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Number 34

The Move - Tonight (Harvest HAR5038 - 1971)

I don't know how true it is but legend has it that Roy Wood wrote the 1971 pop song Tonight for the then current middle of the road band The New Seekers. The Move had gone through various changes since their inception in 1965 and had scored a number of successful singles on Regal Zonophone, such as Fire Brigade, Blackberry Way and Flowers in the Rain, the very first song to be played on Radio 1 in 1967. By 1971, the band was reduced to just a trio made up of Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan, who signed for the Harvest label and released a trio of hits including Chinatown, California Man and the heavily acoustic Tonight. There is a video from 1971 featuring this line-up miming to the song, with possibly the only film or photographic footage of Lynne without his familiar shades on and Roy Wood doubling on acoustic and electric lap slide guitar for the now familiar instrumental break.