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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

Events[edit]

January–April[edit]

May–December[edit]

unknown date[edit]

  • Lord Shorty's Endless Vibrations is the first soca LP and the first major soca hit worldwide.
  • Rover Thomas claims to have been visited in a dream by a deceased friend near Warmun, Australia, and receives the Krill Krill song cycle.
  • Journey signs to Columbia Records.
  • The original Alice Cooper group breaks up. The band's leader, Vincent Furnier, changes his name to Alice Cooper and goes on to a solo career.

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Albums released[edit]

January[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Court and Spark Joni Mitchell -
2 Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 1 Elvis Presley Compilation
Wild Tales Graham Nash -
3 The Phosphorescent Rat Hot Tuna -
4 Manhole Grace Slick -
10 Coast to Coast: Overture and Beginners Rod Stewart / Faces Live
11 Lookin' for a Love Again Bobby Womack -
17 Planet Waves Bob Dylan -
- Blue Magic Blue Magic -
Different Drum Linda Ronstadt Compilation
Energized Foghat -
Grievous Angel Gram Parsons -
Hotcakes Carly Simon -
Here Come the Warm Jets Brian Eno [10]
Musik von Harmonia Harmonia -
Rhapsody in White The Love Unlimited Orchestra -
Silverbird Leo Sayer -
Sundown Gordon Lightfoot -
The Way We Were Barbra Streisand -

February[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits The Doobie Brothers -
Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow T.Rex -
8 The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage Peter Hammill -
14 Valentine Roy Harper -
15 Burn Deep Purple -
Old New Borrowed and Blue Slade -
18 Kiss Kiss -
20 Phaedra Tangerine Dream -
Pretzel Logic Steely Dan -
25 Let Me in Your Life Aretha Franklin -
26 Lady of the Night Donna Summer Netherlands-only release
27 Jolene Dolly Parton -
- Badfinger Badfinger -
Call of the Wild Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes -
If We Make It Through December Merle Haggard -
It's Too Late to Stop Now Van Morrison Live
Living and Dying in 3/4 Time Jimmy Buffett -
Love Song Anne Murray -
A New Life Marshall Tucker Band -
Pure Music Chase -
Radio City Big Star -
Rock 'n' Roll Animal Lou Reed Live
Saints & Sinners Johnny Winter -
Skeletons from the Closet: The Best of Grateful Dead Grateful Dead Compilation
Slaughter on 10th Avenue Mick Ronson -
That's a Plenty Pointer Sisters -
Thunderbox Humble Pie -
Todd Todd Rundgren -
Twin Peaks Mountain Live
Unborn Child Seals and Crofts -

March[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Get Your Wings Aerosmith -
Mirage Camel -
Rush Rush -
4 Waterloo ABBA -
6 Hard Labor Three Dog Night -
8 Queen II Queen -
11 Chicago VII Chicago -
15 Pure Smokey Smokey Robinson -
19 Buddha and the Chocolate Box Cat Stevens -
20 Good Times Elvis Presley -
22 Apostrophe Frank Zappa -
On the Border Eagles -
24 Mysterious Traveller Weather Report -
25 Open Our Eyes Earth, Wind & Fire -
29 The Hoople Mott the Hoople -
Starless and Bible Black King Crimson -
- Alive & Kicking The Delfonics -
Buffy Buffy Sainte-Marie -
Hang In There Girl Freddie Hart -
Hollies The Hollies -
Kansas Kansas -
Mighty Love The Spinners -
Now We Are Six Steeleye Span -
Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin' Paul Simon Live
Queen of the Night Maggie Bell -
Seven Bob Seger -
Shinin' On Grand Funk Railroad -
Slow Dancer Boz Scaggs -
Somethin's Happening Peter Frampton -

April[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Meet The Residents The Residents -
3 Live European Tour Billy Preston Live
5 Ragged Old Flag Johnny Cash -
The Kids & Me Billy Preston -
12 Seven Poco -
15 Second Helping Lynyrd Skynyrd -
19 Big Fun Miles Davis -
Caravan and the New Symphonia Caravan Live
20 Bridge of Sighs Robin Trower -
24 Diamond Dogs David Bowie -
29 Standing on the Verge of Getting It On Funkadelic -
30 Okie J.J. Cale -
- Carolina County Ball Elf -
Exotic Birds and Fruit Procol Harum -
Fall into Spring Rita Coolidge -
Gracias a la Vida Joan Baez Spanish language
Hamburger Concerto Focus -
Home, Home on the Road New Riders of the Purple Sage Live
Houston (I'm Comin' to See You) Glen Campbell -
I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight Richard and Linda Thompson -
Live 'n' Kickin' West, Bruce and Laing Live
Meeting of the Minds Four Tops -
Midnight Mushrumps Gryphon -
On Stage Loggins and Messina Live
Positive Vibrations Ten Years After -
Road Food The Guess Who -
Secret Treaties Blue Öyster Cult -
Skin Tight Ohio Players -
Son of Dracula Harry Nilsson Soundtrack
Sweet Fanny Adams Sweet -
Unconditionally Guaranteed Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band -
Zephyr National Tom Fogerty -

