Sunday, February 08, 2015

February 1975 In Music

Continuing the "tradition" started last year, here's what was happening in music in February 1975.  At least some of what was happening, from my perspective.

 Notable Albums:

  • Welcome To My Nightmare - .  the debut from America's best Prog-Rock band.Cooper.  The first album after Alice Cooper the band became Alice Cooper the person.  Still a solid release
  • On Your Feet Or On Your Knees - Blue Oyster Cult.  Allmusic may not love it, but any BOC fan does...
  • Song For America - Kansas  The most prog album from America's first-best Prog Rock band...  IMHO
  • Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin   Ranking #70 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of Top 500 Albums, this iconic album was huge from it's release.

Notable Singles:

Only three songs topped the charts in January, 1975:
  •   Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - Elton John.  Elton's remake of the Beatles song (from 1967) topped the charts for the 1st 2 weeks of 1975 (1/4/75 and 1/11/75).  Personally, I've never been a fan of this "cover band" version, which Richie Unterberger called "far less exotic and more ordinary".  But, as always, YMMV.
  • Mandy - Barry Manilow (1/18/75).  Manilow's first chart hit, and first #1.  And my favorite  Barry Manilow song (one of only 2 on my iPod, extra credit if you can guess the other).  Oh, and it is NOT written about a dog.
  • Please Mr. Postman - The Carpenters.  Another remake, from the Marvelettes' #1 hit from 1961.  Also covered by the Beatles.  This would be the last #1 for the Carpenters (excluding the Easy Listening charts where they continued strong until after Karen's death in 1983).

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