If 1971 was the year of my musical awakening, it was also the year of my football awakening. And the FA Cup final was the first time I ever saw my team play. (more…)

Olivia Newton-John came over from Australia and sang her way into our hearts with her first hit single, this Bob Dylan song, If Not For You. (more…)

It’s been a struggle to find a Worst Song winner in an era of terrible novelty tunes but I think I’ve found one in Ray Stevens’s execrable 1971 hit Bridget The Midget. (more…)

T. Rex – Hot Love

20th March 1971 · 1970s, 1971, Glam, Music
T. Rex on Top of the Pops in March 1971 was the event that changed everything. Hot Love was the song that gave birth to Glam Rock.


I make no apology for adding another song by Mungo Jerry because this boisterous blues-based rock’n’roll extravaganza is just fantastic. (more…)

The Pushbike Song was Australia’s pop equivalent of a saucy seaside postcard, with its endless double entendres – and a fascinating story behind it. (more…)

This song was the first No.1 of 1971, and the first chart-topper by a solo Beatle – in the better known version by George Harrison.


Glam didn’t *quite* begin with Ride A White Swan but Marc Bolan was the first to lay down a marker with Ride A White Swan. (more…)