WLS logo during the 1970’s. Source: WLS History Site
Just so you know, by the time you get this, I’ll be getting poked and prodded by my doctor. My first annual Medicare checkup…
1974 was a big year in my life, and WLS was my favorite radio station, so this was just meant to be. Here are the Top Five from their survey on this date 42 years ago.
#5: Hooked On A Feeling – Blue Swede: The band from Stockholm had borrowed Jonathan King’s arrangement of this classic B. J. Thomas song and rode it all the way as high as #1 in Chicago, where it moved back and forth with Elton John’s “Benny And The Jets.” It was down from #2 the week before, and was out of the Top Five the following week.
#4: The Loco-motion – Grand Funk: By this time, they had dropped the “Railroad” from their name and had added Craig Frost on keyboards, making them a quartet. Up from #7 the week before, this would capture the top spot the following week.
#3: Come And Get Your Love – Redbone: The Native American band took this song to #2 the following week, and it stayed in the Top Five until Memorial Day weekend. It was their only song to be an international hit.
#2: The Lord’s Prayer – Sister Janet Mead: My mother was a teacher, and remembers the day the kids in her class were dancing to this, apparently oblivious to the fact that it was the Lord’s Prayer. Sister Janet, an Australian Sister of Mercy, is the second nun to chart, the first being Soeur Sourire, “The Singing Nun,” who had an international hit with “Dominique” in the early Sixties. This was as high as it got, being knocked out of the Top Five the next week by Marvin Hamlisch’s “The Entertainer” and a new entry, Ray Stevens’ “The Streak.”
#1: Benny And The Jets – Elton John: This spent three weeks at #1, but by the following week it fell to #5 and was out of the Top Five the week after that, when the #1 song in Chicago was Ray Stevens’ “The Streak.”
So that’s what we were listening to 42 years ago.