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Number 72

Gilbert O'Sullivan - Nothing Rhymed (MAM 3 - 1970) In the early 1970s it was impossible to avoid the songs of Gilbert O'Sullivan, whose appeal spread across a wide demographic. His stage presence appeared totally out of place as glam rock began to dominate the charts at the time. Seated at the...

Number 71

Pentangle - Light Flight (Transatlantic Big 128 - 1969) It seems that Pentangle's Light Flight has always been with me from the start even though it was recorded in 1969, a clear twelve years after I first waddled into the world. I vaguely recall the TV show Take Three Girls, for which the song...

Number 70

The Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women (Decca F.12952 - 1969) Originally written as a country song, influenced by both Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers, Honky Tonk Women has become one of The Rolling Stones' signature tunes over the last six decades. The song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith...

Number 69

The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset (Pye 7N 17321 - 1967) As a ten year-old, I was fortunate enough to spend a week in Swinging London with my school pals in the summer of 1967. These were the days long before the Sony Walkman yet I distinctly recall hearing pop songs throughout the week, possibly leaking...

Number 68

Colin Blunstone - Say You Don't Mind (Epic EPC7765 - 1972) There's something more than just appealing about Christopher Gunning's string arrangement on this version of the Denny Laine song, which suits Blunstone's soulful voice perfectly. Best remembered for his role as singer with the Zombies in...

Number 67

Paul McCartney - Another Day (Apple R5889 - 1971) I was never enamoured with Paul McCartney's solo career after the enormous contribution he made to music with the Beatles and I guess this has something to do with the broad selection of mediocre recording he made subsequent to the band's break up...

Number 66

Frijid Pink - The House of the Rising Sun (Deram DM288 - 1970) I first became aware of the Detroit band Frijid Pink in the late 1960s when I first heard their re-working of this old American folk song. Dylan had a bash at it on his debut LP in 1962 based on an arrangement by Dave Van Ronk. A couple...

Number 65

Tom Robinson - War Baby (Panic records NIC2 - 1983) After the break-up of the band Sector 27 in the early 1980s, Tom Robinson re-located to Germany, learned a bit of German and started playing shows over there. Apparently this song was written under the influence and initially came over as a...

Number 64

Warren Zevon - Werewolves of London (Asylum E45472 - 1978) I can't remember where or when I first heard this song it just seemed to creep into my life unexpected, unintentional and to be honest uninvited but somewhere along the line it became something of a favourite. The late Warren Zevon was...

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...

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