1974 in music

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List of notable events in music that took place in the year 1974.

David Bowie in 1974
Count Basie in 1974




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Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Albums released[edit]


1Court and SparkJoni Mitchell-
2Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 1Elvis PresleyCompilation
Wild TalesGraham Nash-
3The Phosphorescent RatHot Tuna-
4ManholeGrace Slick-
10Coast to Coast: Overture and BeginnersRod Stewart / FacesLive
11Lookin' for a Love AgainBobby Womack-
17Planet WavesBob Dylan-
-Blue MagicBlue Magic-
Different DrumLinda RonstadtCompilation
Grievous AngelGram Parsons-
HotcakesCarly Simon-
Here Come the Warm JetsBrian Eno[10]
Musik von HarmoniaHarmonia-
Rhapsody in WhiteThe Love Unlimited Orchestra-
SilverbirdLeo Sayer-
SundownGordon Lightfoot-
The Way We WereBarbra Streisand-


1What Were Once Vices Are Now HabitsThe Doobie Brothers-
Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of TomorrowT.Rex-
8The Silent Corner and the Empty StagePeter Hammill-
14ValentineRoy Harper-
15BurnDeep Purple-
Old New Borrowed and BlueSlade-
20PhaedraTangerine Dream-
Pretzel LogicSteely Dan-
25Let Me in Your LifeAretha Franklin-
26Lady of the NightDonna SummerNetherlands-only release
27JoleneDolly Parton-
Call of the WildTed Nugent and The Amboy Dukes-
If We Make It Through DecemberMerle Haggard-
It's Too Late to Stop NowVan MorrisonLive
Living and Dying in 3/4 TimeJimmy Buffett-
Love SongAnne Murray-
A New LifeMarshall Tucker Band-
Pure MusicChase-
Radio CityBig Star-
Rock 'n' Roll AnimalLou ReedLive
Saints & SinnersJohnny Winter-
Skeletons from the Closet: The Best of Grateful DeadGrateful DeadCompilation
Slaughter on 10th AvenueMick Ronson-
That's a PlentyPointer Sisters-
ThunderboxHumble Pie-
ToddTodd Rundgren-
Twin PeaksMountainLive
Unborn ChildSeals and Crofts-


1Get Your WingsAerosmith-
6Hard LaborThree Dog Night-
8Queen IIQueen-
11Chicago VIIChicago-
15Pure SmokeySmokey Robinson-
19Buddha and the Chocolate BoxCat Stevens-
20Good TimesElvis Presley-
22ApostropheFrank Zappa-
On the BorderEagles-
24Mysterious TravellerWeather Report-
25Open Our EyesEarth, Wind & Fire-
29The HoopleMott the Hoople-
Starless and Bible BlackKing Crimson-
-Alive & KickingThe Delfonics-
BuffyBuffy Sainte-Marie-
Hang In There GirlFreddie Hart-
HolliesThe Hollies-
Mighty LoveThe Spinners-
Now We Are SixSteeleye Span-
Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin'Paul SimonLive
Queen of the NightMaggie Bell-
SevenBob Seger-
Shinin' OnGrand Funk Railroad-
Slow DancerBoz Scaggs-
Somethin's HappeningPeter Frampton-


1Meet The ResidentsThe Residents-
3Live European TourBilly PrestonLive
5Ragged Old FlagJohnny Cash-
15Second HelpingLynyrd Skynyrd-
19Big FunMiles Davis-
Caravan and the New SymphoniaCaravanLive
20Bridge of SighsRobin Trower-
29Standing on the Verge of Getting It OnFunkadelic-
30OkieJ.J. Cale-
-Carolina County BallElf-
Exotic Birds and FruitProcol Harum-
Fall into SpringRita Coolidge-
Gracias a la VidaJoan BaezSpanish language
Hamburger ConcertoFocus-
Home, Home on the RoadNew Riders of the Purple SageLive
Houston (I'm Comin' to See You)Glen Campbell-
I Want to See the Bright Lights TonightRichard and Linda Thompson-
Live 'n' Kickin'West, Bruce and LaingLive
Meeting of the MindsFour Tops-
Midnight MushrumpsGryphon-
On StageLoggins and MessinaLive
Positive VibrationsTen Years After-
Road FoodThe Guess Who-
Secret TreatiesBlue Öyster Cult-
Skin TightOhio Players-
Son of DraculaHarry NilssonSoundtrack
Sweet Fanny AdamsSweet-
Unconditionally GuaranteedCaptain Beefheart & the Magic Band-
Zephyr NationalTom Fogerty-


