Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)


Legendary Performer Reborn, #1 Song In America, 1974

In February of 1974, there was a re-birth for one of the original artists and songwriters of the early days of pop music. The artist's star had faded pretty badly in the USA. He had not had a hit of any magnitude since 1964, ten years before.

Despite everyone being ho-hum about his career back home, the performer was still a well-respected artist in the U.K. This man, being incredibly creative, was not willing to rest on his laurels and he presented a new sound to the British audience at a major London concert. They liked what they heard.

Shortly thereafter, at a star-studded party hosted by this artist, he landed a new recording contract. Some of the famous celebs at the party party included McCartney, the Carpenters, Rod Stewart and Elton John and his manager. After everyone else cleared out, Elton hung around. Before the night was over, this performer had been signed to John's new label, Rocket Records.

The first release on Rocket came out in the UK first. Then it came out in the USA and it shot up the US charts. I remember that I was working in rock radio when the song first came out. It was one of the last songs I ever played in rock radio because, within a few weeks, I moved over to a job in country radio and I was there for 25 years.

To go back in time, to see this legendary artist perform his hit from 1974, simply change channels on the television. You can watch Hawaii-Five-O some other day. Click on the play button, on the TV, to be transported back in time to 1974.

Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 4 commentsSteven L. Smith • October 27 2011 10:05PM


Steven, there's this theme today of 1974. I heard an analyst say today that this was the best October on record for the stock market since 1974.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Steven,  thanks for your memories of this song.  And, surprisingly, I could still sing along with Neil.   His Calendar Girl is still one of my faves, too. 

WOW!  He was a great songwriter and performer.

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) over 8 years ago


I saw that but the coincidence did not take till you mentioned it.


My wife and I saw him live in Reno shortly after this was released.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Geez, in 1974 I was a junior still kicking butt on the soccer field.

But I digress...  Remember that song well!  And, apparently, you older folks do too.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago