New World are the forgotten band of the early Seventies. Deservedly so, some might say, and they would be right, in musical terms anyway. In legal terms, not so much. (more…)

This is the third and final song in a trilogy that always come to my mind together: The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face, Killing Me Softly With His Song and Help Me Make It Through The Night. (more…)

The history of this classic romantic ballad is a long and complicated one, involving two English folk singers, an American schoolteacher, a screen legend – and a dead cat. (more…)

Bowie reached his creative peak in 1972-73 and this song – John, I’m Only Dancing – bridged the brief gap between Ziggy Stardust and the next album, Aladdin Sane.


Just when you thought Osmondmania couldn’t get any worse after Donny stepped into the solo spotlight, along came his younger brother, nine-year-old “Little” Jimmy Osmond.


Slade – Gudbuy T’Jane

16th December 1972 · 1970s, 1972, Glam, Music

The loose ramshackle sound of this song can be attributed to one thing – they had never played it before the day they recorded it. And this was only the second take. (more…)

There’s a personal story behind this one – and it’s an apt one, considering this country ballad’s subject matter about the perils of alcohol.


The Osmonds – Crazy Horses

25th November 1972 · 1970s, 1972, Music
Crazy Horses was the Osmonds song it was OK to like. The only​ Osmonds song it was OK to like. (more…)

Elton John – Crocodile Rock

25th November 1972 · 1970s, 1972, Music

This is the song that made Elton a superstar. Sure, he’d had hits before – Your Song, Rocketman, Honky Cat – but this took him to another level and gave him his first US chart topper. (more…)

It’s embarrassing to admit I discovered Chuck Berry through this dismal double entendre-strewn novelty song. And dreadful that something so execrable gave Chuck – one of the most influential musicians of all time and the man who invented rock’n’roll almost single-handedly – his only number one record.