5The Kids & MeBilly Preston-
8Preservation Act 2The Kinks-
9Journey to the Centre of the EarthRick Wakeman-
10Too Much Too SoonNew York Dolls-
15Monkey GripBill Wyman-
20Sense of DirectionClimax Blues Band-
24Diamond DogsDavid Bowie-
Tales of the Great Rum RunnersRobert Hunter-
-Body HeatQuincy Jones-
Boogity BoogityRay Stevens-
The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other StoriesKevin Ayers-
Dark LadyCher-
Hot SoxSha Na Na-
If You Love Me, Let Me KnowOlivia Newton-John-
In for the KillBudgie-
Kimono My HouseSparks-
Live at Caesars PalaceDiana RossLive
More Than BeforeThe PersuasionsLive and studio
Paradise and LunchRy Cooder-
QuoStatus Quo-
Rags to RufusRufus-
Rhinos, Winos and LunaticsMan-
School PunksBrownsville Station-
Sense of DirectionClimax Blues Band-
Sheet Music10cc-
Shock TreatmentEdgar Winter-
Spooky Lady's SideshowKris Kristofferson-
Super TaylorJohnnie Taylor-
Sweet ExorcistCurtis Mayfield-
Tough GuysIsaac HayesSoundtrack
Turn of the CardsRenaissance-
UnrestHenry Cow-
Winter in AmericaGil Scott-Heron-


1Walking ManJames Taylor-
2The PsychomodoCockney Rebel-
14Everyone Is Everybody ElseBarclay James Harvest-
15Back Home AgainJohn Denver-
19Marvin Gaye Live!Marvin GayeLive
20Before the FloodBob Dylan & The BandLive
24Endless SummerThe Beach BoysCompilation
26Bad CompanyBad Company-
27From the Mars HotelGrateful Dead-
28CaribouElton John-
HellJames Brown-
June 1, 1974Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Brian Eno and Nico-
-And Other Bits of MaterialPaper Lace-
Axe VictimBe-Bop Deluxe-
ComplimentsJerry Garcia-
I Wanna Be SelfishAshford & Simpson-
Land's EndJimmy Webb-
Mr. NaturalBee Gees-
Only Want You For Your BodyBuffalo-
Perfect AngelMinnie Riperton-
Remember Me This WayGary GlitterLive
Stars & Stripes ForeverNitty Gritty Dirt BandLive
Stop All That JazzLeon Russell-
Street PartyBlack Oak Arkansas-
Struggling ManJimmy Cliff-
WonderworldUriah Heep-


3Up for the Down StrokeParliament-
5Another Time, Another PlaceBryan Ferry-
7Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in MemphisElvis PresleyLive
16On the BeachNeil Young-
21Irish Tour '74Rory GallagherLive
22Fulfillingness' First FinaleStevie Wonder-
Machine GunCommodores-
26Rock BottomRobert Wyatt-
-461 Ocean BoulevardEric Clapton-
Close Up the Honky TonksFlying Burrito BrothersCompilation
Greatest HitsJohnny PaycheckCompilation
Learn to Love ItJesse Winchester-
LydiaCold Blood-
MiamiJames Gang-
Mirror ImageBlood, Sweat & Tears-
Phoebe SnowPhoebe Snow-
RejuvenationThe Meters-
Small TalkSly & the Family Stone-
Some Nice Things I've MissedFrank Sinatra-
Truck TurnerIsaac HayesSoundtrack


6Can't Get EnoughBarry White-
11New Skin for the Old CeremonyLeonard Cohen-
19Pussy CatsHarry Nilsson-
So FarCrosby, Stills, Nash & YoungCompilation
Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends... Ladies and GentlemenEmerson, Lake & PalmerLive
20Live It UpThe Isley Brothers-
28Hergest RidgeMike Oldfield-
31I'm Leaving It All Up to YouDonny and Marie Osmond-
-AWBAverage White Band-
CountryAnne MurrayCompilation
Do It BabyThe Miracles-
Feats Don't Fail Me NowLittle Feat-
Greatest HitsAlice CooperCompilation
I Can Stand a Little RainJoe Cocker-
Light of LoveT.RexUS only; compilation plus new material
Live at the Opera HousePointer SistersLive
Merle Haggard Presents His 30th AlbumMerle Haggard-
Not FragileBachman–Turner Overdrive-
Paper LacePaper LaceUS
Sally Can't DanceLou Reed-
Slow FluxSteppenwolf-
Tina Turns the Country On!Tina Turner-
We Had It AllScott Walker-


