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Number 116

Supertramp - Dreamer (AM AMS7132 - 1974) I first saw this London-based band on the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1974 performing this song, which was unlike anything I'd heard previously, possibly due to Roger Hodgson's use of the Wurlitzer electric piano as a lead instrument. There was a great urgency...

Number 115

Redbone - Witch Queen of New Orleans (Epic SEPC1154 - 1971) Written by the Native American brothers Lolly and Pat Vegas of the California-based band Redbone, the subject of the song is said to be the 19th-century practitioner of voodoo, Marie Laveau, or Marie La Voodoo Veau, according to the song's...

Number 114

The Who - Join Together (Track 2094-102 - 1972) There's a lot of talk in Who-land about the ill-fated Lifehouse project, an ambitious sci-fi rock opera created by Pete Townshend in 1970 as an unrelated follow up to the hugely successful Tommy, its most notable legacy being the Who's Next album of...

Number 113

Peter Gabriel - Solsbury Hill (Charisma CB 301 - 1977) After his controversial departure from Genesis in 1975, Peter Gabriel returned with a surprising autobiographical single, which is said to be generally about 'letting go' although, it seems clearly to be a response to his decision to leave the...

Number 112

Paul Simon - Mother and Child Reunion (CBS S7793 - 1972) Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica with Jimmy Cliff's backing group, Paul Simon's first single as a solo artist since I Am A Rock in 1965, came as a bit of a surprise after seven years spent with Art Garfunkel in the hugely successful duo Simon...

Number 111

The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane (Parlophone R5570 - 1967) Despite Strawberry Fields Forever being released as a double A sided single, including not just the one but two brilliantly defining songs of the time, the 45 was unable to shift the housewives' favourite Elgelbert...

Number 110

Prelude - After the Goldrush (Dawn DNS1052 - 1973) Prelude were, and still are, a vocal harmony group from the North East of England, originally consisting of husband and wife team Brian and Irene Hume, together with Ian Vardy on guitar. Despite only reaching number 21 and number 22 respectively in...

Number 109

Medicine Head - (And the) Pictures in the Sky (Dandelion DAN7003 - 1971) Medicine Head was initially a duo championed by DJ John Peel back in the early 1970s, their first three albums being released on Peel's own record label Dandelion Records. John Fiddler and Peter Hope-Evans were the main...

Number 108

Juicy Lucy - Who Do You Love (Vertigo 6059001 - 1969) Inspired by the name of a character in the popular Leslie Thomas book, The Virgin Soldiers, Juicy Lucy were a British blues-based rock band, formed from the ashes of The Misunderstood after their break-up in 1969. Shortly afterwards, the band...

Number 107

The Beach Boys - Sail On Sailor (Reprise REP 1138 - 1973) I first heard this song as the opening song on the Beach Boys 1973 LP Holland, the song later being released as a single from the record. Reading any research material for the origins of the song will possibly give you a headache, with...

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