1974: Joni Mitchell, Carl Douglas, Dolly Parton

Do stellar albums and one-hit wonders make 1974 the Greatest Year in Music?

Joni’s Court and Spark remains her most successful album, while Dolly Parton’s single “Jolene” became a country music staple.

Carl Douglas’ one-hit wonder “Kung Fu Fighting” won a Grammy Award for Best Selling Single, and George McCrae’s “Rock Your Baby” was an early adopter of the disco music trend that would hit just a couple years later.

Local R&B / soul group Blue Magic crossed over onto the Billboard Hot 100 with their single “Sideshow,” taken from 1974’s self-titled debut recorded at Philadelphia’s Sigma Sound Studios.

It was also a good year for radio staples, with Queen’s “Killer Queen,” Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” Steely Dan’s “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” and The Doobie Brothers’ “Black Water” all charting.

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Court and Spark – Joni Mitchell
Wild Tales – Graham Nash
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway – Genesis
On the Beach – Neil Young
The Phosphorescent Rat – Hot Tuna
Veedon Fleece – Van Morrison
Lookin’ For a Love Again – Bobby Womack
Blue Magic – Blue Magic
Grievous Angel – Gram Parsons
Mockingbird – Carly Simon
Here Come the Warm Jets – Brian Eno
Autobahn – Kraftwerk
Mirage – Camel
What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits – The Doobie Brothers
Pretzel Logic – Steely Dan
Crime of the Century – Supertramp
Red – King Crimson
Jolene – Dolly Parton
Radio City – Big Star
Second Helping – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sheer Heart Attack – Queen
Big Fun – Miles Davis
Too Much Too Soon – New York Dolls
Diamond Dogs – David Bowie
Body Heat – Quincy Jones
The Heart of Saturday Night – Tom Waits
I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight – Richard and Linda Thompson
Kimono My House – Sparks
Late for the Sky – Jackson Browne
Natty Dread – Bob Marley
From the Album of the Same Name – Pilot
Fulfillingness’ First Finale – Stevie Wonder
It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll – The Rolling Stones

Category: 70s


Article by: Julie Miller