It Oughta Sell A Million!
Lyn Paul releases three singles in 1975 - Love (Polydor 2058 552), It Oughta Sell A Million (Polydor 2058 602) and Here Comes That Wonderful Feeling (Polydor 2058 655). Lyn's first solo album, Give Me Love (Polydor 2383 340), is also released.
It Oughta Sell A Million is a top 40 hit and marks Lyn's début on the charts as a solo performer. Lyn also makes her first - and only - solo appearance on Top Of The Pops (BBC1, 10th July). Lyn later recalled that day in an interview with Shaun Tilley:
"I was thrilled to bits. I had my own dressing room. I really felt like ‘Ooh my God, I’ve really made it now’… It's a big thing for anybody to do 'Top Of The Pops' but it was a huge thing for me - to actually have done it with the group and then to be going on and doing it solo was fantastic." (BBC Radio Sussex and BBC Radio Surrey, Top Of The Pops Playback, 19th January 2014)
Like Lyn a number of other singers appear on the charts, having previously been successful as part of a group. Frankie Valli (lead singer with the Four Seasons) has a top five hit in February with My Eyes Adored You; in May Roy Wood (who had found fame with the Move, ELO and Wizzard) has a hit with Oh What A Shame; and in July Bryan Ferry ("Mr. Dapper" from Roxy Music) makes it into the singles chart with You Go To My Head.
1975 is remarkable for the number of women making their début on the singles chart. Lyn Paul is just one of a long list of women having their first hit. Susan Cadogan, Linda Carr, Natalie Cole, Tammy Jones, Maxine Nightingale, Esther Phillips, Minnie Riperton, Billie Jo Spears, Betty Wright, Tammy Wynette and Retta Young also have UK hit singles for the first time. Another chart newcomer is Helen Reddy, who (like Lyn) will go on to star in Willy Russell's hit musical Blood Brothers.
A number of all-girl groups also make in into the charts for the first time - Labelle, the Sharonettes, Sister Sledge and Silver Convention - while groups featuring women lead singers - 5,000 Volts, Fox and Shirley & Co. - add to the total and make it a good year on the charts for women singers.
Even though more women are making it into the charts, the Top 20 is still dominated by male artists and groups. Few of the women making a breakthrough are given the support they need from their record companies to become regulars on the chart. Like Lyn, some of the chart débutantes will go on to have successful showbiz careers but they will not make many returns to the UK singles chart. Minnie Riperton's number 1 Loving You will be her only UK hit single, as will Esther Phillips' What A Difference A Day Made and Retta Young's Sending Out An SOS. The same is true for Tammy Jones and Shirley & Co., while the Sharonettes, Susan Cadogan and Helen Reddy go just one better, with two hits apiece. Even a "big name" like Tammy Wynette, who soared to the top of the charts with Stand By Your Man, would only have two more solo hits in the UK (Stand By Your Man would later become a popular number in Lyn Paul's stage act).
In June Lyn Paul is twice a guest on the pop show Rock On With 45, hosted by David 'Kid' Jensen. On the first show (Granada, Friday, 14th June) former New Seeker Peter Oliver is also one of the guests; the second show features Dana, The Hollies and The Three Degrees (Granada, Wednesday, 19th June). Lyn also appears on Sunday Special: Charlie Williams's Burlesque Show (BBC2, Saturday, 29th June, 8.15pm).
Advertisement for Lyn Paul's album
Give Me Love
from the Jack Jones 1975 UK tour programme.
