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Manu Dibango – Soul Makossa

20th May 2021 · Uncategorised

If this doesn’t get your feet moving, you might want to check they’re still attached to your legs. As infectious as an Indian variant, it’s arguably the first disco hit. (more…)

Sylvia – Pillow Talk

19th May 2021 · Uncategorised

Sylvia Robinson is one of the most important figures in music history. She’s been called the Mother of Hip-Hop for her key role in the birth of rap, founding Sugar Hill Records in the late Seventies. But before that she was a one-hit wonder with this saucy disco hit. (more…)

? And The Mysterians – 96 Tears

18th May 2021 · Uncategorised

If the marketing arm of the British musical instrument manufacturers Vox wanted one song to sell their electric organs, then they would surely give their donor card to 96 Tears. (more…)

Jr Walker & The All-Stars – Walk In The Night

17th May 2021 · Uncategorised

The exhilarating melody of this tune has stayed with me since childhood.
I had not heard of Jr Walker & The All Stars when it was a modest hit in the summer of 1972 and I’m not sure I even thought of them as a soul group. (more…)

Cliff Richard – I Love You

16th May 2021 · Uncategorised

The first time I heard or saw Cliff Richard was when he sang Congratulations in the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest. But he had been having hit singles since the year I was born. This one was top of the Hit Parade on my third birthday. (more…)

Matt Berry – Summer Sun

15th May 2021 · Uncategorised

Here’s a summery reverb-drenched slice of Sixties psychedelia to send the mind spinning back to San Francisco in the Summer of Love. (more…)

Conway Twitty – It’s Only Make Believe

14th May 2021 · Uncategorised

This is the song that was number one on my first birthday. Obviously I don’t remember it, though I do remember the song from Glen Campbell’s version in 1970. (more…)

What was the first disco hit? The Trammps would define the genre with Disco Inferno. But before that came this old Broadway tune in 1972. (more…)

The Stranglers – And If You Should See Dave…

13th May 2021 · Uncategorised

I never thought I’d be waxing lyrical about The Stranglers 45 years after I first saw them, supporting Patti Smith at The Roundhouse. (more…)

Nat Turner Rebellion: Laugh To Keep From Crying – album review