3Love Is Like a ButterflyDolly Parton-
5Dancing MachineThe Jackson 5-
6Hall of the Mountain GrillHawkwind-
Rocka RollaJudas Priest-
ThrustHerbie Hancock-
10Good Old BoysRandy Newman-
Roxy & ElsewhereFrank Zappa and The Mothers of InventionLive
13Heroes Are Hard to FindFleetwood Mac-
I've Got My Own Album to DoRonnie Wood-
16Starting OverRaspberries-
20The Power and the GloryGentle Giant-
25Nightmares...and Other Tales from the Vinyl JungleThe J. Geils Band-
-1969: The Velvet Underground LiveThe Velvet UndergroundLive 1969
Crime of the CenturySupertramp-
Dragon FlyGrace Slick / Paul Kantner / Jefferson Starship-
EldoradoElectric Light Orchestra-
Felix CavaliereFelix Cavaliere-
Good Things HappeningBrotherhood of Man-
Hard Core PoetryTavares-
Ladies Love OutlawsTom Rush-
Late for the SkyJackson Browne-
No OtherGene Clark-
Peace on YouRoger McGuinn-
The Ramblin' ManWaylon Jennings-
Sneakin' Sally Through the AlleyRobert Palmer-
StreetlightsBonnie Raitt-
Tarzana KidJohn Sebastian-
Tooth Fang & ClawTed Nugent and The Amboy Dukes-
When the Eagle FliesTraffic-
Wrap Around JoyCarole King-


1FearJohn Cale-
4Odds & SodsThe WhoOuttakes and rarities compilation
Walls and BridgesJohn Lennon-
6RedKing Crimson-
8This Is The Moody BluesThe Moody Blues-
11Paper MoneyMontrose-
Streetlife SerenadeBilly Joel-
14War ChildJethro Tull-
16It's Only Rock 'n RollThe Rolling Stones-
19War BabiesHall & Oates-
22Hotter Than HellKiss-
25Natty DreadBob Marley-
28Living in the 70'sSkyhooks-
29David LiveDavid BowieLive
-Al Green Explores Your MindAl Green-
Beaded Dreams Through Turquoise EyesRedbone-
ButterFlyBarbra Streisand-
ClimaxOhio Players-
The Heart of Saturday NightTom Waits-
Homeless BrotherDon McLean-
The Impossible DreamThe Sensational Alex Harvey Band-
It'll Shine When It ShinesOzark Mountain Daredevils-
Just a BoyLeo Sayer-
Lost in a DreamREO Speedwagon-
Mother LodeLoggins and Messina-
Not Just Another Bunch of Pretty FacesIf-
QuatroSuzi Quatro-
Reunion: The Songs of Jimmy WebbGlen Campbell-
Rock and Roll OutlawsFoghat-
Rollin'Bay City Rollers-
Slow MotionMan-
SmilerRod Stewart-
SouvenirsDan Fogelberg-
Todd Rundgren's UtopiaUtopia-
Veedon FleeceVan Morrison-
Waitress in a Donut ShopMaria Muldaur-
Woman to WomanTammy Wynette-


Fly to the RainbowScorpions-
8Elton John's Greatest HitsElton JohnCompilation
Man of MiraclesStyx-
NightlifeThin Lizzy-
SaturnightCat StevensJapan; Live
Sheer Heart AttackQueen-
15Country LifeRoxy Music-
Goodnight ViennaRingo Starr-
18The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's FeastRoger Glover-
The Lamb Lies Down on BroadwayGenesis-
22Get Up with ItMiles Davis-
25John Dawson Winter IIIJohnny Winter-
29Fire on the MountainCharlie Daniels Band-
Slade in FlameSlade-
Bluejeans & MoonbeamsCaptain Beefheart-
BrujoNew Riders of the Purple Sage-
Country Heart 'N SoulFreddie Hart-
Desolation BoulevardSweet-
FireOhio Players-
Heart Like a WheelLinda Ronstadt-
Highly Prized PossessionAnne Murray-
Kung-Fu Fighting and Other Great Love SongsCarl Douglas-
LiveMott the HoopleLive
Miles of AislesJoni MitchellLive
MyopiaTom Fogerty-
Out of the StormJack Bruce-
Sedaka's BackNeil SedakaCompilation
Soon Over BabalumaCan-
StormbringerDeep Purple-
Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)Brian Eno-
There's the RubWishbone Ash-
Where We All BelongMarshall Tucker BandDouble LP; half studio, half live
Wish You Were HereBadfinger-


9Dark HorseGeorge Harrison-
14So WhatJoe Walsh-
-A1AJimmy Buffett-
All the Girls in the World Beware!!!Grand Funk Railroad-
The Best of Top of the Pops '74Top of the PoppersCompilation
BreakawayKris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge-
Encore: Live in ConcertArgentLive
House of ExileJimmy Cliff-
Red Queen to Gryphon ThreeGryphon-
Sun SecretsThe Eric Burdon Band-

Release date unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1974.

