McGuinness Flint revived the rootsy sound of jug bands and skiffle on the first of their only two hits, When I’m Dead And Gone, in 1970. (more…)

Neil Diamond’s 1970 hit Cracklin’ Rosie, soundtracked a skiing trip for me when I was 16, and remains my favourite from his songbook.


Dave Edmunds had his second hit in a year, topping the 1970 charts for six weeks with this lovingly crafted cover of a vintage 1950s rhythm’n’blues standard, I Hear You Knocking. (more…)

Clarence Carter – Patches

31st October 1970 · 1970, 1970s, Music
Clarence Carter’s only UK hit Patches is a hearbreaking story of poverty and parental advice in the Deep South in the classic country-soul style of Muscle Shoals.


Successful songwriter Bobby Bloom stepped into the solo spotlight to easrn his first hit with his hymn to a Jamaican beach he’d never visited, Montego Bay.


This is the first reggae tune I ever heard and probably the song that instilled a lifelong love of dub production. (more…)

U-Roy is one of the great toasters of Jamaican music, prefiguring the rappers who came along more than 20 years later. Here’s The Originator teaming up with John Holt. (more…)

Freda Payne – Band Of Gold

19th September 1970 · 1970, 1970s, Music

Freda Payne was one of the greatest of all one-hit wonders, topping the chart with the stone-cold classic Band Of Gold at the end of 1970. (more…)

This is another of those songs that never fails to lift my spirits the moment I hear the exuberant opening notes on that rarest of pop instruments, the calliope. (more…)

Bread – Make It With You

12th September 1970 · 1970, 1970s, Music
Bread enjoyed their biggest hit with Make It With You, a song that virtually defined the genre of soft rock and launched the chart career of David Gates. (more…)