Monday, February 27, 2017

De Jaren 70 2016-12-26 Radio Duivenstraat 13.00 - 15.00 uur

Friday, February 24, 2017

GOLDEN HOUR: FEBRUARY 1977

This show features 18 non-stop hits from February 1977. These tracks all peaked in the UK singles chart in this month. A 12" version is featured for one of the tracks. Artists include Leo Sayer, Boney M, Rose Royce, Julie Covington, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, Thin Lizzy, The New Seekers, Julie Covington, Elvis Presley...and more.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

In Memory Peter Skellern


Skellern’s best known song was 1972’s You’re A Lady, which reached number 3 on the UK Singles Charts and number 50 in the US Billboard Hot 100. 

Three years later he released single Hold On to Love, which peaked at number 14  and later a cover of Love is the Sweetest Thing.


He released a number of albums over the years, including Holding My Own, Hard Times and Cheek to Cheek.
Peter died from brain cancer in February 2017.

Monday, February 13, 2017

In The1970s Kiki Dee


I always loved the name, but sorry guys she was never born with that name. She was in fact born Pauline Matthews in 1947 and during the 1960s was a backing singer for the wonderful Dusty Springfield. With her name changed to Kiki in 1970 she was the first white woman to be signed up by Tamla Motown and singing backing vocals on various BBC TV shows (What an honour).

It was Elton John that made her star when he signed Kiki to his Rocket label and released her 1973 beautiful song Amoureuse, which was a French composition by Veronique Sanson who sang it in 1972. Veronique’s version was sung without the word appearing. Gary Osborne gave Kiki the English lyrics and was also responsible for the Pepsi jingle of the early 1970s. Remember “lipsmackingthirtsquenching…?”
The song was called Emotion when released by Helen Reddy in 1975 a state side hit.

Kiki was a glamorous singer to appear on Top Of The Pops and my dad pretended to be a fan of her music.  But my dad did not like her 1974 big hit called I Got The Music In Me, which was  a much more rocky style song which was written by her keyboard player Boris Boshell.  But it was 1976 when Kiki had her first UK No. 1, but this was as a duet with none other than Elton John himself on the classic Don’t Go Breaking My Heart. Amazingly this was to be Elton’s first UK No. 1 too. The song was a bubblegum pop hit but it was the summer of 1976 and that meant everybody was enjoying a fantastic summer with the radios on nonstop in the gardens and parks of the British Isles.

The song was written by Elton and Bernie but they called themselves Ann Orson and Carte Blanche. The famous video was supposed to be a one off “show” for a TV programme, but when the song became such a hit it was shown all the time. Elton has never looked so great in his silly suit. Not.

The same year Kiki had an EP out that got to No. 13 and had two minor hits the following year. But Kiki will always be remembered for her famous duet with Elton.

GOLDEN HOUR: DECEMBER 1977

This NON-STOP playlist features an hour of hits from December 1979. Each track played peaked in the UK charts in this month. A track that missed the top 40 is also played. Artists include Wings, ELO, Boomtown Rats, The Dooleys, Diana Ross, Boz Scaggs, Paul Simon, Noosha Fox, Boney M, Ruby Winters, Bee Gees, Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers, Debby Boone, Hot Chocolate, Darts, & Elvis Costello. The number 1 album in this month was a compilation album called "Disco Fever", but all of the tracks were hits earlier in 1977.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

GREATEST HITS OF THE 70'S : 6

This is the Non stop Uk top 40 show as heard on Replay radio on 22 January 2017 and features the chart of 03 February 1979 . You can hear the new shows every week on Replay Radio

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Classic Chart Countdown from 1973 plus Harry Nillsson

In The 1970s Showaddywaddy


Showaddywaddy formed from other groups in 1973 and took up the Teddy Boys persona with bright costumes.In 1973 they appeared on the ITV talent show New Faces and went right through to the final where they came second.

This launched their career and their first single was in 1974 and written by the band themselves called Hey Rock And Roll a No. 2 hit. Followed by Rock And Roll Lady getting to No. 15. The last hit of 1974 was Hey Mr Christmas.



1975 Sweet Music was a No. 15 chart but the biggest hit that year was the cover of  Eddie Cochran's 1960s hit Three Steps To Heaven which was followed by another Cochran classic called Heartbeat.

Dave Batram was the lead singer right through to 2011. Dave sang on the 1976 single called Under The Moon Of Love that reached No. 1 and was a cover of  a 1961 single by Curtis Lee.
1977 and the boys were still having hits. This time a cover of the 1958 song by The Kalin Twins called When. Another cover came next with the 1959 Marv Johnson single called You Got What It Takes. Finally that year we had Dancing Party. All 1976 singles getting in the top five.

