(A cover by UK DJ Jimmy Savile is released in July). Stevens (real name Harry Ragsdale) tops it with his Mar. 23, 1974 release The Streak, which rises to US#1 on May 18 (UK#11) poking fun at the early-70s fad.
He even wins a 1975 Grammy for (and enjoys a worldwide top-20 hit with) his hee-haw rendition of old jazz standard Misty — with a whole lot more energy than most rusty lounge acts ever imagined.
It is a cover of a song by Hot Chocolate (the UK’s first interracial pop band, from London) that made UK#7 six months earlier. The keyboardist for the Stories — he’d departed in 1972 in mid-album — was Michael Brown, who wrote the hits Left Banke is remembered for.