During 1975 Lyn Paul continues to go down a storm on the cabaret circuit. After appearing in Summer shows with comedian Frankie Howerd, Lyn fills her diary with a series of solo cabaret dates:
- 10th - 16th August, Stockton Fiesta
- 14th September, Talk of the West
- 29th September, Blue Angel, Leeds
- 11th October, Ipswich
- 16th - 17th October, Hendon
Lyn also appears at a variety performance to mark the opening of the Greenwood Theatre, London's newest theatre, situated near London Bridge behind Guy's Hospital. The show is attended by Princess Alexandra, who officially opens the theatre, and her husband Angus Ogilvy. The proceeds from show go to the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund
On 30th August Lyn Paul makes a guest appearance on The Wheeltappers and Shunters' Social Club - a television variety show that re-created a working men's club inside the Granada TV Studios, with Bernard Manning as compère and Colin Crompton as chairman. Lyn sings two songs - Behind Closed Doors, a song that had been a UK hit for Charlie Rich in April 1974, and her own hit It Oughta Sell A Million. Also on the bill are Peters & Lee wannabes Mikey and Griff, Chi-Lites soundalikes Broken Hearts and comedian Jimmy Jones
At the end of October Lyn joins Jack Jones on his UK concert tour:
- 26th October, Coventry Theatre
- 29th - 31st October, Southport Theatre
- 1st November, Newcastle City Hall
- 2nd November, Glasgow Apollo
- 3rd November, Capitol Theatre, Aberdeen
- 4th November, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
- 7th November, Winter Gardens, Bournemouth
- 9th November, Theatre Royal, London
- 11th November, Colston Hall, Bristol
- 12th November, Festival Theatre, Paignton
- 14th November, Odeon Theatre, Birmingham
- 16th November, New Theatre, Oxford
- 18th November, Carlton Cinema, Dublin
- 20th November, Fairfield Hall, Croydon
- 21st November, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne
- 23rd November, London Palladium
- 28th November, Central Hall, Chatham
- 29th November, Capitol Theatre, Cardiff
- 30th November, London Palladium
Lyn opens the show with The Trolley Song and closes her set with a Neil Sedaka Medley. Looking back on the tour eleven years later, Lyn revealed how important it was to her:
"When I left the New Seekers I was full of the joys of Spring. I thought going solo was going to be easy, but doing a 13 week non-stop tour, I began to lose my voice. I was close to having a nervous breakdown.
Then came the Jack Jones' tour. It gave me so much confidence. The change was amazing. It was very much a turning point and I think I would have been absolutely lost if Jack hadn't come along."
(TV Times, 15th - 21st November 1986, page 17)
There are rumours of an affair between Lyn and Jack Jones, which Lyn later referred to in interviews with the News Of The World and The Sun.
Singer-songwriter Andy Fairweather-Low, who had written Mellow Down, one of the tracks on Lyn Paul's album Give Me Love, has a solo hit in December with Wide Eyed and Legless (A&M AMS 7202).
The 1970 Eurovision winner Dana also has a hit in December with It's Gonna Be A Cold Cold Christmas (GTO GT 45). The song is the work of Roger Cook, who co-wrote Lyn's single It Oughta Sell A Million.
|In the News - 1975
||On 4th January Khmer Rouge guerrillas attack the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.
On 5th January 13 people are killed when a freighter hits the Tasman Bridge. Part of the bridge collapses into the Derwent River. The ship sinks.
Soyuz 17 is launched on 10th January, beginning a 29-day mission which surpasses the 23-day record set by the ill-fated Soyuz 11. The spacecraft docks with the Salyut 4 space station on 12th January and returns to earth safely on 9th February.
Teenager Lesley Whittle, who was left £82,000 in her father's will, is kidnapped from her home in Highley, Shropshire on 14th January. Her body is found in a drain shaft on 7th March.
Angola gains independence from Portugal on 16th January.
Dr. Donald Coggan is enthroned as the 101st Archbishop of Canterbury on 24th January.
On 29th January it is announced that with effect from 1st April the price of a TV licence in the UK will increase to £18 for a colour set and £8 for a black and white set.
||On 11th February Margaret Thatcher wins the second ballot of Tory MPs for the leadership of the Conservative Party, becoming the first woman to be elected leader of a British political party. William Whitelaw, who came second in the ballot, is appointed Deputy Leader of the Opposition the next day.
On 13th February miners accept the Coal Board's latest pay offer of up to 35%.
P.G. Wodehouse dies on St. Valentines' Day, aged 93.
West Indian cricketer Garry Sobers is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II on 19th February at an open-air ceremony in Bridgetown, Barbados.
New £10 notes are issued in the UK on 20th February, with a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on one side and Florence Nightingale on the other.
On Friday, 28th February 42 passengers and the driver of a tube train are killed at Moorgate station in the worst-ever accident on London Underground. It takes rescue workers five days to recover all of the bodies.
||Charlie Chaplin is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on 4th March.
On 7th March the United States carries out a nuclear test in the Nevada desert. Four days later the USSR performs a nuclear test in eastern Kazakhstan.
The former President of Portugal, General António de Spínola, flees to Spain on 11th March after the failure of an attempted right-wing coup.