1978 and the cover of Dion's I wonder Why reached No. 2.  The Jarmels 1950s hit A Little Bit Of Soap was another hit for Showaddywaddy getting to No. 5, and Pretty Little Angel Eyes got to No. 5 also.

1979 Remember Then a cover of the Earls song reached No. 17 and their very last hit of the 1970s was Sweet Little Rock N Roller a No. 15 UK hit.

Showaddywaddy 1970s TV Interviews

The Mill   

Multi-Coloured Swap


The SAS (Steve Algar Show) Sensational Seventies Spectacular - 30/01/2017 Complete Show

About the show PLAYING TRACKS BY Bad Company, East Of Eden, Paul Mccartney, The Peppers, Queen and more.

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Amazing 1970s TV and Radio

In The 1970s Barry White



When I first heard Barry speak on a TV interview in the 1970s the TV actually shook as his voice was so low. The guy had the voice that every man would have loved to have as we all knew the ladies would love it. Add to that he could write and produce and sing and perform. Gosh this man was a love god.

Barry White was a five time Grammy award winner and Barry Eugene White was born in 1944 and died in 2003 from renal failure, plus other complications because of his weight.

Barry had been responsible in the 70s music for the Love Unlimited Orchestra who had a big hit with It My Be Winter Outside (But In My Heart It’s Spring) and Loves Theme, he also wrote the huge hit "Walking In The Rain, With The One I Love", later Barry went solo and became the "The Walrus of Love" to his fans.

But as a solo performer Barry had everything. But it was not always going to be this way as Barry became involved in gangs in Texas and was actually sent to jail at the age of seventeen.  After jail he turned to music and is the man responsible for Bob and Earl’s Harlem Shuffle.

Barry has his first UK single with the1973 No. 23 hit called I’m Gonna Give You Just A Little More Love Baby which had the Ghostbuster Ray Park Jnr on piano. The next single flopped but the third single that year was the great Never, Never Gonna Give You Up from the Stone Gon’ album, this song made Barry a huge star in the UK and now his albums were selling heavily as women just could not get enough of that sexy voice.

Moving on to 1974 and Barry gave us  the top ten hit Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe which seemed to reinforce Barry as a sex god as all his singles had that feeling of pure between the sheets sex. Not a bad thing to hear when you are a teenage boy or girl.


That same year Barry had his very first UK No. 1 with You’re The First The Last My Everything which was co-written by Peter Radcliffe who wrote it twenty one years before as a country song and never released it.

1975 and Barry was a mega star now with three top twenty hits that were What AM I Going To Do With You, I’ll Do Anything You Want Me To and the disco song Let The Music Play. 1972 gave him a No. 2 hit with You See The Trouble With Me which again had Ray Parker Jnr on the track and came from the best-selling album Let The ,Music Play. Two more singles that year followed with Baby, We Better Try And Get It Together and Don’t Make Me Wait Too Long.

I loved Barry White I thought the man just wrote and produced great songs, but surprisingly at school I was a minority Barry White fan. But Barry still gave my school mates a well-deserved slap around the face in 1976 with the No. 2 hit You See The Trouble With Me and followed by TWO more top twenty singles that year. In 1977 he had no top twenty hits at all.
In 1978 he had only one chart hit with Just The Way You Are which was written and a hit for Billy Joel. Barry’s version was the better version as far as I was concerned and was a fitting single to leave the charts in the 1970s.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017

In The 1970s Hello


Hello
This song was originally a hit in 1960 under the title "Tell Her", and a bigger hit in the UK for Billie Davis as "Tell Him" in 1963. The group Hello were a boy group from London, and had already tried to get  TV fame by appearing on the teen show "Lift Off" with the beautiful Aneysha who went on to star in the Gerry Anderson series UFO. I bet you did not know that?

The teen group started off in 1969 and were called The Age.  Tell Him on Bell records was their very first single chart success getting as high as No. 6 in 1974. I actually still have this single!
They later had a minor hit with their version of Bend Me Shape Me, but it was in 1975 they had their next and last big chart hit. It was a good one too. New York Groove was written by Russ Ballard from Argent and gave the group a top ten single hit in the UK and Germany, from the album Keep Us Off The Streets. The single did chart in the U.S. But it was in 1978 and sang by Ace Frehly who also performed with Kiss.




