Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Seventies Music Charts: Top Ten Hits from Jan 1975

Here are the pop charts of the week ending 4th January 1975
1 Lonely This Christmas by Mud

Article about Mud

The 1970s culture of glam rock, had one of its biggest groups in the band MUD, who had a huge hit with this song, it has entered the British charts numerous times and is played as a Christmas classic.

Written and produced by Chapman and Chinn, it certainly has the Elvis style of singing from the lead singer Les Gray (died in in 2004 at the age of 57) and drummer Dave Mount killed himself in 2006.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Seventies Music: Football-Related Songs


Back Home by the England football team
On the 16th May 1970 the "football song" was born with this sing along record from the England football team. I remember as a boy scout in Wales singing this with all my heart. Needless to say my singing did not help, as England in no way repeated the 1966 win.
But football music, amazingly had a hold on the British charts through the music of 1970s.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

70s Music Artist watch: Queen

Back in 1971 a group was formed, the group was called "Queen", who would have thought they would have  now survived the 70s, 80s, and 90s, and were the kings of global stadium rock band? Their 70s music  hits laid the paving stones for the group, and Brian May C.B.E.( who is now married to ex British soap star Anita Dobson), and Roger Taylor already had a group called "Smile".

With Farrokh Bulsara a songwriter, they joined a group called "Queen", along with a few others, who came and went, they settled with John Deacon the guitarist, and the 70s music magic was born. Who was Farrokh?, well he became Freddie Mercury the writer and lead singer of the group.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

1970s Music Part One

Test your memory in this 70s music compilation, and just see how many you can remember. 
Take a look at the Top Twenty January 1979

Monday, January 26, 2015

In Memory Demis Roussos

Demis Roussos died in January 2015 in Athens, Greece. Demis was born in 1946 in Egypt and has sold over 60 million records as solo and in groups. In the lates 1960s he joined the group Aphrodite's Child which was formed by Vangelis.

They had a few small singles
1970"It's Five O'Clock"

1970"Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall"

1971"Such a Funny Night"


Roussos started a solo career in the early 1970s and had several Top Twenty UK singles.

In 1975 he had a hit called Happy To Be An Island In The Sun, followed in 1976 by the groundbreaking Forever And Forever, which actually was an EP with two other songs.

Forever and Ever got to No. 1 and the next single even reached No. 2 with When Forever Has Gone, this made Demis a household name, especially with his great Greek clothing being seen on TV.

Demis interviewed in 1973

Thursday, January 22, 2015

1970s Music: James Bond themes

The first James Bond movie theme in the 1970s started with the original Sean Connery, who in 1971 hit the cinema with "Diamonds Are Forever" sang so dramatically by Shirley Bassey, the welsh songstress who would later become Dame Shirley Bassey. This was Shirley’s 2nd hit f  from a James Bond theme, the first being in 1964 with "Goldfinger". The man behind the song was John Barry who died in 2011 at the age 0f 77, he who was the composer of the actual Bond theme, we all sang that in the school playground, and along with Don Black this must be one of the most powerful Bond themes.

Shirley was to have over 20 single hits in the 1970s, with another james bond movie theme too, "Moonraker".
See the Diamonds are Forever video here

Part of the lyrics

Diamonds are forever,
They are all I need to please me,
They can stimulate and tease me,
They won't leave in the night,
I've no fear that they might desert me.
Diamonds are forever,
Hold one up and then caress it,
Touch it, stroke it and undress it,
I can see every part,
Nothing hides in the heart to hurt me.
I don't need love,

For what good will love do me?
Diamonds never lie to me,
For when love's gone,
They'll lustre on.

70s awards

1972 – Best Female Singer – TV Times
1973 – Best Female Singer – TV Times
1974 – Best Female Entertainer – American Guild of Variety Artists
1976 – Best Female Singer – Music Week
1976 – 22-day British tour to mark twenty years as a recording artist
1976 – EMI Award for twenty years as a recording artist – UK
1977 – Best British Female Solo Artist in the previous 25 years – BRIT Award
1977 – Golden Rose of Montreaux nomination for The Shirley Bassey Show

New Bond in 1973, a Mr Roger Moore, formally "The Saint" from the 1960s TV series. The new film was "Live and Let Die", the soundtrack this time was performed by Paul McCartney and Wings. The song was even Oscar nominated, and it was a mini reunion in the fact that Beatles producer George Martin worked on the single with Paul. This version was not the original to be used, but thanks to Paul’s insistence that only he would do it, it became a Bond anthem, and later covered by 80s group Guns and Roses.

