1975.
This is true rock n' roll!
What were you doing... in April of 1975?
We have the lyrics to some of these songs, and 750 others, in the Lyrics section of our Music Room.
Next month, we'll look back at May 1970. Be sure to check out BBHQ in May.
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|August, '68||September, '63||October, '70||November, '72||December, '65|
|January, '60||February, '66||March, '73||April, '61||May, '64|
|June, '70||July, '59||August, '69||September, '66||October, '74|
|November, '67||December, '62||January, '71||February, '68||March, '60|
|April, '75||May, '65||June, '68||July, '58||August, '63|
|September, '73||October, '67||November, '71||December, '66||January, '70|
|February, '57||March, '72|
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