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Music the Week Nixon Resigned
by Alex Cosper (12/17/12)


Sacramento Union, August 9, 1974


President Richard M. Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974 after he consulted with fellow Republicans that he had lost support from Congress over the Watergate cover-up scandal, which assured that he was headed for impeachment. Nixon's problems escalated when he fired the special Watergrate prosecutor and later refused to comply with Justice Department demands to release the tape recordings he secretly made of White House conversations. These tapes later revealed that Nixon conspired with others to talk about "hush" money to thwart the investigation on a burglary of the Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Florida during the 1972 election.

For the "week ending August 10, 1974" on the Billboard Hot 100 a song about Nixon called "You Haven't Done Nothin'" by Stevie Wonder jumped from 93 to 51 in its second week. The song eventually hit #1 the first week of November. Another song on the chart at the time about Nixon and Watergate was "Fish Ain't Bitin'" by Lamont Dozier. Later in the month Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alamabama," which mentioned Watergate, moved from 72 to 56 in its third week. The song made the top 10 in October and became a classic rock staple.

TOP HITS

Roberta Flack - Feel Like Makin' Love
Paper Lace - The Night Chicago Died
Dave Loggins - Please Come to Boston
Chicago - Call On Me
ABBA - Waterloo

RECENT HITS

John Denver - Annie's Song
Elton John - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
The Righteous Brothers - Rock and Roll Heaven
Steely Dan - Rikki Don't Lose That Number
The Hollies - The Air That I Breathe
Golden Earring - Radar Love
George McCrae - Rock Your Baby
The Hues Corporation - Rock The Boat
Gladys Knight & The Pips - On and On
Mac Davis - One Hell of a Woman
The Commodores - Machine Gun
Olivia Newton-John - If You Love Me (Let Me Know)
Kool & The Gang - Hollywood Swinging
William DeVaughn - Be Thankful For What You Got
The Jackson 5 - Dancin' Machine
Paul McCartney & Wings - Band On The Run
Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods - Billy, Don't Be a Hero
Ohio Players - Jive Turkey (Part 1)
The Stylistics - You Make Me Feel Brand New
The Eagles - Already Gone
Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown
Spinners - I'm Coming Home

RISING HITS

Blue Magic - Sideshow
Jim Stafford - Wildwood Weed
Rufus - Tell Me Something Good
Wet Willie - Keep On Smilin'
Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Talkin' Care of Business
Paul Anka - (You're) Havin' My Baby
Three Dog Night - Sure As I'm Sittin' Here
Grand Funk - Shinin' On
Donny and Marie Osmond - I'm Leaving It All Up To You
Andy Kim - Rock Me Gently
Helen Reddy - You and Me Against the World
Eric Clapton - I Shot the Sheriff
Johnny Bristol - Hang On In There Baby
Billy "Crash" Craddock - Rub It In
Dionne Warwicke & The Spinners - Then Came You
Billy Preston - Nothing From Nothing

NEW MUSIC

Guess Who - Clap For the Wolfman
Barry White - Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe
Stylistics - Let's Put It All Together
First Class - Beach Boys
Stevie Wonder - You Haven't Done Nothin'
The Rubettes - Sugar Baby Love
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Joni Mitchell - Free Man in Paris
Cat Stevens - Another Saturday Night
Charlie Rich - I Love My Friend
Doobie Brothers - Eyes of Silver
Ray Stevens - Midnight Special
Isley Brothers - Live It Up (Part 1)
The Rolling Stones - It's Only Rock and Roll
Eddie Kendricks - Tell Her Love Has Felt the Need
Bob Dylan/The Band - Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)
Cher - I Saw a Man and He Danced With His Wife
Cheech and Chong - Earache My Eye Featuring Alice Bowie

OTHER RECORDS

Lamont Dozier - Fish Ain't Bitin'
Fancy - Wild Thing
James Brown - My Thang
Edgar Winter - River's Risin'
Elvis Presley - If You Talk In Your Sleep
Main Ingredient - Happiness Is Just Around the Bend
The Impressions - Finally Got Myself Together (I'm a Changed Man)
Gene Redding - This Heart
Curtis Mayfield - Kung Fu
Sly & The Family Stone - Time For Livin'
Jimmy Buffett - Come Monday
Jim Croce - Workin' At the Car Wash Blues
Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye - Don't Knock My Love
Tower of Power - Don't Change Horses (In The Middle of The Stream)
Gladys Knight & The Pips - Between Her Goodbye and My Hello
Neil Young - Walk On
Bobby Womack - You're Welcome, Stop On By
Earth, Wind & Fire - Kalimba Story
Lobo - Rings
Joe Cocker - Put Out the Light
Donna Fargo - You Can't Be a Beacon (If Your Light Don't Shine)
Betty Wright - Secretary
Mickey Gilley - Room Full of Roses
Bob Seger - Get Out of Denver
The Wombles - Wombling Summer Party
War - Ballero
Sami Jo - It Could Have Been Me
Margie Joseph - My Love
Frank Sinatra - You Turned My World Around
Tanya Tucker - The Man That Turned My Mama On
Bloodstone - That's Not How It Goes
C.W. McCall - Old Home Filler-Up and Keep On-A Truckin' Cafe


SONGS ABOUT NIXON OR WATERGATE

John Lennon - Gimme Some Truth
Stevie Wonder - You Haven't Done Nothin'
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Ohio
David Bowie - Young Americans
Frank Zappa - Son of Orange County
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Neil Young - Campaigner
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Bad Luck
James Taylor - Let It Fall Down
Phil Ochs - Here's to the State of Richard Nixon
Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic
Country Joe McDonald - Tricky Dicky
Howlin' Wolf - Watergate Blues
Lamont Dozier - Fish Ain't Bitin'
Robyn Hitchcock - 1974





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