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Number 78

Frankie Miller - Darlin' (Chrysalis CHS 2255 - 1978)

Written by sax player Oscar Blandamer in 1970, Darlin' wasn't to find success for another seven years when it was recorded by the British band Poacher and shortly afterwards by Glaswegian rock singer Frankie Miller, who took the song to number six in the British charts, despite disliking the song. Produced by Dave Mackay, the single was apparently recorded due to pressure from Miller's record label in order to record something a little more commercial than his usual fare. According to Ray Minhinnett, the guitarist on Miller's 1977 album Full House, when Miller finally met the songwriter in a club after recording the song, he swore at him and allegedly poured a bottle of ketchup all over him.