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Gonna Make You A Star – David Essex

This track by David Essex spent three weeks at the top of the UK singles chart in 1974.

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Gonna make you a star by David Essex replaced Everything I own by Ken Boothe at the top of the UK singles chart forty years ago this week. It had entered the top 40 four weeks previously at number 19 and broke into the top 10 a week later.

The single was succeeded by You’re the first, the last, my everything by Barry White after three weeks at number 1. After falling from the top spot, the song stayed in the top 10 for another two weeks, both of them in the top 5. A further five weeks in the lower top 40 followed before the record left the chart.

Gonna make you a star was released on the CBS record label and was the first of two UK number 1 hits for David Essex. It was taken from the gold-selling album David Essex, which peaked at number 2 in the UK albums chart. The single was also certified gold.

More music from David Essex


More number ones from 1974


UK singles chart for the week ending 16 November 1974

  1. Gonna make you a starDavid Essex

  2. Killer queenQueen

  3. Everything I ownKen Boothe

  4. (Hey there) lonely girlEddie Holman

  5. You’re the first, the last, my everythingBarry White

  6. Far far awaySlade

  7. All of me loves all of youBay City Rollers

  8. Down on the beach tonightDrifters

  9. Let’s put it all togetherStylistics

  10. Pepper boxPeppers

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