1972

Soppy and sentimental as hell, with its spoken-word sob story surrounded by celestial harmonies, Have You Seen Her is verging on schmaltz. And brilliant.

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Chicory Tip claimed the first UK No.1 to prominently feature a synthesiser when future football anthem Son Of My Father topped the charts in February 1972. (more…)

T. Rex – Telegram Sam

5th February 1972 · 1970s, 1972, Glam, Music

T. Rex began 1972 the way they signed off from 1971 – with a chart-topping single. Telegram Sam was their third No.1 and confirmed Marc Bolan as the biggest star of the post-Beatles music universe. (more…)

The Faces – Stay With Me

5th February 1972 · 1970s, 1972, Music
It’s easy to mock Rod Stewart as a sexist old dinosaur but it’s equally important to remember that he was like that long before it was unfashionable.

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No one ever captured the pain, the agony and the hopelessness of addiction as accurately, or as sensitively, as Neil Young in this song from his landmark album Harvest, released in early 1972. (more…)

Northern Soul legend Donnie Elbert sings the definitive version of the song that’s been a hit for The Supremes and Soft Cell.  (more…)

The quintessential American road song – by a band who grew up in England and took their inspiration from a pair of paintings by European artists.

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This was the first chart topper of 1972. It began life as a TV commercial, shamelessly co-opting a multi-racial group of teenagers to sing the joys of a sugary fizzy drink… and ended up being stolen by Oasis. (more…)

The Persuaders was the first TV show I remember loving. And John Barry’s theme music – one of the first hits of 1972 – remains my favourite of that or any other era. (more…)

British blues rockers Ten Years After had their solitary hit with Love Like A Man, featuring the fast fingers of guitarist Alvin Lee. (more…)