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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...

Number 53

Prisonaires - Just Walkin' in the Rain (Sun Records 186 - 1953) When you enter the Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, you are instantly aware of a sense of history. The emphasis may turn to Elvis Presley and the looming presence of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison, but also at some...

Number 52

The Elgins - Heaven Must Have Sent You (Tamla Motown TMG771 - 1966) Despite an early taste for rock music in the late 1960s as a school kid, I was always impressed with the songs released on the Tamla Motown record label, even today, still the only interesting music played at family parties and the...

Number 51

Badfinger - Come and Get It (Apple 20 - 1969) Written and produced by Paul McCartney in 1969, Come and Get It was originally composed for the cult film The Magic Christian, which starred Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr, the song featured in both the opening and closing sequences of the film as well...

Number 50

Johnny Guitar Watson - Three Hours Past Midnight (RPM Records 455 - 1956) I have to confess that I didn't hear this Texan guitarist's classic 1956 single until much later when I heard Frank Zappa cite the single as a major influence during the musician's formative years, who referred to the single'...

Number 49

The Pink Floyd - See Emily Play (Columbia DB8214 - 1967) I don't actually remember Pink Floyd's second single release See Emily Play back in 1967, even though the band performed the song on Top of the Pops around the same time. I probably first heard the song on the compilation album Relics of Pink...

Number 48

The Byrds - Chestnut Mare (CBS 5322 - 1971) In the early 1970s there was a stall on the outdoor market in Doncaster, which specialised in cheap ex-jukebox records, that also included imported singles from across the pond. I spent most Saturdays down there, rain or shine, thumbing through the...

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