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Number 62

Nicky Thomas - Love of the Common People (Trojan TR7750 - 1970)

Nicky Thomas's reggae version of the folk ballad Love of the Common People, written by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins, was the only one that held any sway with me back in the early 1970s. Although pop reggae, as opposed to the more artistic or serious side of the genre, was making a big impact on the UK charts at the time, I tended to steer clear of the more blatant commercial songs, but this one just captured everyone's imagination for some reason. Covered by everyone from Stiff Little Fingers, Bruce Springsteen, The Everly Brothers, Paul Young and even Leonard Nimoy, it's this version that will always stay with me.