Top of the Pops, April 1971 – the first time I had ever seen The Rolling Stones and one of those landmark performances that has stayed in my mind. (more…)

Ringo may have been the least talented Beatle (so they say) but his solo career produced my favourite ex-Beatle songs: Photograph, Back Off Boogaloo – and this.


If 1971 was the year of my musical awakening, it was also the year of my football awakening. And the FA Cup final was the first time I ever saw my team play. (more…)

Olivia Newton-John came over from Australia and sang her way into our hearts with her first hit single, this Bob Dylan song, If Not For You. (more…)

It’s been a struggle to find a Worst Song winner in an era of terrible novelty tunes but I think I’ve found one in Ray Stevens’s execrable 1971 hit Bridget The Midget. (more…)

T. Rex – Hot Love

20th March 1971 · 1970s, 1971, Glam, Music
T. Rex on Top of the Pops in March 1971 was the event that changed everything. Hot Love was the song that gave birth to Glam Rock.


I make no apology for adding another song by Mungo Jerry because this boisterous blues-based rock’n’roll extravaganza is just fantastic. (more…)

The Pushbike Song was Australia’s pop equivalent of a saucy seaside postcard, with its endless double entendres – and a fascinating story behind it. (more…)

This song was the first No.1 of 1971, and the first chart-topper by a solo Beatle – in the better known version by George Harrison.


Gilbert O’Sullivan had his first hit with Nothing Rhymed, blending a carefully crafted image with perfectly presented pop songs. (more…)