Part of the lyrics
When you were young and your heart was an open book,
You used to say live and let live.
(You know you did, you know you did, you know you did)
But if this ever-changing world in which we live in
Makes you give in and cry,
Say live and let die!
Live and let die,
Live and let die,
Live and let die.

In 1974 John Barry took back the control of the theme, and "The Man With the Golden Gun", this time 60s female singer Lulu, her with the big voice of "Shout" and long term friends to the Beatles. Not much to say about this record, but its still a great pop record.
Alice Cooper had a song of the same name that was to be used, but it was dropped in favour of the Lulu version. 

It was three years later that in 1977, the next Bond film hit the cinemas, this time "The Spy Who Loved Me", was the title, but John Barry brought in Carol Bayer Sager , who had her only 70s hit with "Moving Out Today", she supplied the lyrics to the theme, called "Nobody Does It Better", sang by Carley Simon, her of "You’re So vain " fame. Complicated? Well add this fact too, Marvin Hamlisch had the music score, he of other 1970s hits like "The Sting" and "The Way We Were".

Some of the lyrics
Makes me feel sad for the rest.
Nobody does it half as good as you.
Baby, you're the best.
I wasn't lookin' but somehow you found me.
I tried to hide from your love light,
But like heaven above me the spy who loved me
Is keepin' all my secrets safe tonight.
And nobody does it better
Though sometimes I wish someone could.
Nobody does it quite the way you do.
Did you have to be so good?
The way that you hold me whenever you hold me.
There's some kind of magic inside you
That keeps me from runnin' but just keep it comin'
How'd you learn to do the things you do?

Still with Roger Moore in 1979, and the last film of the 1970s was "Moonraker", again it was sang by Shirley Bassey, after Johnny Mathis turned it down. He went on to have many hits in the 1970s including "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late"."Moonraker" It was not a big hit, and is not that well remembered either.
Bond is still going and the james bond movie hits still flow.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

70s Music Artist Watch: T.Rex

T.Rex, were originally named after the prehistoric monster Tyrannosauruses Rex in the 1960s, and fronted by Marc Bolan,, who had there first album as T.Rex in 1970 with "T.Rex", and he really did change 70s music with his GLAM style..
The first single hit of the seventies got as high as number two in 1970 called "Ride A White Swan" and came from Marc's own writing ability, with a little help from his wife.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

70s Music Chart January 3rd 1970

Here are some brief news events that take you back to January 1970.   It was a time when the official population of the United States of America reached a grand total of  two hundred and three million and three hundred thousand odd. And sticking to the American point in sports Superbowl IV: Kansas City Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7.

The war in Biafra which was also known as the Nigerian Civil war had been going since 1967. Nigeria was formed by the British decades before and when they left in 1960 it became a civil war over religious and territorial  claims. With more British involvement the war came to an end after a December 1969 battle. The British at the time seemed to support one side only, and the small state of Biafra was engulfed back into Nigeria. The cost in human life for this war may be as high as three million people. There in the background of the dispute of course was oil.   It was the month that the US set off a nuclear bomb in the Nevada desert, and the US shows the film version of MASH at the cinemas starring Donald Sutherland. The Robert Altman film was set in Korea, but rang a big bell with Americans still suffering the problems in Vietnam. The film  also starred Robert Duvall and Eliot Gould.

 January 1970 Russia responds to the US NEVADA bomb with their own at Semipalitinsk.   Gadaffi becomes Libya’s Prime Minster and  in one form or another continued to rule Libya into 2011. His country would always be linked with terrorism and a dictatorship, he was never afraid to rub the British or the US the wrong way, and he usually won too.   London Heathrow welcomes the first commercial landing of the new Jumbo jet the 747. It was the month that Rhodesia claimed independence from the UK by Ian Smith making it a Rhodesian republic after eighty years of British involvement. Smith said  "Today is not such a tremendous day for us Rhodesians. Our Independence Day is the great day. Rhodesia did not want to seize independence from Britain. It was forced upon us." Rhodesia  stayed a republic throughout the 1970s, right up to 1979, when it became the African state of Zimbabwe. Ian Smith died in 2007. “Ian Smith lived an exemplary family life and in private was a down-to-earth, modest man. Ian Smith was not corrupt nor was he a megalomaniac. However whilst Ian Smith acted in what he thought were the best interests of then Rhodesia he made some disastrous political decisions as Prime Minister which directly contributed to the trauma that Zimbabwe is suffering from today... The policies of his Rhodesia Front party radicalized black nationalists and directly spawned the violent and fascist rule of Zanu PF.” David Coltartmember of the Zimbabwe Parliament (House of Assembly and Senate) since 2000.   We had a few well known deaths too in January 1970. The pioneer of quantum  mechanics Max Born, David McKay the president of the Mormon church.   Born in January 1970 was the actress Mini Driver famous for such films as Goodwill Hunting, another actress to share that month of birth was Heather Graham who appeared in the film Austin Powers:The Spy Who Shagged Me.