Monday, January 16, 2017

In The 1970s Billy Swan

I loved the song I Can Help. I loved the fact that it would catch out the lazy DJs who never realised it had a force ending. It faded out and came back again.  Fantastic! As far as the UK was concerned it was a one hit wonder. Mr. Billy Lance Swan was born in 1942 in Missouri and in the 1960s played on the road with the likes of Kris Krisstofferson and Conway Twitty.


The song was recorded in two takes only and the applause on some versions at the end of the track is supposed to be down to the fact the fact that a dog was pulling at Billy’s trousers during the recording. Nice story for a song that went to No. 1 in many countries and went gold in the U.S. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Switchback 1976

PLAYING TRACKS BY Elton John & Kiki Dee, Brotherhood Of Man, Demis Roussos, Wings, Sherbet and more.

In The 1970s Kate Bush


Kate Bush was born Catherine Bush in 1958. She was a prolific writer and was turned down by many record companies. At the age of 16 Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd was introduced to her recordings and in 1978 she released her first successful single which got to No. 1 in the UK charts. It was Wuthering Heights.



From the Album A Kick Inside . The single was written by Kate and followed the story of the book of the same name. The single was not to be released by the record company but Kate insisted and fought her place. She won and musical history was made.
Not only did she write the song, sing the song but she also danced to the song in the promotional videos. Remember she was only 19.

This was the start of a mega career for Kate. The Man With A Child In His Eyes was the next top ten single in 1978 and written by Kate when she was 13 and recorded when she was only 16. The last hit of 1978 was a No. 44 hit called Hammer Horror.

1979 and Kate was in big demand and in the charts too. Wow was her last hit of that decade and came from the album Lionheart..

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Top 50 UK Singles Chart - 5 January 1974

PLAYING TRACKS BY Roxy Music, John Lennon, Nazareth, Eddie Kendricks, Marie Osmond and more.

In The 1970s Sham 69


Founder and front man Jimmy Pursey named the group after some graffiti on a wall written about a football team. The group were renowned for violent concerts and stopped performing at live venues in 1979 because of national front violence.

The group also split in 1979 when Pursey joined the Sex Pistols.

It was in 1978 that the group had their first top twenty single with Angels With Dirty Faces.

Angels with dirty faces
Angels from nowhere places
Kids like me and you
Running fighting down the street
Ain't got no money but I don't cry
We're the people you don't wanna know
We come from places you don't wanna go


Read more: Sham 69 - Angels With Dirty Faces Lyrics | MetroLyrics 


The follow up went to No. 9 in the UK charts and was  called If The Kids Are United.



One more hit followed in 1978 called Hurry Up Harry. 1979 saw the group suffer the break up and the violence but they still produced two top selling singles. The first being Questions and Answers, the second was Hersham Boys. Hersham being the place Jimmy was born in 1955.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Classic Chart countdowns from the 1970s

In The 1970s Sister Sledge


Sister Sledge are the American family group formed in 1971. The fours Sledge sisters came from Pennsylvania who produced some of the greatest dance hits in the 1970s.

Their first UK hit was in 1975 with Mama Never Told Me just getting to No. 20. Move on to 1979 when the group had a No. 6 hit with the floor filler He's The Greatest Dancer co written by Nile Rodgers from the album We Are Family. The album also gave them their next UK hit with the No. 8 hit We Are Family.

Again the song was written by Nile and Bernard Edwards who died in 1996.



We Are Family went Gold in the UK. The title was inspired by how record executives reacted to the family singers.

Also in 1979 Lost In Music kept us dancing and was their very last top twenty hits in the UK.

Friday, December 30, 2016

In The 1970s Boomtown Rats


Irish band fronted by Bob Geldof who was born in 1951 and started the group in 1975. Other members included Pete Briquette,Johnie Fingers, Garry Roberts and Simon Crowe. In 1976 they signed up with London company Ensign Records.

In 1977 they had a No. 11 hit with Lookin' After No. 1 which became the first New Wave song to appear on Top Of The Pops on BBC. This was followed in the same year by Mary Of The 4th Form which also came from the debut album The Boomtown Rats.

1978 would be a big year for the group. She's So Modern got No. 12 from the album A Tonic For The Troops.Like Clockwork reached No. 6 later in the year.
Rat Trap was the big No.1 for the group in 1978 and was written by Bob himself. Rat Trap was all about being stuck in the game of life. The record went Gold.

