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This week in music: 1974

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Let's take a trip down the musical memory lane. This morning we travel back to this week in 1974.

These were the songs being played on the radio 41 years ago--and there is a Heartland connection.

Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 had Neil Diamond at number five with "Longfellow Serenade." The title of the song is a reference to poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

At number four was the trio, America, with "Tin Man." The title and some of the lyrics refer to "The Tin Man" from "The Wizard of Oz."

Bobby Vinton was at number three with "My Melody of Love." It was Vinton's highest charting hit in ten years and it was his final top ten single.

The number two spot was an early disco hit, "Do It 'Til You're Satisfied" by B. T. Express.

And the number one song had a huge connection to the Heartland. Radio stations in Cape Girardeau, Sikeston and all over southeast Missouri were continuously playing Billy Swan's "I Can Help." Swan is a Cape Girardeau native and was known locally, but "I Can Help" became a worldwide smash topping the charts in 14 countries. 

By the way Swan's daughter, Sierra Swan, was a member of The Black Eyed Peas before leaving the group in 2000. You might have heard of her replacement, Sacey Ferguson, better known as simply Fergie!

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