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Number 9

Ian Dury and the Blockheads - What a Waste (Stiff Records BUY27 - 1978) When Prog Rock was finally pushed out of the way to make room for Punk in the mid-1970s, some discerning music fans, me included, required something to fill the void, other than three chords played badly by angst-ridden...

Number 8

Focus - Sylvia (Polydor 2001-422 - 1972) I first became aware of the Dutch Prog Rock band Focus after their memorable appearance on the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1972 performing a pretty delirious version of Hocus Pocus from their then current album Moving Waves, coupled with their then current...

Number 7

Scott McKenzie - San Francisco (CBS 2816 - 1967) In the so-called Summer of Love, I was ten years old and was consumed with the pop music of the era from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to their American counterparts such as The Loving Spoonful and Jefferson Airplane. I recall sitting upon a...

Number 6

Jimi Hendrix Experience - Voodoo Chile (Track 2095 001 - 1968) The memory of marching up to the counter at Foxes Records in Doncaster with six shillings in my hand, demanding that they hand over with all speed the latest single release by the Jimi Hendrix Experience is likely to stay with me...

Number 5

Bob Marley and the Wailers - Jamming (Island WIP6410 - 1977) In 1977 Bob Marley and the Wailers had pretty much established themselves as the leading reggae band of the day, releasing their ninth album Exodus to both critical and commercial success. Although Reggae balanced on the fringe of my...

Number 4

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Up Around the Bend (Liberty LBF15354 - 1970) I don't know why the American rock and roll band Creedence Clearwater Revival meant so much to me in the late 1960s whilst I was at school, but my little square orange singles box had more CCR singles on the vivid blue...

Number 3

Jr Walker and the All Stars - Sweet Soul (Tamla Motown TMG637) Sweet Soul, not to be mistaken for Sweet Soul Music by Arthur Conley, was actually the B side of the 1968 release of Jr Walker and the All Stars Come See About Me and was one of the staple tunes played at Doncaster Top Rank during the...

Number 2

Thunderclap Newman - Something in the Air (Track Records 604031 - 1969) If there was one record that captured the spirit of 1969, then it was Thunderclap Newman's Something in the Air. The single was played on the radio constantly at the time despite only spending three weeks at the top of the...

Number 1

Joe Cocker - Delta Lady (Regal Zonophone RZ3024 - 1969) At just 12 years old, my initial interest in the current pop music of the day, which included such groups as Marmalade, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich, Amen Corner and The Monkees of course, was starting to move forward, possibly after...

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