Tammy Wynette and George Jones get divorced on 13th March, just two months before Wynette tops the UK singles chart with Stand By Your Man. Her follow-up hit is the more aptly-titled D.I.V.O.R.C.E.
Susan Hayward dies on 14th March, aged 57.
Aristotle Onassis dies on 15th March, aged 69.
Ethiopia ends over 3,000 years as a monarchy on 21st March.
On 22nd March Teach-In win the Eurovision Song Contest for the Netherlands with the song Ding Dinge Dong. The UK entry, Let Me Be The One by The Shadows, finishes in second place.
On 25th March King Faisal of Saudi Arabia is assassinated in Riyadh by his nephew Prince Faisal Ibn Musaed.
On the same day members of the National Front march through Islington in protest against UK integration with Europe.
The rock opera Tommy premiers in London on 26th March.
||Chiang Kai-shek, head of state of the Chinese Nationalist government from 1928-1949 and of the subsequent 'government in exile' in Taiwan, dies on 5th April, aged 87.
99 Vietnamese orphans are brought to the UK on 6th April aboard a Boeing 747 chartered by the Daily Mail newspaper.
Ritchie Blackmore leaves Deep Purple on 7th April to form his own group, Rainbow.
Josephine Baker dies in Paris on 11th April, aged 68.
Khmer Rouge troops enter Phnom Penh on 17th April, following the US withdrawal from Cambodia five days earlier. The residents of Phnom Penh and provincial towns are forcibly moved to the countryside to become agricultural workers. Cambodia is re-named Kampuchea and the calendar is re-set to 'Year Zero'.
The President of South Vietnam, Nguyen Van Thieu, resigns on 21st April.
The British Embassy in Saigon is closed on 23rd April.
Sir Don Ryder’s report British Leyland: The Next Decade is published on the same day. It recommends that the UK government invest £1,264 million in BLMC, with an added £260 million worth of working capital, to make it a “viable and fully competitive” company.
On 25th April elections are held in Portugal for the first time in 50 years. They take place exactly one year after the Carnation Revolution, which overthrew the regime of the Estado Novo. The election is won by the Socialist Party.
Terrorists blow up the West German Embassy in Stockholm on 25th April when their demand for the release of 26 jailed members of the Baader-Meinhof gang is refused.
At a one-day conference held on Saturday, 26th April the UK Labour Party votes by almost 2-1 in favour of leaving the European Economic Community (EEC).
North Vietnamese troops capture Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, on Wednesday, 30th April. US citizens and other foreign nationals are evacuated to waiting navy ships. Saigon is immediately renamed Ho Chi Minh City.
||On 5th May the British social services secretary Barbara Castle announces the government's intention to abolish pay beds (where patients pay for advantages such as privacy) in National Health Service hospitals.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visit Japan from 7th-12th May.
On 17th May Elton John is awarded a Platinum disc for sales in excess of 1 million of his new LP Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy. The LP is the first album to achieve Platinum status on the day of its release. On 7th June it becomes the first album to enter the US chart at number 1.
Sculptor Barbara Hepworth dies in a fire at her studio in St. Ives on 20th May.
Soyuz 18 is launched on 24th May. It docks with the Salyut 4 space station two days later.
On 27th May a coach carrying 45 women from Thornaby-on-Tees carshes at Dibbles Bridge in the Yorkshire Dales. Thirty two are killed, including the stand-in coach driver Roger Marriott.
||In a referendum held on Thursday, 5th June (the first in British history), 67.2% of UK electors vote to stay in the European Economic Community (EEC).
The Suez canal is re-opened by President Sadat on the same day.
On Monday, 9th June proceedings in the House of Commons are broadcast on the radio for the first time. The Secretary of State for Industry, Tony Benn, is the first minister to be questioned live on air.
On 12th June the House of Commons approves a motion to establish a compulsory register of MPs' financial interests.
On the same day the Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, is convicted of electoral fraud. Mrs. Gandhi rejects calls for her resignation. On 25th June a state of emergency is declared, which gives her the authority to rule by decree. 'The Emergency' remains in force until 21st March 1977.
Lord Lucan, who had been missing since 7th November 1974, is declared by an inquest jury to have murdered Sandra Rivett, the 29-year-old nanny of his three young children. The verdict, returned in his absence on Thursday, 19th June, is the last of its kind to be delivered by an inquest jury - the procedure was outlawed by the 1977 Criminal Law Act.
