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David Bowie made his breakthrough in 1972. Routinely rated as one of the best albums of all time, Ziggy was Bowie’s fifth album – but his first to get into the charts.

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Roxy Music’s debut album was not a huge success. It was way too ahead of its time. Almost half a century later it sounds strange and futuristic and experimental. For me it’s one of the greatest debuts ever. (more…)

Johnny Nash was a rare non-Jamaican reggae star and had a string of hits as well as playing a key role in the career of Bob Marley & The Wailers.

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Elton John burst back into the charts with his second single Rocket Man more than a year after Your Song had given him his first hit. (more…)

T. Rex – Metal Guru

20th May 1972 · 1970s, 1972, Glam, Music
Metal Guru was the greatest of all T. Rex’s run of hit singles  and gave them their fourth and final No.1 in May 1972.

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The Rolling Stones released Tumbling Dice, the first single from their landmark album Exiles On Main Street, in April 1972. (more…)

This is the first time I ever heard Johnny Cash, when he had a Top Five hit in May 1972 with A Thing Called Love.

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I’d pretty much forgotten this rollicking blues-influenced rocker by another bunch of one-hit wonders, Jo Jo Gunne. It reached No.6 in April 1972.

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Ringo Starr, who had just directed the documentary film Born To Boogie, paid tribute to its subject with this T. Rex hommage, Back Off Boogaloo.

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Tom Jones had his 25th hit single with The Young New Mexican Puppeteer in April 1972, still at the top of his game in a career that began back in the mid-Sixties.

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