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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.

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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…)

Another of the first singles I bought, in the summer of 1970, I had no idea until now that this was a cover of a Randy Newman song (which I’ve never heard). (more…)

Cat Stevens sang a heartfelt but creepy tribute about how much he missed his girlfriend – and freaked her out so much that she dumped him when she heard it. (more…)

This isn’t the greatest song – little more than drums and a chanted chorus – but it lodges itself in your brain, which helped it sell two million copies in 1970. (more…)

British blues rockers Ten Years After had their solitary hit with Love Like A Man, featuring the fast fingers of guitarist Alvin Lee. (more…)