Let's take a look at the pop charts from January 3rd 1970, the music charts in the 1970s has the legacy of the 1960s included, so this makes it a very special chart indeed.
Let's look at the stars and the songs that we sang and danced to when the music charts meant something very important. These charts represent the British charts as broadcast by the BBC. The charts were compiled by the British Market Research Bureau. Part One Number Twenty To Number Eleven

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Seventies Music Chart Top Ten: January 1976

Here are the pop charts of the week ending 3rd of January 1976.
1 Bohemian Rhapsody See Queen article  

2 I believe in Father Christmas by Greg Lake
Wow what a record, this record sounded like a huge musical to me when I first heard it, all those years a go in the pop chart.
Greg Lake was in so many groups including Uriah Heap,then in 1970 he formed Emerson,Lake and Palmer, and this hit was a surprise to him, as he wrote the record as an anti Christmas song.

Monday, December 22, 2014

In Memory Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker OBE born in 1944 and died in December 2014 from Lung cancer. He had a No. 1 with A Little Help From My Friends in 1968 and appeared at Woodstock in 1969.

He toured the US again in 1970s visiting 48 cities and releasing an album. He also had several US singles hits during that period. He only had one hit in the UK in all of the 1970s which was in 1970 with The Letter a follow up hit to the 1969 hit Delta Lady.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

70s Music Christmas 1979

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 1979 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 1979.


Paul McCartney and Wonderful Christmastime

This record did not chart in the US, but in many places around the world its a Christmas must play record.
Paul was still in Wings, but this was a solo hit for him, and according to the Guinness book of records Paul has 60 gold discs, and sales 100 million just in the UK.

The very last No.1 of the 70s is the amazing Pink Floyd with Another Brock In The Wall (Part 2)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

70s Music Christmas 1970

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 1970 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 is from 19th December 1970, so covers Christmas Day, although the next chart appeared on 26th of December, but with little change.

New Entry at No.34
Judy Collins with Amazing Grace
Born 1939 and a huge star in the 1960s,Judy had this worldwide hit in 1970 from her album "Whales and Nightingales".

Interview with Judy talking about "Amazing Grace"
Anne Murray and Snowbird

Written by Gene MaClellan who died in 1995, and sang by Canadian singer Ann Murray, although a hit for many, her version seems to be the best version, and most well known.


This would make Number One and will always be associated with a Grandad at Christmas.

Christmas No1

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

70s Music Artist Watch: Madness

In 1976 the future fun group called Madness were formed , they started life as The Invaders in London under the umbrella of  pop and ska on the 2tone label and had a huge influence on the late 70s on the music of the 70s..
Graham  McPherson joined the group in 1977, who would become know later as "Suggs" the lead singer.

There is no doubt that the eighties was the big time for the group, but the 70s produced a few memorable tracks too.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

In Memory of Ian McLagan of Small Faces

Ian McLagan, keyboard player for the Small Faces and the Faces, has died aged 69, due to complications from a stroke suffered earlier this week.
"It is with great sadness and eternal admiration that we report the passing of [a] rock and roll icon," read a statement on his official website.
McLagan, known as Mac, played on such memorable Small Faces tracks as Lazy Sunday and Itchycoo Park in the 1960s.
The band became the Faces when Rod Stewart and Ron Wood joined in 1969.
keyboards, vocals (1966–1969, 1975–1978; died 2014)
Itychycoo Park was a hit again in the 1970s

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

In Memory of Jimmy Ruffin

Jimmy Ruffin died in November 2014 aged 78  after working on Motown, Chess and Polydor records.His brother David Ruffin was the vocalist with the Temptations.

Jimmy lived in the UK from the early 1970s and had several hit singles. The first was in 1970 with Farewell is a Lonely Sound.

