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It was the one and only year in the popstrological era in which no single star attempted to dominate the universe of pop, and glorious disorder was naturally the result. John Denver leading into Roberta Flack and Paul Anka into Eric Clapton? Barbra Streisand sandwiched between Ringo Starr and Barry White? When else but the seventies could one have witnessed such glorious incongruities, and when else but in 1974 could one have witnessed so many of them? Believe it or not, one prominent member of the critical establishment has actually called 1974 the worst year for pop music in American history, but that just goes to show you how easily one's mind can become corrupted by a false ideology like rock criticism. Popstrologists make it a rule to steer clear of terms like "best" and "worst" when discussing the pop-musical past, but rules are made to be broken, and you'll have little difficulty finding a popstrologist willing to proclaim 1974 one of the best of all possible years in which to have been born. At least for those who are comfortable going through life without a ruling philosophy or any hope of finding one that's offered to them by their peers to be even remotely acceptable.

BirthdatesBirthstar Birthsong
Jan 1-Jan 5Jim Croce Time In A Bottle
Jan 6-Jan 12Steve Miller Band The Joker
Jan 13-Jan 19Al Wilson Show And Tell
Jan 20-Jan 26Ringo Starr You're Sixteen
Jan 27-Feb 2Barbra Streisand The Way We Were
Feb 3-Feb 9Barry White (as Love Unlimited Orchestra) Love's Theme
Feb 10-Feb 23Barbra Streisand The Way We Were
Feb 24-Mar 16Terry Jacks Seasons In The Sun
Mar 17-Mar 23Cher Dark Lady
Mar 24-Mar 30John Denver Sunshine On My Shoulders
Mar 31-Apr 6Blue Swede Hooked On A Feeling
Apr 7-Apr 13Elton John Bennie And The Jets
Apr 14-Apr 27MFSB TSOP
Apr 28-May 11Grand Funk Railroad The Loco-Motion
May 12-Jun 1Ray Stevens The Streak
Jun 2-Jun 8Paul McCartney (and Wings) Band On The Run
Jun 9-Jun 22Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods Billy, Don't Be A Hero
Jun 23-Jun 29Gordon Lightfoot Sundown
Jun 30-Jul 6Hues Corporation Rock The Boat
Jul 7-Jul 20George McCrae Rock Your Baby
Jul 21-Aug 3John Denver Annie's Song
Aug 4-Aug 10Roberta Flack Feel Like Makin' Love
Aug 11-Aug 17Paper Lace The Night Chicago Died
Aug 18-Sep 7Paul Anka (You're) Having My Baby
Sep 8-Sep 14Eric Clapton I Shot The Sheriff
Sep 15-Sep 21Barry White Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe
Sep 22-Sep 28Andy Kim Rock Me Gently
Sep 29-Oct 12Olivia Newton-John I Honestly Love You
Oct 13-Oct 19Billy Preston Nothing From Nothing
Oct 20-Oct 26Dionne Warwick(e) and the Spinners Then Came You
Oct 27-Nov 2Stevie Wonder You Haven't Done Nothin'
Nov 3-Nov 9Bachman-Turner Overdrive You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
Nov 10-Nov 16John Lennon Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
Nov 17-Nov 30Billy Swan I Can Help
Dec 1-Dec 14Carl Douglas Kung Fu Fighting
Dec 15-Dec 21Harry Chapin Cat's In The Cradle
Dec 22-Dec 28Helen Reddy Angie Baby
Dec 29-Dec 31Elton John Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

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