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Number 128

Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale (Deram DM126 - 1967) If the big question surrounding Procol Harum's 1967 smash hit single A Whiter Shade of Pale is what's it all about? - then the short answer is that it really doesn't matter. Certainly not for the band, who had a number one hit with the...

Number 127

John Prine - Illegal Smile (Atlantic K 10530 - 1972) I first became aware of John Prine in the early 1970s when I heard the song Sam Stone on the Old Grey Whistle Test, accompanied by a poignant black and white promo film. The song was included on the 1972 sampler album The New Age of Atlantic,...

Number 126

Stealers Wheel - Everything'l Turn Out Fine (AM AMS7079 - 1973) Stealers Wheel was a Scots band formed in 1972 in Paisley, by former school friends Joe Egan and Gerry Rafferty and initially had within its ranks Rab Noakes, Roger Brown and Ian Campbell, although by the time the band signed a record...

Number 125

Fairfield Parlour - Bordeaux Rose (Vertigo 6059 003 - 1970) Fairfield Parlour are one of those relatively obscure UK bands that emerged from the late 1960s having already had some success under the name of Kaleidoscope, a name already taken by a psychedelic band from California. Their style was...

Number 124

Rod Stewart - Maggie May (Mercury 6052 097 - 1971) It's still hard to believe that Maggie May was in fact an almost give away B side, released in 1971 on the flip side of Stewart's version of Tim Hardin's Reason to Believe . With no small help from their many appearances on Top of the Pops, joined...

Number 123

Delaney and Bonnie - Comin' Home (Atlantic 594308 - 1969) Recorded and released in 1969, Comin' Home was a fine collaboration between the husband and wife duo of Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett, together with an assortment of friends including the British guitarist Eric Clapton. Clapton invited Delaney...

Number 122

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Soldier Blue (RCA2081 - 1971) As a 13 year old schoolboy, the hot topics of the day would usually centre around the movies some of the older looking boys and girls managed to get into the theatres and see, and wearing those triumphs very much on their sleeves in the school...

Number 121

Upsetters - Return of Django (Upsetter US-201 - 1969) When the Upsetters hit the UK charts with this infectious instrumental, few really knew much about the band. Reggae was in its infancy as a notable presence on British culture and singles such as the Harry J All Stars' hit The Liquidator and...

Number 120

The Kinks - Dead End Street (PYE 7N.17222 - 1966) To a nine-year old from the north of England, the Kinks usually represented all the glamour of a 'Swinging London', with tinted specs, brightly coloured union jack tunics and frilly shirt cuffs, which all seemed a world away from the dreary mid-...

Number 119

Jo Jo Gunne - Run Run Run (Asylum AYM 501 - 1972) Los Angeles-based rock band Jo Jo Gunne were formed in 1971 by ex-members of Randy California's band Spirit, Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes, the band being named after a Chuck Berry song from the late Fifties. Run Run Run was the band's most notable...

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