May[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
8 Preservation Act 2 The Kinks -
9 Journey to the Centre of the Earth Rick Wakeman -
10 Too Much Too Soon New York Dolls -
15 Monkey Grip Bill Wyman -
20 Sense of Direction Climax Blues Band -
24 Tales of the Great Rum Runners Robert Hunter -
- Body Heat Quincy Jones -
Boogity Boogity Ray Stevens -
The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories Kevin Ayers -
Dark Lady Cher -
Hot Sox Sha Na Na -
If You Love Me, Let Me Know Olivia Newton-John -
In for the Kill Budgie -
Kimono My House Sparks -
Live at Caesars Palace Diana Ross Live
Lotus Santana Live
More Than Before The Persuasions Live and studio
Paradise and Lunch Ry Cooder -
Phenomenon UFO -
Quo Status Quo -
Rags to Rufus Rufus -
Rampant Nazareth -
Rhinos, Winos and Lunatics Man -
School Punks Brownsville Station -
Sense of Direction Climax Blues Band -
Sheet Music 10cc -
Shock Treatment Edgar Winter -
Spooky Lady's Sideshow Kris Kristofferson -
Super Taylor Johnnie Taylor -
Sweet Exorcist Curtis Mayfield -
Tough Guys Isaac Hayes Soundtrack
Turn of the Cards Renaissance -
Unrest Henry Cow -
Winter in America Gil Scott-Heron -

June[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Walking Man James Taylor -
2 The Psychomodo Cockney Rebel -
14 Everyone Is Everybody Else Barclay James Harvest -
15 Back Home Again John Denver -
19 Marvin Gaye Live! Marvin Gaye Live
20 Before the Flood Bob Dylan & The Band Live
24 Endless Summer The Beach Boys Compilation
26 Bad Company Bad Company -
27 From the Mars Hotel Grateful Dead -
28 Caribou Elton John -
Hell James Brown -
June 1, 1974 Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Brian Eno and Nico -
- And Other Bits of Material Paper Lace -
Axe Victim Be-Bop Deluxe -
Compliments Jerry Garcia -
Holiday America -
I Wanna Be Selfish Ashford & Simpson -
Land's End Jimmy Webb -
Mr. Natural Bee Gees -
Only Want You For Your Body Buffalo -
Perfect Angel Minnie Riperton -
Remember Me This Way Gary Glitter Live
Stars & Stripes Forever Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Live
Stop All That Jazz Leon Russell -
Street Party Black Oak Arkansas -
Struggling Man Jimmy Cliff -
Wonderworld Uriah Heep -

July[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Up for the Down Stroke Parliament -
5 Another Time, Another Place Bryan Ferry -
7 Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis Elvis Presley Live
16 On the Beach Neil Young -
21 Irish Tour '74 Rory Gallagher Live
22 Fulfillingness' First Finale Stevie Wonder -
Machine Gun Commodores -
26 Rock Bottom Robert Wyatt -
- Avalanche Mountain -
Close Up the Honky Tonks Flying Burrito Brothers Compilation
461 Ocean Boulevard Eric Clapton -
Greatest Hits Johnny Paycheck Compilation
Learn to Love It Jesse Winchester -
Lydia Cold Blood -
Miami James Gang -
Mirror Image Blood, Sweat & Tears -
Phoebe Snow Phoebe Snow -
Rejuvenation The Meters -
Small Talk Sly & the Family Stone -
Some Nice Things I've Missed Frank Sinatra -
Truck Turner Isaac Hayes Soundtrack

August[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
6 Can't Get Enough Barry White -
11 New Skin for the Old Ceremony Leonard Cohen -
19 So Far Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Compilation
Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends... Ladies and Gentlemen Emerson, Lake & Palmer Live
Pussy Cats Harry Nilsson -
20 Live It Up The Isley Brothers -
28 Hergest Ridge Mike Oldfield -
31 I'm Leaving It All Up to You Donny and Marie Osmond -
- AWB Average White Band -
Country Anne Murray Compilation
Do It Baby The Miracles -
Feats Don't Fail Me Now Little Feat -
Greatest Hits Alice Cooper Compilation
I Can Stand a Little Rain Joe Cocker -
Light of Love T.Rex US only; compilation plus new material
Live at the Opera House Pointer Sisters Live
Merle Haggard Presents His 30th Album Merle Haggard -
Not Fragile Bachman–Turner Overdrive -
Paper Lace Paper Lace US
Sally Can't Dance Lou Reed -
Slow Flux Steppenwolf -
Tina Turns the Country On! Tina Turner -
We Had It All Scott Walker -