The first oil from the British sector of the North Sea is brought ashore at the BP refinery on the Isle of Grain.
Mozambique gains independence from Portugal on 25th June.
Cher and Gregg Allman get married on 27th June.
On the same day BLMC becomes British Leyland Limited.
The folk singer Tim Buckley dies from a drug overdose on 29th June.
||Denis Hills, who had been sentenced to death for treason, is released from prison in Uganda. He returns to the UK on 10th July.
American and Russian astronauts shake hands in space on 17th July after the Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft make a successful docking.
On 24th July the Secretary of State for Employment, Michael Foot, announces that unemployment in the UK had risen to over a million (1.036,000).
The musical A Chorus Line premiers at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway on 25th July.
Nigeria's General Yakubu Gowon is deposed in a military coup on 29th July, while he is attending an OAU summit in Kampala.
On 29th July Gerald Ford visits Auschwitz and so becomes the first US President to visit a Nazi concentration camp.
Three members of the Miami Showband are killed by the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) on 31st July as the band travelled back to Dublin from a show in Banbridge.
||A Boeing 707 charter flight from Paris to Agadir crashes into a ravine on 3rd August as it approaches Inezgane Airport. All 188 passengers and crew on board are killed.
The composer and pianist Dmitri Shostakovich dies on 9th August, aged 68.
On 12th August an all-party Committee of the House of Commons criticises the UK government's plan to invest £1,400 million in the ailing car company British Leyland.
The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujib, is killed in a coup on 15th August.
On the same day six men from Northern Ireland are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Birmingham pub bombings of the previous November.
Talks between the Rhodesian government and the African National Council collapse acrimoniously on 26th August.
On 27th August 23 civilians and 10 off-duty soldiers are injured when a bomb explodes in The Caterham Arms in Caterham, Surrey, near to the brracks of the the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards.
Éamon de Valera, the founder of Fianna Fáil and former Taoiseach and President of Ireland, dies on 29th August, aged 92.
||On 3rd September delegates at the Trades Union Congress in Blackpool vote by two to one in favour of the UK government's anti-inflation policy of limiting pay rises to £6 per week.
A magnitude-6.7 earthquake strikes Lice in Turkey on 6th September, killing 2,311 people.
Two people are killed and 63 injured when a bomb explodes in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel in central London on Friday, 5th September. The IRA later claims responsibility.
Papua New Guinea becmes an independent nation on 16th September, having been administered by Australia as a single territory since 1945. The independence celebrations are attended by the Prince of Wales and the Australian Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam.
The kidnapped American newspaper heiress, Patty Hearst, who had joined her captors, the Symbionese Liberation Army, is arrested on Thursday, 18th September, after a year on the FBI's "most wanted" list.
The US President, Gerald Ford, escapes two assassination attempts.
||Dutch industrialist, Tiede Herrema, is kidnapped by the Provisional IRA near his home in Limerick, Northern Ireland on 3rd October.
A bomb explodes at a bus stop close to Green Park tube station on 9th October, killing a 23-year-old man, Graham Ronald Tuck, and injuring at least 20 others.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton re-marry on 10th October.
On Wednesday, 15th October two members of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) are sentencted to 35 years in priosn for murdering three members of the Miami Showband.
Leonard Matlovich, a sergeant in the US Air Force and a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, is discharged on Wednesday, 22nd October after appearing on the front cover of Time magazine publicly declaring his homosexuality.
On the same day four people - Patrick Armstrong, Gerry Conlon, Paul Hill and Carole Richardson, later known as 'The Guildford Four' - are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Guildford pub bombings of 5th October 1974 and another pub bombing in Woolwich on 7th November 1974.
In Spain General Franco hands over power to Prince Carlos on 29th October.
Dutch Elm Disease spreads across the UK killing millions of elm trees.
||The Royal Pavilion at Brighton is badly damaged by fire on Sunday, 2nd November.
On Monday, 3rd November Queen Elizabeth II officially opens the first North Sea oil pipeline, which runs for 130 miles from Cruden Bay to Grangemouth.
Tiede Herrema is released unharmed on 7th November. His kidnappers, Marion Coyle and Eddie Gallagher, surrender to the police.
On 11th November the Australian Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, is dismissed form office by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr.
Angola gains its independence from Portugal on the same day.
