January 1974 - Joni Mitchell's album Court & Spark goes to #2 US, #14 UK. The album includes jazz elements added to her folk style and provides her with her only Top Ten US Single "Help Me".January 1974 - Released in December 1973, the Paul McCartney and Wings album, Band On The Run, would go on to be the top selling album of 1974 hitting #1 in both the US and UK.January 1974 - Bob Dylan, backed by The Band, releases his 14th studio album Planet Waves. The album charts at #1 US, #14 UK. This is Dylan's first  #1 album.February 1974 - Jersey City, NJ funk band Kool and the Gang have a top five US hit with the single "Jungle Boogie".February 1974 - NYC band Kiss release their debut album which sells a respectable 75,000 copies without a hit single and charts at #87 US. The band takes rock theatrics to a new level using full facial make-up and elaborate costumes for all appearances.February 1974 - Los Angeles songwriter and producer Barry White's instrumental "Love's Theme" goes to #1 US, #10 UK for The Love Unlimited Orchestra. In September his deep bass voice takes him to #1 US, #8 UK as a solo artist with "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love". March 1974 - London singer David Essex has the first of many top ten hits in the UK and his only US hit (#5) with the single "Rock On".March 1974 - Toronto, Ontario rock band Rush release their debut album, add a new drummer Neil Peart, and go on their first US tour. The album charts at #105 US, but fails to chart in the UK.March 1974 - American band Steely Dan hit the top five in the US with the single "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and have a #8 US, #37 UK album with Pretzel Logic.March 1974 - Proving that the teen tragedy genre still works, Canadian Terry Jacks has a #1 hit in the US and UK with the single "Seasons In The Sun".April 1974 - Diamond Dogs, the 8th album from UK artist David Bowie, goes to #1 UK, #5 US. The single "Rebel Rebel" goes to #5 in the UK, #64 US.April 1974 - Richard Thompson, formerly of UK band Fairport Convention, and his wife Linda score with the critics, but fail commercially with their first album as a team - I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight.May 1974 - Swedish band Abba win the Eurovision song contest with "Waterloo" and take the single to #1 UK and #6 US.June 1974 - Chicago funk band Rufus, featuring lead singer Chaka Kahn, score a #3 US hit with "Tell Me Something Good" written by Stevie Wonder. The song fails to chart in the UK.June 1974 - UK supergroup Bad Co. have a #1 US, #3 UK debut album and a #15 UK single "Can't Get Enough". The group is composed of former members of Free, Mott the Hoople, and King Crimson.July 1974 - Dutch hard rock band Golden Earring have a #13 US, #7 UK hit with the single "Radar Love".July 1974 - UK guitarist Eric Clapton gives up heroin and records his second solo album, 461 Ocean Blvd, in Miami. The album goes to #1 US, #3 UK led by Clapton's cover of the Bob Marley and The Wailers song "I Shot The Sherrif".August 1974 - Philladelphia vocal group The Three Degrees have a #1 UK and #2 US with the single "When Will I See You Again" from their second album TSOP - The Sound of Philadelphia. September 1974 - The third album from California singer / songwriter Jackson Browne - Late For The Sky charts at #14 US, but fails to chart in the UK.September 1974 - The third album from UK progressive rock band Supertramp, entitled Crime of the Century, goes to #4 UK, #38 US.October 1974 - "I Honestly Love You" is the first US #1 hit, #22 UK, for UK soft rocker Olivia Newton-John. November 1974 - London, UK rock band Queen release their third album, Sheer Heart Attack, and go to #2 UK and #12 US, led by the single "Killer Queen". November 1974 - Already successful in the UK, London art rock band Roxy Music crack the top 40 in the US for the first time (#3 UK) with the album Country Life.November 1974 - Electric Light Orchestra have a top ten single in the US with "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" and a #16 album in the US, but fail to chart in their UK homeland.December 1974 - Jamaican born singer Carl Douglas scores a transatlantic #1 with the single "Kung Fu Fighting".December 1974 - German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk score a #11 UK, #25 US single with a shortened version of the song "Autobahn".  The album version of the song is 22:43 minutes long.January 1974 - Top hits chart KOIL Radio of Omaha, Nebraska.April 1974 - WCFL Radio of Chicago, IL hit survey.July 1974 - WLS Radio of Chicago, IL Top 15 singles.Dance party - location unknown.
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