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Number 113

Peter Gabriel - Solsbury Hill (Charisma CB 301 - 1977) After his controversial departure from Genesis in 1975, Peter Gabriel returned with a surprising autobiographical single, which is said to be generally about 'letting go' although, it seems clearly to be a response to his decision to leave the...

Number 112

Paul Simon - Mother and Child Reunion (CBS S7793 - 1972) Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica with Jimmy Cliff's backing group, Paul Simon's first single as a solo artist since I Am A Rock in 1965, came as a bit of a surprise after seven years spent with Art Garfunkel in the hugely successful duo Simon...

Number 111

The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane (Parlophone R5570 - 1967) Despite Strawberry Fields Forever being released as a double A sided single, including not just the one but two brilliantly defining songs of the time, the 45 was unable to shift the housewives' favourite Elgelbert...

Number 110

Prelude - After the Goldrush (Dawn DNS1052 - 1973) Prelude were, and still are, a vocal harmony group from the North East of England, originally consisting of husband and wife team Brian and Irene Hume, together with Ian Vardy on guitar. Despite only reaching number 21 and number 22 respectively in...

Number 109

Medicine Head - (And the) Pictures in the Sky (Dandelion DAN7003 - 1971) Medicine Head was initially a duo championed by DJ John Peel back in the early 1970s, their first three albums being released on Peel's own record label Dandelion Records. John Fiddler and Peter Hope-Evans were the main...

Number 108

Juicy Lucy - Who Do You Love (Vertigo 6059001 - 1969) Inspired by the name of a character in the popular Leslie Thomas book, The Virgin Soldiers, Juicy Lucy were a British blues-based rock band, formed from the ashes of The Misunderstood after their break-up in 1969. Shortly afterwards, the band...

Number 107

The Beach Boys - Sail On Sailor (Reprise REP 1138 - 1973) I first heard this song as the opening song on the Beach Boys 1973 LP Holland, the song later being released as a single from the record. Reading any research material for the origins of the song will possibly give you a headache, with...

Number 106

Free - All Right Now (Island WIP 6082 - 1970) Once again, a rather obvious choice for this series in fact, I can't imagine even considering a soundtrack to go with my youth without the inclusion of Paul Kossoff's classic opening riff. In the late Sixties and early Seventies, there seemed to be an...

Number 105

The Move - Fire Brigade (Regal Zonophone - RZ 3005 - 1968) Written by Roy Wood and performed by The Move, Fire Brigade is one of those memorable pop songs from the late Sixties. It was the band's fourth single release and it's loaded with twangy Duane Eddy styled guitar licks together with a great...

Number 104

Family - The Weavers Answer (Reprise Records - RS 27009 - 1970) Family was one of the rock bands of the late 1960s whose music came to me first and foremost through 45rpm singles, rather than the unaffordable albums of the time. For a kid with a paper round and a hunger for records, the format...

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