In the UK the Sex Discrimination Act and the Employment Protection Act are both passed on 12th November. The former establishes an Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) to work towards the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of sex or marital status; the latter makes statutory maternity pay a requirement for employers, and legislates against dismissal on the grounds of pregnancy. The Acts come into force on 29th December.
General Franco, the ruler of Spain for 39 years, dies on Thursday, 20th November, aged 82. Two days later King Juan Carlos reclaims the Spanish throne.
Suriname gains its independence from the Netherlands on 25th November.
Ross McWhirter, co-editor of the Guinness Book Of Records, is shot dead outside his Enfield home on Thursday, 27th November, three weeks after offering a £50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of terrorist suspects.
Robert Muldoon becomes Prime Minister of New Zealand following the Nationalist Party's victory in the general election held on 29th November.
||On 2nd December South Moluccan terrorists hijack a train at Beilen in Holland. The driver and two passengers are killed. Two days later another group of South Moluccans invade and take control of the Indonesian Consulate in Amsterdam.
Indonesian troops invade East Timor on 7th December.
On 11th December an Icelandic gunboat patrolling the North Atlantic opens fire on an unarmed British fishery support vessel.
In London on 12th December the Balcombe Street siege ends peacefully when four IRA gunmen, who had been holding hostage a middle aged couple, surrender to police.
Following the Liberal-Country Party's landslide victory in the Australian general election held on 13th December, Malcolm Fraser takes over from Gough Whitlam as Prime Minister. Political rival Bob Hawke describes Fraser as "the cutlery man of Australian politics. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, speaks with a forked tongue, and knifes his colleagues in the back."
On 31st December the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approves the UK's application for loans totaling £975 million.
|In the Charts
|UK Chart débuts
- George Benson
- Barry Manilow
- Bob Marley and the Wailers
(original spelling Smokey)
|UK Best-selling Singles
- Average White Band
Pick Up The Pieces
- Bad Company
Feel Like Makin' Love
- Mike Batt
- Bay City Rollers
Bye Bye Baby
- Bay City Rollers
Give A Little Love
- Bay City Rollers
- Bee Gees
- Band of the Black Watch
Scotch On The Rocks
- Hamilton Bohannon
- David Bowie
- Susan Cadogan
Hurt So Good
- Glen Campbell
- Jim Capaldi
Please Mr. Postman
Have You Seen Her
- Judy Collins
Send In The Clowns
- Billy Connolly
It's Gonna Be A Cold Cold Christmas
Please Tell Him That I Said Hello
- Windsor Davies and Don Estelle
There Goes My First Love
- David Essex
Hold Me Close
- 5000 Volts
I'm On Fire
- Four Seasons
Who Loves You
Only You Can
- Art Garfunkel
I Only Have Eyes For You
- Gloria Gaynor
Never Can Say Goodbye
- Glitter Band
Goodbye My Love
- Bobby Goldsboro
- Guys and Dolls
There's A Whole Lot Of Loving
- Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel
Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)
New York Groove
- Hot Chocolate
A Child's Prayer
- Hot Chocolate
You Sexy Thing
- Jonathan King
Una Paloma Blanca
- Mac and Katie Kissoon
Sugar Candy Kisses
- Gladys Knight
and the Pips
The Way We Were / Try To Remember
- Greg Lake
I Believe In Father Christmas
- Laurel and Hardy
with the Avalon Boys
The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine
- John Lennon
- Linda Lewis
It's In His Kiss
- Van McCoy
- Ralph McTell
The Streets Of London
- Barry Manilow
- Johnny Mathis
I'm Stone In Love With You
Dolly My Love
- Moments and Whatnauts
The Secrets That You Keep
- Johnny Nash
Tears On My Pillow
- Maxine Nightingale
Right Back Where We Started From
The Proud One
- Helen Reddy
- Roxy Music
Love Is The Drug
I Can Do It
- Telly Savalas
- Leo Sayer
- Sensational Alex Harvey Band
- Peter Shelley
Love Me Love My Dog
- Showaddy waddy
Three Steps To Heaven
How Does It Feel?
