1976: C W McCall: Convoy

C W McCall / 1976 / Convoy
1975/1976: Convoy became C.W. McCall's greatest hit

  • C.W. McCall's (aka Bill Fries) Convoy was released in the US in November 1975, but it peaked at Number 2 in the UK in mid-March 1976.
  • It remained in the runners-up position for a solitary week during its 10-week run on the British charts - Tina Charles' I Love to Love blocking its progress.
  • It is McCall's only hit record in the UK.
  • It topped the American Billboard Hot 100 in early 1976, staying there for a single week. 
  • It also climbed to Number 1 on the US Country charts over Christmas 1975 and New Year 1976 for a total of six weeks.
  • Its success was as a direct consequence of the popularity of CB radio at the time.
  • It became a global hit, entering the charts in several European countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand. 
  • McCall's record label, MGM, demanded a similarly themed follow-up. McCall reluctantly wrote and recorded 'Round the World With the Rubber Duck - an international version of Convoy - which promptly flopped.
  • Convoy itself sold in excess of two million copies and spawned the 1978 action movie of the same name starring Kris Kristofferson and Ali MacGraw.

1975: The Glitter Band: Goodbye My Love

1975 / Goodbye My Love / Glitter Band
1975: The Glitter Band release Goodbye My Love

  • Published in 1974, Goodbye My Love was The Glitter Band's fourth consecutive (and their biggest) UK Top 10 hit as an independent act - separate from the now-disgraced Gary Glitter.
  • The track peaked at Number 2 in the British charts for a solitary week in early February 1975.
  • The single which prevented it from hitting the top spot was January by Pilot.
  • The song was written by band member, the late Gerry Shephard, who wrote or co-wrote most of the act's hits.
  • The single is included on the band's 1975 Top 20 album Rock 'n' Roll Dudes.
  • Following Goodbye My Love, The Glitter Band would enjoy three further UK Top 20 hits before glam rock would succumb to the onslaught of punk rock.