This week 40 years ago, the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres to win the Stanley Cup, President Gerald Ford slipped on the stairway getting off Air Force One, "French Connection II" ruled the box office and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "When Will I Be Loved," Linda Ronstadt
Rondstadt's country-tinged cover of the Everly Brothers song was even a bigger hit than the 1960 original. The Everly Brothers got to No. 8 with it, while Ronstadt reached No. 2. The B-side was another cover: Buddy Holly's "It Doesn't Matter Anymore."
9. "I Don't Like to Sleep Alone," Paul Anka and Odia Coates
Idea: Use this song in a commercial for a perfect mattress for couples. Consider it, Paul.
8. "Shining Star," Earth, Wind & Fire
Bring on the funk. This was Earth, Wind & Fire's first major hit.
7. "Old Days," Chicago
Nostalgia. With horns.
6. "Bad Time," Grand Funk
The band's final song before it added "Railroad" back to the end of its name, "Bad Time" was written by lead singer-guitarist Mark Farmer.
5. "Sister Golden Hair," America
Eventually, "Sister Golden Hair" would be America's second No. 1 hit, and likely the only song to ask the question, "Will you meet me in the air?"
4. "Only Yesterday," the Carpenters
The Carpenters' last top 10 hit of the Hot 100 was written by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis, who wrote the lyrics to another Carpenters hit, "Top of the World." And for children of the 1980s, Bettis also co-wrote the theme song to the TV show "Growing Pains."
3. "How Long," Ace
"How Long" was the British band's biggest hit, though frontman Paul Carrack went on to more success as the frontman for Mike + the Mechanics.
2. "Thank God I'm a Country Boy," John Denver
The Orioles seventh-inning stretch tradition (which started in the 1970s), was written by John Martin Sommers, a member of Denver's backing band. Fittingly, it also topped the country charts.
1. "Before the Next Teardrop Falls," Freddy Fender
This one also topped the country and Hot 100 charts ("Thank God I'm a Country Boy" would replace this song at No. 1 the following week). Fender's next single was his other best-known track: "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights." Yup, it was good to be country in 1975, since four other songs that year hit No. 1 on both country/Hot 100 charts: "Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell; "Convoy" by C.W. McCall; "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" by B.J. Thomas; and a Denver two-sided offering, "I'm Sorry"/"Calypso."