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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In The 1970s Paul Simon

Paul Simon was born in 1941 and in the 60s formed the super duo Simon And Garfunkel. The pair split up in 1970 and Paul went solo throughout the 1970s.

In 1972 his first single hit in the UK was Mother And Child Reunion from his album Paul Simon. The song was inspired by the death of a dog and a Chinese restaurant menu. Figure that one out. The follow up hit in the same year was Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard. The song is about two boys who have broken the law or have done something wrong.

In 1973 he had only one UK single hit with Take Me To The Mardi Gras from his album There Goes Rhymin' Simon which had two nominations for the Grammy Awards in 1974. No hits in 1975 and only one smaller hit in 1975 with 50 Ways To Leave Your Woman.

Here is Paul Simon in 1970 TV interview with Dick Cavett.

Monday, September 15, 2014

In Memory Joe Sample of Crusaders

Joe Sample of the Crusaders died in September 2013. He founded a group called the Jazz Crusaders that became the Crusaders.

In 1979 the group had a huge hit with Street Life featuring Randy Crawford.
  • Crusaders pianist Joe Sample wrote this with the lyricist Will Jennings, who told us: "The lyric, all that came right off of Hollywood Boulevard. It's also been used in a lot of rap songs, some samples, they always do the chorus."
  • An inspiration for Sample was the beginner's ski slope at Mammoth Mountain in California. In a Reuters interview, Sample said, "I saw people falling, running into each other... it was absolute chaos. It looked like a boulevard of madness. And I said, 'That's what street life is."'


In Memory Bob Crewe

Bob Crewe, who co-wrote hits including Can't Take My Eyes Off You and Walk Like a Man, and was key to the success of the Four Seasons pop group, has died at the age of 83.
In the mid-1970s, Crewe formed with Sir Monti Rock III the disco club favorites Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes, best known for their 1975 successes "Get Dancin'" and "I Wanna Dance Wit' Choo".

Bob also wrote Bye Byre Bay (Baby Good Bye) covered in the 1970s by the Bay City Rollers. He also wrote Labelles Lady Marmalade.

In 1975 he had two classic hits in the UK charts of which the second was No. 1. The songs were Swear To God by Frankie Valli and My Eyes Adored you by Valli

Bob also gave the Osmonds a hit with The Proud One in 1975

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Lindisfarne from Newcastle Upon Tyne were formed in 1968 with original members Allan Hull who died in 1995, Ray Jackson and Rod Clements. The group were known for their progressive folk rock and made several singles to hit the charts in the 1970s.

The first single in 1972 was Meet Me On The Corner from the album Fog On The Tyne on 1971. This No. 5 hit was followed by the No. 3 hit the Lady Eleanor written by Hull.


The groups last hit was in 1978 (top 30 single wise) and that came with the hit Running For Home

Amazingly the Fog On The Tyne never made it as a hit single!!!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Never A Hit in the 1970s

There are songs that we hear and are convinced that they were massive hits in the 1970s. However, as you will see this is just not the case. Here are some classic that never charted in the TOP 30 in the UK charts during the 1970s.

I wont Last A Day Without You

Bonnie Tyler
Married men

Steely Dan
Do It Again
FM No Static At All
Rikki Dont Lose That Number

Fleetwood Mac
Go Your Own Way
Dont Stop
You Make Loving Fun

Ring Ring
I Do I Do I Do I Do

Diana Ross
Reach Out And Touch Somebody's Hand
Love Me
I'm Still Waiting
It's My House

Heartache Tonight

Dire Straits
Lady Writer

Bay City Rollers
You Made Me Believe In Magic

Elton John
Honky Cat
Bennie And The Jets

Marvin Gaye
Let's Get It On

Friday, August 22, 2014

In The 1970s Drifters

Originally formed back in 1953 and still surviving in the 1970s. The Drifters moved to the UK in 1972 and went through many different group members.

  • Johnny Moore (1954-1957, 1964-1978, 1980, 1983, 1987-1998)
  • Rick Sheppard (1966-1972)
  • Ray Lewis (1978-1983)
  • Terry King (1978---
  • and others too.

UK single hits during the 1970s went like this.

Saturday Night At The Movies originally a hit in the U.S in 1964. Reached No. 3 in the UK.

The next hit was Come On Over To My Place a hit from 1965. In 1973 came one of their best hits called Like Sister And Brother. All about unrequited love and nothing to do with keeping it in the family. The song reached No. 7.

Moving on to 1974 and the Drifters were Kissing in the Back Row of the Movies with lead singer Johnny Moore who also sang on the follow up hit Down on the Beach Tonight. A small hit reached No. 33 in 1975 called Love Games.

The next single in 1975 jumped to No. 3 in the UK charts with There Goes My First Love another great classic sing a long song. The last hit that year was Can I Take You Home Little Girl.