1979 and another No. 1 song and another Gold selling single with I Don't Like Mondays. Again written by Bob and refers to an American college shooting where the gunman was asked why he did it. He replied I Don't Like Mondays.

The last single of the 1979s was a No.13 hit called Diamond Smiles

UK Top 40: 27th December 1975

Billy Connolly, The Wombles, Judge Dread, Roxy Music, John Lennon and more.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

In The 1970s Dr Hook



Originally called The Chocolate Papers back in the 1960s, they changed their name in the 1970s to Dr Hook and the Medicine Show later to become Dr Hook. The Hook name came from band member Ray Sawyer's eye patch and the resemblance to Captain Hook from Peter Pan.Sawyer lost his eye in a car crash back in 1967.

Other long term members included George Cummings and Dennis Locorriiere who also wrote songs for Helen Reddy. Billy Francis died in 2010.John Wolters died in 1997 and Bob Henke died in 2012.
It was 1972 when the group had their first single success with Sylvia's Mother written by Shel Silverstein. The song tells the true story of the writer trying to get back his girlfriend but getting through to her mum instead.

Move on to 1976 for their next big hit with A Little Bit More which reached No. 2 just as their previous UK hit had.

From the same album called A Little Bit More and also from 1976 came the next hit called If Not You a ballad that had great radio play and a No. 5 hit single. No hits in 1977.



1978 and the group were back with More Like The Movies.

It was in 1979 when the group scored their very first No.1 single with When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman and was written by Evan Stevens and came from the album Pleasure and Pain.



UK TOP 40: 19 DEC 1976 - 1 JAN 1977

Kursaal Flyers, Tina Charles, Gladys Knight And The Pips, Bonnie Tyler, Johnny Mathis and more

Sunday, December 25, 2016

In The 1970s Status Quo


Back in 1962 a group called The Spectres founded by Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster. In 1967 the group became Staus Quo with Rick Parfitt of course.

RICK PARFITT died on Christmas Eve 2016 aged 68 from complications after a fall in Spain.


In 1970 there first UK hit in the 1970s was Down The Dustpipe reaching No. 12 which was followed by a non top twenty hit called In My Chair.

Moving on to 1973 and the group scored a No.8 hit with Paper Plane.
  • This song's lyrics were based on a poem written by a close friend of the band, Robert Young. He and the band's frontman Francis Rossi are the credited writers.
The next song later that year only managed to get to No. 20 and was called Mean Girl.

The biggest hit of that year and probably the one they are best remembered for was the classic Caroline.

  • The song was written by the band's frontman Francis Rossi along with Bob Young, who had various duties with Status Quo, including songwriting. The pair wrote the song two years before they finally recorded it, as the band had a backlog of songs at the time.

    They completed the lyrics on a table napkin in the dining room of a hotel in Perranporth, Cornwall. Young recalled to The Guardian April 2, 2013: "We stayed in a right grotty hotel because it was all we could afford and continued writing the song there – in the dining room on a rainy day, when we couldn't take the kids anywhere and everybody was miserable. The hotel manager wasn't impressed that there were two members of Status Quo staying at the hotel. He was even less impressed when I leant against the dining room window and fell through it. But I managed to finish the lyrics – on a napkin."

In 1974 they had a No. 8 hit with Break The Rules which was followed by the groups only No. 1 hit single in the 1970s with Down Down in January 1975.




Only one single in 1975 with Roll Over Lay Down and in 1976 two hits with the No. 11 hit Mystery Song and the No. 9 hit Wild Side Of Life.

Only one hit in 1978 that got to No. 3 but would 12 years later be heard by billions of people when it opened the Live Aid event in 1985. It was of course Rockin' All Over The World written by John Forgety from Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Only one top twenty hit in 1978 with Again and Again.

Two hits in 1979 with the first being Whatever You Want and Living On A Island



Tuesday, December 20, 2016

70s Music Christmas 1976

The 70s music Christmas charts were so important in the 1970s, with not only the prestige of getting a Christmas hit, but a NUMBER One Christmas hit was the icing on the cake, the Christmas Cake.

During this 70s music Christmas Season we look at the music of Christmas Day 1976 and highlight those Christmas records to stir the memory of the 70s music.

Having to use a bit of editorial control here to decide what was a Christmas hit, so if it does not match your criteria, apologies.


This chart comes from the 2oth December 1976.

No.10

Chris Hill and Bionic Santa

Chris has his second Chhristmas hit with hthis the follow up to his 1975 hit  "Renta Santa".




No.1.


