David Bowie’s most personal song comes from his fourth album Hunky Dory, released in December 1971, and a flop until the release of Ziggy Stardust the following year. (more…)

Television funny man Benny Hill unforgiveably kept T. Rex off the top of the charts with his autobiographical novelty hit Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West). (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…)

T. Rex – Jeepster

27th November 1971 · 1970s, 1971, Glam, Music

T. Rex brought the year to an end with Jeepster, their third big hit in just nine months – but were kept off top spot by a TV comedian. (more…)

Long before she was an iconic diva made almost entirely of plastic, Cher was a beautiful woman and one heck of a good singer. Never more so than on this story song. (more…)

Slade – Coz I Luv You

13th November 1971 · 1970s, 1971, Glam, Music

Slade launched themselves on a squence of big hits that made them one of the kings of Glam when they topped the charts for the first time with Coz I Luv You at the end of 1971.

This track is the “odd one out” from their album Led Zeppelin IV – a rare foray into bucolic folk, featuring fingerpicked acoustic guitar. Which is why I like it. (more…)

Al Green had his first big hit with Tired Of Being Alone in 1971, introducing me to soul music for the first time. Here he is at his performance peak. (more…)

Pink Floyd confirmed their status as one of the biggest and most adventurous bands in Britain with the release of Meddle in October 1971. (more…)

James Taylor and Carole King get together to perform You’ve Got A Friend, written by her and taken into the charts by him in 1972.