Moving on and after two decades the group are still scoring single hits. 1976 and Hello Happiness, which was followed by a smaller hit called Every Nite's A Saturday Night With You.

The very last single of the decade was You're More Than A Number In My Little Red Book. After that the Drifters drifted out of chart success.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In The 1970s Free

Free formed in 1968 in the UK when they were all in their teenage years. Paul Rodgers was also in Bad Company in the 1970s and was the vocalist on Free's iconic singe All Right Now. Paul Kossoff another band member was the son of actor David Kossoff. Tragically  Paul died in 1976 following a drug overdose in the states.

Band member Andy Fraser produced and co-wrote All Right Now for the band. Drummer Simon Kirke also went on to join Bad Company in the 1970s. It was in 1970 that the group had their biggest hit with All Right Now. This song really took off after Free's performance at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 31,1970 at the East Aftom Farm, Aftom Down, where over 600,000 people attended the festival. Los Angeles disc jockey Joe Benson told Paul Rodgers during an on air interview that "All Right Now" is playing over the airwaves somewhere around the world once every 45 seconds.

The second hit came in 1971 with My Brother Jake, which was the same year the group split up. 1972 Free still had a hit in the charts with A Little Bit Of Love from the album Free At Last recorded in 1970.

In 1973 All Right Now charted in the Top Twenty again along with a new single called Wishing Well from the album Heartbreaker.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

In The 1970s Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones formed back in 1962 and at the time of writing are still touring as a mega group. Brian Jones founded the group but was forced to leave in 1969 because of his drug habit that also killed him the same year. Mick Jagger was another founder member of the group and is now a "SIR". Ian Stewart died in 1985 aged only 47 and also worked with Led Zeppelin.

Kieth Richards started writing songs with Mick in 1963 and is still in the group today. Bill Wyman even had solo success in 1981 with Ju Suie Une Rock Star. Along with Charlie Watts and and Ronnie Wood the group has become bigger year after year.

The groups first UK single hit in the 1970s was Brown Sugar in 1971 from the Sticky Fingers LP and inspired by Claudia Lennear an American Soul Singer.This was followed by Tumblin Dice in 1972 a song about a cheating gambler.

1973 and the beautiful Angie became a top 5 hit and written by Jagger and Richards


1974 and the guys got into a large plastic bubble for Its Only Rock And Roll (But I Like It). The meaning of the lyrics was summed up by Jagger in the liner notes to the 1993 compilation Jump Back; "The idea of the song has to do with our public persona at the time. I was getting a bit tired of people having a go, all that, 'oh, it's not as good as their last one' business. The single sleeve had a picture of me with a pen digging into me as if it were a sword. It was a lighthearted, anti-journalistic sort of thing."
If I could stick my pen in my heart, And spill it all over the stage;
Would it satisfy ya, would it slide on by ya, Would you think the boy is strange? Ain't he strange?
If I could win ya, if I could sing ya, a love song so divine,
Would it be enough for your cheating heart, If I broke down and cried? If I cried?
I said I know it's only rock 'n roll but I like it
Suicide right on the stage...

In The 1970s R. Dean Taylor

R. Dean Taylor  was born in Canada in 1939.Taylor joined Motown in the mid 1960s and had most of of his single hits in the 1960s. But in the UK his chart success came in the 1970s with hits like Gotta See Jane which was co-written by Eddie Holland. The reissue made No. 17 in 1974, on the B side was the song that would become another 1970s UK hit single. There's A Ghost In My House.

"There's a Ghost in My House" is a song written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland of Motown Records, together with R. Dean Taylor. It was originally recorded by Taylor in 1966. It was released as a single on the Motown subsidiary V.I.P. label in April 1967, but was not a hit. However, after it had become a popular dance song in Northern soul clubs in Britain, R. Dean Taylor's record was reissued on EMI's Tamla Motown label with a B-side of "Let's Go Somewhere", and reached no. 3 on the UK singles chart in 1974.
"There's a Ghost in My House"/"Don't Fool Around" - V.I.P. 25042 - USA - 1967
"There's a Ghost in My House"/"Let's Go Somewhere" - Tamla Motown TMG 896 - UK - 1974

It was back in 1971 when R. Dean first broke into the 1970s UK chart with Indiana Wants Me which is a song about a man wanted for murder. Written after Taylor had watched Bonnie and Clyde at the cinema.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

In The 1970s Beach Boys

Formed in 1961 and reaching their peak in the mid and late 1960s the Beach Boys made little impact on the 1970s charts, But what they did was memorable. In 1970 they joined the Reprise label and released Sunflower LP which had the single Cotton Fields which was a 1940s hit by Lead Belly.

Their next big hit came in 1979 and was called Lady Lynda written by band member Alan Jardine and Ron Altbach based on the music of Johan Sebastian Bach.


The group had a hit in 1976 with a re-release of Good Vibrations getting to No. 18.

Late March 1965 – February 1972
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September 1978 – 1980
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