September[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Love Is Like a Butterfly Dolly Parton -
5 Dancing Machine The Jackson 5 -
6 Hall of the Mountain Grill Hawkwind -
Rocka Rolla Judas Priest -
Thrust Herbie Hancock -
10 Good Old Boys Randy Newman -
Roxy & Elsewhere Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention Live
13 Heroes Are Hard to Find Fleetwood Mac -
I've Got My Own Album to Do Ronnie Wood -
Nightbirds Labelle -
16 Starting Over Raspberries -
20 The Power and the Glory Gentle Giant -
25 Nightmares...and Other Tales from the Vinyl Jungle The J. Geils Band -
- Crime of the Century Supertramp -
Dragon Fly Grace Slick / Paul Kantner / Jefferson Starship -
Eldorado Electric Light Orchestra -
Felix Cavaliere Felix Cavaliere -
Good Things Happening Brotherhood of Man -
Hard Core Poetry Tavares -
Ladies Love Outlaws Tom Rush -
Late for the Sky Jackson Browne -
1969: The Velvet Underground Live The Velvet Underground Live 1969
Peace on You Roger McGuinn -
The Ramblin' Man Waylon Jennings -
Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley Robert Palmer -
Streetlights Bonnie Raitt -
Tarzana Kid John Sebastian -
Tooth Fang & Claw Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes -
When the Eagle Flies Traffic -
Wrap Around Joy Carole King -
No Other Gene Clark -

October[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Fear John Cale -
4 Odds & Sods The Who Outtakes and rarities compilation
Walls and Bridges John Lennon -
6 Red King Crimson -
8 This Is The Moody Blues The Moody Blues -
11 Streetlife Serenade Billy Joel -
Paper Money Montrose -
14 War Child Jethro Tull -
16 It's Only Rock 'n Roll The Rolling Stones -
19 War Babies Hall & Oates -
22 Hotter Than Hell Kiss -
25 Natty Dread Bob Marley -
28 Living in the 70's Skyhooks -
29 David Live David Bowie Live
- Al Green Explores Your Mind Al Green -
Beaded Dreams Through Turquoise Eyes Redbone -
Borboletta Santana -
ButterFly Barbra Streisand -
Climax Ohio Players -
The Heart of Saturday Night Tom Waits -
Homeless Brother Don McLean -
The Impossible Dream The Sensational Alex Harvey Band -
It'll Shine When It Shines Ozark Mountain Daredevils -
Just a Boy Leo Sayer -
Lost in a Dream REO Speedwagon -
Mother Lode Loggins and Messina -
Not Just Another Bunch of Pretty Faces If -
Quatro Suzi Quatro -
Reunion: The Songs of Jimmy Webb Glen Campbell -
Rock and Roll Outlaws Foghat -
Rollin' Bay City Rollers -
Slow Motion Man -
Smiler Rod Stewart -
Souvenirs Dan Fogelberg -
Todd Rundgren's Utopia Utopia -
Veedon Fleece Van Morrison -
Waitress in a Donut Shop Maria Muldaur -
Woman to Woman Tammy Wynette -

November[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Autobahn Kraftwerk -
Fly to the Rainbow Scorpions -
Cantamos Poco -
8 Elton John's Greatest Hits Elton John Compilation
Man of Miracles Styx -
Nightlife Thin Lizzy -
Saturnight Cat Stevens Japan; Live
Sheer Heart Attack Queen -
15 Country Life Roxy Music -
Goodnight Vienna Ringo Starr -
18 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway Genesis -
The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast Roger Glover -
22 Get Up with It Miles Davis -
25 John Dawson Winter III Johnny Winter -
29 Fire on the Mountain Charlie Daniels Band -
Slade in Flame Slade -
- 7-Tease Donovan -
Bluejeans & Moonbeams Captain Beefheart -
Brujo New Riders of the Purple Sage -
Country Heart 'N Soul Freddie Hart -
Desolation Boulevard Sweet -
Fire Ohio Players -
Heart Like a Wheel Linda Ronstadt -
Highly Prized Possession Anne Murray -
Kung-Fu Fighting and Other Great Love Songs Carl Douglas -
Live Mott the Hoople Live
Miles of Aisles Joni Mitchell Live
Myopia Tom Fogerty -
Out of the Storm Jack Bruce -
Propaganda Sparks -
Sedaka's Back Neil Sedaka Compilation
Soon Over Babaluma Can -
Stormbringer Deep Purple -
Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) Brian Eno -
There's the Rub Wishbone Ash -
Where We All Belong Marshall Tucker Band Double LP; half studio, half live
Wish You Were Here Badfinger -

December[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
5 Relayer Yes -
9 Dark Horse George Harrison -
14 So What Joe Walsh -
- A1A Jimmy Buffett -
All the Girls in the World Beware!!! Grand Funk Railroad -
The Best of Top of the Pops '74 Top of the Poppers Compilation
Breakaway Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge -
Encore: Live in Concert Argent Live
House of Exile Jimmy Cliff -
Red Queen to Gryphon Three Gryphon -
Rufusized Rufus -
Sun Secrets The Eric Burdon Band -

Release date unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

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

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1 Carl Douglas Kung Fu Fighting 1974 Jamaica UK 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
2 Mud Tiger Feet 1974 United Kingdom UK 1 – Jan 1974
3 ABBA Waterloo 1974 Sweden UK 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
4 Steve Miller Band The Joker 1974 United States UK 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
5 George McCrae Rock Your Baby 1974 United States UK 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]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Country Music Association Awards[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

References[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.