Billboard #1 Jazz Albums of 1974

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In 1974, Billboard published a Jazz Album list sporadically with forty albums ranked. Here’s a chart of the #1 jazz albums of 1974:

Week Ending Album Artist(s)
January 12 Spectrum Billy Cobham
February 9 Head Hunters Herbie Hancock
March 9
April 13
May 11
June 8
June 29
July 13
July 17
August 10 Body Heat Quincy Jones
August 24
September 14
September 28
October 12
October 26
November 9
November 23 Thrust Herbie Hancock
December 14
December 28 Pieces of Dreams Stanley Turrentine

#1 Jazz Albums:
1976 · 1977 · 1978 · 1979
1980 · 1981 · 1982 · 1983 · 1984 · 1985 · 1986

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11 thoughts on “Billboard #1 Jazz Albums of 1974

  1. 1974 is the beginning of My Favorite Decade in music and believe it or not, Hancock’s Head Hunters was one of the first jazz albums I ever owned. It was by accident though. I was buying a few used albums at either Al Bum’s or PDQ and when I got home, a copy of Head Hunters had been a stowaway in another album’s jacket. It got a few plays and I ended up picking it up on CD clearance priced from Columbia House just a few years later. The album or rather samples of songs from the album are myriad in hip hop. It was a happy accident that it came into my life.

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