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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...

Number 47

Jefferson Starship - Count on Me (Grunt GB-11506 - 1978) I never completely became a fan of the band that rose out of the ashes of the popular 1960s psychedelic outfit Jefferson Airplane. This was largely due to my disdain for the sort of music that was commonly labelled 'soft rock' at the time,...

Number 46

The Faces - Stay With Me (Warner Brothers K16136 - 1971) It's hard to believe that it's almost 45 years since I first heard The Faces performing the Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood song Stay with Me , which I would mime to relentlessly in my bedroom, yelling before the mirror and wielding a tennis...

Number 45

Alan Price - Jarrow Song (Warner Brothers K16372 - 1974) Alan Price has always been a curious figure on the music scene, from his brief stint with The Animals, his own 1960s outfit The Alan Price Set, his collaboration with Georgie Fame and his film work with Lindsay Anderson. Price will also be...

Number 44

Aretha Franklin - Spanish Harlem (Atlantic 2091-138 -1971) In 1971, the British charts was littered with a melting pot of styles and genres, not least a liberal sprinkling of Soul, R&B and Gospel. Ben E. King had a hit with Spanish Harlem in 1960, and just over a decade later, the Queen of Soul...

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