Rod Stewart – Maggie May

9th October 1971 · 1970s, 1971, Music
This was the song that made Rod Stewart a star. And it happened by accident, when DJs flipped over a flop and found this on the B-side.

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Delroy Wilson was the Cool Operator immortalised by The Clash. Here’s the song that earned him the nickname. (more…)

Curved Air – Back Street Luv

18th September 1971 · 1970s, 1971, Music
The beautiful Sonja Kristina and her band of virtuoso music students took Curved Air into the charts with one of the era’s more unusual hits, Back Street Luv.

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John Lennon would have had his 80th birthday in 2020 and his album Imagine is soon to be 50. This protest song still stands up half a century later. (more…)

When people think of the soul greats, they tend to start with Aretha (which is fair enough) but bypass Diana Ross, which is unfair.

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This sultry steamy concoction, with its spooky intro, voodoo chants and twangy guitars, gave Redbone their one and only UK hit when it reached No.2 in 1971.
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One of the greatest live bands of all time, The Who rarely captured that excitement on record. This was the one exception.

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Vincent Crane’s organ-led Atomic Rooster had the bigger of their two 1971 hit singles when The Devil’s Answer took them to number 4 in the chart. (more…)

Here’s another of those songs that’s been lodged in my ears and brain for half a century – the first hit for squeaky-clean boy-girl harmony group The New Seekers.

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Here’s another soft rock song that reminds me of long summer holidays that seemed to go on for ever: the first hit by the strangely named – and even more strangely coiffured – Lobo. (more…)