Seventies Music Charts: Top Ten Hits from Jan 1975

Here are the pop charts of the week ending 4th January 1975
1 Lonely This Christmas by Mud

Article about Mud

The 1970s culture of glam rock, had one of its biggest groups in the band MUD, who had a huge hit with this song, it has entered the British charts numerous times and is played as a Christmas classic.

Written and produced by Chapman and Chinn, it certainly has the Elvis style of singing from the lead singer Les Gray (died in in 2004 at the age of 57) and drummer Dave Mount killed himself in 2006.

Try to imagine
A house that's not a home
Try to imagine
A Christmas all alone
That's where I'll be
Since you left me
My tears could melt the snow
What can I do without you?
I got no place, no place to go

It'll be lonely this Christmas
Without you to hold
It'll be lonely this Christmas
Lonely and cold
It'll be cold, so cold
Without you to hold
This Christmas

 2 Wombling Merry Christmas by The Wombles Article about Wombles

More 1970s culture now with The wombles, that started life as a children's book, then a TV series about small creatures that lived in Wimbledon, and collected rubbish. The huge popularity of the TV series by adults and children alike, spurred the Womble man (Mike Batt) who wrote the original theme "The Wombling song" to make the Wombles pop stars.
He did that, they had several top ten hits in the British charts.

3 Juke Box Jive by The Rubettes  Article about Rubettes
The Rubettes biggest hit was "Sugar Baby Love", but this was a great hit too.

4 Streets of London by Ralph McTell
Ralph who was also a children's TV entertainer had this hit about the homeless people of London, this also won him the Ivor Novello award.

Some of the lyrics

Have you seen the old man
In the closed-down market
Kicking up the paper,
with his worn out shoes?
In his eyes you see no pride
And held loosely at his side
Yesterday's paper telling yesterday's news

So how can you tell me you're lonely,
And say for you that the sun don't shine?
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London
I'll show you something to make you change your mind

Have you seen the old girl
Who walks the streets of London
Dirt in her hair and her clothes in rags?
She's no time for talking,
She just keeps right on walking

Translated from the original French lyrics "Because I Love You My Child", and also recorded by Richard Harris in 1971. For me its one of the most powerful Elvis records, and hardly played on radio any more.

6 You Aint Seen Nothing Yet by The Bachman Turner Overdrive 

7 The Inbetweenies/Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me by the Goodies 
Article about the Goodies 

8 You’re The First, My Last, My Everything by Barry White 

9 Oh yes! You’re Beautiful by Gary Glitter Article about Gary Glitter