Summer Chart Flashback: Summer Singles 1975

A couple of weeks back, HERC covered the Summer Singles of 1974.  Then a couple of days ago, he counted down the Top 10 Albums of the Summer of 1974. Today, he turns the page and features the Summer Singles of 1975.  HERC was a recent transplant to the Midwest in the Summer of 1975 and the first Top 40 station he found on the radio dial was WLS. During one late Summer, back to school trip to the local mall - nearly 40 miles away - HERC stumbled upon WLS's weekly music survey, stacked neatly on the checkout counter of the record store in the mall.  He began collecting them for the next six years, until his family moved from the Midwest to the Southwest.  The collection of surveys, kept in a shoebox, did not make the move.  But other people were collecting them, too, and they kept theirs and scanned them and posted them online.  HERC thanks all the fellow WLS survey fans at The Airheads Radio Survey Archive (ARSA) as well as those over at Oldiesloon / Chicagoland / WLS. Special thanks also to collector Ron Smith, who has compiled several books devoted to Chicago's Top 40 Charts, two of which now reside in HERC's library.

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<<peak positions>>
111Fallin' In Love - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
111Get Down Tonight - KC & the Sunshine Band
111Listen To What The Man Said - Wings
111Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain and Tennille
111Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John Band
111Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell
112Sister Golden Hair - America
131Jackie Blue - Ozark Mountain Daredevils
132Wildfire - Michael Martin Murphey
141Someone Saved My Life Tonight - Elton John
11210It's A Miracle - Barry Manilow
11212Killer Queen - Queen

211(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song - BJ Thomas
211Jive Talkin' - Bee Gees
223I'm Not In Love - 10cc
241Run Joey Run - David Geddes
255Magic - Pilot
296Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance) - Leo Sayer
348Only Yesterday - Carpenters
411He Don't Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando & Dawn
411The Hustle - Van McCoy with the Soul City Symphony
421When Will I Be Loved - Linda Ronstadt
431Please Mr. Please - Olivia Newton-John
445Bad Time - Grand Funk

555Chevy Van - Sammy Johns
567Midnight Blue - Melissa Manchester
52012Tush - ZZ Top
611Thank God I'm A Country Boy (live) - John Denver
667Could It Be Magic - Barry Manilow
665Why Can't We Be Friends - WAR
711One Of These Nights - Eagles
831How Long - Ace
81012Dynomite (Part 1) - Bazuka
81110Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me) - Doobie Brothers
911Shining Star - Earth, Wind & Fire
92122Black Superman "Muhammad Ali" - Johnny Wakelin & the Kinshasa Band
92116Hey You - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
1056Old Days - Chicago
10910Rockin' Chair - Gwen McCrae
121010The Rockford Files - Mike Post
1311Before The Next Teradrop Falls - Freddy Fender
1567Swearin' To God - Frankie Valli
16**Pinball Wizard - Elton John*

*Elton John's "Pinball Wizard" was not available as a 45 yet it is included on each survey during that Summer.  All songs making the WLS Weekly Top 15 from May 31-September 6 are included.  Peak positions, as noted above, may have occurred before, within or after the dates stated above.

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