Cher and Gregg Allman got hitched, but she filed for divorce nine days later … but they stayed married for four more years (say that again?!). Peter Gabriel left Genesis. John Lennon won his legal battle to remain in the United States; “Saturday Night Live” debuted; the world was introduced to Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, the newest members of Fleetwood Mac, and Bruce Springsteen appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek magazines in the same week.
That was 40 years ago: 1975.
All in all, the music was good, really good … there was Bob Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks,” Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here,” Queen’s “A Night at the Opera,” David Bowie’s “Young Americans,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Fleetwood Mac,” Bob Marley and the Wailers’ “Natty Dread,” etc.
And like every year before and after, there were Shoulda-Been-Hits, hits that never were but shoulda been. Here are few, and now these overlooked gems from 1975 are now permanently listed on our Shoulda-Been-Hits page.
“Apple Cider Re-Constitution,” Al Stewart
“Drink of Water,” Ambrosia
“Boulder to Birmingham,” Emmylou Harris
“Somebody Up There Likes Me,” David Bowie
“The Next Big Thing,” The Dictators
“Rose Darling,” Steely Dan
“You See Me Crying,” Aerosmith
“Beautiful Loser,” Bob Seger
“Hair of the Day,” Nazareth
“Journey of the Sorcerer,” Eagles
“Wind of Change,” Bee Gees
“Warm Ways,” Fleetwood Mac
“Fire On High,” Electric Light Orchestra