Jud Strunk – “Daisy A Day”

Tweet Talk to me about daisies and I’m likely to respond with “I’ll Give You A Daisy A Day”… that was the title line of a song by a man called Jud Strunk in the early Seventies (1973 to be precise). It’s a simple love song about a couple together from childhood to old age […]

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Dobie Gray – “Drift Away”

Tweet In 1973 Dobie Gray sang the most popular version of “Drift Away”, sometimes known as “Give Me The Beat, Boys”, which had originally been recorded a year earlier, and has since become a classic ending song for concerts. He took it to Number 5 in the USA, though it didn’t enter the charts in […]

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Ralph McTell – “Streets Of London”

Tweet Although initially written and released on his second album in 1969, “Streets Of London” by Ralph McTell came out as a single in the UK in 1974, having earlier been successfully launched as a single in the Netherlands. I remember when I flew into Britain for the first time a week before Christmas in […]

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Mike Oldfield – “Tubular Bells”

Tweet Englishman Mike Oldfield released “Tubular Bells” in 1973 – the album was the first venture of Richard Branson’s new record label Virgin Records. The instrumental achieved particular fame when it was used as the theme of the movie “The Exorcist”. The album “Tubular Bells”, on which Mike Oldfield played over twenty different instruments, quickly […]

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Jim Stafford – “Spiders And Snakes”, “Swamp Witch”, “Wildwood Weed” And “I Got Stoned And I Missed It”

Tweet For some reason I just recalled “Spiders And Snakes” by comedian and musician Jim Stafford, which reached Number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1974. Not that I remembered that, but a little research goes a long way…. In fact at first I just remembered the line “I don’t like spiders and […]

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