Farewell Is a Lonely Sound

(Farewell farewell my love, farewell farewell my love) Farewell is a lonely sound When told to someone you love You know, you hurt inside as you wonder why You must leave the one that you love Saying goodbye to someone you love Is so hard for any man You say it's just for a while, then you force a smile And you hope she'll understand Then a tear appears in her eyes As she tightly holds your hand Then you let her know that it's time to go You must leave while you can Oh but, farewell is a lonely sound When told to someone you love You know, you hurt inside as you wonder why You must leave the one that you love (Farewell farewell my love, farewell farewell my love)I'm leaving darling, but I'll be, back one day Ooh every silent step you take Each one hurts your heart As you board the train, you feel the pain That starts as you depart, yeah You wipe your eyes so she can't see Cos a man should never cry Now there's just a trace of her crying face As you wave to her goodbye, that's why Farewell is a lonely sound When told to someone you love You know, you hurt inside as you wonder why You must leave the one that you love I don't wanna leave you baby, I don't wanna say goodbye no, no Oooh cos it hurts inside, and you wonder why You must leave the one that you love Baby baby, farewell is a lonely sound When told to someone you love You know you hurt inside as you wonder why (fade)

Also in the same year he had a top ten hit with It's Wonderful (To Be Loved By You) and I'll Say Forever My Love.

It was in 1974 when he scored the No. 4 hit with What Becomes of the Broken Hearted.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

In The 1970s Nazareth

This Scottish group were formed in 1968 and consisted of band members Dan McCafferty, Manny Charlton and Darrell Sweet who died in 1999.

There fist 1970s hit was in 1973 with Broken Down Angel from the album Razamamaz getting to No. 9 in the UK charts.This was followed the same year by Bad Bad Boy reaching No. 10. The last hit of that year came with This Flight Tonight which was originally a 1971 hit for Joni Mitchell.

There were no big chart hits in 1974, but the band came back kicking in 1975 with a cover of Love Hurts first a hit in the 1960s by the Everly Brothers. Nazareth got a gold single with their version.

Their next chart hit that year would be their last hit single in the 1970s.

This was a cover version of a 1967 song by Tomorrow,

Interview with Nazareth

Sunday, November 9, 2014

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.

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

Monday, October 27, 2014

In The 1970s Carly Simon

Carly Simon born in 1945 became an amazing singer song writer during her long career. She won the Best New Artist at the 1972 Grammy Awards for her album Called Carly Simon. In 1974 she married singer song writer James Taylor and they divorced in 1988.

Grammy Award nominations[edit]

1972Best Pop Female Vocalist"That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be"Nomination
1972Best New ArtistCarly SimonWon
1973Best Pop Female Vocalist"Anticipation"Nomination
1974Best Pop Female Vocalist"You're So Vain"Nomination
1974Record of the Year"You're So Vain"Nomination
1976Best Album Package"Playing Possum"Nomination*
1978Best Pop Female Vocalist"Nobody Does It Better"Nomination
1978Song of the Year"Nobody Does It Better"Nomination*
1979Best Pop Female Vocalist"You Belong to Me"Nomination
1979Best Album PackageBoys in the TreesWon*

In the UK here first single success was in 1972 with You're So Vain a song that has confused millions for years. Just who was she singing about? Well it was eventually told to be NBC President Dick Ebersol.

In 1973 the follow up hit was The Right Thing To Do which was inspired by her love to her husband James Taylor. In 1974 she had a minor hit with Mockingbird. Her last UK hit was to be the theme to the Bond Movie.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

In The 1970s Chicory Tip

Formed in Maidstone kent in 1967 Chicory Tip had their first big hit with the Georgio Morodor and Peter Bellotte composition called Son Of My Father. The song was the first single to get to No. 1 using a  Moog Synthesizer and was a gold disc too.

The next small hit was Whats Your Name and the big hit was Good Grief Christina in 1973. The vocalist was Peter Hewson with guitarists Richard Foster and Barry Mayger.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

In Memory Lynsey De Paul

Lynsey De Paul was born in 1950 and died in 2014 from a brain hemorrhage. During the 1970s this UK blonde bomb shell had several hits in the charts. Her first was in 1972 with Sugar Me.

  • This was Lynsey de Paul's first single though not her first hit. Co-written with Barry Green, it was recorded on the MAM label with Lynsey on piano and her most sensuous vocal. The sheet music is copyright 1972 by Kirschner Music of London, and retailed for 20p.
Barry Green was in fact Barry Blue who co-wrote with her in 1971.

The second hit that year was Getting A Drag. In 1973 she had her hit Wont Someone Dance With Me where Radio One DJ Ed Stewart did the male voice over.This won her an Ivor Novello Award.


  In 1974 she wrote the theme to the TV show No Honestly.The show starred John Alderton and Pauline Collins.The song won her another Ivor Novello Award.

Her last hit in the 1970s came with the Eurovision Song Contest entry for the UK in 1977 called Rock Bottom. The song was co-written and performed with Mike Moran.