Johnny had a number one in the UK, that did not even chart in the US with "When A Child Is Born" from an Italian son by Ciro Dammicco, with English words added later.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

70s Music Christmas 1973


The 70s music Christmas charts were so important in the 1970s, with not only the prestige of getting a Christmas hit, but a NUMBER One Christmas hit was the icing on the cake, the Christmas Cake.

During this 70s music Christmas Season we look at the music of Christmas Day 1971 and highlight those Christmas records to stir the memory of the 70s music.

Having to use a bit of editorial control here to decide what was a Christmas hit, so if it does not match your criteria, apologies.

This chart comes from the 22nd December 1973.

No.4
Wizzard and I wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

Roy Wood from the 1960s group The Move , was the glam rock front man of this Christmas Classic record, a long way from his time with the ELO too.
The song was in a battle with Slade to see who would get to the highest position of that year, and this then became the start of the battle for No.1 at Christmas. Wizzard lost the battle, but this record remains a huge favourite at festive time for British audiences.

Wizzard were not alone , as they were joined on this record by by backing group called The Suedettes and The Stockland Green Bilateral School (First Year), and it works well, just listen.

 
The record that got to No.1 is the daddy of them all really, it is played EVERY year and heralds Christmas time in the UK.
 Slade and Merry Xmas Everybody

More Glam rock now with the fun group Slade from Wolverhampton, who in the 70s were the original FUN band that it was great to like, despite being eight or eighty, they were led by Noddy Holder, who's pension is huge because of this record.

The single was written by Noddy and another band member Jim Lea, and was loosely based on some old writings from many years before they originally discarded.


Friday, December 2, 2016

In the 1970s Genesis


They started back in 1967 with members including Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and later in 1970 Phil Collins. The group sold over 150 million albums with several name changes throughout the years.
Amazingly single chart wise the group did not very well in the UK charts during the classic 1970s era.


In 1974 the group scored a No. 21 hit with I Know What I Like (In The Wardrobe) from the album Selling England By The Pound. All the band members were all credited with writing the song about a groundsman who did not want to grow up and wanted to stay the same.

In 1977 a No.14 hit was scored with Match Of The Day from Spot The Pigeon EP.

In 1978 the groups biggest hit was Follow Me Follow You written by Collins, Banks and Rutherford. This was the last hit single of the 1970s.

Peter Gabriel was in the group from 67-75 and back for a few months in 1978. Steve Hackett was in the band from 71-77.

Top 50 UK Singles Chart - 7 December 1974

UK Top 50 Singles Chart – 7 December 1974 Christmas is coming Topping the Chart is Barry White New entries from Gloria Gaynor, Wombles, Goodies, Ralph McTell, Kenny, Status Quo and Rod Stewart & the Faces Re-entry from Jan Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg Climbers include Showaddywaddy, Hot Chocolate, Trammps, Mud and Disco Tex & the Sex-O-Lettes Plus other well-known and less known classics, including Gary Glitter

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

In teh 1970s Cat Stevens



He was born in 1948 as Stefan Demetre  Georgiou and in his life time became Cat Stevens and the Yusaf Islam. But during the 1970s he was Cat Stevens who made singing seem effortless. His albums and singles were, and still are a delight to hear.

Just take a look at these classic songs that Cat gave to the 1960s.
Matthew And Son, I love My Dog and albums called Matthew And Son.

But Cat hit the 1970s running. His very first single to UK chart was in 1970 with Lady D’Arbanville from the album Mona Bone Jakon on Island Records. The song was all about his teenage short lived girlfriend Patti D’Arbanville who in the 1980s had a relationship with Miami Vice Don Johnson. She was also the inspiration for Wild World that was a big U.S. hit that year.

1971 the excellent album Teaser And The Firecat was released which gave us the classic Cat single called Moonshadow.


Cat said on a TV show in 2009.
"I was on a holiday in Spain. I was a kid from the West End (of London) - bright lights, et cetera. I never got to see the moon on its own in the dark, there were always streetlamps. So there I was on the edge of the water on a beautiful night with the moon glowing, and suddenly I looked down and saw my shadow. I thought that was so cool, I'd never seen it before."

The single only reached No. 22 and the next single Peace Train failed to chart completely in the UK.
1972 and Cat was having problem as he Can’t Keep It In. The song reached No. 13 and was one of those songs sung in the playground for some reason.


His other hit that year was Morning Has Broken. Again this came from the Teaser album and is probably the record most associated with Cat Stevens.
Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word.
Cat did not chart in the UK in 1973, but had two hits in the U.S. with Sitting and The Hurt. It was not long before Cat came back in the UK charts with more classics.


