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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...

Number 43

The Kinks - Autumn Almanac (PYE 7N.17405 - 1967) The Kinks produced many great singles in the mid to late 1960s, any of which could be chosen for this series of Singled Out records. After the early rock singles such as You Really Got Me and All Day and All of the Night , Ray Davies began writing...

Number 42

Mick Ronson - Billy Porter (RCA 2482 - 1974) The Hull-born singer and guitarist Mick Ronson was probably best known for his work with David Bowie during possibly Bowie's most creative and critically acclaimed period as a key member of the Spiders from Mars. Ronson was also known for his work as a...

Number 41

Dave and Ansil Collins - Double Barrel (Techniques TE901 - 1970) Although my tentative adventures into the 'big town' of Doncaster on record buying expeditions came in the late 1960s, when I was still in short trousers buying 45s by the likes of The Monkees and on one occasion in 1967 a record...

Number 40

The Lovin' Spoonful - Daydream (Pye 7N25361 - 1966) I'm not sure when or where I first heard the Lovin' Spoonful's Daydream , sometime in the mid-1960s no doubt. The song caught my attention at a time when any song with a whistling coda seemed to appeal to me. I was at the time myself a daydreaming...

Number 39

The Beatles - We Can Work It Out (Parlophone R5389 - 1965) The Beatles played the biggest part in my appreciation of music, from very early on. Yes I sang along to She Loves You and Love Me Do like the rest of them in the early 1960s, sitting in the corner doing a Beatles jigsaw puzzle whilst mum...

Number 38

Cream - Badge (Polydor 2058 285 - 1969) In the early 1970s my singles record collection was growing steadily, made up entirely of records obtained from either Foxes Records in Doncaster Market Place, a second hand record stall close by on the same market place or otherwise records I may have had to...

Number 37

Robert Wyatt - Shipbuilding (Rough Trade RT115 - 1983) Sometimes a song comes along that completely knocks you off your feet. Robert Wyatt had been on my radar since his Soft Machine days and the Canterbury Scene in general. Anyone who could get himself kicked out of one band and then name the next...

Number 36

Bobbie Gentry - Ode to Billie Joe (Capitol CL 15511 - 1967) During the so-called Summer of Love, 1967 saw the charts dominated by everything from Scott Mckenzie advising us to go to San Francisco and to be sure to wear flowers in our hair, the Beatles told us that all we really needed was love and...

Number 35

Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five (Fontana H339 - 1959) The earliest recording thus far in this series. Recorded in 1959, a couple of years after my birth, The Dave Brubeck Quartet's Take Five was very much part of the soundtrack to the early 1960s. The infectious little tune, written in 5/4 time by...

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