#ArtistTitleYearCountryChart entries
1Carl DouglasKung Fu Fighting1974JamaicaUK 1 – Aug 1974, US BB 1 – Nov 1974, Canada 1 – Nov 1974, Netherlands 1 – Oct 1974, France 1 – Sep 1974, Austria 1 – Dec 1974, Germany 1 – Jan 1975, Ireland 1 – Oct 1974, Australia 1 for 3 weeks Jul 1975, Switzerland 2 – Nov 1974, South Africa 2 of 1974, Norway 3 – Oct 1974, US BB 5 of 1974, Global 7 (10 M sold) – 1974, Sweden 8 – Aug 1998, POP 9 of 1974, Italy 10 of 1975, US CashBox 11 of 1975, Scrobulate 12 of disco, Australia 22 of 1974, Germany 27 of the 1970s, RYM 84 of 1974, OzNet 842
2MudTiger Feet1974United KingdomUK 1 – Jan 1974
3ABBAWaterloo1974SwedenUK 1 – Apr 1974, Switzerland 1 – Apr 1974, Norway 1 – Apr 1974, Germany 1 – May 1974, Ireland 1 – Apr 1974, Netherlands 2 – Apr 1974, Austria 2 – May 1974, Canada 3 – Jun 1974, France 5 – Apr 1974, US BB 6 – Jun 1974, Scrobulate 6 of Swedish, Australia Goset 10 – Jul 1974, South Africa 14 of 1974, POP 23 of 1974, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1974, RYM 33 of 1974, Germany 49 of the 1970s, Italy 51 of 1974, Europe 55 of the 1970s, US CashBox 84 of 1974, OzNet 413, Acclaimed 1016
4Steve Miller BandThe Joker1974United StatesUK 1 – Aug 1990, US BB 1 – Nov 1973, Netherlands 1 – Oct 1973, Ireland 1 – Sep 1990, Canada 2 – Dec 1973, Norway 2 – Nov 1990, Switzerland 5 – Oct 1990, Austria 6 – Oct 1990, Germany 7 – Jan 1991, Australia Goset 7 – Feb 1974, France 8 – Dec 1973, US CashBox 10 of 1974, Poland 11 – Sep 1990, DDD 13 of 1973, US BB 21 of 1974, POP 33 of 1974, RYM 61 of 1973, Scrobulate 62 of 70s, Virgin 84, TheQ 297, Germany 399 of the 1990s, OzNet 561, Acclaimed 1721
5George McCraeRock Your Baby1974United StatesUK 1 – Jun 1974, US BB 1 – Jun 1974, Netherlands 1 – Aug 1974, Austria 1 – Oct 1974, Switzerland 1 – Aug 1974, Norway 1 – Sep 1974, Germany 1 – Jan 1975, Canada 2 – Jun 1974, France 4 – Aug 1974, Germany 7 of the 1970s, Global 7 (10 M sold) – 1974, Italy 11 of 1974, Australia 20 of 1974, Australia Goset 37 – Aug 1974, RYM 39 of 1974, US CashBox 40 of 1974, Acclaimed 807

Other selected singles[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]


Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]




Grammy Awards[edit]

Country Music Association Awards[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]


  1. ^ George Clark, "Mr Feather Made a Life Peer: Mr Whitelaw Honoured". The Times (2 January 1974): 1.
  2. ^ Stephen Walsh, "ECO/Leppard", The Times (23 February 1974): 9.
  3. ^ Stanley Sadie, "Württemberg Chamber Orchestra", The Times (28 February 1974): 16.
  4. ^ Anon., "Royal Festival Hall" [classified ad], The Times (2 March 1974): 11; Bryce Morrison, "London Debuts", The Times (13 March 1974): 19.
  5. ^ William Mann, "Prey/Hokanson", The Times (5 March 1974): 10.
  6. ^ Stanley Sadie, "RPO/Vonk", The Times (11 March 1974): 11.
  7. ^ Sunday Telegraph, 23 May 2004. Accessed 1 April 2013
  8. ^ Seton Gordon, "A Strange Tune Gains Silver Chanter", The Times (Saturday, 24 August 1974): 12. Andrew T. Lenz, Jr. "Andrew’s Tips: Silver Chanter Winners", Andrew Lenz’s Bagpipe Journey website, 2010 (Accessed 24 June 2014).
  9. ^ As stated on Johnny Ramone´s official Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/JohnnyRamone/photos/a.10150703813846521.491576.43468756520/10153036882146521/?type=1&theater
  10. ^ Warwick, Neil; Jon Kutner; Tony Brown (2004). The Complete Book of the British Charts: Singles and Albums. Omnibus Press. p. 244. ISBN 1-84449-058-0.