1974

Top Selling Singles

  1. David Essex – Gonna Make You A Star
  2. The Three Degrees – When Will I See You Again
  3. Charles Aznavour – She
  4. George McCrae Rock Your Baby
  5. Terry Jacks – Seasons In The Sun
  6. Paper Lace – Billy, Don’t Be A Hero
  7. Mud – Tiger Feet
  8. The Rubettes – Sugar Baby Love
  9. Ken Boothe – Everything I Own
  10. Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting

Christmas No.1: Mud “Lonely This Christmas”

Top Selling Albums

  1. The Carpenters – The Singles: 1969–1973 The Carpenters
  2. Paul McCartney and Wings – Band on the Run
  3. Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells
  4. Elvis Presley – 40 Greatest Hits
  5. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
  6. David Bowie – Diamond Dogs
  7. Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  8. Perry Como – And I Love You So
  9. Simon & Garfunkel – Greatest Hits
  10. Elton John – Greatest Hits

At the Box Office

  1. The Towering Inferno – Paul Newman Steve McQueen
  2. The Exorcist
  3. The Man with the Golden Gun – Roger Moore Christopher Lee
  4. Emmanuelle
  5. Earthquake – Charlton Heston Ava Gardner
  6. Airport 1975 (1974) – Charlton Heston, Karen Black
  7. Murder on the Orient Express
  8. Papillon – Steve McQueen Dustin Hoffman
  9. Stardust – David Essex, Adam Faith, Larry Hagman
  10. The Island at the Top of the World

Cost of Living

Average house price£9,000
Average salary £48/week for men – £27/week for women
Average car price
Petrol 50p (or 11p a litre!!!)
Pint of beer 22p
Packet of 20 Cigarettes
Pint of milk 4p

In the News

  • UK Prime Ministers were Edward Heath then Harold Wilson (Two General Elections)
  • The ‘3 Day week’ was introduced by the Conservative Government as a measure to conserve electricity during the period of industrial action by coal miners. Due to the ongoing 1973 oil crisis, the government ordered both the BBC and ITV television services to closedown early each night at 10:30pm to save electricity.
  • New Year’s Day is celebrated as a public holiday for the first time.
  • Ian Ball fails in his attempt to kidnap HRH Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips in The Mall, outside Buckingham Palace.
  • Lord Lucan disappears after the murder of his children’s nanny.
  • Former government minister John Stonehouse is found living in Australia having faked his own death. He is quickly arrested by Australian police, who initially believe that he is Lord Lucan
  • McDonald’s open their first UK restaurant in Woolwich, South East London
  • New speed limits are introduced on Britain’s roads in an attempt to save fuel at a time of Arab fuel embargoes following the Yom Kippur War
  • Inflation soars to a 34-year high of 17.2%
  • China gives two giant pandas, Ching-Ching and Chia-Chia, to Britain

On the Telly

  • BBC1 first broadcasts the children’s television series Bagpuss
  • The 19th Eurovision Song Contest is held at the Dome in Brighton, Sweden wins the contest with the song “Waterloo”, performed by ABBA, who became the first group to win the Contest.
  • Jon Pertwee leaves Doctor Who in the final episode of Planet of the Spiders. He was replaced by Tom Baker.
  • Ceefax is started by the BBC
  • The final episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, is broadcast on BBC2.
  • BBC1 shows the first episode of It Ain’t Half Hot Mum starring Windsor Davies.
  • Debut of the children’s Saturday morning television show Tiswas, hosted by Chris Tarrant.
  • BBC1 begins broadcasting the US police series Kojak starring Telly Savalas.
  • ITV launched the sitcom Rising Damp starring Leonard Rossiter and Richard Beckinsale.
  • ITV shows the feature length pilot episode of The Six Million Dollar Man, starring Lee Majors as the half-man, half-cyborg action hero Steve Austin.
  • BBC1 airs the first episode of the children’s animated series Roobarb & Custard, featuring Roobarb the green dog and Custard the pink cat.

Top Selling Christmas Toys

  • Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots – £3.46 (£35.03)
  • Dungeons & Dragons – £3.69 (£40.22)
  • Magic 8 Ball – £0.77 (£7.84)
  • Spirograph – £1.27 (£12.88)
  • Twister – £1.35 (£13.71)

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