Another one-hit wonder from the summer of ’69 by Zager & Evans, the still-prescient In The Year 2525 topped the charts and sold a staggering four million copies. (more…)

This song was a huge cause celèbre when it came out in 1969. It was banned by radio stations in most countries, including the UK, and condemned by the Vatican. (more…)

Joe South’s timeless tune with a powerful message makes him one of the great one-hit wonders. But he was much more than that. 


This is the third single I ever bought. I’m not proud of that. It’s a repetitive and dull song but forgive me. I was only 10. (more…)

This rollicking tune by a Scouse comedy trio is the second single I ever bought. I’m pleased to say my musical taste has improved since then (I think). (more…)

Ken Boothe – Feel Good

29th September 1968 · 1960s, 1968, Music, Reggae

Here’s how reggae riddims evolve: nine versions of the same rocksteady riddim, from Roy Shirley to Ken Boothe via Big Youth and I-Roy. (more…)

This was probably the first Jamaican tune I ever heard – I was nine when it came out – and this amazing film, apparently, is the first music video to appear on Top of the Pops.

The Equals – Baby Come Back

22nd September 1968 · 1960s, 1968, Music

The Equals were Britain’s first successful multi-racial pop group, and one of the few mixed-race bands in that era. The chart-topping Baby Come Back was their biggest hit. (more…)

This was the first single I ever bought, at the age of ten. A sentimental song called Those Were The Days, sung by an apple-cheeked blonde from Wales by the name of  Mary Hopkin – and produced by Paul McCartney.



Alton Ellis sings the original rocksteady version of the song that grew into multiple hits for artists from Althea & Donna to Sean Paul, way back in 1967. (more…)