In 1974 he had success with the Oh Very Young song in many territories, but in the UK it was Another Saturday Night which was a remake of the 1963 hit by Sam Cooke. The song was much heavier than the original, and was on the verge of dancing too.

His last top fifty sing hit was in 1977 with Remember The Days Of The Old School Yard from the album Izitso. In the U.S. The song features Elkie Brooks too. Cat Stevens had eight top thirty hits and in the UK he had five. Album wise everybody seems to own a Cat Stevens album, especially the Greatest Hits, which was released in 1975.

Cat became Yusaf in 1978.
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

In the 1970s Supremes


The classic Tamla Motown group that made a huge impact in the 1960s, and made a mega star out of Diana Ross. The group actually started as the Primettes started in 1959 before changing their name later. The group is still the most successful female group in the US. In terms of the Billboard charting.

The group had several 1970 group members which including the founder member Mary Wilson (born 1944) she was with the Supremes until 1977 and saw the group take twelve No. 1 U.S. hits, also having THIRTY THREE top forty hits. Mary would several times take lead vocals during the coming and going of other group members.

Mary had big legal battles with Motown in the late 1970s, and she also went into solo work too, releasing her album Mary Wilson in 1979.

Diana Ross (born 1944) was another founder member who left in the first year of the 70s decade. Her career from the Supremes to solo to icon is another article al in itself On January 14th 1970Diana sand in Las Vegas with the Supremes for the very last time

Cindy Birdsong joined the group in 1967 and left in 1972. She rejoined the group again in 1973 to 1976. Cindy sang with Patti Labelle in the 1960s. As a solo artist she had a 1970 single called Why (Must We Fall In Love).

Jean Tyrell was brought in to the group in 1970 to replace Diana Ross, but she left in 1973. With her in the group the singles came thick and fast and she was seen as a hard worker, but a few within the Motown group did not her in the group. Lynda Lawrence joined in 1972 and left in 1973, Sherrie Payne joined in 1973 and left in 1976 and Susaye Green joined for only one year in 1976.


1970 saw several UK hits in the top forty with songs like Why (Must We Fall In Love), Up The Ladder To The Roof, RiverDeep Mountain High. But the biggest song hitting No. 3 that year was Stoned Love which had Jean Tyrell on the lead. The song was about peace, especially poignant as the Vietnam War was well in the American consciousness. Some people wrongly assumed it was about drugs and thus some radio stations banned the single written by Kenny Thomas and Frank Wilson.

1971 saw Motown classic hitting the UK charts with two top ten singles. The first was Nathan Jones, a song about a guy who left his lady a year ago and a guy who was always being thought about by his ex-girlfriend. His name of course was Nathan Jones.

The second top ten hit was Floy Joy which was written and produced by the legendary Smokey Robinson.
1972 saw several hits, but only one top ten hit which was Automatically Sunshine, which was another Smokey Robinson produced and written single and came from the album Floy Joy, Although Lynda Laurence is featured on the album's cover, she is not featured on any of the songs. She replaced Cindy Birdsong in the Supremes just after the recordings were finished.

The following year of 1973 gave the group no top twenty hits in the UK, but by 1974 they re released an earlier Supremes song called Baby Love which was recorded by Diana Ross in the 1960s. The song made the No. 12 in the UK. Strangely Diana Ross took the group full circle as that was the last single the Supremes ever charted with.

Twenty nine top forty singles in the UK during the life of the group, and add that to seventeen top forty UK albums; it is easy to see why this group lives on in the memories of the baby boomers in the 1960s and the 1970s.

Friday, November 4, 2016

UK Top 50 Singles Chart - 1 November 1975

1 November 1975 – Top 50 UK Singles Topping the Chart is Art Garfunkel New entries from Eagles, 14-18, Jigsaw, Van McCoy, Maxine Nightingale, John Lennon and Billy Connolly, Climbers include Austin Robins, David Cassidy, Jim Capaldi, Hello, Justin Hayward & John Lodge, George McCrae and Roxy Music Plus other well-known and less known classics

Friday, October 28, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

In Memory of Rod Temperton

A tribute to Rod Temperton. This is a non-stop playlist of 19 songs written by Rod Temperton, including tracks by Heatwave, Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Quincy Jones, The Brothers Johnson, Patti Austin, James Ingram, Michael McDonald, George Benson, The Manhattan Transfer and Beverley Knight. The version of "The Lady In My Life" included is the rarely heard "full version".