If You Think You Know How To Love Me
- Billie Jo Spears
Blanket On The Ground
- Status Quo
- Steeleye Span
All Around My Hat
- Ray Stevens
- Rod Stewart
I Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)
Sing Baby Sing
- Billy Swan
I Can Help
Fox On The Run
Your Kiss Is Sweet
I'm Not In Love
- Frankie Valli
My Eyes Adored You
- Roger Whittaker
The Last Farewell
- Tammy Wynette
Stand By Your Man
- Tammy Wynette
|One Hit Wonders
- Morris Albert
- Gilbert Becaud
A Little Love And Understanding
- Jasper Carrott
Funky Moped / Magic Roundabout
- Jim Gilstrap
Swing Your Daddy
- Mike Harding
- Ian Hunter
Once Bitten, Twice Shy
- Kevin Johnson
Rock 'n' Roll (I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life)
- Tammy Jones
Let Me Try Again
- Carl Malcolm
Fattie Bum Bum
- Esther Phillips
What A Difference A Day Made
- Minnie Riperton
- Shirley and Company
Shame Shame Shame
- Chris Spedding
Ding Dinge Dong
[Eurovision Song Contest winner]
- Typically Tropical
- Pete Wingfield
Eighteen With A Bullet
One Of These Nights
- Art Garfunkel
- Emmylou Harris
Pieces Of The Sky
- Justin Hayward and John Lodge
- Elton John
Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy
- James Last
Make The Party Last
- Olivia Newton-John
Have You Never Been Mellow
- Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here
A Night At The Opera
- Paul Simon
Still Crazy After All These Years
- Bruce Springsteen
Born To Run
- Status Quo
On The Level
- Rod Stewart
The Original Soundtrack
- Rick Wakeman
The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table
Venus And Mars
|At the Movies
- Barry Lyndon
- The Drowning Pool
- The Eiger Sanction
- French Connection II
- Funny Lady
- The Godfather Part II
- The Jungle Book (re-release)
- Love And Death
- Monty Python And The Holy Grail
- Picnic At Hanging Rock
- The Return Of The Pink Panther
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Three Days Of The Condor
- The Towering Inferno
- Are You Being Served?
- Celebrity Squares
- Dad's Army
- Dave Allen At Large
- Doctor Who: Genesis Of The Daleks
- Fawlty Towers
- The Good Life
- It Ain't Half Hot Mum
- Jim'll Fix It
- Larry Grayson
- Last Of The Summer Wine
- The Liver Birds
- Look - Mike Yarwood!
- Love Thy Neighbour
(Series 6, 7 and 8)
- Man About The House
(Series 4 and 5)
- The Naked Civil Servant
- No, Honestly
- On The Move
- Rising Damp
- The Rockford Files
- Seaside Special
(Bay City Rollers)
- Starsky and Hutch
- The Sweeney
(Series 1 and 2)
- Till Death Us Do Part
(Series 6 and 7)
- The Two Ronnies
- Two's Company
- Winner Takes All
- Wodehouse Playhouse
of the Year:
Cricket: Australia win The Ashes but are beaten by the West Indies in the first Cricket World Cup final.
Leicestershire win the County Cricket Championship for the first time.
Horse Racing: L'Escargot wins the Grand National. Red Rum, the winner in 1973 and '74 (and Lyn Paul's pick to win the race), finishes second.
Grundy wins the Derby.
Golf: Jack Nicklaus wins the US Masters for a record fifth time.
Tom Watson wins the Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Show Jumping: David Broome wins a record seven events at the Horse of the Year Show.
Mountaineering: on 16th May Junko Tabei of Japan becomes the first woman to climb Mount Everest.
Four months later, on 25th September, Dougal Haston and Doug Scott become the first Britons to do so.
Snooker: in a repeat of the 1973 Final, Ray Reardon beats Eddie Charlton (31-30) to become World Snooker Champion for the fourth time.
Football: West Ham beat Fulham 2-0 in the FA Cup Final.
Derby County win the Football League First Division for the second time.
Boxing: Muhammad Ali retains the World Heavyweight Championship with a points win over joe Bugner in Kuala Lumpur.
Tennis: Arthur Ashe becomes the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title. He beats the defending Champion Jimmy Connors in the final by three sets to one (6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4).
Five-times Champion Billie Jean King easily beats the 1971 Champion, Evonne Cawley, in the women's singles final (6-0, 6-1).
Britain retain the Wightman Cup, beating the US team in America for the first time since 1925.
Martina Navratilova defects from Czechoslovakia.
Rugby Union: Phil Bennett sets a new record of 34 points scored in an international match, playing for Wales against Japan.
Motor Racing: Niki Lauda wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship.
Former Formula 1 champion Graham Hill is killed in a plane crash on 29th November.
Man Booker Prize
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Heat And Dust