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Number 63

Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto - The Girl from Ipanema (Verve VK 10323 - 1963) In the 1960s, whether you liked it or not, there were one or two songs that entered the consciousness without actually opening the doors to let them in; they seemed to just filter in through the gaps in the wood and managed...

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...

Number 61

Neil Young - Heart of Gold (Reprise K14140 - 1972) It was hard to escape the sound of Neil Young in the early 1970s, which was largely due to his hugely successful third solo album After the Goldrush and its follow up Harvest. The now familiar acoustic sound of this era was as a result of a back...

Number 60

McGuinness Flint - When I'm Dead and Gone (Capitol CL15662 - 1970) Although most of the music I was listening to in 1970 centred around the growing underground popularity of rock music with the emergence of such bands as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Free and Wishbone Ash to name but a few, there was...

Number 59

Alice Cooper - Under My Wheels (Warner Bros 7529 - 1971) Quite by coincidence, I left school in the summer of 1972 just as Alice Cooper's record Schools Out was enjoying some chart success in the UK, the song reaching the number one spot in June of that year. The single itself should possibly have...

Number 58

Suzanne Vega - Marlene on the Wall (A&M 275 - 1985) The mid-1980s was an interesting time for folk music with the re-emergence of singer-songwriters being once again accepted in the genre. Rarely did a female American singer-songwriter make it onto the cover of Folk Roots magazine, but there...

Number 57

Dave Edmunds Rockpile - I Hear You Knocking (MAM 1 - 1970) 1970 was so important for me personally. I became a teenager in May of that year and the leap from the age of 12 to 13 was enormous. At the time I was unaware of how lucky I had been to live through the entire career of The Beatles, from...

Number 56

Free - Wishing Well (Island WIP 6146 - 1972) Whether right or wrong, good or bad, sensible or stupid, I was straight out of school in 1972 aged just 15 and thrown into an adult world of pubs, bedsits and the bohemian underworld of a Northern English town. Records topped the list of priorities at...

Number 55

Ike and Tina Turner - Nutbush City Limits (United Artists UP35582 - 1973) Released in 1973, Nutbush City Limits was the last hit single produced by Ike and Tina Turner as a couple before their well-documented split shortly after the singles' release. The song celebrates the city limits of Tina's...

Number 54

Brian Protheroe - Pinball (Chrysalis 2043 - 1974) I first heard this single when it was first released back in 1974 on Radio One during one of the insipid daytime radio shows, possibly hosted by Simon Bates. It was like a breath of fresh air in that during that period, I was spending a great deal...

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